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« on: June 03, 2011, 03:44:34 pm »

CFR's North American perimeter security pact to trump sovereignty

The Canadian Press
Date: Wednesday Feb. 2, 2011 12:32 PM ET
OTTAWA — The public safety minister says the prime minister and U.S. president have to talk first before Canadians are told what's involved in a possible North American perimeter security pact.

Vic Toews says he's not even sure yet what Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama will include in their discussions.

But Toews says one thing is for sure -- Canada and the United States must co-operate on cross-border security to ensure goods and services continue to flow from one country to the other.

The security pact is one topic that'll be on the table when Harper and Obama meet in Washington on Friday.

Liberal foreign affairs critic Bob Rae says Harper should consult with Canadians first, before putting any security proposals forward to Obama.

The idea behind the security pact is to control who enters and leaves the continent in a consistent manner, paving the way for a free-flowing passage of vehicles and cargo.

Critics warn that increased collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would raise privacy and sovereignty concerns.

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http://www.cfr.org/canada/creating-north-american-community/p7912
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2011, 03:45:27 pm »

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is en route to Washington for a day of bilateral meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Harper left Ottawa Friday morning for Washington D.C., where he and Obama are expected to sign a framework agreement on border security. It is also believed they will announce their goal to get a deal before the end of the year. They are also expected to kick off negotiations to ease trade restrictions between the two countries and ensure security from terrorist attacks.

After an hour of bilateral meetings, they are scheduled to hold a joint news conference shortly after 3 p.m. ET.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2011/02/04/harper-obama.html#ixzz1D0dqyFtF
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2011, 03:46:30 pm »

Sources have said today’s meetings were postponed twice because Ottawa felt U.S. Homeland Security was demanding too much information about Canadian travellers.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/933327--harper-obama-announce-plan-to-co-operate-on-u-s-canada-trade-border-security
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2011, 03:46:55 pm »

In announcing a joint declaration on the border, Obama said he and Harper "agreed to a new vision for managing our shared responsibilities, not just at the border but beyond the border. That means working more closely to improve border security, with better screening, new technologies and information-sharing among law enforcement."

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2011/02/04/harper-obama.html#ixzz1D1nI6AWn
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2011, 03:47:26 pm »

3:46 p.m. --Obama had also been asked about sovereignty issues between the U.S. and Canada. He said the two countries "match up" as well as any pair of nations in the world, and work out any differences.

The sovereignty question to Obama drew some chuckles when the reporter told the U.S. president he "didn't have to answer in French."

"Thank you," Obama said.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2011/02/obama-talks-about-egypt-at-the-white-house/1

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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2011, 03:47:53 pm »

Keep an eye on this new secret club:

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Harper and Obama announce new regulatory council
by Luiza Ch. Savage on Friday, February 4, 2011 3:25pm
http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/02/04/harper-and-obama-announce-new-regulatory-council/

To advance a vision of “perimeter security”, “Canada and the U.S. intend to establish a Beyond the Border Working Group composed of representatives from the appropriate departments of our respective federal governments.” It will report annually. They announce the creation of a U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council composed of senior officials from both governments to work on “increased regulatory transparency and coordination.”
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2011, 03:49:05 pm »

Countries would develop programs to better verify the identities of travellers, including through common standards for the use of biometrics and shared information on travellers in real time, according to the early draft of the border declaration.

The plan envisions far greater co-operation between Canadian and American officials in screening cargo before it leaves for North America from foreign ports. Moreover, the Harper government and Obama administration plan far greater information sharing among each nation's respective law enforcement and intelligence agencies to identity potential terrorists and criminals in the U.S. and Canada — or before they arrive in either country from overseas.

In exchange for the greater co-operation — and U.S. influence — over security, the two governments hope to speed trade by expanding trusted traveller programs, adopting common product standards and harmonizing customs rules for goods crossing at border or at pre-clearance facilities away from the border.

http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/Harper+Obama+announce+vision+border/4225641/story.html
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No “Conspiracy Theory”: Wikileaks Cable Confirms North American Union Agenda

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Friday, June 3, 2011
http://www.prisonplanet.com/no-conspiracy-theory-wikileaks-cable-confirms-north-american-union-agenda.html

A newly leaked U.S. diplomatic cable originally written over six years ago confirms that the agenda to merge the United States, Canada and Mexico into an integrated North American Union has been ongoing for years, debunking claims made consistently by the corporate media and establishment talking heads that the NAU is a baseless “conspiracy theory”.

“The cable, released through the WikiLeaks website and apparently written Jan. 28, 2005, discusses some of the obstacles surrounding the merger of the economies of Canada, the United States and Mexico in a fashion similar to the European Union,” reports the National Post.

“An incremental and pragmatic package of tasks for a new North American Initiative (NAI) will likely gain the most support among Canadian policymakers,” the document said. “The economic payoff of the prospective North American initiative … is available, but its size and timing are unpredictable, so it should not be oversold.”

While serving to confirm the agenda to integrate the United States, Mexico and Canada into an EU-style political and monetary union, the Wikileaks cable will come as no surprise to those who watched Alex Jones’ 2006 documentary Endgame, in which precisely the same information was outlined, with particular focus on the Security and Prosperity Partnership, or SPP meetings.

The mission to create a North American Union was also discussed in September 2006 during a closed-door meeting of high-level government and business leaders in Banff, Canada.

Despite the manifestly provable factual basis of the matter, during the 2008 presidential election the establishment media attempted to smear Ron Paul by attributing the notion of a move towards a  North American Union to him and then claiming it was a non-existent “conspiracy theory,” when the veracity of the issue was readily documented from the very start.

A Newsweek hit piece subsequently claimed that Ron Paul’s concerns over a NAFTA superhighway, a North American Union or a regional currency were completely baseless, and yet the newly leaked cable states U.S. diplomats were busy discussing a “move forward with continental integration, including a possible common currency, labour markets, international trade and the borders of the three countries,” as well as “easier access across the U.S. border,” more than six years ago.

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Here's the referenced story in the National Post - remember Johnathan Kay (shill) is an editor at this paper.

Leaked U.S. cable lays out North American ‘integration’ strategy
Jun 3, 2011 2:26 PM ET
By Robert Hiltz
http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/06/02/leaked-u-s-cable-lays-out-north-american-%E2%80%98integration%E2%80%99-strategy/

OTTAWA — The integration of North America’s economies would best be achieved through an “incremental” approach, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable.

The cable, released through the WikiLeaks website and apparently written Jan. 28, 2005, discusses some of the obstacles surrounding the merger of the economies of Canada, the United States and Mexico in a fashion similar to the European Union.

“An incremental and pragmatic package of tasks for a new North American Initiative (NAI) will likely gain the most support among Canadian policymakers,” the document said. “The economic payoff of the prospective North American initiative … is available, but its size and timing are unpredictable, so it should not be oversold.”

Many different areas of a possible integration are discussed throughout the cable, but the focus is on improving the economic welfare of the continent. It suggests one of the main benefits to Canada would be easier access across the U.S. border, calling it a “top motive” for this country.

The cable states Canada and the U.S. already share perimeter security “to some degree,” the question is then how “strong” the two countries want to make that bond.

Discussions are currently underway about increasing co-operation between the two countries when it comes to perimeter security. A broad-based document was released by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama in February of this year, laying the groundwork for a deal that would see improved intelligence communication for security concerns and trade.

The details are currently being hashed out by officials from both countries. The proposed deal aims to improve the flow of cross-border traffic and increase security against terrorist threats.

Opposition parties have expressed a certain wariness over the lack of transparency of the talks and say they worry Harper will be too willing to make concessions to the U.S. over security issues, in order to gain an advantage in cross-border trade.

In the cable, U.S. diplomats focused on a number of key areas to move forward with continental integration, including a possible common currency, labour markets, international trade and the borders of the three countries.
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