Some of George W. Bush's Crawford, Texas, neighbors asked local county commissioners to force Cindy Sheehan and her supporters to move farther away from the president's property Tuesday, but another neighbor is making the opposite happen. Fred Mattlage, a veteran of the U.S. Army who opposes the war in Iraq, has offered Sheehan the use of his land about a mile from Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch.
"I just think people should have a right to protest without being harassed," Mattlage told the Associated Press. "And I'm against the war. I don't think it's a war we need to be in."
Camp Casey will begin to make the move the move today. As the AP reports, Sheehan's new host is a distant cousin of Larry Mattlage, the Crawford man who fired a shotgun in the air while Sheehan and her supporters were conducting a prayer service over the weekend.
Meanwhile, police have filed a criminal charge against the the man who allegedly expressed his displeasure with Sheehan's protest by driving his pickup truck through rows of crosses bearing the names of soldiers killed in Iraq. Larry Northern, a 59-year-old resident of Waco, Texas, was charged with felony criminal mischief. Police say he ran over 500 crosses and 40 American flags to make his point.