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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Stopping The "Stop-Loss"

"John Doe", a decorated US Marines veteran has filed a lawsuit claiming the illegality of the government's attempt to extend the reservists' stay in the military past their official discharge date. The practice, known as the "stop-loss", amounts to effectively compelling an individual to stay in the military beyond what he or she has voluntarily subscribed to, effectively keeping them in uniform against their will.

There is a name for this practice. It is called "military draft". If you prefer a different term, you can call that "conscription". And I certainly believe that if conscription were to become part of our life, it needs to be properly legislated, not run through the back door the way the Bush administration is attempting to do it.

But for now,- all power to "John Doe"!

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