Mar 082008
 
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Ministers from Canada, Mexico and the United States had a meeting of the the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) in Los Cabos, Mexico (Feb.27, 28, 2008) to review progress on harmonizing and integrating North America. This is in preparation for the annual summit meeting of the three leaders of North America in New Orleans on April 21-22. (a summit meeting that the next president must attend as part of his/her role in integrating the continent)

Our “ministers” are Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security ( he’s really supposed to be securing our borders), and Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce (headquarters for implementing the SPP).

One of the topics of the meeting was, “Smart and Secure Borders: Strengthen cooperation protocols and create new mechanisms to secure our common borders while facilitating legitimate travel and trade in the North American region.” (Photo:  SPP Minister Rice)

The ministers “…also met with representatives of the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC), whose contributions and advice in building a more prosperous and dynamic North America have been invaluable. We discussed the long-term challenges facing our three countries and how best to increase security and prosperity in North America, in order to make our region the best place to live, work and do business. Accordingly, we reiterate our interest in maintaining an open dialogue with business leaders and other stakeholders.”

Prime Minister Harper of Canada stated who is in charge of building North America:

“We committed to further engage the private sector. We’ve agreed to set up up a North American Competitiveness Council, made up of business leaders from all three countries, to advise us on ways to improve the competitiveness of our economies. They will meet with our ministers, identify priorities, and make sure we implement them.” (Since NACC CEO “advisers” are part of a permanent North American institution and the ones responsible for providing the input for building, maintaining and growing this “economic and security” union, the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States, along with their ministers, will, of course, continue the “open dialogue” with  them.)

Members of the U.S. branch of the NACC include CEOs: H. Lee Scott of Wal-Mart, Robert Stevens of Lockheed Martin, and Douglas R. Conant of Campbell’s Soup. For complete list go here. In case you missed it, these private business leaders, appointed, not elected, are making major decisions affecting every person in North America. Does that bother you at all? (For more see “Leaders Push PR campaign for North American alliance” and Documents from freedom of information requests.)

Note that the ministers’ report used terms like “North American region” and “building a…dynamic North America” as if the continent were one political entity. (Photo: SPP Minister Gutierrez)

That is, of course, the plan. The phrase improving “the competitiveness of our economies” means harmonizing laws, regulations, procedures and integrating all sectors of the three economies. It also means a “common security perimeter” around the continent and, eventually, opening the internal borders of North America (like the EU). This would allow the free flow of people (cheap labor) and commerce within the perimeter.  And the “citizens” of the three member nations would be able to “live and work” anywhere in North America. ( NOTE: a U.S. Department of State website which I have used as a source on two recent articles and planned to use on this one, is no longer available, a common event when the topic is embarrassing to the government. ) UPDATE: March 11, 2008. The info on the U.S. State Department website can be found here and here.

Any person who is elected president will attend the annual SPP summit and meet with SPP ministers and the CEOs of the North American Competitiveness Council as part of their  duties toward integrating North America. And yes, the plan includes an eventual North American government.

If elected, Council on Foreign Relations member John McCain, a free trader, will continue George Bush’s efforts to integrate North America plus pursue the Vicente Fox/Bush plan of integrating the Western Hemisphere (Free Trade Area of the Americas, FTAA). It will be run by trade agreements which will have sovereignty over the 34 member nations. (See, “John McCain will integrate the Western Hemisphere if elected President” thesigintreport, archives, Dec. 22, 2007.)

Any of the candidates; John McCain, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, if elected, will also sign a “comprehensive” immigration bill that will provide amnesty to 20 million illegal immigrants and mandate the implementation of a common security perimeter (virtual fence) around the continent. (Photo: SPP Minister Chertoff)

Since all three supported, but did not vote on, the U.S.- Peru Trade Agreement, which, like NAFTA, has no provisions for protecting labor rights or the environment, they will certainly find a way to justify the long list of trade agreements that will be crossing their desk from corporate America. (See thesigintreport, archives, Dec. 10, 2007, ‘Bush and Democrats Slam Workers, Environment with Peru Trade Agreement’)

The SPP and its blueprint, the CFR Task Force plan for Building a North American Community  (Task Force Report, 2005) are part of an agenda to run  North America and the Western Hemisphere for the benefit of corporations and investors.

American citizens? We are the consumers and a source of cheap labor. There are no longer any provisions for the American Dream.