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October 10, 2008

Canada integrating their economy with European Union





From the 3/10/08 Globe & Mail story "Provinces key to EU trade deal, Quebec Premier says" by Karen Howlett (subscriber-only here, excerpted here):
Canada's premiers will play a pivotal role in the country's efforts to integrate its economy with the 27 nations of the European Union, Quebec Premier Jean Charest says.

Preliminary talks between Canadian and European officials will begin on Oct. 17 at a summit in Montreal. The provinces' role in the negotiations will be instrumental to the fate of the proposed massive agreement because it involves issues that primarily fall under their jurisdiction, Mr. Charest told The Globe and Mail yesterday.

No deal could happen without the premiers at the table, he said.

"Unless we are fully involved in the negotiations, we are not going to get the deal we want," Mr. Charest said...

He described the proposed pact as a groundbreaking initiative on a scale that has never been attempted. The accord would go well beyond the scope of the NAFTA agreement between Canada and the United States by encompassing not only trade in goods and services but also the free movement of skilled workers and an open market in government services and procurement.

The pitch he is making to Europeans is to do a deal with Canada that can serve as a model for something far more ambitious with the United States.
See also 3/12/08's Corporate global govenance? "Transatlantic Economic Union"? Open borders at the State Department and 5/8/07's "Bush OKs 'integration' with European Union".

Posted at 03:09 PM



August 20, 2008

Socialist VP candidate: common U.S.-Mexico currency, "North American Banking Authority"

Various persons, including those on the left and far-left, have scoffed at the idea that there's a push for a North American Union and a common NA currency (called the Amero). Now, from the fringes of their movement comes one of their own to call for essentially the same thing (link):
During a decade when border issues between the U.S. and Mexico have intensified and the Democrats and Republicans have gone on the attack against immigrants, Vice Presidential Candidate Stewart A. Alexander is proposing a common U.S.-Mexican currency and establishing a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) for working people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

To accomplish his goal, Stewart Alexander says it will be necessary to restructure the entire banking industry; all banking and financial institutions would be socially owned, and operated by a North American Banking Authority that would be democratically controlled...

Posted at 09:33 PM



August 12, 2008

City of Tucson partners with Guadalajara; "Regional Economic Integration" with Mexican state (Sonora)

From this:
Tucson has signed an agreement to promote regional economic development with the Mexican city of Guadalajara.

Global Advantage, a University of Arizona Office of Economic Development program signed the agreement with a sister-agency in Guadalajara...

The venture's partners are Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc., Tucson Chamber of Commerce, The Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Tucson Airport Authority, MatchMex, Arizona Department of Commerce, Tucson-Mexico Sister Cities and UA.
See the comments for more, such as the suggestion that this arrangement is unconstitutional.

The comments also mention the "Arizona-Sonora Economic Region"; Guadalajara is in another Mexican state, but Sonora is contiguous with Arizona. It's governor Eduardo Bours has been mentioned here before. The ASER ties into the first agreement as a means of integrating the U.S. and Mexican economies. See also this. And, from oepa.arizona.edu/projects.aspx#Indicators:
The Arizona – Sonora Regional Economic Indicators project, initiated in 1997, monitors the region’s progress towards economic integration and global competitiveness... The indicators represent an original way of measuring the two neighboring states of Arizona and Sonora as a single economic region.

Posted at 05:11 PM



July 31, 2008

Far-lefties protest NAFTA Superhighway at Cato Institute, Washington Post

From [1]:
On Monday, July 28, SDS, backed by [activists] from both Potomac Earth First and Roadblock Earth First, staged the "Funk I-69" protest, treating the CATO institute, an office of I-69's surveyor, and the dual target(I-69 and ICC) Washington Post they way SDS normally treats military recruiters.

The first target on the menu was the neoliberal Cato Institue, one of the thinktanks responsable for NAFTA. I-69 is being built as one of several "NAFTA superhighways."
They apparently stormed the Cato lobby and were repelled by the pigs, er, the police. There are videos of the event here and here.

I support them opposing Cato and the WaPo, but, as could be expected from the groups named, they went about it the completely wrong way. What they should do instead is a) behave rather than acting out, and b) work to discredit Cato and their friends.

And, in fact, Cato and their friends are extremely vulnerable to being discredited due to the huge gaps in their thinking. SDS and their friends should go to public appearances by Cato reps and ask them questions designed to reveal those gaps, then upload their responses to video sharing sites like Youtube.

If all they want to do is have a party, then they should continue to do things like this. But, if they want to have an actual impact, work to reduce Cato's credibility.

See the posts in this category for more on the NAFTA Superhighway.

[1] news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20080730121249994

Posted at 04:35 PM



June 03, 2008

Jim Hoagland/Washington Post: Obama should create North American Union

Washington Post columnist Jim Hoagland offers "The Orthodoxy of Hope". After informing us that Fidel Castro thinks Barack Obama is "the most progressive candidate for the U.S. presidency,", Hoagland says:

Here's one example of new thinking [Obama] should pursue: The United States should apply to relations with hemispheric neighbors many of the lessons of the European Union and its half-century of economic and political integration. A functioning American Union that pools sovereignty is a goal worth introducing now. But that quest cannot start by tearing down the North American Free Trade Agreement and other hemispheric trade accords. A President Obama has to be willing to sit down with the prime minister of Canada and the president of Mexico without preconditions, such as demands for treaty renegotiations.

In the past, the Washington Post's "Fact Checker", Michael Dobbs, pronounced the NAFTA Superhighway a myth. Now, the grander scheme of a North American Union is being promoted in his newspaper. Expect to see more articles attempting to mainstream the idea, as hacks switch from denying it to trying to sell it. Note also that Barack Obama came out for Bush's SPP.gov, a possible precursor to a NAU.

Posted at 05:20 PM



May 28, 2008

Lindsey Graham denies NAU, smears Buddy Witherspoon (Beth Brotherton/WYFF; Robert Morris/Myrtle Beach Online)

Buddy Witherspoon is a dentist from Columbia, South Carolina who's challenging Senator Lindsay Graham, and he's apparently basing his campaign around opposition to illegal immigration and also opposition to the North American Union.

Rather than asking for evidence of plans for a NAU and doing research, Beth Brotherton from WYFF News 4 turned to Graham:
"I think most Americans would find it hard to believe, it is hard to believe, a baseless Internet rumor... People on the Internet talk about a highway built from Mexico to Canada, the countries merging, a secret plan to create a new currency, I don't know where these things come from... But the U.S., Canada and Mexico merging into one country is nothing to worry about."
(It doesn't help that Witherspoon refers to the "trans-NAFTA highway" rather than the term everyone else uses, "NAFTA Superhighway".)

A slightly less disreputable article is from Robert Morris/Myrtle Beach Online, who offers "Graham foe against any merger with Mexico" (link):
"They could be carrying illegal aliens, they could be carrying smart bombs, they could be carrying munitions or they could be carrying drugs," Witherspoon said, although he never professed a firm belief in any such union. "We don't know. But if that happens, you might as well kiss your sovereignty goodbye."

Similar theories were promoted by Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, leading to an article called "Wrong Paul" on the nonpartisan Factcheck.org. That article calls the highway a "myth" and states that there are no plans for such a union.

Graham campaign manager Scott Farmer said Thursday night he was unaware of any secret plan or government conspiracy to merge the three countries into one, or any new international currency intended to replace the dollar.
The referenced article (factcheck.org/elections-2008/wrong_paul.html) is from Joe Miller and it's a stock dose of mockery and intellectual dishonesty. Surely, if Robert Morris were interested in the truth he could have mentioned that other sites offer supporting evidence.

Posted at 04:30 PM



"North American Model Parliament" meets (Canada, students, North American Forum on Integration)

From this:
A simulation of a North American Parliament, designed to "develop the participants' sense of belonging to North America" and "and promote the creation of North American academia networks" is currently taking place in Montreal.

100 selected students from universities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico have been selected to take on the roles of Legislators, Journalists and Lobbyists, in the fourth annual Triumvirate of the North American Forum on Integration...

...The Triumvirate even has its own mock newspaper, operated by the students playing the roles of journalists. According to NAFI, the TrilatHerald, "covers the developments and evolution of the debates, the press conferences, and interviews with conference speakers, legislators and lobbyists."

This highlights the importance the architects of the North American union agenda place upon the role of the media. Public perception is key, reporting on the movement must be strictly framed to project a positive image and this is why the role of journalists is placed on a par with that of legislators and lobbyists by the organizers...

The board of directors of NAFI includes Stephen Blank, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Robert Pastor, vice chairman of the CFR Task Force on North America and professor and director of the Center for North American Studies at American University...
This year's event's homepage is fina-nafi.org/eng/triumvirat08/default.asp. For last year's event, see this.

Posted at 12:25 PM



April 20, 2008

SPP North American Leaders Summit April 21, 22 in New Orleans

The fourth annual "North American Leaders Summit" - part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership started by George Bush - will be held Monday and Tuesday in New Orleans and will be attended by Bush, Felipe Calderon of Mexico, and Stephen Harper of Canada. Expect the news reports about the event to be credulous. Speaking of which, Norma Greenaway of the Canwest News Service/Ottawa Citizen offers this:

The annual leaders' gathering, popularly referred to as the Amigos Summit, is being held against the backdrop of a gripping race for the U.S. presidency where the North American Free Trade Agreement has become a favourite punching bag of Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama... The two have promised to kill or rewrite the pact if elected president as they compete for the support of voters, many of whom blame NAFTA for job losses, especially in the manufacturing sector.

Well, not exactly. Obama recently spoke in code, indicating his support for the SPP process, and of course there's GoolsbeeGate to consider. Her paper was given ("obtained") a warning to the leaders from the "North American Competitiveness Council", a group of major businesses such as Home Depot:

Among other things, [the warning] expressed frustration over "serious roadblocks" that have hampered efforts to make borders within North America more efficient and secure... "Our most critical request to the leaders is for them to ensure that the SPP remains a dynamic and effective path forward for trilateral and bilateral co-operation," says the report, urging the leaders to make clear "sustained progress on the SPP agenda is a strategic priority."... "To the extent NAFTA itself continues to be a target, efforts to "deepen NAFTA" will be largely unsuccessful," [a draft version of the warning] said... A senior U.S. official, briefing American reporters on the leaders' summit, said Friday the pact is a winner for all three countries. Dan Fisk said the value of trade among the three countries had grown to almost $1 trillion from $290 billion in 1994, the year NAFTA took effect... "We want to find ways to, frankly, convince the American people from our perspective, first and foremost that this is an arrangement that has worked for us, and it's also worked for our neighbours," said Fisk, [Senior Director in the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere].

An earlier meeting with Condoleezza Rice resulted in Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa saying this:

"We have also discussed that we should strengthen and make a permanent commitment with the continuity of this high-level dialogue in North America at all levels and particularly at the level of heads of state and government."

Becky Bohrer of the Associated Press red baits here, following this paragraph with a quote from one of the "People's Summit" protesters with a quote from someone from the U.S. Marxist-Leninist Organization:

One target of protesters is expected to be the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. They say the pact, which aims to share information between the three governments and smooth out regulatory differences, is a threat to national sovereignty and an attempt to create a military partnership to enforce the North American Free Trade Agreement.

This quotes Fisk:

"We think NAFTA works... We think the record of its past 14 years shows that it works. There's nothing broken. Why fix a success?"

This lets something slip:

It is more like a progress report on how the three countries are integrating... Bush's agenda will start today with the reopening of the Mexican Consulate in New Orleans...

Greg Flakus of the publicly-funded Voice of America - a source not intended to spread disinformation inside America - leads with the thoughts of someone from the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau here, offering not just one but two pictures of her.

Ben Feller of the Associated Press offers this:

Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the three countries benefit by working together against competition from China and India. "North America needs to maintain its economic unity," said Donohue, who is taking part in the summit.

Posted at 10:03 PM



April 02, 2008

Barack Obama: no evidence of North American Union, confirms NAFTA Superhighway (?), says not CFR member

In Lancaster, Pennsylvania on 3/31/08, an audience member asked Barack Obama whether he's a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and asks about the North American Union. He denied being a member of the CFR, and said he didn't see any evidence of the NAU. However, in his discussion of the NAU he described something sounding an awful lot like the NAFTA Superhighway. If you go to one of his appearances, read back his statements (below) and tell him that he came close to verifying something that we're told doesn't exist.

And, if Obama is truthful when he says he sees no evidence of the NAU - for instance as a gleam in the eyes of powerful people - then he's not qualified for major public office. But, we knew that already. Were he an honest and brave politician he'd acknowledge that there are plenty of signs that powerful forces want something like a NAU, and he'd work to oppose them.

Details after the clip.

Regarding the CFR, Obama says he doesn't know whether he's an "official member", but says he's spoken there in the past. He then says:

"the CFR is basically just a forum where a bunch of people talk about foreign policy... so there's no official membership... I don't have a card or an [inaudible, perhaps 'special'] handshake or anything like that..."

For the last part of that he was mocking the questioner, causing the audience to laugh right along with him. And, of course, he was lying about them just being a forum; they're obviously much more and almost all top government officials for the past several administrations have been members. In fact, here's CFR member Dick Cheney - standing next to David Rockefeller - laughing about not telling the folks back in Wyoming that he's a member: link.

Obama then pretends not to remember that the final word in NAU is "Union", asking the original questioner for the word. He says he sees no evidence of it taking place. Then, perhaps saying more than his handlers would like him to say, he goes on:

It was based partly on the fact that there's this highway being built in Texas that will facilitate more transportation and travel between Mexico and the intercontinental United States, on up to Canada so people have perceived that this potentially means that somehow there's gonna be this Union like the European Union... there's no evidence that that's taking place.

So, it runs from Mexico to Canada, and will facilitate transportation. Sounds like... an intercontinental trade corridor, no? In fact, it certainly sounds like the NAFTA Superhighway, something that hacks have worked night and day to deny. In fact, most of them, if they acknowledge the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) at all, stop right there and don't go past, say, Oklahoma. But, brave soul that he is, Obama went all the way up to Canada.

Posted at 11:45 PM



March 13, 2008

Corporate global govenance? "Transatlantic Economic Union"? Open borders at the State Department

Today's must read article:
A largely unreported meeting held at the State Department [under the auspices of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, or ACIEP] discussed integration of the U.S., Mexico and Canada in concert with a move toward a transatlantic union, linking a North American community with the European Union.

...Several participants said the premise of the [Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America/SPP] is to create a North American business platform to benefit North America-based multi-national companies the way the European Union benefits its own.

Others noted the premise of the [U.S.-EU Transatlantic Economic Council/TEC] is to create a convergence of administrative rules and regulations between Europe and North America, anticipating the creation of a "Transatlantic Economic Union" between the European Union and North America.

...Other participants argued regional alliances were still important, if only to put in place the institutional bases that ultimately would lead to global governance on uniform global administrative regulations favorable to multi-national corporations.

"North America should be a premiere platform to establish continental institutions," a participant said. "That's why we need to move the security perimeters to include the whole continent, especially as we open the borders between North American countries for expanding free trade."

...[One presentation included] Open Borders – to facilitate the free movement of labor to markets where employment opportunities are available.

The discussion pointed out the SPP trilateral working groups and the Transatlantic Economic Council were being supported by top-level Cabinet officers and the heads of state in both the EU and in North America.

WND also reported the Transatlantic Policy Network, a non-governmental organization headquartered in Washington and Brussels and advised by a bi-partisan congressional policy group chaired by Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, has called for the creation of a Transatlantic Common Market between the U.S. and the European Union by 2015...

Posted at 08:34 PM



March 03, 2008

The Laura Carlsen Farce (denies North American Union from slightly-honest Left)

Laura Carlsen of the "Americas Program, Center for International Policy" (who also blogs at americasmexico.blogspot.com) offers "The North American Union Farce" (link). She raises issues with the Security and Prosperity Partnership, but she also disputes that it could be a precursor to a North American Union. This is the "slightly-honest Left" version of NAU denials, as opposed to those on the Left who are useful idiots or worse and who reflexively dismiss all concerns simply because of those who express those concerns (a recent example: Alex Pareene). She has her own issues to deal with:

While the lack of transparency and the U.S. corporate and security-dominated agenda of the SPP are cause for great concern, they are not evidence of a plot to move toward a North American Union. Among the most bizarre assumptions of NAU scaremongers is the contention that the SPP will threaten U.S. sovereignty and erase borders. The idea of a regional union that effaces U.S. sovereignty is light-years away from George W. Bush's foreign policy of unilateral action and disdain for international law and institutions. On the contrary, the precepts of the Bush administration's foreign policy point to a return to the neocon belief that the world would be a better place if the U.S. government just ran everything.

Of course, under some form of continental integration, the U.S. - or at least U.S.-based elites working with elites in the other countries - would be the ones running things, all comfortably unilateraly.

Then, it's on to the, "stop worrying about your issues, worry about mine!" part:

Given the absolute lack of factual data to support the existence of a secret plan to create a North American Union, it's tempting to assume that the NAU scare was put forth as a red herring to divert attention from real issues facing the country. By channeling the insecurities of white working-class Americans into belief in an attack on U.S. sovereignty, the NAU myth obscures the very real globalization issues raised by NAFTA—job loss, labor insecurity, the surge in illegal immigration, and racial tensions caused by the portrayal of immigrants as invaders. This is convenient for both rightwing politicians and the government and business elites they attack because real solutions to these problems would include actions anathema to the right, including unionization, enforcement of labor rights, comprehensive immigration reform, and regulation of the international market. Instead, these options are shunted aside with the redefinition of the problem as a conspiracy of anti-American elites.

1. It would be extraordinarily foolish to wait for a smoking gun before worrying about the possibility of a NAU emerging.

2. Those racial tensions aren't caused by a small number of commentors referring to an "invasion", but to the presence itself of the illegal aliens.

3. The elites trying to encourage the rest of us to think they're conspiring against us is the cover for what's in effect a conspiracy by the elites? Does that make sense to anyone else?

4. Needless to say, many of those on the right support "comprehensive immigration reform", something that would assist the elites and something that would make the situation even worse.

5. Those who support "free" trade are obviously quite willing to fluff up the pillows a bit; witness Barack Obama's proposals to slightly left-ify NAFTA, something that has no doubt been vetted as acceptable by those who support "free" trade. See, of course, his recent article in which, speaking in code, he came out in support of the SPP.

Posted at 11:38 PM



Alberta government removes NAFTA Superhighway map from their website

The Alberta, Canada government's Infrastructure and Transportation Department's website used to include a map showing the NAFTA Superhighway on an image of North America, designated as such. Now, the page with the map has been removed:

www.infratrans.gov.ab.ca/INFTRA_Content/docType56/Production/pol306.htm

Fortunately, you can see the map here, here, here, and here, as well as below:

nafta superhighway map alberta canada

5/28/08 UPDATE: I found another copy of the map here: infratrans.gov.ab.ca/2760.htm

Posted at 12:26 PM



February 22, 2008

Why Alex Pareene is a tool

Alex Pareene - formerly with Wonkette and now with Gawker - offers a fifth-graders attempt at North American Union/NAFTA Superhighway debunking here. The only problem is... there's nothing there, just snark and bad attempts at humor. He evens links to the Michael Dobbs debunking at the Washington Post (link), apparently without realizing how many of the comments there debunked the debunking.

In the unlikely event that anyone would ever take anything Alez Pareene says seriously, see the other posts in this category or even just the comments at the WaPo link. Many of those on the left in the U.S. are useful idiots for those who favor schemes like the NAU; those behind the schemes know they can count on those useful idiots to in effect support something just because of the opposition, in this case Lou Dobbs, World Net Daily, and so forth. On the other hand, opposition to these schemes in Canada comes from both the right and the left.

Here's my running list of North American Union apologists.

6/10/08 UPDATE: Now he's spinning the Bilderberg meeting:
gawker.com/tag/conspiracies/?
i=5015021&t=secret-new-world-order-meeting-inspires-awesome-blast-emails

Posted at 03:38 PM



February 20, 2008

Barack Obama promises "security and prosperity in North America" (work with Mexico, immigration "reform")

Yet another laundry list of promises is available in the article "I will repair our relationship with Mexico" (link), supposedly written by Barack Obama himself. It contains two phrases with "prosperity" and "security" together in relation to North America and even the use of "partnership" at the end. Those three words are also in the name of a government effort called the Security and Prosperity Partnership (spp.gov), something that may be a precursor to a North American Union. Given the use of those terms - and the fact that he mentions SPP meetings - that probably wasn't accidental and he may be dog whistling to those in the loop. (He's not alone in using those words: Fred Thompson's slogan was "Security, Unity, Prosperity".)
Under George W. Bush, the United States has not lived up to its historic role as a leader in the Western Hemisphere. As president, I will restore that leadership by working to advance the common prosperity and security of all of the people of the Americas. That work must begin with a renewed strategic partnership with Mexico.

...Mexico's President Felipe Calderon just traveled across the United States but didn't even go to Washington, which isn't that surprising given how little Mr. Bush has done to improve relations.
Calderon did meet with an Obama co-chair, and he may have avoided Washington because he needed the time to visit their outposts, or national politicians realized how damaging it would be to be seen with him, or he didn't want to be too obvious. And, of course, Obama is being unkind: Bush has done his best to reach out to Mexico, even going as far as making a pledge to the Mexican government.

Then, it's on to the part explicitly about the SPP meetings:
Starting my first year in office, I will convene annual meetings with Mr. Calderon and the prime minister of Canada. Unlike similar summits under President Bush, these will be conducted with a level of transparency that represents the close ties among our three countries. We will seek the active and open involvement of citizens, labor, the private sector and non-governmental organizations in setting the agenda and making progress.
Those NGOs would probably include unsavory groups which Obama has outreached to, and whether the institutional forces that favor the SPP would allow him any form of actual transparency is doubtful. I think we can put that down as "far-left groups + citizen useful idiots who'll be used for show."

Then, he (surprise!) promotes "comprehensive immigration reform", i.e., amnesty as well as anti-drug trafficking measures. And:
It's also time to develop a bilateral strategy for lifting up our border communities. Six and a half million Americans live in cities and towns next to the border, and 61 million Americans live in the four states that border Mexico. Too often we neglect the unique needs of these communities, which are integrated with their sister cities across the border. As president, I will work with state and local governments to enhance cross-border partnerships in transportation, law enforcement, environmental protection, health care and water usage.
Some cities like El Paso and smaller towns are somewhat integrated with their neighbors, but perhaps we should remind Obama that there's a border there, and those cities and towns are part of the U.S. not Mexico. I don't think that's as strong a distinction for him as it should be and as it is for the vast majority of Americans.

Then, he wants to "amend" - not repeal or sharply overhaul - NAFTA. This is the standard Democratic line of fluffing the pillows of those affected by that deal. And, he wants to send unspecified money to Mexico, pretending that that will somehow reduce illegal immigration.

Then, it's on to the "We Can Stop The Hate"-style part:
Finally, we have to recognize the connection between our rhetoric and our relations – both with Mexico and within our own borders. We can and should have a robust debate about immigration reform, but we should never demonize or scapegoat any ethnic group. Already, we have seen an unacceptable spike in hate crimes aimed at Latinos across America. This has proven divisive here at home, and it risks poisoning our relations with Latin America.
Obama has no interest in a "robust" debate, he simply wants to shut the voices of millions out of the debate by calling them names and smearing them as "scapegoaters".

Then, he uses all three SPP words in the same paragraph. I wonder who he's trying to send a message to:
Our relationship with Mexico should serve as a bridge to greater security and prosperity in North America and to better relations with Latin America. But we cannot achieve this partnership unless we engage in sustained and focused diplomacy, and develop a more effective working relationship with our neighbor to the south.

Posted at 02:28 PM



February 17, 2008

Vicente Fox asked about North American Union (We Are Change group)

The We Are Change group - aka "The Truthers" - asked Vicente Fox about the North American Union at a recent speech he gave, and even followed him down the escalator asking him more questions. Unfortunately, the questions were lame and generated meaningless replies. I also wonder exactly when this was made; I posted about a visit he made to L.A. in January of last year. Their writeup on the "interview" is here, but that doesn't include a date when the video was made.

While it's good that they did this, it would have been far better if they'd asked better, more specific questions that a) would be more accessible to those who aren't familiar with this topic, and b) that couldn't be answered with stock replies.

Posted at 03:50 PM



February 09, 2008

Felipe Calderon wants to "integrate the economies in the Western Hemisphere" (James McKinley)

James C. McKinley Jr. of the New York Times interviewed Mexican president Felipe Calderon about his upcoming U.S. tour (link):

In the interview, Mr. Calderon argued that the only way the Americas could remain competitive in a world where China and Europe were emerging as major powers once again is to integrate the economies in the Western Hemisphere. He warned that the United States was losing influence.

On a side note, McKinley also gives a false impression in this:

In an interview on Thursday, Mr. Calderon said he found the recent immigrant bashing in American society deeply troubling.

If McKinley wanted to be a real reporter - instead of someone who's just good at note-taking - he would have put "bashing" in quotes and forced Calderon to defend his assertion. As it is, that characterization is coming from the NYT itself.

Posted at 08:04 PM



January 09, 2008

Will Wilkinson/Cato openly promotes North American Union

A tactic used by those who seek to deny that powerful forces are pushing for a North American Union is first to deny that such a plan exists, and then to say something like, "but, if it did, would it be such a bad thing?"

One of those trying to retail the idea of a NAU is Will Wilkinson of the Cato Institute, who, speaking on the radio show Marketplace, says:
There are some who believe a grave threat to American sovereignty looms over the horizon. A shadowy cabal, they say, is planning a massive "NAFTA superhighway," a new North American currency, and a common market in goods and labor. It will all culminate in an E.U.-like North American Union.

It turns out this is mostly fantasy. But the fantasy is more dream than nightmare. Because some aspects of a North American Union would leave Americans and our neighbors both richer and freer.

...The best solution to America's immigration problem is not a wall or a new crackdown on the hiring of undocumented workers. It's NAFTA's unfinished business: a common North American labor market. It's illogical and impractical to create a single North American economy that integrates markets for goods, capital, raw materials, services, and information but tries to keep labor markets divided...
Obviously, all the arguments against the NAU scheme apply, including the fact that subjecting U.S. citizens to decisions by Mexican and Canadian bureaucrats, undermining the U.S. Constitution, and giving the corrupt Mexican government even more political power inside the U.S. are the opposite of freedom.

Click his name above to read about a Reason Magazine article written by Wilkinson that closely tracked a satire I'd written a couple weeks earlier and sent to that magazine as a real proposal.

Posted at 10:44 AM



December 09, 2007

Matt Stearns/McClatchy smears Ron Paul, joins list of NAFTA Superhighway deniers

Matt Stearns of McClatchy Newspapers offers "Out of bounds! Paul pushes NAFTA highway myth" (link):

In an anti-NAFTA radio ad that's airing in Iowa, Paul denounces "powerful elites" who "want to completely erase our borders with Canada and Mexico. These special interests threaten us with a total loss of sovereignty. The NAFTA superhighway, a part of this scheme, has threatened to force thousands off their land. Some believe the highway's path will go right through Iowa. As your president, I will stop all efforts to take away America's freedom. I have always opposed and will continue to fight against NAFTA and the North American Union."

He says that lowers Paul's credibility because:

There is no NAFTA superhighway being built or in the planning stages, and no sovereignty-busting North American Union, according to federal, state and local officials. They call it an Internet urban myth spread by nativist commentators who combine legitimate efforts to improve the nation's transportation infrastructure with their rabble-rousing conspiracies.

Gosh knows we can always believe what officials tell us; whether Stearns actually buys this or is just trying to sell it, it's clear that he has no interest in doing any sort of due diligence and reporting all sides of the issue.

There have been a spate of North American Union/NAFTA Superhighway "debunking" articles printed lately, including from the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and Newsweek (see the last link). And, all of them attempt to portray those who bring up these issues as tinfoil hatters rather than acting as skeptical investigators. And, in all cases they're received pushback from commenters. Note also a similar smear attempt by CNN during the last GOP debate.

Why do none of those reports even remotely approach anything similar to real investigative journalism? Why do they all have the same kneejerk tone, and rely on the word of government officials? And, why do they continue to print articles like this even after receiving a large amount of pushback?

Posted at 12:15 PM



December 03, 2007

"NAFTA Superhighway" confirmed by Manitoba government

On November 20, 2007, the Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Manitoba, Canada (John Harvard) opened the session with his Speech from the Throne (gov.mb.ca/throne.html, cached), and in it he confirmed the existence of what he called a "Mid-Continent Trade Corridor". The only difference between that and the "NAFTA Superhighway" appears to be the name:
...In addition, Manitoba has been working with the Canadian government and state governments in the U.S. to protect and enhance our access to key trade markets. In response to U.S. border security measures, Manitoba will begin offering an enhanced driver’s licence as an affordable and secure form of identification for travelers. The new licence will be available in the fall of 2008.

Manitoba is also taking a major role in the development of a Mid-Continent Trade Corridor, connecting our northern Port of Churchill with trade markets throughout the central United States and Mexico. To advance the concept, an alliance has been built with business leaders and state and city governments spanning the entire length of the Corridor. When fully developed, the trade route will incorporate an "in-land port" in Winnipeg with pre-clearance for international shipping...
I wonder exactly what the NAU/NSH apologists will say now; will they pretend it's just an "interplanetary" conspiracy theory as Stephen Harper and George Bush did at the recent SPP summit?

The video here contains the part of the speech above, and juxtaposes it with excerpts from the SPP meeting.

12/08/07 UPDATE: Jerome Corsi picks up on this with "Canada openly proclaims NAFTA Superhighway/Readers bombard Newsweek with evidence after adverse story on Ron Paul":
A Destination-Winnipeg trade group website [destinationwinnipeg.ca/98] identifies the Mid-Continent Trade Corridor as "the northern gateway of this vast Corridor, a network of highways and railways linking the business community with cities to the south, through the U.S. and into Mexico."

The Canadian government's Canada Transport website [wd.gc.ca/mediacentre/1999/mar05-1a_e.asp] describes the Mid-Continent International Trade Corridor as a rail and highway network which stretches from Manitoba to Mexico...

"We have had that map with the NAFTA Superhighway on our website for 5 years or more," Jerry Bellikka, director of communications for the Alberta Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation told WND in a telephone interview...

"No," Bellinkka answered directly [when asked whether they're going to get rid of the map on their site]. "We have no plan to change the designation of NAFTA Superhighway on our website."
Also see infratrans.gov.ab.ca/2760.htm and infratrans.gov.ab.ca/2766.htm

Posted at 12:29 PM



November 07, 2007

Vicente Fox wants "open work force" in Americans (flat, open spaces)

I'll bet George Bush wishes he'd just keep his mouth shut. At an appearance in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania:
[Vicente Fox] called for shared agreements between countries in the Americas, creating an open work force...

...Fox referenced New York Times' columnist Thomas Friedman, calling "the world flat" and saying that NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) worked well for the U.S., Canada and Mexico to create jobs, even if American manufacturing jobs were exported. He told the audience that open borders would create economic prosperity for the U.S., an "aging nation" that will need workers.
I'd really like a transcript to find out whether he said literal "open borders".
He called for Congress to handle immigration reform, because without reform it left "open spaces" that would be filled by people preying on hate. He didn't mention Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta or that city's illegal immigration act directly during the speech or his 20-minute news conference before the event, but he discussed "local communities" forced to handle the immigration issue...

"I am not for illegality, but these people came here because someone offered them a job," Fox said. "They love this nation, they contribute to the betterment of this nation."

Ten minutes into his speech Fox referenced plans in the U.S. to build a wall along the Mexican-American border. He would use the term "wall" at least 20 times during his speech and called such actions deplorable...
Groups protested outside; per this:
Several of our patriots actually did go to the speech by Vicente Fox. They walked up, bought tickets and went in. Bruce DeCell of 9-11 Families for a Secure America was quickly singled out by those at the speech and he was told he had to leave or he would be arrested, even though he didn't say or do anything.
It'd be great to know more about that. More links about his whirlwind tour in "Mexico's Fox openly calls for North American Union"

Posted at 12:24 PM



October 15, 2007

"Mexico's Fox openly calls for North American Union"

Calling all North American Union apologists. Please see this:
In a promotional tour for his new book, "Revolution of Hope," Fox told NPR's "Talk of the Nation" audience: "That's part of my Americas dream, that we can build our future together. We are partners with United States and Canada through NAFTA. There are other blocs in Latin America, but at the very end a continental trade agreement and union on the long term would be a way to develop ourselves and to be able to have the standards and level of living that we all need."
Related:
Vicente Fox: FTAA common currency (Amero), Hillary for president, Bill Richardson, driver's licenses, lies about heathcare...
Vicente Fox promotes North American Union (Jon Stewart)

UPDATE: It's in his book too:
...On page 101, Fox writes: "I proposed a 'NAFTA Plus' plan to President Bush and Canada's Prime Minister Jean Chretien to move us toward a single continental economic union, modeled on the European example."

On the next page, Fox notes the White House was reluctant for this theme to be discussed openly.

"Bush shot the idea down," Fox continued. "The White House sent word that life would be easier if this Mexican cowboy would stop raising hackles with his talk of a North American Union."

Posted at 12:11 PM



October 10, 2007

Vicente Fox promotes North American Union (Jon Stewart)

Continuing his book tour, former Mexican president Vicente Fox appeared on the Jon Stewart show (link).

Like good, trained "liberals", the audience applauded this remark:

"It's my impression that fear is guiding public opinion here"

He also conflated legal cross-border trade with the border fence; the latter is, of course, designed to block illegal traffic and "trade".

Then, Fox discussed how we need more "solidarity", describing how the European Union has increased incomes in Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and Greece.

Then, Stewart almost said "North American Union" but seemed to stop himself in time:

"Would you like to see a North American U... so, what's your team? U.S., Mexico, Canada... you want Canada?"

The latter caused the trained "liberals" to erupt in laughter, completely missing the fact that Fox said that that would indeed be his team.

Stewart is just a tool, but at least he almost got some truth out there.

Posted at 10:53 AM



September 10, 2007

Sen. Byron Dorgan moves to block Mexican trucks (NAFTA)

From this:
Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan plans to offer an amendment today that would block the controversial federal program allowing Mexican trucks to operate freely on roads across the U.S.

Barry Piatt, spokesman for the North Dakota senator, told WND the amendment to the Fiscal 2008 Department of Transportation appropriations bill essentially will say, "None of the funds made available under this Act may be used to establish or implement a cross-border motor carrier demonstration or pilot project or program to allow Mexico-domiciled motor carriers to operate beyond the commercial zones on the United States-Mexico border."
9/11/07 UPDATE: Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the amendment passed the Senate 74 to 24:
...Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who drafted a Republican alternative to Dorgan's amendment, said the attempt to block the trucks appeared to be about limiting competition and may amount to discrimination against Mexico.

...Under NAFTA, Mexico can seek retaliation against the U.S. for failing to adhere to the treaty's requirements, including retaining tariffs on goods that the treaty eliminates, said Sidney Weintraub, a professor emeritus at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin.

John Hill, head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, decried the vote saying it is "a sad victory for the politics of fear and protectionism."...

Posted at 01:18 PM



Trans-Texas Corridor to extend south into Mexico

From this:
Official Mexican government reports reveal Mexico has entered discussions with the state of Texas and top officials in the Bush administration to extend the Trans-Texas Corridor into Mexico, with a plan to connect through Monterrey to the deep-water Mexican ports on the Pacific, including Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas.

The official website of the Mexican northeastern state of Nuevo Leon contain multiple reports that Jose Natividad Gonzales Paras, governor of the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, has actively discussed with numerous U.S. government officials, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the extension of the Trans-Texas Corridor into Mexico to create what's called a "Trans North America Corridor."

...[Gonzales Paras said:] "We have had interaction with the governor of Texas... We have had a very productive relationship with Rick Perry, who is also interested in what we can do to continue that which is known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, that in reality is the corridor of North America, the Trans North America Corridor, that includes railroads, bridges, passenger automobile highways, and truck highway lanes... ...One of the themes that merited the most attention on the part of the two governors was the development of the infrastructure needed for the competitive development of the region as it relates to developing the Trans-Texas Corridor in connection with the project we call the Corridor of Northeastern Mexico..."

Posted at 11:36 AM



September 08, 2007

"Mexican trucks approved for long-haul trips in U.S."

From this:
Federal officials have confirmed that the first Mexican truckers have been given authorization to run their long-haul rigs throughout the United States under the Department of Transportation's Mexican trucking demonstration project.

The word came during a late-night surprise teleconference held by John Hill, the administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He told selected reporters that Transportes Olympic of Nuevo Leon was the first company to be given the authorization...
The Teamsters are trying to block it in the court, claiming that the Bush administration didn't follow the letter of the law. Rep. Peter DeFazio - Democrat from Oregon - is on their side. Perhaps if unions and the Democrats were willing to oppose illegal immigration they might find even more support for their opposition. Note also that both the Federal Motor Carrier Administration and the Department of Transportation appear to be stonewalling WND. And:
"The White House does a much better job keeping Mexico informed than the U.S. public or Congress," [Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association] said pointedly. "Since March, we have credible reports that the Bush administration has been telling groups in Mexico that the one-year pilot program is merely a formality. Bush administration officials are willing to say in Mexico that once the one year had elapsed, the border would be wide open to all Mexican trucks."

Posted at 09:49 AM



September 06, 2007

"North American hologram" on North Carolina drivers licenses

The beginning of "North American Union driver's license created/Logo intended to standardize documentation across continent" (link) certainly seems a bit tinfoilish. A map of North America appears on the back of the new type of North Carolina driver's licenses and the map looks somewhat like the map to be found on spp.gov. OK, so? After all, wouldn't concerns about things like that be in line with supposed masonic symbols on the U.S. dollar? Then:
Marge Howell, spokeswoman for the North Carolina DMV, affirmed to WND the state was embedding a hologram of North America on the back of its new driver's licenses.

"It's a security element that eventually will be on the back of every driver's license in North America," Howell told WND.

Howell explained the hologram of the continent was the creation of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that, according to the group's website [aamva.org], "develops model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement and highway safety."

Founded in 1933, AAMVA represents state and provincial officials in the United States and Canada who administer and enforce motor vehicle laws. The government of Mexico is also a member, though the individual Mexican states have yet to join.

..."The goal of the North American hologram," Howell explained, "is to get one common element that law enforcement throughout the continent can look at on all driver's licenses and tell that the driver's license is an official document."
It gets even worse at the link.

Posted at 11:53 AM



September 05, 2007

"U.S. under U.N. law in health emergency"

From this:
The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America summit in Canada released a plan that establishes U.N. law along with regulations by the World Trade Organization and World Health Organization as supreme over U.S. law during a pandemic and sets the stage for militarizing the management of continental health emergencies.

...Under the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, Bush agreed the U.S. would work through the U.N. system influenza coordinator to develop a continental emergency response plan operating through authorities under the WTO, North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

WND could find no evidence the Bush administration presented the Influenza Partnership plan to Congress for oversight or approval...

Posted at 04:44 PM



September 04, 2007

Rudy Giuliani tied to Trans Texas Corridor, "NAFTA Superhighway" (CNN/Youtube debate)

Rudy Giuliani claimed that he'd never heard of the "NAFTA Superhighway" but his law firm is deeply involved in the Texas leg of the project.

Here's a relatively mild question I put together for the upcoming CNN/Youtube debate about that discrepancy; please go to his campaign appearances and try to ask him this question:

"NAFTA Superhighway" is the term some use for the apparent plan to build a massive transportation system running through the middle of the U.S. It would allow cheap Chinese goods to be shipped directly to the U.S. and Canada from non-unionized Mexican ports, bypassing U.S. ports on the west coast.

Giuliani's law firm (Bracewell & Giuliani) represents a major company (Cintra from Spain) involved in the Texas leg of the Superhighway, called the "Trans Texas Corridor".

Was Giuliani not aware of his firm's involvement, or was he just "confused" over the term "NAFTA Superhighway"?

(Note, of course, that this is yet another video that CNN will bypass in order to show lightweight questions from snowmen. Please write their political director and let him know what you think: sam.feist *at* cnn.com )

Posted at 11:07 PM



August 24, 2007

Canada: Quebec police admit to infiltrating SPP protest

The Surete du Quebec has admitted that the three "black bloc"-style protesters at the recent Security and Prosperity Partnership meeting in Montebello were in fact police officers as a union leader has previously claimed. However, the Quebec police claim that they weren't there as "agents provocateurs" but were in fact there to prevent violence. For the backstory, see Les agents provocateurs at SPP protest in Canada?

In related news, the North American Union apologists entry has been updated.

UPDATE: Even if you support police going undercover at protests, and even if you support them posing as black bloc members rather than, say, hippies, it's a bit difficult to support the fact that one of the cops had a rock in his hand. While he never used it, why did he have a rock in his hand? For that extra touch of the echt?

Posted at 11:24 AM



August 22, 2007

Les agents provocateurs at SPP protest in Canada?

At the recent Security and Prosperity Partnership meeting in Canada, Canadian police may have used agent provocateurs in an attempt to discredit the crowd. We have received this communique:

Video footage of the arrest of police officers posing as demonstrators at Montebello, August 20, will be shown today at a news conference at the offices of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. "We have proof that the three individuals who were "arrested" after being exposed as "agents provocateurs" were, in fact, members of the Quebec police force," says CEP President Dave Coles, and we plan to do what it takes to bring this matter to justice." CEP Secretary-Treasurer Gaétan Ménard, Barb Byers of the CLC and Council of Canadians President Maude Barlow will also be in attendance.

There's video of the incident here; it's a bit hard to follow if you aren't Canadian. There's a news report on the protesters here; video of a tear gas attack here; far-left "immigrants rights" protesters here; supposed Communists/anarchists burning an American flag here; and, if you want to see a dirty hippy who speaks broken English with a French/Canadian accent together with an incompetent juggler, click here. Needless to say, it would probably be best if those type of people sought their therapy elsewhere.

Posted at 11:27 AM



Bush doesn't deny North American Union

From this:
President Bush today sidestepped a direct question about whether he'd be willing to categorically deny there is a plan to create the North American Union.

Instead, he ridiculed those who believe that is taking place as conspiracy theorists.
Here's that portion of Bush's thoughts:
"We represent three great nations. We each respect each other's sovereignty. You know, there are some who would like to frighten our fellow citizens into believing that relations between us are harmful for our respective peoples. I just believe they're wrong. I believe it's in our interest to trade; I believe it's in our interest to dialogue; I believe it's in our interest to work out common problems for the good of our people.

"And I'm amused by some of the speculation, some of the old – you can call them political scare tactics. If you've been in politics as long as I have, you get used to that kind of technique where you lay out a conspiracy and then force people to try to prove it doesn't exist. That's just the way some people operate. I'm here representing my nation. I feel strongly that the United States is a force for good, and I feel strongly that by working with our neighbors we can a stronger force for good.

"So I appreciate that question. I'm amused by the difference between what actually takes place in the meetings and what some are trying to say takes place. It's quite comical, actually, when you realize the difference between reality and what some people are talking on TV about."
Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper also got his digs in, saying there wasn't going to be a NAFTA superhighway and that it wasn't going to be "interplanetary" either. He also stated that much of the talks involved jellybean standards. What a joker!

I note that even Mike Huckabee (link), John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Rudy Giuliani have issued stronger (sounding) oppositions to the plan. Are the comments above simply yet another example of Bush being an idiot, or does he know more than they do?

UPDATE: Here's video of Bush making his statement from Wolf Blitzer's show (link). It's almost like Bush is trying to make people think there's a conspiracy. Instead of looking into the matter, both Wolfie and Suzanne Malveaux get a chuckle out of the whole idea that some could be pushing for a NAU. They truly are crack "journalists".

Posted at 10:38 AM



August 20, 2007

Not much reporting at SPP meeting (Montebello, Canada)

The leaders of the U.S. (George Bush), Canada (Stephen Harper), and Mexico (Felipe Calderon) are meeting in Montebello, Canada to discuss the SPP ("Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America", spp.gov). Some say, and I tend to mostly agree, this is the precursor to a North American Union in which the three countries would be joined EU-style.

As could be expected, the mainstream media isn't doing their job and reporting on what's actually involved and trying to find out what it all means.

The best of a bad lot is "Police tear gas, pepper spray protesters at Montebello summit" (link), and only because it contains actual mainstream thoughts from some of those opposing the summit:
...Susan Howard-Azzey, a homemaker from St.catharines, Ont., criticized what she called the lack of transparency and consultation in the SPP process.

"I'm not impressed that the SPP is making such big decisions on behalf of Canadians without consulting us and when we go out to the streets we're criminalized."

A group of powerful business executives has been invited to make a closed-door presentation Tuesday at the summit on changes they believe the continent needs. No such invitation was extended to scientists, environmentalists, or other social activists.

...Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians said people shouldn't be fooled about who really sets the agenda at these summits: the 30 business leaders who sit on the North American Competitiveness Council.

The group comprises leaders from 10 companies in each country and includes corporations like Wal-Mart, General Electric and weapons-maker Lockheed Martin. They advise the three national governments on facilitating trade.

Barlow called for a moratorium on the "profoundly anti-democratic" SPP until the citizens of all three countries are consulted and their elected representatives are given oversight over the business-driven initiative...
* "Clashes erupt at summit protest" discusses how most of the protesters are a bit wacky, without trying to discuss the stands of those who aren't (link).

* Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times offers "Bush's Talks With Neighbors Are Overshadowed by Storm", which contains nothing of note. It mentions the protests in the final paragraph without going into any detail.

* The interview Ray Suarez conducted with former Canadian PM Kim Campbell and former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castaneda is likewise insipid (link), and doesn't even discuss the protests.

* "SPP deal could create common border standards" (link) describes some of the things they're discussing:
* Working on biometric systems -- incorporating unique identifiers like iris scans and fingerprints -- to improve the security for passports, visas, permanent resident cards, transportation credentials and other border documents.

* Implementing immigration measures that include requirements for admission and length of stay, visa decision-making standards, border lookout systems for wanted individuals, and the possibility of entry and exit procedures, and

* Devising ways to share data on high-risk travellers such as suspected terrorists and other criminals.
Related:
Ben Feller/AP whitewashes Bush Canada trip (SPP)

Posted at 07:48 PM



August 18, 2007

Letter: 22 House members oppose North American integration talks on Bush Canada visit

From this:
Twenty-two members of the U.S. House of Representatives – 21 Republicans and a Democrat [Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kansas] – are urging President Bush to back off his North American integration efforts when he attends the third summit meeting on the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America next week in Montebello, Quebec.

They make it clear that continuing any such agenda at this point would be disregarding growing apprehension in Congress about the plans.

"As you travel to Montebello, Canada later this month for a summit with your Canadian and Mexican counterparts, we want you to be aware of serious and growing concerns in the U.S. Congress about the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) you launched with these nations in 2005," the letter said...

Posted at 12:33 PM



Ben Feller/AP whitewashes Bush Canada trip (SPP)

Ben Feller of the Associated Press offers what's called here "Bush to Tighten Ties With Mexico, Canada". After an initial smackdown, it reads a bit like a Commerce Department press release:
Never fond of interrupting his Texas vacation, President Bush is doing it this year to bolster ties with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, two friendly neighbors and vital partners.

Bush joins Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon in Montebello, Quebec, on Monday [at the North American Leaders' Summit] in hopes of expanding cooperation among their countries, which enjoy the largest trading partnership in the world.

...Instead, the broad theme is economic prosperity, built around several topics: border security, competitiveness with India and China, product safety and energy solutions.

..."What's really important is that they continue to reflect the significance of North American integration -- the fact that there are post 9/11 problems, but they aren't going to undermine trade and investment," said Charles Doran, a scholar at John Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.
At least he admits it, but perhaps Feller could have spelled out what "integration" means. Then:
...Still, many people in Mexico are wary of U.S. intervention [relating to drugs], fearing it could threaten their sovereignty. That is a common worry in cross-border efforts.
Tell us more about that. Oops, he didn't.
Protests are expected, although the resort will be under tight security and access is limited.
Why there would be protesters isn't explained, nor does he discuss the curious security cordon they'll establish.

Then, an offhand reference to the SPP (spp.gov):
The first meeting, in Texas, launched a partnership in which the countries have tried to harmonize their security and economic programs.

Posted at 12:10 PM



August 13, 2007

Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney know nothing about NAFTA Superhighway. Nothing!

On July 30, Michael Luo of the New York Times offered the blog post "Rumors of a Superhighway", refering to the NAFTA variety. Apparently the candidates for president are being asked about it, but, as with other questions they're being asked the questions are too general and allow the candidates to play semantic games. There's a video outtake at the link where Mitt Romney claims to know nothing about it and supports U.S. sovereignty. Then, McCain is asked about it and says he wants to calm the questioner's fears: "we will not be united with any of those two other countries."

That's a relief, but I'm a bit skeptical, especially since one of those trying to calm our fears is the NYT:
So, fact or fiction?

Federal officials say the latter. Elements of the concept have roots in ideas pushed by private and state-level entities promoting commerce across the continent, they said, adding the notion of a federal project for a behemoth highway bisecting the heart of the country and erasing America’s borders is an urban legend that has spread wildly on the Internet and talk radio. The candidates, though, still want you to know they are against it.
Gosh knows, we can always take unnamed "federal officials" at their word. That's some good reporting there, I tell you. And, here's another instance of good reporting:
A befuddled Rudolph W. Giuliani got the question recently in Concord, N.H., where he told a woman that he had never heard of the highway.
Apparently Michael Luo missed this:
...At the center of negotiations for multiple legs of the Superhighway Corridor throughout Texas, is none other than Rudolph Giuliani's law firm which landed the Comprehensive Development Agreement for a widening of Interstate-35, now referred to as the TTC-35, in addition to the Master Development Plans for State Highways 121 and 130 among other legs of the TTC. All negotiations for Cintra were and are presently handled by the law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP, of which Republican Presidential candidate, Rudolph Giuliani, has been a senior executive partner since March 2005. His law firm is the exclusive legal counsel for Cintra...
It's up to citizen journalists - and not the MSM - to find out where the candidates really stand. First, the questions need to be more specific, such as regarding Giuliani's links to the plan or asking people like McCain to assist in national anti-NAU legislation such as that proposed by various states, asking him to exercise more oversight, or asking him to assist with filing FOIA requests. And, the questions and answers need to be videotaped by someone other than the NYT and then uploaded to various video sharing sites.

Related:
The North American Union apologists entry has been updated.

Posted at 02:24 PM



July 25, 2007

"Declaration of North American Integration" doesn't mean North American Union!

Just because two mayors (Kay Barnes, formerly of Kansas City MO and Mick Cornett currently of Oklahoma City) and various other officials and business leaders from the U.S., Mexico and Canada signed something called the "Declaration of North American Integration" back in 2004 doesn't mean they support the fabled "North American Union", which is just an invention of Internet conspiracy kooks.

Just because this document (PDF) consistently refers to "North American integration" and treats the three countries as if they were one doesn't mean anything!

No sirree!
The document was presented at the May 2004 summit meeting of the North American International Trade Corridor Partnership, or NAITCP. According to an Internet-archived summary report of the meeting, held in Kansas City, Mo., the document was signed by 90 people...

"Oklahoma has been at work for almost 15 years to get I-35 designated as a NAFTA superhighway," [Adam Rott, founder of watchdog blog Oklahoma Corridor Watch] said. "I want to wake Oklahomans up to the reality that Oklahoma is on the front lines of the battle being waged by investment bankers, foreign investment consortia and politicians who stand to benefit to expand the TTC-35 north into Oklahoma."

...On June 24, 2005, NAITCP signed a memorandum of understanding with the North America SuperCorridor Coalition, or NASCO, effectively absorbing NAITCP into NASCO. An archived NASCO webpage no longer displayed on the current NASCO website documents that NAITCP had its origin as a "non-profit organization in Mexico dedicated to economic development and improving trade relations through the heartland of America to Canada and Mexico."
Others signing on included Chris Gutierrez of the Kansas City SmartPort, James Jones (Former Ambassador of the United States to Mexico), Geronimo Gutierrez, and the ubiquitous Robert Pastor. Corporations involved included Bayer and Kansas City Southern Industries.

FWIW UPDATE: OKC mayor Mick Cornett now says:
"I do not favor the North American Union... It was a pretty stupid thing to get involved with three years ago. I don't necessarily remember what I was thinking at the time, but I can speak for now and I do not favor a North American Union."

Posted at 12:15 PM



June 21, 2007

Canadians, others to protest SPP meeting in August (oil, water reserves)

From this:
Activists already are preparing to protest the third summit meeting of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America [scheduled for Aug. 20 and 21 in Montebello, Quebec, at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello resort], a trilateral initiative between the U.S., Canada and Mexico seen by critics as a major step toward a North American Union, according to WND columnist Jerome Corsi, author of a new book on the subject, "The Late Great USA."

...Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to host the Quebec summit, which will be attended by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and President Bush.

...The first SPP summit was held in Waco, Texas, March 23, 2005. The second took place in was held in Cancun, Mexico, in March 2006.

...The Council of Canadians held a March 30-April 1 "teach in" titled "Integrate This! Challenging the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America." A brochure on the Council of Canadians website says SPP "is moving Canada quickly toward a continental resource pact, a North American security perimeter and harmonized military and security policies."

...Canadian activists have argued a major goal of the CSIS study is to identify Canadian oil and fresh water as continental "North American natural resources" which, under SPP, could be diverted to U.S. cities without fair compensation to Canada.

Posted at 10:24 PM



June 05, 2007

U.S. military, National Guard go North America wide; usable for wide range of domestic issues...

From this:
Under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, the military of the United States and Canada are advancing NORTHCOM into a domestic military command structure, with authority extending to Mexico, even though Mexico has not formally joined with the current United States-Canadian NORTHCOM command structure.

Connecting a number of recent developments, President Bush appears to have positioned the U.S. military and the National Guard acting under presidential authority to intervene in a wide range of domestic incidents that could occur anywhere in North America...

...Section 1076 of the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2007 grants the president the right to commandeer federal troops or state National Guard to use them domestically. The language of that legislation allows the president to use federal troops or the National Guard in federal service in a wide range of emergencies, including natural disasters, epidemics or other public health emergencies, terrorist attacks, insurrections, or domestic violence, including conspiracies to commit domestic violence...

...On May 16, Gen. Victor E. Renuart, commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, told the press AS-NE 07 "allowed us to validate the incredible amount of planning that has gone on since Hurricane Katrina, not only to respond to things like a hurricane, but also to ensure that the agencies responsible for homeland security and homeland defense really can work together under a series of demanding scenarios."

Posted at 10:45 PM



May 27, 2007

"North American union plan headed to Congress in fall"

From this:
A powerful think tank chaired by former Sen. Sam Nunn and guided by trustees including Richard Armitage, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Harold Brown, William Cohen and Henry Kissinger, is in the final stages of preparing a report to the White House and U.S. Congress on the benefits of integrating the U.S., Mexico and Canada into one political, economic and security bloc.

The final report, published in English, Spanish and French, is scheduled for submission to all three governments by Sept. 30, according to the Center for Strategic & International Studies [csis.org].

CSIS boasts of playing a large role in the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 – a treaty that set in motion a political movement many believe resembles the early stages of the European Community on its way to becoming the European Union.
There's much more at the link, and their report is here: canadians.org/water/documents/NA_Future_2025.pdf

Posted at 05:23 PM



May 24, 2007

Philip Dine/St. Louis Post-Dispatch: North American Union just "urban legend"

Philip Dine of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers 'Urban legend of "North American Union" feeds on fears'. That appears to be the original title, it doesn't appear to have been printed in his own paper, and it's accompanied by a handy chart listing other "urban legends". The latter are obvious ones, such as the perennial favorite about a rebate from Microsoft. (They use Snopes.com as a source for those "legends", despite that site not being known for their accuracy or ability to admit their mistakes.)

While Dine does provide the anti-NAU side, and he isn't as much an apologist as Michael Medved, and it's good to see the MSM at least mentioning the scheme, the tone of the article is dismissive. It starts like this:
Forget conspiracy theories about JFK's assassination, black helicopters, Sept. 11, 2001. This is the big one.
There's a summary of the rest from Cliff Kincaid:
On another front, White House spokesman Tony Snow calls the North American Union (NAU) a "myth," despite the abundant evidence of White House involvement in the development of a North American identification card and security strategy. This is how the subject of national sovereignty gets marginalized and dismissed. In this case, our "adversary press" meekly accepts the White House line. Echoing Snow, Philip Dine of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has written an article saying the NAU is based on an Internet "rumor" with a "few grains of truth" that has led people to "an unsubstantiated conclusion." It is apparent that he didn't attend the "North American Law" conference which I covered, featuring wide-ranging discussions on how the North American Free Trade Agreement is leading to the integration of the economic, legal and political systems of the U.S, Canada and Mexico.
There are more things the "debunkers" fail to mention here.

In the article, other "debunkers" are:
"There is absolutely no U.S. government plan for a NAFTA Superhighway of any sort," said David Bohigian, an assistant secretary of commerce. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., a powerful member of committees that would authorize and pay for a North American Free Trade Agreement Superhighway if one were being planned, dismissed the notion as "unfounded theories" with "no credence."

...Matt Englehart, spokesman for the Commerce Department's International Trade Administration, said the North American partnership "is absolutely not a precursor" to a loss of American sovereignty...

Michael Barkun, a Syracuse University political scientist who specializes in conspiracy theories, said a major theme long has been "that schemes are being hatched to destroy American sovereignty."

"The only thing that's new here is that it appears in the guise of a North American Union," he said. "Previously it appeared in the guise of U.N. domination. I think whatever appeal this has may derive from the fact that there are pre-existing concerns about trade that have been around since the creation of NAFTA, and even more strongly the immigration issue in the sense of border security. So in a way it becomes an issue onto which all kinds of anxieties and concerns can be projected."

Doug Thomas, professor of communications, technology and culture at the University of Southern California, said the advent of the Internet has made conspiracy theories widely available.

"It's the speed and the distribution," he said. "People are able to join in and flush them out a little quicker, so everybody can add a piece to the puzzle."
Well if two Commerce Department officials and two quite possibly corrupt academics say it ain't so, it ain't so. But, as a capper, Robert Pastor, the American University professor to whom conspiracy theorists point as "the father of the NAU" says:
On one recent day alone, Pastor said, he received 100 e-mails on the topic. "They get turned on by [CNN's] Lou Dobbs and [Fox's] Bill O'Reilly, who are fearful that Mexicans and Canadians are about to take over our country," Pastor said, adding that such claims are a product of "the xenophobic or frightened right wing of America that is afraid of immigration and globalization."

Posted at 12:06 AM



May 23, 2007

Wikipedia deletes, locks North American Union article

Continuing our long series of discussing how nothing in Wikipedia can be trusted and how - because it appears at the top of search results for nearly every term - it's little more than a disinformation source, plug the following into your browser:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Union

You'll find yourself at the "Independent Task Force on North America" entry with a note at the top saying, "North American Union redirects here". On the talk page, we read comments from various parties:
...The related article "North American Union" was previously deleted after being inaccurately characterized as a hoax/conspiracy theory in its AFD debate. While it is true that some WP editors did add questionable or biased material to the article, it is a very real proposal which does merit a properly-written article... I'm going to list this for NPOV review to ensure that the article sticks to the relevant and verifiable facts...

...North American Union is the only topic I've searched at Wikipedia that was deleted and locked... I find it strange that a topic COULD be locked in that way. I don't know the history and didn't see the entries that caused it to be locked, as even the discussion was deleted and locked--wtf is up with that?--stopping discussion? On the surface, it makes it appear that a conspiracy exists to prevent there being a North American Union entry...

...Yes, I was also surprised that a topic like this could be deleted and locked...
OTOH, the SPP article is not only still there, but all of the links I added to the Criticisms section are also still there:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_and_Prosperity_Partnership_of_North_America

It's certainly odd that they'd wipe everything from the record like that, and it certainly makes me wonder who could have done it.

7/15/07 UPDATE: What is purported to be the pre-deletion version of the NAU article is here:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Wisepiglet/North_American_Union

I don't know if that's the full article and what date/time it's from however.

Posted at 10:47 AM



May 10, 2007

Robert Pastor wants a North American Community, not a Union

Responding to his critics who say he's a guiding light behind the North American Union, Robert A. Pastor of the American University takes to the pages of WND offering his own rationalization for his plans:

Third, I do not propose a North American Union; I propose a North American Community. They are very different. A Union – like the United States – is a merger of states into a unified central government. A Community is composed of three sovereign governments that seek to strengthen bonds of cooperation. Each government – according to its constitutional procedures – retains the power to decide whether and how to cooperate. A "North American Union" could not be created by "stealth," as some fear. Indeed, any significant initiative to strengthen cooperation would require a wide-ranging and public debate and approval by Congress of all three countries.

Of course, the Bush administration is currently trying to do everything in its power to integrate the three countries. There's much that Bush can do alone; witness the recent U.S./EU pact. And, Congress has completely failed in its oversight duties.

Note also that the WND article has about thirty links appended to all the other articles they've written about the "Community, not a Union".

Posted at 11:10 AM



May 08, 2007

"Bush OKs 'integration' with European Union"

From this:
President Bush signed an agreement creating a "permanent body" that commits the U.S. to "deeper transatlantic economic integration," without ratification by the Senate as a treaty or passage by Congress as a law.

The "Transatlantic Economic Integration" between the U.S. and the European Union was signed April 30 at the White House by Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel – the current president of the European Council – and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso...

...The current U.S. head of the new Transatlantic Economic Council is Allan Hubbard, assistant to the president for Economic Policy and director of the National Economic Council.

The current EU head of the council is Guenther Verhuegen, vice-President of the European Commission in charge of enterprise and industry...

Posted at 11:42 AM



May 04, 2007

Rudy Giuliani linked to NAFTA superhighway (Cintra)

From this:
...At the center of negotiations for multiple legs of the Superhighway Corridor throughout Texas, is none other than Rudolph Giuliani's law firm which landed the Comprehensive Development Agreement for a widening of Interstate-35, now referred to as the TTC-35, in addition to the Master Development Plans for State Highways 121 and 130 among other legs of the TTC. All negotiations for Cintra were and are presently handled by the law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP, of which Republican Presidential candidate, Rudolph Giuliani, has been a senior executive partner since March 2005. His law firm is the exclusive legal counsel for Cintra. Bracewell & Giuliani is comprised of 400 attorneys, based in Houston, TX with offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., London and Kazakhstan.

Cintra joined with San Antonio, TX-based Zachry Construction Corp. to help land the contracts, in which Zachry owns a 20% interest. The Cintra-Zachry proposal for TTC-35 includes a private investment of up to $6 billion in upfront payments for the complete construction, design and operation of a 316-mile toll road between Dallas and San Antonio, giving Cintra the right to set tolls and keep toll road profits for a period of 50 years, as it will for each road it has contracted...

Posted at 12:33 PM



March 23, 2007

Dems temporarily block Bush admin Mexican truck scheme; forgetting something?

The Bush administration wants to allow about 100 Mexican trucking companies to drive beyond the border zone. The reciprocal NAFTA provision allowing U.S. truckers to drive throughout Mexico is still being negotiated. However, the scheme hit a speed bump recently, with an amendment tacked on to the recent Iraq spending bill requiring the administration to provide more details and allow for public comment.

And, it was done by Democrats: Byron Dorgan, Dianne Feinstein, and Patty Murray; the Teamsters are opposed to this provision. Now if we could only get them interested in reducing the flow of cheap labor.

While it's certainly good what they did on this, I think a little public shame is in order as to why they've supported the importation of massive amounts of cheap labor from the same country.

"The administration is rushing to open the border to Mexican-domiciled trucks without assuring their safety and enforcement of the law of the U.S.," said Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen. "They can't go rushing forward in opening the border without having explained what their pilot project is." ...[Dorgan] also criticized the Bush administration for opening the border to Mexican trucks before Mexico opened the border to U.S. trucks. "They were going to implement these plans for Mexican long-haul trucks in a way that was at odds with how the Mexicans were going to treat American truckers," Dorgan said.

Such concern!

Posted at 09:38 AM



February 25, 2007

Bush administration lets Mexican truckers past border zone

From this:
The news that Mexican trucks will be allowed to haul freight deeper into the United States drew an angry reaction Friday from labor leaders, safety advocates and members of Congress.

They said Mexico has substandard trucks and low-paid drivers that will threaten national security, cost thousands of jobs and endanger motorists on the northern side of the Mexican border.

..."This program will make trade with Mexico easier and keep our roads safe at the same time," Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said Friday. She announced details of the plan to let 100 Mexican trucking companies travel beyond the border area while she was in El Paso, Texas, at the Bridge of the Americas, which connects to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
She just "misspoke". If she wants to "keep our roads safe", she can work to prevent this. What she's trying to say is that the increased risk is both managed and worth it. Regarding the former, this program will probably be as well managed as other Bush programs, and regarding the latter someone is certainly standing to profit with this, and perhaps Leslie Miller of the AP should follow the money instead of just transcribing remarks.
According to the Transportation Department, U.S. inspectors will inspect every truck and interview drivers to make sure they can read and speak English. They'll examine trucks and check the licenses, insurance and driving records of the Mexican drivers. Inspectors will also verify that the trucking companies are insured by U.S.-licensed firms.
Expect there to be loopholes or those rules to be watered down or just not enforced.
National Transportation Safety Board member Debbie Hersman questioned how the U.S. could spare sending inspectors to Mexico when only a tiny percentage of the hundreds of thousands of U.S. truck companies are inspected every year...

...One-fourth of all U.S. trucks are taken off the road after random inspections because they're so unsafe, she said. An even higher percentage of Mexican trucks are taken off the road at Texas border crossings, she said.
The trucks will start to roll in 60 days, but when American trucks will be able to drive into Mexico is still being worked out (naturally). And, those Mexican trucks won't have "black boxes" like those on aircraft to make a record of the amount of time the driver's been on the road. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) - believe it or don't - has a hearing on this matter scheduled for March 8.

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Prosperity promoted in closed-door Canada SPP event

The AP, always willing to act as a transcription service and not ask tough questions, offers:
Promoting prosperity topped the agenda at a gathering of U.S., Canadian and Mexican Cabinet leaders Friday, but immigration and the threat of terrorism also were key topics at the gathering.

Nine foreign and security ministers from the North American nations met in Ottawa, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.

The Security and Prosperity Partnership talks were a lead-up to a meeting of the countries' leaders this August in Canada.

The officials reviewed a 63-page report from the North American Competitiveness Council on how to streamline border crossings, harmonize regulatory standards and improve the supply and distribution of clean energy sources. They also discussed ways in which to deal with a global bird flu pandemic, natural disasters, organized crime and drug trafficking.

After a full day of closed-door meetings, the officials addressed joint news conferences and discussed security, illegal immigration and terrorism.

...Some critics believe the Bush administration has put too great an emphasis on border security and not enough on the economic alliance. A Mexican journalist told Rice that this was the growing perception in his country.
Rice didn't respond by accusing the "journalist" of being high, but she should have.
"I think that if you look at everything from NAFTA on, including our extensive trade relationships, our extensive economic relationships, you can see that the United States and Mexico have been deeply concerned about one another's prosperity," she said. "But as the president has said, ultimately when one talks, for instance, about the issues of immigration, we want very much to see a Mexico in which Mexicans can find work and can take care of their families in Mexico."

..."I have to say it's very, very inspiring to see how vigorously President Calderon has moved, even in his brief term in office, to assert security controls when there are violations of the law," [Michael Chertoff] said.

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February 18, 2007

"A safer, more secure and economically dynamic North America"

The article "'North American Union' plan under fire" by Kelly Patterson says:
Officials on both sides of the border strongly deny the charges that they're engineering a North American Union.

"All three governments are sovereign democracies, and the SPP work is the kind of standard intergovernmental diplomacy and co-ordination that occurs all the time on various issues," says U.S. Department of Commerce spokesman Matt Englehart.

Any steps that would require legal changes will be vetted by Congress, Mr. Englehart adds.

The pact aims simply to "promote the safe and efficient movement of people and goods" among the three trading partners, he says.
Millions of us North Americans visit each others' countries each year, but somehow I think he's refering to the "save and efficient movement" of "guest" workers and similar as well.

And, a few paragraphs earlier in the article we were treated to this:
The SPP aims "to build a safer, more secure and economically dynamic North America," says Melisa Leclerc, spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day.
In addition to quoting Jerome Corsi and the president of the John Birch Society, we get this:
But Robert Pastor, director of the Center of North American Studies at American University and an influential proponent of economic integration, says the SPP is no threat to sovereignty.

"The idea of a North American Union is impossible.... There's no way these national governments are going to be dissolved," he says, noting that the relationships among the three nations are very different from those in Europe.
The bottom line is that he supports the formation of such a union in the future, even if he thinks many preliminary steps need to be taken first. He also said that the formation of the NAU was just a crisis away.

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February 13, 2007

Toronto bankers promote Amero (North American common currency)

From January 3 comes this:
If Canadians are going to debate the idea of a single North American currency, "now is the time it should be on the table," according to the chief economist at Toronto Dominion Bank [Don Drummond]...

[...discussion of and promotion of the Euro...]

...So, if you believe the single currency has been a good thing for Europe, could it be a good thing for North America?

"If you go back to FTA and then NAFTA," Drummond said, "the Number 1 premise behind those from a Canadian perspective was a message to the world: `Locate in Canada and you have free unfettered access to the wealthiest market in the world.'

"That was true to some extent, but you've had two irritations. One, you don't have a common currency, so you have exchange rate risk if you're operating in Canada. The second is the border difficulties.

"Clearly, a common currency, or at least a linked currency, would address one of those two," Drummond said.

[Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce/CIBC World Markets economist Benjamin Tal] argued "the costs of a single currency and the loss of monetary policy independence outweigh the benefits...

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February 23 Ottawa meeting: Rice & Chertoff + Mexican, Canadian counterparts

From this:
As a prelude to a visit to Canada by U.S. President George W. Bush later this year, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Ottawa this month for meetings with Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay.

Rice and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will be joined in Ottawa on Feb. 23 by their Mexican counterparts, for a day of talks with MacKay and Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day.

The meeting will be the latest installment of the three-way North American security and prosperity partnership and will set the table for a follow-up to last year's Three Amigos Summit in Cancun, Mexico, which will be held later this year [no date set yet], somewhere in Canada.

...Critics in Canada and the U.S. say the partnership could compromise the sovereignty of both countries, and that the accord is a part of a covert way to create a common currency for North America. But the U.S. State Department has said that it is not interested in creating a North American Union, akin to the European Union, or encouraging its neighbours to adopt the U.S. dollar.
By the time that most people have realized that the State Department was lying it will probably be too late.

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January 30, 2007

NORTHCOM at North American Forum: "evolution by stealth"

Back in September, a semi-secret meeting of the "North American Forum" was held in Canada, and several very highly-placed supposed U.S. citizens attended, including a few from the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM):

* NORTHCOM Commander, Admiral Timothy Keating
* Political Advisor Deborah Bolton
* Plans, Policy & Strategy Director Major General Mark Volcheff

Now, Judicial Watch has obtained their notes with an FOIA request:
...The North American Forum presentations discussed immigration and border enforcement; full economic and energy integration including infrastructure and transportation; a North American investment fund; and common customs and duties. The idea of a carbon tax was raised as a means to combat so-called global warming. References to the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) occur throughout the documents.

The notes for the presentations document the need to overcome popular opposition to North American integration: "To what degree does a concept of North America help/hinder solving problems between the three countries? ...While a vision is appealing working on the infrastructure might yield more benefit and bring more people on board ('evolution by stealth')."
Has there been a coup that we weren't informed of? If military officials are discussing creating a supra-national entity in such terms, it's long past time for Congress to step into their designated role and look into this issue.

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January 28, 2007

Macquarie buys Texas newspaper chain (Trans-Texas Corridor)

Macquarie is an Australian conglomerate that has interests in U.S. toll roads, including one in Indiana that it co-owns with the Spanish conglomerate Cintra. The latter company will operate the Trans-Texas Corridor, and one of Macquarie's subsidiaries has just bought a chain of 40 small Texas newspapers, some of which were critical of the TTC. Dallas Morning News President Jeremy L. Halbreich started the chain, and he'll stay on in a management capacity.

Now, certainly, this could just be a decision based on the profitability of that chain. Or, it could be an attempt to shape the local news in a way that will benefit their partner Cintra.

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January 26, 2007

Bush official: NAFTA superhighway is "urban legend"

From the "I knew there was a conspiracy when they started denying there was a conspiracy" comes this:
Congressmen and a policy official of the Department of Transportation engaged in a spirited exchange over whether NAFTA Super Highways were a threat to U.S. sovereignty or an imaginary "Internet conspiracy," such as the "black helicopter myths," advanced by fringe lunatics.

At a meeting Wednesday of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Jeffrey N. Shane, undersecretary of transportation for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, testified.

During the questioning by committee members, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, asked Shane about the existence of plans for a "NAFTA superhighway."

Shane responded he was "not familiar with any plan at all, related to NAFTA or cross-border traffic."

After further questioning by Poe, Shane stated reports of NAFTA superhighways or corridors were "an urban legend."

At this, the chairman, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., questioned aloud whether Shane was just "gaming semantics" when responding to Poe's question.

"Mr. Shane was either blissfully ignorant or he may have been less than candid with the committee," Poe told WND in a telephone interview...
The article also contains excerpts from a speech by former Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta gave on April 30, 2004. He was speaking at a NASCO (North American SuperCorridor Coalition) meeting, and he basically declared open borders for Mexican trucks.

If there is no attempt to create a "NAFTA superhighway", why are the Bush administration and their helpers so eager to deny it, despite the mountain of evidence showing it's being planned? Why, for instance, are there zero relevant hits for "NASCO" and zero hits under any conditions for either "North American SuperCorridor Coalition" or "North American Super Corridor Coalition" in the archives for both the Washington Post and the New York Times?

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January 21, 2007

NAU links, background

This page has a compilation of links regarding the North American Union and possible predecessors in various trade pacts.

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January 15, 2007

SPP: glossy tri-lingual brochures and deep integration

WND has obtained copies of glossy brochures from the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (spp.gov) entitled "2005 Report to Leaders" and "2006 Report to Leaders". The brochures offer an overview of the "deep integration" of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico that many of our "leaders" have in mind. This "deep integration" could eventually lead to a North American Union: the de jure or de facto merging of the countries into one entity:
The 2005 and 2006 reports continue to discuss numerous memoranda of understanding and other agreements that the trilateral working groups are formulating on their own, without direct congressional oversight or any reference to being published in the Federal Register. Yet, the vast majority of the agreements reached under SPP have never been published.

The reports discuss the SPP's trilateral modification of administrative rules and regulation under the rubric of "integrating" and "harmonizing" into a "North American" structure what previously were administrative rules and regulations of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico...

..."Now that we see books being published by SPP, how can anyone deny that the Bush administration is involved in a process of North American deep integration?" asks Jerome R. Corsi, author and WND columnist who is writing a book on the movement. "SPP is creating North American regulations that replace and supersede U.S. regulations in a wide range of policy areas. Just the three-language format of the full color production is enough to let readers know that the Bush administration considers our appropriate regulatory scope to be North American in nature. We no longer have a U.S. energy policy, for instance, we have a North American energy policy."

..."SPP is one of the best kept secrets in Washington," Corsi told WND, "even though SPP has a website, there are SPP websites embedded in the websites of many government agencies, and now SPP is publishing full-color books in three languages. Yet, nobody in Washington has bothered to hold a single SPP hearing. Meanwhile, we are being led into regional government by bureaucrats whose mission is to create North American policies, not to worry about the sovereignty of the United States."
One such embedded site is pi.energy.gov/naewg.html

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Trans-Texas Corridor: the downsides

The Trans-Texas Corridor is a scheme to build a massive toll highway running through Texas from Mexico. It will be up to one-quarter of a mile wide, with four lanes for cars and trucks, rail lines, and oil and gas lines.

As detailed here (reprinted here), it might only rarely have overpasses, splitting farms and ranches in two and forcing people to drive many miles in order to pass over it. The tolls might be as much as 44 cents per mile, making the cost of a trip from Dallas to San Antonio up to $118 in tolls alone.

And, it will be owned by a Spanish company, Cintra. Their contract includes a no-compete clause forbidding renovations to potentially competing roads, which could cause FM (farm-to-market) roads or even existing highways to fall into disrepair.

And, it will require somewhere between 500,000 and 1,000,000 acres to be seized under eminent domain.

Many more "ands" at the link.

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January 12, 2007

Union Pacific wants train from Mexico to skip U.S. safety inspection

From this:
Union Pacific is asking the Federal Railroad Administration to allow a train that regularly originates in Mexico to undergo safety inspections south of the border and enter without any checks in the U.S.

..."The Union Pacific wants the train safety inspections to be performed in Mexico, where U.S. safety regulations have no force and need not be followed, and where the level of safety training and commitment is unknown," [Paul Thompson of the United Transportation Union] said.

Thompson further argues a drug war has been raging in Nuevo Laredo.

"It is too dangerous for Americans to set foot in Nuevo Laredo," Thompson said. "Union Pacific says with a straight face that mechanical safety inspections of trains can be performed safely in Mexico, but even its own officials won't travel there. Nor will FRA officials even visit the facility where these inspections allegedly will be performed by who knows whom, under unknown conditions, and with no U.S. federal safety oversight."
Quite possibly related: Union Pacific acquiring land for railway from Mexican "superport"

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January 05, 2007

Arizona State University pushing NAU

Despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary, those who still don't believe that the North American Union - joining the U.S., Canada, and Mexico into one country - is being pushed by influential sources are invited to poke around this site: asu.edu/clas/nacts/bna
The "Building North America" project began with a website, originally launched in 2000 and hosted by the Americas Society-Council of the Americas, which provided links (with editorial comment) to hundreds of sites of interest to the growing community of "North Americanists." This site was inspired by the notion that economic integration in the NAFTA Triad (Canada-U.S.-Mexico) was advancing despite the lack of press and public attention it received... ...the PanAmerican Partnership for Business Education launched a consortium of four North American business schools to promote a new generation of entrepreneurs with a deep knowledge of these integration trends in the region... ...[the site is] hosted by the North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS) at Arizona State University and with the cooperation of our Partners, the Americas Society-Council of the Americas, and the Kansas City, Missouri International Affairs and Trade Office. We are still faced with a regional integration process that advances and deepens without the kind of attention – either within the academy or in government circles, let alone the general public – enjoyed in Europe...
Wait, there's much more:
The program openly advocates for the integration of economic issues across the continent, and in many places goes further – such as the call for a common North American currency.

One teaching module made available online for professors to integrate into their teachings was written by George Haynal, senior fellow at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and implied a joint military is required. Since the security of the continent "is a joint need; it should be supplied as a common enterprise."

"Given the nature of the threats against our security in the current environment, the first task is to reinvent 'borders.' We must exercise the responsibility for protecting our society against external threats where we can do so most effectively, not where infrastructures happens to be in place," he added. "Multilateral cooperation is going to be essential among governments."

"It is clear, to me at least, that we must … move beyond NAFTA and do so with a purposeful determination," he wrote...
These people could buy SuperBowl commercials promoting the North American Union and apologists like Michael Medved would still keep trying to deny it.

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December 28, 2006

Michael Medved, NAU apologist

Talk show host Michael Medved has a tantrum in 'Shame on Demagogues Exploiting "North American Union"!'
Today I spent a few minutes listening to another nationally syndicated talk radio show and felt outraged and embarrassed to hear the guest host (an otherwise bright and well-informed conservative) facilitating the twisted, ignorant mounting public hysteria over the looming menace of a "North American Union."

This paranoid and groundless frenzy has been fomented and promoted by a shameless collection of lunatics and losers; crooks, cranks, demagogues and opportunists, who claim the existence of a top secret master plan to join the U.S., Canada and Mexico in one big super-state and to replace the good old Yankee dollar with a worthless new currency called "The Amero." Another delusion usually associated with these fears involves the construction of a "Monster Highway" some sixteen lanes wide through Texas and the Great Plains, connecting the two nations on either side of the border for some nefarious but never-explained purpose...

...But aside from the chilling prospect of a "Monster Highway" (why is a new road in Texas supposed to be so scary?) there's no reason at all to believe in the ludicrous, childish, ill-informed, manipulative, brain dead fantasies about a North American Union...

...Concerning the feds, the entire horror story about "North American Union" is based upon the "Security and Prosperity Partnership," an utterly innocuous, open, above-board, well-advertised and widely publicized initiative to promote inter-governmental cooperation to fight terrorism, the threat of Avian flu, improve and tighten border security, and promote mutual prosperity. The then Presidents of the three countries (Bush, Fox and Martin) met in 2005 to pledge to work together on such issues and to initiate open working groups to facilitate cooperation – BUT THERE WAS NO AGREEMENT OR TREATY OR COVENANT of any kind, secret or otherwise...
Obviously, the SPP is hardly open or well-publicized. I'm sure the vast majority of Americans have never heard of it, and as previously discussed, no news sources provided the details on its relationship to the meetings held by the three leaders. And, of course, the details on what they're doing and who's involved have only been revealed after filing FOIA requests. And, the issue of the legal construct of what they're doing - whether a treaty or something else - is open and may even be extra-constitutional.

Related: Here's a longer list of NAU apologists.

1/2/07 UPDATE: Corsi replies.

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December 24, 2006

HR2672 and S853

This page has a bit more information on those two NAU-related bills:

...HR 2672, entitled the "North American Cooperative Security Act," was introduced by Ms. Kathryn Harris, Mr. Steve Pearce and Mr. Christopher Shays on May 26, 2005. Since then, the bill has languished in the House Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment. S853, entitled the "North American Cooperative Security Act," was introduced in the Senate by Senator Richard Lugar on April 20, 2005. It never emerged from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...

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December 15, 2006

Robert Pastor: North American Community just a crisis away

American University professor Robert Pastor is one of the guiding lights of the move to join the U.S., Canada, and Mexico into one nation. WND spoke to him about statements he made in a Spanish-language magazine:
This was the first time WND had found a major intellectual leader behind the push to integrate North America suggesting that a crisis of 9-11 proportions might be just what was needed to advance the process toward establishing a North American Union and the amero. WND reached Pastor in his office at American University and conducted a telephone interview to make sure the Spanish publication accurately reflected his views.

He affirmed the Spanish interview represents his thinking.

"What I'm saying is that a crisis is an event which can force democratic governments to make difficult decisions like those that will be required to create a North American Community," he said. "It's not that I want another 9/11 crisis, but having a crisis would force decisions that otherwise might not get made."

Pastor noted, for example that "Europeans, facing the crisis of two World Wars, turned to the European Community as a means to prevent war and advance their economic interests."

"The United States turned to the Marshall Plan when faced with the crisis of Western Europe falling into the hands of communism," he said. "So, I'm not advocating, or encouraging, or wanting a crisis, I'm only saying that in order to take important initiatives, sometimes one manner in which this occurs is when there is a crisis to which leaders need to respond."
I used to laugh at the peaceatarians carrying their "Reichstag Fire" signs, but...

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November 29, 2006

Arizona Sen. Karen Johnson opposes NAU

Arizona Sen. Karen Johnson (R-Mesa) has come out against the NAU, Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services reports.

She seems to have a good understanding of the issues involved:

Johnson, who will head the Senate Education Committee this coming session, said the signs already are there, from an "inland port" in Kansas City and construction of a superhighway corridor through Texas to the lack of any real action in building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico... "It's all because it's going to be open," Johnson told Capitol Media Services. "It's all going to be a 'North American community,' just like the European Union," complete with the creation of a single currency just like the Euro... ...Johnson said she wants congressional hearings on the process. And she said if federal lawmakers determine that Bush is undermining national sovereignty that would be an impeachable offense...

Unfortunately, Fischer attempts to verify her claims with this:

White House press aide Alex Conant said Johnson has no reason for concern... "This cooperative effort aims to make the U.S., Canada and Mexico more open to fair trade and less open to terrorism and crime," he said...

While Fischer does mention Schlafly's articles (without providing a link), he then closes with this:

In 2000 Johnson introduced a resolution calling for abolition of the federal government and allowing individual states to reassume their sovereign rights if the president, Congress or any other federal agent were to declare martial law and suspend the Constitution. These states then would be free to form a new nation.

That doesn't sound too outrageous to me, but I can understand how some might attempt to weave that into general attempts to portray those opposed to the NAU as tinfoil hatters or Birchers; see the comments attached to the article for examples of such attempts.

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November 28, 2006

NAU openly promoted on CNBC

While Steve Previs of Jefferies International - where he's apparently a senior vice president - has been quoted in a few articles, he doesn't appear to be someone with much influence. So, this report is only interesting for the fact that this topic - which NAU apologists still try to deny - can be discussed so openly and as if it's a foregone conclusion:
In an interview with CNBC, a vice president for a prominent London investment firm yesterday urged a move away from the dollar to the "amero," a coming North American currency, he said, that "will have a big impact on everybody's life, in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico."

Steve Previs, a vice president at Jefferies International Ltd., explained the Amero "is the proposed new currency for the North American Community which is being developed right now between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico."

The aim, he said, according to a transcript provided by CNBC to WND, is to make a "borderless community, much like the European Union, with the U.S. dollar, the Canadian dollar and the Mexican peso being replaced by the amero."

Previs told the television audience many Canadians are "upset" about the amero. Most Americans outside of Texas largely are unaware of the amero or the plans to integrate North America, Previs observed, claiming many are just "putting their head in the sand" over the plans.

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November 24, 2006

NAU apologists

[List below updated 12/11/07]

Recently, Rep. Tom Tancredo was quoted as saying this:

"People have to understand what we're talking about here. The president of the United States is an internationalist... He is going to do what he can to create a place where the idea of America is just that – it's an idea. It's not an actual place defined by borders. I mean this is where this guy is really going... I know this is dramatic – or maybe somebody would say overly dramatic – but I'm telling you, that everything I see leads me to believe that this whole idea of the North American Union, it's not something that just is written about by right-wing fringe kooks. It is something in the head of the president of the United States, the president of Mexico, I think the prime minister of Canada buys into it... And they would just tell you, 'Well, sure, it's a natural thing. It's part of the great globalization ... of the economy.' They assume it's a natural, evolutionary event that's going to occur here. I hope they're wrong and I'm going to try my best to make sure they're wrong. But I'm telling you the tide is great. The tide is moving in their direction. We have to say that."

This has resulted in various people calling Tancredo names or disputing that such a plan is underway. And, some of them dispute that such a plan exists, but then say that such an idea isn't so bad after all. While it's certainly possible to disagree with Tancredo's assessment, all of the comments I've seen involve some form of name-calling and none of them discuss the issue on its merits. In some cases this might be actual pro-NAU propaganda, in others it might be due to opposition to Tancredo's support for our immigration laws, in others it might be a knee-jerk defense of Bush, and in some it might be due to the fact that many bloggers aren't, shall we say, that good at research and analysis.

* Judd Legum of Think Progress says: "You might think the right would immediately repudiate this kind of conspiracy theory. You'd be wrong." As could be expected from that site, most of the comments are name-calling. Some however support the NAU concept.

* Steve Benen of The Carpetbagger says: "Now, far be it for me to defend the president against an unhinged attack from a far-right lawmaker, but does anyone seriously believe that the Bush White House wants to dissolve U.S. borders altogether?" At least two out of five comments, while calling names, provide facts on the SPP.

* "AllahPundit" says: "Oh Lord... We get e-mails from those people all the time. We... do not publish them... Update: Hot Air commenters (most of them) agree: Tancredo’s a prophet whose only crime is seeing too clearly the nefarious machinations towards one-world government that are happening under our very noses!" (HotAir is run by Michelle Malkin; the first post I made to her immigration blog concerned the SPP. Her position on this matter isn't known.)

* "Captain Ed" (who isn't a real captain) says: "Tom Tancredo reminds people today why he will forever remain a fringe element in American politics... This is absurd. George Bush may not have responded very well to immigration concerns from his base, but he's done more than his father, Bill Clinton, and even Ronald Reagan in bolstering border security. Tancredo is engaging in mindless demagoguery with these doomsday descriptions, and moving closer to the realms of paranoia." Most of those commenting disagree.

* John Podhoretz says: "I speculate in my book, Can She Be Stopped?, that Tancredo will run as a third-party candidate in 2008. Sounds like he'd be perfect to top Lyndon LaRouche's ticket. If you are serious about the importance of immigration restriction, you'd best be looking for a leader who hasn't chosen to place himself beyond the political fringe."

* Mark Steyn says: "Chances of an EU-style sovereignty pooling arrangement in North America? Zero per cent – whatever Tom Tancredo and the CFR say."

* SeeDubya from Junkyard Blog mockingly refers to "internationalist conspiracy", "sweet, sweet New World Order", "Illuminati endgame", and pretends that the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board supports U.S. sovereignty.

* MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy calls Tancredo various names such as "barking moonbat".

* Alexander McClure at Wizbang Politics says: "...I hope the White House throws all of its resources into this race to make sure that Tancredo also goes into retirement. He is an embarrasment to the party."

* John Hawkins at Right Wing News had a debate with Jerome Corsi on the topic. While Hawkins is not a Bush apologist in the Captain Ed/RedState/BlogsForBush mold, he is on the wrong side of this issue.

* "Appalacian Scribe" John Norris Brown says: "Why anyone gives this nutcase credibility is beyond me."

* Ragnar Danneskjold at the Jawa Report says: One would think that a U.S. Congressman would realize that any statement that starts with "I know this is dramatic" and proceeds to defend the ideas of "right-wing fringe kooks" is pretty unlikely to go anywhere good.

3/22/07 UPDATE:
* Ezra of People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch says, among other things (rightwingwatch.org/2007/03/phyllis_schlafl_2.html):

...the Eagle Forum published a list of questions for its supporters to ask candidates on the trail, ranging from Schlafly's theory of "supremacist judges" to the John Birch-esque "North American Union." She says her plan is working, according to "Swift Vet" co-author and fellow "North American Union" enthusiast Jerome Corsi...

A few links are included in that excerpt, including one linking the first "North American Union" to Wikipedia's entry on "black helicopters".

6/27/07 UPDATE:
* Joshua Holland, staff writer for Alternet, joins the list with "Debunking the North American Union Conspiracy Theory" (alternet.org/audits/54184). He can't even get past the second paragraph without violating Godwin's Rule:

The North American Union story is an offspring of the John Birch Society right, with its attendant xenophobia and paranoia. It comes complete with a shadowy international cabal intent on stabbing decent, hard-working Americans in the back -- Dolchstoss!

He mentions the Council of Canadians, without mentioning that they're a leftwing group and thus tend to disprove his contention that the NAU "story" is just a rightwing issue. And, he mentions some of the "dots" making up the NAU "story", but he just can't connect them.

8/13/07 UPDATE:
* Christopher Hayes of The Nation offers "The NAFTA Superhighway" and says that highway is fictional. Some of the letters say he's full of it, with one claiming that Katrina vanden Heuvel is a member of the CFR.

* Matthew Yglesias links approvingly to his article in the post "The Highway That Wasn't There".

* Both join Vice President Dick Cheney in claiming there's no such highway.

* In early August 2007, Stephen Colbert had a little bit of "fun": youtube.com/watch?v=Ookak1IQJ3U

8/24/07 UPDATE:
* Seattle Times columnist Bruce Ramsey offers "Bet your bottom amero that U.S. sovereignty is safe". He bases his conclusion that there's no plan to create a NAU by asking... "the government's chief negotiator on trade, Susan Schwab". She tells him it's just an "urban legend". And, he believes what she says. The JBS - mentioned in his piece - responds here.

* The Fox News "all stars" (Fred Barnes, Juan Williams, and Charles Krauthammer with host Brit Hume) play the Bush quote and then have a bit of fun here: youtube.com/watch?v=TT4tBvRDy38 Krauthammer whitewashes the Bilderberg conferences, saying that he went to one. He compares those who think the NAU is possible to those who believe that Elvis is still alive. Barnes and Williams join in with the "fun". Just because these three idiots say people aren't pushing for it shouldn't be taken as proof that it is being pushed, but...

9/15/07 UPDATE:
* Richard Reeb at the Claremont Institute offers the post "We've Got Our Nut Jobs Too/Right Wing Conspiracy Theory".

11/27/07 UPDATE: Drake Bennett of the Boston Globe offers "The amero conspiracy": ...The NAU may be the quintessential conspiracy theory for our time, according to scholars studying what the historian Richard Hofstadter famously called the "paranoid style" in American politics. The theory elegantly weaves old fears and new realities into one coherent and all-encompassing plan... [etc. etc.]...

12/03/07 UPDATE: Gretel Kovach of Newsweek offers a very weak debunking attempt of the NAFTA Superhighway and the NAU in "Highway To Hell?" (newsweek.com/id/73372). That's linked to by the Washington Post's "Fact Checker", Michael Dobbs (blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2007/12/a_superhighway_to_nowhere.html), who offers his own weak attempt. And, on 11/30/07, Stephen Braun of the Los Angeles Times offered "Paul believes in threat of North American superhighway" (link). It's similar to the WaPo's "Fact Checker" article, including a Stephen Colbert "joke". And:

Federal and state highway and trade officials and transportation consultants reacted Thursday with befuddlement and amusement. The fearsome secret international highway project Paul described does not exist, they said... ...the Trilateral Commission [is] an enduring bugaboo of conspiracy theorists... As alarms about NAFTA's illusory highway have spread across the Web, the issue's whiff of paranoia has ignited sparks of humor... [Colbert "joke"]

12/09/07 UPDATE: Matt Stearns of McClatchy Newspapers offers his own "debunking".

12/11/07 UPDATE: The SPLC has also tried to cast doubts on these schemes.

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November 01, 2006

Mexico's U.N. ambassador promotes North American Union

From this:
U.S.-Mexico relations could remain paralyzed unless leaders of the two nations and Canada formalize a North American partnership — akin to the European Union — before the U.S. baby boomer retirement wave hits in the next eight years, a ranking Mexican diplomat said here Tuesday.

Enrique Berruga, Mexico's ambassador to the United Nations, shared his perspectives on the current and future U.S.-Mexico relationship at a panel discussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus.

It was organized by the UTSA Mexico Center and the San Antonio campus of Mexico's National Autonomous University.

Noting that both countries depend on each other economically, Berruga urged leaders to see the big picture and put petty politics aside for the region's benefit.

[...don't build a fence, send Mexico money...]

"We will be together forever and we need to make the best out of it," Berruga said.

...Economist Mauricio Gonzalez chipped away at what he called the myth of the negative impact of illegal immigration on the United States...

...He works for the San Antonio-based North American Development Bank — created as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, signed in the Alamo City in 1992.

..."NAFTA was a very important first step, but we need to start thinking outside the NAFTA box," González said.

Panelist Robert Rivard, editor of the [San Antonio] Express-News and a former Newsweek correspondent in Latin America, spoke of the lingering impact of 9-6 — that is, Sept. 6, 2001, five days before the terrorist attacks, when the U.S. and Mexican governments were on the brink of a far-reaching immigration deal that has since become a pile of dusty paper...

...[...holds out hope that Calderon will get an "accord"...] "People of peace can't build walls between each other," Rivard said...

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October 30, 2006

Ron Brynaert of RawStory downplays NAU

Taking anything found at RawStory with a very large grain of salt is recommended, but aside from that one wonders why Ron Brynaert would seek to downplay the NAU (10/25/06, "Minutemen 'expose' Bush's 'shadow government'"). Skepticism is generally good, and fact-checking is great. But, cheerleading is definitely something to wonder about:
SPP was launched in March of 2005 as a trilateral effort by the United States, Canada and Mexico to increase the security and improve the quality of life of North Americans through greater cooperation and information sharing. Many conservative critics view the trilateral initiative as a threat to U.S. sovereignty...

The documents can be viewed on the Minuteman Project's Stop the Security and Prosperity Project page, but there's no mention of any particular "smoking gun" which could proves the contention that the White House has created a shadow government. The anti-immigration group appears to consider the mere existence of communications among bureaucrats from the three countries as proof of their assertions...

...A RAW STORY examination of documents related to the "steel strategy" as presented at the Minuteman Web site did not turn up anything untoward...
While it doesn't matter that much, I wonder what their game is. Is it because they reflexively oppose the MMP or Jerome Corsi? Or, is it something else?

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October 29, 2006

Anti-North American Union resolution introduced

Republican Reps. Virgil Goode Jr. (VA), Tom Tancredo (CO), Walter Jones (NC), and Ron Paul (TX) have introduced a resolution (487):
Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System or enter into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada...

...Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That--

(1) the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System;

(2) the United States should not enter into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada; and

(3) the President should indicate strong opposition to these or any other proposals that threaten the sovereignty of the United States.
Jerome Corsi is working with Howard Phillips (Conservative Caucus Chairman) and Phyllis Schlafly as part of a coalition that wants a Congressional investigation of the NAU. Says Corsi:
"We'd like to see both the House and the Senate in the 110th Congress conduct a serious investigation and get full disclosure from SPP of all documents... If the Bush administration wants to continue to deny that we're on the same track that Europe went on to create the European Union and the euro, then there should be no harm in full disclosure... [otherwise] I'm charging they are secretly on the path to create a North American Union, a new currency – the amero – along the same stealth path that was used in Europe, keeping everything below the radar, by administrative decree, making it to late to stop before the American people finally realize what's gong on."

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Stop the SPP releases more FOIA documents

The new site Stop the SPP has more documents on the Security and Prosperity Partnership (precursor to the North American Union) obtained under a FOIA request.

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October 17, 2006

Imagining a "continental future" on your dime

From this:
The master plan for merging the U.S., Mexico and Canada is being devised in American University's Center for North American Studies whose faculty is subsidized by the U.S. State Department through the Fulbright Program.

For example, joining the center this fall as a visiting chairman in North American studies is Canadian Donald Avery, professor emeritus in the history department at the University of Western Ontario. He arrives at American University through the Fulbright Program, funded through the U.S. State Department.

The university's Center for North American Studies is headed by Robert A. Pastor, the architect of a plan for a North American Union modeled after the European Union – complete with its own currency, the Amero, replacing the dollar.

"The Center for North American Studies (CNAS) at American University aims to educate a new generation of students to begin a North American journey comparable to that begun in Europe five decades ago," explains the center's website. "The center examines the differences and shared characteristics of Canada, Mexico and the United States; compares the North American experiment with Europe's; and challenges students and faculty to imagine a continental future."
Their site is at american.edu/ia/cnas

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October 02, 2006

"North American Union threat gets attention of congressmen"

From this:
Rep. Virgil Goode Jr., R-Va., has introduced a resolution – H.R. 487 – designed to express "the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System or enter into a North American Union (NAU) with Mexico and Canada."

"Now that Congress is preparing to take up the issues of the North American Union and NAFTA superhighways, we are moving out of the realm where critics can attempt to disparage the discussion as 'Internet conspiracy theory,'" explained Jerome Corsi, author and WND columnist who has written extensively on the Security and Prosperity Partnership – the semisecret plan many suspect is behind the efforts to create a European Union-style North American confederation and link Mexico and Canada with more transcontinental highways and rail lines. "This bill represents a good first step."
The three co-sponsors are Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Ron Paul (R-TX), and Walter Jones (R-NC).

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Union Pacific acquiring land for railway from Mexican "superport"

From this:
...The [Yuma] Sun previously reported that Union Pacific officials are researching Yuma as a route to ship cargo from 130 miles south of Tijuana into the United States. Landowners throughout Yuma told The Sun that they had been approached by Union Pacific officials about property acquisition.

Chris Peterson, the Union Pacific director of government affairs, previously stated in articles that the company had conducted preliminary studies, but the "project remains very uncertain."

Local farmer Bruce Easterday has no illusions about trying to fight the railroad if it should pursue eminent domain to acquire his property.

...Easterday said he was approached by a Union Pacific representative about selling an option to purchase 200 acres he owns at County 13th Street and Avenue 3E for the potential rail line that would come up from Mexico, likely from a new superport planned for Punta Colonet.

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September 29, 2006

Trans Texas Corrider master plan released

From this:
State transportation officials say that, with the expected approval today of a master plan on the Trans-Texas Corridor's Interstate 35 twin, they can now release previously confidential documents that have sparked a lawsuit and played a prominent role in the governor's race.

The release of the documents, assuming they contain nothing explosive, will probably muffle charges from Gov. Rick Perry's gubernatorial opponents that he and his administration had a secret contract for the big toll road project...

...In addition, the agency and its development partner on the corridor alternative to I-35, the Spanish-American partnership Cintra-Zachry, will drop a lawsuit contesting an order to release the documents...
They're in PDF files at keeptexasmoving.com/projects/ttc35/master_development_plan.aspx

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September 27, 2006

North American Union uncovered (1000 pages of documents)

Jerome Corsi and others have obtained around 1000 pages of documents after a FOIA request to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (spp.gov):
Government documents released by a Freedom of Information Act request reveal the Bush administration is running a "shadow government" with Mexico and Canada in which the U.S. is crafting a broad range of policy in conjunction with its neighbors to the north and south, asserts WND columnist and author Jerome R. Corsi...

..."The documents clearly reveal that SPP, working within the U.S. Department of Commerce, is far advanced in putting together a new regional infrastructure, creating a 'shadow' trilateral bureaucracy with Mexico and Canada that is aggressively rewriting a wide range of U.S. administrative law, all without congressional oversight or public disclosure," Corsi said...
You can download some of the documents here, and see also 'Shadow' agency to issue N. American border passes. More documents will be released later.

Bear in mind that all of this is unfolding without the involvement of the MSM or even the self-styled alternatives. I'm not aware of this story being investigated by any MSM sources or by any major bloggers that don't already oppose illegal immigration. (It has, however, been covered in diaries at DK and DU.) In fact, the Houston Chronicle appears to be involved in the scheme.

Will the MSM and those bloggers be able to ignore this subject now?

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September 25, 2006

Training future North Americans

Just keep repeating to yourself, "it's just a dialogue". From N. American students trained for 'merger':
In another example of the way the three nations of North America are being drawn into a federation, or "merger," students from 10 universities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada are participating annually in a simulated "model Parliament."

Under the sponsorship of the Canadian based North American Forum on Integration, students met in the Mexican Senate for five days in May in an event dubbed "Triumvirate," with organizers declaring "A North American Parliament is born."

A similar event took place in the Canadian Senate in 2005...

[The president of the Triumvirate is Raymond Chretien, the former Canadian ambassador to both Mexico and the U.S.]

...The 10 universities taking part include Harvard, American University, Carlton University, Simon Fraser, Universite de Montreal, Ecole nationale d'administration publique, Monterrey TEC, CIDE, Monterrey University and Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud.

Officials taking part have included James Williams, the former U.S. ambassador to Canada. The North American Forum on Integration says the annual event enjoys the support of the U.S. Embassy in Canada, the Canadian Embassy in Mexico and the North American Development Bank. It also has been supported by at least one U.S. news organization – the Houston Chronicle...
Click the link for more on that anti-American paper. If all that weren't enough:
The board of directors of NAFI include Robert A. Pastor, professor and director of the Center for North American Studies at American University and vice chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on North America. He has testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the idea of merging the United States, Mexico and Canada in a North American union stretching from Prudhoe Bay to Guatemala.
In June 2005, Pastor testified before Congress and said the following:
North American governments can learn from the EU's efforts to establish EU Educational and Research Centers in the United States. Centers for North American Studies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico would help people in all three countries to understand the problems and the potential of an integrated North America--and to think of themselves as North Americans. Scholarships should encourage North American students to study in each other's country. Until a new consciousness of North America's promise takes root, many of these proposals will remain impractical...

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September 24, 2006

NAU: "dialogue" or coup d'etat?

SPP.gov - home of the "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America" - has somewhat responded to the increasing attention they've been getting by posting a "Myths & Facts" section: spp.gov/myths_vs_facts.asp

After glancing at that page, take a look at the long response in "Bush Administration Advances on Path of Creating North American Union". In addition to facts about the "dialogue", it includes the following:
...What appears to be going on within SPP.gov is not simply a dialogue, but a massive and on-going re-writing of U.S. administrative law to "integrate" or "harmonize" our administrative law with the corresponding administrative law of Mexico and Canada. A wide range of public policy areas are involved in the SPP re-write of U.S. administrative law, ranging from e-commerce, through air travel, steel policy, textile policy, energy policy, environmental issues, trusted trader programs, trusted traveler programs and biometric cards issued to citizens of the three countries. The resulting "trilateral agreements" are being achieved by SPP all without specific disclosure to the U.S. public or direct oversight examination by Congress.

Charges of this magnitude demand we consider the possibility that an executive branch coup d'etat is underway to create a new regional government below the radar of media, public, or congressional understanding or scrutiny...

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Secret NAU meeting in Canada, Part 2

Jerome Corsi has more here:
"What is sinister about this meeting is that it involved high level government officials and some of the top and most powerful business leaders of the three countries and the North American Forum in organizing the meeting intentionally did not inform the press in any of the three countries," [Mel Hurtig, a noted Canadian author and publisher who was the elected leader of the National Party of Canada] said. "It was clear that the intention was to keep this important meeting about integrating the three countries out of the public eye."

...The motive for U.S. participation, according to Hurtig, was "to gain access and control Canada's extensive natural resources, including oil and water."

As for Canada, he said, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives "wants to make sure that the 150 Canadian top companies who are their members who gain access to the American market and to American capital."

...Attending the Banff meeting was Robert Pastor, the director of the Center for North American Studies at American University. Pastor is widely known for his extensive writings arguing for the creation of a North American Union, a new super-regional North American government based on the model of the European Union, with the intent of subrogating the sovereignty of the United States.

Pastor was co-chair of the Council of Foreign Relations task force that in May 2005 released a report entitled "Building a North American Community."

About one-third of the listed members of CFR task force attended the Banff conference. One prominent participant in both was Carla A. Hills, who served as U.S. trade representative from 1989 to 1993 and was the primary U.S. negotiator for NAFTA...
There's more at the link. A list of the meeting's agenda is here and an attendees list is here. In addition to the usual suspects and others, one panelist was Geronimo Gutierrez, Mexico's Undersecretary for North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In July of last year he met with Utah governor Jon Huntsman.

Part 1 on the meeting is here.

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September 20, 2006

Secret NAU meeting in Canada

From this:
...from Sept. 12 to 14, in Banff Springs, [Canadian] Minister of Public Safety Stockwell Day and [Canadian] Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor met with U.S. and Mexican government officials and business leaders to discuss North American integration at the second North American Forum.

According to leaked documents, the guest list included such prominent figures as U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Mexican Secretary of Public Security Eduardo Medina Mora and Canadian Forces chief General Rick Hillier, although we have no final confirmation of attendees.

The event was chaired by former U.S. secretary of state George Schultz, former Alberta premier, Peter Lougheed and former Mexican finance minister Pedro Aspe.

Despite the involvement of senior North American politicians, organizers did not alert the media about the event. To make it worse, our government will not be issuing a public statement and refuses to release any information about the content of the discussions or the actors involved...

...The event was organized by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives - the elite club of Canada's richest CEOs - and the Canada West Foundation, an Alberta think-tank that promotes, among other things, closer economic integration with the United States.

The focus of the event was on North American security and prosperity. Not surprisingly, this included topics such as "A North American Energy Strategy," "Demographic and Social Dimensions of North American Integration" and "Opportunities for Security Co-operation" — all topics where the public interest is at odds with that of big business elites...
Much more at the link.

UPDATE: In addition to those above, WND has more participants:
former Central Intelligence Agency Director R. James Woolsey, former Immigration and Naturalization Services Director Doris Meissner, North American Union guru Robert Pastor, former Defense Secretary William Perry, former Energy Secretary and Defense Secretary James Schlesinger ... The only media member scheduled to appear at the event, according to documents obtained by WND, was the Wall Street Journal's Mary Anastasia O'Grady.
And:
...In June, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America made one of its most visible and public moves since it was first announced last year. In Washington, June 15, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Mexican Economy Minister Sergio Garcia de Alba and Canadian Minister of Industry Maxime Bernier joined North American business leaders to launch the North American Competitiveness Council. It was a major development that showed the March 2005 meeting was no fluke – and that the plans announced by the three national leaders then were continuing to take shape. The NACC was first announced by Bush, Harper and Fox.

The U.S. executives involved in the NACC include: United Parcel Service Inc. Chairman Michael Eskew; Frederick Smith, chairman of FedEx Corp.; Lou Schorsh, chief executive of Mittal Steel USA; Joseph Gilmour, president of New York Life Insurance Co.; William Clay Ford, chairman of Ford Motor Co.; Rick Wagoner, chairman of General Motors Corp.; Raymond Gilmartin, CEO of Merck & Co. Inc.; David O'Reilly, chief executive of Chevron Corp.; Jeffrey Immelt, chairman of General Electric Co.; Lee Scott, president of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; Robert Stevens, chairman of Lockheed Martin Corp.; Michael Haverty, chairman of Kansas City Southern; Douglas Conant, president of Campbell's Soup Co. and James Kilt, vice-chairman of Gillette Inc...

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September 13, 2006

Texas Rep. Timoteo "Timo" Garza on North American integration

From a November 18, 2003 press release from Texas State Representative Timoteo "Timo" Garza (Eagle Pass) (link):
[Garza] offered to help U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchinson find solutions to the problems created by the proposed implementation of the U.S. VISIT (Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology) Program...

..."Implementation of the U.S. VISIT program will have a devastating impact on the economy of Texas, specifically the border area," stated Representative Garza. South West Texas public officials, merchants, chambers of commerce and bank representatives met this week in an informative session on the U.S. VISIT program. The group listened to a presentation, by IBC Bank officials, detailing the U.S. VISIT Program and it's impact, on Border economies...

..."Our European allies reap the benefits of a European Union which offers its citizens globally competitive educations, health care, multi-lingual/multi-cultural domestic policies and solid unified trade practices," added the Representative. "We need to take a page from their success, and we must begin to solidify our North American Partnership into a streamlined-global economic force, free of migratory barriers, free of cultural divisiveness, and uniquely positioned to attract jobs and industry. The current U.S. VISIT Program moves the US away from such a vision," stated Representative Garza.

Representative Garza praised Texas Senator John Cornyn, for his editorial comments in an excellent article titled, "Guests Who Pose No Threat," in the Washington Post, November 17, 2003. In it Senator Cornyn states, "I am convinced that we must finally recognize the truth about our border with Mexico. Everyday families, businesses and workers cross the border. They own property... They marry... They raise families and fill jobs that in many cases go unfilled in the United States. We can no longer deny both the sheer number of undocumented immigrants in our country and the extent to which their labor makes a positive contribution to our economy."

...Representative Garza thanked Mayor Joaquin Rodriguez and Judge Jose "Pepe" Aranda for their active participation in Monday night's meeting. He also thanked Hector Cerna, IBC Bank President and Marga Lopez, MCDC Executive Director for sponsoring the presentation. He complimented the Border Trade Alliance and the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition for their efforts in raising public awareness of this issue.

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September 12, 2006

"I-69: Yet Another NAFTA Super-Highway"

More from Jerome Corsi:
Another NAFTA Super-Highway is moving state-by-state from the planning stage to the funding and construction process. As listed on the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration's website [link], the "I-69 Corridor" is planned to connect Mexico and Canada through Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

Still, skeptics -- even congressmen and senators in the nine states where the I-69 corridor will be built -- continue to charge that any idea that NAFTA Super-Highways are being built are nothing more than "internet conspiracy theories..."

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September 08, 2006

North American Union scheme proceeding on schedule

From the Canadian government's Industry Canada site comes the September 7 progress report "Ministers Report to Leaders on Security and Prosperity Partnership Initiatives" (tinyurl.com/gavv3):
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry, together with their counterparts from the United States and Mexico, today released the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) Report to the three North American leaders. The report outlines progress of collaborative initiatives between Canada, the United States and Mexico in such vital areas as security, the economy, transportation, the environment, and public health.

"This report to Prime Minister Harper, President Bush, and President Fox marks the significant progress that our three countries have made under the SPP to build on our important North American partnership," said Minister MacKay. "It's a tribute to the positive, collaborative relationships that our government has developed with Mexico and the United States, and to our common commitment to work together to build a safer, more secure and economically dynamic North America."

"Thanks to our crucial work Canadians and North Americans will be protected from security threats by smart and secure borders that promote the movement of low-risk trade and travellers within North America," said Minister Day. "For example, under the Security and Prosperity Partnership, officials are developing security standards for travel documents which will be used for cross-border travel under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)."
It goes on, including this bit of familiar language:
To provide a uniform agreement between local offices of the Governments of the United States and Mexico, officials from both countries signed on June 27 an agreement to implement a pilot program in El Paso and Chicago, for the safe, humane, and orderly repatriation of Mexican nationals.
UPDATE: The White House, via Condi Rice, Michael Chertoff, and Carlos Gutierrez (Commerce) has received notice of the progress being made: whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/09/20060907-9.html

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August 29, 2006

Teamsters come out against "NAFTA superhighway"

From this:
The NAFTA superhighway, a north-south interstate trade corridor linking Mexico, Canada and the U.S., would mean U.S. truckers replaced by Mexicans, more unsafe rigs on American roads and more drivers relying on drugs for their long hauls, charges the International Brotherhood of Teamsters – the latest group to weigh in against the Bush administration plan.

The August issue of Teamster magazine features a cover story on the plan for an enlarged I-35 that will reach north from the drug capital border town of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, 1,600 miles to Canada through San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Duluth, while I-69 originating at the same crossing will shoot north to Michigan and across the Canadian border...
Some of the interviews from the magazine don't entirely add up; some Mexican drivers say they drive 4500 km (around 2800 miles) in five or six nights but they need "magic dust" to do it. Your own blogger did 1250 miles in less than 48 hours, no magic involved. Yes, some of that was faster than most trucks drive, but I also took three short hikes along the way.

Details, details! In this case it's only the thought that matters, and perhaps the Teamsters can convince other unions to come around to a more American position than that they currently hold, and perhaps some unions might even somewhat reduce their support for illegal immigration.

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"A North American United Nations?"

From Rep. Ron Paul:
Globalists and one-world promoters never seem to tire of coming up with ways to undermine the sovereignty of the United States. The most recent attempt comes in the form of the misnamed "Security and Prosperity Partnership Of North America (SPP)." In reality, this new "partnership" will likely make us far less secure and certainly less prosperous.

...Congressional oversight of what might be one of the most significant developments in recent history is non-existent. Congress has had no role at all in a "dialogue" that many see as a plan for a North American union.

...Critics of NAFTA and CAFTA warned at the time that the agreements were actually a move toward more government control over international trade and an eventual merging of North America into a border-free area. Proponents of these agreements dismissed this as preposterous and conspiratorial. Now we see that the criticisms appear to be justified.

...Though the US administration insists that the SPP does not undermine US sovereignty, how else can one take statements like this? How can establishing a "trilateral regulatory cooperation" not undermine our national sovereignty?

[...NAFTA superhighway...]

...This all adds up to not only more and bigger government, but to the establishment of an unelected mega-government. As the SPP website itself admits, "The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America represents a broad and ambitious agenda." I hope my colleagues in Congress and American citizens will join me in opposing any "broad and ambitious" effort to undermine the security and sovereignty of the United States.
He also says that one of their other proposals seems similar to the Codex Alimentarius proposal, something that I hadn't heard of before.

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August 24, 2006

Nancy Boyda brings up NAFTA highway against Rep. Jim Ryun

From this:
Democratic congressional challenger Nancy Boyda repeated concerns Wednesday about a proposed multilane superhighway that eventually could span the United States from Mexico to Canada, calling it a threat to Kansans.

"There seems to be a plan to blur the border with the United States and Mexico," Boyda said, referring to a proposed 10-lane corridor parallel to Interstate 35 in Texas.

Boyda has made the highway an issue in her effort to defeat incumbent Republican Jim Ryun in a rematch of their 2nd District race two years ago. While Ryun says immigration is the top issue on his agenda, Boyda said allowing Texas to "blow a quarter-mile-wide hole in the border" runs afoul with any get-tough talk.

Speaking Wednesday at a candidate forum in Topeka, Ryun dismissed the Texas proposal and fears of a flow of illegal guns, drugs and immigrants as nothing more than a growing conspiracy theory.

"This is definitely based on fiction," Ryun said. "It is based on an Internet story."

State and regional highway officials agree, saying there are no grandiose plans to cut a wide swath across the central United States from Laredo, Texas, to Detroit.

Terry Heidner, Kansas Department of Transportation director of planning and development, said any potential for expanding Interstate 35 through Kansas is in the distant future...

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August 21, 2006

"North American Union Threatens U.S. Sovereignty"

Alan Caruba:
The problem with the Bush administration is that not enough of its officials have read the U.S. Constitution. Take, for example, Section 2 of Article 2. When dealing with foreign nations, it says that the President "shall have the power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur..."

So, why is President Bush and his administration seeking to establish a North American Union that would, in effect, abolish the borders between Canada, Mexico, and the United States of America?

Moreover, it would involve our government in so many common regulatory mandates with these two nations as to render the sovereignty of the United States a memory of what national self-governance is supposed to be.

The name of this effort is called the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) and, guess what, it has not been submitted to the Senate for its oversight or concurrence because, by some magic of governmental definition, it is not a treaty. Instead, its administration is buried in the bowels of the Commerce Department...

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July 26, 2006

"Meet Robert Pastor"

Jerome Corsi continues his series with "Meet Robert Pastor: Father of the North American Union":
...As we are taught in grade school, George Washington is the Father of our nation. If the North American Union comes into existence as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) asserts, then we all better get prepared for a new hero. Robert Pastor is the person most likely to be proclaimed the father of the North American Union, a designation consistent with his decades-long history of viewing U.S. national interests through the lens of an extreme leftist almost anti-American political philosophy.

Dr. Pastor's early professional career involved a working association with the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)...

In December 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Pastor to be U.S. ambassador to Panama. Pastor's nomination was approved by a 16-3 vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and his confirmation looked virtually certain. The nomination failed, however, and was withdrawn by the administration in February 1995, after then-Sen. Jesse Helms (R.-N.C.) swore to prevent a Senate vote on Pastor's nomination. Helms, who had vehemently opposed the turn-over of the Panama Canal, placed much of the blame squarely on Pastor, declaring when he opposed Pastor's nomination that Pastor "presided over one of the most disastrous and humiliating periods in the history of U.S. involvement in Latin America." Helms also claimed that Pastor bore responsibility for what Helms saw as "a Carter administration cover-up of alleged involvement by Nicaragua's Sandinista government in arms shipments to leftist rebels in El Salvador."

Dr. Pastor has also co-authored a 1989 book with his long-time friend, Jorge G. Castaneda, who began his career as a member of the Mexican Communist Party...

...In his pressing enthusiasm for realizing the NAU, Robert Pastor argued in a 2004 article in CFR's Foreign Affairs, entitled "North America's Second Decade," that the United States would benefit by giving up U.S. national Sovereignty. "Countries are benefited," he wrote, "when they changed these [national sovereignty] policies, and evidence suggests that North Americans are ready for a new relationship that renders this old definition of sovereignty obsolete."

...Dr. Pastor himself proclaims that the May 2005 CFR task force report on which he was vice chair and principal editor was a "blueprint" for the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP)...

...Critics who argue that the NAU is a "conspiracy theory" are well advised to take a hard look at Robert Pastor. With U.S. policy toward Latin America, Dr. Pastor first approached the issue in writing (for the radical IPS, as we have noted), next as a university professor, and finally as a government official. Had John Kerry won the 2004 presidential election, Robert Pastor most likely would have emerged with a government position from which he could have pursued his NAU agenda. Given the re-election of George Bush, Dr. Pastor has surfaced within the CFR, an influential "think-tank" NGO whose history of impacting U.S. policy would suggest the CFR impact on SPP.gov could easily be more than academic.
More at the link.

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July 25, 2006

Sen. John Cornyn comes out against North American Union, but...

In the past I've had some bad things to say about Senator John Cornyn, and he is the sponsor of one of the Senate's amnesty schemes. While he's now come out against the NAU, pay especial attention to the last paragraph of this snippet:
Responding to information from WorldNetDaily, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has taken steps to ensure the Senate will not act on a bill that would further a plan to create a European Union-style alliance in North America.

...Yesterday, Cornyn's office notified WND the senator had been assured by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that no action will be taken on Senate bill 3622 in the 109th Congress. If the Senate Foreign Relations Committee does not act, the bill will expire at the end of the term in January...

The spokesman clarified Cornyn "is adamantly opposed to any 'North American Union' being formed like the EU has been formed in Europe."

Cornyn's office had no explanation, however, for why the legislation was introduced, except to note the senator "continues to believe that if Mexico would adopt free market principles, it would be in the best interest of the United States."

...WND showed Cornyn's office Friday that a content analysis of the bill demonstrated its similarity to some of Pastor's writings. The correlation was so strong, WND told the senator's staff, a conclusion could be reliably drawn that the person drafting and proposing the legislation drew from Pastor's writings and intended to advance his political agenda to create a "North American Union."

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July 22, 2006

"North American Union Is No Conspiracy [Theory]"

John Hawkins at RightWingNews deserves credit for not supporting Bush as strongly as others did, often in a juvenile (BlogsForBush), sleazy (RedState) or underhanded (Insty) manner. However, he does have the major failing that he thinks the North American Union is simply tinfoil talk.

Jerome Corsi responds to him in great depth here. If you do the necessary research I think you'll see that Corsi is right.

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July 21, 2006

North American 'Trusted Traders' Begin Rolling on the NAFTA Super-Corridor

From this:
Through a series of acquisitions including Mexican railroads, Kansas City Southern (KCS, NYSE: KSE) has declared itself the nation’s first NAFTA Railroad.

On April 1, 2005, KCS completed the acquisition of Mexican Railroad TFM, S.A. de C.V., an acquisition which gained for KCS all the common stock of Groupo Transportacion Ferrovaria Mexicana, S.A. de C.V., the holding company that owned TFM. In December 2005, KCS changed the name of TFM to Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM). The acquisition of KCSM was a key piece in putting together the “NAFTA railroad,” the marketing brand that KCS uses to market its North American service for both KCSM in Mexico and Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCSR) in the United States...

...We should also note that KCS and the company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Michael R. Haverty have been very prominent in SPP activities.

The 2004 Summit held in Kansas City, Missouri, by the North American International Trade Corridor Partnership (NAITCP), an affiliate organization of the North America's Super Corridor Coalition, Inc. (NASCO) produced a brochure with a front page photograph of Mr. Haverty, documenting his attendance. Mr. Haverty is photographed at the right of the first row in the photo, with Dr. Robert Pastor of American University at the left of the row.

Dr. Pastor, who spoke at the summit, was the vice chair of the Council on Foreign Relations task force report "Building a North American Community," which we have argued serves as the blueprint for SPP.gov. Dr. Pastor is the author of five books, including "Toward a North American Community," published in 1991. Dr. Pastor has consistently argued that NAFTA should be transformed by a process of tri-lateral administrative regulations and executive branch negotiated trilateral agreements into a North American Union regional government on the model of the European Union...

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July 20, 2006

Commerce Dept stonewalling Corsi's FOIA request?

In June, Jerome Corsi sent a FOIA request to the Commerce Department asking for information on the "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America", aka the precursor to the possible North American Union.

According to statute, Commerce should have responded within 20 days, and they have not:

"We thought we might encounter some recalcitrance," he explained to WND, "but I am frankly shocked that we had received no response at all. The department acknowledged its receipt of our request on June 19. The requirements of the Freedom of Information Act are quite clear: The government is allowed to respond to a FOIA request in many ways, but the complete failure to respond within 20 business days is simply not an option."

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Rep. Mike Rogers wants info on SPP from Commerce Department

From this:
A congressman is pressing the Department of Commerce to fully disclose a congressionally unauthorized plan to implement a trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada that critics say could lead to a North American union.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., chairman of the Subcommittee on Management, Integration and Oversight of the House Committee on Homeland Security, wrote July 11 to Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez requesting detailed disclosure of working groups in the Security and Prosperity Partnership office within his department...
He forwarded a letter from a constituent containing several good, detailed questions on their scheme. The questions are at the link.

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July 18, 2006

"Red China Opens NAFTA Ports in Mexico"

More from Jerome Corsi:
The Port Authority of San Antonio has been working actively with the Communist Chinese to open and develop NAFTA shipping ports in Mexico.

The plan is to ship containers of cheap goods produced by under-market labor in China and the Far East into North America via Mexican ports. From the Mexican ports, Mexican truck drivers and railroad workers will transport the goods across the Mexican border with Texas. Once in the U.S., the routes will proceed north to Kansas City along the NAFTA Super-Highway, ready to be expanded by the Trans-Texas Corridor, and NAFTA railroad routes being put in place by Kansas City Southern. Kansas City Southern's Mexican railroads has positioned the company to become the "NAFTA Railroad."

...Hutchinson Whampoa, a diversified company that manages property development and telecommunications companies, with operations in 54 countries and over 200,000 employees worldwide, is also one of the world’s largest port operators. Hutchinson Ports Holding (HPH) owns Panama Ports Co., which operates the ports of Cristobal and Balboa which are located at each end of the Panama Canal. HPH also operates the industrial deepwater port of Lazaro Cardenas in the Mexican State of Michoacan, as well as the Mexican port at Manzanillo, also along the west coast of Mexico, north of Lazaro Cardenas...
Much more at the link.

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July 14, 2006

North American Union, the short version

In 2005, the CFR came out with a 59-page document called "Building a North American Community". Almost every top government official of the past several decades has been a member of that group, and for that and other reasons one might assume they have a great deal of influence. WND has a summary of their proposal here.

Previously: "Bush Administration Fast-Tracks Formation of North American Union"

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July 13, 2006

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez pimps illegal immigration

Welcome to the Clinton administration, Parts 3 and 4:
U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said the U.S. needs immigrants to meet the employment needs of a growing economy and urged Congress to approve immigration legislation that includes a temporary-worker program.

Gutierrez said there were 4.1 million U.S. job openings in May, many in the hospitality industry, that immigrants are needed to fill because Americans can't or won't do that work.

"We have jobs today that either American citizens aren't willing to do or aren't able to do," Gutierrez, an immigrant from Cuba, told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Immigrants aren't crossing our borders to look for a handout. They're seeking jobs that are available."
Obviously, those he's refering to aren't "immigrants", they're illegal aliens.

He gets asked a few tough questions in this Lars Larson interview. Note that Gutierrez is also involved in the push for the North American Union.

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July 11, 2006

Is Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram trustworthy?

Bud Kennedy is a columnist for the Dallas Star-Telegram, and back on June 29 he offered "Few minutes with Minutemen is plenty of time for GOP group":
The Texas Minutemen brought their borderline paranoia to the heart of Aggieland this week.

A Republican club invited the Wise County-based Minutemen to tell about their escapades guarding the Rio Grande. But what they heard was too loony even for Aggies.

When the Minutemen's quirky leader started rambling about a secret plan to "merge Canada and Mexico with the United States," the good Republicans in the home of the George Bush Presidential Library started squirming in their chairs behind half-eaten barbecue plates...
They sound Wacky with a capital-W! Except, then we visit spp.gov, the United States government's website for the precursor to this plan. And, we learn that Bush, Fox, and the leaders of Canada have met to discuss the precursor. And, then we read all the very detailed articles Jerome Corsi has compiled on the plan. All of those details are in the public record and thus would have been available to Kennedy if only he'd looked (assuming of course he didn't).

So, you have to wonder. Are Bud Kennedy and his editors just useful idiots who made an intellectually dishonest mistake, or something else? Whatever the case, it's clear that you should take anything he says with a huge mountain of salt.

Contact their reader's advocate and suggest they do just a bit more research before printing something: dhouse *at* star-telegram.com

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"Bush Administration Fast-Tracks Formation of North American Union"

Continuing Jerome Corsi's series:
With virtually no mention in the mainstream media, Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez convened on June 15, the first meeting of the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC), an apparently extra-constitutional advisory group organized by the Department of Commerce (DOC) under the auspices of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP).

A March 31 press release on the White House website, under the title "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America: Progress," announced the formation of the NACC. The press release noted that the NACC would meet annually "with security and prosperity Ministers and will engage with senior government officials on an ongoing basis." The "SPP Ministers" were not identified. Moreover, the term "Ministers" was an unusual reference to the U.S. government, especially when the founding fathers had taken such pains to rid the U.S. of all terminology that could be reminiscent of monarchical systems such as the British royalty against whom the Revolutionary War was aimed. Evidently, the reference was to Gutierrez, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the three cabinet officers to whom the extensive SPP working groups organized in DOC are now reporting, as well as their cabinet level counterparts in Mexico and Canada...
Previously: "NASCO Alters Super-Corridor Message"

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July 06, 2006

"NASCO Alters Super-Corridor Message"

Jerome Corsi continues his series on the plan to create a North American Union with the news that NASCO now offers blurbs on their website attempting to debunk unnamed press articles about their scheme. Corsi provides evidence supporting his claims.

Previously: "Bush Administration Erases U.S. Borders With Mexico and Canada"

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June 28, 2006

"Bush Administration Erases U.S. Borders With Mexico and Canada"

Here's the latest from Jerome Corsi:
The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), signed by President Bush with Mexico and Canada in Waco, Tex., on March 23, 2005, was fundamentally an agreement to erase our borders with Mexico and Canada.

As I have documented below, the SPP "working groups" organized within the U.S. Department of Transportation are signing trilateral memoranda of understanding and other agreements with Mexico and Canada designed to accomplish the open borders goal incrementally, below the radar of mainstream media attention, thereby avoiding public scrutiny. Congress is largely unaware that SPP exists, let alone knowledgeable about the extensive work being done behind the scenes by the executive branch to advance the agenda articulated by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) to establish a North American Union as a new regional super-government by 2010...
Previously: "Sources: NAFTA superhighway is imaginary, tinfoil talk, don't worry, relax"

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June 23, 2006

Sources: NAFTA superhighway is imaginary, tinfoil talk, don't worry, relax

This site has linked to a few recent articles from Jerome Corsi about the plans to create a "North American Union", a superstate consisting of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

The article about the plan to create a massive highway running down the center of the U.S. has generated the first public sign of some pushback.

First, KUWS-FM's Danielle Kaeding has a story in northern MN/northern WI's BusinessNorth discussing the "internet rumor". Minnesota Department of Transportation's John Bray says we just need to relax. He isn't quoted as responding to any particular points, he just says it has no credibility. Tiffany Melvin, director of the North America SuperCorridor Coalition says:
"We're not working with the administration to create a new highway or anything like that. We're an advocacy group tries to bring attention to the need for improvements and maintenance to the existing infrastructure and to increase security at our nation's borders and improve safety measures along the corridor." Bray says there's no money to go toward a construction project of this magnitude. "The agency right now is in a funding crisis for gosh sake. I mean, we're doing the best we can just to hold the highways together in Minnesota. Wisconsin's in the same boat." So, no worries folks…nothing running through your backyards just yet.
Of course, as this site points out, there's a huge picture of the proposed highway right on their site (nascocorridor.com), together with the news that they're: "dedicated to developing the world's first international, integrated and secure, multi-modal transportation system along the International Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor".

In probably related news:
A Mexican customs office is being built in the U.S. heartland as part of a newly designed "inland port" facility that links with a Mexican seaport, an official in Kansas City confirms.

Tasha Hammes of the Kansas City Area Development Council wrote to author and WND columnist Jerome Corsi to correct some details of a column on the subject, but she affirmed that a key purpose of the Kansas City Inland Port, or SmartPort, will be to facilitate the movement of containers from the Far East through the Mexican port at Lazaro Cardenas rather than the West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach...
Note also that Corsi has filed a FOIA request for many documents relating to the larger scheme.

While it's good that they want to correct the record, I have the sneaking suspicion that there's a bit more going on here. If Corsi's articles get a bit more attention, expect to see people such as - just as a wild guess - Morton Kondracke, Bill Kristol, David Brooks, and similar pundits trying to spin it all away those "internet rumors".

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Texas Segment of NAFTA Super Highway Nears Construction (TTC, Trans-Texas Corridor)

Continuing Jerome Corsi's series on the general plan to create a North American Union comes this:
The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) is ready to begin construction in 2007, building the first segment of what is planned to be a NAFTA Super Highway stretching from Mexico to Canada. As we have previously written, the NAFTA Super Highway is planned to begin at Laredo, Tex., proceeding north to Kansas City via Oklahoma City, and ultimately connecting with Canadian limited-access highways north of Duluth, Minn.

On March 11, 2005, a "Comprehensive Development Agreement" was signed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to build the "TTC-35 High Priority Corridor" parallel to Interstate 35. The contracting party involved a limited partnership formed between Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A., a publically listed company headquartered in Spain, owned by the Madrid-based Groupo Ferrovial, and a San Antonio-based construction company, Zachry Construction Corp...

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June 19, 2006

A North American Union timeline

This page is a bit tinfoilish, but it does provide some useful background information on the attempt to join the U.S., Canada, and Mexico into an EU-style superstate.

Previously: "North American Union Would Trump U.S. Supreme Court"

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"North American Union Would Trump U.S. Supreme Court"

Continuing this disturbing series of articles, Jerome Corsi has more on the plan to create the "North American Union":

The Bush Administration is pushing to create a North American Union out of the work on-going in the Department of Commerce under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America in the NAFTA office headed by Geri Word. A key part of the plan is to expand the NAFTA tribunals into a North American Union court system that would have supremacy over all U.S. law, even over the U.S. Supreme Court, in any matter related to the trilateral political and economic integration of the United States, Canada and Mexico...

Previously: "Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway"

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June 14, 2006

"Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway"

Here's another article in Jerome Corsi's series about Bush and others trying to build a "North American Community", i.e., an EU-style superstate consisting of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico:
Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn.

Once complete, the new road will allow containers from the Far East to enter the United States through the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, bypassing the Longshoreman's Union in the process. The Mexican trucks, without the involvement of the Teamsters Union, will drive on what will be the nation's most modern highway straight into the heart of America. The Mexican trucks will cross border in FAST lanes, checked only electronically by the new "SENTRI" system. The first customs stop will be a Mexican customs office in Kansas City, their new Smart Port complex, a facility being built for Mexico at a cost of $3 million to the U.S. taxpayers in Kansas City.

As incredible as this plan may seem to some readers, the first Trans-Texas Corridor segment of the NAFTA Super Highway is ready to begin construction next year. Various U.S. government agencies, dozens of state agencies, and scores of private NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have been working behind the scenes to create the NAFTA Super Highway, despite the lack of comment on the plan by President Bush. The American public is largely asleep to this key piece of the coming "North American Union" that government planners in the new trilateral region of United States, Canada and Mexico are about to drive into reality...
Previously in this series: "Bush sneaking North American super-state without oversight?"

See also Trans-Texas Corridor: "there's something wrong going on in Texas"

UPDATE: More here, including this quote from Kansas City mayor Kay Barnes:
As we have learned from the past, integration in the new global economy comes from complete commercial, economic, political, and cultural integration. With our strategic position in the heart of America, and as the hub of the North American Trade Corridor, Kansas City intends to be an integral part of the global marketplace for years to come.

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June 13, 2006

"Bush sneaking North American super-state without oversight?"

From this:
Despite having no authorization from Congress, the Bush administration has launched extensive working-group activity to implement a trilateral agreement with Mexico and Canada.

The membership of the working groups has not been published, nor has their work product been disclosed, despite two years of massive effort within the executive branches of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

The groups, working under the North American Free Trade Association office in the Department of Commerce, are to implement the Security and Prosperity Partnership, or SPP, signed by President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin in Waco, Texas, on March 23, 2005...

Geri Word, who heads the SPP office within the NAFTA office of the U.S. Department of Commerce affirmed to WND last Friday in a telephone interview that the membership of the working groups, as well as their work products, have not been published anywhere, including on the Internet.

Why the secrecy?

"We did not want to get the contact people of the working groups distracted by calls from the public," said Word...

...WND can find no specific congressional legislation authorizing the SPP working groups...

[The closest are bills from Sen. Richard Lugar and Rep. Katherine Harris, neither of which passed]...

...WND has requested from Word in the U.S. Department of Commerce a complete listing of the contact persons and the participating membership for the working groups listed in the June 2005 SPP report to the trilateral leaders. In addition, WND asked to see all work products, such as memorandums of understanding, letters of intent, and trilateral agreements that are referenced in the report...
Sounds like it's getting serious. Oddly enough, the various major MSM sources don't seem to be interested in a plan to change the very structure of the country.

In addition to the bills mentioned by Corsi, note also that Sen. John Cornyn introduced a bill that would create a "North American Investment Fund to promote economic and infrastructure integration among Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and for other purposes."

Previously: More on "NAFTA Plus" and "North America"

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May 28, 2006

NWO, Michael Douglas, guns, North American integration, Amero

The recent article "Michael Douglas backs U.N. gun ban" leads us on a wild ride through the fevered imaginations of globalists everywhere:
Actor Michael Douglas – who for many years has been designated by the United Nations as a "U.N. peace messenger" – is backing the global body's upcoming conference on small arms trafficking.

In a public service announcement, Douglas "spotlights the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and promotes an upcoming U.N. conference aimed at addressing the problem," according to the U.N. News Center.

The controversial conference wins the prize for having the longest name in memory: "The U.N. Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons." It is scheduled for July 26 through July 7 in New York City...
That leads to 1999's "The 40-year gun grab":
...David Patterson, deputy historian at the State Department, downplayed the possible significance of Freedom From War and the Blueprint for the Peace Race -- identifying them as "part of the propaganda war."

"It's a recurring issue which conservative groups would put forward as an example of how we were willing to capitulate to the Soviet Union during the Cold War -- disarm unilaterally," Patterson said. "Of course, none of this was true, but it's still going the rounds of right-wing publications. We get these calls."
Along the same lines comes a 2/27/05 radio interview (pay only, not listened to) described thusly:
Michael Corbin interviews Gui Caron with Council of Canadians. They received a leaked confidential report on North American Integration. This council met to discuss the integration of Canada, the United States and Mexico into a new North American country through NAFTA. Read this confidential report (in PDF format) by clicking here. This report is a warning of things to come in that this group, which is comprised of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives are planning on launching a massive campaign to introduce a new slogan for the new North American country, together with a new currency, and strict security measures that will involve a National ID Card. Charlotte Iserbyt, author of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, joined during the second half of the hour to discuss the US National ID Card program, which is being designed and implemented by two high-ranking former Soviet KGB officers, who are working within the Department of Homeland Security.
And, believe it or don't, there's even a WP page on the Amero, the proposed North American currency.

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May 24, 2006

More on "NAFTA Plus" and "North America"

From this:
Without announcing his intentions to do so, President Bush has decided to support the creation of a North American Union through a process of governmental regulations, never having to bring the issue before the American people for a clear referendum or vote.

The Bush Administration has decided to "back-door" the creation of a North American Union political entity that would effectively erase our borders with Mexico and Canada and create several super-regional governing bodies that would have jurisdiction over the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court...
Much more at the link, and recall that earlier this week Vicente Fox had this to say:
"The future of North America must guarantee great competitiveness, greater regional security..."
In 2002 he said:
"Eventually, our long-range objective is to establish with the United States, but also with Canada, our other regional partner, an ensemble of connections and institutions similar to those created by the European Union..."
More in "CFR's Plan to Integrate the U.S., Mexico and Canada", Should you trust anything Sen. John Cornyn says?, Charlie Norwood on CATO's latest anti-American proposal, and The "New Partnership in North America": double-plus NAFTA

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May 20, 2006

Useful Idiot Watch: Kossack wants to "Erase the Border"

A Kossack named Ben Masel offers "A Radical Immigration Plan: Erase the Border": dailykos.com/story/2006/5/20/112725/240

The author was described in 1996 as Madison's [WI] own pot promoter, former candidate for Dane County sheriff and Libertarian candidate for Congress. He's also the Wisconsin chapter president of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

While the post generates a few negative comments, many are supportive. And, there's only one negative comment that slightly implies that our good friends at Kos might be useful idiots for the "global elites" (comment #26 about Carla Hills of the CFR).

The reaction to the cross-post at Maryscott O'Connor's site is even more positive: myleftwing.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=8691

The comments at the latter link shows how those "global elite" can make use of those useful idiots:
weeping for brunnhilde: As far as I'm concerned, the sooner we dismantle geo-political borders, the sooner we dismantle our own mental borders. Then maybe we'll recognize that we're all in this together and start to act like it. This is the hope, anyway.

eugene: The conservative complaint here is that they don't like how globalization forces them to interact with people they consider their racial inferiors. Hence the fence.

MSOC: When asked as to my feelings about immigration ("the immigration problem"), I reply that I wish for open borders. Watching that little segment on Thursday's Colbert Report about the "Minutemen" was so thoroughly depressing and enervating, the humour was almost completely lost on me.

sfarnell: No borders = no nationalism. Yeah n/t
Those who seek to delete the borders in order to profit can make use of such idiots by appealing to their extreme and extremely misplaced idealism as well as their intense, psychologically-based desire not to be called racists. Since comments like #26 at the DK thread aren't going to do it, pushing back might consist of pointing out that the left wing of the Democratic Party wants the same thing as George Bush. Then, let BDS work its magic.

Note also that Masel says, "Canada could have the option to sign in on similar terms." Now, compare that to the opinion piece from Steven Hill of the CFR-linked "New America Foundation", which contains "not wishing to be left out, [Canada] would ask for inclusion". Going further, Masel even has this to say:
With "illegals" getting to vote, Texas ceases to be an Anglo dominion. effectively, Mexico re-conquers.
As if that diary weren't bad enough, 'Mumon' offers "Jerome Corsi: Hegemony, Nativism and paranoia...." ( dailykos.com/story/2006/5/20/958/70763 ), about the article "North American Union to Replace USA?" As with the other useful idiots, Mumon supports the goals of Bush and other members of the "global elite", in effect acting as a CFR apologist. As does the blogger we refer to as "Hatrios": atrios.blogspot.com/2006_05_14_atrios_archive.html#114806872226565666
This amusing bit of wingnuttery from swift boat liar Jerome Corsi brings us back to the black helicopter era of wingnuttery which thrived so well under Poppy.
COMPLETE TOOL UPDATE: From the libertarian perspective ( uncsense.com/root/2006/05/that_about_sums.html ) comes this:
Let me tell you conservatives and Republicans something: You disgust me with your incessant and evil harping about "illegal" immigration. You have lost completely and totally the spirit of what America was all about. Completely and totally. Nothing is left. You think it was about a constitution and laws. It was about leaving oppression and misery behind, risking it all -- including your very life -- and seeking new opportunity in a new land where you could trade in peace and hopefully earn for yourself and your loved ones a better life. It was about Declaring your Independence from those who would prevent you by force from exercising what you believed was your God-given (not government given; not democratically given) right to the honest and peaceful pursuit of your own life, liberty, and happiness.

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March 06, 2006

Security, Prosperity, North America, and media bias

At the end of the month, George W Bush (U.S.) will be meeting with Vicente Fox (Mexico) and Stephen Harper (Canada) in Cancun. Among other topics, they'll be discussing what amounts to turning the United States into part of an EU-style superstate:
White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the [Bush and Fox] also discussed the Security and Prosperity Partnership among the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Under that initiative outlined last year at the Texas summit, the three countries, which are joined in the North American Free Trade Agreement, pledged to develop a common security strategy and promote "economic growth and competitiveness and quality of life."

The leaders are expected to review progress on the initiative at Cancun, fine-tune it and make new recommendations on how best to proceed.
"How best to succeed" translates into "how to get what we want before the people catch on." Unfortunately, that won't require much work, since the press reports before and after the conference will no doubt be highly similar to the current one. Let's watch this and see if any reporters or sources cover exactly what this means.

Previously:
Should you trust anything Sen. John Cornyn says?
CFR: Ship seniors to Mexico
Is America's CEO leading us towards a merger with Mexico?
"CFR's Plan to Integrate the U.S., Mexico and Canada"
The "New Partnership in North America": double-plus NAFTA

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February 26, 2006

Albany Democrat-Herald (Oregon) supports open borders. Literally.

The editorial "Consider an open border with Mexico" from Oregon's Albany Democrat-Herald has to be read to be believed. They are literally supporting an open border with Mexico:

...We have the North American Free Trade Agreement, which links the economies of the United States, Mexico and Canada. But this arrangement doesn't seem to extend to the movement of people... If it did, there would be no such person as an illegal alien from Mexico — or Canada — in the United States. Instead, citizens of each would be free to move from any one of the three countries to one of the others. They could live where they wanted and work wherever they were qualified to work, or where their labor was wanted and needed...

This is obviously an anti-American and an un-American concept, and if you're in their readership area I urge you to boycott them and encourage everyone you know to do the same.

The Democrat-Herald is owned by Lee Enterprises, which publishes 58 newspapers across the U.S. Consider boycotting those as well, and if you're in the mood let their CEO Mary E. Junck know what you're doing: (563) 383-2100.

In addition to many smaller papers, their major publications are:
- Arizona Daily Star
- North County Times
- The Times of NW Indiana
- St. Louis Post Dispatch
- Lincoln Journal Star
- Wisconsin State Journal / The Capital Times

Note that the idea of creating a "North American community" is one openly supported by the CFR and other anti-American groups. Perhaps this editorial is just a planted trial balloon intended to test popular opinion about the plan.

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January 13, 2006

The Economist thinks divided loyalties are acceptable

The Economist offers a fairly stock article about HR4437 and the fence in the unsigned article "Shots across the border". It contains this highly questionable bit:

Perhaps Mr Fox's biggest mistake has been his failure to lobby effectively over migration on Capitol Hill. Andres Rozental, who heads the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (and is Mr Castaneda's half-brother), notes that this contrasts with the effort made to secure passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1993, when Mexico used its network of over 40 consulates to lobby Congress. Another unused channel of influence is the one-in-12 people born in Mexico who now live in the United States (see chart). Most are there legally and many are eligible to vote.

Isn't it a bad thing to have millions of voters in a country who can be swayed by a foreign power? Don't we refer to those people as having divided loyalties, and don't we doubt whether those people are not completely patriotic citizens?

In fact, for The Economist's edification, here's the first part of the "Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America":

"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen..."

Seems pretty clear-cut to me. Maybe they do things differently where The Economist is from, but over here those who would form part of that "channel of influence" would seem to be in violation of their oath.

Please contact letters *at* economist.com and let them know what you think.

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December 14, 2005

HOTW: "Mexican president criticizes increased U.S. border enforcement"

That's the headline to this article. "HOTW" means "Headline of the Week".

Over to Vicente Fox:

"This situation we're seeing, a shameful, embarrassing moment where walls are being built, security systems are being reinforced, and human and labor rights are being violated more and more, won't protect the economy of the United States..."

Well, it's good to know that he recognizes that even more illegal immigration from his country could adversely affected our economy.

"It would be hard to know what would happen to the economy of the United States if it wasn't for the enormous contribution, the productivity, the quality of work of our countrymen in that country..."

Could we please try? Would Sr. Fox allow us that?

"What the United States needs is a young (work) force, energy, quality, productivity, which is what keeps that economy competitive and the only way it can stop losing jobs to Asia, to China..."

That's code for an EU-style "North American Community", something that would reduce American sovereignty even lower than Fox has been able to do so far.

Now, it's time for irony:

Fox was in Reynosa supervising the Paisano Program, a government effort to clamp down on corrupt public officials and welcoming Mexican migrants coming home for the holidays.

If we could clamp down on corrupt public officials on our side of the border, those "migrants" wouldn't be able to come back.

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November 09, 2005

Bush administration promoting benefits to "Mexicans"

The USDA is promoting social welfare benefits to "Mexicans". Some of those are new U.S. citizens, some are legal immigrants from that country, and some are illegal aliens. And, the U.S. government is working with the Mexican government to get U.S. benefits to those people, thereby including Mexico's citizens who are in the U.S. illegally.

And, the Bush administration claims it's cracking down on illegal immigration. Obviously, the Bush administration is lying.

From the AP's "U.S., Mexican officials launch outreach campaigns" (identical article here):
Estimating not even 50 percent of Mexicans in the United States who are eligible for Department of Agriculture programs take advantage of them, U.S. and Mexican officials pledged Tuesday to make Hispanics more aware of programs available to them.

The purpose of their meeting, which included Mexican consuls from Salt Lake City to Orlando, was to find ways to implement recent agreements between Mexico's Foreign Ministry and USDA officials on Hispanic access to nutrition programs as well as housing and business loans...
This isn't necessarily as Orwellian as it might appear. One way to explain this shifting back and forth between "Mexican" and "Hispanic" is that this Bush administration scheme is race-based and not specifically country-based: they're focusing their efforts on "Hispanics", but since most of those are "Mexicans" that's why they're working with the Mexican consuls instead of, say, consuls from Honduras.

The article then goes in to how some of these benefits the USDA is promoting are available to illegal aliens. And:
...the best way to reach the Spanish-speaking community is through the consulates with whom they have already built a rapport, officials agreed.

...[USDA's Rural Development office in Georgia] launched a program to promote home ownership and business loans for Hispanics in rural U.S. areas. Loans require U.S. citizenship, Workman said.
So, the Bush administration is reaching out to U.S. citizens who were originally from Mexico using... Mexican consuls?

If someone is an American citizen, haven't they renounced any ties to their former country? Aren't those new citizens "ours" now? Isn't it an extremely dangerous slap to American sovereignty to give a foreign government influence over those new citizens? Aren't we basically giving a foreign government control over some of our citizens?

Isn't this an extremely dangerous slippery slope, perhaps leading to giving the Mexican government control over territory in the U.S.? The Bush administration would appear to already be living in the North American Community.

Also see: "Who is the FDIC? And, why are they working with a foreign government to subvert our laws?"

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November 04, 2005

FTAA information

America's bestest friend, Vicente Fox, wants to revive the FTAA discussions. Just because Hugo Chavez (D-Venezuela) is opposed to the FTAA doesn't make it a good thing. In fact, it's a horrid idea and a step down the road to a "North American Community". For his part, our Lider Jorge Arbusto will avoid discussing immigration matters when he goes to Argentina for the Summit of the Americas. He plans to stay away from the lasagna too!
At least 70 federal police officers guarding the beach resort hotel where U.S. President George W. Bush and others will meet were overcome by diarrhea and vomiting after dining on lasagna at a nearby hotel late on Tuesday, police commissioner Daniel Rodriguez told local radio.
Maybe he should eat big in order to do his own bushuru 41.

And, Chavez is pulling a train containing such celebrities as hated and disgraced former Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona and Evo Morales, leader of the Bolivian presidential race and an Indian to boot. Chavez will be arriving via air.
Cuba's Fidel Castro, the only leader not invited to the summit, sent a delegation of Cuban athletes to the Peoples' Summit to support his friend Chavez.
Another expected attendee is Cindy Sheehan.

Moving on:
Thomas Shannon, the new assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, said aboard Air Force One on the flight to Argentina that the U.S. is still promoting the FTAA even though it has been "slowed down," but also is pursuing regional and bilateral agreements to move the president's free trade agenda.

...Bush and an outspoken critic, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, also were likely to meet Friday, shortly after Chavez's speech to a demonstration of mostly anti-Bush protesters. Chavez has joked about whether Bush is afraid of him and said he might sneak up and scare Bush at the summit.

Chavez has said he would use the meeting as a stage to denounce the U.S. as a "capitalist, imperialist model" of democracy that exploits the economies of developing nations.
And:
Retired athlete Diego Maradona, who had vowed to lead the demonstration to "repudiate" the presence of U.S. President George W. Bush, was in town but did not join the vanguard of the marchers.

The explanation provided was that the former captain of the national soccer team was too besieged by admirers to be able to walk unmolested with the throng.

The main personalities at the procession's head were Evo Morales, the Socialist, and Indian, front-runner in the Bolivian presidential election set for next month, and Argentina's Adolfo Perez Esquivel, a human rights activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980. Also in the forefront of the demonstration were Argentine and other Latin American labor leaders, as well as representatives of leftist grassroots organizations from throughout the hemisphere.

Many wore t-shirts with a stop sign reading "Stop Bush," or one displaying portraits of Che Guevara or Fidel Castro. A few sporting the portrait of Osama bin Laden were also in evidence.

Most of the marchers were also taking part in the "Summit of the People," which describes itself as a grassroots, parallel event to the celebration here of the Summit of the Americas...
AN ABSOLUTELY UNEXPECTED UPDATE: From this:
More than 1,000 demonstrators angry about President Bush's policies clashed with police, shattered storefronts and torched businesses Friday...

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October 24, 2005

Should you trust anything Sen. John Cornyn says?

The plan to create a North American Community - an EU-style superstate consisting of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. - has been covered here in the past. And, no, it's not tinfoil talk, it's something that both the CFR and the Cato Institute support, and even our own "American" president supports it as well. Much more about that here.

In fact, here's a report from the U.S. State Department from May of this year:

"North American Task Force Seeks Improved Trade, Border Security"
usinfo.state.gov/wh/Archive/2005/May/18-799399.html

And, here's some legislation I ran across from Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX):

S.2941

Title: A bill to authorize the President to negotiate the creation of a North American Investment Fund to promote economic and infrastructure integration among Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and for other purposes.

Check some of the sites at that google search to see how this fits in to the superstate scheme.

Cornyn is, of course, also the co-author of a guest worker scheme. Since he also obviously supports continental integration, is there any reason not to completely suspect anything he says and does?

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July 20, 2005

Is America's CEO leading us towards a merger with Mexico?

Joseph Farah:
...The shadow government – the elitists – do indeed have a plan. And it is a plan that does not include any vestige of U.S. sovereignty or constitutional government. It is a plan for merger – a European Union-style government for North America and eventually the rest of the Americas and the world.

It's all spelled out in the latest reports by the Council on Foreign Relations. There's a five-year plan for the "establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security community" with a common "outer security perimeter."...
Previously: "CFR's Plan to Integrate the U.S., Mexico and Canada"

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July 18, 2005

"Good Reasons To Reject CAFTA"

From Bill Graves, Oklahoma City lawyer and former state representative:
Congress is debating the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), also known as son of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). America presumably benefits from "free" trade, and CAFTA allegedly will open up billions in trade between the United States and Central America. However, here's the other side of the story.

With CAFTA, as with its membership in NAFTA and the World Trade Organization, America will surrender more of its sovereignty as a nation and its states' rights to outside tribunals. For example, California's legislature passed a bill in 2004 to dispose of millions of scrap tires by recycling them into asphalt for road construction. When Mexican rubber producers claimed the bill violated NAFTA, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, citing NAFTA supremacy, vetoed the bill.

U.S. courts were overruled by a NAFTA tribunal in a dispute between Canadian and American firms. Afterward, a NAFTA tribunal judge said, "If Congress had known that there was anything like this in NAFTA, they never would have voted for it." He shouldn't be so sure. Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Warr Acres, who voted for NAFTA, believes that "U.S. sovereignty is less important than fostering interdependence and cooperation among nations with international bodies and tribunals..."
Previously: "Why does President George Bush support CAFTA?" and see also StopCAFTA.

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Live chat with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) Weds. 7/20/05

On that date, Cornyn will be having a live chat between 2:45 and 3:15pm (Dallas time) at this site. You can submit questions in advance.

I suggest that everyone asks him why he hasn't renounced Cato's proposal to create an EU-style North American Community. Read up on that proposal in "Sens. Cornyn, Kyl Prepare Massive Guestworker Plan", then see "Charlie Norwood on CATO's latest anti-American proposal" and "CFR's Plan to Integrate the U.S., Mexico and Canada". Since he invited Cato to his immigration "reform" panel, and he stacked that panel in favor of his viewpoint, and since he hasn't renounced what Cato said, I believe we can conclude that he agrees with them.

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July 15, 2005

More on Raul Hinojosa of UCLA

Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda is an associate professor of political economy at the University of California at Los Angeles, and the MSM frequently turns to him for a "Latino" viewpoint. For instance from 2001:
-- IMMIGRATION: The recently released UCLA study on the economic impact of the broad legalization of undocumented Mexican immigrants working in the United States is reported in today's Agence France-Presse, Copley News Service and Associated Press. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, director of UCLA's North American Integration and Development Center and author of the study, is quoted in each article.
AP: "Study favors legalization of undocumented workers"
AFP: "Legalizing undocumented workers has economic benefits for US"
CNS: "Legalization of immigrants could help economy, study says"
Unfortunately, none of those appear to be available online. And, Hinojosa was mentioned in Business Week's story about corporations profiting off illegal immigration:
[Hinojosa's startup No Borders Inc.] offers debit-like cards on which immigrants can store cash, send money home, pay for video teleconferencing calls, and join medical discount plans. Going head-to-head with First Data Corp.'s Western Union Financial Services and other wire transfer services, No Borders plans to open 150 storefronts from Los Angeles to Georgia by September.
So, the author of an academic study favoring legalizing illegal aliens is profiting off illegal immigration. That sure gives me a great deal of confidence in his research.

But, wait, there's more. Hinojosa was also on the one-sided panel at First Data's "immigration reform" confab where a fight broke out (see "The Denver Post's sloppy journalism" for recent news about that incident).

And, there's even more! He's also the brother of CNN correspondent Maria Hinojosa, who brought us the documentary "Immigrant Nation - Divided Country".

Isn't it interesting how all these supporters of massive illegal immigration are interlinked?

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July 14, 2005

"CFR's Plan to Integrate the U.S., Mexico and Canada"

Phyllis Schlafly:
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has just let the cat out of the bag about what's really behind our trade agreements and security partnerships with the other North American countries. A 59-page CFR document spells out a five-year plan for the "establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security community" with a common "outer security perimeter."

...The experience of the European Union and the World Trade Organization makes it clear that a common market requires a court system, so the CFR document calls for "a permanent tribunal for North American dispute resolution." Get ready for decisions from non-American judges who make up their rules ad hoc and probably hate the United States anyway.

The CFR document calls for allowing Mexican trucks "unlimited access" to the United States, including the hauling of local loads between U.S. cities. The CFR document calls for adopting a "tested once" principle for pharmaceuticals, by which a product tested in Mexico will automatically be considered to have met U.S. standards.

The CFR document demands that we implement "the Social Security Totalization Agreement negotiated between the United States and Mexico." That's code language for putting illegal aliens into the U.S. Social Security system, which is bound to bankrupt the system.

Here's another handout included in the plan. U.S. taxpayers are supposed to create a major fund to finance 60,000 Mexican students to study in U.S. colleges...
There's much more at the link, and see also "Charlie Norwood on CATO's latest anti-American proposal" and "Think of yourself as a North American, citizen".

If Bush is helping to bring about a "North American Community", shouldn't he be impeached? It wouldn't necessarily be a victory for "liberals" if pro-America conservatives were the ones who lead the charge.

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July 06, 2005

FAIR on CAFTA

From "FAIR's Statement Regarding Proposed CAFTA Treaty":

...The negative implications of the CAFTA provisions for illegal immigration to the United States are likely to be caused by the same effects that have generated increased illegal immigration from Mexico under the North American Free Trade Act. As the 2000 Census revealed, the number of illegal immigrants from Mexico has increased substantially since the adoption of NAFTA, with no end in sight. Illegal immigration from Central America is already too numerous without adopting trade policies that will likely displace and motivate more subsistence farmers from that region to find seek illegally in our country...

See also "Rep. Ron Paul on CAFTA" and "CAFTA's Threats to U.S. Independence".

Is it any surprise that Bush would strongly support something that would reduce U.S. sovereignty and increase illegal immigration?

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June 29, 2005

"CAFTA Should Be Rejected Just Like The EU Constitution"

Phyllis Schlafly:
...Just as the French and Dutch were suspicious of the dangers lurking in the 485-page EU constitution, Americans are wary of the dangers hiding in the 92-page CAFTA legislation plus the 31 pages that purport to spell out the administrative actions the U.S. must take in compliance. No wonder CAFTA's supporters are bypassing our Constitution's requirement that treaties can be valid only if passed by two-thirds of our Senators.

The Senate Republican policy paper argues that CAFTA "will promote democratic governance." But there is nothing democratic about CAFTA's many pages of grants of vague authority to foreign tribunals on which foreign judges could force us to change our domestic laws to be "no more burdensome than necessary" on foreign trade.

We have had enough impertinent interference with our lives and economy from the international tribunals Congress has already locked us into, such as the WTO (World Trade Organization) and NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). Americans don't want decisions from another anti-American tribunal any more than the French and Dutch wanted their lives micro-managed by Belgian bureaucrats...
Unfortunately, now see "Senate panel narrowly endorses CAFTA":
The Finance Committee, which approved the agreement by a voice vote, sent the bill to the full Senate for approval either this week or after the Independence Day recess. Passage in the Senate, traditionally more sympathetic to trade agreements, could give the measure some momentum in the House, where there is stiffer opposition.
Also see "AP: U.S. Blocked Release of CAFTA Reports":
The Labor Department worked for more than a year to maintain secrecy for studies that were critical of working conditions in Central America, the region the Bush administration wants in a new trade pact.

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June 28, 2005

Charlie Norwood on CATO's latest anti-American proposal

For future reference comes this statement from Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA):
A CATO Institute-sponsored report intended to discredit efforts to secure the U.S. border has instead bolstered findings that immediate deployment of troops in support of the Border Patrol is the only means of stopping the current hordes of illegal immigrants invading U.S. territory.

CATO author Douglas Massey's report also contends Americans should abandon traditional national sovereignty as a sacrifice to libertarian principles of "free trade", including trafficking in cheap labor. Massey says the United States should "abandon its illusions" and "accept the reality, the necessity, of North American integration."

Norwood says Massey's study, while confirming the need for an immediate deployment of up to 50,000 troops on the border, should serve as a horrifying wakeup call for all Americans who love their country.

"Dr. Massey has pointed out with jarring candor the real agenda of the 'open borders' movement - the destruction of the United States as an independent nation," says Norwood. "We can fight and win this war right now without a shot being fired through a relatively minor deployment of state and federal forces, or we can let our children either surrender their nation, or be forced to fight a major civil war to defend our Constitution and liberties against globalism..."

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June 14, 2005

Think of yourself as a North American, citizen

Isn't it going to be great when the U.S., Canada, and Mexico give up their old-fashioned ideas of national sovereignty and join hands and forces as the North American Community? I can hardly wait. If you too are ready to think of yourself as a North American rather than just an American, then you'll really enjoy this exciting testimony that was given by American University professor Robert Pastor before a hearing of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Bear in mind, that isn't just a dream, that is actual Senate testimony. I have no idea how many of those fine Senators agree with this plan, but I doubt whether any of them strongly disagree. Some of them might even be working towards making this professor's dream a reality. Our own president Bush - who many think is as American as apple pie - appears to be quite the North American.

A snippet of the testimony:
...This trilateral approach should be institutionalized in a new North American Advisory Council. Unlike the sprawling and intrusive European Commission, the Commission or Council should be lean, independent, and advisory, composed of 15 distinguished individuals, 5 from each nation. Its principal purpose should be to prepare a North American agenda for leaders to consider at biannual summits and to monitor the implementation of the resulting agreements. It should be an advisor to the three leaders but also a public voice and symbol of North America...

...North American governments can learn from the EU's efforts to establish EU Educational and Research Centers in the United States. Centers for North American Studies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico would help people in all three countries to understand the problems and the potential of an integrated North America--and to think of themselves as North Americans. Scholarships should encourage North American students to study in each other's country. Until a new consciousness of North America's promise takes root, many of these proposals will remain impractical...
What a wonderful plan. By the way, here's a copy of The Constitution of the United States of America in case you want to see if there's anything in there about an "integrated North America."

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June 06, 2005

(Jorge) Castaneda has a vision

Jorge Castaneda, Mexico's former foreign secretary, recently spoke at a conference in San Antonio, and:
For the U.S., Mexico and Canada, a secure and prosperous future hinges on an increased level of integration that would create a type of "North American Economic Community," Mexican presidential hopeful Jorge Castaneda told reporters during a speech in San Antonio on Saturday.

"I think the best possible alternative (to the status quo in North American relations) is an intensifying of NAFTA in the direction of a European Economic Community..."

Castaneda's vision is that the three nations can strike a "grand bargain" by tackling each country's most vexing problems simultaneously...

Another approach would be to take the biggest current issues - such as homeland security and immigration - and try to solve them from a North American perspective, rather than one country's, he said.

So if the U.S. wants Mexico's cooperation to secure its borders from terrorists, and Mexico wants the U.S.' help to ease the flow of migrants north and south of the border, there is an incentive to work together, Castaneda argued...
I can imagine how Castaneda's lunchtime conversation went:
"If you give me half your steak, and I don't take the salt away, well, then it's a win-win!"
I kid, but this is quite a serious issue.
See also:
2002: "Mexico pushes for continental integration"
"Jorge Castaneda proves just how right Samuel Huntington is"
"Mexican Aggression And Its American Collaborators"
"The New Hemispheric Order"
The "New Partnership in North America": double-plus NAFTA
And, for a classic older quote from Jorge, see "Mexico to begin "propagating militant activities" in the U.S."

How much would it cost to extend the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific?

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April 20, 2005

"Legal Mexican Migrants File NAFTA Complaint"

MEXICO CITY -- More than a dozen legal Mexican and Central American migrant workers recruited by U.S. companies filed a complaint Wednesday alleging they were abused and denied rights guaranteed by the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The complaint, filed with the Mexican government under the companion labor agreement to NAFTA, maintains that 16 migrant non-farm workers from Mexico, Guatemala and Panama suffered labor abuses in the United States but had no way to file a complaint or to access U.S. courts.

Lodged with the help of eight American and Mexican labor and migrant organizations, the complaint calls on the Mexican government to ask the United States to better enforce its own labor laws...
In case you missed that the first time: the complaint calls on the Mexican government to ask the United States to better enforce its own labor laws. Sure, I'm all for it. Do the Mexican government and those eight organizations mind if we enforce our immigration laws as well? Hey, where'd they go?

See the links in "Appeasing our cheap labor supplier" for more examples of the Mexican government's attempts to in effect tie us down with nuisance suits. No really, that's their stated plan to "eat the elephant", i.e., get a "migration accord."

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March 25, 2005

2002: "Mexico pushes for continental integration"

A flashback from just over three years ago:

OTTAWA - Mexico wants its North American neighbours to move more quickly towards integration on a continental scale, the country's [former] foreign secretary [Jorge Castaneda] said on Friday...

"We would like to continentalize as much as possible," he said.

...What Mexico wants, he said, goes beyond the continental perimeter idea that has been discussed at length in Canada in the wake of Sept. 11. Castaneda said it includes a more continental approach to social issues, immigration and energy.

"We have been pushing for this. And we have been encountering a receptive ear both in Canada and the United States at a certain level of intensity," he said. "We would like to move more quickly. We would like to move more deeply."

Mexican President Vicente Fox has spoken in the past about those deeper moves, such as adopting a common currency, a customs union, and the entire elimination of border controls.

See also this specific comment (#65). I tend to be a bit skeptical of that comment's conclusions, but you can start reading up on such subjects here or here.

Discussion of Bush's recent meeting with Fox and with Martin of Canada starts here.

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March 16, 2005

The New Hemispheric Order

From "Task force urges ‘North American community'":

The United States, Canada and Mexico should form a "common security perimeter" as part of a broad security and economic plan aimed at boosting trade and bolstering the continent's borders, a tri-national task for report urged Monday.

"Our vision of North America is one of three sovereign states whose formal collaboration must reflect their mutual interdependence while respecting their differences," a joint statement issued by the task force's chairman said...

"The three countries should develop a secure North American border pass with biometric identifiers," the report said. "This document would allow its bearers expedited passage through customers, immigration and airport security throughout the region."

...The task force was jointly sponsored by the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations.

The post The "New Partnership in North America": double-plus NAFTA from a few days ago discussed this task force.

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March 11, 2005

The "New Partnership in North America": double-plus NAFTA

On March 23 the leaders of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada will meet at Baylor University and at Bush's ranch:

The meeting is to discuss the New Partnership in North America plan which aims to increase security, prosperity and quality of life for the people of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico...

[Vicente] Fox is expected to make an aggressive pitch at the meeting for a so-called NAFTA-plus - a large-scale integration of North America far beyond what exists in the current free-trade agreement. Canada and the U.S. are both cool to the idea...

See also "Quebec Premier Charest calls for stronger NAFTA modelled on EU":

Quebec Premier Jean Charest called Thursday for closer economic and trade ties among Canada, Mexico and the United States, saying the three North American countries should take the European Union as an example of closer integration...

Now, make sure you're sitting down before reading November 15, 2004's "Meet NAFTA on steroids":

North American national borders would be virtually eliminated under plans being considered by senior business and political leaders from Canada, the United States and Mexico for a "NAFTA-plus," continent-wide, customs-free zone with a common approach to trade, energy, immigration, law enforcement and security.

A tri-national task force, chaired by former Liberal Party deputy prime minister John Manley, with the full backing of all three governments, is plotting the roadmap for this new, bolder alliance meant to compete with the European Union. William Weld, former governor of Massachusetts and Pedro Aspe, former Mexican finance minister, join Manley on the panel that reports directly to the Council on Foreign Relations...

The "NAFTA-plus" plan has also been referred to as "deep integration." Skeptics see it as a plan to eliminate national sovereignty and erode the American concept of representative government accountable to the people under the framework of the Constitution...

Other names mentioned: Tom Ridge, "Canadian Finance Minister Michael Wilson and Nelson Cunningham of Henry Kissinger's consulting firm, Kissinger McLarty Associates."

For further reading, see all the links in "Citizens United for Bush and... for American sovereignty?"

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