RUMSFELD

Chad Groening OneNewsNow.comJanuary 31, 2007 Donald Rumsfeld, former US Defense SecretaryJudicial Watch says Donald Rumsfeld and other U.S. Defense Department officials have met with other countries’ officials to discuss effectively erasing the borders between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

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The public-interest group Judicial Watch has released documents pertaining to a meeting last fall in Banff, Alberta (Canada), called the “North American Forum,” which was attended by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other high-level U.S. Department of Defense officials. According to the watchdog group, the meeting was put on by a government agency that wants to “harmonize” the laws throughout North America.

The North American Forum was sponsored by the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SSP). On its government website the SSP says it is a “trilateral effort to increase security and enhance prosperity among the United States, Canada, and Mexico through greater cooperation and information sharing.”

Chris Farrell is director of research at Judicial Watch. “They want to harmonize — that’s their word — rules and regulations and laws between all three countries and try to bring them more and more together and try to erase the boundaries and borders between the three countries,” he says.

But Farrell believes some of the objectives of the SSP are not in the best interests of United States citizens. For one thing, the Judicial Watch spokesman takes issue with the idea of taking the North American “grid” the U.S. shares with Canada and integrating it fully with Mexico. “I don’t know how that’s in our interest,” he contends.

Judicial Watch, which works to investigate and prosecutes government corruption, has questioned the fact that the Banff forum was attended by a number of high-level U.S. government and military officials.

One of the more disturbing documents from the North American Forum, the group’s director of research notes, contained the phrase “evolution by stealth” in reference to important policy debates, including debate on the North American countries’ integration and cooperation.

“So Secretary Rumsfeld goes up to this meeting and with him he brings the Northern Command, the military’s Homeland Security command,” Farrell says, “and they talk about some pretty disturbing things.” Many of the topics discussed at the North American Forum involved potentially “really changing how you and I think of America when it comes to our economic and our energy independence and a variety of other issues,” he contends.

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