Archive for Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Students to military: Stop calling us

April 25, 2006


— The Defense Department is violating the privacy of millions of high school students' nationwide with a detailed database it uses for military recruitment, a federal lawsuit filed Monday claims.

The New York Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of six high schoolers, saying the department is ignoring privacy rules set by Congress regarding the collection and distribution of students' personal information.

Military officials have said they have about 30 million names in the database. The Pentagon said last year the list includes high school students ages 16-18 and college students, and includes such information as the students' Social Security numbers, gender and race.

Hope Reichbach, a 17-year-old senior at Hunter College High School in Manhattan and a plaintiff, said she contacted the NYCLU after she had tried unsuccessfully to get her name removed from lists and databases that she said subjected her to repeated calls from recruiters.

"I want them to leave me and other students alone," Reichbach said.


LRT 12 years, 1 month ago

These students do have a point. Furthermore, I have heard of instances where the recruiters have been rather aggressive, so much so that it was borderline rude.

Lepanto1571 12 years, 1 month ago

This is just comepletely shocking. The ever-reliable "freethinking" student population of American mall children want it both ways? Say it isn't so. Let see, they don't want a draft, that's a given. BUT, they don't want to grant recruiters the freedom and latitude to do the jobs required of an all-volunteer force, because after all these recruiters are FORCING them into military service. Ah, tell the recruiters to go elsewhere, these easily scandalized little hearts live under the delusion that they possess rights to not be offended or moderately compelled.

What a living hell it must be to be a perpetual adolescent and live off the capital of freedom granted by the exertions of men and women better than themselves, in whose mighty company they wish not to be counted.

Recruiters note: Don't want 'em, don't need 'em. They're historically unreliable. Find the farmboys. It is they, not the psuedo-intellectuals who have always bore the burdens of insuring liberty anyway.

Kids these days.

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