Yes, it's true, read the following:
There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89
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. 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
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. 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
Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and HR
163 forward this year, <
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
I am absolutely opposed to the draft and shame on anyone who wants to bring it back. I have no use for Rangel for supporting it. We should get out of Iraq before we ever re-instate the draft.
That's my life you're playing with, all you folks that are supporting this. You're asking for kids to be drafted into the military, against their own will, and die in a war that they don't believe in. For what purpose?
Hell no, I won't go. And you'll hear me screaming that out on the steps of the capitol if this happens. I am NOT going to let myself get killed, I'd rather be thrown in jail than die. Dont you dare start playing with my life, all of you guys who won't get sent over there and have to deal with it personally. Do you think I and others like me would want to get sent over to the middle east and die, when we don't even support the war?
This is my life, I don't intend to lose it. We wouldn't NEED a draft if that jackass Bush hadn't gotten us into this war in the first place.