April 4, 2011
This 2005 cable originating from the Ottowa Embassy with the subject line;
“PLACING A NEW NORTH AMERICAN INITIATIVE IN ITS ECONOMIC POLICY CONTEXT”, focuses on the delicacies of marketing this repugnant plan to “North Americans” To gain the support of Canadian policymaker, an “incremental” and “pragmatic” approach to a “new North American Initiative” is touted.
An incremental and pragmatic package of tasks for a new North American Initiative (NAI) will likely gain the most support among Canadian policymakers. Our research leads us to conclude that such a package should tackle both “security” and “prosperity” goals.
Security and prosperity goals
The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) was a region-level dialogue with the stated purpose of providing greater cooperation on security and economic issues. The Partnership was founded in Waco, Texas on March 23, 2005 by Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada, Vicente Fox, President of Mexico, and George W. Bush, President of the United States. It was the second of such regional-level agreements involving the United States of America following the 1997 Partnership for Prosperity and Security in the Caribbean (PPS).
The cable says that this approach fits with the assessment of Canadian economists who have “assessed the options for continental integration” also noting that said Canadian economists, in principle “support more ambitious integration goals, like a customs union/single market and/or single currency”
This fits the recommendations of Canadian economists who have assessed the options for continental integration. While in principle many of them support more ambitious integration goals, like a customs union/single market and/or single currency,[. . .]
An incremental approach, apparently “helps pave the way” to integrating the two nations until such time as “North Americans” choose to pursue such a goal.
most believe the incremental approach is most appropriate at this time, and all agree that it helps pave the way to these goals if and when North Americans choose to pursue them.
Read the entire cable here
I wonder which North Americans they are referring to. I don’t recall the issue ever being presented to the “North Americans” that constitute the voting public of the sovereign United States of America or Canadians for that matter.
Top secret: Banff security meeting attracted U.S., Mexico officials
September 21, 2006
A North American security meeting was secretly held in Banff last week, attracting high-profile officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada.
On August 10, 2007, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the Department of Commerce and Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez for denying Judicial Watch access to the North American Competitiveness Council (NACC) meetings and records. Judicial Watch’s lawsuit alleges that the NACC, a key component of the SPP, is subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, a federal open meetings law. (Learn more about the litigation.)
Follow the links below to read the recently released documents and to learn more about the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.
The cable goes on to discuss integration issues related to the border, labor, regulation, also discussing a customs and currency union between the nations before launching into a dissertation on “NORTH AMERICAN INTEGRATION: WHAT WE KNOW”.
You can read it all here
Here is a Canadian perspective on the cable written April 29, 2011
Also, see this White House press release dated Feb. 4, 2011 which highlights efforts between the US and Canada with heavy emphasis on “security” and “prosperity”
Secrecy is efficient
Reading the White House press release, Declaration by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper of Canada – Beyond the Border, the ever present modifier “efficiency” is naturally part of this security and prosperity promotional effort, stated “to increase efficiency and effectiveness for both security and trade.”
Efficiency seems poised to become the catch all alter for sacrificing everything that the American people historically have held dear.
“The truly efficient organization is based on the techniques and technologies of surveillance and manipulation.” –Frank W. Ewell, Totalitarian Nightmares (an excerpt from his 1991 book The Evolution of the Future
Think about it. Democratic processes are cumbersome especially when governments are crossing tradition boundaries rapidly and virtually as in e-Government initiatives.
This thesis paper, written in 2008 by David Adam Anderson, addresses, among other important aspect of e-government policies;. . .potential Constitutional conflicts of a transformative approach to E-government, and the wisdom of re-conceptualizing citizens as “customers.”
David A Anderson notes that, A second element to government reorganization on the web is the combination of these virtual agencies into a single, centralized web portal. And that, visions of government reorganization often focus on breaking down the strict lines of jurisdictional demarcation to mirror the fluid nature of the Internet.
He points out that, such jurisdictional boundaries, however, are neither arbitrary nor a mere expedience necessitated by a now-outmoded form of government administration. Rather they follow from philosophical attitudes enshrined in the Constitution that mean to limit the potential threats to freedom posed by an overly centralized form of government.
Read more of this excellent paper;
Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
- Harry S Truman, Lecture at Columbia University, 28 Apr. 1959
33rd president of US (1884 – 1972