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Draft

An alert about impending Draft
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
>NOW, while
> 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
>not
> 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
>the
> draft -- also crossing into Canada has already been made very
>difficult.)
>
> 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
>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: 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.
>
>  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5146.htm
>  http://www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html
>
> Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and H.R. 163 forward this year,
>  http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/National/2003/S89/default.asp 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 current semester. Seniors would have until the end of the academic
> year.
>
>
> Alan Graf
>
>  http://www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html
>--
So how do we fight this? 26.Apr.2004 04:40

Fellow traveler

Ideas? Suggestions? How do we stop this?

actions 26.Apr.2004 07:22

tab

I guess we could start by contacting our representatives, though lately they haven't seemed very representative. After that, I am not sure what on earth to do, but am counting on folks more creative than I to have some ideas.

I Guess We Could Actually Try & Ferret Out The TRUTH 09.Dec.2004 04:09

Myth Finder

I grow so tired of dismantling internet spread falsehoods but here we go again. The much bellyached HR 163 was slammed into defeat by Congress with a 402-2 vote. So much for trying to sneak it by eh? Don't just take my word for it though research for yourself and try to do so BEFORE spreading rumor and innuendo to all on your buddy lists and address books.

 http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/draft.asp

 http://www.tuftsdaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/11/10/4191be8ca4fff

 http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/documents/20041013a.html

 http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2004/10/10-07-04tdc/10-07-04dnews-02.asp