NAFTA Super Highway: Building a Corporate North America

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Jul 022008
 

“NAFTA was merely the first draft of an economic constitution for North America.” Robert Pastor,  the person responsible for the plan to integrate North America.

The NAFTA Super Highway is part of a network of multi-modal transportation corridors in the planning or construction stage throughout the continent.

For anyone who still doesn’t believe there is a NAFTA Super Highway in the works, take a look at the ample documentation available. The fact is there are several “multi-modal transportation corridors” being developed from Canada to Mexico. They will eventually connect to provide for the free flow of commerce and people (including cheap labor) throughout the continent. This international system of highways is necessary for the complete integration of North America and its new governing institutions.

But the one highway that’s attracting the attention of Americans is the NAFTA Super Highway (the North American SuperCorridor). It is being put together by NASCO, the North American SuperCorridor Coalition, Inc., with an office in Dallas, Texas. They have denied that there is any plan to build this network of transportation corridors, with inland ports, which will stretch from seaports on Mexico’s west coast, through Texas and other routes, to Canada’s seaports on its west coast. (Photo: Official NASCO map with inland ports.)

However, official documents from NASCO, other public/private coalitions and governments at all levels show this to be a fact. From a NASCO document, “Corridors of the Future Application: Phase One, International Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor-Interstate Highways 35, 29, & 94,” is this statement;

“From the largest border crossing in North America, the Ambassador Bridge at Detroit/Windsor, and the Central Canadian Province of Manitoba, Canada, to the deep water ports of Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, the TRI-NATIONAL, MULTI-MODAL NASCO membership reflects the international scope of the Corridor and the continental trade flow. Over 80 percent of NASCO’ members have been dues paying members of NASCO for over ten years.” (A list of members includes state, county, Mexican states and Canadian provinces. Click here [MN. Doc.]and scroll down the site for more info.)

The following document is from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

Texas Department of Transportation and North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition Join Forces, Jan. 18, 2006

Austin-“At the beginning of a new year that marks the 50th anniversary of the interstate highway system, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is joining North  America’s Supercorridor Coalition Inc. (NASCO)-an international organization founded in 1994 dedicated to developing the next generation in transportation infrastructure on this continent.” [Mn. Doc. link above]

The Trans Texas Corridor is part of the NASCO system. A description of the Texas Corridor would be similar to other corridors in North America and was presented by the Texas DOT in 2002:

“The Trans Texas Corridor is an all-Texas transportation network of corridors up to 1,200 feet wide. The corridor will include separate tollways for passenger vehicles and trucks. The corridor also will include six rail lines (three in each direction); two tracks for highspeed passenger rail, two for commuter rail and two for freight. The third component of the corridor will be a protected network of safe and reliable utility lines for water, petroleum, natural gas, electricity and data.”

Meanwhile, up in Canada, CISCOR (Canadian Intelligent Super Corridor) “…is a national east-west transportation corridor from Vancouver and Prince Rupert to Montreal and Halifax. The Saskatchewan-based CISCOR Smart Inland Port Network will serve as the logistics and coordination hub, creating a Canadian east west land bridge which connects with three major North American north-south corridors; North Americas SuperCorridor (NASCO), Canada America Mexico Corridor (CANAMEX)) and River of Trade Corridor Coalition (ROTCC). [See map and text. It certainly sounds like North America has a number of “Super Transportation Corridors” being constructed. CISCOR’s location and email site is listed.]

The CANAMEX website states its purpose:

“Since its inception in 1995, the CANAMEX Corridor (maps) has grown to become the Cornerstone for the seamless and efficient transportation of goods, services, people and information between Canada, Mexico and the United States. As the implementation of NAFTA moves toward fruition, the CANAMEX Corridor will broaden its initiatives to harvest the benefits of increased trade, tourism and economic activity within the region (of North America). (Seamless means a freer flow of goods and people across internal borders between the three nations and an outer security perimeter around the continent.)

The United States Government and many of it’s agencies have met with these coalitions (NASCO) and helped develop plans for the implementation of the NAFTA transportation corridors. The Bush administration has made U.S tax payer funding available for some of the construction, including money to Mexico and Canada. The funds would go first from the Federal Highway Administration  to an American border state, which then finds a way to transfer it to a state government in Mexico or a province in Canada. (See this blog, archives, Oct. 31, 2007, “North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition: America Slip Sliding Away.”)

These corridors will have inland ports for handling the warehousing and distribution of cargo across North America. The Kansas City Smartport will also have a “Mexican customs inspection facility [and] will be the first of its kind on U.S. soil.” The project has the approval of U.S. Customs and is currently being reviewed by the U.S. State Department for final approval. The Mexican facility will clear freight going to Mexico. (Photo: Thousands of trucks driven by Mexicans across North America will put many more Americans out of work.)

CFR member John McCain is a self-proclaimed free trader and supports these transportation corridors across North America, in addition to seeking more “free trade agreements with third world nations (more cheap labor and more jobs sent overseas).

New jobs? Maybe, but they will pay less since the goal of corporations (free traders) is to lower the wages of workers in North America so they can be “competitive.” Any time you see that word, remember, it’s good for CEOs but bad for American workers. The record of NAFTA and other free trade agreements has made that clear.