A North American super state?


Richard Moore

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Bush sneaking North American super-state without oversight?

Mexico, Canada partnership underway with no authorization from Congress

Posted: June 13, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi

© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Despite having no authorization from Congress, the Bush administration has 
launched extensive working-group activity to implement a trilateral agreement 
with Mexico and Canada.

The membership of the working groups has not been published, nor has their work 
product been disclosed, despite two years of massive effort within the executive
branches of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

The groups, working under the North American Free Trade Association office in 
the Department of Commerce, are to implement the Security and Prosperity 
Partnership, or SPP, signed by President Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and
then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin in Waco, Texas, on March 23, 2005.

The trilateral agreement, signed as a joint declaration not submitted to 
Congress for review, led to the creation of the SPP office within the Department
of Commerce.

The SPP report to the heads of state of the U.S., Mexico and Canada, -- released
June 27, 2005, -- lists some 20 different working groups spanning a wide variety
of issues ranging from e-commerce, to aviation policy, to borders and 
immigration, involving the activity of multiple U.S. government agencies.

The working groups have produced a number of memorandums of understanding and 
trilateral declarations of agreement.

The Canadian government and the Mexican government each have SPP offices 
comparable to the U.S. office.

Geri Word, who heads the SPP office within the NAFTA office of the U.S. 
Department of Commerce affirmed to WND last Friday in a telephone interview that
the membership of the working groups, as well as their work products, have not 
been published anywhere, including on the Internet.

Why the secrecy?

"We did not want to get the contact people of the working groups distracted by 
calls from the public," said Word.

She suggested to WND that the work products of the working groups was described 
on the SPP website, so publishing the actual documents did not seem required.

WND can find no specific congressional legislation authorizing the SPP working 
groups. The closest to enabling legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sen.
Richard Lugar, R-Ind., on April 20, 2005. Listed as S. 853, the bill was titled 
"North American Cooperative Security Act: A bill to direct the Secretary of 
State to establish a program to bolster the mutual security and safety of the 
United States, Canada, and Mexico, and for other purposes." The bill never 
emerged from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In the House of Representatives, the same bill was introduced by Rep. Katherine 
Harris, R-Fla., on May 26, 2005. Again, the bill languished in the House 
Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk 

WND cannot find any congressional committees taking charge for specific 
oversight of SPP activity.

WND has requested from Word in the U.S. Department of Commerce a complete 
listing of the contact persons and the participating membership for the working 
groups listed in the June 2005 SPP report to the trilateral leaders. In 
addition, WND asked to see all work products, such as memorandums of 
understanding, letters of intent, and trilateral agreements that are referenced 
in the report.

Many SPP working groups appear to be working toward achieving specific 
objectives as defined by a May 2005 Council on Foreign Relations task force 
report, which presented a blueprint for expanding the SPP agreement into a North
American Union that would merge the U.S., Canada and Mexico into a new 
governmental form.

Referring to the SPP joint declaration, the report, entitled "Building a North 
American Community," stated:

The Task Force is pleased to provide specific advice on how the partnership can 
be pursued and realized.

To that end, the Task Force proposes the creation by 2010 of a North American 
community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity. We propose a 
community based on the principle affirmed in the March 2005 Joint Statement of 
the three leaders that "our security and prosperity are mutually dependent and 
complementary." Its boundaries 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.

The CFR task force report called for establishment of a common security border 
perimeter around North America by 2010, along with free movement of people, 
commerce and capital within North America, facilitated by the development of a 
North American Border Pass that would replace a U.S. passport for travel between
the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Also envisioned by the CFR task force report were a North American court, a 
North American inter-parliamentary group, a North American executive commission,
a North American military defense command, a North American customs office and a
North American development bank.

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Jerome R. Corsi received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in
1972 and has written many books and articles, including co-authoring with John 
O'Neill the No. 1 New York Times best-seller, "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat 
Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry." Dr. Corsi's most recent books include 
"Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil," which 
he co-authored with WND columnist Craig. R. Smith, and "Atomic Iran: How the 
Terrorist Regime Bought the Bomb and American Politicians."

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