Creekside: North America Next

March 7, 2009

The terminology keeps changing. Deep integration is now ‘plug and play interoperability’. But changing the words will not change the odious Security and Prosperity Partnership.

Alison over at Creekside has an excellent post about this:

A year ago the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave Arizona State University $15 million to establish a Center of Excellence for Border Security and Immigration. The border security research centre is led by Rick Van Schoik, director of ASU’s North American Center for Transborder Studies.
Arizona State U presser, Feb. 2008 :
“The establishment of the center by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security follows more than two years of work assembling a team of U.S. universities, Mexican and Canadian institutions, government agencies, technology companies and national laboratories.

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Read rest of Alison’s post here.

Also linked: CathiefromCanada: “Plug and play interoperability”

For SPP watch  articles, visit the Council of Canadians Integrate This! website:

September 26, 2008
Posted by Andrea Harden

President Bush met with leaders and officials from 11 countries in the Western Hemisphere on Wednesday, September 24th in New York to launch the ‘Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas’ initiative. Canada is joined by the U.S., Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Peru in this initiative. All have free trade agreements with the U.S., or one pending before Congress. In a Washington Post article, Bush hails the initiative as, “a forum where leaders can work to ensure that the benefits of trade are broadly shared.” (more…)

Council of Canadians

CIP Americas Program: Armoring NAFTA: The Battleground for Mexico’s Future

Excerpt:

In April 2007, on the eve of the North American Trilateral Summit, Thomas Shannon, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs, described the SPP’s purpose with remarkable candor: The SPP, he declared, “understands North America as a shared economic space,” one that “we need to protect,” not only on the border but “more broadly throughout North America” through improved “security cooperation.” He added: “To a certain extent, we’re armoring NAFTA.”2

Mexicans and other Latin Americans have learned that adopting the U.S.-promoted neoliberal economic model—with its economic displacement and social cutbacks—comes with a necessary degree of force, but this was the first time that a U.S. official had stated outright that regional security was no longer focused on keeping the citizens of the United States, Canada, and Mexico safe from harm, but was now about protecting a regional economic model. Of course, Shannon didn’t list political opposition as one of the threats to be countered; he simply argued that the new “economic space” needed to be protected against “the threat of terrorism and against a threat of natural disasters and environmental and ecological disasters.” But the counter-terrorism/drug-war model elaborated in the SPP and embodied later in Plan Mexico (known officially as the Merida Initiative) encourages a crackdown on grassroots dissent to assure that no force, domestic or foreign, effectively questions the future of the system.

[… Read more]


Election News: Harper’s new deep integration plans for Canada!

September 24, 2008

This important message comes from ViveleCanada.ca. It is about Stephen Harper’s intentions to integrate Canada with the EU. So it’s not enough that he wants to more deeply integrate us with the US and Mexico via the SPP/NAU, Harper also wants to integrate us with the EU! If Harper is re-elected, will Canada retain any sovereignty at all? Canadians, please wake up! If we don’t act by ensuring that Stephen Harper does NOT get re-elected, we stand to lose our country!!  Stand up for Canada!!!

Hi everyone,

I’m writing to draw your attention to a couple of election-related items now up on Vive le Canada.ca.

First, we are helping promote a new video based on Mel Hurtig’s excellent book “The Truth About Canada” called “Who Killed Canada? A 2008 Election Primer”. The video was created by John Riddell with Mel Hurtig’s cooperation, and is a unique, fact-filled investigation, rich with information you will never see in the media, featuring Mel, produced and with commentary
by John Riddell. It is no less than a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) of what is happening to Canada today.

It is an excellent tool in educating voters about the current situation in Canada and the need to take action to protect our sovereignty and democracy.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each video goes to helping Vive, a non-profit organization that exists solely on the donations of our members, continue to pay our hosting and web development bills.

To order visit: http://www.thedreamofcanada.ca/Who/whokilld2.htm

Second, you may have heard that Canada and the EU are planning to enter into a new deep integration agreement.

As reported in the Globe and Mail on September 18, “Canadian and European officials say they plan to begin negotiating a massive agreement to integrate Canada’s economy with the 27 nations of the European Union, with preliminary talks to be launched at an Oct. 17 summit in Montreal three days after the federal election.” The article continues, “…a senior EU official involved in the talks described (them) as ‘deep economic integration negotiations.’”

The text of this deal will not be released to the general public during the election, yet it appears big business has already seen the deal and supports it–meaning that once again, Canadians will not have the democratic right to choose whether or not to enter into the deal, while big business makes up our minds for us.

For more information see:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080918.wtrade18/BNStory/International/home

To comment on the article on Vive visit:
http://www.vivelecanada.ca/article/235930340-canadaeu-trade-proposal-rivals-scope-of-nafta#comments

And if you’d like to send an email to the current Prime Minister opposing this deal, please visit the Council of Canadians website and use their sample letter:
http://www.canadians.org/action/2008/18-Sep-08.html

We at Vive also highly recommend that you attend local all-candidates forums, town halls and meetings in your area and ask these simple questions, or additional questions of your own that raise these issues:

1. Have you heard of Canada-U.S. deep integration agreements, such as the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP)? Do you feel that they threaten Canadian sovereignty and democracy?

2. Are you aware that the Conservative government is planning on negotiating a new deep integration agreement with the European Union? Do you support such a deal, or do you feel that it would threaten Canadian sovereignty and democracy?

3. If elected, would you ensure that there was parliamentary oversight of any deep integration deals, such as the SPP or the proposed deep integration deal with the EU?

Together, we can make Canadian sovereignty and democracy a federal election issue. If we don’t, we run the risk of watching even more of our sovereignty given away once the election is over.

By holding our candidates accountable, we have everything to gain…and if we don’t, we have our country to lose.

– Susan Thompson
http://www.vivelecanada.ca


Letter to confused Canadian voters

September 23, 2008

This impassioned letter to Canadian voters is from my best friend, Klara Palotay. Klara had lived through the horrors of Nazi fascism and Stalinist communism, so she knows the evils perpetrated upon citizens by these regimes. Canadians who care about our country must not be complacent and think this cannot happen here. It can, and it will! Remember, the good people of Germany did not believe it could happen to them either until it was too late. This has nothing to do with ‘left’ or ‘right’, liberals or conservatives. It has to do with the fate of our country. I urge my fellow bloggers to post Klara’s letter on your blogs to get the truth out about Stephen Harper’s insidious agenda. We cannot count on the mainstream media, even those that are purported to be ‘unbiased’. Our last bastion of objectivity, CBC, has joined the ranks of those who are aiding/abetting Harper in his smear campaign against Stephane Dion  — and their reporting is greatly slanted in Harper’s favour. The media have abandoned all objectivity, fairness and accuracy. They have become willing partners in Harper’s neocon machinations to turn our country into a US-style oligarchy.  We must not let this happen!!

Hello confused voter:

I am so sorry that you still think it is unfair of our venerable CBC to thrash Dion and tow the Harper line. I can see you need a bit of background info on this. When Harper cheated his way into office with the collusion of the RCMP and unfortunately Jack Layton, the whole dynamics of politics changed. Harper is a US lobbyist sent to us and financed by the republicans and big business to open Canada for the US style unregulated casino like financial system. Chretien was ousted by Martin for not cozying up to big business and Bay St. enough. Martin tried to behave as if his agenda was the usual Liberal semi socialist program even though he too was in agreement with selling out Canada to corporate interests. After all, he was the one who put us in the Afghanistan combat role under US command, Enduring Freedom. We are not under the Nato umbrella, we are already embedded in the US army. That is why Dion had to agree to the mission extension; there is no way the Americans will let us go. The Americans also blackmail and unfairly interfere with other countries internal politics. Harper win was engineered by them, because Martin was not as compliant as this current puppet proved to be. Martin was the one who put us on the road with deep integration and the SPP where the goal is to merge us into the US. As it is, we have too many laws and safeguards preventing that from happening as yet. Harper for the past 2 and a half years was furiously working behind the scenes to harmonize whatever he can with US laws and regulations, at the expense of the public. Since that time when Harper sneaked his way into office, Canada the decent, tolerant, just country ceased to exist. Witness the relentless attacks and bullying that have been going on for the past two years. Is this the country you grew up in? When Dion was chosen as leader of the party, all the pro business people went ballistic. Their lovely plan of selling us to the US developed a major snag. Here was a man who is honest, principled, just and not in politics for personal gain, thus he became their chief nemesis. In other words, he is a mortal enemy to the crooks on the right, both of big oil and big business. A man you cannot bribe or intimidate is their worst enemy. We, who attended that famous convention chose him precisely for those qualities. We did not want a Martin clone in Ignatieff or a pro Israel, and by extension another American supporter to be the new leader. We wanted a man who would stand up for Canada and we knew Dion could do it. We wanted to change the party and return it to local control for the citizen’s benefit. Two weeks after the convention the attacks started from the Cons. Have you ever wondered why they spent millions in the past years to assassinate Dion’s character? Isn’t it strange that they did not succeed in destroying him and like an energizing bunny he keeps on going because he knows HE IS RIGHT? He has a fully developed plan for the well-being of Canada and the other side is furious that nothing seems to faze him, not his own party’s lack of faith or the whole negative press he gets, he just pushes on because HE IS RIGHT! You must learn that two-thirds of our media are in conservative hands and they do not want him to win. Harper offered them unregulated markets where they can fleece the public with impunity. You think they will be fair and just? All the polls paid by them is fabricated to sound that way, to discourage the voters and have them stay home. If the Liberals lose heart as a lot of them are, the feeling forced on them already is: “what is the use, Harper will win anyway.” But why should they? The cons have no platform, no plan for Canada except to let the market destroy its safety net. The CBC is a government funded organization that is gutted from the inside, and the long time anchors like Peter Mansbridge and Don Newman gave up their objectivity long ago against being fired. Don’t think Harper would not do it, he has a string of wrongful dismissals under his belt.

What I am trying to say is use your head and use the internet wisely. You can find the truth easily, it is out there. The site to watch daily is The Turner Report, there you will get daily updates about the lies and shenanigans the conservatives are engaged in. Liblogs is another one, where you will read about all the outrages and happenings immediately as they occur. By the way, the only honest polling company belongs to Nick Nanos and he polls for CPAC. He was bang on with the last election results and he is the only one who does not manipulate the undecided numbers. Currently, the cons among decided voters lead at 36 per cent, the same as when they were elected in 2006, the Liberals are at 31 per cent despite the constant media barrage against Dion. Do you think there is not a concentrated effort to defeat Dion by the media? The NDP are at 22 per cent. Do you know what is the most important part of this poll? There are 20 per cent undecided voters!! Those people are waiting for the debates, they are waiting to see if anything happens like a major financial meltdown in the US or a new scandal, or Julie Couillard’s book on Bernier released before the election date. There are too many unknown factors still to call this election won by the cons. Harper as a dictator may sound good to his blind followers, but this is a huge country with regional interests that cannot be run by one rigid ideology. So I will ask you to accept the fact that big business, big oil, the media and Harper are conspiring against the Canadian people. Knowing this, your duty for your and your children’s sake is to go and help out with your local campaign and help however you are able. We need money and volunteers. This is the last chance for Canada to remain free; if we blow it this time will be an exploited poor region of a failing fascist empire. The slogan is WE WANT OUR CANADA BACK!! If you know any young people convert them to the cause, it is their future that is being given away. Allow Dion to return the country to its guiding principles: Peace, Order and Good Government. Let him fulfill his vision, Canada will be the richer for it.

Klara Palotay


YouTube – NORTH AMERICAN UNION & RFID Chip TRUTH!

September 17, 2008

First the EU and AU, then the NAU/SPP and the Asian Union and eventually One World Government. Sounds Orwellian, far-fetched? Think about events taking place, watch this short YouTube Video, and you be the judge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuBo4E77ZXo&feature=related


One World Government. Is this what we want??

August 26, 2008

I believe this is very important. Don’t be among the apathetic sheeple! Please watch the YouTube video clip before it is withheld or cancelled..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuBo4E77ZXo


Canada Day – Another view: “Will the USA Invade Canada?”

July 2, 2008

Regardless of what you think about Canada-US relations, this piece written by Carlton Meyer for Sanderson Research Associates Ltd. is thought-provoking reading for Canadians as we reflect on our country’s past, present and future on this Canada Day. Is Myer’s view inconceivable, improbable, impossible? Is it far-fetched? Or could it be a possible scenario as the USA faces its worst crisis since the Great Depression? According to Carlton Myer this invasion of Canada has already begun.  I tend to agree …

Will the USA Invade Canada?

By Carlton Meyer
Jul/17/2007
Active ImageCanada is now considered an unimportant good neighbor by the superpower to its south. A recent effort to create a “North American Union” (NAU) with Canada, the USA, and Mexico is a semi-secret effort by industrialists in these three nations. The goal is similar to the “European Union” in that it would allow low-cost Mexican labor and abundant Canadian energy reserves to fuel the huge industrial machine of the USA and create the world’s greatest economic power. The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is the cornerstone of this union.

Few Americans know that Canada is the leading source of imported energy to the USA. They are the biggest source of foreign oil, natural gas, uranium, and even electricity. As energy costs recently doubled, Canada is becoming wealthy, at the expense of its southern neighbor. This has weakened Canadian support for a NAU. The obnoxious foreign policy of President George Bush has nearly derailed it.

Battle of Lake Erie, 1812

The USA invaded Canada during its war with Britain in 1812. It was thought the conquest would be easy, but Canadians did not welcome their “liberators” from the south. In the 1930s, the U.S. military developed a detailed 94-page document called “Joint Army and Navy Basic War Plan – Red” for invading Canada. The plan called for the U.S. military to launch a surprise attack to capture the port city of Halifax, cutting the Canadians off from their British allies. Canadian power plants near Niagara Falls would be seized as the U.S. Army invaded on three fronts — marching from Vermont to take Montreal and Quebec, charging out of North Dakota to grab the railroad center at Winnipeg, and storming out of the Midwest to capture the strategic nickel mines of Ontario. Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy seizes the Great Lakes and blockades Canada’s ports.[1]

That invasion plan was scrapped as World War II began. Canada is now considered an unimportant good neighbor by the superpower to its south. A recent effort to create a “North American Union” (NAU) with Canada, the USA, and Mexico is a semi-secret effort by industrialists in these three nations.[2] The goal is similar to the “European Union” in that it would allow low-cost Mexican labor and abundant Canadian energy reserves to fuel the huge industrial machine of the USA and create the world’s greatest economic power. The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is the cornerstone of this union.

Active ImageHowever, the free movement of cheap labor from Mexico resulted in angry opposition from American workers. Legal obstacles have been evaded by encouraging illegal immigration. Current immigration laws are rarely enforced and the number of illegal immigrants is now so great that they openly hold political rallies and make demands. As a result, NAU leaders are attempting to squeeze a second amnesty law through the U.S. Congress to provide legal status to this cheap labor. This will ensure that millions more Mexicans flood across the lightly patrolled border and depress wages further, thus boosting profits with what NAU leaders call the “free movement of labor.”

Few Americans know that Canada is the leading source of imported energy to the USA. They are the biggest source of foreign oil, natural gas, uranium, and even electricity. As energy costs recently doubled, Canada is becoming wealthy, at the expense of its southern neighbor. This has weakened Canadian support for a NAU. The obnoxious foreign policy of President George Bush has nearly derailed it.

As energy prices continue to rise, economic growth and prosperity in the USA will stall, and then decline, while Canada enjoys an economic boom. This will result in envy and plots to secure Canada’s energy wealth for all North Americans. Mexico will soon need Canadian energy as well since its oil reserves are rapidly depleting and are projected to run out in a decade.[3]

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Meanwhile, a direct military confrontation is possible as the “Canada Canal” opens. While the media is full of stories about global warming, there is little convincing data. Since scientists are unable to predict the weather one week from now, one must doubt their projections of what may happen two decades from now. Nevertheless, arctic ice is melting and the long-sought “Northwest Passage” through Canada’s frozen north is now navigable for a few weeks each summer. Some scientists predict that all artic ice will melt within a couple of decades, keeping this route open year around. If ice continues to melt, this passage will become a transit route for ships trading between Europe and Asia. Commercial ships can shave off some 2500 miles from Europe to Asia compared with current routes through the Panama Canal. In addition, most modern container ships are too large to transit the Panama Canal, which is expensive and requires up to two weeks anyway.

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Active ImageMoreover, melting ice will allow practical access to arctic energy reserves that Canada claims. Huge energy reserves are suspected in this region, yet there is no road or rail access. As ice melts and the sea emerges, long dormant territorial disputes have arisen. Two years ago, Denmark, which rules Greenland, was angered by a visit of Canada’s defense minister, Bill Graham, on disputed Hans Island. He stayed for a short while, examining a new Maple Leaf flag planted by Canadian servicemen there, and an old flag left by a Danish naval party three years earlier. Denmark dispatched the naval cutter Tulugaq and threatened to land more men. However, as tensions rose, the rival claimants agreed to discuss the dispute at the United Nations.[4]

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently said that six to eight Navy patrol ships have been assigned to guard what he says are Canadian waters. A deepwater port will be built in a region the U.S. Geological Survey estimates has as much as 25 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas. Harper proclaimed:

“Canada has a choice when it comes to defending our sovereignty over the Arctic. We either use it or lose it. And make no mistake; this government intends to use it. It is no exaggeration to say that the need to assert our sovereignty and protect our territorial integrity in the North on our terms have never been more urgent.”[5]

Ambassador David WilkinsMeanwhile, U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins criticized Harper, claiming the Northwest Passage as “neutral waters.” The U.S. Navy has sent ships and submarines through the passage in recent years without Canadian permission. It seems inconceivable that the USA would use this as an excuse to invade Canada, but if energy prices double yet again “something” may happen as the CIA shifts its misinformation and political manipulation machine to secretly destabilize the Canadian government. They could argue the area is not inhabited by real Canadians, just the indigenous Inuit. Perhaps a “Free Inuit” movement will appear, secretly backed by the USA. The few thousand Inuit could become wealthy and may eagerly sign whatever oil contracts they are presented. The long-standing “Stephen Harper” movement could be used to divide Canada and blame trouble on the French-speaking Canadians that dominate the province of Quebec. Should Quebec become independent, this would split Canada.

Meanwhile, NAU operatives could instigate political scandals and possible terror attacks to create fear and uncertainty among the Canadian people. NAU backed political candidates could push for an independent energy-rich Western Canada, or direct annexation for these western provinces to become new states in the USA, all in the interest of security of course. Or, perhaps NAU promoters will toss a billion dollars into a political campaign for Canada to submit. Recall how easily the British have always suckered peaceful Canadians into joining in their European wars. Any Canadians who protest their loss of sovereignty would be labeled “extremists nationalists” and subject to arrest for organizing “terror groups.”

Such actions may seem extreme, but the USA spends over $40 billion a year on “intelligence” agencies that are experts at manipulating foreign governments through bribery, blackmail, mass misinformation, and even assassinations.[6] These people will not sit back as their nation’s economic power collapses when wealth flows across its northern border, especially if it results in severe budget cuts to their secretive organizations. Most large North American corporations operate in both the USA and Canada, and they will use their influence to see that “free trade” includes equal access to Canada’s energy resources at a “fair” price. The media conglomerates could ensure that most Canadians are unaware or even supportive of exporting their natural resources at below market rates. It will be interesting to watch this invasion of Canada unfold, as it has already begun.

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[1]Raiding the Icebox; Behind Its Warm Front, the United States Made Cold Calculations to Subdue Canada“; Washington Post, Dec. 30, 2005.

[2] An excellent list of recent “North American Union” agreements can be found at “Source Watch “.

[3] International Energy Outlook 2007, Chapter 3, EIA.

[4]Canada flexes its muscles in dispute over Arctic wastes“, Telegraph U.K., August 8, 2005.

[5]Canada Tightens Grip on Disputed Arctic“, AP, July 9, 2007.

[6]Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” John Perkins, 2005.

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