There are those in government and the corporate sector who have joined in an unholy alliance to deconstruct the United States from the status of a sovereign nation state and replace it with regional governance by merging with Canada and Mexico into a trading region of North America. It will then join other regions in this developing new order of global and regional governance, and as George Bush said in a press release on June 8, 2008 “a world based on international law”.
The standard for regional trade areas with supranational governing institutions is the European Union, a product of over a half century of slow ( called “incrementalism”) stealth policies, letting the noose tighten gradually around the citizens until the European Union becomes a reality. The citizens of the European Union member nations were denied the right to vote on the topic of an EU constitution in a referendum, except for Ireland. The EU is currently pushing this new constitution that will exercise sovereignty over a wide area, including justice. Member nations ( France and Germany, for examples) must change their constitutions if they conflict with the EU document.
The United States has adopted a quicker process, using lessons learned from the EU. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was proposed by George H.W. Bush and signed by Bill Clinton. George W. Bush took a giant leap forward on March 23, 2005 in Waco, Texas with the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), which was agreed to by the leaders of all three NAFTA nations; Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The “road map” for this merger of North America is provided by the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force plan for Building a North American Community, which was released on May 17, 2005 and has been utilized by the trinational working groups at the U.S. Department of Commerce to harmonize and integrate standards and economic sectors of the three nations. Other projects “must” be approved by Congress. See North American Union.
“NAFTA was the first major trade pact signed by the United States to bring significant immigration consequences.”
“It set a precedent that moved this country down the path of equating ‘free trade’ with not only the free flow of goods across borders, but also trade in services and the borderless flow of people.”
The CFR 32 page plan for a North American Community essentially sets up the foundation for a continental union with governing institutions and an outer security perimeter. This perimeter makes it possible for the implementation of open internal borders, allowing the “free flow “of goods and people throughout the continent. Click on link above, scroll down and click on English Version, 295K PDF.
Page 8 of the CFR plan on what we should do now.
“Establish a common security perimeter by 2010. The governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States should articulate as their long-term goal a common security perimeter for North America…Like free trade a decade ago, a common security perimeter for North America is an ambitious but achievable goal that will require specific policy, statutory, and procedural changes in all three nations.”
In a March 2005 Joint Statement on this North American Community, the three leaders declared “that our security and prosperity are mutually dependent and complementary.” CFR p. 3
The boundaries of this mutually dependent community “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.”
This common security perimeter and external tariff are all one needs to progress to the end game, that North American Union. With open borders, temporary cheap workers from Mexico can fill the jobs that Americans still don’t want to do. And, of course, American corporations have to send their factories to Mexico and Asia so they can compete with the third world. Americans could take those auto jobs at American auto factories in Mexico but the top pay is $3.50 per hour. (Our minimum wage is twice that.)
Notice the use of the words North America. They are coming up quite often in the media these days as part of an effort to have Americans think of themselves as North Americans, making the transformation easier for this corporate-run region.
The U.S. Department of State is a big player in the integration of North America. Condoleezza Rice was one of our three SPP ministers, along with Michael Chertoff of Homeland Security and Carlos Gutierrez of Commerce. The State Department has an article about this “trading area “of North America, which describes the relationship between the SPP and the CFR plan for Building a North American Community, including a security perimeter for the continent. The article itself has a link to the CFR plan at the bottom.
In the State Department article “the key recommendation…was for the three nations to move toward establishing a common security perimeter by 2010.” John Manley, former Canadian deputy prime minister, added “It is important for all three governments to commit themselves to security within that zone, thereby alleviating the need to build some barriers at our mutual borders.” That means no fence since these borders between Mexico and the United States and between Canada and the United States would be open to the free flow of people, the citizens of North America.
The State Department link to this article has been taken down several times within a few days after publication on this site over the past year. If that should happen, use this alternative site, a reprint of the original article with the link to the CFR plan.
Secretaries Rice and Chertoff were responsible for the common security perimeter project around North America. That’s why Chertoff failed to carry out his oath of office and secure our border with Mexico. Instead, he dragged his feet because his duty was to oversee the perimeter construction of a virtual fence, with camera towers, motion detectors, some barricades and response teams, not a congressional fence closing the border. This project was mandated and defined in most comprehensive immigration bills since 2005, although none passed. President Obama has said that he wants to have that virtual fence. All recent comprehensive immigration legislation had mandated a virtual fence for North America. There is no need for the real fence since an integrated continent will operate with open internal borders.
So far this common security perimeter appears in the CFR plan for Building a North American Community, a U.S. Department of State article and in Congressional legislation in Congress since 2005. Council on Foreign Realtions member Senator John McCain has been very involved in the efforts to change America’s borders and build this North American trading area. He was a cosponsor of S. 853. Although not an immigration bill, it addressed the completion of this common security perimeter and aid to Mexico to help it with their part of the security perimeter.
S. 853, North American Cooperative Security Act, April 20, 2005.
Notice: Due to difficulties accessing this site (not unexpected), I am providing a different source for these immigration bills. Click here for S.853. If this should go down also, please try google and access it from there. The same applies to S.2611 and H.R. 1645 below.
Here are key segments of the bill, which are similar in wording to comprehensive immigration bills that followed:
Sec. 3, (a) Report-Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, and every 6 months thereafter, the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Defense, each responsible for their pertinent areas of jurisdiction, shall submit a joint report, to the congressional committees listed under subsection (b), that continues a description of the efforts to carry out this section and sections 4 through 7.
Sec. 3, (7), (E) “…developing and implementing a North American immigration strategy that works toward the development of a common security perimeter by enhancing technical assistance for programs and systems to support advanced automated reporting and risk targeting of international passengers; (This means a person entering North America at any port of entry is cleared to travel anywhere in the continent, as in the EU.)
Sec. 5 Improving the Security of Mexico’s Southern Border (with Belize and Guatemala)
(The United States will help Mexico gain operational control over its land and maritime borders. Once accomplished, that part of the new border of North America would be certified. S. 853 did not pass nor did any of the comprehensive immigration bills.
One of the failed bills proposed was S. 2611: Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006. Two of the cosponsors were Senator Lindsey Graham [R-SC] and , once again, CFR member John McCain. Notice: alternative link for S.2611.
Pay attention to Sec. 111 Surveillance plan, Sec. 112 National Strategy for Border Security, Sec. 113 Reports on Improving the Exchange of Information on North American Security, and Sec. 114, Improving the Security of Mexico’s Southern Border.
Sec. 113, (3), (E) a common security perimeter.
Sec. 112, (a) deals with “actions to be carried out to achieve operational control over all ports of entry into the United States and the international land and maritime borders of the United States.”
(f) Immediate action-Nothing in this section or section 111 may be construed to relieve the Secretary of the responsibility to take all actions necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational controls over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States.
There were other bills such as H.R. 1645:
Sec. 113 (3) (E) – a common security perimeter.
Sec. 121- Improving the Security of Mexico’s Southern Border. Notice: alternative link for H.R. 1645.
The plan for a North American Community (SPP) is being implemented at the U.S. Department of Commerce by working groups from Canada, Mexico and the United States under the direction of Geri Word, while some projects need to be approved by Congress. Geri told me in December of 2008 that they are still in business.
This CFR plan specifies how this integration of the continent will be constructed, including governing institutions. Some topics of interest include:
Trinational integration of law enforcement and the military is already underway and continues. The plan states “…many issues would be better addressed trinationally. Shared concerns range from regional economic growth to law enforcement, from energy security to regulatory policy, from dispute resolution to continental defense.” CFR plan, pp.5,6
What we should do by 2010. Lay the groundwork for the freer flow of people within North America.
Law Enforcement and Military Cooperation
“Training and exercises should be developed to increase the cooperation and interoperability among and between the law enforcement agencies and militaries (of Canada, Mexico and the U.S.). These steps will provide better capabilities for detection of threats, preventative action, crisis response and consequence management. At least one major trilateral exercise conducted by law enforcement authorities and one by the militaries should be established as a goal over the next year.
“Of course, the extent of cooperation will be affected by the progress of reform of the police forces, customs, and judicial branch in Mexico.” CFR plan, pages 10,11,12.
The response force for North America is under the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and is part of a multi-agency, trinational military force that will respond to incidents in North America. Included is a U.S. combat force, ordered to permanent U.S. duty by George Bush just before leaving office. These troops (eventually up to 20,000 soldiers) are currently in the U.S. training for civil unrest scenarios.
What we should do now.
“Adopt a common external tariff. We recommend that the three governments harmonize external tariffs on a sector-by-sector basis…with the goal of adopting a common external tariff, thus eliminating the need for rules of origin and further facilitating integration and better use of scarce resources.” (This step is for those who are serious about a government for North America.) CFR plan, p. 21.
“Establish a permanent tribunal for North American dispute resolution.”
The current NAFTA trade tribunal for North America can rule on trade disputes within the continent. The appointed tribunals have also reviewed U.S. Court decisions and can do the same for our U.S. Supreme Court. These tribunals are, in their area of competence, the highest court in our nation. See CFR plan, p.22.
“Implement the Social Security Totalization Agreement between the United States and Mexico.”
This agreement would combine the payroll contributions from each system for American and Mexican workers who have paid into both retirement programs. Mexicans can retire under the U.S. program and their dependents in Mexico are eligible for survivors’ benefits. The program would apply to about 3,000 Americans and tens of millions of Mexicans. see CFR plan, p.27
“Move to full labor mobility between Canada and the United States. To make companies as competitive as possible in the global economy , Canada and the United States should consider eliminating all remaining barriers to the ability of their citizens to live and work in the other country. This free flow of people would offer an important advantage to employers in both countries by giving them access to a larger pool of skilled labor, (Thus lowering wages for workers in both countries).
“In the long term, the two countries should work to extend this policy to Mexico as well, though doing so will not be practical until wage differentials between Mexico and its two North American neighbors have diminished considerably.” (When American and Canadian wages have diminished considerably.) CFR plan, pp. 27,28.
“An annual North American Summit meeting.”
The leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States do meet every year with their ministers and the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC), a permanent institution since June 2006 and consisting of 10 CEOs (U.S. -Campbell Soup, Wal-Mart) from each nation. They “advise” the three leaders on legislation and policy for North America. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Council of the Americas are the joint Secretariats of the Council. The NACC will be an important part of a North American government initiating legislation for the North American Parliament.
“What we should do now. A North American Advisory Council.”
This was established in June of 2006 at the U.S. Department of Commerce as the NACC. The purpose:
“To insure a regular injection of creative energy into the various efforts related to North American integration, the three governments should appoint an independent body of advisers…persons from outside government…”
“Their mandate would be to engage in creative new ideas from a North American perspective and to provide a public voice for North America.” CFR plan, p.31
“A North American Inter-Parliamentary Group”
This group would initially involve legislators and cabinet members from all three nations. “The North American Advisory Council (now the NACC) could provide an agenda and support for these meetings.” That means the NACC would propose legislation for North America, something they already do at the SPP meetings.) CFR plan, p.32
Save the CFR plan and study it. This document will show you what the corporate/government alliance has done so far toward this continental union and what else is still on the table. The SPP suffered a public relations setback last year for its secret summit meetings between government officials and corporate CEOs but the leaders still remain focused on their mission, perhaps with a change in strategy. Obama will attend the summit meetings.
Without a doubt, our leaders are in the process of ending the history of our sovereign nation. Their plan includes NACC approved demographic changes to America, a more pliable, temporary cheap labor force and the ability for citizens of North America to eventually “live and work” anywhere on the continent.
There will be no need to assimilate or learn English. The American middle class will no longer exist. The new America will include a large part of our population, that would be Mexicans, with a long record of resentment for territory “stolen” from them in 1848. And they have made it known that their plans don’t include continuing the status quo. America will become Balkanized and the United States will suffer a long, agonizing death. We are entering what James Kunstler called “The long emergency.”