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henchman

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Soon you too can be a man in a uniform
« on: May 26, 2004, 03:35:22 am »

I see the US wants to quietly re-instate the draft.

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/issues/alert/?alertid=58 34001&content_dir=ua_congressorg


Pending Draft Legislation Targeted for Spring 2005
The Draft will Start in June 2005
   
   
       
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 at 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.

$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. Selective Service 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.

Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and HR 163 forward this year, http://www.hslda.org/legislation/na...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.

College and Canada will not be options. In December 2001, Canada and the U.S. 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 U.S. Homeland Security director, 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.

Even those voters who currently support US 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.

The public has a right to air their opinions about such an important decision.

Please send this on to all the friends, parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and cousins that you know. Let your children know too -- it's their future, and they can be a powerful voice for change!

Please also contact your representatives to ask them why they aren't telling their constituents about these bills -- and contact newspapers and other media outlets to ask them why they're not covering this important story.

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Re: Soon you too can be a man in a uniform
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2004, 11:53:22 pm »

Pricey wrote on Thu, 27 May 2004 10:29

If the Republicans were behind this, it would be enough to convince me not to vote for Bush.



This would convice you but all the the other wonderful stuff they've done wont? Well ok then!!  :-}

Sorry ,could not resist. Just a hippy freak popin' fun.
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Re: Soon you too can be a man in a uniform
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2004, 06:10:57 pm »

How profoundly fucked up...

I guess things actually can get more fucked up? Yeah, I bet they very much can.
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Re: Soon you too can be a man in a uniform
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2004, 02:30:52 am »

ivan40 wrote on Sun, 30 May 2004 04:53

Pricey wrote on Thu, 27 May 2004 10:29

If the Republicans were behind this, it would be enough to convince me not to vote for Bush.



This would convice you but all the the other wonderful stuff they've done wont? Well ok then!!  :-}

Sorry ,could not resist. Just a hippy freak popin' fun.


Great to hear the hippies are voting for Bush. I was hoping to hear a stronger opposition as they have on other boards. They have golden necks that cannot be hacked off.
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