Wednesday, 2 November 2005

"Medical Reserve Corps" collecting names ... for a medical draft?

I’ve been meaning for some time to post a pointer to the Medical Reserve Corps for those concerned about possible military conscription of health care workers .

According to the Web site:

In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush
announced the USA Freedom Corps, an initiative designed to promote and organize volunteerism and service in the United States. USA Freedom Corps is comprised of several organizations, including Citizen Corps…. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), which organizes and prepares medical professionals for emergencies … is a community-based and specialized component of Citizen Corps.

Despite this rhetoric of “volunteerism”, the Medical Reserve Corps has been seeking to obtain for the USA Federal government lists of (non-volunteer) members of medical and related professional associations.

I was alerted to this by a medical first responder who works as a ski patroller, and who learned of a National Ski Patrol (NSP) meeting earlier this year in which “One of the items of business apparently covered a request by the U.S. military’s manpower and mobilization command for a membership database from the National Ski Patrol.”

As several members of the organization wrote:

We are extremely displeased that NSP would consider doing so…. We do not want our patrol roster or the names or other information about our patrollers released to any entity not directly related to our mission as ski patrollers. Adding to our concern is our knowledge that U.S. military planners view a draft of medical specialists as necessary to sustain widened or prolonged combat in our current wars and military occupations overseas.

It’s not clear to me that Medical Reserve Corps is assembling a database of medical professionals and their skills for the purpose of facilitating a medical draft (rather that merely for the purpose of soliciting them to volunteer) in case of “national emergency” (the time-honored excuse for conscription).

But it’s possible that this is simply a “front” through which lists of medical personnel could be acquired by other Federal agencies, which could be made available to the Selective Slavery System in the event of a health care workers draft , so as to preempt resistance by professional organizations to providing their membership and licensing lists directly to the SS.

And even if the Medical Reserve Corps has other, legitimate uses for its database, the lack of meaningful restrictions on inter-agency sharing of data, once the Feds get hold of it, could make the temptation to use its database irresistible in the event of a medical draft.

Obviously this highlights the importance of getting professional organizations of health care workers to take positions sooner, rather than later, opposing turning over personal data to any Federal agency that could be used for a draft.

Link | Posted by Edward on Wednesday, 2 November 2005, 21:50 ( 9:50 PM)
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