Cindy Sheehan, arrested in front of the White House Sept. 26.
10/24/2005 at 02:00 PM EDT
Cindy Sheehan, the mother of slain soldier Casey Sheehan, has vowed to ramp up her protest of the war in Iraq when the U.S. death toll hits 2,000.
Sheehan says she plans to give a speech outside the White House and then chain her self to the barricade outside the building, Reuters reports.
"I'm going to tie myself to the fence and refuse to leave until they agree to bring our troops home," she said last week. Doing so, Sheehan said, would probably result in her arrest. "When I get out," she added, "I'll go back and do the same thing."
If Sheehan remains true to her word, that action could come at any time. As of Sunday, the death toll stood at 1,996 U.S. soldiers.
While the 2,000th fatality may focus more criticism on the war, Sheehan said every death is a tragedy.
"Every single member since Number One has been tragic and needless and unnecessary," she said. "My son was somewhere around 615, and I've been working so hard for peace since my son was killed and now almost 1,400 more soldiers have been killed."
Sheehan began her open protest of the war last summer when she camped outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, and demanded a meeting with the president. Her presence there turned into a full-fledged protest movement that drew hundreds of supporters, including folk singer Joan Baez, as well as a sizable group of war supporters.
When Bush left Crawford, Sheehan took her protest to Washington, D.C., and other cities across the country.