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Old September 18th, 2006 #61
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Meet NAFTA 2.0

Forget sweeping trade deals. CEOs have a new approach to integration with a long, long list of incremental changes.

LUIZA CH. SAVAGE(Jude)

Ron Covais is in a hurry. The president of the Americas for defence giant Lockheed Martin, and a former Pentagon adviser to Dick Cheney, he's one of a cherry-picked group of executives who were whisked to Cancún in March by the leaders of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, and asked to come up with a plan for taking North American integration beyond NAFTA. Covais figures they've got less than two years of political will to make it happen. That's when the Bush administration exits, and "The clock will stop if the Harper minority government falls or a new government is elected." In Cancún, the executives gathered behind closed doors in a luxury hotel and vented about slow borders, duplicate regulations and the competitive threat from the European Union and Asia. "It was an intimate discussion. It was a lot of fun, there were no reporters, just a freewheeling discussion on the things that drive you crazy," recalls Annette Verschuren, the president of Home Depot Canada, who flew in on Harper's jet and said the PM was "very engaged."
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Old September 19th, 2006 #62
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The Leader-Post
Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Regarding the "No reason to think small" editorial in the Sept. 14 edition of the Leader-Post, it appears that it is Leader-Post staff who are thinking small.

If staffers would work to research issues instead of shilling for the corporate sector and worshipping the mayor, Regina's citizens would learn that Mayor Pat Fiacco is simply a patsy in the George W. Bush plan to create one North American empire of Mexico, Canada and the U.S.

And the reported research might actually make for a fair election next month.
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpo...f-b55ecc20da98
 
Old September 19th, 2006 #63
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A news Web site has been established to help expose the treasonous antics of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The site focuses on the massive land grab known as the Trans Texas Corridor. This mess will be a part of the NAFTA superhighway land grab that will destroy American jobs, among other things.
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Old September 20th, 2006 #64
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West/Dunn Productions-Hoodwinked: The Myth of Free Trade is Released

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 20, 2009) - Hoodwinked: The Myth of Free Trade begins screenings and DVD sales across Canada. This feature-length documentary is about and for Canadians. In earlier test screenings audiences reacted with comments like "it gets my blood boiling" and post-screening discussions lasted over two hours. One young woman remarked that she had been intending to study third world problems at university, but this film changed her mind. She realized Canada faces grave problems of its own and she wants to make a difference here.

Screenings booked so far include Wolfville, N.S. on October 3rd, Halifax on October 4th, Kingston, Ontario on October 25th and in Ottawa at the National Library on January 31, 2007. Further bookings and DVD sales can be found on the website: http://hoodwinked.ca
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Old September 20th, 2006 #65
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Creating the North American Union
by Dennis Behreandt
October 2, 2006

The plans for a North American Security and Prosperity Partnership are steps on the way to a North American Union.

On June 21, viewers of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight heard the alarming introduction to a segment of the program devoted to the future of the United States of America. "The Bush administration's open-borders policy and its decision to ignore the enforcement of this country's immigration laws is part of a broader agenda," Dobbs intoned. "President Bush signed a formal agreement that will end the United States as we know it, and he took the step without approval from either the U.S. Congress or the people of the United States."

The agreement Dobbs was talking about was crafted a year earlier. On March 23, 2005, then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Mexican President Vicente Fox met with President Bush in Waco, Texas, to discuss plans for integrating Canada, the United States, and Mexico. During that meeting, the three heads of state argued that the three nations are "mutually dependent and complementary" and need to work together more closely on a range of issues. "In a rapidly changing world, we must develop new avenues of cooperation that will make our open societies safer and more secure, our businesses more competitive, and our economies more resilient," the three leaders said in a joint statement.

The standard diplomatic language was a prelude to a radical proposal calling for the merger of the three nations in several important ways. Under a so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), the nations will no longer have separate borders, but will "implement common border-security." The three nations will no longer respond on the national level to emergencies but will have a "common approach to emergency response." And, in a move that has tremendous implications for the growing immigration crisis, the three leaders agreed that the United States' north and south borders would be eliminated. Under the SPP plan, the three nations will "implement a border-facilitation strategy to build capacity and improve the legitimate flow of people and cargo at our shared borders."

This plan is nothing short of revolutionary. As Dobbs put it on his CNN program, it is "an absolute contravention of our law, of our Constitution, every national value." Though the plan sounds like a new innovation, it is not new. It is the next step in a progression of steps that, in a manner very similar to the process used in Europe to supplant individual nations with the European Union, will ultimately lead to the formation of a new government for the United States, the North American Union. If not stopped, the plan for a North American Union will supplant the former independent states of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. And this is not conjecture. The North American Union is official U.S. policy.
http://www.thenewamerican.com/artman...cle_4213.shtml
 
Old September 20th, 2006 #66
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Old September 20th, 2006 #67
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Meeting on integration of U.S., Mexico, Canada brings together top officials


Posted: September 20, 2006
11:55 a.m. Eastern

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WASHINGTON – Raising more suspicions about plans for the future integration of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, a high-level, top-secret meeting of the North American Forum took place this month in Banff – with topics ranging from "A Vision for North America," "Opportunities for Security Cooperation" and "Demographic and Social Dimensions of North American Integration."

While the conference took place a week ago, only now are documents about participants and agenda items leaking out.

Despite "confirmed" participants including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of State George Shultz, 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 and top officials of both Mexico and Canada, there has been no press coverage of the event. 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.
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=52063
 
Old September 21st, 2006 #68
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by Jerome R. Corsi
Posted Sep 21, 2006

In the face of mounting public awareness and criticism, the Bush Administration is launching an offensive to claim that those arguing issues of NAFTA Super-Highways, a North American Union, or a new currency called the “Amero” are largely Internet conspiracy theorists whose claims should be dismissed as imaginary.

Several months ago, few U.S. citizens had ever heard of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). Now, SPP.gov, the Department of Commerce website dedicated to advancing the Security and Prosperity Partnership, has been forced to add a new “Myths v. Facts” section aimed at debunking arguments made that SPP.gov is advancing an agenda to create a new regional government, along the model of the European Union.
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=17142
 
Old September 21st, 2006 #69
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Attendee of high-level meeting says officials wanted to hide it from public

Posted: September 21, 2006
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By Jerome R. Corsi
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A closed-door meeting of high-level government and business leaders that discussed the merger of North America was designed to subvert the democratic process, charged an attendee of the confab in Banff, Canada.

Mel Hurtig, a noted Canadian author and publisher who was the elected leader of the National Party of Canada, provided WND the agenda and attendee list of the North American Forum at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Sept. 12-14.

Hurtig said the "secret meeting was designed to undermine the democratic process."

"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," he said. "It was clear that the intention was to keep this important meeting about integrating the three countries out of the public eye."
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/ar...TICLE_ID=52074
 
Old September 24th, 2006 #70
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NAFTA highway or new silk road?

By William Hawkins
September 24, 2006

On Sept. 7, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), a government office established in March to increase cooperation between the United States, Canada and Mexico, released a progress report. Among its achievements was creation of an American Competitiveness Council to enhance North America's posture in the struggle for hotly contested global markets.

Unfortunately, major events are already unfolding that will undermine this belated attempt to respond to ambitious rivals who have been piling up ever-higher trade surpluses at the expense of American-based enterprises.

A flurry of articles over the summer painted the SPP as a step toward a North American Union that would submerge national sovereignty and open the U.S. to mass migration and political corruption. Human Events launched the story from the right, but it spread across the spectrum to the Daily Kos on the left.

One focus of the articles was a planned corridor of highways and railroads from Mexico into the American Midwest dubbed the "NAFTA Highway." Some of the stories sought to revisit the debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, but what is really behind this transportation network heralds the collapse of NAFTA and its dream of a stronger continental economy. NAFTA was supposed to combine cheap Mexican labor with U.S. capital and technology to improve competition with Asian rivals. C. Fred Bergsten and Jeffrey Schott, of the Institute for International Economics, testified to Congress in 1997: "We wanted to shift imports from other countries to Mexico -- since our imports from Mexico include more U.S. content and because Mexico spends much more of its export earnings on imports from the United States than do, say, the East Asian countries."

Imports from Mexico grew rapidly in the 1990s on this model, but that is not what drives activity now. Today, the massive wave of imports from Asia is clogging West Coast ports and sending shippers and retailers searching for new routes to bring even more foreign products into the United States. Container ship traffic from China is growing by 15 percent a year. Between 2003 and 2005, annual imports from China rose by $92.2 billion, and from other parts of Asia by $41.0 billion.

The final terminus of the planned transport network is the Kansas City, Mo., SmartPort. Its Web site proclaims, "The idea of receiving containers nonstop from the Far East by way of Mexico may sound unlikely, but... that seemingly far-fetched notion will become a reality."

The Chinese firm Hutchison Whampoa has partnered with Wal-Mart in a $300 million expansion of Lazaro Cardenas to handle perhaps 2 million containers annually by the end of the decade. The American Chamber of Commerce in Guangdong, China, has held seminars promoting this Mexican port. Punta Colonet, about 150 miles south of Tijuana, is also eyed for expansion to offload millions of additional containers filled with Asian imports. Kansas City Southern railway has bought the Mexican rail links and the State of Texas is negotiating with a Spanish firm to build a corridor of toll roads from the border heading north.

While American-based manufacturers will continue to suffer under the barrage of Chinese goods, Mexican industry will be smashed flat by what should be called a new Silk Road rather than a NAFTA highway. The economic development goals of NAFTA are being abandoned.

More than 600 of the maquiladoras assembly plants along the U.S.-Mexican border have relocated to China, leaving their Mexican workers behind. There is little chance for Mexican wages to rise if at $1.50 an hour they can be undercut by Chinese labor at 50 cents an hour. NAFTA was to be a way to lift Mexicans out of poverty and stem illegal immigration to America. A similar argument was made last year about the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). As South Carolina Republican Rep. Bob Inglis said during that floor debate, "I stand here convinced that it is the best strategy available to combine with our neighbors to the south to compete with the Chinese."

The new transport plans make a mockery of these arguments, as they are aimed purely at helping China improve its competitive advantage over all North and Central American rivals. What is being built is truly a "Highway of Death" for both NAFTA and CAFTA. The resulting regional turmoil will be felt in the United States.

It is well past time to rethink the sophistry of "free trade" with China. Instead of spending billions of private and public funds aiding Chinese traders, a major effort should be launched to rebuild and expand the North American production base, and to stem the massive outflow of capital and technology to Beijing, America's ambitious geopolitical rival. A key part of that effort would be to restructure NAFTA to create a true trade bloc that would drive Chinese goods off the continent, rather than into its heartland.

http://washingtontimes.com/commentar...4008-4624r.htm
 
Old September 24th, 2006 #71
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A road of apprehension swerves superhighway idea
By WILLIAM PETROSKI
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September 24, 2006

The speculation is rampant: Mexican truck drivers, high on cocaine and working days without sleep, will haul cargo through Iowa on Interstate Highway 35, part of a North American free-trade superhighway.

Some U.S. soil will be declared sovereign Mexican territory to handle freight, and thousands of additional American jobs will head south of the border. A mega-highway in Texas - six lanes for cars and four lanes for trucks, plus space for railroads and pipelines - will help funnel the massive shipments of goods up and down the North American corridor, from Mexican ports through the central United States to Canada.

Is this truth or fiction driven by Internet conspiracy theorists?

Iowa business and government leaders acknowledge they are promoting existing Interstate highways 29, 35 and 94 as a free-trade corridor linked to the North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA. The Iowa Department of Transportation is a charter member of the North American SuperCorridor Coalition, based in Dallas, Texas, and the Iowa Motor Truck Association, representing the state's trucking industry, is a strong supporter.

The Iowa leaders reject the idea, though, that they are promoting plans that would undermine the state's economy, threaten the jobs of Iowa workers or jeopardize highway safety. Questions have been repeatedly raised about the superhighway corridor plans by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and conservative online publications, such as Human Events and Worldnet Daily.

"These people are conjuring up a globalist scheme that we are going to have this North American country. It is pretty hard to characterize these people as anything other than paranoid," said Dale Vander Schaaf, an Iowa DOT policy analyst who is treasurer of the North American SuperCorridor Coalition.

The frenzy over the superhighway corridor has been so intense that Tiffany Melvin, the coalition's executive director, issued a public statement earlier this month trying to defuse critics.

Although her organization has endorsed construction of the proposed Texas mega-highway, she blamed Internet "watchdog groups" for confusing her organization's mission.

The coalition does favor increased supply chain efficiencies along existing I-35, I-29, and I-94, but there are no plans for a "mid-continent NAFTA superhighway," she said.

Much debate has been prompted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's endorsement of the "Trans Texas Corridor," which would include construction of a mega-highway parallel to I-35 within his state. The toll-road, twice the width of the existing interstate highway, is aimed at easing serious traffic congestion on existing I-35 in Texas. Texas also supports a 1,600-mile national highway project through eight states on Interstate Highway 69, but it wouldn't pass through Iowa.

Tom Kane, executive director of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, participated in a conference in Winnipeg, Canada, in June sponsored by the North American Super Corridor Coalition.

Kane said the idea of expanding I-35 in Iowa into a mega-highway has never been discussed. Instead, Iowans are seeking high-tech methods of managing freight and better cooperation to expedite exports of Iowa products on I-35 and I-29, he said.

One example of modern trucking technology, known as "Prepass," is used in Iowa on I-35 and Interstate Highway 80. Trucks preapproved for safety standards and other requirements have electronic communications gear on their dashboards, allowing them to roll past highway weigh stations without stopping. Federal officials have directly awarded $2.25 million to the super corridor coalition "for the development of a technology integration and tracking project" to improve the security and efficiency of cross-border trade.

"This is not a Mexican issue, a U.S. issue, or a Canadian issue," Kane said. "What we are talking about is keeping North America competitive against the European Union, South Asia, China, whatever. It is not about sending jobs to Mexico. The Mexicans are losing jobs to Asia. They are too expensive for business."

In Kansas City, Mo., plans have been made to establish a Mexican customs facility to permit southbound trucks carrying U.S.-made products to quickly clear customs, avoiding logjams on the U.S.-Mexican border. But the first-of-its-kind idea, which is under final review by the U.S. State Department, has drawn fire from conservatives who claim the Kansas City facility may have to be considered sovereign Mexican land.

Chris Gutierrez, president of Kansas City SmartPort Inc., a non-profit group promoting the customs facility, said the critics are wrong. The land would be owned by Kansas City, and the building owned by his organization. "There will not be any sovereign territory" for Mexico, he said.

Iowa would benefit from the Mexican customs facility, and SmartPort wants to work with Des Moines-area officials to consolidate trucking shipments with the goal of expediting the flow of Iowa-made manufactured goods to Mexico, Gutierrez said.

Kane of the Des Moines metro planning group said Iowa officials are aware of the proposed Mexican customs facility in Kansas City, but have not taken a formal stance for or against it.

The Teamsters union has been a major critic of free-trade highway plans. An article published in August in the Teamster magazine detailed interviews with Mexican truck drivers who told how they drove for days without sleep, fueled by cocaine and methamphetamine while earning about $1,100 a month.

Mexican truckers are now restricted to roads near the U.S. border. The Teamsters are concerned the Bush administration wants Mexican truck drivers to drive freely on all U.S. highways.

Teamster President Jim Hoffa, in a Detroit News column, said plans for a NAFTA superhighway would "allow global conglomerates to capitalize by exploiting cheap labor and nonexistent work rules and avoiding potential security enhancements at U.S. ports."

The problem is not Mexican truck drivers, but flawed trade agreements that pit worker against worker, he said.

Ian Grossman, a spokesman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in Washington, D.C., said talks are continuing between U.S. and Mexican officials about expanding cross-border trucking operations, but no decisions have been reached.

"Opening the border has been and remains a top priority for the administration," he added.

Scott Weiser, president of the Iowa Motor Truck Association, said he can't answer for certain whether Mexican truck drivers will be hauling freight on Iowa's highways, but he believes the public shouldn't be concerned.

"No one will operate a truck in the United States who is less qualified than an American truck driver, period. Anyone who is operating here will be subject to the same drug testing, commercial driver's license, background checks, fingerprinting - all the things that go along with driving," Weiser said.

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10 universities participate in 'model Parliament' in Mexico to simulate 'integration' of 3 nations

Posted: September 25, 2006
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WASHINGTON – 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."
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U.S forest company claims NAFTA violation

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VANCOUVER -- A U.S.-based forest company is threatening to sue the Canadian government for at least $25 million for allegedly violating NAFTA by upholding B.C. restrictions on raw log exports.

Merrill and Ring Forestry of Port Angeles, Wash., claims it's being forced to sell timber from its private B.C. woodlots to mills in the province at below market prices.
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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.
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Now ain't that cute. Same idea pushed on us through South Park when the future folks were invading. White men decided they would rather be gay instead helping make the world a better place.

Aside from the fact that's it's funny it's a scary thought isn't it?
 
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09/27/2006


Border security doesn't seem to matter to politicians, there is a move afoot to create a North American Union where the United States, Canada and Mexico would essentially be one market with a single currency -- the "Amero," a top Texas Eagle Forum official said Tuesday.
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PORT ANGELES -- The government of Canada is reviewing the $25 million damage claim filed this week by Merrill & Ring but has no intention of changing the log export rules that prompted it.
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Posted: September 28, 2006
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At the recent high-level confab of the North American Forum in Banff, an assistant U.S. secretary of state chaired a panel that featured a presentation by Prof. Robert Pastor, author of a book promoting the development of a North American union as a regional government and the adoption of the amero as a common monetary currency to replace the dollar and the peso.

State Department spokesman Eric Watnik confirmed to WND that Thomas A. Shannon attended the Sept. 12-14 meeting of the North American Forum in his official capacity as assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
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In July, our trade deficit hit yet another all-time record, $68 billion, an annual rate of $816 billion. Imports surged to $188 billion for the month, as our dependency on foreigners for the vital necessities of our national life ever deepens.

China's trade surplus with us was $19.6 billion for July alone, moving toward an all-time record of $235 billion for 2006 – the largest trade deficit one country has ever run with another. Our deficit with Mexico is running at an annual rate of $60 billion. With Canada, it is $70 billion. So much for NAFTA. With the European Union, it is running at $160 billion.

America as the most self-sufficient republic in history is history. For decades, U.S. factories have been closing. Three million manufacturing jobs have disappeared since Bush arrived. Ford and GM are fighting for their lives.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The North American Free Trade Agreement has lowered the standard of living for workers in the United States, Mexico and Canada, according to a new report.
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