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  • Darrell Goza
    MUST READ if you have, know or are a young adult! Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 13:10:16 -0400 Subject: Military Draft expected to start June 15, 2005 If there are
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      MUST READ if you have, know or are a young adult!
      Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 13:10:16 -0400
      Subject: Military Draft expected to start June 15, 2005

      If there are children in your family, READ this.

      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.

      Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and HR 163 forward,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.

      This plan, among other things, eliminates higher education as a
      shelter and includes women in the draft.

      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 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.

      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: <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.

      http://www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html

      WHAT TO DO: Tell all your friends!!!!!
      Contact your Senators & Reps and tell them to oppose these bills!!!
      For the full list of Senate & House Representatives (53) and websites,
      go to:
      http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/cgi-bin/newseek.cgi?site=ctc&state=ca
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