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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is attempting to engage in a public relations effort designed to distance the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, from a massive network of toll roads known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert contends.

“The days of the Trans-Texas Corridor are over, it’s finished up,” Perry said speaking with U.S. reporters on a conference call during his visit to Iraq last week.

As WND has been reporting since 2006, the Trans-Texas Corridor project includes a 4,000 mile network of four NAFTA Superhighway truck-train pipelines that TxDOT plans to build over a 50-year period.

“Still,” Corsi says, “close examination shows Perry’s declaration from Iraq involves yet more public relations efforts by the governor and TxDOT to defuse criticism from voters and reposition a hugely unpopular initiative by dropping the designation ‘Trans-Texas Corridor,’ or ‘TTC,’ while still allowing TxDOT to proceed with the components of the original TTC plan that had been scheduled for implementation now.”

TxDOT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz said major corridor projects will be scaled back to comprise several small projects closer to 600-feet wide than the originally planned 1,200 foot-wide TTC design. Perry has also confirmed that a new corridor parallel to Interstate-35, previously known as TTC-35, and projects like Interstate 69 will continue.

“In making the announcement, Perry attempted to place blame for the failure of the TTC project to gain public acceptance on farmers and rural interests afraid to lose their land to the project through TxDOT’s exercise of eminent domain powers,” Corsi writes.

The public relations effort reaffirms the pressure put on TxDOT by Corsi’s WND book, “The Late Great USA: The Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada,” in which he exposed the TTC plan as part of the transportation component of an emerging North American Union that the Bush administration quietly pushed under the auspices of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.

As of today, the Trans-Texas Corridor section of the TxDOT website remains active.

Detailed discussions of TTC-35 and I-69/TTC can also be found on the TxDOT website, indicating that it continues to pursue both projects as originally described, despite Perry’s efforts last week with the press to distance himself and TxDOT from the name “Trans-Texas Corridor.”

Now Red Alert’s author, whose books “The Obama Nation” and “Unfit for Command” have topped the New York Times best-sellers list, assures readers Red Alert plans to follow closely TxDOT’s implementation of TTC-35 and I-69/TTC projects. Corsi is convinced both will advance as originally planned despite Perry’s recent pronouncements that “TTC is finished.”

Corsi received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. For nearly 25 years, beginning in 1981, he worked with banks throughout the U.S. and around the world to develop financial services marketing companies to assist banks in establishing broker/dealers and insurance subsidiaries to provide financial planning products and services to their retail customers. In this career, Corsi developed three different third-party financial services marketing firms that reached gross sales levels of $1 billion in annuities and equal volume in mutual funds. In 1999, he began developing Internet-based financial marketing firms, also adapted to work in conjunction with banks.

In his 25-year financial services career, Corsi has been a noted financial services speaker and writer, publishing three books and numerous articles in professional financial services journals and magazines.

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