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Building a North American Community



In 2005, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) published a document called Building a North American Community. The task force proposed "the creation by 2010 of a North American community to enhance security, prosperity, and opportunity."1

The plan includes police state, big brother security proposals, such as biometric identifiers, databasing modeled on the NEXUS and SENTRI programs.2

The CFR calls for the governments to work jointly on military and police operations, writing, "At least one major trilateral exercise conducted by law enforcement authorities and one by the militaries should be established as a goal over the next year."3

Finally, we see the CFR's intentions for transportation and "economic growth."

The efficiency of the transportation network is critical to making North America a more competitive place to invest and to produce, and in spreading the benefits of economic growth to all corners of the continent. Among other regulatory reforms, governments should consider the benefits of allowing North American transportation firms unlimeted access to each other's territory, including provision for full cabotage (trade between two points within a country; for example, a Canadian trucker hauling freight from Chicago to Los Angeles or an American airline carrying passengers between Mexico City and Monterey) for airlines and surface carriers.4

Under this plan, more American jobs can be outsourced for cheaper labor in other countries, even jobs that are still being done within our own borders. Non-union Mexican truck drivers can drive Mexican trucks not only across our borders and into Canada. The CFR wants to let them drive routes east west from American city to American city, taking American jobs within American borders away from American citizens.

The CFR plan calls for "an annual North American summit meeting" writing,

There is no more succinct or foreful way to demonstrate to the people of all three countries the importance of the North American partnership than to have the Mexican and American presidents and the Canadian prime minister meet at least once a year.

This meeting has of course taken place as the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), which has brought the three leaders together in 2005 and 2006. They also advocate "a North American advisory council."

This body should be composed of eminent persons from outside government, appointed to staggered multiyear terms to ensure their independence. Their mandate would be to engage in creative exploration of new ideas from a North American perspective and to provide a public voice for North America. A complementary approach would be to extablish private bodies that would meet regularly or annually to buttress North American relationships, along the lines of the Bilderberg or Wehrkunde conferences, organized to support transatlantic relations.5

The advisory council suggested is being carried out through the North American Forum, which runs parallel to the SPP.

The CFR's imagined community is one of a welfare state depending on labor from other states to import goods through an unprecedented infrastructure with Orwellian overtones. Somehow, this idea which seems straight out of a science fiction novel is a perfect model for the aim of Bush, Fox and Harper's Security and Prosperity Partnership. The Council on Foreign Relations plan is becoming a reality with through the work of the North American SuperCorridor Coaliton.

Notes

  1. Council on Foreign Relations, "Building a North American Community" (2005), p. 25, http://www.cfr.org/content/publications/attachments/NorthAmerica_TF_final.pdf (accessed 05/16/2007).
  2. Ibid, p. 30.
  3. Ibid, p. 33.
  4. Ibid, p. 47.
  5. Ibid, p. 53.

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