Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway


Richard Moore

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Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway
by Jerome R. Corsi
Posted Jun 12, 2006

Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to 
build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart 
of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the
Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn.

Once complete, the new road will allow containers from the Far East to enter the
United States through the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, bypassing the 
Longshoreman¹s Union in the process. The Mexican trucks, without the involvement
of the Teamsters Union, will drive on what will be the nation¹s most modern 
highway straight into the heart of America. The Mexican trucks will cross border
in FAST lanes, checked only electronically by the new ³SENTRI² system. The first
customs stop will be a Mexican customs office in Kansas City, their new Smart 
Port complex, a facility being built for Mexico at a cost of $3 million to the 
U.S. taxpayers in Kansas City.

As incredible as this plan may seem to some readers, the first Trans-Texas 
Corridor segment of the NAFTA Super Highway is ready to begin construction next 
year. Various U.S. government agencies, dozens of state agencies, and scores of 
private NGOs (non-governmental organizations) have been working behind the 
scenes to create the NAFTA Super Highway, despite the lack of comment on the 
plan by President Bush. The American public is largely asleep to this key piece 
of the coming ³North American Union² that government planners in the new 
trilateral region of United States, Canada and Mexico are about to drive into 
reality. (http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=14965)

Just examine the following websites to get a feel for the magnitude of NAFTA 
Super Highway planning that has been going on without any new congressional 
legislation directly authorizing the construction of the planned international 
corridor through the center of the country.

€  NASCO (http://www.nascocorridor.com/), the North America SuperCorridor 
Coalition Inc., is a ³non-profit organization dedicated to developing the 
world¹s first international, integrated and secure, multi-modal transportation 
system along the International Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor 
to improve both the trade competitiveness and quality of life in North America.²
Where does that sentence say anything about the USA? Still, NASCO has received 
$2.5 million in earmarks from the U.S. Department of Transportation to plan the 
NAFTA Super Highway as a 10-lane limited-access road (five lanes in each 
direction) plus passenger and freight rail lines running alongside pipelines 
laid for oil and natural gas. One glance at the map of the NAFTA Super Highway 
on the front page of the NASCO website will make clear that the design is to 
connect Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. into one transportation system.

€  Kansas City SmartPort Inc. (http://www.kcsmartport.com/) is an ³investor 
based organization supported by the public and private sector² to create the key
hub on the NAFTA Super Highway. At the Kansas City SmartPort, the containers 
from the Far East can be transferred to trucks going east and west, dramatically
reducing the ground transportation time dropping the containers off in Los 
Angeles or Long Beach involves for most of the country. A brochure on the 
SmartPort website describes the plan in glowing terms: ³For those who live in 
Kansas City, the idea of receiving containers nonstop from the Far East by way 
of Mexico may sound unlikely, but later this month that seemingly far-fetched 
notion will become a reality.²

€  The U.S. government has housed within the Department of Commerce (DOC) an 
³SPP office² (http://www.spp.gov/) that is dedicated to organizing the many 
working groups laboring within the executive branches of the U.S., Mexico and 
Canada to create the regulatory reality for the Security and Prosperity 
Partnership. The SPP agreement was signed by Bush, President Vicente Fox, and 
then-Prime Minister Paul Martin in Waco, Tex., on March 23, 2005. According to 
the DOC website, a U.S.-Mexico Joint Working Committee on Transportation 
Planning has finalized a plan such that ³(m)ethods for detecting bottlenecks on 
the U.S.-Mexico border will be developed and low cost/high impact projects 
identified in bottleneck studies will be constructed or implemented.² The report
notes that new SENTRI travel lanes on the Mexican border will be constructed 
this year. The border at Laredo should be reduced to an electronic speed bump 
for the Mexican trucks containing goods from the Far East to enter the U.S. on 
their way to the Kansas City SmartPort.

€  The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is overseeing the Trans-Texas 
Corridor (TTC) as the first leg of the NAFTA Super Highway. A 4,000-page 
environmental impact statement has already been completed and public hearings 
are scheduled for five weeks, beginning next month, in July 2006. The billions 
involved will be provided by a foreign company, Cintra Concessions de 
Infraestructuras de Transporte, S.A. of Spain. As a consequence, the TTC will be
privately operated, leased to the Cintra consortium to be operated as a 

The details of the NAFTA Super Highway are hidden in plan view. Still, Bush has 
not given speeches to bring the NAFTA Super Highway plans to the full attention 
of the American public. Missing in the move toward creating a North American 
Union is the robust public debate that preceded the decision to form the 
European Union. All this may be for calculated political reasons on the part of 
the Bush Administration.

A good reason Bush does not want to secure the border with Mexico may be that 
the administration is trying to create express lanes for Mexican trucks to bring
containers with cheap Far East goods into the heart of the U.S., all without the
involvement of any U.S. union workers on the docks or in the trucks.

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