Rule Changes Allow Police To Arrest War Protestors Near Crawford

This August, pesky war protestors hounded Bush during his month-long vacation at his ranch in Crawford. What’s the solution? Change the law:

In August, hundreds of demonstrators camped off the road during a 26-day protest led by Sheehan, whose 24-year-old soldier son Casey was killed in Iraq last year. But a month later, county commissioners banned camping in any county ditch and parking within 7 miles of the ranch, citing safety and traffic congestion issues.

Earlier this week, three demonstrators filed a federal lawsuit against McLennan County over the two local bans.

Now, as Bush hunkers down in Crawford for an extended Thanksgiving vacation, protestors can be hauled off by the police:

A dozen war protesters were arrested Wednesday for setting up camp near President Bush’s ranch in defiance of new local bans on roadside camping and parking.

As Vice President Cheney reminded us this week “disagreement, argument, and debate are the essence of democracy.” Just don’t let your disagreement get too close to the ranch.