Congress debate begins on North America Union
Resolution calls for end of NAFTA superhighway, abandonment of integration with Canada, MexicoWORLDNETDAILY - By Jerome R. Corsi - September 25, 2007A House resolution urging President Bush "not to go forward with the North American Union or the NAFTA Superhighway system" is - according to its sponsor Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va., in an exclusive WND interview - "also a message to both the executive branch and the legislative branch." As WND previously reported, on Jan. 22 Goode introduced H.C.R. 40, titled "Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System or enter into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada." The bill has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.WND asked Goode if the president was risking electoral success for the Republican Party in 2008 with his insistence on pushing for North American integration via the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP. "Yes," Goode answered. "You won't hear the leadership in the Republic Party admit it, but there are many in the House and Senate who know that illegal immigration has to be stopped and legal immigration has to be reduced. We are giving away the country so a few very rich people can get richer."How did he react when President Bush referred to those who suggest the SPP could turn into the North American Union as "conspiracy theorists"? "The president is really engaging in a play on words," Goode responded. "The secretary of transportation came before our subcommittee," he explained, "and I had the opportunity to ask her some questions about the NAFTA Superhighway. Of course, she answered, 'There's no NAFTA Superhighway.' But then Mary Peters proceeded to discuss the road system that would come up from Mexico and go through the United States up into Canada."Goode is a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development of the House Committee on Appropriations. "So, I think that saying we're 'conspiracy theorists' or something like that is really just a play on words with the intent to demonize the opposition," Goode concluded. - - - -
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Congress tells Bush: Back off SPP agenda
Lawmakers' letter warns 'stealth' effort to 'harmonize' could undermine securityWORLDNETDAILY - By Jerome R. Corsi - August 17, 2007Twenty-two members of the U.S. House of Representatives - 21 Republicans and a Democrat - are urging President Bush to back off his North American integration efforts when he attends the third summit meeting on the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America next week in Montebello, Quebec. They make it clear that continuing any such agenda at this point would be disregarding growing apprehension in Congress about the plans. "As you travel to Montebello, Canada later this month for a summit with your Canadian and Mexican counterparts, we want you to be aware of serious and growing concerns in the U.S. Congress about the so- called Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) you launched with these nations in 2005," the letter said.While the letter authors express their support for the president's "desire to promote good relations with our neighbors to the north and south," they are worried about the secretive manner in which SPP is being conducted and concerned it "may actually undermine our security and sovereignty.""For instance," the letter said, "measures that would make it easier to move goods and people across borders could have the effect of further weakening this country's ability to secure its frontiers and prevent illegal immigration."The letter also cited documents obtained by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act Request that suggest, "Such secretiveness seems not to be accidental." WND was among the first news organizations to obtain and publish the agenda and the list of attendees for a secret North American Forum meeting held at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada, from September 12-14, 2006. The meeting was closed to the press and the documents obtained by WND were marked "Internal Document, Not for Public Release."Judicial Watch also used a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain a set of notes from the Pentagon attendees at the secret Banff meeting. One particularly disturbing comment was noted in the official conference record of the speeches given, as recorded in the "Rapporteur Notes" obtained by the Judicial Watch FOIA request. In Section VI of the conference, entitled "Border Infrastructure and Continental Prosperity," the reporter summarized as follows: To what degree does the concept of North America help/hinder solving problems between the three countries?
Vision is helpful A secure perimeter would bring enormous benefit
While a vision is appealing working on the infrastructure might yield more benefit and bring more people on board ("evolution by stealth") Reflecting on those perceptions, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, "It is not encouraging to see the phrase 'evolution by stealth' in reference to important policy debates such as North American integration and cooperation. These documents provide more information to Americans concerned about the Security and Prosperity Partnership. The more transparency the better." The members also noted in their letter the amendment added by Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., to the transportation funding bill. As WND reported, Hunter successfully offered an amendment to H.R.3074, the Transportation Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2008, prohibiting the use of federal funds to participate in SPP-related working group meetings in the future. The members noted in their letter that, "This vote is an indication of the serious concerns felt by those of us in Congress and by our constituents about this initiative - concerns that will only be intensified if pursuit of the SPP continues out of public view and without congressional oversight or approval." The last paragraph of the letter called upon the president "not to pledge or agree to any further movement in connection with the SPP at the upcoming North American summit." The letter concluded that, "in the interest of transparency and accountability, we urge you to bring to the Congress whatever provisions have already been agreed upon and those now being pursued or contemplated as part of this initiative, for the purpose of obtaining authorization through the normal legislative process." Signatories to the letter included the following members of the House of Representatives: - - - -See Link Below for Full List of Signatories
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'Declaration of North American Integration' unearthed
Activist points to mayor's endorsement on document signed by 90 leadersWORLDNETDAILY - By Jerome R. Corsi - July 25, 2007The endorsement by a major city mayor of a document described as "The Declaration of North American Integration" represents a long-term effort by local governments to bypass state and federal governments and work directly with Mexico and Canada to create agreements that integrate the continent below the radar screen, charges an activist. Adam Rott, founder of watchdog blog Oklahoma Corridor Watch, brought to light the document signed by Mayor Mick Cornett. The document was presented at the May 2004 summit meeting of the North American International Trade Corridor Partnership, or NAITCP. According to an Internet-archived summary report of the meeting, held in Kansas City, Mo., the document was signed by 90 people. Rott told WND he created Oklahoma Corridor Watch because, "I saw the efforts in Texas by Internet blogs such as Texas Corridor Watch and Texas Toll Party to get the word out in Texas about the Trans-Texas Corridor. I wanted to warn Oklahoma about plans to extend the Trans-Texas Corridor along Interstate 35 north into our state."Rott said it should be clear to everyone "that the international business interests and government officials working with them do not intend to stop the four-football-fields wide TTC-35 at the Texas border with Oklahoma." "Oklahoma has been at work for almost 15 years to get I-35 designated as a NAFTA superhighway," Rott said. "I want to wake Oklahomans up to the reality that Oklahoma is on the front lines of the battle being waged by investment bankers, foreign investment consortia and politicians who stand to benefit to expand the TTC-35 north into Oklahoma." WND contacted Cornett's office for comment, but the mayor did not respond. "What is so diabolical about Cornett's signature is that it has largely remained hidden from view since 2004," Rott charged. "It is disturbing to think that councilmen and councilwomen who live in our communities are working for North American integration in the mistaken notion that globalism will result in local economic development."Roth is skeptical of the promise North American integration holds for economic development in Oklahoma. "What we see is the sovereignty of the U.S. being compromised at a local level, and we have yet to see where globalism has benefited Oklahoma City," he said. "Our manufacturing base is deteriorating in Oklahoma City as plants close and multinational corporations outsource from Oklahoma to get cheaper workers in international markets." - - - -
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Bush doesn't deny plans for N. American Union
President avoids question, ridicules 'conspiracy theorists' who believe it
And he must think that we are nothing but a bunch of morons who will believe anything he saysBE/\LERT!
WORLDNETDAILY - August 21, 2007
MONTEBELLO, Quebec - President Bush today sidestepped a direct question about whether he'd be willing to categorically deny there is a plan to create the North American Union.
Instead, he ridiculed those who believe that is taking place as conspiracy theorists.
The exchange came at a news conference held by Bush, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who met at a resort in Quebec to discuss their latest work on the Security and Prosperity Partnership.
After the trio presented their prepared statement about the SPP, several reporters who had been selected in advance were allowed to ask questions.
When it came time for a question from a Fox News reporter, Bush was asked if he would be willing to categorically deny that there is a plan to create a North American Union, or that there are plans to create NAFTA Superhighways.
"As you three leaders meet here, there are a growing number of people in each of your countries who have expressed concern about the Security and Prosperity Partnership. This is addressed to all three of you. Can you say today that this is not a prelude to a North American Union, similar to a European Union? Are there plans to build some kind of superhighway connecting all three countries? And do you believe all of these theories about a possible erosion of national identity stem from a lack of transparency from this partnership?" was the question, according to a White House transcript.
Reporters at the news conference said he sidestepped, instead adopting the tactic that those who are arguing the European Union model of integrating nations into a larger continental union is being used in North America should be ridiculed.
He called it an old political scare tactic, to try to create a wild conspiracy and then demand that those who "are not engaged" prove that it isn't happening.
Bush's answer was:
"We represent three great nations. We each respect each other's sovereignty. You know, there are some who would like to frighten our fellow citizens into believing that relations between us are harmful for our respective peoples. I just believe they're wrong. I believe it's in our interest to trade; I believe it's in our interest to dialogue; I believe it's in our interest to work out common problems for the good of our people.
"And I'm amused by some of the speculation, some of the old - you can call them political scare tactics. If you've been in politics as long as I have, you get used to that kind of technique where you lay out a conspiracy and then force people to try to prove it doesn't exist. That's just the way some people operate. I'm here representing my nation. I feel strongly that the United States is a force for good, and I feel strongly that by working with our neighbors we can a stronger force for good.
"So I appreciate that question. I'm amused by the difference between what actually takes place in the meetings and what some are trying to say takes place. It's quite comical, actually, when you realize the difference between reality and what some people are talking on TV about."
Harper joined in. There's not going to be any NAFTA Superhighway connecting the three nations, he said, and it's "not going to go interplanetary either," he said.
Harper said the SPP discussions that were held concerned such pressing issues as jelly beans. He said the business interests expressing their desires for progress on the SPP noted there were different standards in the United States and Canada, and there was a discussion about whether those standards could be made uniform for the U.S. and Canada.
Bush's comments echoed the comments published just a day earlier in the Ottawa Citizen by David Wilkins, the U.S. ambassador to Canada.
"While conspiracy theories abound, you can take it to the bank that no one involved in these discussions is interested in, or has ever proposed, a 'North American Union,' a 'North American super highway,' or a 'North American currency,'" he wrote.
"The United States, Canada and Mexico are three distinct, sovereign countries that practice democracy differently," he wrote. "Each proudly defends its own interests. But our leaders also recognize that we share a continent in this post-Sept. 11 world, where terrorism is but one threat. We have a vested interest in working together to prevent potential threats outside North America - like those posed by pandemic flu or improperly labeled foods, for example - from penetrating our borders.
Wilkins wrote that the nations also are "exploring ways to detect radiological threats and coordinating emergency efforts along our borders in the event of a man-made or natural disaster. It just makes sense when you share thousands of miles of common border to share a common emergency-management plan."
He said another goal is to reduce the cost of doing business across national borders.
However, Jerome Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D. whose newly published book, "The Late Great USA," uses the government's own documentation to show the advance of a North American Union, said ridicule is the "last resort of someone who is losing an argument."
Such tactics, Corsi said, "underestimate the intelligence of people listening, and people realize that the argument wasn't answered."
At the news conference, he noted, Bush failed to respond to the Fox News question with a denial of the plans for a North American Union.
And, Corsi said, "Bush did not address the fact that Texas Gov. Rick Perrry vetoed a two-year moratorium on the Trans-Texas Corridor project," believed to be the starting point for an eventual continent-wide grid of NAFTA Superhighways.
"Just to ridicule the idea, when he had a chance to categorically deny it, raises doubts in peoples' minds, especially when these meetings aren't transparent," Corsi added.
The meeting this week, which focused on economic issues, was attended by representatives of dozens of multinational corporations anxious to have their manufacturing and sales processes smoothed.
However, Corsi said, "not one person who objects is permitted inside the room."
At the same time, Bush did affirm that there is a plan under consideration for the United States to provide military assistance to Mexico's military in its battles in the drug war, although officials were not ready to announce what that plan includes.
The three national leaders simply affirmed that drug trade is a continental problem and would demand a continental solution.
The formal statement from the three leaders referred to the "opportunities and challenges facing North America and [the need] to establish priorities for our further collaboration."
They said the three nations already have agreed to a North American plan for avian and pandemic influenza, a "Regulatory Cooperation Framework," an intellectual property action strategy and a "Trilateral Agreement for Cooperation in Energy Science and Technology."
"The North American Competitiveness Council (NACC), announced last year in Cancun, has provided us with thoughtful recommendations on how we could strengthen the competitive platform for business," the statement said.
The statement said the Regulatory Cooperation Framework will allow various rules to be streamlined across borders.
"In the coming year, we ask our ministers to consider work in areas, such as the chemicals, automotive, transportation, and information and communications technology sectors," the statement said.
And the Intellectual Property Action Strategy "also gives us an invaluable tool for combating counterfeiting and piracy, which undermine innovation, harm economic development and can have negative public-health and safety implications," the three said.
Food safety and border security also were discussed. "Our governments will continue to address the safety of food and products imported into North America, while facilitating the significant trade in these products that our countries already have and without imposing unnecessary barriers to trade," the leaders said.
"It is sometimes best to screen goods and travelers prior to entry into North America. We ask our ministers to develop mutually acceptable inspection protocols to detect threats to our security, such as from incoming travelers during a pandemic and from radiological devices on general aviation," the statement said.
But protesters who staged events in Ottawa as the meetings were moving forward, warned of the integration and harmonizing the SPP seeks.
"The SPP is pursuing an agenda to integrate Mexico and Canada in closed-door sessions that are getting underway today in Montebello," Howard Phillips, the chairman of the Coalition to Block the North American Union, told an earlier press conference in Ottawa.
"We are here to register our protest," Phillips added, "along with the protests of thousands of Americans who agree with us that the SPP is a globalist agenda driven by the multi-national corporate interests and intellectual elite who together have launched an attack upon the national sovereignty of the United States, Canada and Mexico."
Connie Fogel, head of the Canadian Action Party, agreed with Phillips.
"Canadians are complaining that the SPP process lacks transparency," Fogel told the press conference. "Transparency is a major issue, but even if the SPP working groups were open to the public, we would still object to their goal to advance the North American integration agenda at the expense of Canadian sovereignty."
Now Cheney chimes in: Ain't no superhighways
VP latest to make official denial, some call it 'gaming semantics
'WORLDNETDAILY - By Jerome R. Corsi - July 29, 2007
Despite evidence to the contrary, Vice President Dick Cheney says there is no "secret plan" to create a continent-crossing superhighway to help facilitate a merger of the United States, Mexico and Canada.
"The Administration is not engaged in a secret plan to create a 'NAFTA super highway,'" asserts Cheney in a recent letter to a constituent, according to a copy of the message obtained by WND.
The vice president's letter quotes an Aug. 21 statement from the U.S. Department of Transportation that, "The concept of a super highway has been around since the early 1990s, usually in the form of a claim that the U.S. Department of Transportation is going to designate such a highway."
DOT then refutes the claim, stating, "The Department of Transportation has never had the statutory authority to designate a NAFTA super highway and has never sought such authority."
The DOT statement then retracts the absolute nature of that statement, qualifying that, "The Department of Transportation will continue to cooperate with the State transportation departments in the I-35 corridor as they upgrade this vital interstate highway to meet 21st century needs. However, these efforts are the routine activities of a Department that cooperates with all the state transportation departments to improve the Nation's intermodal transportation network."
The DOT statement cited by the vice president seems to model the denial recently fashioned by the North America's SuperCorridor Coalition, Inc., or NASCO, on its website.
There NASCO states, "There a no plans to build a new NAFTA Superhighway - it exists today as I-35."
The coalition continues to distinguish its support for a North American "SuperCorridor" from a "NAFTA Superhighway," asserting that a "SuperCorridor is not 'Super-sized." The website then claims NASCO uses the term "SuperCorridor" to demonstrate "we are more than just a highway coalition."
In a July 21, 2006, internal e-mail obtained by WND under a Missouri Sunshine Law request, Tiffany Melvin, executive director of NASCO, cautions "NASCO friends and members" that, "We have to stay away from 'SuperCorridor' because it is a very bad, hot button right now." - - - -Read Full Report
Corsi: Bush could elect Hillary
Says GOP risks loss by ridiculing questions about 'North American Union'
WORLDNETDAILY - September 22, 2007Speaking yesterday in St. Louis at Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Council meeting, WND staff reporter Jerome Corsi predicted the Republican Party risks losing the 2008 presidential election and two-thirds of the House and the Senate if President Bush continues to ridicule questions about a possible North American Union as "conspiracy theories" while continuing to press an active integration with Mexico and Canada in the remaining months of his second term.
Calling Karl Rove the architect not only of the Republican electoral victory in 2004 but also of the Republican electoral defeat in 2006, Corsi told the group the main issue was immigration.
"Yes, the war in Iraq was an issue in 2006," Corsi acknowledged, "but even Richard Nixon won a landslide in 1972 despite the growing unpopularity of the Vietnam War. The Democrats will lose any time they run a far-left anti-war electoral campaign."
"Yes, the war in Iraq was an issue in 2006," Corsi acknowledged, "but even Richard Nixon won a landslide in 1972 despite the growing unpopularity of the Vietnam War. The Democrats will lose any time they run a far-left anti-war electoral campaign." C-span's Book-TV recorded Corsi's presentation for later broadcast. Corsi asserted in 2006 "grassroots Americans voted against open borders and illegal immigration, whether Karl Rove or the Republican National Party want to admit it, or not." "Every time President Bush pushes to have Mexican trucks cross our borders, the American grassroots feel betrayed," Corsi told the group. "George Bush can put Hillary Clinton in the White House," Corsi said, "and all he has to do is keep ridiculing the idea of a North American Union or NAFTA superhighways, instead of answering the question directly."Corsi contended the Bush administration is not listening to the American people, "not even when the House and the Senate vote overwhelmingly in bi- partisan majorities to take the funds for the Mexican trucking demonstration project as a last ditch effort to stop the Department of Transportation from letting unsafe Mexican trucks from rolling across the borders." - - - -Read Full Report
Government policy set by businesses?
Judicial Watch seeks documents about decision- making process
WORLDNETDAILY - July 27, 2007Judicial Watch, the watchdog group that seeks out and prosecutes government corruption, has gone to court seeking information about a group of private company officials who apparently have been making recommendations for government policy. The organization is called the North American Competitiveness Council and it is made up of representatives of business in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Its stated goal is to offer recommendations for commerce that would streamline business dealings among the countries. For example, one of its recommendations has been to allow people to cross international boundaries without documentation should there ever be an international disease outbreak. It also has reviewed plans to integrate the Mexican power supply system into the U.S. power grid.Judicial Watch said it filed a notice yesterday with Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez seeking access to the meetings and records of the NACC under a federal open meetings law. "Specifically, Judicial Watch seeks to attend and/or participate in meetings of the NACC and its U.S. component subcommittees, the next meeting of which is reportedly scheduled for Aug. 20, 2007, in Montebello, Quebec, Canada," the group said. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told WND there needs to be disclosure. "Our goal is to open up the process," he said. "It's especially important --- that the meetings be open. Private groups giving advice to the government need to be open." He said the concern for American people is that the private individuals can make private decisions in secret. "But when private individuals start doing government activities, they [need to be accountable,]" he said. - - - -
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U.S. under U.N. law in health emergencyBush's SPP power grab sets stage for military to manage flu threats
WORLDNETDAILY - By Jerome R. Corsi - August 28, 2007The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America summit in Canada released a plan that establishes U.N. law along with regulations by the World Trade Organization and World Health Organization as supreme over U.S. law during a pandemic and sets the stage for militarizing the management of continental health emergencies. The "North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza" was finalized at the SPP summit last week in Montebello, Quebec. At the same time, the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, has created a webpage dedicated to avian flu and has been running exercises in preparation for the possible use of U.S. military forces in a continental domestic emergency involving avian flu or pandemic influenza. With virtually no media attention, in 2005 President Bush shifted U.S. policy on avian flu and pandemic influenza, placing the country under international guidelines not specifically determined by domestic agencies. The policy shift was formalized Sept. 14, 2005, when Bush announced a new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza to a High-Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York.The new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza was designed to supersede an earlier November 2005 Homeland Security report that called for a U.S. national strategy that would be coordinated by the Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Agriculture. The 2005 plan, operative until Bush announced the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, directed the State Department to work with the WHO and U.N., but it does not mention that international health controls are to be considered controlling over relevant U.S. statutes or authorities. Under the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, Bush agreed the U.S. would work through the U.N. system influenza coordinator to develop a continental emergency response plan operating through authorities under the WTO, North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. WND could find no evidence the Bush administration presented the Influenza Partnership plan to Congress for oversight or approval. - - - -
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Civilian prisons coming soon to U.S. Army base near you
Little-noticed regulation allows construction on military installations
WORLDNETDAILY - By Jerome R. Corsi - August 31, 2007The U.S. Army is authorized to create civilian prison labor camps on military installations, according to a little-noticed regulation. The camps are allowed if the request comes from the Federal Bureau of Prisons or state corrections facilities under leasing requirements defined by federal law. WND's discovery of the regulation comes shortly after Bush administration directives expanding presidential powers during an emergency. The Army prison camp policy is defined in Army Regulation 210-35, entitled "Installations: Civilian Inmate Labor Camps," signed Feb. 14, 2005, by Sandra R. Riley, then- administrative assistant to the secretary of the Army. The regulation revises an earlier civilian inmate labor camp regulation signed Dec. 9, 1997, under the Clinton administration. Ned Christensen, spokesman for the U.S. Army Installation Management Command, confirmed to WND the 2005 version of Army Regulation 210-35 is currently valid and fully operative.The regulation specifies "the Army's primary purpose for allowing establishment of prison camps on Army installations is to use the resident nonviolent civilian inmate labor pool to work on the leased portions of the installation." The regulations specify Army personnel running the prison camps will prepare an "In mate Labor Plan" that will comply with 18 U.S.C. 4125 (a), governing civilian inmate labor. - - - -
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Military positioned to launch action - hereColumnist's exposé reveals planning for 'domestic emergencies'
WORLDNETDAILY - June 5, 2007The United States military is being positioned to be put into action under presidential authority in any one of a dozen scenarios within the United States - including natural disasters, epidemics, terrorist attacks, insurrections, or domestic violence including conspiracies, according to a report from WND columnist Jerome R. Corsi. He has concluded that under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, the military of the United States and Canada are turning NORTHCOMM into a domestic military command structure, with authority extending to Mexico, even though Mexico has not formally joined with President Bush the current United States-Canadian NORTHCOM command structure."President Bush appears to have positioned the U.S. military and the National Guard acting under presidential authority to intervene in a wide range of domestic incidents that could occur anywhere in North America," he wrote. He cited a number of developments, including the 2002 order establishing NORTHCOM as response for "homeland defense" of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and parts of the Caribbean and some Atlantic and Pacific waters. That organization already controls the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a joint U.S.-Canadian effort, he said. Secondly, section 1076 of the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2007 grants the president the right to commandeer federal troops or state National Guard to use them domestically, he noted.And as WND has reported, the new National Security (NSPD-51) and Homeland Security (HSPD-20) Presidential Directives signed May 6 give the president unprecedented, almost dictatorial, powers should the president declare a national emergency. The columnist noted such a combination of provisions would allow President Bush to mobilize for a variety of events - such as a hurricane. He said under USNORTHCOM, the U.S. command center, a number of exercises and operations already have been carried out, including ARDENT SENTRY - NORTHERN EDGE, VIGILANT GUARD, ALASKA SHIELD and others. An exercise that finished just a few weeks ago included the Canada Command as a full partner and was the largest exercise to date in terms of the number of personnel, the length of the drill, the cost and the complexity of the exercise series. The exercise took place in New England, Alaska, as well as Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana, with cross-border deployments staged in the Indiana part of the exercise, he wrote. Gen. Victor E. Renuart, commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM, recently told the media the exercise "allowed us to validate the incredible amount of planning that has gone on since Hurricane Katrina, not only to respond to things like a hurricane, but also to ensure that the agencies responsible for homeland security and homeland defense really can work together under a series of demanding scenarios." WND also has reported that KBR, formerly a Halliburton subsidiary, has in place a $385 million Department of Homeland Security contract to build on a contingency basis detention facilities that could be utilized for domestic emergencies, including sudden mass immigration across our southern border.
U.S. preps NORTHCOM for domestic emergencies Top official tells WND of changes, follows directive expanding presidential powersWORLDNETDAILY - June 19, 2007The military is transforming the Cheyenne Mountain Directorate in Colorado - the famous Cold War surveillance and command center - by moving important functions to nearby Peterson Air Force Base in order to improve operations for NORTHCOM, the United States Northern Command, a top official tells WND columnist Jerome Corsi in an interview published today. Corsi has argued the military under NORTHCOM is being positioned for action under presidential authority in any one of a dozen scenarios within the U.S. - including natural disasters, epidemics, terrorist attacks, insurrections or domestic violence, including conspiracies. In May, President Bush issued a new National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive (NSPD-51 and NSPD-20). Corsi reported the language of the directives would give the president near dictatorial powers in the event of a self-declared national emergency.WND today published the first of a two-part interview Corsi conducted with U.S. Army Col. Tom Muir, deputy operations officer for Command Center Operations for NORTHCOM NORAD, North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORTHCOM was created Oct. 1, 2002, one year after the 9/11 attacks to protect the U.S. homeland and support local, state, and federal authorities. Corsi has reported NORAD and NORTHCOM announced major command center changes that have prompted objections from the General Accountability Office. - - - -Read Full Report
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Bush Makes Power Grab
One of the few other sources I found on this issue, of course in the "Opinion" section, but nevertheless and excellent letter to the editor.You would think with so much dislike of President Bush in the liberal press (indeed much of it is liberal) that they would be jumping all over this and yet not even a whisper. WHY?BE/\LERT!
THE CHATTANOOGAN /Opinion/ - By Matthew Hine - May 24, 2007President Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement, on May 9 signed a directive that granted near dictatorial powers to the office of the president in the event of a national emergency declared by the president.The "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive," with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive, establishes under the office of president a new National Continuity Coordinator.That job, as the document describes, is to make plans for "National Essential Functions" of all federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations to continue functioning under the president's directives in the event of a national emergency.The directive loosely defines "catastrophic emergency" as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions."When the President determines a catastrophic emergency has occurred, the President can take over all government functions and direct all private sector activities to ensure we will emerge from the emergency with an "enduring constitutional government."Translated into layman's terms, when the President determines a national emergency has occurred, the President can declare to the office of the presidency powers usually assumed by dictators to direct any and all government and business activities until the emergency is declared over.Ironically, the directive sees no contradiction in the assumption of dictatorial powers by the President with the goal of maintaining constitutional continuity through an emergency.The directive specifies that the assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism will be designated as the National Continuity Coordinator. Further established is a Continuity Policy Coordination Committee, chaired by a senior director from the Homeland Security Council staff, designated by the National Continuity Coordinator, to be "the main day-to-day forum for such policy coordination."Currently, the assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism is Frances Fragos Townsend. Townsend spent 13 years at the Justice Department before moving to the U.S. Coast Guard where she served as assistant commandant for intelligence. She is a White House staff member in the executive office of the president who also chairs the Homeland Security Council, which as a counterpart to the National Security Council reports directly to the president.The directive issued May 9 makes no attempt to reconcile the powers created there for the National Continuity Coordinator with the National Emergency Act. As specified by U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter 34, Subchapter II, Section 1621, the National Emergency Act allows that the president may declare a national emergency but requires that such proclamation "shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register."A Congressional Research Service study notes that under the National Emergency Act, the President "may seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens."The CRS study notes that the National Emergency Act sets up congress as a balance empowered to "modify, rescind, or render dormant such delegated emergency authority," if Congress believes the president has acted inappropriately.NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 appears to supersede the National Emergency Act by creating the new position of National Continuity Coordinator without any specific act of Congress authorizing the position.NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 also makes no reference whatsoever to Congress. The language of the May 9 directive appears to negate any a requirement that the President submit to Congress a determination that a national emergency exists, suggesting instead that the powers of the executive order can be implemented without any congressional approval or oversight.Homeland Security spokesperson Russ Knocke affirmed that the Homeland Security Department will be implementing the requirements of NSPD-51/HSPD- 20 under Townsend's direction.The White House had no comment.
Do you remember this picture?
THE GOLDEN REPORT - By Jerry Golden - June 4, 2007You should because if there ever was one picture that says it all, this one does. And for those who don't want to allow this picture to speak to them plainly and clearly, possibly they should try to remember that 15 of the 19 Islamic Arabs who killed over 3,000 Americans on 9/11 were Saudis. And while you're looking at this picture try to remember that the Bush Road Map started out as the Saudi Peace Plan with the intentions of destroying Israel in phases. And for those who like to call me a Bush Basher maybe they should read National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive NATIONAL SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/NSPD 51 HOMELAND SECURITY PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE/HSPD-20 You can find it all over the internet. But keep in mind that $850 million of your tax dollars just went to build detention camps across the US. What this Directive does is give the President the powers of a Dictator. It empowers him to have millions arrested and detained in these camps for whatever reason he deems necessary. Bush knows like many of us know, terrible things are about to take place in the US and he wants to be certain he can maintain control over the people when they panic. Folks this is real, and if you haven't woke up to what is about to happen to you and your country it's time to shake yourself into reality. Why am I telling you this again, because I love both the US and Israel and feel an obligation to warn you. I am told daily that I should stop if I want to raise the needed finances to buy the larger boat to save Jewish lives. But I know the Devil has many ways of speaking to us, even through many who call themselves "Christians". We read in the Bible that there are many who call themselves Jews but they are not Jews but are of the house of Satan. The same thing can be said of many that call themselves Christians. They will come to Yeshua (Jesus) saying all sorts of things they have done in His name and He will say to them I never knew you. - - - -Read Full Report
Air Force ordered to stand-down tomorrow
Meanwhile, NORAD, USNORTHCOM on alert for U.N. meetings
WORLDNETDAILY - By Jerome R. Corsi - September 13, 2007Contrary to rumors surrounding the Air Combat Command's stand-down of all 100,000 active-duty airmen ordered for tomorrow, the U.S. will not be devoid of fighter aircraft to protect the nation. Michael Kucharek, spokesman for NORAD and USNORTHCOM, told WND the stand-down does not include the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves assigned to NORAD. About 70 percent of the aircraft involved in NORAD alerts are Air National Guard or Air Force Reserves aircraft, according to Kucharek. Meanwhile, NORAD and USNORTHCOM will be on alert status Sept. 24 when the U.N. convenes a high- level meeting on climate change and the following day when the General Assembly begins its 62nd Session in New York City. The stand-down Friday was ordered by Gen. Ronald Keys to conduct a command-wide review of operations, safety procedures and checklists after the Aug. 30 incident at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, according to the Air Force Times. At Minot, six cruise missiles with nuclear warheads were loaded onto a B-52H and flown to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana - without the bomber crew or ground command realizing nuclear weapons were on the aircraft. Military sources insisted to WND the incident was a procedural glitch and there is no suspicion within the military of any other purpose. At the U.N. Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will chair the meetings, and numerous heads of state are likely to attend. - - -As WND reported, NORAD is a bi-lateral U.S.-Canada command and USNORTHCOM is a U.S. continental military command that works with its counterpart Canada Command. Kucharek also confirmed NORAD and USNORTHCOM were scheduled Oct. 15-20 to conduct exercise Vigilant Shield '08, a series of field exercises testing response abilities against a variety of potential threats, including the simulated detonation of three radiological dispersal devices within the USNORTHCOM and U.S. Pacific Command areas of responsibility. The primary locations for the Vigilant Shield '08 field exercises will be Oregon, Arizona and the territory of Guam. WND reported Bush administration plans to utilize USNORTHCOM as a U.S. military command to direct the operations of troops deployed in a wide range of continental North American emergencies, including health epidemics, natural disasters, terrorist events and even domestic violence or civil disorder.
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Secret confab teaches officials to sell foreigners U.S. assets
Carlyle executive among moderators of conference that barred WND reporter
WORLDNETDAILY - By Jerome R. Corsi - September 24, 2007A top Carlyle Group executive is leading a panel tomorrow at a conference to teach government officials in the U.S. how to lease public assets to foreign groups - an event that barred WND. Barry Gold, managing director in charge of infrastructure investment, will be at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to lead a session at the "North American PPP & Infrastructure Finance Conference." The government of Abu Dhabi has made an investment in the Carlyle Group, a Washington-based private investment firm with close ties to former President George H. W. Bush and his family and top officials in the Reagan and Clinton administrations. Organizers say the conference's aim is to teach state and local government officials in the U.S. how to lease a wide range of public assets to international and foreign private investment groups. WND reported last week, EuroMoney closed the conference, refusing to accept from WND the $1,999 registration fee because WND was "too political" to attend. Gold is heading a panel on how institutional investors are approaching PPP structures in which state departments of transportation can lease current toll roads or develop a new generation financed and operated largely by foreign investment consortiums for decades after the roads are completed.Last week Mubadala, a wholly owned investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government, purchased a 7.5 percent share of the Carlyle Group, permitting the Arab emirate's government to own or receive fees as a minority shareholder on PPP toll road infrastructure projects the Carlyle Group structures or finances. With this equity structure, state departments of transportation that contract PPP toll road projects with or through the Carlyle Group may end up with UAE ownership of the operating leases. The roads could operate under that arrangement for decades without residents of the state being aware of Abu Dhabi ownership. The following state department of transportation participants are listed on the EuroMoney seminar brochure:
Kenneth Newman, chief financial officer, Wisconsin DOT
Barbara Reese, deputy secretary of transportation, Virginia
James Bass, chief financial officer, Texas DOT
Cedric Grant, assistant secretary, Louisiana DOT
Peggy Catlin, deputy executive director, Colorado DOT
Kathy English, chief financial officer, Delaware DOT
Emeka Moneme, director, Washington, D.C., DOT Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Colorado and Delaware are listed on the Federal Highway Administration website as being among the 21 states that have enacted PPP-enabling legislation for highway projects, containing the 28 key elements the FHWA recommends be enacted into state law. The Carlyle Group website credits Gold with leading PPP financing for the Chicago Skyway, Autopista Central in Chile, Highway 407 in Toronto, California State Route 91 and the Santiago Airport. The Carlyle Group website documents Gold's extensive international experience with infrastructure financing. At Airport Group International, a global airport development company, he was responsible for the Bolivian Airports concession and an Australian investment, operating agreement and financing. At Lehman Brothers, he worked on the Budapest Airport advisory and financing and the MC Cuernavaca Toll Road in Mexico.
WND banned from secret meeting on selling U.S.
assets'We don't feel news site is appropriate for a business conference'WORLDNETDAILY - By Jerome R. Corsi - September 19, 2007EuroMoney PLC, the UK-based company that arranges dozens of financial conferences around the world each year, has refused to allow WND staff reporter Jerome Corsi to attend next week's "North American PPP (Public-Private Partnership) & Infrastructure Finance Conference" in New York, even though WND offered to pay the $1,999 conference fee required to attend. "When government officials want to go behind closed doors with investment bankers and lawyers to discuss selling our public infrastructure to foreign investment leaders, investigative reporters need to be there to tell the public what is really going on," Corsi said. "Why is it that all these PPP and SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership) meetings are behind closed doors," Corsi asked, "and government officials and their supporters think that's normal? But when investigative reporters want to attend and report on what is being said, we are the ones who get accused of being the conspiracy theorists?""By refusing to allow WND to attend as a paying customer," Corsi argued, "EuroMoney is telling the American public that they intend to conduct a secret meeting designed to teach government officials how to sell out U.S. public infrastructure to foreign investment concerns. - - - -Read Full Report
Mexican official urges North American Union
Tells Denver trade conference EU is 'model we need to follow quickly'
WORLDNETDAILY - By Michael Howe - September 21, 2007At a Denver conference on intercontinental trade corridors, a Mexican mayor called for a swift move toward a European Union-style merger of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Referring to Europe, Evaristo Lenin Perez of Ciudad Acuna - a sister city of Del Rio, Texas - told the Great Plains International Conference, "It's a model we need to follow quickly." Perez later told WND, "If only people know the benefits of opening the borders and working together, improving the quality of life for all, then no one would be opposed to the idea of a North American Union." A spokesman for organizers of the conference - which began Wednesday and concludes today - rejected the Mexican mayor's view."This is not what the conference is about, it is not about a North American Union," said Joe Kiely, vice president of the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor Coalition. "It is about developing infrastructure and economic opportunities in the Great Plains. I am equally surprised the other items were brought up here." Ports-to-Plains describes itself as "a planned, multimodal transportation corridor including a multi- lane divided highway that will facilitate the efficient transportation of goods and services from Mexico, through West Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma, and ultimately on into Canada and the Pacific Northwest." The conference, held at the Adams Mark Hotel, is promoted as an opportunity to "highlight the efforts of communities and citizens working together to bring the benefits of investment in transportation infrastructure and trade home to the Great Plains region." - - - -
Protesters kept away from 'secret' trade meetingMexican official urged swift movement toward 'North American Union'WORLDNETDAILY - By Michael Howe - September 25, 2007DENVER - Protesters were kept outside for the third and final day of the Great Plains International Conference - a Denver event on intercontinental trade corridors in which a Mexican official urged swift movement toward a "North American Union." Gene Baldock, coordinator of the protest group, told WND, "We just want people to have both sides of the story, and at these secret meetings people aren't getting both sides." Baldock also pointed out the meetings were funded, in part, with taxpayer money. The conference was sponsored by Texas, Colorado and other member states and communities. Scott Flukinger, spokesman for the conference, said, "Everyone is welcome here, they just need to pay the registration fees like everyone else." "I understand the concerns," he said, "but once people are informed about what is really happening then those concerns are often minimized."Baldock argued "the decisions and planning that occur in these meetings will have an impact on the American economy and will have an effect on everyone." He said the protesters tried to enter the meeting each of the three days and were turned away: "We were told it is a private meeting." - - -At the conference, David Bradley, CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, urged businesses to become "more engaged in border issues." "With the American's decision not to open the southern border, this has allowed standardization to go by the wayside, and instead leaves politicians alone in rooms to try and standardize," he said. He contended the result of the controversial trilateral agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico - the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America are "underwhelming and those efforts need a kick start if North American is going to compete with other regions." "If the goal is to make the North American trading block a vibrant one that can take on the EU and China, we need to get rid of roadblocks at the borders," Bradley said. "The biggest challenge is complacency." - - - -Read Full Report
China to install sensors along NAFTA highway
Documents reveal NASCO plan to militarize I-35
WORLDNETDAILY - By Jerome R. Corsi - August 18, 2007Radio sensing stations to track traffic and cargo up and down the I-35 NAFTA Superhighway corridor are being installed by Communist China, operating through a port operator subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and the North America's SuperCorridor Coalition, Inc. The idea is that RFID chips placed in containers where manufactured goods are shipped from China will be able to be tracked to the Mexican ports on the Pacific where the containers are unloaded onto Mexican trucks and trains for transportation on the I-35 NAFTA Superhighway to destinations within the United States. NASCO, a trade association based in Dallas, Texas, has teamed with Lockheed Martin to use RFID tracking technology Lockheed Martin developed for the U.S. Department of Defense's projects in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as at U.S. military stations throughout the world.China has a central position in applying the RFID technology on I-35, given Hutchinson Port Holdings' 49 percent ownership of Savi Networks, the Lockheed Martin subsidiary that will get the job of placing the sensors all up and down the NAFTA Superhighway.Nathan Hansen, a Minnesota attorney, has archived on his blog a series of NASCO documents obtained under a Minnesota Data Practices Act. Among these documents released by Hansen is a Letter of Intent between NASCO and Savi Networks which details how NASCO and Lockheed Martin intend to implement NAFTRACS. The letter calls for Savi Networks to establish RFID sensors along the I-35 NAFTA trade corridor, with tracking designed to begin at Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas, and include "inland points of data capture" positioned at Laredo, San Antonio, Dallas, Kansas City, the Ambassador Bridge, and Winnipeg. Data captured by the RFID sensors would be sent to a data collection center that NASCO has named "The Center of Excellence." The Center of Excellence data collection center will be integrated into Lockheed Martin's militarized Global Transport Network Command and Control Center that is installed and operating at the Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation or "Lighthouse" facility in Suffolk, Virginia. Lockheed Martin's GTN was developed for the U.S. Department of Defense as an electronic system used to support supply shipments and defense logistics to U.S. armed forces deployed worldwide. GTN is operated by the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. - - -A contract signed with NASCO authorizes Savi Networks to place a system of RFID sensors along the entire length of I-35 to track RFID equipped containers which travel the I-35 NAFTA Superhighway, including those Chinese containers that enter the continent through the Mexican ports of Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas. The Federal Highway Administration website is currently archiving a slide show presentation by Tiffany Melvin, NASCO's executive director, containing a discussion of the North American Facilitation of Transportation, Trade, Reduced Congestion and Security, designed to track containers along I-35 with Savi RFID technology and to provide the information to "various federal and state DOT (Department of Transportation) participants." Hutchison Ports Holding operates the ports at Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas, as well as both ends of the Panama Canal. Savi Technology spokesmen refused to return WND calls after messages were left at the company for three consecutive days.
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