The Beat Goes On...
What began with Clinton and NAFTA, continued with George Bush as the SPP, and continues with Barack Obama as "North American Leaders Summit Meetings" are all about the same thing...forming a north American Union, as I have been reporting to you since 2008!
Here from the website WND.com Dr. Jerome Corsi writes about the increasing evidence the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, remains alive and well in the Obama administration.
President Obama has dropped the SPP terminology in favor of re-branding trilateral discussions as "North American Leaders Summit" meetings.
Still, below the surface of public opinion and without any specific congressional approval, bureaucratic working groups established with ministers and undersecretaries from the United States, Mexico and Canada during the Bush administration are now producing results that were first specified as policy objectives in SPP documents going back to 2005-2006.
Trusted travelers of North America
"In Mexico City, Secretary Napolitano and Mexican Ministry of the Interior Secretary José Francisco Blake Mora signed an agreement expressing their intent to develop a Global Entry international trusted traveler pilot program between the United States and Mexico – leveraging the success of the United States' Global Entry program to facilitate secure, legitimate travel between the two nations," a Nov. 30 DHS press release announced.
Mexican Ministry of the Interior Secretary José Francisco Blake Mora said that 84 million Mexicans could qualify for the Global Entry program.
The agreement Napolitano signed with Mexico on Nov. 30 appears to bring the SPP working group "trusted traveler" commitment closer to fruition.
As described on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, the Trusted Traveler Program allows applicants to receive a biometric border pass to facilitate cross-border travel, after undergoing a thorough background check against criminal, law enforcement, customs, immigration and terrorist files, including biometric fingerprint checks and a personal interview with a CBP officer.
The "Trusted Traveler Network" is more completely described on the "Global Entry" website maintained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at GlobalEntry.gov.
"Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low risk travelers upon arrival in the United States," the CBP website states. "Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports."
Global Entry kiosks that look like ATM machines have been installed at the following 20 airports, according to the CBP website, including JFK in New York, Los Angeles, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Newark International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Miami International Airport.
Mexico demands Mexican trucks in U.S.
Trucker.com reported that a Mexican official at a Washington luncheon held on Oct. 15 said Mexico would not accept another pilot program.
"If you put in place a demonstration project similar to what we had, it can begin, but it can be de-funded at any time," said Jose Luis Paz Vega, head of the NAFTA office at the Mexican embassy in Washington. "Mexico is not willing to take that anymore. We need a program that is permanent, that has certainty, and complies with NAFTA. And we're not willing to accept anything less than that."
In March 2009, President Obama signed a $410 billion omnibus funding bill into law, along with the provisions ending the Department of Transportation's Mexican truck demonstration project.
One day after signing the omnibus funding bill, Obama instructed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to work with Congress, DOT, the State Department and Mexican officials to come up with legislation to create "a new trucking project that will meet the legitimate concerns" of Congress and the U.S. under NAFTA.
In response to ending the Mexican truck demonstration project in March 2009, Mexico increased tariffs on some 90 U.S. products in a move making clear Mexico did not intend to lose the trucking war under NAFTA.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has claimed the Obama administration was experiencing heavy pressure from U.S. businesses negatively impacted by Mexico's tariffs, told reporters that Mexico's retaliation has had "an enormous impact."
"It is really putting a huge economic stress on the producers," he said, arguing the tariffs had placed an additional $2.4 billion cost on U.S. exporters.
Now that the midterm November elections are finished, the Obama administration is expected to have the Department of Transportation announce new plans to allow Mexican trucks into the United States.
A North American security perimeter
"Mexico and the United States have a shared interest in creating a 21st century border that promotes the security and prosperity of both countries," the State Department fact sheet states. "The U.S. and Mexican governments have launched a range of initiatives that challenge the traditional view of 'hold the line' and are developing a framework for a new vision of 21st century border management."
At the same time, CTV News in Canada has obtained a draft copy of a declaration between the United States and Canada titled "Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Competitiveness," to be implemented by a newly created Canadian-U.S. "Beyond the Border Working Group."
These two documents strongly suggests the Obama administration is pursuing a stealth bureaucratic methodology to establish a common North American border around the continent, encompassing the United States, Canada and Mexico, while simultaneously moving to erase the borders between the U.S. and Mexico as well as between the U.S. and Canada.
Under the Bush administration's Security and Prosperity Partnership for North America, or SPP, the U.S., Mexico and Canada organized some 20 different "shadow government" bureaucratic working groups composed of agency heads and undersecretaries in the three nations, spanning a wide range of policy areas, from e-commerce, to aviation policy, to borders and immigration, trilateral travel, transportation, energy, environment, food and agriculture, health and financial services.
WND has reported since 2006 that a blueprint published in 2005 by the Council on Foreign Relations titled "Building a North America Community" called for the establishment of a common security perimeter around North America by 2010 to facilitate the free movement of people, trade and capital between the three nations of North America.
American University's Robert Pastor, a co-chair of the CFR blue ribbon committee, authored "Building a North American Community," in which he called for the creation of a North American Commission, a North American Parliament and a North American Court on Trade and Investment.
The language of the documents declaring "A New Border Vision" with Mexico and Canada could easily have been lifted directly from the CFR report or Robert Pastor's book.
The foreword of the 2005 CFR report "Building a North American Community," called for the "establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security perimeter, the boundaries of which would be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter."
CTV News reported that the language of the draft agreement specified that "A New Border Vision" for the U.S. and Canada would involve "a perimeter approach to security, working together within, at, and away from the borders of our two countries in a way that supports economic competitiveness, job creation and prosperity, and in a partnership to enhance our security and accelerate the legitimate flow of people and goods between our two countries."
Similarly, the U.S. State Department fact sheet calling for "A New Border Vision" with Mexico specified five areas of "joint border management, co-responsibility for cross-border crime, and shared commitment to the efficient flow of legal commerce and travel," namely: enhancing public safety, securing flows of people and goods, expediting legitimate commerce and travel, engaging border communities and setting policy.
Did anyone read anything there that sounded like it is in OUR (We the People) best interest?