March 15th, 2010
07:22 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Cindy Sheehan: The anti-war activist — who camped near former President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, five years ago demanding an explanation for her son's death in Iraq — is building a tent city today near the Washington Monument.

The Hill reports Sheehan wants Obama to pull troops out of Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Hill: Sheehan turning attention to Obama, camping out at Washington Monument

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez: The 31-year-old Leadville, Colorado, mother was arrested and released without charge this weekend in Ireland in connection with an alleged plot to kill Swedish cartoonist Larks Vilks, who outraged some with his cartoon depiction of the Islamic prophet Mohammed.

The Wall Street Journal reports Paulin-Ramirez's arrest was part of the investigation into the alleged terrorist activities of Colleen LaRose of Pennsylvania, who authorities say called herself "Jihad Jane."

Wall Street Journal: U.S. woman released in terror case

Virginia Thomas: The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has founded a Tea-Party-linked group called Liberty Central Inc. to launch in May.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the nonprofit group plans to issue score cards for members of Congress and become involved in the November elections.

L.A. Times: Justice's wife launches 'tea party' group

Joe Dubois: The Drug Enforcement Administration agent was in the city of Matamoros, Mexico, on November 9, 1999, when he, an FBI agent and a drug informant were surrounded by the gun-carrying soldiers of a powerful drug cartel kingpin, Osiel Cardenas, known as "Friend Killer" and "El Loco."

Dubois tells the story of that afternoon publicly for the first time in today's Houston Chronicle, explaining how he managed to prevent those in his car from being killed.

Houston Chronicle: 'I knew what they'd do to me'

Barrett Jones: The Crimson Tide right guard is spending his spring break in Haiti.

The University of Alabama football player told the Birmingham News, "I'm going to be working closely with an orphanage, I'm working in a little village called Pignom. It's actually now like a refugee camp for a lot of the survivors of the earthquake. It was something like 20,000 people. Now it's like 100,000 people."

Birmingham News: Alabama guard spending spring break in Haiti

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Isela Washington

    I served in the US Navy. While I never went to war, I was prepared for that at any given moment, as were my fellow soldiers. I find it disrespectful to the soldier who has given his life for his country and it's people, for anyone to question the war. We are at war and soldiers die in wars. Relatives and friends should be proud of what their soldier is doing for them and us, alike.

    March 15, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Richard

    Cindy Sheehan has a rather odd way off doing things, but I admire her perseverance.
    Her son was killed in Iraq because Dubya wanted a war there, for no other reason.
    He owes Sheehan an apology and the whole country as well for nearly ruining it
    in so many ways. He was inept, incompetent and completely devoid of conscience
    and, hopefully, someday he will have to answer for all the evil he has done and lives lost
    for nothing.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pohaku

    enough about that Sheehan woman. She is a fool. Who in there right mind would give up her entire family for this "cause"

    March 15, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    Cindy Sheehan "Tent City", this woman needs to find a life, I am so soryy that her son lost his life doing "WHAT HE WANTED TO DO" he signed the dotted line and went to serve his cointry. She should be honoring his actions and his life not embarrassing his memory by doing what she is doing. I served 21 years and had 3 tours to Iraq, yes I am still here, but I have seen my fair share of blown up vehicles and seen to many reports of my brothers and sisters at arms loosing thiers lives, but we all have chosen to serve, there isn't a DRAFT so no one has made anyone sign on the dotted line to serve. Cindy get a life and do something productive in your son's memory, do not embarrass him anymore.

    March 15, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. MarshaForPeace

    Peace activists need to get their timing right. The time to protest a war is before we start one; not after we've attacked the country and created a mess (especially a country that hasn't attacked us). Once we create the mess it's up to us to finish what we started (if at all possible).

    March 15, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pete

    I'm a veteran, served two tours in Vietnam. I"m sorry that her son died serving his country. Her actions do not give credit to her son and the thousands of other veterans who gave their all for this country. Freedom is not free! People like the life style that freedom brings, but they don't want to fight for it!

    March 15, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Shelly M.

    Cindy Sheehan is about as selfish a woman as can be. A lot of people lost sons to the Iraq war. Their sons chose to serve volunarily, just as hers did, They knew there was always a risk that they would be sent to war. As far as she wanting an explanation for her son's death, the answer is obvious, he was killed while fighing a war in Iraq.

    March 15, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. tc

    Cindy Sheehan is NOT intriguing. She's a nut case that needs to be ignored. She's not an activist, but a desperate wacko looking for attention for herself more than the soldiers. She needs to GO AWAY!

    March 15, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Patty

    Good for Cindy. She raised a Patriot and a great human being and has every right in America to want answers. In supporting our troops it is our duty to make sure thier heroism isn't squandered in wars built on lies.

    March 15, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Charlie in Liverpool NY

    Go Cindy! Time to end this nation's need for Wars for profit. Now is the time to bring our brave troops home.

    March 15, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. michelle

    Good for her. Get Obama to stop killing our troops now, please!

    March 15, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Iriate Soldier

    When is enough enouogh. If this were my mother I would be doing cartwheels in my grave. Her son died to protect this woman's "freedoms" and all she can do to thank him is dishonor the soldiers that protect her disgracefull acts. Cindy, do you REALLY want to make a statement. Go to Iraq and protest in the sand where your son gave his life. See they behead you over there for "acts of treason". God Bless every soldier on duty around the world. I have an idea,,,,,stop giving this shrew press and devote it to the heros.

    March 15, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. joe troise

    How nice of CNN to put the Cindy Sheehan story right above that of the arrest of a woman terrorist.

    Also I think that to have the wife of Clarence Thomas connected with anything about "LIberty" has rendered the idea of satire obsolete.

    March 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bruce Golden

    good luck to DC – her tent city in Crawford looks like a dump – raggedy old tents, overgrown plantings, ... the detris of woodstock encampment

    March 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |