9th Circuit Upholds Backdoor Draft
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to invalidate the military's "stop loss" policy." As a result, National Guard members who served their eight years will be forced to go back to Iraq.
The courts have generally upheld the so-called "stop loss" law that authorizes President Bush to suspend service agreements of many armed forces personnel for national security reasons. Thousands of soldiers have been redeployed under stop loss orders.
In court briefs, the government told the appeals court Thursday that "soldiers are essential to the national security, and their service in the face of hardship is a crucial source of the strength of our nation."
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