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FTW Special Series пїЅ The Draft, Part II

NOWHERE TO RUN, NOWHERE TO HIDE
by
Michael C. Ruppert

© Copyright 2004, From The Wilderness Publications, www.fromthewilderness.com. All Rights Reserved. This story may NOT be posted on any Internet web site without express written permission. Contact admin@copvcia.com. May be circulated, distributed or transmitted for non-profit purposes only. VIOLATIONS WILL BE PROSECUTED

To get more troops, the draft will likely be reinstated. The implicit prohibition of пїЅinvoluntary servitudeпїЅ under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution has already been ignored many times so few will challenge the constitutionality of the coming draftпїЅ

A government that is willing to enslave a portion of its people to fight an unjust war can never be trusted to protect the liberties of its own citizens. The ends can never justify the means, no matter what the Neo-cons say.

The Hon. Ron Paul, (R) TX
Nov. 21, 2003
In the House of Representatives

February 25, 2004 1800 PST (FTW) пїЅ The internet is aflame with the growing awareness that a state of perpetual and expanding military conflict is settling in on the planet. Peak Oil and Gas is out of the closet. Resource wars and wars of survival are predicted over and above the continuing quagmire that has depleted U.S. military force readiness in Iraq. As China expands military and economic assistance throughout West Africa in direct competition with the US over dwindling oil reserves, new stories warn of a convenient and impending ecological collapse which will destroy food production and lead to a state of perpetual war.

FORTUNE magazine wrote in a January 26, 2004 feature article titled The Pentagon's Weather Nightmare:

As the planet's carrying capacity shrinks, an ancient pattern reemerges: the eruption of desperate, all-out wars over food, water, and energy supplies. As Harvard archeologist Steven LeBlanc has noted, wars over resources were the norm until about three centuries ago. When such conflicts broke out, 25% of a population's adult males usually died. As abrupt climate change hits home, warfare may again come to define human life.

The same Pentagon report which sparked the FORTUNE article soon prompted another major story in Britain's The Observer which labeled the report as пїЅSecretпїЅ. After describing apocalyptic climate change triggered by global warming and the collapse of the Gulf Stream an important observation was buried in deep in the text.

By 2020 'catastrophic' shortages of water and energy supply will become increasingly harder to overcome, plunging the planet into war.

To the eye of any experienced journalist this Pentagon report was leaked deliberately on both sides of the Atlantic. Why? Because a military draft is as inevitable as are the effects of Peak Oil. As described by Stan Goff in Part I of this series, the U.S. military is already enforcing a form of draft through the issuance of stop-loss orders holding not only Guard and reserve personnel but regular military long past their preset rotations home or out of combat. Even without an apocalypse, there's going to have to be a draft.

But resistance in the U.S. will be mighty. In August of 2000, long before 9/11, in a feature article titled When the Children of the Bull Market Begin to Die, FTW observed that protracted military conflict was coming and that it would send a long-needed shock throughout the American people. In January of 2001, in our story EMPIRE, we warned that the Bush Cabinet was a war cabinet and that it appeared to be preparing for a massive global conflict.

It has arrived.

According to Houghton Mifflin, during the Vietnam era between 30,000 and 50,000 young American men fled the United States, mostly to Canada and Britain to avoid the draft. The FBI investigated and secured 22,500 indictments for draft evasion during a period when it had overseas offices in only a dozen or so nations.

The laws, the treaties and the technologies have changed drastically since then. When the draft comes, most likely in the spring or summer of 2005, it will be much more difficult for young American men to run and hide rather than join an imperial military force which is suffering significant casualty rates, bent on world domination and the absolute control of hydrocarbon energy.

WHO WILL AND WHO WON'T EXTRADITE

With all of that being said, approximately six months ago FTW began the laborious process of contacting the foreign ministries of 75 countries. As in any diplomatic process, quick answers are hard to come by. Initial phone calls have had to be followed with written email requests and, in some cases, formal letters.

Our requests have been forwarded back to the home country for evaluation and discussion, with the absolute certainty that the responding government understands the implications of our question.

FTW has committed to continuing this laborious and expensive process until we have definitive official responses from all 75 countries. A complete list of all 75 countries will be maintained on the FTW web site and will be updated as new information comes in. We stress that we will not make an entry unless we have received a direct on-the-record response from the concerned government.

As of this writing only 16 nations have provided official responses. Of those, only the countries of New Guinea, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland will refuse to extradite draft evaders back to the US. Again we stress that immigration policy in some of those countries may quietly accomplish the same end.

FTW is not openly advocating draft evasion. We are, however, actively acknowledging that the draft, when it comes in this climate of increasing global conflict, will not sit easy with the American people. We think it is our obligation to provide good information upon which rational and principled decisions can be based.

TODAY'S OPTIONS

Canada is most certainly out of the question. Treaty revisions have clearly established that the Canadian government will toss draft evaders right back over the border. This will be made easier because the FBI now has agents in several Canadian cities and, since October 2002, the Canadian military is now a part of the Northern Command (Northcom). Northcom is a unified command in which the armed forces of the Continental United States (CONUS), Canada and Mexico all report to an American four-star general. In this case, the general is US Air Force General Ralph Eberhart who was in command of NORAD on 9/11, the day no US fighters responded in time to prevent the attacks even though they had responded much more quickly to less serious breaches 67 times in the previous calendar year.

The FBI now maintains Legal Attaches or Legats in 45 countries around the world with four more to be added in 2004. Other government sources confirm FBI operations in 54 countries.

Getting a draft-aged male out of the country and into a foreign country might not be as easy as 35 years ago with enhanced travel scrutiny and computerized tracking of passenger manifests. In particular, the White House's Smart Borders program with Canada hints that the government is worried about possible draft evasion. The comprehensive, high-tech program will look at travelers going into Canada from the US and will incorporate biometric identifiers, computerized screening of refugee claims, advance passenger screening, joint passenger analysis units, and increased security at ports and bus terminals. Plans are being developed to implement the same procedures along the Mexican border (Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov)

There is a strong likelihood that all members of military alliances with the US will not harbor draft evaders as a part of treaty obligations. This would include member nations of NATO or the ANZUS alliance.

In addition, there are problems of visa requirements and immigration law that might prevent young American men from extended stays in certain countries. New Zealand, while telling FTW that it will not extradite draft evaders back to the US has notoriously strict immigration laws. It is also a member of ANZUS.

(This is a living Chart! It will be continually updated until every country has responded. Check back regularly)

(Last updated: April 22, 2004 - Poland, Brazil)

Extradite? Yes/No

FBI-LEGAT

NORTH COM

NATO

ANZUS

CONDITIONS

Angola

Argentina

No*

Yes

* "Requested State may refuse extradition for offenses under military law that are not offenses under ordinary criminal law (article 4, military offenses-paragraph 4)"

Australia

Yes

Yes

Yes

Austria

Yes

Belarus

Belgium

Yes

Yes

Bermuda

 

Bolivia

Brazil

Yes

Yes

Canada

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Chile

Yes

China

Yes

Colombia

Yes

Yes

Costa Rica

Cuba

Czech Republic

Yes

Yes

Denmark

Yes

Yes

Dominican Republic

Yes

Egypt

Yes

El Salvador

Estonia

Yes

Ethiopia

Finland

France

Yes

Yes

Germany

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ghana

Greece

Yes

Yes

Guatemala

Haiti

Honduras

Hungary

Yes

Iceland

Yes

India

Yes

Indonesia

Ireland (Southern)

Israel

Yes

Italy

Yes

Yes

Yes

   

Japan

Yes

Kenya

Yes

Korea (South)

Yes

Latvia

Lithuania

Libya

Malaysia

TBA

Mexico

Yes

Yes

Yes

Morocco

New Guinea

No

Will not extradite

New Zealand

No

Yes

 Will not extradite if violation of military law

Nicaragua

Nigeria

No

Yes

 

 

 

"No treaty exists between US and Nigeria to mandate repatriation of draft dodgers"

Norway

No

Yes

Discretion of Foreign Ministry

Panama

Yes

Yes

 

Peru

Yes

Case by case basis

Philippines

Yes

Yes

 

Poland

No

Yes

Yes

"Extradition can also be denied if military offense does not constitute a felon under existing national penal code (Art 5, subsection 4)"

Portugal

No

Yes

 

Russia

No

Yes

пїЅNo agreement for extradition existsпїЅ

Slovakia

 

South Africa

No*

Yes

- * "The Executive Authority of The Requested State shall refuse extradition for offences under military law that are not offences under ordinary criminal law."

Spain

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Sweden

No

No, if only crime is against military law

Switzerland

No

Yes

No, if only crime is against military law

Tahiti (French)

 

Thailand

Yes

Yes

 

The Netherlands

 

Tibet

 

Trinidad Tobago

 

Turkey

Yes

Yes

 

UK

Yes

Yes

 

Ukraine

Yes

 

Vatican City

 

Venezuela

Yes

 

Vietnam

 

Zimbabwe

 


Much has happened since we began our investigation into the potential for a new draft. For that reason, we've decided to add periodic updates to this continuing story. (see below)

____

4/20/04
US Senator says "US May Need Compulsory Service to Boost Iraq Force"
- Quoting a senior Republican lawmaker today, Agence France Presse reported: "Deteriorating security in Iraq may force the United States to reintroduce the military draft."

Read Now

Please note the following updates to this story:

5/5/04
Selective Service Has Plans to Include Drafting Women and Increasing Eligibility Age to 35
- The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported this weekend that the Chief of the Selective Service System has proposed registering women for the military draft; and that young Americans should be required to regularly inform the government about whether they have training in skills needed by the Armed Services.
Read full article here

9/7/04
Stop Loss - by Stan Goff
The Republican National Convention was about war. As Zell Miller reminded the faithful, "It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech." This unacknowledged quotation from Miller's fellow Marine, Father Denis O'Brian, brought a gush of adulation from the Grand Old Party, who love to be assured that all good things come from violence. So long as the Americans are on one side, anybody on the other side is to be regarded as the Gestapo wrapped in the Wehrmacht; once the U.S. starts fighting, the enemy is magically transformed into a mighty horde of well-armed Nazis bent on shutting down the New York Times. Miller made clear that if "this marine" (and the other marines) are on a mission, then by God / by definition, that mission is bound to protect civil liberties rather than mock, curtail, and destroy them at home and abroad.
Read full article here

 

 



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