Veterans Equal Rights Protection advocacy, VERPA,
has a Bill to abolish the Feres Doctrine before the Senate Judiciary Committee awaiting an S#. Senator Specter has had this
information since October, 2002. His administrative assistant promised us last week that the paperwork would be signed in time for Veterans Day.
So what has this got to do with the Draft?
Let me explain Feres to you and then I will show how you and others can avoid the Draft.
Feres died in a barracks fire on a military installation in New York in 1946. His wife sued the government for negligence and lost.
In 1945, Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson temporarily stepped down from the bench because he had been nominated to become the lead prosecutor at
the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal. Ironically, after witnessing the presentation of crimes against humanity against the Nazi defendants, Justice
Jackson became the author of the Feres Doctrine.
Feres negates the First Amendment Right to seek redress for grievances against the government for ANY crime. The Supreme Court upheld the Feres
Doctrine in 1950.
The wording of the Feres Doctrine is all inclusive; it states that no member of the military, or their families, may bring suit against the government
for ANY crime "incidental to service".
We at VERPA specifically noted that we do not address wounds or death suffered in combat.
What we are concerned about, and have case files on, are the crimes of murder, rape, assault, torture, negligence, medical malpractice, nuclear
experimentation, medical experimentation, false arrest, perjury, witness tampering, witness intimidation, conspiracy to obstruct justice, secreting
violations of attorney client relationship, treason and more.
Current members of the Supreme court have opined that Feres is "bad law" and that Congress has the power to abolish it.
How can a person be expected to take the oath of enlistment and swear to protect and defend the Constitution of The United States while simultaneously
forfeiting their Right to seek redress under the very same Constitution? There is something very wrong with this picture.
Feres has been on the books for 54 years and not one person entering the service has ever been advised of it's existence. No one finds out about
Feres until it is too late.
Congress does not have the power to remove, alter, erase or otherwise modify the First Amendment. Our fore fathers decided that seeking redress for
grievance against the government was so important that they put it in the First Amendment.
If Feres is still a law of the land when the Draft is reinstated, affecting ALL men and women between the ages of 18-34, prospective draftees can
choose not to take the oath of enlistment because they refuse to forfeit their Right to seek redress as guaranteed by the Constitution.
So, as long as the Feres Doctrine remains adopted by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court, no American can be compelled to accept the oath of
enlistment to join any of the Armed Forces of The United States.
There used to be an expression; "You can't go to war without bullets". That is now modified to; "You can't go to war without trigger
Chairman of The Board of VERPA