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Free Trade Agreements & the Giving Away of America! - Exploring SPP, NAFTA, CAFTA, Mexico Totalization Agreement, and the proposed North American Community.   President Bush intends to abrogate U.S. sovereignty to the North American Union, a new economic and political entity which the President is quietly forming, much as the European Union has formed.

Treason Under the Constitution

The “Amero,” is the name of the new currency proposed by Robert Pastor, a vice chairman of the CFR task force that produced the report “Building a North American Union.” It will replace the U.S. dollar, the Canadian dollar and the Mexican peso.

Last year, Pastor, the director of the Center for North American Studies at American University, and author of the book, Toward a North American Community, testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in favor of limiting the power and sovereignty of the United States in deference to the CFR’s desired super-regional entity.

Building a North American Union is the blueprint contrived by globalist groups like the CFR and Bilderberg. The North American Union is proposed to supplant the sovereign governments of the United States, Canada and Mexico with a “super-regional governance board.”

The Death of Three Nations

Building a North American Community
Task Force Report - By John P. Manley, Pedro Aspe, William F. Weld, Thomas P. D'Aquino, Andres Rozental, Robert A. Pastor
... Task Force Report. Related Materials. ... Creating a North American Community
- Chairmen’s Statement Task Force Report March 2005. See Also. ...

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Country’s Destruction is Now Under Way
By EDWARD MILTON VENTRESCA / Canyon Country, Calif.
Relatively few Americans are aware that the destruction of the
United States is well under way. - How can this be? -
It is because the federal government wants to entangle us
in a North American Cooperative Security Act with Canada and Mexico.
This act will be used as a stepping stone
to build a North American Union similar to the European Union.
Our borders with Canada and Mexico will be erased, and we will
be subjected to rulings from an unelected NAU governing body.
We will lose our sovereignty and our constitutional protection.
This is not speculation. It is official government policy.
If you don’t believe me, go to
introduced early in 2005. That has kept the rest of Congress in the dark
about the enormity and nature of the President's plans for the Security
and Prosperity Partnership. U.S. citizens must get these bills
released from committee and brought to the floor for a vote.
That is the only way to get the members of Congress
who remain unaware of their content to read the bills,
recognize what the President has been Doing Behind their Backs,
and end the President's unilateralselling out of this country
via his deceptive rubrics of "free trade" and "security."
Congress must weigh in. H.R. 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. S. 853, entitled
"North American Cooperative Security Act," was introduced
in the Senate by Sen. Richard Lugar on April 20, 2005.
It never emerged from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Under the Trade Act of 2002 - Sec. 2103.
TRADE AGREEMENTS AUTHORITY, the President would be required
to inform Congress of his planned changes to U.S. trade with
Mexico and Canada; and Congress would be required to vote up
or down on the set of planned changes.
The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to
"regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among
the several States, and with the Indian Tribes."
President Bush has been acting as if the Act has been passed
and become law. Since the Act has "not" passed, his actions
and the actions of the involved members of his cabinet
as pertain to the SPP of North America and the
North American Union are unconstitutional and illegal.
Citizens should contact their senators and representatives to bring
the bills to the floor. The Senate and House subcommittees on the
Constitution will have jurisdiction over the constitutional aspect of the
President's unilateral trade-related wheeling and dealing. C.D. Mills "
14 Characteristics of Fascism - Flash by Eric Blumrich

Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations in association with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales.



The CFR dates back to 1921, and in 1996 published its history, available on its website ( ).

The membership of the CFR includes past Presidents, Ambassadors, Secretaries of State, Wall Street investors, international bankers, foundation executives, think tank executives, lobbyist lawyers, NATO and Pentagon military leaders, wealthy industrialists, journalists, media owners and executives, university presidents and key professors, select Congressmen, Supreme Court Justices, Federal Judges, wealthy entrepreneurs, and as many as ten 9-11 Commission Members. [1] (  ) [2] (

Due perhaps more to its origins, associations, and history, than to its current composition and activities, the CFR does have a reputation as one of the "triumvirate of elite organizations" together with the Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission. Elitism doesn't necessarily preclude the ability to provide unbiased and useful service however. [3] (  )

Carroll Quigley, Professor of History at Georgetown University, stated, "The Council of Foreign Relations is the American Branch of a society which originated in England and believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one-world rule established." [4] ( )

They hold regular private meetings including members, and very select guests. Occasionally they will hold a public meeting, and invite the open press (including C-SPAN). The image of the CFR as a closed-shop bi-partisan discussion forum for the foreign policy establishment has fuelled criticism that the organisation and its members are controlling world policy and events.


Conspiracy theorists' views

The CFR and its members commonly feature prominently in conspiracy-oriented writings, such as those of anti-establishment conservatives, such as Lyndon LaRouche and Pat Robertson, as central advocates of the 'new world order'.

By way of example, James W. Wardner [5] ( )[6] ( ), claims he "exposes the evil forces behind the 'New World Order' and reveals the unholy alliances that are bringing about The Planned Destruction of America." [7] ( )

In these writings the CFR is linked to other groups - such as the Trilateral Commission, the Illuminati [8] ( ), the Skull and Bones Society, and the Bilderberg Group - and portrayed as between them seeking to impose the 'new world order'. [9] ( ) (See also "Illuminati and Council on Foreign Relations" by Myron Fagan [10] ( ) [11] 


President George W. Bush walks with Mexico President Vicente Fox, left, and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin upon their arrival Wednesday, March 23, 2005, at the Bill Daniels Activity Center at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. White House photo by Eric Draper


Building a North American community, the selling of America

Deanna Spingola
Deanna Spingola
July 15, 2005

While our sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers having been spilling their blood in the sands of Iraq under the guise of restoring the country to the Iraqi citizens, our president is in the process of giving our country to the elite One World Order insiders. While our president is requiring protected borders in Iraq, he is obliterating, not only our southern, but our northern borders.

The leaders of three countries met at Baylor University in Waco, Texas on 23 March 2005. This meeting included George W. Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. There were no security cameras or media coverage on this event, so-called conservative or liberal. These three "wanna be" dictators established the "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America."

See the announcement of the results of this "three amigos" meeting. So, who notified the Council for their expert socialistic input. Some of our senators have also jumped on the "Give America Away" bandwagon by writing surreptitious supportive bills. It appears that the only people left out of the loop are the American people.

On 17 May 2005 the Council on Foreign Relations created an Independent Task Force to study the three country pact. This 31 member task force was chaired by: John F. Manley, Pedro Aspe, and William F. Weld and vice chaired by: Robert A. Pastor, Thomas P. d'Aquino, Andrés Rozental. These efforts were sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations in association with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales.

A CFR press release was issued the same day, 17 May 2005, which indicates they actually started working on this freedom stealing project much earlier. The results of their meeting as follows:

The task force maintains that North America is vulnerable in several areas including "terrorist and criminal security threats, increased economic competition from abroad, and uneven economic development at home." In consideration of these concerns, the task force developed the following "roadmap" to fix the challenges that face the three countries on this continent.

The CFR proposes to implement an even more "ambitious" plan for the "new community" than the covert pact agreed on by the "three amigos." Their target date is 2010. Their recommendations include:

Co-chair Pedro C. Aspe, former Finance Minister of Mexico, said, "We need a vision for North America to address the new challenges." This vision actually refers to the nightmare of the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas). What NAFTA didn't do to destroy the America middle class the FTAA will surely complete. Bush has been avidly promoting CAFTA, the stepping stone to FTAA. It is completely in the worst possible interests of the American people. It will be devastating to the American economy!

CFR: "We are asking the leaders of the United States, Mexico, and Canada to be bold and adopt a vision of the future that is bigger than, and beyond, the immediate problems of the present," said co-chair John P. Manley, Former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. "They could be the architects of a new community of North America, not mere custodians of the status quo."

This basically means that Americans must give up their freedoms and hard won sovereignty along with all resources for the greater good of the "New Community." It is a socialistic equalization designed to make slaves of everyone in all three countries. This will occur as a result of the secret, subversive activities of our ruling elitist who have never sacrificed anything except their integrity. When it comes time to sell this socialistic venture, Bush will adopt his multipurpose "Christian" stance and use every possible guilt maneuver to encourage this good hearted Christian country to open our hearts to the less fortunate. This is a ploy to make all of us less fortunate. There will be many who will fall for this scam under the pretext of Christianity. If we think Christians are media maligned now, just wait! We will be the most hated inmates in the camp!

All of this is done under the facade of protecting us — from terrorists? The worse terrorists we face are those who serve in our government. Another day that shall live in infamy, 9/11, has done much to serve the purposes of those whose main goal is to establish the One World Order. What an opportunistic event! It couldn't have worked any better if they had planned it!

For this coming political transition for America, Canada and Mexico, the CFR Task Force suggests the following specific measures:

Make North America safer: (from their web site)
  • Establish a common security perimeter by 2010.
  • Develop a North American Border Pass with biometric identifiers.
  • Develop a unified border action plan and expand border customs facilities.
Create a single economic space:
  • Adopt a common external tariff.
  • Allow for the seamless movement of goods within North America.
  • Move to full labor mobility between Canada and the U.S.
  • Develop a North American energy strategy that gives greater emphasis to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases — a regional alternative to Kyoto.
  • Review those sectors of NAFTA that were excluded.
  • Develop and implement a North American regulatory plan that would include "open skies and open roads" and a unified approach for protecting consumers on food, health, and the environment.
  • Expand temporary worker programs and create a "North American preference" for immigration for citizens of North America.
Spread benefits more evenly:
  • Establish a North American Investment Fund to build infrastructure to connect Mexico's poorer regions in the south to the market to the north.
  • Restructure and reform Mexico's public finances.
  • Fully develop Mexican energy resources to make greater use of international technology and capital.
Institutionalize the partnership:
  • Establish a permanent tribunal for trade and investment disputes.
  • Convene an annual North American summit meeting.
  • Establish a Tri-national Competition Commission to develop a common approach to trade remedies.
  • Expand scholarships to study in the three countries and develop a network of Centers for North American Studies. [1]
Co-chair William F. Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts and U.S. Assistant Attorney General, said, "We are three liberal democracies; we are adjacent; we are already intertwined economically; we have a great deal in common historically; culturally, we have a lot to learn from one another."

First of all Comrade Weld, we are not a democracy and we have never been a democracy in spite of all the brainwashing from the media and from the politicians who are elected to represent the people of this REPUBLIC!!!! Perhaps if the Pledge of Allegiance were recited more by the citizens they would remember or recognize that we pledge allegiance to the REPUBLIC!! This brings up another matter — our allegiance. This unelected task force has no business trashing the allegiance of this nation! The president who swore to uphold the constitution of the United States has no business trashing the constitution or sneakily switching our allegiance to a newly created entity for facilitated population control.

Furthermore, if we wish to learn something about our neighbors to the north or south we can read about them in a textbook or history book, providing they have not already been changed to reflect the new borders.

Apparently the big bucks businessmen, prominent former officials and academic experts from the three nations devised this devilish plan for the rest of us and have agreed that their ideas are for our own good.

The task force members came from: See the list here.
Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1921)
Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI)
Canadian Council of Chief Executives (1976)

With regard to this nefarious CFR May meeting, member Dr. Robert A Pastor Vice President, International Affairs Professor/Director, Center for North American Studies American University was invited to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Narcotics Affairs on 9 June 2005.

Dr. Pastor was asked to speak about the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative as it pertained to America and our border issues. What he gave them was the results of the Independent Task Force meeting of 17 May 2005 which basically addresses the Future of North America.

Dr. Pastor was to address the committee on the required passport for all citizens to travel among the three countries. The purpose of which is to secure the homeland (shades of Nazi Germany). Pastor accused the three country leaders of skepticism and small minded thinking. He stated: We should not be concentrating on U.S. interests. We should not be worrying about the borders of Mexico and Canada but think about the broader context of the continent. The best approach is to integrate economically and socially as quickly as we can especially as we draw near "the fourth anniversary of 9/11"- always that terror reminder to instill fear in the masses.

He declared that the three governments had failed to understand the importance of this giant transformation. Continuing, he said we have limited vision about the threat of terrorists. He believes that we continue to view problems one issue at a time instead of taking giant steps to forge a great "North American Community" based on the premise that each nation can benefit from their neighbor's success but are diminished by their problems.

Pastor, with a decided egotistical mentality, suggests that our security and prosperity depend on our forging a new relationship with our neighbors. As a result of his vast studies he created the Center for North American Studies at American University.

This CFR member applauded the results of NAFTA and cited the benefits in terms of exports and imports. Does this mean the export of our jobs and the importation of items that were once manufactured in our country, the livelihood of our middle class?

Pastor was thrilled with the travel and immigration among the three countries. He was particularly impressed with the fact that our two neighbors export more energy to us than any other country. He used these facts to promote an integrated region. He stated that NAFTA had succeeded in what it was intended to do: "barriers were eliminated and trade and investment soared." Great, we are dependent for energy — who put us there — the environmentalists like Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev?

But, he said, NAFTA did not go far enough. It failed to address the problem of undocumented workers (they are illegal aliens, Comrade Pastor). Illegals jumped from 3 million (1990's) to 11 million (55 percent or 6 million came from Mexico).

He claimed that NAFTA failed to address security and as a result "the long-term effects of September 11 threaten to cripple North American integration."

Pastor testified that NAFTA has failed to create a partnership because "North

American governments had not changed the way they deal with one another."

The United States apparently continues to govern and "irritate." Apparently, he finds our constitutionally established government with checks and balances (when used) annoying! The Constitution is the one document, if our citizens will study it, which protects our freedoms against the likes of this one world proponent. However, he continued, the addition of a third governing party, a fifteen member North America Advisory Council would settle disputes and increase the chance that the new "North American" regulations would work and resolve any problems. This advisory council would consist of fifteen "distinguished individuals," five from each nation.

According to the CFR the integration of North America is the agenda for the next decade. He said that the meeting on 23 March 2005 was not the first trinational meeting for President George Bush, President Vicente Fox, and Prime Minister Paul Martin but the "others had been little more than photo opportunities."

This March meeting apparently was the most productive and the "three amigos" could then return to their respective countries and start implementation with the anticipation of a 90 day success report.

Pastor stated that our governments are not organized to address particular issues on a trilateral basis. One difficulty is the development gap between Mexico and the United States, especially in terms of education, energy and transportation. No previous policies have been put into play to handle this obvious inequality. So, says the socialist, a plan must be created to equalize the North American economic community and extend benefits to the "most vulnerable social groups in our countries." America! Open your wallets!

Pastor's prescription for the immigration problems of the United States is: the way to reduce illegal immigration is to make Mexico's economy grow faster than that of the U.S. The Council on Foreign Relations Task Force Report spells out such a vision.

This necessitates the redistribution of the taxpayer resources of the United States.

It would be up to the three leaders to evaluate the best way to facilitate the economic integration, introduce continental issues, labor standards and evaluate environmental concerns. The United States Congress and the Canadian and the Mexican counterparts would merge into a single "North American Parliamentary Group." Another group would be a "Permanent Tribunal on Trade and Investment"

Pastor noted that Washington is poorly organized to address North American issues. Again, that disgust for the Constitution! The government would have to be totally reorganized with President Bush appointing a cabinet level White House advisor. The highest priority is to reduce the economic divide between Mexico and the rest of NAFTA. It just isn't fair for one nation to earn one sixth as much as its neighbors to the south. Mexico's "underdevelopment" is "a threat to its stability, to its neighbors and to the future of integration."

Comrade Pastor declared that Europe has shown that the economic gap can be narrowed in a short period of time with appropriate policies and aid.

The Council Task Force made suggested reforms for Mexico combined with a North American Investment Fund. This was also supported by Texas Senator John Cornyn who wrote a bill for it. Folks, do you really know what your senators are doing? Pastor suggested that the Committee on Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee as well as congress should aggressively support this proposal.

While the masses work day to day for diminishing wages in fast disappearing jobs or live on pensions that have not yet been embezzled or social security, the elected elites are yet to make many sacrifices such as accepting a more modest paycheck, rejecting lobbyist perks, converting to the same social security system that the rest use, sending their own family members off to war. It appears that the only sacrifice that many make after their election is their honor.

Pastor made the following educational recommendations based on the EU's experience: Establish Centers for North American Studies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for people in all three countries. Everyone should think of themselves as North Americans. Forget America, Canada and Mexico! Be a North American!

The Travel Initiative: Ideas should be designed to allow for the legitimate flow of people but stop smugglers and terrorists. The three governments need to establish a North American customs union with a common tariff (CET). This would automatically deny non-NAFTA products. The government would have complete control over every aspect of our lives — how we travel, what we study, what we may purchase and from whom. Supposedly the customs laws (Your papers, please) would address terrorism without having to inspect goods — since only the right goods would be allowed. Tell me Comrade: Would this end the drugs coming in from Mexico?

Another recommendation is the "North American Customs and Immigration Force" which would have better intelligence and have exclusion lists — people who are not allowed to travel. This would no doubt apply to all travel within each country.

The Department of Homeland Security should expand and include Mexico and Canada in its effort to provide security. They would incorporate Canadian and Mexican personnel. The astute among us recognized there was another reason for the Department of Homeland Security and it has nothing whatsoever to do with our security.

He continued: The North American Council should integrate transportation regulations and design new North American highways and high speed rail corridors. National standards for weight, safety and other issues will have to be negotiated for one set of standards.

The three governments should work to develop a North American Border Pass with biometric identifiers for expedited passes. This would also apply to airport security.

Passage of the Real ID Act indicates that people realize that some form of national identification is necessary. These would be an alternative to the Western Hemisphere Initiative. Pastor insisted that we need to ease travel among the three nations while we work on a continental security perimeter. He suggested a biometric Border Pass to improve border transit — or possibly any other transit?

A Canadian company, Ekos, took a poll in October 2003 to determine the acceptability of a North American economic union. This company determined, according to Comrade Pastor, that a majority of the people polled believe that an economic union should be established in the next ten years. Allegedly, the people polled were in favor of integrated polices on environment, transportation, energy, defense and banking. All poll results are based on the way questions are asked focused on the predetermined desired results. Polls influence and shape public perceptions.

It is Pastor's hope that the North American leaders would pursue the North American agenda beyond just the travel initiative. He stated that all three leaders promised to publish a report indicating what steps they had taken since their 23 March 2005 meeting. These are to be reviewed with Indiana Senator Richard Lugar's bill for a "North American Cooperative Security Act" which sounds benign but obviously has far reaching reprehensible goals. Pastor's last words to the committee were: "Our security and prosperity depend on it." — meaning the implementation of this integration of the three nations into a European Union type region meant to facilitate absolute control over each of our lives. Well, thank you, Comrade Pastor! Without your astute observations and the advice of the contemptible Council on Foreign Relations we might just be able to mobilize our efforts and actually rescue our country from all of its resident traitors.

On 26 June 2005 the president received the 90 day report from Secretaries Rice, Gutierrez and Chertoff concerning the implementation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. Apparently after the March meeting the "three amigos" could collaborate with their comrades back home to determine the best way in which to foist this decadent plan on the citizens of their respective countries. [2]

Secretaries Rice, Gutierrez and Chertoff along with their counterparts in the other two countries were to identify goals, priorities and concerns then create a trilateral/trinational report of their findings. Probably, the most important aspect of their report was the implementation part. [3]

So, there you have it. While the media concentrates on other diversions: terrorist explosions in London (who knows who really planted them?), the war in Iraq, partisan prattling and a myriad of other more trivial things like Tom Cruise and his latest romance, our treasonous leaders are giving our country away.


US divided by superhighway plan
A MASSIVE road four football fields wide and running from Mexico to Canada through the heartland of the United States is being proposed amid controversy over security and the damage to the environment.

The "nation's most modern roadway", proposed between Laredo in Texas and Duluth, Minnesota, along Interstate 35, would allow the US to bypass the west coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to import goods from China and the Far East into the heart of middle America via Mexico, saving both cost and time.

However, critics argue that the ten-lane road would lay a swathe of concrete on top of an already over-developed transport infrastructure and further open the border with Mexico to illegal immigrants or terrorists.

According to a weekly Conservative magazine published in the US, the US administration is "quietly yet systematically" planning the massive highway, citing as a benefit that it would negate the power of two unions, the Longshoremen and Teamsters.

Another source claimed the highway was a "bi-partisan effort" with support from both Republicans and Democrats that would reduce freight transport times across the nation by days.

Under the plan - believed to be an extension of a strategic transportation plan signed in March last year by the US president, George Bush, Paul Martin, the then prime minister of Canada, and Vincente Fox, the Mexican president - imported goods would pass a border "road bump" in the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, before being loaded on to lorries for a straight run to a major hub, or "SmartPort", in Kansas, Oklahoma.

Border guards and customs officers would check the electronic security tags of lorries and their holds at a £1.6 million facility being built in Kansas City, before sending them on to the road network that links the US cities of Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit with Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver across the Canadian border.

Rail tracks and pipelines for oil and natural gas would run alongside the road.

Following the release of a 4,000-page environmental study, construction of the first leg of the Trans-Texas Corridor is reportedly due to begin next year, backed by US state and governmental agencies and a Spanish private sector company, Concessions de Infraestructuras de Transporte.

Tiffany Melvin, the executive director of Nasco, a non-profit organisation which has received £1.4 million from the US Department of Transport to study the proposal, said: "We're working on developing the existing system; these highways were developed in the 1950s and we have number of different programmes we're working on to provide alternative fuels and improve safety and security issues.

"We get comments that we are working to bring in terrorists and drug dealers, but this is simply not true.

"This is a bi-partisan effort that will ultimately improve our transportation infrastructure.

"Trade with China is increasing greatly, and the costs of our transportation system are ultimately born by the consumer.

"We do offer links to Canada and Mexico, but we are working on the trade competitiveness of America. We are planning for the future."

Eric Olson, the transportation spokesmen for the California-based Sierra Club, a national environmental awareness organisation, said the road would cause significant damage.

"Something on that scale would have a massive environmental impact," he said.

"Building a large-scale new highway does not seem like the best solution.

"There is a great need for fixing our existing roads and bridges. That needs to be a priority before we start building new massive road projects."

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Press Conference by President Bush and President Fox
President Fox and I agreed on measures to reform the North American Development Bank, known as NAD Bank. We will increase the bank's ability to make low interest loans to address urgent environmental priorities along the border. We also agreed to expand the bank's range, so more people can benefit. Mexico and America are proud nations, united by timeless values: by democracy, by faith and by freedom. We have a modern relationship sustained by a mutual respect and trust.

We've entered a new era of trade and cooperation and prosperity. And the United States and Mexico are building an historic partnership, one which will benefit both our peoples and provide a good example for the rest of the world.

Abolishing the USA
by William F. Jasper 

The New American, October 3, 2005 Issue

The United States of America is being abolished. Piecemeal. Before our very eyes. By our own elected officials — under the guidance and direction of unelected elites. Incredible? Certainly. But, unfortunately, true nonetheless.

For decades, federal officials have ignored the pleas of American citizens to secure our borders against an immense, ongoing migration invasion that includes not only millions of “common variety” illegal aliens, but also drug traffickers, terrorists, and other violent criminals. Now, under the pretense of providing security, the Bush administration is adopting an outrageous policy that, in effect, does away with our borders with Mexico and Canada altogether. Regular readers of THE NEW AMERICAN know that this magazine has been warning that this direct assault on our nationhood was coming, that it is part and parcel of the NAFTA-CAFTA-FTAA process.


However, almost a million Americans received their first notice of this fast-looming threat from a startling special report on CNN. On June 9, CNN anchorman Lou Dobbs began his evening broadcast with this provocative announcement: “Good evening, everybody. Tonight, an astonishing proposal to expand our borders to incorporate Mexico and Canada and simultaneously further diminish U.S. sovereignty. Have our political elites gone mad?

Mr. Dobbs, who has been virtually the lone voice in the Establishment media cartel opposing the bipartisan immigration and trade policies that are destroying our borders and national sovereignty, then noted:
Border security is arguably the critical issue in this country’s fight against radical Islamist terrorism. But our borders remain porous. So porous that three million illegal aliens entered this country last year, nearly all of them from Mexico. Now, incredibly, a panel sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations wants the United States to focus not on the defense of our own borders, but rather create what effectively would be a common border that includes Mexico and Canada.
Dobbs then switched to CNN correspondent Christine Romans in Washington, D.C., who reported: “On Capitol Hill, testimony calling for Americans to start thinking like citizens of North America and treat the U.S., Mexico and Canada like one big country.” Romans then showed brief excerpts of congressional testimony by Professor Robert Pastor, one of the six co-chairmen of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Task Force on North America. “The best way to secure the United States today is not at our two borders with Mexico and Canada but at the borders of North America as a whole,” Pastor told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “What we hope to accomplish by 2010,” Pastor continued, “is a common external tariff which will mean that goods can move easily across the border. We want a common security perimeter around all of North America, so as to ease the travel of people within North America.”

Pastor’s testimony encapsulated the proposals put forward in the CFR Task Force report, entitled Building a North American Community. As CNN’s Christine Romans noted, the CFR program “envisions a common border around the U.S., Mexico and Canada in just five years, a border pass for residents of the three countries, and a freer flow of goods and people.” Romans went on to report: “Buried in 49 pages of recommendations from the task force, the brief mention, ‘We must maintain respect for each other’s sovereignty.’ But security experts say folding Mexico and Canada into the U.S. is a grave breach of that sovereignty.”

The CNN program further noted that the CFR Task Force also called for:

• “military and law enforcement cooperation between all three countries”;
• “an exchange of personnel that bring Canadians and Mexicans into the Department of Homeland Security”; and
• “temporary migrant worker programs expanded with full mobility of labor between the three countries in the next five years.”
That portion of the CNN broadcast concluded with the following exchange between Christine Romans and Lou Dobbs.
Romans: “The idea here is to make North America more like the European Union....”

Dobbs: “Americans must think that our political and academic elites have gone utterly mad at a time when three-and-a-half years, approaching four years after September 11, we still don’t have border security. And this group of elites is talking about not defending our borders, finally, but rather creating new ones. It’s astonishing.”

Romans: “The theory here is that we are stronger together, three countries in one, rather than alone.”

Dobbs: “Well, it’s a — it’s a mind-boggling concept....”

Not Just a “Concept”
Mind-boggling, yes. Unfortunately, this “utterly mad” proposal is not merely a “concept” in the woolly minds of political and academic elites; it has already become official U.S. policy!

On March 23, 2005, President Bush convened a special summit in Waco, Texas, with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. The three amigos met at Baylor University to call for a “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America” before retiring to the president’s ranch in Crawford. The trio of leaders instructed their respective cabinet officials to form a dozen working groups and to report back within 90 days with concrete proposals to implement the new “partnership.”

On June 27, cabinet ministers of the three countries issued their joint report, entitled Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. Signing the report for the United States were Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. They and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada state in their introduction to the report:
We recognize that this Partnership is designed to be a dynamic, permanent process and that the attached work plans are but a first step. We know that after today, the real work begins. We will now need to transform the ideas into reality and the initiatives into prosperity and security.

The key phrase here, “dynamic, permanent process,” should set off alarm bells. Like NAFTA and CAFTA, to which it is intimately tied, this new “partnership” is intended to be an ongoing, constantly evolving process to bring about the economic, political, and social “integration” and “convergence” of the three nation states into a supranational regional system of governance that will then be merged into a larger regional system for the entire hemisphere — which includes the proposed FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas). It is this dangerous, subversive process that should command every American’s immediate serious attention.

On July 27, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roger F. Noriega told a House Subcommittee concerning the new partnership: “Thus far, we have identified over 300 initiatives spread over twenty trilateral [meaning U.S., Canada, and Mexico] working groups on which the three countries will collaborate.” What is being concocted in the hundreds of “initiatives” underway by these “working groups”? We don’t know, and that’s a major part of the problem. They have only revealed a very small part of their program thus far. The new “partnership” comes replete with pledges of “transparency.” That’s supposed to mean that all dealings will be above board and open and visible to the public. We hear a lot about transparency at the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, NAFTA, and other international forums. But there’s an old saying that applies here: “The more he talked of honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” So it is with the international elites who craft the global and regional agreements: the more they talk of transparency, the more you know they are covering up.

The so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP)* was launched by the newly elected Presidents George Bush and Vicente Fox in 2001 as the “Partnership for Prosperity.” (There’s no mention of Security in the original project.) President Fox was pushing for more U.S. financial aid, amnesty, and legalization for Mexicans already in the U.S. illegally, and easier access for more Mexican “guest workers” into the United States. Fox said he wanted “as many rights as possible, for as many Mexican immigrants as possible, as soon as possible.” In a June 21, 2001 interview, he declared, “Those Mexicans that are working in the United States should be considered legally working in the United States.” Mexico’s foreign minister, Jorge Castañeda, echoing Fox’s demands for legalization and more guest workers, told reporters, “It’s the whole enchilada or nothing.”

President Bush caused a significant national uproar (even a revolt among many of the GOP Bush faithful) by his willingness to buy almost the “whole enchilada.” In comments at a White House lawn press conference on September 6, 2001, marking the end of President Fox’s visit to the U.S., President Bush announced his commitment to a more expansive immigration policy that would “match a willing [U.S.] employer with a willing [Mexican] employee.” Which, of course, is a prescription for virtually unlimited migration of Mexican workers into the U.S. That was just five days before the 9/11 terror attacks.

The Gulliver Strategy
For several months prior to the September 2001 Fox-Bush meeting, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Foreign Minister Castañeda had been co-chairing a binational Migration Working Group aimed at changing U.S. border policies. At a November 22, 2002 press conference in Mexico City, Secretary Powell praised Castañeda and declared: “In Mexico, the Bush administration sees much more than a neighbor. We see a partner.... Our partnership rests on common values, on trust, on honesty.”

However, at the very same time that Secretary Powell was extolling the wonders of our new “partnership,” Senor Castañeda was presenting a vivid contrasting image. “I like very much the metaphor of Gulliver, of ensnarling the giant,” Castañeda told Mexican journalists in a November 2002 interview. “Tying it up, with nails, with thread, with 20,000 nets that bog it down: these nets being norms, principles, resolutions, agreements, and bilateral, regional and international covenants.”

That sounds like a rather adversarial partnership, not one based “on common values, on trust, on honesty.” Was Team Bush/Powell unaware of this less-than-neighborly attitude on the part of Team Fox/Castañeda? Were they out-foxed by Fox/Castañeda? Not at all; they were participating in a giant charade with Fox/Castañeda to out-fox the American people. It was a charade completely scripted by the brain trust at Pratt House, the New York headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations. Secretary Powell is a longtime Insider at the CFR, as are many other members of the Bush administration (including Powell’s successor, Condoleezza Rice). Señor Castañeda, while not a CFR member, has been nevertheless a favorite guest at Pratt House for more than two decades. He has been the featured speaker at CFR programs, has written articles for the CFR’s journal Foreign Affairs, and has received adulatory reviews for his books by CFR reviewers. And this, despite the fact that Castañeda, a longtime radical intellectual leader in Mexico’s Communist Party, has participated in the annual terrorist convention known as the Sao Paulo Forum, and continues to admire Communist revolutionary Che Guevarra!

Perhaps most important, as it pertains to this joint charade, is the fact that Castañeda has been a very close partner with Robert Pastor, the main author of the CFR’s blueprint for a North American Community. Pastor, a longtime Marxist associated with the radical Institute for Policy Studies (virtually a front for the Soviet KGB), even coauthored a book on U.S.-Mexico relations with Castañeda.

Castañeda, who stepped down as Fox’s foreign minister and took a professorship at New York University, is now running for president in Mexico’s 2006 elections. This past July 12, Castañeda appeared as an expert witness at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on border security. “No border security is possible without Mexican cooperation,” declared Castañeda. “There can be no future cooperation beyond what already exists without some form of immigration package.” He warned that border security is “very, very sensitive” to Mexicans. Any cooperation, he said, would have to be purchased with more U.S. liberalization of our immigration policies. To some, that sounds more like extortion than cooperation, but to the Bush administration and the bipartisan break-down-the-borders lobby in Congress, it passes for harmonious “partnering.”

The senators at the hearing did not challenge Castañeda or take him to task for his belligerent stance on this important security issue. Indeed, they seem to be primarily concerned with pushing through as much of the Fox/Castañeda program as their constituents will tolerate. They are considering two major competing bills now, S. 1033 by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), and S. 1438 by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.). Both bills pretend to provide meaningful “reform” to enhance border security, but both of them are designed to propel North American “integration” forward by making our borders easier to cross, legalizing millions of illegal aliens already here, and opening the door for millions more “guest workers.” At the same time, both bills would dramatically increase federal surveillance and intrusion into the lives of American citizens.

Much of this appears to be already underway without congressional approval, under the Security and Prosperity Partnership. The SPP joint statement mentioned previously, for instance, states: “We will test technology and make recommendations, over the next 12 months, to enhance the use of biometrics in screening travelers … with a view to developing compatible biometric border and immigration systems.” The statement’s section on “Safer, Faster and More Efficient Border Crossings,” like so much of the administration’s immigration program, is clearly more focused on faster border crossings, not stronger border security.

Premeditated Merger
The administration has not come right out and endorsed the merger of U.S. and Mexican immigration, military, and law enforcement personnel, as recommended by the CFR’s Task Force report, but it is headed in that direction, noting that “increased economic integration and security cooperation will further a unique and strong North American relationship.” In fact, it is becoming more and more apparent that the administration’s Security and Prosperity Partnership is actually an official adaptation of the CFR’s Building a North American Community.

The Task Force blueprint was the culmination of several years of specific efforts to launch a concrete program aimed at the physical merger of the U.S. with other nations in the hemisphere. As we’ve noted, one of the principal authors of that CFR proposal is Dr. Robert Pastor. More than a year before the Waco summit, the CFR publicly floated the idea with an important article by Pastor entitled, “North America’s Second Decade,” in the January/February 2004 issue of its flagship journal, Foreign Affairs.

“NAFTA was merely the first draft of an economic constitution for North America,” Pastor explained to the elite in-the-know readership of the journal. The CFR spinmeisters repeatedly insisted for over a decade that NAFTA was merely a “trade agreement.” Now they are being a bit more candid: NAFTA was merely the first draft of an ongoing “dynamic, permanent process.” The border demolition is part of the next draft, which is intended to deal with political and security issues.

“Overcoming the tension between security and trade,” said Pastor, “requires a bolder approach to continental integration.” So he boldly proposed, among other things, “a North American customs union with a common external tariff (CET), which would significantly reduce border inspections.” (Emphasis added.) In addition, he says, the Department of Homeland Security “should expand its mission” to cover the entire continent “by incorporating Mexican and Canadian perspectives and personnel into its design and operation.”

Pastor opines that, properly managed, the post-9/11 “security fears would serve as a catalyst for deeper integration.” “That would require new structures,” he says, “to assure mutual security.” It would also require, he notes, “a redefinition of security that puts the United States, Mexico, and Canada inside a continental perimeter.”

He means a very radical redefinition of security, to say the least. The claim by Pastor and the CFR claque that stretching our already dangerously porous borders to include two additional huge countries — both of which are already fraught with their own serious security problems — is so far beyond ludicrous that it can only be explained as openly fraudulent. That the so-called “wise men” of the CFR could actually believe their own propaganda in this case is preposterous.

After all, as CNN’s Lou Dobbs reported on the same June 9 broadcast, Mexico is descending ever more rapidly into a maelstrom of chaos, corruption, and open warfare, as rival drug cartels, police, the military, and government officials (many of whom are in the pockets of the narco-terrorists) battle it out.

Mexico is notorious for official corruption — police, military, and elected and appointed officials — from top to bottom. In 1997, it may be recalled, Mexico’s top official in its War on Drugs, Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo, was arrested for working with one of the top drug cartels! However, evidence that came out during the course of his trial pointed to many other top military, police, and federal officials as accomplices as well.

More than 2,000 Mexican police officers are under investigation for drug-related corruption, and more than 700 officers have been charged with serious offenses ranging from kidnapping and murder to taking bribes from the drug cartels. Mexico, with its close diplomatic ties to Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, has also long been a friendly hangout for many revolutionary terrorist organizations.

One needn’t be a Latin American expert (like Dr. Pastor) to realize the absurdity of trying to make America more secure by entrusting our homeland security in part to Mexican law enforcement, and by incorporating all of Mexico’s horrendous problems inside an unconstitutional and amorphous “common perimeter.”

Canada also presents us with serious security considerations. Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) director Ward Elcock has testified to Parliament that more than 50 terrorist organizations — representing Middle East, Tamil, Sikh, Latin American, and Irish terrorists — are active in Canada. CSIS spokesman Dan Lambert has stated that “with the exception of the United States, there are more terrorist groups active in Canada than perhaps any other country in the world.”

All considered, the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership threatens our very survival as a free nation. Congress must reject it — totally. But that will only happen if Congress hears an undeniable roar of outrage from us, the American people.

* Details about the Security and Prosperity Partnership can be found at


Council for Revolution

by William F. Jasper

The program now being implemented by the Bush administration under the false label of “Security and Prosperity Partnership” is but the most recent and transparent demonstration of the subversion of our constitutional protections by powerful elites — internationalists, globalists, one-worlders — who have, over the past few decades, taken control of both the Republican and Democratic Parties, and have become the real power controlling our federal government.

Like dozens of other policies, programs, treaties, and legislation that have been so detrimental to U.S. interests, this new border demolition project was conceived, hatched and nurtured by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a private “think tank,” and then passed on to the Bush administration for official implementation. The CFR has been described by constitutional scholar and former top FBI official Dan Smoot as the most important public front of the “invisible government” that runs America. Liberal commentator Richard Rovere described it as “a sort of Presidium for that part of the Establishment that guides our destiny as a nation.” According to former CFR member Admiral Chester Ward, the top leadership of the CFR constitute a subversive cabal seeking the “submergence of U.S. sovereignty and national independence into an all-powerful one-world government.”

Explaining the tremendous influence of the CFR, Admiral Ward noted: “Once the ruling members of the CFR have decided that the U.S. government should adopt a particular policy, the very substantial research facilities of CFR are put to work to develop arguments, intellectual and emotional, to support the new policy, and to confound and discredit, intellectually and politically, any opposition.”

That CFR operational scheme outlined by Ward is plainly visible in the case of the group’s Security and Prosperity Program. It is no mere coincidence that the CFR’s plan mentioned in the CNN piece has come out simultaneously with the official Bush plan, or that the two plans are nearly identical.

The radical background of the CFR report’s primary author, Robert Pastor, is noteworthy:

• As a Latin American expert on Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council, Pastor was a prime instrument in toppling American ally President Anastasio Somoza and bringing the Communist Sandinistas to power in Nicaragua. President Daniel Oduber of Costa Rica recounted that Pastor had asked him, while making an official state tour with First Lady Rosalyn Carter: “When are we going to get that son of a b**** [Somoza] up to the north out of the presidency?”

• At the time he was picked by Carter, Pastor was finishing up his stint as director of the Rockefeller and Ford foundation-financed CFR task force known as the Linowitz Commission, which supported revolutionary changes in Latin America, including abandonment of our strategic canal in Panama.

• At the same time, Pastor also was a member of the Working Group on Latin America of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), the notorious Marxist center that has been one of the most important operational arms of the Soviet KGB and Cuban DGI in this country. He helped author The Southern Connection, a notorious IPS report calling on the United States to abandon its anti-Communist allies and to support “ideological pluralism,” as represented by the Communist Sandinistas and other revolutionary terrorist groups.

The entire careers of Dr. Pastor and his CFR comrades indicate that they are consciously working (like Pastor’s friend and coauthor, Jorge Castañeda) to bind and enslave the United States like a helpless Gulliver.


ALIPAC: No CAFTA, North American Community, or Guest Worker. Investigate Bush!


President Bush has entered into an agreement with the Presidents of both Mexico and Canada which is outlined by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). This plan is called the 'North American Community' and they intend to open our borders now and fully integrate our economies by 2010. They intend to create a new economic block similiar to the European Union. The difference is that the American public is not being asked to discuss, support, or vote on this new national construct as the Europeans have. We are not being asked to support it, because we would never support opening our borders and radically changing our national identity and sovereignty in such a way.

Bush announced his support of this plan at a summit in February of 2005. Bush stated "We've got a lot of crossings of the borders and intend to make our borders more secure and facilitate legal traffic". The transcripts of the tri-national summit and the CFR 'North American Community' plan both call for a free flow of people across our common borders. It was at this same press conference that Bush called those involved in the Minuteman Project "vigilantes". Immediately after this event, his approval ratings fell to the lowest of his Presidency and have remained there.

CAFTA also contains language that would make it harder for us to have our immigration laws enforced. Most of the real immigration enforcement groups in America oppose CAFTA because we feel it will lead to even less enforcement and a new flood of cheap foreign labor into America on top of what has already become a disaster.

Since President Bush appears unwilling to honor his oath to protect the constitution, enforce our existing laws, or respond to the will of a super majority of Americans, Representative Myrick should withdraw her promise and vote NO for CAFTA which will take us further into the "North American Community" open borders plan. Every member of Congress should do the same. No CAFTA, No North American Community, No Open Borders, and No Amnesty called 'Guest Worker".

Why have any deportation officers at all when the plan is to open our borders and continue to flood the United States with desperate and unscrupulous workers from third world countries who will work for less than half the price of an American worker? Now that's a job an American won't do!

Our Representatives in Congress need to put a stop to this plan and determine if we are being flooded with illegal aliens in an effort to force the American public to accept it. If corporate influences that want cheap labor in the US have influenced the Executive Branch to turn a blind eye to our laws and security, then action must be taken immediately!

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is sending out a national press release today asking Congress to kill CAFTA, oppose the North American Community plan, and launch an immediate investigation into the Bush administration's orders to our immigration enforcement resources to stand down on the border and in the interior.


Bush sneaking North American super-state without oversight?
Mexico, Canada partnership underway with no authorization from Congress
Posted: June 13, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2006

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 Agreement 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.

The trilateral agreement, signed as a joint declaration not submitted to Congress for review, led to the creation of the SPP office within the Department of Commerce.

The SPP report to the heads of state of the U.S., Mexico and Canada, -- released June 27, 2005, -- lists some 20 different working groups spanning a wide variety of issues ranging from e-commerce, to aviation policy, to borders and immigration, involving the activity of multiple U.S. government agencies.

The working groups have produced a number of memorandums of understanding and trilateral declarations of agreement.

The Canadian government and the Mexican government each have SPP offices comparable to the U.S. office.

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.

She suggested to WND that the work products of the working groups was described on the SPP website, so publishing the actual documents did not seem required.

WND can find no specific congressional legislation authorizing the SPP working groups. The closest to enabling legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., on April 20, 2005. Listed as S. 853, the bill was titled "North American Cooperative Security Act: A bill to direct the Secretary of State to establish a program to bolster the mutual security and safety of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and for other purposes." The bill never emerged from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In the House of Representatives, the same bill was introduced by Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla., on May 26, 2005. Again, the bill languished in the House Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment.

WND cannot find any congressional committees taking charge for specific oversight of SPP activity.

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.

Many SPP working groups appear to be working toward achieving specific objectives as defined by a May 2005 Council on Foreign Relations task force report, which presented a blueprint for expanding the SPP agreement into a North American Union that would merge the U.S., Canada and Mexico into a new governmental form.

Referring to the SPP joint declaration, the report, entitled "Building a North American Community," stated:


The Task Force is pleased to provide specific advice on how the partnership can be pursued and realized.

To that end, the Task Force proposes the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity. We propose a community based on the principle affirmed in the March 2005 Joint Statement of the three leaders that "our security and prosperity are mutually dependent and complementary." Its boundaries will be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter within which the movement of people, products, and capital will be legal, orderly, and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a free, secure, just, and prosperous North America.

The CFR task force report called for establishment of a common security border perimeter around North America by 2010, along with free movement of people, commerce and capital within North America, facilitated by the development of a North American Border Pass that would replace a U.S. passport for travel between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Also envisioned by the CFR task force report were a North American court, a North American inter-parliamentary group, a North American executive commission, a North American military defense command, a North American customs office and a North American development bank.



06/21/06: A North American Union


"The blueprint President Bush is following was laid out in a 2005 report entitled "Building a North American Community" published by the left-of-center Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The CFR report connects the dots between the Bush administration's actual policy on illegal immigration and the drive to create the North American Union...

"WHAT WE SHOULD DO BY 2010 • Lay the groundwork for the freer flow of people within North America. The three governments should commit themselves to the long-term goal of dramatically diminishing the need for the current intensity of the governments’ physical control of cross-border traffic, travel, and trade within North America. A long-term goal for a North American border action plan should be joint screening of travelers from third countries at their first point of entry into North America and the elimination of most controls over the temporary movement of these travelers within North America.
Canada and the United States should consider eliminating restrictions on labor mobility altogether and work toward solutions that, in the long run, could enable the extension of full labor mobility to Mexico as well."
(pg 32 & 48)

And Bush's commitment to English as the official language?

"...Create a major scholarship fund for undergraduate and graduate students to study in the other North American countries and to learn the region’s three languages.... To illustrate the scale of this proposal, it would lead to some 60,000 Mexican students studying in the United States and Canada, and comparable numbers of Canadian and American students studying in another North American country. We urge that state, provincial, and federal governments begin funding such scholarships now... The scholarships should include ‘‘language immersion’’ courses in each of the three countries, in Spanish, French, and English, and should encourage students to study in all three countries. (pg 52)

In another article, 'North American Union Already Starting to Replace USA', Corsi makes a convincing argument that this Frankenstein is being stitched into life.

"...The creation of this new agreement was never submitted to Congress for debate and decision. Instead, the U.S. Department of Commerce merely created a new division under the same title to implement working groups to advance a North American Union working agenda in a wide range of areas..."
..."Reviewing the specific working agenda initiatives, the goal to implement directly is apparent. Nearly every work plan is characterized by action steps described variously as “our three countries signed a Framework of Common Principles …” or “we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding …,” or “we have signed a declaration of intent …” etc. Once again, none of the 30 or so working agendas makes any mention of submitting decisions to the U.S. Congress for review and approval..."
What will happen to the sovereignty of the United States? The model is the European Community. While the United States would supposedly remain as a country, many of our nation-state prerogatives would ultimately be superseded by the authority of a North American court and parliamentary body, just as the U.S. dollar would have to be surrendered for the “Amero,” the envisioned surviving currency of the North American Union. The CFR report left no doubt that the North American Union was intended to evolve through a series of regulatory decisions..." More:

06/17/06: Explain NASCO President Bush! What The Hell is Going On!?
Loosing America

This upsets me tremendously. Now I'm perfectly willing to listen to whatever rational reasons anyone might offer as to why I shouldn't be upset. Alarmed. Dismayed.

I desperately wish I had time to do more than give you a few excerpts, but I've provided many links and you will be hard pressed to emerge from reading it all not to simply 'scream' in harmony with me.

Sadly enough, this explains Bush's obtuseness on the borders. If this is in place, there is no rolling it back. He has never,ever intended anything else but amnesty and open borders. In the Podcast linked below, Dr. Corsi indicates that Clinton has been working on this with the Bush administration for quite awhile and that explains another mystery I haven't been able to unravel. Why has Bush been keeping Clinton in the spotlight -as if to pave a way to a political appointment?

Hell, there is speculation that Bill wants to head up the UN. Maybe what he really wants is to head up the Socialist Republic of the Fallen American Nation. No - I'm not being melodramatic. If this goes through - and I don't see who the hell will stop it - we can kiss the middle class goodbye. There will be so much blubbering about minority rights that genuine Americans will be shorn of all that we have built.

Yes - I sound hysterical. I mean - you have Islam intent on making America a wing of the Caliphate and our president intent on the rape of America's sovereignty.You have the ACLU and their lefty shills erasing christianity and propagating speech controls so that if you even dare to breathe a hint of aversion to their multi-cultural, metro-sexual Orwellian hell, you are condemned and silenced.

Who the hell wouldn't be hysterical!?

So convince me I shouldn't be. Go ahead. I dare you.

I came across this material when I was looking into Bush's "Totaling America".

Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway
"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. "(Read it all..)



Illegal Workers Could Receive Billions When Bush Signs Social Security Agreement with Mexico
Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit Filed Today Against State Department, Social Security Administration to Learn Extent of Giveaway

June 29, 2006 (Washington, DC) – TREA Senior Citizens League filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in U.S. District Court this morning after numerous refusals over three years by the U.S. Department of State and Social Security Administration to provide a draft of, or virtually any pertinent information regarding, the impact of the Totalization Agreement with Mexico on the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund.

The Totalization Agreement could allow millions of illegal Mexican workers to draw billions of dollars from the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund. The agreement between the U.S. and Mexico was signed in June 2004, and is awaiting President Bush's signature. Many critics believe he intends to sign it shortly after the 2006 midterm elections.

Once President Bush approves the agreement, which would be done without congressional vote, either house would have 60 days to disapprove the agreement by voting to reject it.

Under the Totalization Agreement, millions of illegal Mexicans working in the United States today could claim benefits from the Social Security Trust Fund for work performed while in the United States illegally. They could do so through immigration amnesty, through which they could claim past Social Security payments for illegal work. They could also potentially return to Mexico and claim credits for illegal work in the United States, or claim payments through other as yet undisclosed methods.

"We are outraged that our government won't tell us how much they plan to take out of the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for the Totalization Agreement with Mexico, and we want to know what they're hiding," said Ralph McCutchen, Chairman of the TREA Senior Citizens League. "Our 1.2 million elderly members didn't play by the rules and sacrifice through two World Wars so we could fund millions of workers who crossed the border and decided to work here illegally."

The U.S. currently has 21 similar agreements in effect with other nations, which are intended to eliminate dual taxation for persons who work outside their country of origin. All of the agreements are with developed nations with economies similar to that of the U.S.

For example, a worker who turns 62 after 1990 generally needs 40 calendar quarters of coverage to receive retirement benefits. Under Totalization agreements, a partial benefit can be paid based on the proportion of the worker's total career completed in the paying country. The agreements allow the Social Security Administration to "totalize" U.S. and foreign credits if the worker has just six quarters, or 18 months, of U.S. coverage.

But Mexico's retirement system is radically different, since only 40 percent of non-government workers participate, as opposed to 96 percent of America's workers. In addition, the U.S. system is progressive, meaning lower wage earners get back much more than they put in; in Mexico, workers get back only what they put in, plus accrued interest.

"The Social Security Trust Fund should be for Americans in their retirement years. I vigorously oppose a Totalization Agreement with Mexico, which would allow millions of illegal Mexicans to access those funds," said Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA). "The Social Security Administration and State Department should provide TREA Senior Citizens League with the information they are requesting on behalf of seniors. I support a resolution to disapprove Totalization with Mexico if and when the President signs off on this bad deal."

The original FOIA request, filed in August 2003, as well as all subsequent requests, demanded a copy of the actual agreement, as well as other relevant documents, including those showing the financial impact the Totalization Agreement with Mexico would have on the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund and on America's senior citizens. Despite numerous attempts to ascertain such information, the State Department and Social Security Administration steadfastly refused to provide virtually any relevant documents.

"Any Social Security exchange with Mexico will cost Americans a king's ransom," said Marti Dinerstein, Fellow with the independent, nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies. "We should apologize to Mexico for leading them on and get out of this terrible deal."

According to the Social Security Administration, the Social Security Trust Fund will begin paying out more than it is taking in by 2017, and will be exhausted by the year 2040.


With 1.2 million members, TREA Senior Citizens League is one of the nation's largest nonpartisan seniors groups. Its mission is to promote and assist members and supporters, to educate and alert senior citizens about their rights and freedoms as U.S. Citizens, and to protect and defend the benefits senior citizens have earned and paid for. Visit for more information.

Presidential candidate George W. Bush stated in August 2000 in a speech on Latin America in Miami Florida:
"...By nominating me, my party has made a choice to welcome the new America."

Steven Yates


Bush selling out America

George Bush cares nothing about the security of the United States. He is selling out our country every day. No matter what some may say about his efforts in other areas, he continues to destroy our country simply out of greed. The national security of our country is critical to our survival, and no explanation can justify the president's refusal to defend our borders.

When Bill Clinton sold U.S. classified computer technology to the Chinese, we vowed to never forget his crime. Bush's continuing treachery is every bit as bad, or worse. When did party loyalty become more important than saving our country? True patriots put country before party.

Normally, I am the last one to give up on a person, and I have been secretly hoping for the president's conscience to kick in before it's too late. However, I cannot continue to stand idly by with the stakes so high and the danger too close.


Perhaps there are still a few Republicans out there who will continue to wear their blinders as our country becomes populated by masses who come here full of hate for us and what we stand for.

I can hear their excuses even now: "I know Bush was wrong on illegal immigration, but look how tough he stayed on Iraq."

Winning in Iraq won't mean a thing if we lose the battle at home. One without the other is not victory. George Bush has already begun the destruction of the Republican Party because of illegal immigration. The survival of the party will be meaningless if we become another Mexico ---- corrupt and impoverished. How would you like Nuevo Laredo to be your hometown?

Information about Bush's latest "guest worker plan" is starting to seep out. Those now in the country illegally get a free pass to stay permanently. New guest workers will be allowed to stay for six years before they go home ---- but who will make them go? For the past five years, Bush has failed to deport people, even when he knows they are here illegally.

Who will have the political courage to deport guest workers after they have been here six years? Most Americans are demanding no guest workers "who only come here to do jobs Americans won't do because they just want a better life for themselves and their family." More than 80 percent of Americans are demanding Bush seal the border at once, but his plan does no such thing because the rich contributors to the Republican Party have become addicted to cheap labor.

Does anyone really believe Bush's plan will solve the illegal immigration problem? This plan only proves that greed is a higher priority than the opinion of most Americans, their common sense and their national security.

And, what about those who continue to cross illegally? There is no provision in the plan for how long it will be until they are granted amnesty.

Bush's appointment of a highly underqualified person, Julie Myers, to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement is just one more example of the arrogance of this president. The primary duty of ICE is to apprehend alien terrorists. Why would he select a person lacking experience to head this mammoth national security and law enforcement agency if his plan wasn't for it to fail?

Did he not learn anything from the FEMA debacle? Of course, he did. Failure is what he wants, because failure to enforce our immigration laws is what he most desires.

Freeman Sawyer of Camarillo is a member of the Temecula-based Citizens Activists for a Secure America


'Flow freely' will erase face of U.S.

Published on: 06/30/06

Those who study our national illegal immigration crisis watch with knowing sadness as millions of Americans outraged over our porous borders eventually get to the obvious question: Why has the president of the United States refused to secure American borders?

Perhaps it is part of a larger plan.

Tom Hanson/AP

At a summit in March in Cancun, Mexico, President Bush takes a moment with Mexican President Vicente Fox (center) after a news conference also with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

D.A. King of Marietta is an activist against illegal immigration.

Without a vote in Congress, or consent of the American people, our intentionally unsecured borders and our government's deliberate lack of enforcement of our immigration and employment laws could be an essential step to a much larger goal: a "North American Union."

While virtually ignored in the mainstream media, the leaders of the nations of North America last year announced a plan to combine the infrastructure, security and ultimately the economies of the three nations. The linchpin of the "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America" is the "free flow" of goods, services ... and people.

The un-stated NAFTA-World Trade Organization-based theory is simple: Borders are geopolitical abstractions — barriers to increased profit — and have become obsolete in the global economy. At present, labor is overpriced in the United States. The middle-class American Dream, while charming, is outdated.

If you like the idea of illegal, taxpayer-subsidized labor from Mexico, you will love the concept involved here: an unending flow of unskilled low-wage workers looking for a better life with no cumbersome immigration laws about which to be concerned.

Including the already signed 2004 "Totalization" agreement, yet to be considered by Congress — combining the Social Security systems of Mexico and the United States — the Bush administration seems to be following the recommendations of a little noted 2005 publication titled "Building a North American Community," released by the Council on Foreign Relations, a multinational independent foreign-policy organization.

The CFR report further recommends creation of "permanent tribunals" that could overrule American courts on matters of "unfair trade practices" and "tri-national competition" disputes.

Few could doubt that once put into place, the laws and regulations creating the corporate friendly borderless continent would be enthusiastically enforced.

Supporters of the dissolution of the Founding Fathers sovereign republic have already played the "jingoist" card in an attempt to pre-marginalize those who would dare to object to a multilingual, continental Super State dedicated to low wages and increased markets in which "trade, capital and people flow freely."

Americans with the temerity to speak up in objection to Mexican customs inspection offices in Kansas City, the "Amero" replacing the dollar and a North American Union by 2010 should prepare for a battery of invectives containing "phobes," "ists" and "isims."

The more politically correct may want to practice repeating, "I pledge allegiance to the Continent and to the Commerce for which it stands."

Suggestions for a possible new flag, anyone?



Security and prosperity for who?

By Alisa Craddock
web posted June 26, 2006

In July of last year, Phyllis Schlafly wrote a column detailing an agreement to create a North American Community very much like the European Union by the year 2010. President Bush had met with Mexican President Vincente Fox and [former] Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin on March 23, 2005 and adopted what is called the "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America" (SPP). Working groups have been assigned in each of the three countries to implement this plan. The plan is described in a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) document entitled Building a North American Community.

Some of the features of this plan are:

  • Creating a "North American Preference" so that employers can hire low-paid workers from anywhere in North America without them having to be smuggled in.
  • Registration of ballistics and explosives (the "security" part of "Security and Prosperity Partnership").
  • Massive U. S. foreign aid and private capital for "multilateral development".
  • The creation of a major tax-supported fund to finance 60,000 Mexican students to study in the United States, paid for by the American people.
  • The "Social Security Totalization Agreement" to put illegal aliens into our already endangered Social Security system (already negotiated between the U.S. and Mexico).
  • The creation of a "permanent tribunal for North American dispute resolution" (a court system that does not answer to American Constitutional law).

(This sounds an awful lot like the Senate's "Immigration Reform" Bill to me…)

This trilateral agreement was signed by the President without authorization from Congress, and, judging by the outrage to the current illegal immigration situation, completely against the will of the American people as well. In reports published on World Net Daily it is revealed that the membership and "work product" of the working groups has not been disclosed or published anywhere. Though bills were introduced in both houses of Congress, those bills were never voted on, never made it out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I suspect, then, that our elected representatives are well aware of the agenda, but either washed their hands of it (lest they incur the ire of their constituencies), or chose to keep it under wraps. Either way, they had to have known the American people would see this as a direct assault on our sovereignty, and be deeply alarmed by it.

It was also at that 2005 meeting, which took place in Waco, that President Bush identified the "Minutemen" those citizen volunteers who took on the duty of defending our borders (as our President had pledged to do among his campaign promises) as "vigilantes." Now that the National Guard have been sent there, look for the government to begin taking control of the border "protection" and forcing the Minutemen to stand down so that they cannot further interfere with the "plan".

Jerome Corsi (author of Unfit for Command), acting on the belief that President Bush signed an unauthorized agreement to erase the borders between our three countries, has filed a "Freedom of Information Act" request for full disclosure of the agreement. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo) is demanding a full disclosure as well, including the names of the people in the SPP working groups. Corsi's attorney states that if the President "is creating a new North American union government without the full and complete knowledge of the American people, we are facing a severe constitutional crisis." I would add, that without the peoples' consent, one might even entertain the "T" word. He took an oath to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States". Not the people of Mexico, not the financial interests of big business, not the New World Order, the constitution of the United States . The creation of a new borderless North American state with its own laws apart from the Constitution is a violation of that oath, since the two bodies of law are ultimately incompatible, and the intention clearly is to supplant American law with the new laws. The creation of a North American superstate is a step toward our assimilation into global government. We have only to look at the European Union and the bully tactics their governing body uses to compel member states to adopt a uniform ideology to know how this will affect us.

Before the liberals out there get all excited that they can now gleefully say "I told you Bush was a liar", this did not originate with Bush, and liberals have their fingers as deeply embedded in this pie as the Neo-Cons. Bush is only carrying out the long range plans established long before he took office, just as his predecessor did, and the one before him, and so on. It is time the American people wake up and realize that our leadership (with a few notable exceptions) are all on board with this global agenda, and we are losing our country. They (or rather the wealthy elite who are truly controlling things) are robbing us of our birthright.

The Department of Homeland Security's "Fact Sheet" on the Security and Prosperity Partnership has some curiously vague language that leaves more questions than answers. For example, it states that the elected leaders called for "Ministerial-led working groups to consult with stakeholders in each country…" Who and what are the stakeholders? Whose interests are being served? Judging by the lack of concern on the part of our leaders to our bleeding, porous borders, it's not the American peoples' interests.

Also, it states, "the U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to transform North American preparedness for response to large-scale incidentsby establishing protocols for incident management that impact border operations" and protocols will also address "maritime incidents, cross-border public health emergencies and cross border law enforcement response." I emphasize this last part because, though I was not aware of the SPP in August of last year when Katrina devastated New Orleans, I did remark in an unpublished essay that our response had felt like a rehearsal of sorts: Among other peculiar occurrences, Canadian Mounties from Vancouver were on the ground in St. Bernard Parish within two days, where it took over a week for U.S. National Guard troops to arrive. Why were the Mounties there before our own National Guard, and why did it take so long to deploy our own guys? Calling in the National Guard is the logical thing to do in a disaster like this. It's what they're there for. In addition, Mexican troops brought humanitarian aid in what was the first military operation on American soil for them since the Mexican-American war. So there you have it: Cross-border law enforcement and cross-border public health emergency response. And, in fact, the SPP Fact Sheet states: "Recent experience with hurricanes, ice storms, industrial accidents and the like demonstrate our interdependencies, as well as the need for coordination and mutual assistance in protecting and safekeeping our populations." Prior to reading those news reports, I had been wondering if this would be an excuse to bring in U.N. troops, but that would have sent up a red flag to the American public. We have not been sufficiently prepared for that yet. But just last week, there was talk of the U.N. forming an army, a rapid reactions force that could intervene in emergency situations around the globe. How long will it be before they, too, are called in while our own troops are overstretched in military operations in the Middle East and elsewhere?

The eruption finally of this blatant move to undermine U.S. sovereignty should prompt us to examine other trends that may have their origins in this clandestine formation of a new government that is consistent with the planned global government, and is supplanting our Consitution. We've felt it for a long time: The renegade judges, clearly defying constitutional law in their rulings, making rulings that defy common sense and undermine the very things that give our nation cohesion--our foundation in faith, the sanctity of the family and national loyalty. The statutes and rulings that somehow nullify your right to free speech, especially religious speech, to privacy (unless it has to do with sexual activity, then your privacy is sacrosanct), to property, to life itself. The ongoing efforts to disarm the people, to register weapons so that eventually they can confiscate them. How can this be happening? Who has the power to stop it?

Last week, Henry Lamb reported in his column on ESR that Kofi Annan's Deputy Director, Mark Malloch Brown, had called on the United States to crack down on U. N. bashers in this country. We have a provision in our Constitution for the protection of free speech that was expressly written to protect people from being arrested or persecuted for political speech. John Bolton reportedly called on Annan to repudiate Brown's remarks, which Annan refused to do. Now, my hunch is that we will put up a good front of appearing to defend American free speech, but our leaders have signed treaties with the U. N. and we have Bill Clinton's signed executive order (#13107) to bring our country and its citizens into compliance with those treaties, we have working groups to ensure said compliance, and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights states that the rights and freedoms guaranteed in that declaration "may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations". I would bet that we will soon begin to see some signs of a "crackdown" on anti-UN speech here, despite Bolton's call for Annan to distance himself from Brown's remarks. The "diversity" agenda (designed to muzzle free speech and create ‘global citizens' who have no national ties) marches on, as formulated by the working groups assigned to enact that phase of the transposition. Look for anti-U.N. speech to somehow be incorporated into the ultra-P.C. speech codes already in educational and corporate policies in this country.

The United States of America is an endangered species, folks, and it doesn't matter which party is in power—the two parties are just pitting us against each other with passion-inflaming antagonism, while they work on a separate set of goals, much of it under the radar, all leading to the same place. There is a shadow government with its own set of laws and goals that has supplanted our republican form of government while we have been squabbling. It is being implemented through executive orders and judicial fiat and state and federal policies that working groups and federal bureaucracies, ignoring the constitutions of states and the U. S. Constitution, are enacting through financial manipulation.

I am not an economist. I don't know what the impact of removing 12,000,000 people from our economy would be. I do know what the impact of the SPP will eventually be, as with many of the other treaties and agreements our leaders have signed. It could be that allowing 12 million people to settle in before attempting to respond is a carefully calculated move to ensure that the agenda goes forward. By permitting that many to invade our country unchecked, there now exists the veiled threat of violence perpetrated by millions of angry, militant Aztlaners, all serving the purpose of advancing the globalist goals of those "stakeholders". Concerns about Mexico's upcoming election may have something to do with the lack of resolve on the part of our President and Congressional leadership in responding to this unprecedented crisis, as well. It is generally believed that a strong response from the US could result in a socialist candidate being elected to replace Fox, resulting in a more aggressive and less cooperative stance by Mexico against the U.S. Personally, I suspect that is inevitable anyway, if not this year, then at some future point. But let's not pretend this inaction is in the best interest of the American people. With the average income in this country hovering around $35,000 per year (including benefits), and the average CEO's salary at $12 million, with an ever vanishing middle class, it is becoming clear who is benefiting from this. The handwriting is on the wall.


Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America
Publication Date: June 27, 2005
Report to Leaders
June 2005

On March 23, 2005, you announced the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. At that time, you instructed Ministers to create an architecture which would further enhance the security of North America while at the same time promote the economic well-being of our citizens and position North America to face and meet future challenges. This effort builds on the excellent, long-standing relations among our three countries. The response to your request is attached.

In carrying out your instructions, we established working groups under both agendas of the Partnership - Security and Prosperity. We held roundtables with stakeholders, meetings with business groups and briefing sessions with legislatures, as well as with other relevant political jurisdictions. The result is a detailed series of actions and recommendations designed to increase the competitiveness of North America and the security of our people. While the Security and Prosperity agendas were developed by separate teams, we recognize that our economic well-being and our security are not two separate and distinct issues. In that spirit, we have worked together to ensure that the appropriate linkages are made between security and prosperity initiatives.

Upon your review and approval, we will once again meet with stakeholders and work with them to implement the workplans that we have developed. We will also encourage them to continue to provide us with new ideas and proposals which will help shape our forward agenda and our vision for North America.

To make North America secure for the future, we need integrated, coordinated and seamless measures in place at, within, and beyond our borders to provide our people and our infrastructure with the highest possible common level of protection from terrorists and other criminal elements, as well as from the common threats of nature.

To make North America prosperous for the future, we need to improve the efficiency of the movement of people, goods and services crossing our borders. We must remove barriers to trade, investment, research and education. We must protect our environment and promote the health and safety of our people.

Increased economic integration and security cooperation will further a unique and strong North American relationship - a relationship that meets your stated goals while preserving our political and cultural identities.

We recognize that this Partnership is designed to be a dynamic, permanent process and that the attached workplans are but a first step. We know that after today, the real work begins. We will now need to transform the ideas into reality and the initiatives into prosperity and security.

The success of our efforts will be defined less by the contents of the workplans than by the actual implementation of initiatives and strategies that will make North America more prosperous and more secure. We will report back to you semi-annually, highlighting progress on implementing our commitments and making recommendations for further initiatives to be pursued under the Security and Prosperity Partnership.

The report is presented in three separate sections. The first outlines several initiatives which were concluded during the preparation of this report. They represent an immediate benefit from this process. The second section outlines major themes and initiatives which focus on issues or situations which, when resolved, will provide major contributions to the economic and security integrity of the region. Finally, the last section is an annex which provides a description of all the initiatives that will be undertaken by the working groups, including a description of the project, milestones and completion dates.

Much has been accomplished in the preparation of this report. We want to commend the work of each of the working group chairs and working group participants for their creativity and their ability to work as a cohesive team with their colleagues from the other countries. We believe that if the dedication and hard work shown to date are carried forward, this Partnership can only succeed in providing the security necessary to develop a strong North American platform highlighted by sustained economic growth and job creation, and improved standards of living for our citizens.

Carlos Gutierrez

Michael Chertoff

Condoleezza Rice

Fernando Canales

Carlos Abascal

Luis Ernesto Derbéz

Secretary of Commerce

Secretary of Homeland Security

Secretary of State

Secretario de Economía

Secretario de Gobernación

Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores

David L. Emerson

Anne McLellan

Pierre Stewart Pettigrew

Minister of Industry

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America

Initial Results

In the 90 days since the launch of the Security and Prosperity Partnership on March 23, 2005, a number of collaborative initiatives have been completed to advance the prosperity and security agendas:


• Electronic Commerce . In June 2005, our three countries signed a Framework of Common Principles for Electronic Commerce that will encourage the development of trans-border online business in North America . The Framework addresses the respective roles of government and the private sector, promoting transparency and security, and facilitating the acceleration of ICT use by eliminating barriers to e-commerce in cross-border transactions.

• Liberalization of Rules of Origin . We have completed the implementation of modifications of rules of origin, covering goods such as household appliances, precious metals, and various machinery and equipment parts. Liberalizing rules of origin reduces administrative burdens by making it easier for exporters to qualify for duty-free treatment under NAFTA. These changes will affect US$20 billion of annual trilateral trade.

• Consumer Products . Canada and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance and strengthen the exchange of information and cooperative activities on public health and safety protection related to the safety of consumer products, and encourage compatibility of standards-related measures to the greatest extent practicable. Likewise, Mexico and the United States are holding negotiations to reach agreement on a similar Memorandum of Understanding.

• Textiles and Apparel Labelling . We have reached an arrangement on the Use of Care Symbols on Textile and Apparel Goods Labels that will facilitate market access of textile and apparel goods by the uniform acceptance of harmonized care symbols in North America. We plan to sign this arrangement in July.

• Temporary Work Entry . The three countries have forwarded a trilateral document setting out each country's domestic procedures to modify NAFTA's temporary entry appendix on professionals to the NAFTA Free Trade Commission for approval. This will clarify procedures in each country, thereby providing a mechanism for more North American professionals to be given temporary entry.

• Migratory Species and Biodiversity . We have signed a Declaration of Intent for the Conservation of North American Birds and Their Habitat, a non-binding trilateral agreement to cooperate in conserving the continent's bird species and the landscapes upon which they depend for survival.

• Harmonized Approach to BSE. A harmonized North America approach to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) was agreed by animal health officials in all three countries in March 2005. This approach provides continued protection of human and animal health, while also establishing a framework for safe international trade opportunities for cattle and beef products from Canada, Mexico and the United States.

• Border Flow Analysis . Canada has completed the pilot projects to test Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) technology at Canada-U.S. border crossings and will pursue broader implementation. This initiative will take advantage of state-of-the-art technology to capture, analyze and exchange traffic flow data without impeding border trade, thus enhancing transportation flexibility and efficiency.

• Aviation Safety . Following on the tri-lateral agreement to create a North American Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) signed in 2004, five WAAS stations will be put in place in Canada and Mexico in 2005. This system, based on the U.S. Global Positioning System, will increase navigational accuracy across North America, enhancing aviation safety.

• Airspace Capacity . The three countries implemented Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) in January 2005. This initiative increases North America airspace capacity and allows aircraft to fly more efficient routes, reducing costs to air carriers and passengers.

• Harmonized Air Navigation Systems . Our three countries recently released a North American Aviation Trilateral Statement on a Joint Strategy for the implementation of performance-based navigation in North America. This initiative, which includes both Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) in North America, will harmonize our navigation standards, simplify training and improve efficiency for air carriers.


• NTC-NRAC Exchange. The United States and Canada have agreed to exchange officers between their two respective targeting facilities, the National Targeting Center (NTC) in the United States and the National Risk Assessment Centre (NRAC) in Canada.

• Public Safety along the U.S.-Mexico Border. The United States and Mexico recently agreed to, over the course of three weeks, identify and target key procedures and guidelines to establish a standardized Alien Smuggler Prosecutions Program along the Southwest border, built upon previous U.S. – Mexico efforts in the Guide Identification Prosecution Program (GIPP), a collaborative effort between CBP and Mexico's Attorney General Office--Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) - to identify and prosecute local guides and alien smugglers who endanger the lives of migrants.

• Progress on Windsor-Detroit 25% Challenge. We are working with bridge and tunnel operators of the Detroit-Windsor gateway to develop a number of innovations that will reduce the transit times along the Detroit-Windsor corridor. On June 9, 2005, agreements were reached that are expected to increase capacity on the U.S. side of the Blue Water Bridge by 17 per cent. Improvements at the Detroit-Windsor gateway are planned for Summer/Fall 2005.

• Expanding infrastructure at Nogales, Arizona. We have completed the reviews necessary to approve construction of two new commercial lanes at Nogales, Arizona. The formal documentation is expected to be issued by the end of June 2005. Construction is expected to begin shortly thereafter.

• Science & Technology Cooperation. The Canada-U.S. Public Security Technical Program has completed a comprehensive Coordinated Risk Assessment to form the basis for identifying and prioritizing major collaborative science and technology initiatives across all homeland security mission areas. The final report is expected to be completed in late summer 2005.

• Nexus Marine Pilot. The United States and Canada implemented the NEXUS-Marine pilot in Windsor-Detroit for seasonal boaters in April 2005.

• Preclearance Site. We have identified the site for the second Canada-U.S. land preclearance pilot: at the Thousand Islands Bridge, all Canadian border operations would be re-located from Lansdowne, Ontario to Alexandria Bay, New York.

• WCO Framework. We have agreed to trilaterally support, and to each promote implementation, assuming a favorable vote, of the proposed WCO Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade.

• Joint Initial Verification Team Examinations . By the end of May 2005, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) - Transport Canada Joint Initial Verification Team (JIVT) had completed 94 joint verification exams , since the start of the 2005 Seaway season . The Team jointly examined vessels to ensure they were in substantial compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code regulations before they were allowed to enter the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes .

• Port Security Exercises. Between May 9-11, 2005, the United States and Canada conducted three port security exercises to evaluate joint response capability to terrorist attacks along the U.S. / Canadian border of the Great Lakes between Sault Ste. Marie and Detroit.

Promoting Growth, Competitiveness and Quality of Life

Key Themes and Initiatives

On March 23, 2005, President Bush, President Fox and Prime Minister Martin committed our countries to enhancing North American competitiveness and improving the quality of life of our people. On that basis they tasked Ministers and officials, in consultation with stakeholders, to develop workplans that would give effect to that fundamental goal.

Over the past 90 days, ten working groups have been created to develop detailed workplans on prosperity and quality of life, identifying concrete, forward-looking strategies and initiatives. These initiatives form a broad and ambitious agenda of collaboration aimed at transforming important sectors of our economies and ensuring that our citizens benefit from high standards of safety and health, and joint stewardship of our environment.

I. Making North America the Best Place to do Business

The competitiveness of North American firms depends on a number of factors influencing the business environment. The three countries have identified key drivers of competitiveness and have agreed on the following priorities:

Enhancing and Streamlining Regulatory Processes in North America

• We will develop a trilateral Regulatory Cooperation Framework by 2007 to support and enhance existing, as well as encourage new cooperation among regulators, including at the outset of the regulatory process.

• The framework will aim to strengthen cooperation among regulators and encourage the compatibility of regulations and the reduction of redundant testing and certification requirements, while maintaining high standards of health and safety.

Fake Free North America

• Protection of intellectual property is key to sustaining an innovative economy. We will seek to develop a coordinated strategy by 2006, aimed at combating counterfeiting and piracy, and focusing on:

• Enhancing detection and deterrence of counterfeiting and piracy;

• Expanding public awareness and outreach efforts regarding trade in pirated and counterfeit goods; and,

• Developing measurements to assess progress over time and to estimate the magnitude of the problem.

Expanding Duty Free Treatment by Liberalizing the Rules of Origin

• Ongoing liberalization of rules of origin will help improve the competitiveness of our industries by reducing transaction costs and facilitating cross-border trade in goods. Building on the work of our three countries in implementing changes to rules of origin agreed under the first round of negotiations, we have agreed to a second round of changes and commit to complete negotiations on an ambitious third round of changes by May 1, 2006. This will expand duty free treatment through rules of origin liberalization, covering at least $30 billion in trilateral trade by 2007.

II. Sectoral Collaboration to Enhance North American Competitiveness

We are committed to continue working to identify the factors affecting the competitiveness of the North American economy. To help Governments identify these issues, we will build on the work of existing organizations, which will provide strategic advice on ways to strengthen the North American economy in areas such as improving the flow of people and goods, supply chains and regulatory cooperation. While the efforts will be private sector led, governments, policy experts and other stakeholders will also participate.

Many sectors of our economies are already well integrated and provide valuable lessons for other sectors of the North American economy. We believe that we can learn from these industries and work with them to ensure that they continue to thrive in the global economy. In that context, we will pursue a number of sectoral initiatives, including:

Steel: A Strategic Partnership – A Strategic Industry

• We will put in place a North American Steel Strategy by 2006 that will promote growth, competitiveness and prosperity. The strategy will be developed and implemented through the North American Steel Trade Committee (NASTC), which has been a leading example of sectoral cooperation among the three governments and industry. The NASTC will focus on:

• Pursuing the elimination of distortions adversely affecting North American steel markets, including through policy coordination and other actions;

• Reducing the costs and risks of North American steel trade through proactive measures to facilitate such trade, with improved monitoring to enhance understanding of the North American steel market; and

• Promoting steel industry competitiveness and productivity through innovation and market development.

Moving towards a Fully Integrated Auto Sector

• We will also establish an Automotive Partnership Council of North America that will support the ongoing competitiveness of the automotive and auto parts sector. The Council will help identify the full spectrum of issues that impact the industry, ranging from regulation, innovation, transportation infrastructure, and border facilitation.

Creating a Sustainable Energy Economy for North America

• Creating a sustainable energy economy for North America is in the vital interest of all three countries. Reliable, affordable energy is critical to the prosperity and security of our peoples. We are taking action to create a policy environment that will promote the sustainable supply and use of energy in North America.

• To that end, we affirm our commitment in pursuing joint cooperation in the areas of: regulation , energy efficiency, natural gas including liquefied natural gas (LNG), science and technology, reliability of electricity transmission grids, oil sands production, nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and energy information, statistics and projections.

• Recognizing the importance of natural gas to North America's energy future, we are announcing a trilateral gas initiative to address a range of issues related to the natural gas market in North America, including: production, transportation, transmission, distribution, consumption, trade, interconnections and LNG as well as projections for the future. This initiative also focuses on transparency of regulations, laws and siting processes in the three countries to promote enhanced regional trade and investment.

• The three countries have established a regulators' expert group, recognizing that appropriate coordination of their efforts will promote the public interest through increased efficiency, expedited and coordinated action on significant energy infrastructure projects, and cost savings to both the public and regulated entities. All agree that the regulatory efforts of the Canada's National Energy Board (NEB), the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Mexico's Comision Reguladora de Energia (CRE) will benefit from increased communication and cooperation concerning the timing and other procedural aspects of related matters that may be pending before all three agencies.

• Canada and the United States have established a working group on electricity reliability which will coordinate their guidance to the North American Electricity Reliability Council (NERC) and regional councils, concerning an Electricity Reliability Organization (ERO) that can operate on an international basis. Mexico will take initial steps to join this Working Group, with the goal of a coordinated trilateral North American reliability effort.

• The three countries will strengthen technical and scientific cooperation in the field of energy that includes initiatives to promote cleaner and more efficient energy resources and technologies.

Air Transportation: Expanding our Horizons

• We will put in place a plan by 2007 aimed at improving the safety and efficiency of North American air navigation system and expanding air transportation opportunities. Our aim is to reach agreement on new opportunities for commercial aviation, have a compatible regulatory regime to facilitate business aviation among all three countries, increase air capacity and enhance aviation safety and air navigation.

• The United States and Mexico will work toward the development of a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement. The United States will support Mexico's efforts to strengthen its oversight of Mexican companies that produce parts and components for the aerospace industry. With this purpose, and at the demonstration of sufficient production surveillance, Mexico and the United States will sign a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) for production oversight support. This MOC would be the first concrete step toward the eventual conclusion of a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement, under which certain Mexican aeronautical parts and products would be eligible for export to the United States, which will benefit Mexican industry.

Safer, Faster and More Efficient Border Crossings

• New, enhanced mechanisms will support binational border planning, information sharing and communications through the U.S.-Canada Transportation Border Working Group and the U.S.-Mexico Joint Working Committee on Transportation Planning. The United States and Canada will complete a border infrastructure compendium and develop an implementation plan for priority infrastructure investments at key land border ports of entry, improve border trade and traffic information, improve the cross-border movement of people and goods, enhance use of supporting technologies and improve border transportation planning and coordination. Methods for detecting bottlenecks on the U.S.-Mexico border will be developed and low cost/high impact projects identified in bottleneck studies will be constructed or implemented. New, secure SENTRI travel lanes will be constructed by 2006 and the United States and Mexico will work toward implementation of a secure cross-border commuter service between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.

Free and Secure Electronic Commerce

• I n June 2005, our three countries signed a Framework of Common Principles for Electronic Commerce. The Framework will promote the growth of online business and streamline transborder electronic commerce procedures while building consumer confidence through privacy protection, and a shared approach to cross-border recognition of electronic signatures and documents. We will begin to work together immediately to implement the Framework.

Beyond these sectoral initiatives, we propose to pay particular attention to the important role that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) play in driving innovation, job creation and economic growth. We will consult with SME stakeholders on ways of addressing their particular challenges with respect to streamlining the movement of low-risk traffic across our borders, regulatory cooperation and the reduction of paper burden.

Enabling Our People

• To better prepare our people to deal with the challenges of the knowledge-based economy, the three countries will, by mid 2006, better coordinate and enhance the current efforts under the Partnership for Prosperity and the Canada-Mexico Partnership. The aim of this initiative is to empower our people through enhanced higher education , academic exchanges , and common research and development initiatives, so as to better prepare our human capital for the future.

III. Making North America the Best Place to Live

To make North America the best place to live, our countries will implement a series of measures that will enhance the quality of our environment, ensure high standards of safety for our food supply and promote and protect the health of our citizens. Specifically, we are committing to pursue the following:

Clean Air, Clean Water: Protecting People and our Environment .

• Our three countries will work together to:

• Increase domestic supply of low-sulphur fuels in Mexico, through significant investment by Mexico, supported by technical assistance and capacity-building from the U.S. and Canada.

• Address ship-source air pollution through coordinated data gathering, marine emissions inventory development, and air quality modeling.

• Launch the joint Canada-U.S. review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

• Promote ballast water management strategies in North America, demonstrating our collective commitment to combat invasive alien species.

• Seek to conclude a trans-boundary environmental impact assessment cooperation agreement for proposed projects by June 2007.

Access to a Safe and Reliable Food Supply

• We will establish or identify a North American food safety coordinating mechanism to facilitate the:

• Cooperative design and development of common standards, where appropriate;

• Review of existing food safety standards to identify and assess, on a scientific basis, differences with a view to removing, where warranted and appropriate, those identified differences; and,

• Sharing of information on food safety matters to protect and advance public health in North America.

• We will cooperate on a North American basis to speed up identification, management and recovery from food safety, animal and plant disease hazards.

Healthier North America

• We will work on many fronts to ensure a coordinated and strategic approach to address common public health issues and concerns. We will work together to improve mechanisms to share information, build on each others' knowledge and expertise, and improve capacity and cooperation by:

• Putting in place protocols for mutual assistance and support to prevent, protect against, and respond to cross-border public health emergencies. These protocols will facilitate the exchange of liaison officers between national public health agencies, and the coordination and exchange of personnel and medical supplies.

• Developing a regional plan to combat influenza, through the Global Health Security Initiative, that will facilitate the sharing of information (e.g., vaccine clinical trials) and the coordination of approaches to common regional issues related to preparedness (e.g., border issues).

• Building upon existing laboratory-based surveillance initiatives in North America by finalizing the Canada-US Memorandum of Understanding related to PulseNet, examining methods to improve the monitoring of pathogens and establishing an infectious disease early warning system.

• Establishing a North American mechanism to facilitate information-sharing on the safety of pharmaceutical products to protect and advance public health in North America.

Securing North America from External and Internal Threats and further Streamlining the Secure Movement of Low-Risk Traffic across our Shared Borders

Key Themes and Initiatives

President Bush, President Fox and Prime Minister Martin committed our countries on March 23, 2005, to:

“establish a common approach to security to protect North America from external threats, prevent and respond to threats within North American, and to further streamline the secure and efficient movement of legitimate, low risk traffic across our shared border.”

Our countries have made major advances since 9/11 in developing improved security policies, systems and processes. With our improved and expanding relations at all levels, we now have opportunities to further our common security goals in an evolving and strengthened North American relationship. Over the past three months, experts from the United States, Mexico and Canada have developed specific plans and objectives to meet these goals. These North American plans and objectives, once fully implemented by the bilateral and trilateral working groups now engaged, will bring transformational improvements to our common security goals, specifically:

I. Securing North America from External Threats

We have established plans to develop and implement comparable processes which produce consistent outcomes for screening individuals prior to departure and at first point of entry into North America, as well as to develop and implement compatible screening methods for goods and cargo prior to departure from a foreign port and at the first point of entry to North America. These strategies include commitments on:

• Biometrics and secure documentation vision. We will work to develop systems that prevent high-risk travelers from coming to North America, and facilitate legitimate travel to and within North America, by enhancing our ability to verify traveler identities.

• We will test technology and make recommendations, over the next 12 months, to enhance the use of biometrics in screening travelers destined to North America with a view to developing compatible biometric border and immigration systems.

• We will develop standards for lower-cost secure proof of status and nationality documents to facilitate cross-border travel, and work to achieve optimal production before January 1, 2008.

• We will devise a single, integrated global enrollment program for North American trusted traveler programs within the next 36 months.

• Real-time information sharing. We will ensure real-time information sharing on high-risk individuals and cargo, and thereby better enable our Governments to prevent them from entering North America, including by:

• Negotiating terrorist screening information agreements and examining other appropriate linkages between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

• Completing the negotiation of the Canada-U.S. visa information sharing agreement within 18 months.

• Finalizing protocols to share information on high-risk cargo.

• Compatible screening standards . We will implement compatible border security measures so that we can better screen out high risk individuals and cargo before they depart for North America, including by :

• Developing a reciprocal mechanism within 12 months to inform visa-free travel program country reviews.

• Developing benchmarks on procedures and policies for visitor visa processing , including security screening, visa validity, length of stay, quality control measures and access to appeal or review, within 9 months.

• Developing compatible criteria for the posting of lookouts of suspected terrorists and criminals within 9 months.

• Export controls for radioactive sources. Within 18 months, we will implement import /export control programs, consistent with newly established international standards, to minimize the risk of illicit movements of radioactive materials that could be used for malicious purposes such as “dirty bombs”.

• Bioprotection . Within 24 months, we will develop a coordinated strategy to identify and manage threats to our food supply and agricultural sectors, consistent with each country's legislation, and share approaches of determining risk from imported foods.

II. Preventing and Responding to Threats within North America

In North America, we have established plans for equivalent approaches to strengthen aviation security, to enhance maritime transportation and port security, to combat transnational threats to the United States , Canada, and Mexico, including terrorism, organized crime, illegal drugs, migrant and contraband smuggling and trafficking, to enhance partnerships on intelligence and information sharing, and to develop and implement a common approach to critical infrastructure protection, and response to cross-border terrorist incidents and, as applicable, natural disasters. These strategies include commitments on:

• Preparedness. We will implement a comprehensive North American program to ensure that our Governments are prepared to respond to large-scale incidents, including by:

• Developing protocols within 12 months to manage incidents that impact border operations.

• Strengthening capabilities to respond to maritime incidents and minimize the impact on maritime commerce.

• Developing a comprehensive law enforcement strategy to respond to transnational terrorist incidents in North America.

• Ensuring interoperability of communications systems used in response operations.

• Drafting and signing protocols for mutual assistance and support in response to a cross-border public health emergency.

• Conducting a preparedness exercise in advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler.

• Critical Infrastructure Protection. We will complete coordinated vulnerability assessments to identify our critical cross-border infrastructure and seek to enhance its protection.

• Mari t ime and Aviation Security. We will develop and implement a comprehensive North American approach to strengthening maritime and aviation security, including by:

• Developing comparable standards and procedures for the screening of aviation passengers, hold baggage and cargo and by working together on passenger assessment programs that reflect each nation's legislation.

• Developing and implementing plans to make port and vessel security regimes more compatible to secure our contiguous waters, and to enhance coordination of regional operations to secure our maritime borders.

• U.S.- Mexico Border Enforcement against Smuggling Organizations. We will form intelligence sharing task force pilots to target cross border criminal activity, in particular criminal gang and trafficking organization networks, and thereby reduce violence along the border.

• U.S.-Canada Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway Enforcement Program. We will develop coordinated maritime law enforcement programs on the St. Lawrence Seaway/Great Lakes systems with a specific interest in interdicting smugglers/traffickers and ensuring border security.

III. Further Streamlining the Secure Movement of Low-Risk Traffic across our Shared Borders

We have also developed a border facilitation plan to build capacity and improve the flow of legitimate trade and travel at ports of entry within North America. This strategy includes commitments on:

• Working with local stakeholders along the border to make our existing infrastructure more efficient, for example by considering the expansion of the Detroit/Windsor 25% challenge to other land border crossings where applicable.

• Evaluating and making recommendations for expanding the Vancouver NEXUS -Air pilot to other U.S. air preclearance sites in Canada and examining feasibility of expanding the eligibility for NEXUS-Air to include Mexican nationals, within six months.

• Completing negotiations of a formal Canada-U.S. land preclearance agreement within 6 months, contingent on legislative amendments.

• Considering programs to substantially reduce transit times and border congestion like partnering with state, provincial and local governments and the private sector to establish “low-risk” port of entry pilots for the exclusive use of those enrolled in our trusted trade and traveler programs.

• Assessing feasibility of further streamlining FAST processing at ports of entry.

• Expanding the SENTRI program to priority ports of entry within 12 months.

Texas Farmers Furious Over Superhighway
Thu Jul 20, 2006 2:16 PM ED Tus-news, texas, leroy-walters, superhighway
Kelley Shannon, AP Writer
HILLSBORO, TEXAS — Leroy Walters has survived many a threat on the farm that has been in his family for 120 years — droughts, hailstorms, tornadoes, grasshopper attacks.

But now he sees a manmade danger on the horizon: a colossal, 600-mile superhighway that will plow clear across the state of Texas, perhaps cutting through Walters' sorghum and corn fields, obliterating the family's houses and robbing his grandchildren of their land.

"I don't think they're going to want to pay a toll to go across this land," he said. "They want to enjoy it free, as Texans should enjoy it."

That kind of fear and anger among farmers and other landowners across the Texas countryside could become a political problem for Republican Gov. Rick Perry as he runs for re-election in November.

It was Perry who proposed the Trans Texas Corridor in 2002, envisioning a combined toll road and rail system that would whisk traffic along a megahighway stretching from the Oklahoma line to Mexico.

The Oklahoma-to-Mexico stretch would be just the first link in a 4,000-mile, $184 billion network. The corridors would be up to a quarter-mile across, consisting of as many as six lanes for cars and four for trucks, plus railroad tracks, oil and gas pipelines, water and other utility lines, and broadband cables.

The exact route for the cross-Texas corridor has not yet been drawn up, though it will probably be somewhere within a 10-mile-wide swath running parallel to Interstate 35. Whatever course it takes, it is clear many farmers and property owners will lose their land, though they will be compensated by the state. Construction could begin by 2010.

The opposition comes in several forms: Some see it as an assault on private property rights; some object to putting the project in foreign hands (it will be built and operated by a U.S.-Spanish consortium); and some see the project as an affront to open government because part of the contract with Cintra-Zachry is secret.

Of Perry's major opponents — Democrat Chris Bell and independents Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman — Strayhorn has stirred the most fury.

At campaign stops she calls the plan the "Trans Texas Catastrophe," a "$184 billion boondoggle" and a "land grab" of historic proportions. She refers to Perry's appointees on the transportation commission as "highway henchmen." She lets loose with Texas-twanged jabs at the contract with the "foreign" Cintra-Zachry.

"Texans want the Texas Department of Transportation, not the European Department of Transportation," she says, often to loud applause, whoops and hollers.

Cintra-Zachry is paying $7.2 billion to develop the first segment. For that, it will get to operate the road and collect tolls for years to come. It is part of a growing privatization trend in the United States.

A week ago, Strayhorn picked up a $6,500 campaign donation and endorsement from the Blackland Coalition, a group of anti-corridor farmers who work the rich black soil of central Texas.

Coalition chairman Chris Hammel said Texas needs a new governor who will halt the corridor project, start over and do it right. "One man started it with a pen. One person with a different pen could stop it," he said.

Perry's spokesman, Robert Black, dismissed suggestions that the toll road will hurt the governor's re-election campaign.

"The governor recognizes the concerns that rural Texans have. Remember, he's from rural Texas," Black said. "But he also believes that you have people out there who are spreading bad information."

Supporters say the corridors are needed to handle the expected NAFTA-driven boom in the flow of goods to and from Mexico and handle Texas' growing population.

Despite a state attorney general's ruling that the Cintra-Zachry contract be made public, the Perry administration has gone to court to prevent the disclosure of what is says is proprietary information.

"We don't know for sure whether this is a concept that we can endorse or not because we have not seen it," complained Mayor Will Lowrance of Hillsboro, a town of 8,200 people 55 miles south of Dallas. "I happen to still believe in the open records law in Texas."

Hill County Judge Kenneth Davis, who like Lowrance is a conservative Democrat supporting Strayhorn, agreed with Lowrance and added: "If we're going to build a highway in Texas, let's build it with Texas money, not a foreign company's money."

Both local leaders dislike the rural location under consideration for the corridor route because it bypasses Hillsboro.

George Herbert Walker Bush, father of President George W. Bush:

Bush spoke before Congress on Sept. 11, 1990, delivering a speech which he entitled "Toward a New World Order". Addressing the subject of his Gulf War, he made his first public utterance of his, and his rich cronies" plans for a world imperialism in stating that the war in Iraq was "...a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times...a new world order can emerge."


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