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Sunday, April 04, 2004

Beware Alarmist Email Flying around the Innernut
about Reinstitution of the Draft

Blames Bush, but bill actually introduced by Charlie Rangel (D-NY) last year

I just got this email message from a friend:
If YOU know anyone that can influence the death of these bills, please send it to them and let them know how you feel about this.

Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 10:31 AM
Subject: Our kids...

This will affect all of our kids in the USA! Please do read down to the end, and pass it on, especially to those you know who have kids of draft age.

There is pending legislation in the House and the Senate (twin bills: S89 and HR163) which will call for the conscription of all men and women between the ages of 18 & 25 into military service.

Are we ready for endless war? It seems like that is what this administration has planned for the USA. Read on....
Dear friends and family,

I wanted to pass on to you this distressing news, from Sonoma State University's media research group which tracks significant issues which are under reported in the press. This will affect us all. The article details the current administration's agenda to reinstate the draft in order to staff up for the " protracted war on terrorism." ( 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.) There is pending legislation in the House and the Senate (twin bills: S89 and HR163) which will time the program's initiation s0o the draft can begin as early as Spring 2005-just after the presidential election. The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed NOW, while the public's attention is on the elections, so our actions 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 and or grandchildren will not have a say about whether to fight.


Please send this on to all of the grandparents, parents, teachers you know and all of the aunts, uncles, friends..

And let you children know-it's their future, and they can be a powerful voice for change! Please write top your representatives to ask them why aren't they telling their constituents about these bill and write to the newspapers and other media outlets to ask them why they're not covering this important story.


Rangel introduced this legislation to frighten people into NOT SUPPORTING the war in Iraq, and because he feels that his constituency (of poor black men) is over-represented in the professional army we now have.

The following quotes were published at the time (1/8/03) by CNN.com:
The New York Democrat told reporters his goal is two-fold: to jolt Americans into realizing the import of a possible unilateral strike against Iraq, which he opposes, and "to make it clear that if there were a war, there would be more equitable representation of people making sacrifices."

"I truly believe that those who make the decision and those who support the United States going into war would feel more readily the pain that's involved, the sacrifice that's involved, if they thought that the fighting force would include the affluent and those who historically have avoided this great responsibility," Rangel said.
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Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters Tuesday he sees no need for a draft. He said the military is managing to attract enough skilled recruits without one.

"We're not going to re-implement a draft. There is no need for it at all," Rumsfeld said. "The disadvantages of using compulsion to bring into the armed forces the men and women needed are notable."
Misinformation like this (meant, no doubt, to hurt the Bush campaign for re-election) drives me mad! If you get one of these, please respond to the sender with this clarifying information, and ask that the sender return it to their source, etc. The damage is done already, I'm sure, the way these things spread . . . but we can try. After all, truth is still important . . . isn't it?