[Marxism] Establishment of new draft in preparation -- early 2005 a possibility

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Fri Feb 13 19:05:00 MST 2004

The evidence is mounting that a move to adopt a new military draft
will move into high public gear after the election. Open calls for
restoration of the draft have so far come overwhelmingly from

The current Democratic campaign seems to have three basic themes: to
restore a degree of credibility to the US government for continuation
and escalation of the "war on terrorism" (what chance does the Bush
administration have right now of being believed if they decide to
invade Syria or strike at Lebanon--even their supporters would assume
they were jiving); increasing the size of the military and, along with
this, of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan; and decreasing the size of
the US deficits by massive cuts in the non-military budget, and you
and I know whose ox is gored when that happens.

EBy the time we have some experience with the next administration, we
may be kind of nostalgic about what is beginning to shape up as the
paralyzed last year of the Bush administration.  The recent retreat on
the attack on the antiwar movement in Iowa is a further indication
that the administration is running out of gas in pursuing the basic
policies of the US rulers.
Fred Feldman

US Preparing for Military Draft in Spring 2005
by Adam Stutz
Vancouver IndyMedia - Wednesday January 28, 2004 at 09:50 AM


The current agenda of the US federal government is to reinstate the
draft in order to staff up for a protracted war on "terrorism."

Pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills S 89 and HR
163) would time the program so the draft could begin at early as
Spring 2005 -- conveniently just after the 2004 presidential election!

Reinstatement of the draft

Dear Friends and Family,

I urge you to read the article below on the current agenda of the
federal government to reinstate the draft in order to staff up for a
protracted war on "terrorism."

Pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills S 89 and HR
163) would time the program so the draft could begin at early as
Spring 2005 -- conveniently just after the 2004 presidential election!
But the administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed
NOW, so our action is needed immediately. Details and links follow.

If voters who currently support U.S. aggression abroad were confronted
with the possibility that their own children or grandchildren might
not have a say about whether to fight, many of these same voters might
have a change of mind. (Not that it should make a difference, but this
plan would among other things eliminate higher education as a shelter
and would not exclude women -- and Canada is no longer an option.)

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: 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.


Congress brought twin bills, S. 89 and H.R. 163 forward this year,
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 cur-rent semester. Seniors
would have until the end of the academic year.

* This article by Adam Stutz is from the "What's Hot Off the Press"
column of the newsletter of Project Censored, a media research group
at Sonoma State University that tracks the news published in
independent journals and newsletters. From these, Project Censored
compiles an annual list (more than 20 years running) of 25 news
stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-
reported, or self-censored by the country's major national news media.
The mission of Project Censored is "to educate people about the role
of independent journalism in a democratic society and to tell The News
That Didn't Make the News and why."

"What's Hot Off the Press" includes student synopses of articles
currently being investigated for inclusion in the next Project
Censored report. For more info and/or to receive Project Censored's
newsletter, go to http://www.projectcensored.org,
or email: [censored]@sonoma.edu


FYI...a Google search using S -89 indicates that Senator Hollings has
introduced a bill to reinstate the draft.

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