I was waiting to see if anyone else would start a thread on this subject, but I can't wait any longer, so I am starting it. I know there are many differing opinions on the Sheeehan-Young debacle during the State of the Union Address; my comments address not whether either of the women was right to wear what she did to the address, but in the difference of treatment that each received. Ms Sheehan wore a t-shirt featuring the message: "2,242 Dead, how many more?" Mrs Young wore a shirt bearing the message "Support Our Troops". The article I read on CNN had some conflicting information. In one paragraph, it states that Ms Sheehan and Ms Young were both removed prior to the beginning of the speech, but later in the article, it describes Ms Young being "humiliated" by being removed during the president's speech. Ms Sheehan, an invited guest of Rep Lynn Woolsey, was removed, handcuffed, and arrested on charges of unlawful conduct, and jailed for at least 4 hours. Ms Young was removed, but not arrested. US Capitol Police Chief said that the removals were a mistake, based on outdated law, and that removal for wearing t-shirts was warranted if the wearer was bringing attention to the shirt message in order to create a disruption. He conceded that neither woman did so. He said that he has apologized to Rep & Ms Young. He has attempted to contact Ms Sheehan to see if "he could talk to her at her own convenience, and let her know that charges will be dropped." No mention was made as to whether that "talk" would include an apology. According to US Capitol Police spokesperson Sgt Kimberly Schneider Ms Sheehan was asked to cover her shirt, but refused to do so. Ms Sheehan's 24-year-old son was killed by enemy action in Iraq; no mention was made regarding whether or not Ms Young has children, in or out of the military. Rep Young held up his wife's shirt during a session of the House, saying how terrible it was that his patriotic wife was kicked out of the gathering. Shame, shame. (Sounds to me like he is trying to paint Ms Sheehan as some sort of traitor for wanting to end the killing over there....) So much for the background info. Now for the discussion. Is anyone besides me outraged that 1) Although they pretended it was "equal treatment" to remove the Representative's wife, she was not handcuffed, arrested on the same charges, and jailed? And 2) no mention has been made of officials finding out where the "mistake" occurred, that the arresting officer and the chief and the booking officer will be tried on charges of assault and false arrest? This woman who was sitting quietly was arrested for unlawful conduct. Those who illegally arrested her get by with impunity, simply by saying "oopsie." This isn't the first time this sort of thing goes on here; during the November 2003 election, protesters (assembling peaceably per 1st Amendment) were arrested, handcuffed, and DRAGGED to jail, held for several days, before DC Police Chief Ramsey gave another of those "oopsies", and released them. No damages for these people being illegally detained from their families and jobs, no action, no consequences. Sorry this post is so long, but it is just something that I think needs to be addressed, but seems to continually be swept under the rug.