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US TROOPS WEARING UN COLORS

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By Chuck Baldwin                                                
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According to a report in World Net Daily, “Troops in the United States’ USNORTHCOM ranks appear to have adopted a shoulder patch showing a North American continental design, with an emphasis on United Nations colors, giving evidence of the strength to integrate North America.

 “The patch reveals the continent of North America in the orange and blue colors typical to the U.N. More

Canadians fighting the Security & Prosperity Partnership

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November 2, 2008

To our Allies and Neighbours,

As some people may have been informed, in South-West Ontario, today has been declared a regional Day of Action against the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). A little over a month ago, a callout was sent from Anti-War@Laurier (AW@L)—an activist group in Kitchener-Waterloo—asking for autonomous actions targeting companies on the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) and Federal “(Mis)-representatives.”  The motto for the day is simply, “challenge corporate power.”

This letter is asking for something equally simple. Check out AW@L’s new NO SPP campaign page and consider taking some sort of local action, such as contacting your local MP or targeting a NACC company in your community.

The SPP is an agreement between the Government Executives of Canada, the US and Mexico. Its only official advisors are the corporate elites of the NACC. The SPP reveals a militarized corporate oligarchy and their implementation of, what has been called, “NAFTA on crack.” It is imperative to focus on education about, and taking action against, the SPP, because as more information becomes publicly available, the deeper ramifications of this undemocratic partnership become alarmingly apparent. 

Some of the most disturbing initiatives of the SPP include the following. First, there is the creation of Canada Command and an “expansion and indefinite extension” of NORAD, resulting in a newly militarized ‘Fortress North America’ supporting the American 21st century Global War on Terror.  Second, the post-9/11 Smart Border Declaration has been expanded, Americanizing (and in turn, militarizing) our border policies. The same has been occurring with countless trade, health, regulatory, and environmental policies.

Finally, the Tar Sands expansion is a linchpin of the SPP. Both the SPP and the five-fold expansion of Tar Sands production that it calls for are tied to energy security, military securitization of infrastructure, expansion of unethical migrant labour programs at the expense of immigration, more destruction of Indigenous land and rights, and the notorious “NAFTA Super-Highway/corridors.”

It needs to be understood that the military and corporate agendas of the SPP play off of each other; post-9/11, the US military pushed for a closing of the border, so the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) pushed for a new continental trade vision that projects military and economic security as “inseparable.” The CCCE, along with a few select Government Ministers, combined with efforts of the US Council on Foreign Relations, US Chamber of Commerce and the Council of the Americas, all convinced the North American Heads of State to agree to the SPP. 

Some people have denied that the SPP exists at all, but government websites and a massive paper trail say that the Agreement is very real and far reaching. Some members of the NACC, as well as some critics of the SPP, have recently suggested that the partnership is dead. However, both SPP documents as well as critics have also said that, while the SPP agreement and the NACC formal advisory process may come to end, it will only be to have them replaced by newer agreements that pursue advanced versions of the same agenda. Recently, Liberal and Conservative advisors have indicated that a major upcoming task for Canada will be to convince the new American President to stick with NAFTA, which means sticking with the SPP. The military agreements and restructuring, the energy plans, the border securitization and law enforcement militarization, the environmental destruction and the waves of deportation and persecution of immigrants and minorities—these injustices will not be undone by a newer articulation of “deep integration.”

In response, we urge people to take action and say no to the SPP. Challenge corporate power and target NACC companies and federal (mis)representatives. Having examined the ramifications of the SPP from primary source documents and notable analyses, we feel it is paramount to make this information readily accessible. Part of our presentation of this research is available as a document called Understanding the SPP – Following the Paper Trail. We hope that it will be a useful resource in the effort to make sense of the integration agenda of the modern corporate oligarchy.

We appreciate any feedback or communication that anyone has to offer.

In peace and solidarity,

 

 Anti-War @ Laurier (AW@L)

 

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SPP Busted….Now Called NASRA by Tom Deweese/Canada Free Press

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SPP Busted….Now Called NASRA

Time to call a halt to the SPP

Regulatory Area, NASRA. by Tom Deweese of Canada Free Press

The Three Amigos are attempting an old-fashioned switcheroo, much like the 1930’s grifters portrayed by Newman and Redford in The Sting.

Frustrated that alert and clear-thinking Americans and Canadians see the nefarious purposes behind the “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), President Bush has apparently concluded that dog won’t hunt – at least not under the moniker of SPP.  In a surprisingly simple-minded approach, the President has apparently decided changing a skunks’ name changes the fact that it still stinks. Shame on President Bush! If he weren’t up to his neck in treachery, he would not need to hide his activities from the nation.

Last year’s secret SPP summit meeting in Montebello focused on finding ways to get the people to swallow the idea of the collaboration leading to the North American Union, and to quiet its critics. Presumably, these were the topics of discussion when members of the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) met with the leaders behind closed doors. The NACC is a largely secretive advisory council to the SPP consisting of representatives of such companies as Wal Mart, Chevron Oil, and Lockheed-Martin.

An internal memo from Canada’s Foreign Affairs and Internal Trade ministry documents that the NACC was urged to launch a public relations campaign to counter growing criticism of the trilateral cooperative that is a cornerstone of the building North American Union. According to the memo, Leaders discussed some of the difficulties of the SPP, including the lack of popular support and the failure of the public to understand the competitive challenges confronting North America. The memo emphasized the NACC members should (play) a role in communicating the merits of North American collaboration.  Am I the only one who remembers the definition of collaboration, at least as it applies to nations and their citizens?

Further, in point of fact, these competitive challenges do not face North America…they face global corporations doing business in North America. The SPP has nothing to do with ensuring the security and prosperity of the United States citizens, or U.S. corporations would first and foremost conduct business as Americans. The Partnership is between government and business; it values the nation’ citizens only as human resources.

Many corporate CEOS now seem to favor former CEO of GE Jack Welsh’ advice (as far as they practically can) that, the ideal factory would be built on a barge” so it could be hauled around the world to low-wage areas, where it could operate without labor rules, environmental protections or other standards.

Following the advice in March of the Frazier Institute, a Canadian think tank, the SPP will forthwith and hereafter (until another name is required) be known as the North American Standards and Regulatory Area. I say, until another name is required in full faith that as growing numbers of Americans learn of this treachery at the highest levels of our government, they will resoundingly oppose it.

Of greater significance than the name change is the Institutes call to expand and speed up the process of integration. One Canadian reporter said of last years SPP Summit that the SPP was dead and defunct. Another recently stated the SPP has collapsed under a heap of conspiratorial rubbish. This is pure garbage.

The conspiratorial label is pretty amusing, though, considering the Frazier Institute report suggested the name North American Union, or NAU, be dropped in favor of the new name. Unfortunately, the SPP is far from dead. But the growing public attention, and profound disapproval, obviously worries those sneaking around to secret meetings in dimly lit corners with secret files.

Results of a brand new American Policy Center survey on the SPP clearly show when Americans understand the truth, they say No! in phenomenal numbers. People are overwhelmingly opposed to the harmonization and integration, both economically and politically, of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.

Even the name of the Fourth SPP Annual Summit was changed to the North American Leaders Summit. There’ an oxymoron for you; Leaders indeed!

Enough, already! President Bush, its time to tell the American people:

Whats on the table; whats the big picture?

What have the 20 SPP Working Groups been working on these past three years, specifically?

What promises have been made to the leaders of Canada and Mexico; to members of the NACC?

Will the 51 NACC proposals made to SPP negotiators last year, these regulatory changes that dont require legislative approval, favor narrow corporate interests over Americans welfare, freedom, and liberty?

What regulatory changes have already been made?

Why, President Bush, are you involved in secret meetings and negotiations involving the very sovereignty of the United States without the advice and consent of Congress, the American people, or even under scrutiny of the Fourth Estate, even as largely worthless as it is?

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