How Bush, the Military and Corporate America Plan to Tighten Their Control Over Our lives
by Nancy Price (Click here to read/print this article.)
President George W Bush seated next to Robert 1. Stevens, president and
CEO of Lockheed Martin, during a meeting with new Canadian Prime
Minister Stephen Harper and Mexico's President Vicente Fox, in an SPP
discussion with US, Mexican and Canadian business leaders in Cancun, Mexico, March, 2006. photo:Eric Draper, White House
With little fanfare, the Security and Prosperity W Partnership (SPP)
was signed by the three leaders of North America-Bush, Mexico's
President Fox and Canada's Prime Minister Martin-on March 23, 2005 in
Waco, Texas. Recognizing that the new world order of prosperity for the
privileged few and growing inequality for the rest is dependent on
mili¬tary strength, the plan of these leaders is to fully inte¬grate
the three countries for a comprehensive and mutual strategy to secure
North America from exter¬nal threats and prevent and respond to threats
from within North America.
The growing independence and unpredictability of Venezuela, a major
exporter of oil to the US, cou¬pled with turmoil in the Middle East and
Central Asia, and the growing political and economic power of China and
India, make creation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of
North America all the more imperative to sustaining America's empire.
Equally important, this partnership is part of the super-NAFTA plan to
promote North American ben¬efits from corporate globalization by
construction of super-corridors and super-ports. At a secret September
meeting at Banff Springs Hotel in Canada, a group of high-ranking past
and present government officials from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico met
with representatives of corporate business and industry, the military,
academic and financial institutions and "think tank" allies to
strategize on this "North American Union."
Integrated border regions are being proposed with benign sounding names
like Atlantica for northeastern Canada and New England/northern New
York, and Cascadia for western Canada and northwest U.S.
Plans call for the heartland of all three countries to be bisected by a
vast multi-lane highway system connecting southern Mexico to northern
Canada. The half-mile wide super-corridor would have 6 lanes for cars,
4 lanes for trucks, and parallel railroad lines and utility corridors
to carry oil, electricity and even water. The Trans Texas Corridor is
furthest along in planning. The toll road would be built and owned by a
Spanish corporation with generous public subsidies.
This corridor may well be extended south through Central America as
part of Plan Puebla Panama to the proposed new canal in Nicaragua.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made it a point to be present in
Nicaragua when the canal was proposed in early October.
Another super-corridor tied to Atlantica would run from a super-port in
Nova Scotia down through Maine and across New Hampshire and upstate New
York, with something similar planned for Cascadia on the West coast.
The movement of goods from China and the movement of ships and troops
are equally facilitated by these plans. The corridors would cut
transportation costs for goods from China to the US, especially if
plans to hire cheap Mexican truck drivers come to fruition. "We will
have super cargo tankers and thou¬sands upon thousands of trucks,
bringing soon-to-be¬disposed of goods to U.S. consumers," notes the
Alliance's Ruth Caplan. "Remember when George Bush Senior said at the
Earth Summit in Rio (1992) that we in the U.S. have a right to our life
These corridors would also greatly expedite the movement of oil and gas from Canada to the US,
already mandated by trade agreements, as well as oil from Mexico to the
US Water could easily be piped from Canada to the U., stoking a fear
long held by Canadian environmentalists.
Now, the Zapatista's struggle to protect their Lacandon Jungle
resources in southern Mexico from corporate profiteering and
destruction makes sense and the recent protests in Mexico City over the
results of the Presidential election take on new meaning.
Nancy Price is Co-chair of the AfD National Council and the western Coordinator of the Defending Water for Life Campaign.
Stop the SPPI
What will it take for people in the US and Canada to mobilize to stop
the military-industrial-corporate complex that threatens to rob us of
our last vestiges of a democracy, plunder our natural resources and
hasten the devastation of global warming?
- First, we must educate ourselves about this cor¬porate/military
agenda for consolidating power under the guise of creating prosperity.
- Second, we must mobilize our friends, and organ¬izations we work
with to begin a broad-based movement to stop the SPP in its tracks.
Already there is a movement in Eastern Canada "Atlantica No Way" and in
Texas, "Corridor Watch" against the Trans Texas Corridor.
- Third, we must recognize that we will not be free if these plans
go forward. We must build a peo¬ple's movement that unites all of us
fighting for freedom in the US, Canada and Mexico.
As we learn more about the Security and Prosperity Partnership we will
post information and materials for education and action.on the AfD