Operating much like a “memory hole” in George Orwell’s classic novel “1984,” the Obama administration has replaced the content of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America website, providing additional evidence the White House intends to implement the SPP agenda by executive action, below the radar of public opinion and outside the framework of congressional approval.
The SPP website, under the title “Commerce Connect,” now reflects totally different content, announcing its purpose as “a one-stop shop for information, counseling and government services that can help U.S. businesses around the country transform themselves into globally competitive enterprises.”
Currently, the URL spp.gov yields the following content:
The following screen capture reflects the content of spp.gov as of June 28, 2008, the last day the original content of that URL was archived by The Wayback Machine.
WND reported in September 2009 that the Obama administration has “rebranded” and “refocused” the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, to advance the Bush administration’s agenda of North American integration under the rubric of the “North American Leaders Summit,” a less controversial banner, according to confidential sources in the U.S. Department of Commerce and State Department who agreed to speak with WND only if their comments were kept off the record.
Beginning in September 2009, the SPP website included a disclaimer that read: “This website is an archive for SPP documents and will not be updated.”
Still, even in September 2009, the SPP website maintained the appearance it had when it was launched April 15, 2005, and it continued to carry an extensive set of documents that since have been scrubbed from the Internet, including Web pages describing the SPP’s “prosperity agenda,” its “security agenda,” and a comprehensive list of SPP working groups.
Currently, clicking the URLs for these SPP documents produces a Commerce Connect page that says, “404 Page Not Found. The page you are looking for is currently unable to view.”
For example, here is the current result when the URL that previously contained the SPP prosperity agenda is searched today:
In September 2009, sources confirmed to WND that the SPP was being directed from within the White House, as reflected by a new blog posted on the White House website entitled “The North American Leaders Summit” that is intended to replace SPP.gov as the official website documenting trilateral government activities going forward under the rebranded name.
Currently, the White House blog for the North American Leaders Summit contains content that appears not to have changed since that site first appeared, sometime around September 2009.
Here is the White House blog page for the North American Leaders Summit as it appears now:
The White House’s handling of the SPP agenda sharply contrasts with Canada, where the SPP website retains its original character, openly proclaiming North American community objectives, much like the U.S. website spp.gov did prior to September 2009.
The Canadian government website today continues to archive the security agenda, the prosperity agenda, trilateral meeting summaries going back to 2007 and key SPP reports and documents – all content that has been scrubbed from current U.S. government websites.
The current Obama administration strategy appears to be to keep the trilateral working groups meeting privately, with a determination to put in place key policy objectives of the SPP working groups as defined under the administration of President George W. Bush, without openly acknowledging the intention to do so.
Earlier this week, WND reported that on Nov. 30, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano signed a “Trusted Traveler” agreement with Mexico, thereby implementing a primary objective of the SPP Transportation Policy working group under President Bush, namely to open the U.S. border to approximately 84 million Mexican citizens by issuing biometric “trusted traveler” cards that Mexicans entering the U.S. can swipe through ATM-like “Global Entry” kiosks at some 20 international airports in the United States.
WND also reported that the U.S. State Department is moving to create a continental border around the U.S. as the relevant national security perimeter, thereby erasing the borders between the U.S. and Mexico and between the U.S. and Canada.
The agreements are documented in a March 23 State Department memo titled “United States-Mexico Partnership: A New Border Vision,” and a draft document with Canada titled “Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Competitiveness,” a draft copy of which has been obtained by CTV News in Canada.
WND has reported since 2006 that a blueprint published in 2005 by the Council on Foreign Relations entitled “Building a North America Community” called for the establishment of a common security perimeter around North America by 2010 to facilitate the free movement of people, trade and capital between the three nations of North America.
In his 2001 book “Toward a North American Community,” American University Robert Pastor, a co-chair of the CFR blue ribbon committee that authored “Building a North American Community,” called for the creation of a North American Commission, a North American Parliament, and a North American Court on Trade and Investment.
The language of the documents declaring “A New Border Vision” with Mexico and Canada could easily have been lifted directly from the CFR report or Pastor’s book.
The 2005 CFR report “Building a North American Community,” called on page xvii of the foreword for the “establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security perimeter, the boundaries of which would be defined by a common external tariff and an outer security perimeter.”
WND has frequently reported, beginning in 2006, the SPP in the administration of President Bush appeared designed to replicate the steps taken in Europe over a 50-year period following the end of World War II to transform an economic agreement under the European Common Market into a full-fledged regional government, the European Union, with its own currency.
The concern was that under the SPP the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, could evolve into a regional government, the North American Union, with a regional currency, the amero, replacing the U.S. dollar, the Mexican peso and the Canadian dollar.
WND has reported analysts have believed the North American integration plan will proceed incrementally, largely below the radar, since the SPP was declared “dead” by one of its chief architects, American University Professor Robert A. Pastor, who for nearly 15 years has been a major proponent of building a “North American Community.”