This was sent to me by a friend. It is something we need to know about and do what we can to stop.
There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89
> and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the draft can
> begin as early as Spring 2005 -- just after the 2004 presidential
>election. The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed
> the public's attention is on the elections, so our action on this is
>needed immediately. Details and links follow.
> Even those voters who currently support U.S. actions abroad may still
> object to this move, knowing their own children or grandchildren will
> have a say about whether to fight.
> (Not that it should make a difference, but this plan, among other
> things eliminates higher education as a shelter and includes women in
> draft -- also crossing into Canada has already been made very
> ACTIONS, ACTIONS, ACTIONS:
> 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
> other media outlets to ask them why they're not covering this important
> 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
> 2005. SSS must report to Bush on March 31, 2005 that the system, which
> lain dormant for decades, is ready for activation.
> Please see website: 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
> members of Congress are suggesting that if Rumsfeld's prediction of a
> 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.
> Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and H.R. 163 forward this year,
> http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/National/2003/S89/default.asp entitled
> 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
> 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
> Affairs, John Manley, and US Homeland Security Director, Gov. Tom Ridge,
> declaration involves a 30-point plan which implements, among other
> things, a "pre-clearance agreement" of people entering and departing
> 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
> Alan Graf