March 13, 2006

Clinton hecklers in trouble at Pace

by Noreen O'Donnell
Who would have thought it would be Fox News Channel that would make celebrities out of two left-wing, anti-war students from Pace University?

But when Lauren Giaccone, 20, and Brian Kelly, 19, heckled former President Clinton as a war criminal during his appearance at the Pleasantville campus a week ago, their 10-second outburst landed them in the national spotlight — on radio talk shows and on Fox News among other television stations.

"We were laughing so hard," said Giaccone, who has the word "dissent" tattooed on her left wrist.

"A lot of people think that we're conservatives," she said, pointing out that they would have also hollered at President Bush. "We're not; we're not. Far from it."

Very far from it.

Giaccone, who wears a ring in her lip and an upside-down American flag on her bag, describes herself as an anarchist who believes all politicians grab for power to oppress people.

Kelly, a sandy-haired man in wrinkled khakis, belongs to the Green Party. He backed Ralph Nader for president in 2004.

"We don't support members of the Democratic or Republican parties," he said. "As we say, we think they're one wing of the same party. We believe they act together. They vote together, and they only differ on certain small issues like how much money to send to Iraq or how many wars to go to."

Giaccone and Kelly — who received sympathy from anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan — shouted "war criminal" at Clinton during the March 5 speech as he was asked a question about peace and democracy.


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