Taking turns climbing into small tents, 14 war protesters were arrested Friday near President Bush's ranch, once again challenging a county roadside camping ban.
Eleven of them were among the 12 arrested in November in the same ditches where the makeshift antiwar campsite sprang up in August off the winding, two-lane road leading to the ranch.
Commissioners enacted the ordinance — and another banning some roadside parking — a month later after neighbors complained of traffic congestion from the monthlong rally that drew thousands to the 700-resident town.
Misdemeanor charges still have not been filed against the demonstrators arrested five months ago during the Thanksgiving week protest. McLennan County District Attorney John Segrest has refused to comment on whether their cases will proceed.
"If they keep arresting us without charging us, then they are doing nothing other than restricting our freedom of speech," said Daniel Ellsberg, who was arrested both times. "This needs to be challenged, and if we're arrested again, we'll have a stronger case."
Ellsberg is a former high-level Pentagon analyst who in 1969 copied and leaked the Pentagon Papers — the 7,000-page study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam — to Congress and the media.
Cindy Sheehan, the fallen soldier's mother who started the August protest, was not at the roadside campsite at the planned "civil disobedience" events and was not arrested either time.
Sheehan and about 100 protesters so far have returned to the larger campsite on a private lot for another peace vigil through this weekend, although Bush is spending Easter at Camp David.
The 14 remained jailed Friday afternoon, awaiting a judge to set bail. They were expected to be released on personal recognizance bonds Friday evening on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and obstructing a highway passageway, each carrying a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.