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  5. 5. Vol. 22, No. 20 October 2, 2006 5 From the Editor 7 Inside Track OVERVIEW 8 Creating the North American Union ▲ by Dennis Behreandt — The plans for a North American Security and Prosperity Partnership are steps on the way to a North American Union. Design by Joseph W. Kelly SPP LIES 14 Myth vs. Fact by Dennis Behreandt — In their myth-busting attempts, the architects of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) use half-truths and lies to conceal the real intent inherent in their plans: building a North American Union. INTERVIEW ID CARD 31 Expert Analysis of the NAU 17 Your New North American ID Card Interview of Dr. Jerome Corsi by John F. McManus — Dr. by Steven Yates — One element of the merger of the United Jerome Corsi shares his in-depth knowledge of the effort to States, Canada, and Mexico is an effort to create a common create one political entity out of the United States, Canada, “North American” ID card. and Mexico. THE GOP BIG PICTURE 19 GOP Deeds Under a Microscope 33 Looking at the End Game by Warren Mass — By failing to oppose the dangerous by William Norman Grigg — The proposed North American policies of the Bush administration, much of the GOP Union is a major building bloc in a plan to merge the entire leadership has proven that their talk about border security is world into a UN-supervised, centrally planned economy. nothing but rhetoric. CHINA NAFTA SUPER HIGHWAY 39 China: Manufacturer for the World? 21 “SuperSlab” Paves the Way by John F. McManus — With vast amounts of slave labor by Kelly Taylor — The NAFTA Super Highway, nicknamed to employ and the help of Western corporate leaders to “SuperSlab” by some, is a planned system of roads, rail lines, build manufacturing plants, China is fast becoming the and more that will speed up the unification of North America. manufacturer for the world. KANSAS CITY CUSTOMS BOOK REVIEW 25 Green Light From the Border to K.C. 41 Fighting the Good Fight by Joyce Mucci — As part of the NAFTA Super Highway by Sam Antonio — In Fighting Immigration Anarchy, system, a Mexican customs inspection facility is planned to author Daniel Sheehy recounts the stories of everyday be constructed on U.S. soil in Kansas City, Missouri, far away American patriots who are battling to save our nation. from the border. THE LAST WORD EU MODEL 44 Even Groucho Would Join This Club! 27 Following the EU Path by John Nelson and Larry Greenley by William F. Jasper — The designers of the Security and Prosperity Partnership plan to transform North America into a regional government modeled after the European Union. COVER Design by Joseph W. Kelly
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  7. 7. FROM THE EDITOR Publisher John F. McManus E Editor veryone has heard about the Eu- particularly evident is our federal govern- Gary Benoit ropean Union, the collection of ment’s supposed inability to secure our countries in Europe that joined in borders, despite the terrorist threat. “The Senior Editors economic union, but fewer know that this Bush administration’s open-borders poli- William Norman Grigg “economic union” has evolved over time cy and its decision to ignore the enforce- William F. Jasper into a full-fledged European government. ment of this country’s immigration laws is Copy Editor As the common citizens of Europe sit part of a broader agenda,” writer Dennis Kurt Williamsen aghast, their elected representatives acqui- Behreandt quotes CNN commentator Lou esce to the unelected elites at the EU over- Dobbs as saying in the “Overview” article Contributors turning their countries’ laws, against the beginning on page 8. “President Bush Dennis J. Behreandt people’s wishes. Furthermore, relatively signed a formal agreement that will end Christopher S. Bentley Steven J. DuBord few people know either that our elected of- the United States as we know it,” Dobbs Thomas R. Eddlem ficials in Washington are setting into place added, “and he took the step without ap- Jodie Gilmore the mechanisms to enroll the United States proval from either the U.S. Congress or William P. Hoar in a similar union, commonly referred to as the people of the United States.” Warren Mass the North American Union, and that if we That agreement, Behreandt explains, is Michael E. Telzrow Joe Wolverton II, J.D. allow them to fully implement their plans, called the Security and Prosperity Partner- we will find ourselves sitting aghast as our ship (SPP). The establishment of the SPP Editorial Assistant country’s own laws are overridden. was jointly announced in March 2005 by Ann Shibler If our officials are successful, the Amer- President Bush and his counterparts from ican flag would still exist, but it would no Mexico and Canada at a summit of the Art Director Joseph W. Kelly longer fly over a land in control of its own North American leaders in Waco, Texas. destiny or even possessing its own national Full implementation of the SPP would cre- Desktop Publishing Specialist identity. A place called “the United States” ate the North American Union. Steven J. DuBord and its boundaries would still exist on a The developing political and econom- map, but our laws would be “harmonized” ic integration of North America did not Research Mary Benoit with the other members of the new re- begin with the SPP of course. A major Brian T. Farmer gional government and the borders would preliminary step occurred more than a Bonnie M. Gillis be opened. decade earlier with the adoption of the Of course, the architects and promoters North American Free Trade Agreement Marketing of this scheme do not openly call for abol- (NAFTA), which has significantly dam- Larry Greenley George R. Kotalik ishing the United States. They recognize aged our economy. A fully implemented John H. Nelson that doing so would ignite a firestorm of SPP would be NAFTA on steroids. And opposition from everyday Americans who there are other arrangements too, includ- Web Manager would demand an end to this madness. ing the proposed Free Trade Area of the Brian Witt So instead of trying to convince the Americas (FTAA), which would create a Advertising/Circulation American people that we should tear up supernational government of the Ameri- Julie DuFrane our Constitution and the Declaration of cas — including every country in North Independence, and erase our national and South America except Cuba. 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  8. 8. INSIDE TRACK “Americans must think that “NAFTA was merely the first draft of an economic constitution our political and academic for North America.” elites have gone utterly mad Robert Pastor, one of the key architects of North American in- at a time when three-and-a- tegration, made this observation in the January/February 2004 half years, approaching four issue of Foreign Affairs, the journal of the Council on Foreign years after September 11, we Relations. still don’t have border secu- rity. And this group of elites “We cannot leap into world is talking about not defend- government in one quick step.... ing our borders, finally, but The precondition for eventual rather creating new ones. It’s globalization — genuine glo- astonishing.” balization — is progressive CNN commentator Lou regionalization.” Dobbs, on his June 9, 2005 Former National Security Ad- AP “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” was viser Zbigniew Brzezinski ex- referring to a Council on Foreign Relations panel that wants pressed his view of regionalism the United States to “create what effectively would be a common at Mikhail Gorbachev’s October border that includes Mexico and Canada.” This objective is now 1995 State of the World Forum. AP being pursued under the Security and Prosperity Partnership established by President Bush and his Mexican and Canadian Hemispheric institutions, including the OAS [Organization of counterparts in 2005. American States] and Inter-American Development Bank and now the NAFTA institutions, can be forged into the vital mecha- “The ultimate goal of any White House policy ought to be a nisms of hemispheric governance. North American economic and political alliance similar in scope Then-National Security Adviser Anthony Lake recommended and ambition to the European Union.” this course of action in a November 29, 1993 memo to President The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in a September 7, 2001 edi- Bill Clinton. torial, called for North American integration. “For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of “After consultation with our Canadian partners, we will strive to the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents consolidate a North American economic community whose ben- such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller fam- efits reach the lesser-developed areas of the region and extend to ily for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over Ameri- the most vulnerable social groups in our countries.” can political and economic institutions. Some even believe we Meeting at Rancho San Cristobal in Guanajuato, Mexico, are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the President George W. Bush and President Vicente Fox jointly United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internation- announced their intent for a “North American economic com- alists’ and of conspir- munity” on February 16, 2001. ing with others around the world to build a AP more integrated global political and economic structure — one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.” This incredible admis- sion against interest was made by David Rockefeller in his own book, Memoirs (2002). ■ AP THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTOBER 2, 2006 7
  9. 9. OVERVIEW Design by Joseph W. Kelly Creating the North American Union The plans for a North American Security and Prosperity Partnership are steps on the way to a North American Union. by Dennis Behreandt to discuss plans for integrating Canada, no longer respond on the national level the United States, and Mexico. During to emergencies but will have a “common O n June 21, viewers of CNN’s Lou that meeting, the three heads of state ar- approach to emergency response.” And, Dobbs Tonight heard the alarm- gued that the three nations are “mutually in a move that has tremendous implica- ing introduction to a segment of dependent and complementary” and need tions for the growing immigration crisis, the program devoted to the future of the to work together more closely on a range the three leaders agreed that the United United States of America. “The Bush of issues. “In a rapidly changing world, States’ north and south borders would administration’s open-borders policy and we must develop new avenues of coop- be eliminated. Under the SPP plan, the its decision to ignore the enforcement of eration that will make our open societies three nations will “implement a border- this country’s immigration laws is part of safer and more secure, our businesses facilitation strategy to build capacity and a broader agenda,” Dobbs intoned. “Presi- more competitive, and our economies improve the legitimate flow of people and dent Bush signed a formal agreement that more resilient,” the three leaders said in a cargo at our shared borders.” will end the United States as we know it, joint statement. This plan is nothing short of revolution- and he took the step without approval from The standard diplomatic language was ary. As Dobbs put it on his CNN program, either the U.S. Congress or the people of a prelude to a radical proposal calling for it is “an absolute contravention of our law, the United States.” the merger of the three nations in several of our Constitution, every national value.” The agreement Dobbs was talking about important ways. Under a so-called Se- Though the plan sounds like a new innova- was crafted a year earlier. On March 23, curity and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), tion, it is not new. It is the next step in a 2005, then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul the nations will no longer have separate progression of steps that, in a manner very Martin and Mexican President Vicente Fox borders, but will “implement common similar to the process used in Europe to met with President Bush in Waco, Texas, border-security.” The three nations will supplant individual nations with the Eu- 8 THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTOBER 2, 2006
  10. 10. erlands, and Luxembourg and created a supranational gov- erning organization. Accord- ing to Georgetown Univer- sity historian Carol Quigley, “This was a truly revolution- ary organization since it had sovereign powers, including the authority to raise funds outside any existing state’s power.” As Quigley noted, “This ‘supranational’ body had the right to control pric- es, channel investment, raise funds, allocate coal and steel during shortages, and fix pro- duction in times of surplus.” In short, “The ECSC was a rudimentary government,” Quigley concluded. Creating a regional, su- pranational government was always the aim in Europe. In 1990, the European Com- AP Creating North America: At a March 23, 2005 press conference, President Bush answered a reporter on the mission admitted as much in question of the North American Union, saying: “As to what kind of union might there be, I see one based upon the publication Europe — A free trade, that would then entail commitment to markets and democracy, transparency, rule of law.” Fresh Start: “Monetary union and economic integration are ropean Union, will ultimately lead to the creation by 2010 of a community to en- two long-standing ambitions which the six formation of a new government for the hance security, prosperity, and opportunity founding States … set themselves.” The United States, the North American Union. for all North Americans.” document continued, describing the intent If not stopped, the plan for a North Ameri- The CFR is proposing nothing less than of the EU’s founders: “We see, then, that can Union will supplant the former inde- a plan to create a North American Union, the institutions set up since 1950 on the pendent states of Canada, Mexico, and the similar to the European Union. The CFR initiative of Robert Schuman and Jean United States. And this is not conjecture. protests that this is not its intention. “A Monnet are responding well to the aim of The North American Union is official U.S. new North American community will not their founders: broadening the scope of policy. be modeled on the European Union or the democratically and efficiently organized European Commission, nor will it aim at collective action to cover the new arenas The European Template the creation of any sort of vast suprana- of interdependence among Europeans.” The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) tional bureaucracy,” the Chairmen’s State- The end result of this gradual planning has serves as the intellectual incubator for most ment said. been union in Europe. of the foreign policy direction followed by But this is exactly the kind of statements That union was the goal all along was the executive branch of the federal gov- that were made about the EU during its not readily apparent during the decades ernment. Before the trilateral meeting be- earlier phases of development. The EU got of its development. The long-term aim of tween the heads of state in Waco on March its start in 1950 with the plan for 23 of last year, the CFR had already un- European Coal and Steel Com- dertaken an initiative with its counterparts munity (ECSC). The plan was If not stopped, the Security and in Mexico and Canada (Consejo Mexicano developed by Robert Schuman, de Asuntos Internacionales and the Cana- who would become a socialist Prosperity Partnership plan for the dian Council of Chief Executives) to study prime minister in France, and North American Union will supplant the the possibility of integrating the three na- French planning minister Jean tions. Laying the foundation for the Waco Monnet in 1950. The so-called former independent states of Canada, meeting, the CFR produced a document Schuman Plan was adopted via Mexico, and the United States. And this entitled Creating a North American Com- the Treaty of Paris in 1952. The is not conjecture. The North American munity: Chairmen’s Statement Indepen- ECSC merged the coal and steel dent Task Force on the Future of North industries of West Germany, Union is, in fact, official U.S. policy. America. The document called for “the France, Italy, Belgium, the Neth- THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTOBER 2, 2006 9
  11. 11. OVERVIEW the ECSC was hidden by its pur- dence gave “a structural foun- portedly narrow scope. From its dation for the task of inventing name alone, it appeared that the North America.” six-nation arrangement had only In a pro-NAFTA article in the to do with coal and steel. Later Washington Post in 1993, Wil- EU precursors followed the same liam Orme, Jr. pointed out that plan. The European Economic the then-fledgling trade pact was Community, at first glance, ap- indeed a steppingstone to further peared to be nothing more than integration. “NAFTA,” Orme ad- a free trade arrangement. It was mitted, “lays the foundation for a nevertheless founded on the continental common market, as Monnet doctrine that economic many of its architects privately integration must precede politi- acknowledge. Part of this foun- cal integration. dation, inevitably, is bureau- Such deception, in fact, re- cratic: The agreement creates a mained one of the key elements variety of continental institutions in crafting the EU, right up until — ranging from trade dispute recent years, a fact referenced by panels to labor and environmen- Villy Bergström, a recent former tal commissions — that are, in deputy of the Swedish central aggregate, an embryonic NAFTA bank. “I have never before seen government.” such manipulated, obscure and That free trade agreements faked policies as in relation to like NAFTA must evolve into Swedish relations to the EU,” political unions is taken for Bergström wrote a few years granted among academics that ago. “Information has been eva- work closely with such issues. In AP sive and unclear, giving the im- 1998, Glen Atkinson, professor pression that membership of the For giving up independence: American University Professor of economics at the University of EU would mean much less radi- Robert Pastor speaks at the Omar Torrijos Foundation on July 31. Nevada in Reno, described this A major intellectual contributor to the plan for the SPP, in testimony cal change than what has been to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee for the Western step-by-step process in an article the case.” Hemisphere, Pastor said, “What we need to do now is forge a North entitled “Regional Integration in The strategy of building the American Community.” the Emerging Global Economy” EU through piecemeal means in the Social Science Journal. In- paid off. Following the creation of the Economic Community in 1957. The EEC tegration “must be an evolutionary process ECSC, European internationalists sup- was the immediate predecessor of today’s of continuous institutional development,” ported by the U.S. government added addi- European Union. Atkinson wrote. Indeed, the development tional elements to the emerging European of supranational governing organs is in- superstate. Though they suffered setbacks An EEC for North America evitable, though it will erode national sov- — a nascent European Defense Communi- North American integration got its big ereignty, he writes. “The need for shared ty was rejected by France, and initial plans start with the North American Free Trade institutions among the parties is critical for for a European Political Community were Agreement (NAFTA). The arrangement integration, which will lead to a weaken- shelved shortly after the creation of the was billed as little more than the creation ing of national sovereignty in some areas ECSC — those setbacks were temporary. of a free trade arrangement between Can- of interest. Sovereignty, however, must The Treaty of Rome created the European ada, Mexico, and the United States. But reside someplace in order to enforce re- it really was the initial step gional working conditions, intellectual and toward regional integration. other property rights and other concerns.” The Security and Prosperity Partnership According to professor Guy NAFTA, being a “free trade” arrangement, also has tremendous implications for Poitras of San Antonio’s is only a preliminary step. According to Trinity University, one of Atkinson: immigration. As NAFTA erased most the factors motivating the remaining barriers hampering the flow creation of NAFTA was the The lowest level of integration is a view that it was an important free trade area which involves only of capital between Canada, Mexico, and early step toward further in- the removal of tariffs and quotas the United States, the SPP will eliminate tegration. In his book Invent- among the parties. If a common ex- ing North America, Poitras ternal tariff is added, then a customs bottlenecks hampering the flow of people. noted that NAFTA’s creation union has been created. The next of regionalized interdepen- level, or a common market, requires 10 THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTOBER 2, 2006
  12. 12. free movement of people and capital tend to the most vulnerable social groups infrastructure protection,” and “develop as well as goods and services. It is in our countries,” said the Bush/Fox state- and implement joint plans for coopera- this stage where institutional devel- ment announcing a new “partnership for tion for incident response, as well as con- opment becomes critical. The stage prosperity.” duct coordinated training and exercises in of economic union requires a high emergency response.” degree of coordination or even unifi- A Deepening Union • Create a single energy policy for North cation of policies. This sets the foun- With the announcement on March 23, America by “improving transparency and dation for political union. 2005 of the Security and Prosperity Part- regulatory compatibility.” nership, the Bush administration, along The SPP also has tremendous implica- Now, according to those most concerned with the governments of Mexico and tions for immigration. As NAFTA erased with creating a North American Union, Canada, has taken the next step toward a most remaining barriers hampering the it’s time to move beyond NAFTA. Profes- European Union-style superstate in North flow of capital between Canada, Mexico, sor Robert Pastor of American University America. The SPP features a wide range and the United States, the SPP will look serves also as vice-chair of the CFR Task of initiatives on matters related to security for ways to eliminate bottlenecks hamper- Force on North America and is one of the and commerce. These include: ing the flow of people. According to the primary intellectual architects of North • Create a proto-parliament called the official SPP agenda, the new international American regionalism. According to Pas- North American Competitiveness Coun- body will work to “identify measures to tor, even after NAFTA, U.S. policy has cil. According to official SPP documents, facilitate further the movement of business been too nationalistic. “Instead of trying this body will “address issues of immedi- persons.” to fashion a North American approach ate importance” and provide “strategic” Specific policies likely to be followed to continental problems, we continue to advice. It will also “provide input on the by the SPP can be found in the CFR re- pursue problems on a dual-bilateral basis, compatibility of our security and prosper- port entitled Building a North American taking one issue at a time,” Pastor said in ity agendas.” Community that was released just after testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations • Under the purported threat of an avian the March 23, 2005 SPP meeting in Waco, Committee’s Subcommittee on the West- flu pandemic, the parties to the SPP will Texas. In its recommendations, the CFR ern Hemisphere on June 9, 2005. “But harmonize plans for continuity of govern- report suggests, “The three governments incremental steps will no longer solve ment in the event of a crisis. should commit themselves to the long- the security problem, or allow us to grasp • Begin harmonizing security organs by term goal of dramatically diminishing the economic opportunities. What we need to creating a “common approach to critical need for the current intensity of the gov- do now is forge a North American Com- munity,” Pastor stated. This, in fact, has been a major goal of the Bush administration and of the Mexi- can administration of Vicente Fox. In a paper entitled Closing the Development Gap: A Proposal for a North American Investment Fund, Pastor and coauthors Samuel Morley and Sherman Robinson point out that Mexican President Vicente Fox has long advocated a North Ameri- can common market. “Soon after he won Mexico’s presidential election on July 2, 2000, Vicente Fox proposed a Common Market to replace the free-trade area,” Pastor, Morley, and Robinson wrote. “He invited President George W. Bush to his home in February 2001 and persuaded him to endorse ‘The Guanajuato Propos- al.’ ” President Bush quickly signed on to the plan. In a joint statement with Fox released by the White House on Febru- ary 16, 2001, Bush described the outcome of the meeting. “After consultation with our Canadian partners, we will strive to AP consolidate a North American economic NAFTA: President Clinton signs NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, into law community whose benefits reach the less- on December 8, 1993. NAFTA was an important early step in creating economic conditions er-developed areas of the region and ex- conducive to an eventual union of North America. THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTOBER 2, 2006 11
  13. 13. OVERVIEW According to the magazine aries will be defined by a common exter- International Construction nal tariff and an outer security perimeter It is incredible, but just four years from Review, the project “would within which the movement of people, now — if the CFR template is followed — be part of the ‘super-high- products, and capital will be legal, orderly, way’ spanning the United and safe. Its goal will be to guarantee a the United States may cease to exist as States from the Mexican free, secure, just, and prosperous North an independent political entity. Its laws, border at Laredo, making its America.” rules, and regulations will be subject way through Texas, Kansas It is incredible, but just four years from and Oklahoma and connect- now — if the CFR template is followed — to review and nullification by the North ing with the Canadian high- the United States may cease to exist as an American Union’s governing body. way system north of Du- independent political entity. Its laws, rules, luth, Minnesota. Because it and regulations — including all freedoms would provide a connection guaranteed by the Constitution — will be ernments’ physical control of cross-bor- all the way between Canada and Mexico, subject to review and nullification by the der traffic, travel, and trade within North the project is also described as the North North American Union’s governing body. America. A long-term goal for a North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) super Sure, the United States will still be here American border action plan should be highway.” in name. American soldiers will still fight, joint screening of travelers from third A further measure of the speed with mostly, under the U.S. flag. There will countries at their first point of entry into which a North American Union is likely to be a U.S. president and both houses of North America and the elimination of most develop is found within the CFR’s recom- Congress will continue to meet and pass controls over the temporary movement of mendations for the SPP. That organization, legislation. Nevertheless, in very impor- these travelers within North America.” which so often drafts the foreign-policy tant ways, the United States will become This goes a long way toward explaining blueprints followed by the federal govern- nothing more than a province — albeit an the maddening lack of urgency that is ap- ment, calls for “the creation by 2010 of a important one — in the emergent North parent in Washington concerning the issue North American community.... Its bound- American superstate. ■ of illegal immigration from Mexico. If the SPP follows the CFR template — a virtual European template: Appointed planning commissioner in France following World War II by certainty — there will no longer be a bor- Charles De Gaulle, Jean Monnet was the architect of the Schuman Plan creating the European der to cross illegally. Coal and Steel Community, a revolutionary arrangement that was the first step in the piecemeal process that created the European Union — the same piecemeal strategy that is being used in North America to forge a union between Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Moving Fast Perhaps the most important difference between the formation of the European Union and the effort to build a North American Union is the speed at which the North American version is moving ahead. In Europe, union took decades, with ef- forts starting just after World War II and culminating in the 1990s. In North Ameri- ca, issues related to union first began only in 1965. According to economist Glen Atkinson, “NAFTA has evolved over sev- eral stages beginning with the Canadian- U.S. automobile pact of 1965 and the Canadian-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1989.” Now, little more than a decade after NAFTA comes the SPP. A measure of the rapidity with which this drive for a North American Union can affect the lives of citizens is the planned super highway linking the U.S.’s north- ern and southern borders. The plan for this highway is breathtaking. It includes plans to start construction in 2007 on the so-called Trans Texas Corridor, to be built in large part by a Spanish construction company. AP 12
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  15. 15. SPP LIES Myth Fact vs. In their myth-busting attempts, the architects of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) use half-truths and lies to conceal the real intent inherent in their plans: building a North American Union. by Dennis Behreandt W hen President Bush and his counterparts from Can- Myth per ada and Mexico created the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, they took a substan- “The SPP is a movement tial step toward unifying the three nations in a North Ameri- to merge the United can Union. Aware of the potential for controversy, the SPP has States, Mexico, and Can- sought to dispel “myths” about the arrangement by posting ada into a North Ameri- a document entitled SPP Myths vs Facts to the official SPP can Union and establish website, The document is intended to debunk asser- a common currency.” tions that the SPP is a further step toward the North American Union. What it does, instead, is cleverly spin the truth, as an examination of the document reveals. Fact: The SPP claims, “It does not change our courts or legislative processes and respects the sovereignty of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The SPP in no way, shape or form considers the creation of a European Union-like structure Myth per or a common currency.” Elsewhere, officials “The SPP was an agreement signed by President stated otherwise. In 2001, Paul Cellucci, Bush and his Mexican and Canadian counter- the U.S. ambassador to Canada, called for parts in Waco, TX, on March 23, 2005.” a North American Community. In remarks Fact: that are still available from the web page of According to study After the Earth Summit: The the U.S. Embassy, Cellucci says, “It is par- the SPP, the Future of Environmental Gover- ticularly important that these three coun- arrangement nance described this use of soft tries continue to work together to build this is a “dialogue” only. “The SPP is law. “Paradoxically, one way to North American community.” In fact, even not an agreement nor is it a treaty. make … agreements more effec- President Bush has admitted that the ulti- In fact, no agreement was ever tive is in some cases to make them mate goal is union. The admission came at signed.” Strictly speaking, this is less enforceable — and therefore a press conference attended by President true. This fact, however, does not more palatable to the negotiators Bush and his Mexican and Canadian coun- nullify the real impact of the SPP who may initially feel threatened terparts at Baylor University on March 23, on furthering North American inte- by any loss of sovereignty,” the 2005. “Keeping in mind, in front of us, the gration. The arrangement is a sort study observed. “So-called ‘soft European Union,” a reporter asked, “how of “soft law” that lays the founda- law’ — declarations, resolutions, much is this partnership a first step towards tion for future, legally binding ar- and action plans that nations do continental integration?” Bush responded, rangements. Soft law has long been not need to formally ratify and are saying, “The vision that you asked about used to build international arrange- not legally binding — can help to in your question as to what kind of union ments that eventually are enforced. create an international consensus, might there be, I see one based upon free This has been a common tactic in mobilize aid, and lay the ground- trade, that would then entail commitment creating international environmen- work for the negotiation of binding to markets and democracy, transparency, tal arrangements. The Worldwatch treaties later.” rule of law.” 14 THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTOBER 2, 2006
  16. 16. Myth per In answer to this dence to the contrary. Consider the borders “The SPP infringes on Fact: “myth” the SPP says, “Nothing in the SPP undermines the U.S. alone. The SPP envisions replacing the bor- ders around the United States with borders around North America, a de facto geograph- the Sovereignty of the Constitution. In no way does the SPP in- ical merger of the three formerly sovereign United States.” fringe upon the sovereignty of the United nations. The SPP’s weak protestations to the States.” This flies in the face of all the evi- contrary are laughable. Government denials saying that the SPP Myth per will not lead to a North American Union “The SPP will cost U.S. are disingenuous. taxpayers money.” Myth per Fact: In response to this “myth,” the SPP says: “The SPP is being implemented with existing budget “The SPP is illegal and violates resources” and that in the long term, “it the Constitution.” will save U.S. taxpayers money by cut- ting through costly red tape and reduc- Fact: The SPP’s an- soft law, for now. Unfortunately, ing redundant paperwork.” First, if the swer is that it the Executive Branch is cavalierly SPP is being paid for within the existing “is legal and in pursuing the North American Union budget, then it is already costing taxpay- no way violates the Constitution.” through the SPP without congres- ers money. Second, governments have This is another “truth” used as a sional assent. This is another neat never been able to cut red tape. Build- human shield to cover another nest “end run around national sover- ing bigger, regionally integrated govern- of dangerous lies. It is a fact that eignty, eroding it piece by piece,” ments always creates more red tape, not no treaty legitimizing the SPP has in the words of CFR international- less. The European Union, for instance, been signed and that there has been ist scholar Richard Gardner, who is notorious for the Byzantine twists and no Senate ratification. Therefore, described the strategy to build re- turns of its bureaucracy. The real issue, the SPP has no legal bearing on the gional governance in a piecemeal though, is with joint security of the United States, and it consequently fashion in his seminal 1974 article three nations. The United States is far remains firmly within the realm of “The Hard Road to World Order.” and away the most powerful nation on the planet in terms of law enforcement and military resources and technology. If North America is going to be secured Myth per collectively, it is going to be done with U.S. resources. Naturally, U.S. taxpay- ers would then pay the tab. “The SPP is meant to deal with immigration reform and trade disputes.” Fact: The SPP points out that “Immigration reform is a legislative matter currently being debated in Congress and is not national borders. Already, efforts are underway to speed the flow of goods and people across the borders between the three nations. Ultimately, under the progressing plan for the North being dealt with in the SPP.” Again, true to a point, but this American Union, the borders between the United States and conceals the real effect the SPP and North American Union Mexico and the United States and Canada will fade in impor- will have on immigration. SPP documents repeatedly state tance. If that happens, immigration will cease. We’ll all be that the aim is to enforce North American borders rather than North Americans. ■ THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTOBER 2, 2006 15
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  18. 18. ID CARD Your New North American ID CARD One element of the merger of the United States, Canada, and Mexico Your life on a computer chip: Biometric identification chips, such as is an effort to create a common these produced in the authoritarian Asian city-state Singapore, can contain reams of personal information, including thumb prints, iris “North American” ID card. scans, and personal health and education records. AP by Steven Yates It is true, of course, that America faces buildings, board planes, collect Social a serious terrorist threat. But instead of Security payments, or establish accounts B eef cattle come down a loading instituting commonsense, non-intrusive with national banks. chute leading into a slaughter- security measures, such as securing our Just as the animal RFID program can house, mooing as they walk. Each borders so that terrorists cannot come easily be circumvented, the national ID steer has a yellow ear tag containing a here undetected, we are openly inviting system can be easily bypassed by crimi- radio frequency identification (RFID) de- unscreened foreigners across our borders. nals. Hackers have already demonstrated vice, which is scanned by a tag reader to Any terrorist able to get into Canada or that they can strip information from RFID assure that the proper animals are in the Mexico could then easily come here. Ter- cards up to 160 feet away from the victims proper place. rorists among us then serve as the ratio- and that encrypted codes on the cards can The RFID system was promoted as nale for monitoring the American people be broken. a means to prevent the spread of animal themselves through the use of a RFID na- And because information on biometric diseases into the food-supply chain and to tional ID card. chips could be stolen and changed, the ID prevent bio-terrorism. But there were al- Although having citizens “tagged” by system will, in essence, be tracking the ID ready adequate measures in place to stop the government won’t likely mean wearing cards themselves, not the people. Crimi- diseased cattle from getting into the food yellow plastic-coated appliances attached nals will be able to move about at will on chain, and many ways that the deviously to our ears like for cattle, the similarity to fraudulent cards. For honest people, the minded would be able to circumvent the the animal RFID ID system is striking. To cards will likely be used to track them RFID system. Critics of the system point- begin with, just like the cattle tracking pro- throughout the day — when their card is ed out that there must be some ulterior gram, the national ID program is an inef- scanned at supermarkets and gas stations motive to the government’s insistence on fective “solution” to a problem that can be to verify ID for credit card use, at banks requiring such a tagging system, such as addressed in less intrusive ways. when depositing and withdrawing money, increased profits for importers of non- and at airports, car rentals, and workplaces tagged foreign beef. “Your Papers, Please” again to verify ID. Now, in the name of national security, In May 2005, the federal government gave And as with the animal ID system, there it’s our turn to be “tagged.” U.S. citizens de facto national ID cards. seems to be an ulterior motive behind the Title II of the Real ID Act calls for new national ID initiative — to enable the im- Steven Yates, Ph.D., teaches philosophy at the Uni- federal standards in drivers’ licenses. Un- plementation of a merger between Canada, versity of South Carolina Upstate and Greenville less states comply by May 2008, their the United States, and Mexico. Technical College. citizens will not be able to enter federal A book-length document called Build- THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTOBER 2, 2006 17
  19. 19. Partnership (SPP) that is being insti- tuted by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States aims to promote “the secure movement of low-risk traffic across our shared borders” through “identify[ing], develop[ing] and deploy[ing] new technologies to advance our shared security.” Among its recommenda- tions, the SPP calls for “a secure, North American Border Pass with biometric identifiers.” Very likely, many Americans will see nothing alarming in our govern- ment’s turning WHTI “into a back- door tri-national ID system” with “Americans [having] little choice but to be integrated into it,” in the words AP of Liberty Coalition policy director Insecure ID: Among the estimated $3 million worth of phony IDs and forgery materials seized by federal officials in a March 2003 raid were stamps, seals, silk-screens, and items necessary James Plummer. They might even to produce bogus documents. Government assurances notwithstanding, criminals will be able to believe that RFID has advantages. counterfeit “secure” biometric IDs as well. For instance, detailed personal med- ical information stored on the card ing a North American Community, pub- would likely be only an intermediate step would help paramedics treat seriously in- lished by the Council on Foreign Rela- before the implementation of a national jured or incapacitated patients. tions, explains how a unified ID would ID card that is unified between Canada, Of course, there are lots of reasons to facilitate the combining of the three coun- Mexico, and the United States. be wary — expense, for one. In July, the tries: “The three countries should develop The reason given for unifying the ID Associated Press reported the results of a secure North American Border Pass amongst the three countries would likely a study done by the Texas Department with biometric identifiers. This document be that a PASS Card-style ID, focusing of Public Safety concluding that fees for would allow its bearers expedited passage exclusively on U.S. border security, could Texans applying for or renewing drivers’ through customs, immigration, and airport hamper border crossings and interfere licenses could jump from $24 to more security throughout the region.” with increased mobility of persons and than $100. This is before any actual deci- “free trade” across borders — which is one sion to incorporate RFID technology into A North American ID of the oft-repeated objectives of the NAU/ Real ID. The key question is: will adoption of Real SPP schemers. A coalition of U.S. and Ca- Much worse than mere expense, how- ID be a precursor to an internationalized nadian businesses, Business for Economic ever, are the safety and privacy problems North American ID? There are good rea- Security, Trade & Tourism (comprised of associated with the card. The information sons for thinking so. over 60 companies and associations), re- encoded into RFID cards could include The Western Hemisphere Travel Initia- viewed the PASS proposal associated with citizens’ entire lives — not just medi- tive (WHTI), which grew out of the Intel- the WHTI and estimated that it would re- cal records, but education history and ligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention duce commerce between the United States skills, work history, job evaluations, etc. Act of 2004, is a cluster of programs that and Canada, costing the U.S. economy — allowing potential access by foreign would require those entering the United $785 million and the Canadian economy bureaucrats, hackers, and sundry crimi- States to present a passport, another verifi- $1.7 billion in lost revenue per year due to nals to one’s most personal information. able and secure document, or some combi- the decline in tourism alone. There is no such thing as a completely nation of documents to prove the bearer’s This will be used to create a constitu- tamper-proof system, and if hacked, identity and citizenship. Not a bad idea. ency for internationalizing the REAL ID RFID chips could provoke a “boom” in And the Department of Homeland Secu- program, so as not to interfere with “free identity theft. rity (DHS), overseeing the Intelligence trade.” Worst of all, though, is the development Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, The Bush administration’s proposed of a transnational bureaucracy with total has suggested a driver’s license-like docu- amnesty for illegal aliens creates another surveillance capabilities. Our government, ment for international travel called the rationale for a North American ID. RFID- along with at least Canada and Mexico, PASS Card, which would have to be used enhanced ID cards have been suggested as would be able to track honest people all both for leaving and entering the United a means of tracking immigrants who are or day, every day — just as slaughterhouse- States. will soon be working in the United States. bound RFID-tagged cattle are tracked But the PASS Card, if implemented, Finally, the Security and Prosperity today. ■ 18 THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTOBER 2, 2006
  20. 20. THE GOP GOP DEEDS Under a Microscope By failing to oppose the dangerous policies of the Bush administration, much of the GOP leadership has proven that their talk about border security is nothing but rhetoric. AP by Warren Mass borders. But it does make sense in light States in the short-term, as well as to pave of the administration’s Security and Pros- the way towards a long-term, coordinated S ince the inception of the Bush ad- perity Partnership (SPP) with the govern- and legal immigration plan for our Hemi- ministration’s post-9/11 “War on ments of Mexico and Canada that would sphere.” (Emphasis added.) Terrorism,” both the White House effectively erase the national borders with- Despite the implication in this statement and congressional Republicans have paid in North America on the path to forming that the administration plans to stop illegal generous lip service to the need to improve the North American Union patterned after immigration and then only allow limited border security, an important part of con- the European Union. legal immigration, the reality is that the trolling terrorism. “The United States In moving forward with the SPP/NAU, administration plans to legalize all cur- must secure its borders,” President Bush the president has the support of the GOP rent illegal immigrants — and facilitate stated on May 15 of this year when he ad- leadership. This was evident at the con- the legal migration of any willing persons dressed the nation from the Oval Office on gressional hearing, “Immigration: Re- across the three countries’ borders. Con- the subject of immigration. “This is a basic sponding to a Regional Crisis,” chaired by sider what the Senate’s “comprehensive responsibility of a sovereign nation. It is Congressman Dan Burton (R-Ind.), chair- immigration bill” (S. 2611 ) supported by also an urgent requirement of our national man of the House International Relations’ the Bush administration says. security.” Subcommittee on the Western Hemi- S. 2611 represents a classic “bait-and- However, in the same address, the presi- sphere. The meeting made clear that the switch,” insofar as providing a vehicle to dent also stated that, “to secure our bor- United States is aiming to merge functions curb illegal immigration is concerned. The der, we must create a temporary worker with Canada and Mexico and is pushing to earlier sections of the legislation appear to program,” that this program “would create allow the citizens from Mexico, Canada, mandate a crackdown on illegal immigra- a legal path for foreign workers to enter and the United States to cross borders at tion, by employing subheads such as “Bor- our country in an orderly way,” and that will. In a statement issued in preparation der Enforcement,” “National Strategy for it “would match willing foreign workers for the hearing, Burton stated: “We have Border Security,” “Document Fraud De- with willing American employers.” This already begun the process of working with tection,” etc. These sections are followed program — which would provide legal our friends by launching the Partnership by what we might term the “loophole” status to millions of illegal immigrants for Prosperity (P4P) and the Security and provisions. Most of these fall under the already here and open the floodgates for Prosperity Partnership of North America heading of Title IV — Nonimmigrant and many millions more to come — does not (SPP), but more needs to be done to stem Immigrant Visa Reform (which establish- make sense if the purpose is to secure our the tide of illegal aliens into the United es a “Temporary Worker Task Force”) and THE NEW AMERICAN • OCTOBER 2, 2006 19