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IMPORTANT: MILITARY DRAFT

*edit* doing random rummaging: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/09/28/eveningnews/main646055.shtml?CMP=ILC-SearchStories
Googling "HR 163 Hoax" confuses me some more. @.@

Dammit... this shouldn't even be a concern in the first place. wtf is wrong with the US?

----- Forwarded message from Mathew Odigie <modigie@engin.umich.edu> -----
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 01:25:02 -0400
From: Mathew Odigie <modigie@engin.umich.edu>
Reply-To: Mathew Odigie <modigie@engin.umich.edu>
Subject: IMPORTANT: MILITARY DRAFT
To: ziwhat@umich.edu


Mandatory draft for boys and girls (ages 18-26) starting June 15, 2005,is >
something that everyone should know about. This literally effects everyone >
since we all have or know children that will have to go IF this bill passes.
>
> There is pending legislation in the house and senate (companion bills:
> S89 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. 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:
> 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! This legislation is called HR 163 and can be
> found in detail at this website:
> http://thomas.loc.gov/
> Just enter in "HR 163" and click search and will bring up the bill for
> you to read. It is less than two pages long.
>
> If this bill passes, it will include all men and ALL WOMEN from ages 18
> -26 in a draft for military action. In addition, college will no longer
> be an option for avoiding the draft and they will be signing an
> agreement with the Canada which will no longer permit anyone attempting
> to dodge the draft to stay within it's borders. This bill also includes
> the extension of military service for all those that are currently
> active. If you go to the select service web site and read their 2004 FYI
>
> Goals you will see that the reasoning for this is to increase the size
> of the military in case of terrorism. This is a critical piece of
> legislation, this will effect our undergraduates, our children and our
> grandchildren. Please take the time to write your congressman and let
> them know how you feel about this legislation.
> www.house.gov www.senate.gov
>
> Please also write to your representatives and 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 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 www.sss.gov/perfplan_fy2004.html to view the Selective
> Service System 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 permanent >
state of war on terrorism)proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but >
to draft.
>
> 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. College and Canada will not
> be options. In December, 200 1, 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.
>
> What to do:
>
> Tell your friends, Contact your legislators and ask them to oppose these
> bill. Just type "congress" into the aol search engine and input your
> zip code. A list of your reps will pop up with a way to email them
> directly. We can't just sit and pretend that by ignoring it, it will go
> away. We must voice our concerns and create the world we want to live in
> for our children and grandchildren.
>
> ----- End forwarded message -----
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