North American Forum
The North American Forum started in 2006 as a "parallel structure" to the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) for North America.
Thomas Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, said of the forum,
I also had a chance to go out to Banff, where yesterday and today actually, Canada, the United States and Mexico held the second session of the North American Forum.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the North American Forum, it sprang up as a parallel structure to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. It was originally an effort to bring opinion-makers, private-sector leaders, university professors and presidents, and leaders of NGOs [non-governmental organizations] together with government officials from the three countries of North America to begin to talk about North American security and to begin to see if there was some way that together, the governments working with the private sector and universities and NGOs could begin to create a vision for North America and an understanding of what North America is as an entity and then how governments could be working better together to fashion more productive cooperation and address the kinds of problems we saw in the immediate aftermath of September 11.
There are three convenors or co-convenors for this. On the U.S. side it's former Secretary of State [George] Schultz, on the Mexican side it's former Finance Minister Pedro Aspe, and on the Canadian side it's the former Premier of Alberta Peter Lougheed. The first session was held last year in Sonoma. This year it's held in Banff. Next year it will be held in Mexico.1
While this one U.S. official made mention of it, the North American Forum was held in secrecy. The only reporter invited was Mary Anastasia O'Grady of The Wall Street Journal, a publication that has been represented at the secretive and globalist Bilderberg, Council on Foreign Relations, and Trilateral Commission, and therefore has no interest in addressing their agenda to the public.2
The idea for the North American Forum was actually recommended by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in their 2005 document Building a North American Community. They call for "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 establish 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.3
It is most interesting that the CFR compares their suggested council to Bilderberg. Writes Terry Melanson,
The Bilderberg Group was the hidden hand behind European integration of trade and economic policy, leading to a common market free trade area, a common currency, and eventually a European Union (EU). The North American Forum will do the same on this side of the Atlantic. Both are secret and unaccountable. The press is forbidden to report on the proceedings, and whatever transpires is a mystery.4
Further, a dozen members of the task force that wrote Building a North American Community participated in the 2006 North American Forum. Overall, 16 members of the Council on Foreign Relations and 2 members of Bilderberg, as well as 5 members of the Trilateral Commission participated in the North American Forum, tying the forum to those and other elite organizations leading the drive for Globalism and the end of American sovereignty.
- Pedro Aspe, former Secretary of Finance and Public Credit in Mexico; CEO, Protego Asesores Financieros; co-chair, Council on Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force on the Future of North America.
- E. Peter Lougheed, former Premier of Alberta, CA (1971-85); counsel, Bennett Jones LLP; Canadian Advisory Board, Carlyle Group; member, Trilateral Commission.
- George P. Shultz, former US Secretary of State (1982-89); former director, Bechtel Group (1974-82); chairman, JP Morgan Chase International Council; member, Bohemian Club; distinguished fellow, Hoover Institute; former director, Council on Foreign Relations (1980-82).
- Deborah Bolton, Political Advisor to Commander, US Northcom.
- Ron T. Covais, President of the Americas Region for Lockheed Martin Corporation.
- Kenneth W. Dam, Professor Emeritus of American & Foreign Law, Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School; board member, Council on Foreign Relations; senior fellow, Brookings Institute; steering committee, Bilderberg.
- Daniel W. Fisk, Senior Director, Western Hemisphere, National Security Council; Deputy Director, Davis Institute for International Studies, The Heritage Foundation; member, Council on Foreign Relations.
- Christopher "Ryan" Henry, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
- Carla A. Hills, vice-chairman, former director, Council on Foreign Relations; former primary U.S. negotiator, North American Free Trade Agreement; director, ChevronTexaco; director, AOL Time Warner, Inc.; member, Council on Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force on the Future of North America.
- Caryn Hollis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Western Hemisphere Affairs.
- Bill Irwin, manager, International Government Affairs; Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Corporation.
- Robert G. James, former Vice President, Mobil Oil Company.
- Adm Timothy J. Keating, Commander, US Northern Command.
- E. Floyd Kvamme, chair, President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology; director, Centre for Global Security Research.
- Ronald F. Lehman II, director, Center for Global Security Research; member, Council on Foreign Relations.
- William W. McIlhenny, Policy Planning Council for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
- M. Peter McPherson, President, National Association of State Universities & Land-Grant Colleges; director, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
- Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute; Council on Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force on the Future of North America.
- George Miller, director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
- George R. Nethercutt Jr., chairman, US Section of the Permanent Joint Board on Defense, US-Canada.
- Mary Anastasia O'Grady, editorial board, Wall Street Journal.
- Robert A. Pastor, professor, director of the Center for North American Studies, American University; chair, North American Forum on Integration; co-chair, Council on Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force on the Future of North America.
- William J. Perry, former US Secretary of Defence (1994-97); member, Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderberg, Trilateral Commission.
- Lt. General Gene Renuart, USAF Senior Military Assistant to Secretary Rumsfeld.
- Eric Ruff, Department of Defense Press Secretary.
- Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense; member, Council on Foreign Relations; 2002 attendee, Bilderberg; member, Project for the New American Century.
- James R. Schlesinger, former Director, CIA (1973); senior advisor, Lehman Brothers; member, Council on Foreign Relations.
- William Schneider, president, International Planning Services Inc.; former Under-Secretary of State (Reagan); member, American Economic Association, Project for the New American Century, Council on Foreign Relations; adjunct fellow, Hudson Institute.
- Clay Sell, Deputy Secretary of Energy, US Department of Energy.
- Thomas A. Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
- David G. Victor, director, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University; Adjunct Senior Fellow for Science and Technology, Council on Foreign Relations.
- Maj. General Mark A. Volcheff, director, Plans, Policy and Strategy, NORAD-NORTHCOM.
- Jane Wales, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Northern California; director, Rockefeller Brothers' Fund Project on World Security; member, Council on Foreign Relations.
- R. James Woolsey, Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton for Global Strategic Security; former director, CIA (1993-95); member, Project for the New American Century; attendee, Bohemian Grove; member, Council on Foreign Relations.
The Forum also included participants from Canada and Mexico (see source for details).
Source: Melanson, Terry, "North American Forum: The Secret Cabal of Trinational Elites", Conspiracy Archive, September 28, 2006. http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/NWO/North_American_Forum.htm (accessed May 27, 2007).
- Shannon, Thomas, "Why the Americas Matter" Canada-U.S. Fulbright/Killiam Orientation, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, September 14, 2006. http://usinfo.state.gov/xarchives/display.html?p=washfile-
english&y=2006&m=September&x=20060920153623GLnesnoM0.1765406 (accessed May 27, 2007).
- Melanson, Terry, "North American Forum: The Secret Cabal of Trinational Elites", Conspiracy Archive, September 28, 2006. http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/NWO/North_American_Forum.htm (accessed May 27, 2007).
- Council on Foreign Relations, "Building a North American Community" (2005), p. 53, http://www.cfr.org/content/publications/attachments/NorthAmerica_TF_final.pdf (accessed 05/16/2007).
For more details on the North American Forum, see Terry Melanson, "North American Forum: The Secret Cabal of Trinational Elites", Conspiracy Archive.