A massive protest just took place outside of the home of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. The Saturday protest at the McLean, Virginia property was intended to mark the 14th anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay prison. Protesters explained that their specific complaints were against the lack of due process and the use of torture by the military and members of the U.S. Intelligence community.
The protest was organized by the anti-war group Code Pink. Once it kicked off, demonstrators walked up to the former Vice President’s house. But the security on site quickly called the police who arrived and told the protesters to leave.
Fairfax County police spokesman Roger Henriquez said that the two members who refused to comply were arrested on trespassing charges.
These two activists were Tighe Barry, 57, and Eve Tetaz, 83. Both of these protesters are residents of Washington DC.
One law enforcement official that we spoke with said that there is an additional charge of “disorderly conduct” that at least one of them will face. We asked what constituted “disorderly conduct,” but the representative could not give us a clear answer.
The Associated Press noted that another Code Pink group demonstrated without incident outside the home of CIA Director John Brennan. That was also in the Washington, D.C. suburb of McLean. Brennan, apparently did not think they were doing anything illegal, so the police were not called.
All of this was part of “Guantanamo Anniversary Weekend Torturers Tour,” according to the activist group.