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US Preparing for Military Draft in Spring 2005

Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those from the Vietnam era remember. College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada and the US signed a "Smart Border Declaration," which could be used to
keep would-be draft dodgers in. ... the declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other
things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering and departing each country. Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender and class lines also eliminates higher education as a shelter. Underclassmen would only be able to postpone service until the end of their current
semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic year.
... okay, as far as I can understand this information is up to date and correct. if anyone finds out differently please let me know. thank you. kim

US Preparing for Military Draft in Spring 2005
by Adam Stutz o Wednesday January 28, 2004 at 09:50 AM

The current agenda of the US federal government is to reinstate the draft
in order to staff up for a protracted war on "terrorism." Pending
legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills S 89 and HR 163) would
time the program so the draft could begin at early as Spring 2005 --
conveniently just after the 2004 presidential election!

Pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills S 89 and HR 163)
would time the program so the draft could begin at early as Spring 2005 --
conveniently just after the 2004 presidential election! But the
administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed NOW, so our
action is needed immediately. Details and links follow.

If voters who currently support U.S. aggression abroad were confronted
with the possibility that their own children or grandchildren might not
have a say about whether to fight, many of these same voters might have a
change of mind. (Not that it should make a difference, but this plan would
among other things eliminate higher education as a shelter and would not
exclude women -- and Canada is no longer an option.)

Please send this on to all the parents and teachers you know, and all the
aunts and uncles, grandparents, godparents.... And let your children know
-- it's their future, and they can be a powerful voice for change! Please
also write to your representatives to ask them why they aren't telling
their constituents about these bills -- and write to newspapers and other
media outlets to ask them why they're not covering this important story.

The Draft*

$28 million has been added to the 2004 Selective Service System (SSS)
budget to prepare for a military draft that could start as early as June
15, 2005. SSS must report to Bush on March 31, 2005 that the system, which
has lain dormant for decades, is ready for activation. Please see website:
 http://www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html to view the SSS Annual Performance
Plan - Fiscal Year 2004.

The Pentagon has quietly begun a public campaign to fill all 10,350 draft
board positions and 11,070 appeals board slots nationwide.. Though this is
an unpopular election year topic, military experts and influential members
of Congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's prediction of a "long, hard
slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan [and a permanent state of war on
"terrorism"] proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to draft.

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Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and H.R. 163 forward this year,
entitled the Universal National Service Act of 2003, "To provide for the
common defense by requiring that all young persons [age 18--26] in the
United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a
period of civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and
homeland security, and for other purposes." These active bills currently
sit in the Committee on Armed Services.

Dodging the draft will be more difficult than those from the Vietnam era
remember. College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada
and the US signed a "Smart Border Declaration," which could be used to
keep would-be draft dodgers in. Signed by Canada's Minister of Foreign
Affairs, John Manley, and US Homeland Security Director, Gov. Tom Ridge,
the declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other
things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering and departing each
country. Reforms aimed at making the draft more equitable along gender and
class lines also eliminates higher education as a shelter. Underclassmen
would only be able to postpone service until the end of their cur-rent
semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic year.

*This article by Adam Stutz is from the "What's Hot Off the Press" column
of the newsletter of Project Censored, a media research group at Sonoma
State University that tracks the news published in independent journals
and newsletters. From these, Project Censored compiles an annual list
(more than 20 years running) of 25 news stories of social significance
that have been overlooked, under-reported, or self-censored by the
country's major national news media. The mission of Project Censored is
"to educate people about the role of independent journalism in a
democratic society and to tell The News That Didn't Make the News and
why."

"What's Hot Off the Press" includes student synopses of articles currently
being investigated for inclusion in the next Project Censored report. For
more info and/or to receive Project Censored's newsletter, go to
 http://www.projectcensored.org

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