Friday, September 29, 2006

SPP Destroying Evidence?

In a previous post, I criticized the attempt to debunk criticisms of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) made by the official government website of the SPP (spp.gov).

That webpage purports to answer a "Myth" with a government "Fact."
Myth: The SPP was an agreement signed by Presidents Bush and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts in Waco, TX, on March 23, 2005.

Fact: The SPP is a dialogue to increase security and enhance prosperity among the three countries. The SPP is not an agreement nor is it a treaty. In fact, no agreement was ever signed.
One problem with this government "fact" is the claim by then Prime Minister Paul Martin that "[O]n March 23, President Bush, President Fox and I signed the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America that establishes the way forward on our continental agenda for security, prosperity and quality of life." [my emphasis] So whom should we believe: former Prime Minister Paul Martin, or the college intern who put together the SPP website?

Earlier today I sent a note to the SPP webmaster asking this very question, citing the URL found in this webpage from Vive le Canada, which has this URL:

http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/cip-pic/ips/ips-overview2-en.asp

That webpage, as I write this, is now missing, and a patriot in California is huffing mad, accusing me of tipping off the SPP to a website that contradicts the SPP claim that nothing was "signed."

I think the webpage will be back online in the morning, after whatever late-night repairs on the server are completed. In case I'm wrong, I encourage readers to copy the print version of the page found here.

I don't believe that anything was "signed" back on March 23, 2005, despite the use of the word by Prime Minister Paul Martin. Signing something might require Senate confirmation (Art. II, §2 cl. 2). The modern trend of the New World Order is called "soft law" -- unsigned and even unwritten laws that advance the agenda of hemispheric integration without allowing Congress to exercise congressional oversight. Here are five articles explaining this legal revolution: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Americans trust their incumbent Congressmen, and trust their government. This is unAmerican. We are not to trust government, but DIStrust it, and remain cynical and vigilant of government's claims. Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1799:
Confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism. Free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy, and not confidence, which prescribes limited constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power.… In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
As you are reading this, a new government is being created which will overrule all laws and constitutions in the United States. The progress being made in this "soft revolution" will continue unabated regardless of whether or not anything was signed on March 23, 2005. We need representatives in Congress who will work to stop it.

Unfortunately, this issue is not on the political radar of most voters in 2006, and many important milestones in the creation of the North American Union are scheduled for completion in 2007, which will create political and legal inertia that will make it even more difficult to stop in 2008.

In the long run, humanity must reject Jefferson's claim that "we are obliged to trust [ANYONE] with power." The whole concept of political power must be repudiated if the human race is to survive.

6 comments:

Bernie said...

Kevin,

Border security is being tightened
between the Canada
and USA border. There's
talk of an electronic
"fence" and even troops.

I know being a border guard
is a very dangerous job,
when you consider that a bunch
of them left their posts
and went on strike
because a criminal was in
California on his way to the border
they said with a .22 gun
or something. "Eeek, a mouse".

State actions do not
seem to be enhancing the
free flow of Goods, Capital
and Labor.

Yet the SPP people claim
to be seeking integration.

I wonder why the contradiction?

Kevin Craig said...

Bernie,
Why do you say the flow of goods, capital and labor does not seem to be increased? Certainly labor flow has been increased (call it "immigration"), and I see more imported products in stores all the time. Capital is definitely flowing -- OUT. This is the purpose of SPP-style integration, and the documents at SPP.gov claim great success. This may be one area where I don't doubt the government claims.

Bernie said...

What I was curious about is that
if the SPP is a step toward
making Canada, the US and
Mexico "one country"
then there would/should be no borders under this scenario.

So why now step up border security
to restrict this flow?

Kevin Craig said...

The SPP is being implemented without any Congressional vote one way or the other. They don't really know what's going on. Their building a fence won't stop SPP. In fact, I'm sure SPP-ites don't mind having "full mobility of labor" but having labor cross the border only where the government authorizes transit.

Alternatively, Congress might allocate funds for a fence that will never be built.

This is all U.S -- I don't know what's going on in Canada. Mexico has never been fond of fences.

Bernie said...

High-tech watchtowers in works for U.S-Canada border

Sheldon Alberts
CanWest News Service


Friday, September 22, 2006


WASHINGTON - Sections of the Canada-U.S. border in British Columbia and southwestern Ontario - areas deemed most vulnerable to drug smuggling and terrorist infiltrations - are likely the first locations where American authorities will deploy a ''virtual fence'' of high-tech monitoring equipment to stop illegal crossings, Homeland Security officials said Thursday.

Detailing plans for an array of sensors, infrared cameras, watchtowers, and drones that will eventually stretch across America's entire 8,890-kilometre border with Canada, U.S. authorities said their goal is to have the world's longest undefended border under surveillance within three to six years.

''We are looking at making it just that, making it a guarded border,'' U.S. Border Patrol chief David Aguilar told reporters.

His comments followed a Department of Homeland Security announcement that Chicago-based Boeing Corp. had been awarded an initial $67-million contract to begin work on the project, known as the Secure Border Initiative.

Starting with a 45-kilometre section of the U.S.-Mexico border south of Tucson, Ariz., the project will expand along both the Canadian and Mexican boundaries based on evaluations of the threat posed by illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and terrorists.

''What we are looking to build is a virtual fence, a 21st-century virtual fence,'' said Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff.

''The border is not just a uniform place. It is a very complicated mix EWhat applies in one stretch of the border is not going to be what applies in another stretch.''

U.S. officials said their priority is to gain operational control of its southern border with Mexico, where more than one million immigrants are caught sneaking into the country every year.

Fewer than 10,000 people were detained trying to enter the U.S. illegally from Canada in 2004, but American officials have struggled to prevent the flow of narcotics across its northern border. It has also identified Toronto and Vancouver as hubs for the smuggling of Asian immigrants into the U.S.

''We will expand rapidly to take on the task at hand,'' said Michael Jackson, the deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

''Our preliminary focus is on the southwest border but from the very beginning we will be looking at the northern border and trying to define the right (surveillance equipment) to do the job there.''

Aguilar identified border areas stretching from Detroit to Buffalo, N.Y., the area surrounding Blaine, Wash., and remote stretches in Vermont and Maine as the areas most in need of high-tech surveillance.

It was at the Port Angeles, Wash., border crossing, west of Blaine, that border agents apprehended would-be millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam in December 1999.

In 2005, U.S. agents discovered a 120-metre-long smuggling tunnel linking a Quonset hut in Canada to the living room of a house in Lynden, Wash.

''Those are basically your lay down areas of interest to us,'' Aguilar said.

''We don't ignore the others. But based on a risk-management prioritization, those are the ones we take a look at.''

Boeing's initial contract proposal had called for a total of 1,800 high-tech surveillance towers along both the Mexican and Canadian borders, but Homeland Security officials said Thursday they ''had not reached a decision'' on the final number to be erected on either boundary.

The towers would be equipped with a gaggle of heat and motion sensors and infrared cameras that could be controlled remotely by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Boeing will also employ a system of ground-based radars, ''smart-fencing technology,'' unmanned aerial drones and even subterranean scanners aimed at helping border agents properly identify who - or what - is crossing into U.S. territory.

The information gathered by the surveillance equipment will be available in real-time to border agents.

''We don't want to send the border patrol chasing coyotes Ethat are coming across the border,'' said Chertoff. ''We want them chasing people coming across the border.''

Homeland Security refused to speculate on the ultimate cost of the Secure Border Initiatives, but industry officials have estimated it could reach $2.5 billion US.

Plans for the ''virtual fence'' are separate from efforts by Republicans in Congress to build more than 1,100 kilometres of double-layered security fences along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The congressional plan would also require Homeland Security to study the feasibility of erecting physical barriers along the Canada-U.S. border as a complement the surveillance technology.

The U.S. surveillance plan has drawn no protest from Ottawa, which is far more worried about a plan to require Canadian travellers to have passports or another approved secure documents at land borders by 2008.

Still, there is concern among Canadian and U.S. business interests that the Secure Border Initiative will draw precious funding away from the construction of border infrastructure to help speed commerce between the two countries.

Kevin Craig said...

Although "full mobility of labor" is a goal of the "North American Union," so also in control. Hence the "Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative," RFID passports, national ID cards, etc. I have said elsewhere, if you want "free trade," eliminate laws which form barriers to trade. Don't create an entirely new government. The Bush Administration does not want "free" anything.