Skip to comments.The End of the American Trucker: NASCO Emails Uncovered!
Posted on 07/05/2006 11:00:40 PM PDT by Trupolitik
I am telling you guys, Dr. Jerome Corsi (co-author of "Unfit for Command" and "Minutemen") is NOT going to let this issue die. We owe it to OURSELVES to start paying attention.
Mexican Trucks with cheap Mexican truck drivers will mean THE END of the American Patriot Trucker as we know it. (incidentally I come from a family of truck drivers so it also personal for me). Our own transport companies will set up mexican companies and run operations out of Mexico in order to "cut costs". Those "cuts" are OUR jobs! Sound familiar???
Please Read this. Please keep this issue on your radar! Retaining our Sovereignty is our most important War.
[quote]Despite claims to the contrary, a planned Midwest "inland port" with a Mexican customs office will not be restricted to railroad traffic, according to internal documents obtained by WorldNetDaily.
As WND has reported, Kansas City SmartPort plans to utilize deep-sea Mexican ports such as Lazaro Cardenas to unload containers from China and the Far East as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement super-highway plan.
The plan would include the hotly contested allowance of Mexican trucks on U.S. roads, WND has reported, but Tasha Hammes of the Kansas City Area Development Council has insisted the port will be restricted to railroad traffic.
Hammes has argued the railroad link is "nothing new, other than the fact that Kansas City Southern acquired the Mexican railroad serving this port and that major work has been done on the port of Lazaro Cardenas so that it has higher capacity and can handle larger containers."
But internal e-mails make it clear that officials, hoping to stay below the radar of public opinion, plan to expand from rail to trucks after the Mexican customs facility is operational.
The Mexican customs facility project was championed by David W. Eaton, president of Monterrey Business Consultants in Monterrey, Mexico, and the former executive director of North American International Trade Corridor Partnership, a non-profit group with the aim of internationalizing U.S. highways to facilitate trade with Mexico and Canada.
In a Jan. 7 e-mail, Eaton writes:
They are still going back and forth on the rail and truck focus. However, according to Manuel [Manuel Ruiz, a Mexican customs official], the first stage will most likely be "rail only" with trucking added later. Kenneth Hoffman of the law firm Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin, outside council to KC SmartPort, was copied on Eaton's e-mail.
A few minutes later, Hoffman answered, supporting the phase-in strategy:
"My feeling is that we need to get this done in such a way that [the Mexican customs facility] is successful when it opens. If it starts small that is fine as long as there is productive work that we can point to as evidence that the effort was worthwhile. We can expand to trucks after getting the process up and running.
The e-mails are consistent with a position paper Eaton authored for the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy, entitled "Roads, Trains, and Ports: Integrating North American Transport."
In the paper, Eaton argued railroad transport should be developed as the first mode to bring containers from China through Mexican ports into the U.S., because "one unit train can carry the equivalent of approximately 250 trucks."
Moreover, Eaton had argued that use of Mexican trucks was impaired by the poor condition of Mexico's roadways and the wear and tear on Mexican trucks resulting from overuse. Eaton had concluded "North America would be well served by linking its rail infrastructure and systems," which has been advanced by Kansas City Southern's acquisition of Mexican railroads.
An examination of the internal e-mails from Kansas City SmartPort over the last two years shows the development of the city's international "inland port" concept including the Mexican customs facility involved an ambitious multi-year process with the aim of tying into the emerging corridor-oriented NAFTA Super-Highway network.
Development of the KCSmartPort vision included active involvement of the North Americas SuperCorridor Coalition, or NASCO, a non-profit group "dedicated to developing the worlds first international, integrated and secure, multi-modal transportation system along the International Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor to improve both the trade competitiveness and quality of life in North America."
Chris Gutierrez, president of KCSmartPort, frequently copied NASCO President George Blackwood on details of the negotiations with Mexican and U.S. officials regarding the Mexican customs office.
An April 26 e-mail from Gutierrez included Blackwood among the list of recipients. In his message, Gutierrez reported he worked directly with the office of Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., and with Mexican government officials to apply political pressure to influence the State Department and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, to move faster in approving the Mexican customs facility application:
CBP told me that the State Department is reviewing the C-175 [form needed to approve Mexican customs facility]. Bond's office has calls into the State Dept; letter to Gil Diaz [Mexican Secretary of Finance] went out last week asking him to encourage CBP and State Dept to move it along. Here is the draft letter to Minister [Luis Ernesto] Derbez [Mexican Foreign Ministry Secretary]. I was still tweaking it but here it is for your review.
In 1998, before becoming NASCO president, Blackwood established the North American International Trade Corridor Partnership while he served as mayor pro tem of Kansas City. The NAITCP has been absorbed into NASCO.
A NAIPC summit meeting in 2004 was attended by Mexican officials, including Secretary of Finance Gil Diaz, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Geronimo Guiterrez, Deputy Counsel of Mexico Noemi Hernandez, Counsel of Mexico in Kansas City Everardo Suarez. Also in attendance was Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Kay Barnes and the president and CEO of Kansas City Southern railroad, Mike Haverty.
Photographed on the first page of the summit executive summary is Robert Pastor, an American University professor who has written "Toward a North American Community," a book promoting the development of a North American unionas a regional government and the adoption of the amero as a common monetary currency to replace the dollar and the peso.
Pastor also was vice chairman of the May 2005 Council on Foreign Relations task force entitled "Building a North American Community" that presents itself as a blueprint for using bureaucratic action within the executive branches of Mexico, the U.S. and Canada to transform the current trilateral Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America into a North American union regional government.
We should ask ourselves two questions:
1. Is this good for American Citizens, American Workers?
2. Why are they keeping their goals a secret? Why did they lie about their goal of integrating mexican trucking?
I am sure the usual RINOs will be along to call this a conspiracy theory.
They seem to follow the same playbook of "liberals":
Deny, Deceive, Disrupt, Distract, Destroy...
The orginal article minus the hannity poster's comments:
Those kind of assinine comments may work on liberal know-nothings, but to anyone who has a reading level over 5th grade can see the internal emails for themselves. They can read the documents for themselves.
Anyone who has lost or had a friend or family member who has lost a job due to NAFTA or other "outsourcing" knows this is not a "conspiracy"
Incidentally... if you cannot read at a 5th grade level, atleast it explains your addiction to kool-aid.
I wonder how long the Admins here will continue to put these articles in "conspiracy" section, even when Lou Dobbs acknowledges the truth. When the data is from the government's webstites. When the plans are published! When internal emails confirm the "theory".
The Admin should be ashamed.
Lou Dobbs is a moron and ask the mods and Jim; don't ask me.
Posting forum posts from another forum?
yeah, honestly I wasnt sure if this was against the rules. I thought I remembered seeing it done a long time ago, so I did it.
Apologies if it is infact against the rules.
Hey dumbass, I've about had it up to here with conspiracy morons who see the sun rise in the east, set in the west, and immediately come screaming into here in an abject panic about how "The sun clearly revolves around the earth, any non-RINO with a 5th-grade reading level can see it!" Post idiotic tinfoil crap and I'll respond appropriately.
Look bud, I've worked for a railroad (union, not mgmt) and am somewhat familiar with what is going on. It isn't anything sinister like that chicken little Corsi concludes. He adds 1+1 and gets 7. Well calm down, the answer is simply 2. Basically west coast ports are reaching buildout, and imports are overflowing into east coast ports, Canadian ports (Vancouver is also nearing capacity, hence the move to upgrade Prince Rupert to handle large container ships) and soon Mexican ports. Until the Panama Canal is expanded only the smaller ships can reach east and gulf coast ports, so for some types of cargo is most advantageous to unload on the west coast and rail to the interior.
I've also researched some of the toll road proposals, and they are simply about meeting increasing travel demand in Texas, some of which is pass through trade. But every 3-4 years Texas adds the equivalent population of another Austin area, most of that growth along the I-35 corridor. It is cheaper and affects far fewer property owners to build a freeway in the country than to expand the existing I-35 a similar amount through the urban areas, hence the choice of route. By letting a toll company build and operate it (but not own, it will still be a Texas road) the state won't have to spend any taxpayer money to double capacity and it will get built 10 years sooner than if the state was paying for it. BTW, are you aware that the tollway Corsi bitches about will be built only from San Antonio-Dallas by 2015, with the extensions to the Oklahoma and Laredo borders not until 2025? If this is some grand Mexican conspiracy, why the 10-year delay in connecting to the border? Funny how Corsi left that info out.
So what if they are going to eventually use trucks, too? That's simply good business sense, not all producers are close to rail intermodal terminals. In fact there are only a handful in Mexico, and a handful more in Texas. KCS railroad (the only railroad serving the KC site) only has 2 in Texas, with plans for a 3rd. Big deal.
Corsi and one of his kook lemmings had a rant today about how there was actually going to be a sovereign consulate at the KC site, and how this was going to somehow destroy our country. Never mind that there have been numerous embassies and consulates all over this country for 2 centuries.
Calm down, do some research, read beyond these kook conspiracies rantsites, get some actual facts, and use logic and common sense. You'll be able to relax and save your energy for things that actually are of concern, instead of hunting for witches.
a moron? Why? Because he wants to secure our borders? because he doesnt want an international unelected regulatory body controlling trade, transport, air travel, health issues, agriculture, and our energy?
Or is that simply the only thing you can say when confronted with the admittedly upsetting truth of what our President (among others) are doing?
Its not an easy truth. But it is the truth nonetheless.
This is the ridiculous jumping to conclusions I am talking about. So now they are going to truck WMD's to Kansas City. I got news for you, any truck crossing the border on a road or rail line is going to still get some form of inspection, this is primarily a shift in where the paperwork portion is checked. At the border the dogs will still sniff 'em, and if they are using sensors they'll still pass through those, too, just like all the other trucks and trains. However if the container seals are broken they will be stopped at the border.
The system isn't perfect, but it isn't going to be anything like Corsi thinks it will be.
"They are still going back and forth on the rail and truck focus."
Sounds like they were in the planning stages and hadn't decided. So at one point it might have been true, and at another point perhaps false. BFD. And it doesn't matter much one way or the other if they are going to add trucks or not. A large planned storage, repacking, and distribution import/export warehouse complex considering using trucks as well as rail to bring in merchandise, what's so hard to fathom about that?
I'm getting sleepy, perhaps Corsi and his lemmings will deduce that a Buildaburger had me poisoned.
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