Thursday, April 26, 2007

Security and Prosperity Partnership Nearing Reality?

It's either the greatest immediate threat to American sovereignty or the largest conspiracy theory ever perpetrated against the people of North America. Whichever you may believe it to be, something is happening without much opposition, investigation, or even notice. The President of the American Policy Center, Tom DeWeese, has written the best brief history of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), North American Union (NAU) I have found.

Is the Security and Prosperity Partnership the beginning of a North American Union?
By Tom DeWeese

Is our government working quietly to create the equivalent of a North American Union - much on the lines of the European Union?

Some charge that such a Union will eventually override our Constitutional government, our judicial system, our economic system, and even our currency, which, some speculate, will be replaced by something called the "Amero." Can it be possible?

Others say such charges are just another trumped-up conspiracy theory of a lunatic fringe.

I can't possibly address every issue and describe the complete history of the situation in our short time together, but I can go over the highlights and give you an idea as to why many of us are greatly concerned, and, in fact, believe we are entering the fight of our lives.

Here's a quick run down.

On March 23, 2005, President Bush met with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin in what was officially described as a "Summit." The three leaders then announced the signing of an agreement to create common policies concerning various economic and security issues among the three nations.

The initiative is called the Security and Prosperity Partnership, or the SPP.

Its purpose?

According to a joint statement from the three leaders, the SPP is to:

"... establish a common approach to security to protect North America from external threats, prevent and respond to threats within North America, and further streamline the security and efficient movement of legitimate low-risk traffic across our shared borders."

Desirable or not, such an undertaking represents a radical change in how the three nations interact and cooperate with each other. It is a matter of changed foreign policy, monetary policy, and military policy.

Yet there has been no Congressional oversight or authorization for the undertaking. No funds appropriated.

Meanwhile, since that Summit in 2005, at least 20 working groups have been organized under the SPP to produce memorandums of understanding and trilateral declarations of agreement covering nearly every issue affecting our daily lives.

Whether or not you accept the idea that a North American Union is being established, clearly, it must be acknowledged that a new layer of tri-national government bureaucracy is being created.

As you know, the major debate in the U.S. today is over border security. Our nation is being flooded with hordes of illegal aliens. They are over-burdening our schools, hospitals, and social services.

In many parts of the nation, hospitals and services are being forced to shut down, damaging the quality of life of American citizens.

On top of the illegal alien situation, we face danger from the threat of terrorists, as Americans are forced to surrender liberty in the name of fighting this threat.

And there is the flood of illegal drugs pouring over the border, straight into our kid's schools.

More than 80 percent of the American people have demanded that something be done to secure the borders.

Yet, the Administration has fought efforts to close the border. Why? It appears obvious, in light of agreements made in the creation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership.

The SPP calls for "harmonizing" our borders into one seamless entity called North America.

So, under what authority are more than 16 government agencies being organized to create the SPP?

As reported by Congressman Ron Paul:

"According to Administration officials, "...The SPP is neither a treaty nor a formal agreement. Rather it is a "dialogue" launched by the heads of state of Canada, Mexico, and the United States... "What is a dialogue? We don't know. What we do know, however, is that Congressional oversight of what might be one of the most significant developments in recent history is non-existent. Congress has no role at all in this "dialogue." According to the SPP, this "dialogue" will create new supra-national organizations to "coordinate" border security, health policy, economic trade policy, and energy policy between the governments of Mexico, Canada, and the United States."

"As such, it is but an extension of NAFTA-and CAFTA-like agreements, that have far less to do with the free movement of goods and services, than they do with government coordination and management of international trade."

Congressman Paul went on to say the SPP is "an unholy alliance of foreign consortiums and officials from several governments."

It is important to note that administrators of NAFTA and CAFTA are major participants in SPP working groups. Thus the connection to these trade agreements is obvious and substantial.

According to Article 5.11, under the NAFTA agreement, participating nations must reform their laws to NAFTA regulations.

The United States Supreme Court has held that the U.S. government cannot hide behind a claim of federalism to avoid its "international obligations."

NAFTA, then, appears to be the governing entity for the SPP. That means NAFTA regulations (and ultimately SPP regulations) will supersede U.S. laws. NAFTA courts (and ultimately, SPP courts) will overrule U.S. courts. And NAFTA policy (and ultimately, SPP policy) will override U.S. labor, energy, environmental, health and economic policy.

The Security and Prosperity Partnership is basically NAFTA-on-steroids.

But how will the Administration move forward to fully implement the SPP without Congressional oversight?

Answer: Fast Track.

Renewed again in 2002, President Bush has been given by Congress the power to freely negotiate treaties and trade agreements with foreign nations.

According to the lobbying group, Public Citizen, the bottom line of Fast Track is that "the White House signs and enters into trade deals before Congress ever votes on them. Fast Track also sets the parameters for Congressional debate on any trade measure the President submits, requiring a vote within a certain time, with no amendments, and only 20 hours of debate."

Mexican economist Miguel Picard wrote in an article published in the foreign press detailing the "deep integration" planned for North America. He said there will be no single treaty, and nothing will be submitted to legislatures of the three countries. Instead, he says, the plan for a "merged future" will be implemented through the signing of regulations not subject to citizen review.

Picard concluded by saying the schedule calls for beginning with a customs union, then a common market, then a monetary and economic union, and finally the adoption of a single currency.

Who benefits from the creation of such a union? Multinational corporations.

They are the driving force behind its creation. They seek one currency, one set of rules, one controlling entity - to enable them to move goods and services effortlessly across the border. Above all, they do not want the public involved in the process.

At a September meeting in Banff, Canada, top officials from all three nations met to outline policies within topics such as "A Vision for North America," and "Demographic and Social Dimensions of North American Integration."

Top U.S. officials, including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills were in attendance. No media was present. No details of these top level discussions were released.

However, the Toronto Star, on September 20, 2006, reported:

"The public has been kept in the dark while business elite have played a lead role in designing the blueprint for this more integrated North America."

One participant at the Banff meeting didn't like what he was witnessing. Mel Hurtig, a noted Canadian author said,

"We're talking about such an important thing, we're talking about the integration of Canada into the United States. For them to hold this meeting in secret and to make every effort to avoid anybody learning about it, right away you've got to be hugely concerned."

The SPP is not about free trade. Its use of public/private partnerships creates an elite of certain, chosen global corporations which basically become part of government, at the expense of their competition and our national independence.

One more major example of how this works is the planned NAFTA Super Highway or, as it is officially called, the Trans Texas Corridor.

This massive highway would be ten lanes wide, with rail lines, utility corridors for natural gas and oil, and power lines running down the middle.

It is designed for containers loaded in foreign lands, such as Asia, to arrive in Mexican ports, there to be loaded in trucks and shipped up the NAFTA corridor through the U.S. and into Canada.

As global corporations are now reaping the benefits of using cheap labor in foreign lands such as China, South Korea, and Indonesia, now they want to use the NAFTA Super Corridor to reduce the transportation costs as well.

These corporations certainly care little about national sovereignty or security.

The borders would be little more than speed bumps. Trucks would not be stopped and inspected. Instead, they would be simply scanned by high-tech gamma ray screening in drive-by inspections.

Nor do they care about private property ownership in their drive for cost cutting.

In Texas alone, some 584,000 acres of private land is scheduled to be taken by eminent domain for the highway. Texas Department of Transportation has the authority to use the "Quick Take" provision, which will allow them to give notice to property owners that they must leave their land in just 90 days.

Even if the landowner disagrees on the compensation - and appeals the decision, they still must be off the land in 91 days.

As part of the Corridor's public/private partnership, the Texas state government is keeping up its end of the deal by stonewalling every effort to obtain information as to whose property is affected. They have operated virtually in secret.

When news has leaked out about the NAFTA Highway, Texas officials deny it, and simply say it is just improving its state highway system.

The Trans Texas NAFTA Corridor is not, however, an improvement project for I-35, as the state claims.

The NAFTA corridor will be a completely separate highway - a toll road run by a foreign corporation. The state of Texas has signed a 50-year lease with a Spanish company named Cintra. The company will build the highway, run it and collect the tolls.

That lease contains a "no compete" clause, meaning that I-35 cannot be expanded nor can any other non-tolled competitive highway be improved.

Above all, as goods are shipped into Mexican ports, use of American ports on our East and West coasts will be drastically reduced, costing Longshoremen their jobs.

These facts are causing great concern among U.S. labor unions. The corridor will allow free access to the U.S for Mexican trucks, which means the containers can be moved through the U.S. by Mexican nationals. In addition, the flood of Mexican trucks will not be required to meet U.S. standards for safety.

These are just a very few of the details concerning the SPP. We believe it is the beginning of the creation of a North American Union, much on the lines of the European Union.

The game plan is very much the same. The excuse for the EU was trade. But today, according to the former president of Germany, 84 percent of that nation's laws now come from the European Union.

It begins in secrecy and slowly builds incrementally. But step-by-step, a structure is put into place - run by communitarian law and regional governing councils of appointed, well-connected, yet unknown and unreachable officials, hiding behind public/private partnerships, not answerable or responsive to citizens.

This is why we fear the creation of a North American Union.

The United States is the unique nation on earth. We are the only nation which was created to protect our natural rights.

The greatness of the American system arises from the fundamental principle that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.

That means that public policy must be enacted only by elected representatives of the people. This principle ensures that the people can remove and replace policy makers who make policy with which the people disagree.

To harmonize this land with nations which do not share our values and governing principles, can only result in a lessening of our liberty, and our quality of life.

To do it in secret, refusing to allow us to engage in debate before such massive changes take place - is nothing short of treason.

The threat from Islamic fundamentalism is obviously a very great threat to America and Western Civilization. It is a treat of unmitigated evil, but at least the fundamentalist adherents are up-front about their goals. The people behind the SPP/NAU don't even have the brass to say exactly what is happening. They hide behind some benign veil of co-operation, co-ordination, free trade, harmonization, prosperity, and dialogue. After all, who could be against any of those goals. Individually, each is a fine goal. But, together they leave me feeling very uneasy and preferring a straight forward al-Qaida invasion.


The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


jack rensimer said...

Yes, very interesting indeed. There are many that want to say "naw, that will never happen, this is the United States"!
It would not surprise me that this is a reality. I have read, there is a deadline for 2010 as a goal to implement some or all of this project.
I think this explains the 'Eminent Domain' rule passed not long ago, as mentioned here in the article.

"Say it ain't so"!

jack rensimer said...

BTW, I am a new reader to your site and do enjoy it!
I have taken the liberty of adding you to my 'blogs I enjoy' roll. I hope you don't mind...

Mike's America said...

I've never known anyone to object to be added to a blog roll...

Oh, and I'm no fan of Congressman Paul.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Oh, and I'm no fan of Congressman Paul.

And I am more of the mind-frame of Medved, on this.


And here.

I really do not see the North American Union as anything more than a conspiracy act for conservatives.

Human Events is pretty right-wing. Here are two pieces from John Hawkins:

There isn't goint to be a North American Union


Killing the North American Union Conspiracy.

jack rensimer said...

Thanks for the reassurance Mike...

Indigo Red said...

Mike, many people could have said nearly the same of Winston Churchill before WWII. Re call that there were many who said the smae of Ronald Reagan. Simply beacuse you aren'y a fan of anyone doesn't maen ther isn't something going on that should have some government oversight. This whole SPP process has virtualy none. And that's okay with you?

Wordsmith, the onlt two links I gave were (1) the original source; and (2) the SPP website itself. The methods being used are nearly identical to those used by the groups who carried through the European Union. All the time claiming they had no intention of abolishing national borders, establishing a super-national government, establishing a new currency - in short, doing all the things an independent government ought to do.

The United Nations was organized to prevent war, encourage dialogue between nations, and some minor adjustments to commerce and trade regulations to make trade easier. It has, unquestionably grown from there to be nearly a super-national government that the both Mike and Wordsmith decry, and rightly so.

What I'm trying to point out, gents, is that similar has already happened and all that can be said is the declare non-fanship of a particular MC, and fealty to a former socialist/ movie reviewer.

The SPP documents themselves point the direction to a super-national organ and the individual participants have made statements to the effect that the aim is to establish a Union similar to that of the EU.

Incidently, I do not read Micahel Medved often, nor do I read much of Corsi's work. THe article reprinted above was done so because it comports with what I've read in the SPP documents themselves.

You all may be right - nothing is going on. But in light of the history of which we are so familiar, do we really want to believe a government, any government, that holds meetings in public and then denies thoese meetings actually took place, which government spokesmen have done? The documents are there. READ THEM!

Indigo Red said...

Jack, I'm sorry I didn't get back to you earlier. My job tends to be very busy for me every three weeks and this just happened to be the third week.

I would be happy for the link. Mike is right - no one turns down a link. An thoght I left no comment, I have been to your site and recommend it.

Ortho said...

Indigo Red, thanks for sharing this article. I read it with great interest.

We are witnessing the destruction of a nation-centric planet. The Security and Prosperity Partnership and North American Union are not conspiracy theories but processes toward a post-nation-state planet. What shall a post-nation-state planet look like?

It shall involve multi-national corporations engaged in planetary warfare for control of scarce ecological resources. In addition, we shall see decentralized, horizontally, and technologically networked insurgent groups that shall attempt to displace and disrupt opressive, multi-national corporate hegemony.

Thanks again for sharing the article. I shall visit your blog again soon.

jack rensimer said...

Hi Red,
Thanks for the reply!
I understand being busy.

Have a good week my friend...

Indigo Red said...

Thank you, Ortho. That is very close to what I and many others see happening. M-N corporations or some hibred Gov/Corp will most probably be the governments of the future, as we have seen in past attempts with such companies as the British East India Company and the American Fruit Exchange. Not that it's a bad thing in and of itself.

I have written similar in the comments of other bloggers. Societies progress from clans/tribes to towns to cities to counties to states to nations. After nations are formed, nation swallow nation. It becomes obvious that after all the nations have been swallowed-up, there is only one nation with on government. It's a natural process that we are seeing play out.

My concern is that the principles that formed this nation, America, not be lost. The land will always be here, but ownership will change as it has changed in the past. I don't want the phillosophy developed here to be destroyed in favor of inferior philosophies of Europe and any form of Islam.

There is every possibilty the one world that results can be one of American provinance. By fighting to stave off the "other" and preserve intact our current system intact is doomed to failure. We have survived as a nation and philosophy because we have changed when circumstances demanded. We are now being called upon to change again and I don't like it, I don't like the choices. But it must be done.

bernie said...

I have no problem with a United North America provided Mexico and Canada become states just like the others.

Indigo Red said...

The funny thing, Bernie, is the US doesn't want to join wit Mexico, but Canada is okay; Canada is paranoid about joining the US, but Mexico is okay; Mexico doesn't want to join with anybody, they just want their land back. Maybe that will stop the whole thing from happening.

Ortho said...

I don't have the time right now to elaborate on this thought--I have been toying with it in many of my blog posts:

We are observing a transition from "civilian society" to "militarized society". The emerging "militarized society" shall be characterized my mult-front, non-sequential planetary war.