Dodge the Draft?
Refuse to Volunteer
April 17, 2004
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From: "Rod Schmidt" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2004 6:40 PM
Subject: More on subject - DRAFT: NO DODGING - JUST REFUSE TO VOLUNTEER.
Does anyone remember Muhammad Ali refusing (in 1966) to take the traditional step forward and be inducted into the Army!!??
Thanks to D.R. Graham for this interesting input on "The Draft". Sounds like a lot of folks might have avoided going to Canada in the 60's had they known
Now you'll know!
See how below:
From: douglass graham
Subject: Re: Is the Draft "Compulsory" If You "Register"?
I hope that you will not be offended if I tell you HOW THE "DRAFT" works. I realize that most people THINK they know how it works, but in most cases they are in error! AND, you can avoid the worry when 'College and Canada will not be options [because] in December 2001, Canada and the U.S. signed a "smart border declaration," which could be used to keep would-be draft dodgers in.'
Being willing (and eager) to fight for one's country when it is truly in danger is one thing. Having the courage to refuse to fight in immoral and/or
unconstitutional "wars" is quite another matter, I believe. ICE No need to "dodge" the ball if they're not allowed to hit you with it, if you merely 'take your stand' and refuse to VOLUNTEER!
1. Mr. A receives a "draft notice" and is told to report on a certain date to a certain place where he receives his physical and mental tests...then he
is classified with a number indicating whether he is A1(first called)...all the way down to 4F(unfit for duty).
2. Mr.A is told that he is to report for "induction" into the military and to appear at a certain military base for that purpose on a date specified.
3. By "LAW" he must appear there...or a warrant for his arrest will be issued.
4. Assuming he reports as directed he will have another brief physical and tests and then is told to "line up on the yellow line (painted on the floor)
5. A Recruiting Officer will then tell all those "joining the army (or whatever)to take one step forward...(Oh, oh, THOSE WHO DID THIS JUST
"VOLUNTEERED!")This is done so that no one can "legally" claim they were "forced into involuntary servitude!" "RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND AND SWEAR ALLEGIANCE." (almost everyone does!...thinking it must be REQUIRED!): "I, (name) do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America and will defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic, and will obey the orders of the President and the officers appointed over me, so help me God."
6. Those who "voluntarily" stepped forward CANNOT NOW CLAIM THEY WERE"DRAFTED"...they stepped forward voluntarily and took the Oath voluntarily!
7. Assume Mr. B was smarter than Mr. A and HE DID NOT STEP FORWARD ANDTHEREFORE DID NOT TAKE THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE. (the recruiter will probably say something like this: "what's the matter with you, don't you know what' step forward' means?" Mr. B responds, "sure I do, but I AM NOTVOLUNTEERING TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY...If you want me you must 'take me' against my will by force!"
8. All of those who "volunteered" will now be excused from the room...and the Mr. B will be cajoled with persuasive arguments...at first...then, when
nothing works to change his mind he will be called names and insulted, possibly even assaulted by one or more military people present there as
9.IF Mr. B does not weaken, stands his ground, eventually the tormentors will give up and have him arrested on some charge. However, there is NO
lawful way that they can MAKE him go into the military...because of the Constitutional prohibition against "involuntary servitude"...which is why NO
ONE IS TRULY EVER "DRAFTED" AND MUST BE "SEDUCED " INTO VOLUNTEERING!
D. R. Graham Ret. Sci. Instr. & Ret. Mil. Off'r, AUS
7. Assume Mr. B was smarter than Mr.A and HE DID NOT STEP FORWARD ANDTHEREFORE DID NOT TAKE THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE. (the recruiter will probably >say something like this: "what's the matter with you, don't you know what 'step forward' means?" Mr. B responds, "sure I do, but I AM NOT >VOLUNTEERING TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY...If you want me you must 'take me'
against my will by force!"
8. All of those who "volunteered" will now be excused from the room...and >the Mr.B will be cajoled with persuasive arguments...at first...then, when
nothing works to change his mind he will be called names and insulted, >possibly even assaulted by one or more military people present there as
One thing to say at this point is what the cops are coached to say on the witness stand: "Am I ordered?"
If the recruiter says No, then obviously you're OK. If the recruiter says Yes, then "By what authority do you, a military officer, order me, a
civilian?" If the recruiter says anything else, repeat the question until you get Yes or No.
If the recruiter says "I order you by the authority of the United States Government" then "Which clause of the Constitution gives you, a military
officer, to order me, a civilian?"
Another thing to say is: "Am I free to go?" If the recruiter says Yes, then obviously leave. If the recruiter says No, then "Am I under arrest?
Am I your prisoner? Am I kidnapped? If I'm not free, then what am I?" and again, keep repeating the question.
Another thing to say is: "I want an attorney."
Another thing to say is, of course, nothing at all. I think I would go with "Am I free to go?" because if you get to Yes, then you can leave and he
would look bad ordering an arrest. If you ask the question three times and don't get a yes or no, then "Well I must be free to go, because I asked you
three times and you won't tell me I'm not." Then I would slowly turn around and leave, and if he keeps trying to interact I would just keep repeating
=== Here's an excerpt from a book:
The Army induction officer instructed the draftees to "take one step forward" as their names were called, and said that step would signify their
induction into the Army. When reluctant Willie's name was called, he answered present, but did not step forward. After the ceremony, he went
home instead of to camp. When the MP's came for him, he went to court for a writ of habeas corpus to retain his freedom. "The officer himself," Willie argued, "said the step forward is what would make me a soldier. As I didn't take the step, I'm still a civilian and the Army has no claim on me."
Counsel for the Army replied, "The Army isn't being run by childish games. Willie and a hundred others appeared to be inducted, and he was
inducted before the whole group as any fool there could plainly see." Willie retained his civilian status. The court ruled that the draft law required some definite ceremony to transform a civilian into a soldier. As the Army decided to have one step forward constitute the ceremony, and Willie didn't take the step, he wasn't a soldier. U.S. Court of Appeals, 1954
Note: Willie was sent another induction notice and was told draft-evasion charges would be filed if he hung back. Willie stepped forward and served his time in the Army, as ordered. Published in the Saturday Evening Post, republished in "You Be the Judge," The Curtis Publishing Company, 1979
P.S.: To prove draft evasion, I believe they must prove an "affirmative act" and failing to step forward is not an affirmative act.
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