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Selective Service ready to bring back the draft

Our deluded government's latest possible secret measure--to reinstate the Draft. It sounds unbelievable, but unfortunately per usual most of us are being kept in the dark by mainstream media about the likelihood of such a thing, as the administration knows such measures will be wildly unpopular, and they prefer to catch people unaware and ignorant of their rights so they can pull dubious measures over on them more easily. 

--Same old, same old, unfortunately; and we have to get aware, pull our heads out of the sand, and accept that this is the kind of government we have right now; and that we the people are responsible for educating ourselves. 

At the website, http://www.nodraftnoway.org there is a page, 
'How To Stay Out of the Military: A Primer On Draft Resistance.' Young men, I highly urge you to read it and know what you may come up against! 

Women and older folks feeling left out? How about this: 

"In addition to the Military Selective Service Act, the "Health Care Personnel Delivery System" was authorized by Congress in 1987 to deal with large-scale casualties that outstripped the active-duty military's ability to handle them. If implemented, the bill would require a mass registration of male and female health care workers between the ages of 20 and 45." 

(The group that sent this around is based in NYC, but the info is relevant to all of us.) 
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Stop the Draft before it starts: 

http://www.NoDraftNoWay.org 

On March 31, the Selective Service System will report to President Bush that it is ready to implement a draft within 75 days. We have to organize now to stop the draft before it starts. 
Despite what politicians say, there is a high probability that the Bush Administration will attempt to reinstate the draft. 

The U.S. military is in a quagmire in Iraq, facing a national popular uprising against the occupation. Soldiers are dying every day. A report issued in January 2004 by Jeffrey Record, a visiting professor at the Air War College, said the Army is "near the breaking point." The Pentagon has been forced to issue repeated "stop loss" orders and recall soldiers who had retired or otherwise returned to civilian life. 

Out of 10 Army Divisions, part or all of 9 of them are either deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Twenty-one out of 33 regular combat brigades are on active duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, or the Balkans. That's 63% of the Army's combat strength. This means the Army is extremely overextended. The Bush Administration has been trying to fill the gap with Reserve and National Guard troops, but this is a temporary fix at best. The head of the Army Reserves has recently written a memo saying that the readiness of his forces has been drastically reduced through over-deployment and is "degenerating into a broken force. 

Meanwhile, official U.S. foreign policy is now the doctrine of "pre-emptive war" and "regime change" wherever a leader runs afoul of U.S. corporate interests. An invasion of Iran, Syria, Korea, or Cuba -- all of whom are on Washington and Wall Street's list of targets -- would require tens or hundreds of thousands of new soldiers. 

Enlistment rates not even able to maintain current force levels, much less provide troops for new invasions and occupations. All four services missed their enlistment quotas last year, and enlistments in the Reserves, National Guard, and regular military are at a 30-year low. Many current members of the armed forces plan to get out as soon as their current enlistment ends. According to a poll conducted by the military newspaper Stars & Stripes, 49% of soldiers stationed in Iraq do not plan to re-enlist. 

The President has given the Selective Service System a set of readiness goals to be implemented by March 31, 2005. As part of these performance goals, the System must be ready to be fully operational within 75 days. This means we can look for the Draft to be in operation as early as June 15, 2005. 

March 19 is the second anniversary of the war. On the weekend of March 19-20, activists all over the globe will take to the streets to demand and end to the war and occupation. No Draft No Way will be mobilizing to take part in these demonstrations, which will take place just a few days before the Selective Service System reports to President Bush that it is ready to go. We must be in the streets to let them know that we oppose the draft and will not be used as cannon fodder in Iraq or in any new war. 

Let's Organize NOW to Stop the Draft: 

1) Come to NYC for the March 19 Troops Out Now demonstration. 
Join the No Draft No Way! contingent in the march. 
http://www.troopsoutnow.org Or join the march and rally in 
Fayetteville, NC, outside Fort Bragg--for more information, see 
http://www.ncpeacejustice.org 
2) Organize an anti-draft meeting at your school, 
church or mosque, union hall, etc. 
Contact us at 212-633-6646 for help and speakers. 

3) Organize protests outside the selective service office in your area. 
4) Donate to help build a network of educators, activists, 
and resisters to fight the draft--before it returns. 
http://nodraftnoway.org/donate-new.shtml 
5) Sign the No Draft Petition. 
http://nodraftnoway.org/petition.shtml 
http://www.NoDraftNoWay.org 
March 19 
Troops Out Now! 
March on Central Park in NYC! 
Regional Demonstrations Across the U.S. & Worldwide 
For updates and info, contact scott at planttrees dot org.