<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: No draft, huh? Want to buy a bridge?

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

No draft, huh? Want to buy a bridge?

According to today's NY Times, the Selective Service has been working on contingency plans for drafting doctors, nurses, and other health care workers in case of a "national emergency."

In a confidential report this summer, the Times says, a contractor hired by the Selective Service described how such a draft might work, how to get people to go along with it, and how to shape public opinion and communicate with health care professionals, "whose lives could be disrupted."

Of course, such contacts must be limited, low key, and discreet, the report said, because "overtures from Selective Service to the medical community will be seen as precursors to a draft," and that could alarm the public.

Read all about it: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/19/politics/19draft.html?

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