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A North American Community Approach to Security

Posted on 02/14/2006 8:24:30 AM PST by vrwc0915

Chairmen Lugar and Coleman, Members of the Committee. I appreciate the invitation to testify before your Committee. You asked me to place the issue of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative within the context of North American cooperation and border control and to relate it to the recent report by an Independent Task Force on the Future of North America sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. The Chairs and Vice Chairs of the three nation, 31-person Task Force were John F. Manley and Tom d’Aquino of Canada, Pedro Aspe and Andres Rozental of Mexico, and William F. Weld and I from the United States. Entitled Building a North American Community, the report offered a blueprint of the goals that the three countries of North America should pursue and the steps needed to achieve those goals.

The focus today is on the new requirement for all citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda to have a passport to travel among our countries. It is intended to secure the homeland, but I question whether this approach will achieve the goal, and I fear that it will harm other U.S. interests and divert us from more effective paths toward securing our continent.

As we approach the fourth anniversary of 9/11, it is time for us to step back from our trauma and the border and examine the problem in a broader context. The best way to assure security is not at our borders with Canada and Mexico and not by defining “security” in conventional and narrow terms. We need to think about these issues in the context of a continent that is integrating economically and socially at a rapid rate. The problem is that the three governments have failed to understand this phenomenal transformation. Policy has not kept pace with the market, and our security is endangered as much by the limits of our vision as by the terrorists who threaten us.

Defensive about Europe’s example, we have failed to learn from their experience and succumbed to the opposite mistake. Whereas Europe built too many, intrusive, supra-national institutions, we have practically no credible institutions. Instead of trying to fashion a North American approach to continental problems, we continue to pursue problems on a dual-bilateral basis, taking one issue at a time. But incremental steps will no longer solve the security problem, or allow us to grasp economic opportunities. What we need to do now is forge a North American Community, based on the premise that each member benefits from its neighbor’s success and is diminished by its problems.

The subject of this hearing today— whether passports should be required to cross our two borders— is symptomatic of the problem. We are thinking too small. We need to find ways to making trade and travel easier while we define and defend a continental security perimeter. Instead of stopping North Americans on the borders, we ought to provide them with a secure, biometric Border Pass that would ease transit across the border like an E-Z pass permits our cars to speed through toll booths.

In my statement, I will comment first on the emergence of North America, the next decade’s agenda, and the response by the three governments. Next, I will describe some of the recommendations of the Council Task Force Report and focus on the travel initiative and the security and border issues.

As a word of introduction, I have been working on issues related to North America for nearly thirty years— in the government, in a non-governmental organization (the Carter Center) monitoring elections in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, and as a teacher and writer of five books and many articles on the subject of North America. Because I believe deeply that our security and prosperity depend on forging a new relationship with our neighbors, in September 2002, I established and now direct a Center for North American Studies at American University.

The Emergence of North America

On January 1, 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect. If one judges a free-trade area by the size of its product and territory, North America became the largest in the world, larger than the European Union (EU). Yet that fact escaped all but a few analysts. It is widely known that the United States has the world’s largest economy, but North America also includes the eighth (Canada) and ninth (Mexico) largest economies as well. (The Economist, 2004)

In the eleven years since NAFTA came into effect, U.S. trade (exports and imports) more than doubled with its two neighbors— from $293 billion in 1993 to $713 billion in 2004. Annual flows of U.S. direct investment to Mexico went from $1.3 billion in 1992 to $15 billion in 2001, and the stock, from $14 billion to $57 billion. The annual flows of U.S. investment in Canada increased eight-fold, and the stock of FDI increased from $69 billion in 1993 to $153 billion in 2002. Canadian investment flows to the United States grew from a stock of $40 billion in 1993 to $102 billion in 2001.

Travel and immigration among the three countries also increased dramatically. In 2004, people crossed the two borders about 400 million times. The most profound impact came from those people who crossed and stayed. The 2000 census estimated that there were 21 million people of Mexican origin in the United States. Nearly two-thirds of all Mexican-born immigrants arrived in the last two decades.

North America is larger than Europe in population and territory, and its gross product not only eclipses that of the EU but also represents one-third of the world’s economic output. Intraregional exports as a percentage of total exports climbed from around 30 percent in 1982 to 58 percent in 2002 (compared to 61 percent for the EU). Our two neighbors export more energy to us than any other country, and U.S. exports to them were nearly twice those to all of Europe and nearly four times those to Japan and China in 2004. North America is no longer just a geographical expression. It has become a formidable and integrated region.

North America’s New Agenda and the Response

With a few notable exceptions— such as trucking, softwood lumber, and sugar— where U.S. economic interests have prevented compliance, NAFTA largely succeeded in what it was intended to do: barriers were eliminated, and trade and investment soared. A decade later, however, North America faces new challenges that require new policies.

--First, NAFTA was silent on the development gap between Mexico and its two northern neighbors, and that gap has widened.

--Second, NAFTA did not plan for its own success: it failed to invest in new roads and infrastructure to cope with more trade and traffic. The resulting delays raised the transaction costs of regional trade more than the elimination of tariffs lowered them.

--Third, NAFTA did not address immigration, and the number of undocumented workers in the United States jumped in the 1990s from 3 million to 11 million (55 percent or 6 million came from Mexico).

--Fourth, NAFTA did not address energy issues, a failure highlighted by the catastrophic blackout that Canada and the north-eastern United States suffered in August 2003, and the dramatic growth in imports of natural gas by Mexico from the United States.

--Fifth, NAFTA created few credible institutions to coordinate policy, leaving the region vulnerable to market catastrophes like the Mexican peso crisis.

--Finally, NAFTA did nothing to address security, and as a result, the long-term effects of September 11 threaten to cripple North American integration.

This is the agenda for North America in the next decade. On March 23, 2005, President George Bush, President Vicente Fox, and Prime Minister Paul Martin met in Texas. This was not their first meeting, but the others had been little more than photo-opportunities. The three leaders announced a “Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America,” based on the premise that both security and prosperity are “mutually dependent and complementary.” They declared that the partnership is “trilateral in concept,” but the framework was incremental and dual-bilateral in fact.

Instead of addressing chronic problems like softwood lumber or sugar, the three

leaders tasked their Ministers to chair working groups with “stakeholders” and produce a report in 90 days— by June 23rd— with concrete steps to achieve measurable goals. The first question, of course, is why these security and competitiveness goals have not already been implemented since most of them have been declared often, and the security goals are, by and large, a part of the “smart borders” agreement. The answer is that our governments are not organized to address these questions on a trilateral basis, and so it should come as little surprise if the results are meager.

More importantly, compared to the agenda above, these steps are quite timid. The truth is that traffic has slowed at the border because of additional inspections, but it is not at all clear that the borders are more secure today than they were four years ago. The flow of unauthorized migrants is as high or higher. The Communique lacks a clear uplifting goal like a Customs Union. One cannot eliminate “rules-of-origin” provisions without a common external tariff, which the WTO equates with a “customs union.” Most important, there is no allusion to the paramount challenge of North America— the development gap that separates Mexico from its northern neighbors, and therefore, there is no proposal for dealing with that. There are no plans for dealing with education, energy, transportation, or establishing institutions that could prepare North American options or monitor progress. To move this agenda requires an organizing vision and political will.

There was a moment early in the Fox and Bush administrations when North American leaders appeared to grasp the essence of such a vision. In February 2001, Fox and Bush jointly endorsed the Guanajuato Proposal, which read, “After consultation with our Canadian partners, we will strive to consolidate a North American economic community whose benefits reach the lesser-developed areas of the region and extend to the most vulnerable social groups in our countries.” Unfortunately, they never translated that sentiment into policy (with the exception of the symbolic but substantively trivial $40 million Partnership for Prosperity).

All three governments share the blame for this failure. President Bush’s primary goal seemed at first to open the Mexican oil sector to U.S. investors, while then-Canadian Prime Minister Chrétien showed no interest in working with Mexico. President Fox, for his part, put forth too ambitious an agenda with too much emphasis on radical reform of U.S. immigration policy. Bush’s initial response was polite, but he soon realized he could not deliver and postponed consideration. The illegal immigration issue remains thorny and unsolved. Ultimately, however, it is more symptom than cause: the way to reduce illegal immigration is to make Mexico’s economy grow faster than that of the U.S.

The Council on Foreign Relations Task Force Report spells out such a vision. Let me summarize and amplify some of its recommendations.

NAFTA has failed to create a partnership because North American governments have not changed the way they deal with one another. Dual bilateralism, driven by U.S. power, continue to govern and irritate. Adding a third party to bilateral disputes vastly increases the chance that rules, not power, will resolve problems.

This trilateral approach should be institutionalized in a new North American Advisory Council. Unlike the sprawling and intrusive European Commission, the Commission or Council should be lean, independent, and advisory, composed of 15 distinguished individuals, 5 from each nation. Its principal purpose should be to prepare a North American agenda for leaders to consider at biannual summits and to monitor the implementation of the resulting agreements. It should be an advisor to the three leaders but also a public voice and symbol of North America. It should evaluate ways to facilitate economic integration, producing specific proposals on continental issues such as harmonizing environmental and labor standards and forging a competition policy.

The U.S. Congress should also merge the U.S.-Mexican and U.S.-Canadian interparliamentary groups into a single “North American Parliamentary Group.” A third institution should be a “Permanent Tribunal on Trade and Investment.” NAFTA established ad hoc dispute panels, but it has become difficult to find experts who do not have a conflict of interest to arbitrate conflicts. A permanent court would permit the accumulation of precedent and lay the groundwork for North American business law.

Canada and Mexico have long organized their governments to give priority to their bilateral relationships with the United States. Washington alone is poorly organized to address North American issues. To balance U.S. domestic interests with those in the continent, President Bush should appoint a White House adviser for North American affairs. Such a figure would chair a cabinet-level interagency task force on North America. No president can forge a coherent U.S. policy toward North America without such a wholesale reorganization.

For North America’s second decade, there is no higher priority than reducing the economic divide between Mexico and the rest of NAFTA. A true community or even a partnership is simply not possible when the people of one nation earn, on average, one-sixth as much as do people across the border. Mexico’s underdevelopment is a threat to its stability, to its neighbors, and to the future of integration.

Europe demonstrated that the gap could be narrowed significantly in a relatively short period with good policies and significant aid. The Council Task Force proposed serious reforms by Mexico coupled with a North American Investment Fund, which was also proposed by Senator John Cornyn. This is a far-sighted initiative that deserves the support of this Committee and Congress. I have written a report explaining the need for such a Fund and the way it could work. (See www.american.edu/cnas/publications)

North American governments can learn from the EU’s efforts to establish EU Educational and Research Centers in the United States. Centers for North American Studies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico would help people in all three countries to understand the problems and the potential of an integrated North America— and to think of themselves as North Americans. Scholarships should encourage North American students to study in each other’s country. Until a new consciousness of North America’s promise takes root, many of these proposals will remain impractical.

The Travel Initiative, the Integration Dilemma, and the Security Perimeter

September 11 and the subsequent U.S. response highlighted a basic dilemma of integration: how to facilitate legitimate flows of people and goods while stopping terrorists and smugglers. When Washington virtually sealed its borders after the attacks, trucks on the Canadian side backed up 22 miles. Companies that relied on “just- in-time” production began to close their plants. The new strategy— exemplified by the “smart” border agreements concentrates inspections on high-risk traffic while using better technology to expedite the transit of low-risk goods and people. The decision to require passports to re-enter the United States after brief visits to Canada and Mexico is another example of an approach that is too narrow to solve so fundamental a problem.

Overcoming the tension between security and trade requires a bolder and more innovative approach. The three governments should negotiate and complete within five years a North American customs union with a common external tariff (CET). This would have a dual purpose. It would enhance the security on the border because guards could concentrate on terrorism rather than inspection of all the goods, and by eliminating cumbersome rules-of-origin provisions (which deny non-NAFTA products the same easy access), it would enhance efficiency and reduce the costs of trade.

At the same time, our Task Force recommends that all three governments define and defend a continental perimeter. This means that all three governments have to have confidence that a terrorist has no more chance of entering their own country as their neighbors. A common exclusion list, better intelligence-sharing, and combined training are needed. The three governments should establish a “North American Customs and Immigration Force,” composed of officials trained together in a single professional school, and they should fashion procedures to streamline border-crossing documentation. The Department of Homeland Security should expand its mission to include continental security— a shift best achieved by incorporating Mexican and Canadian perspectives and personnel into its design and operation.

Instead of creating new obstacles at the border, we should find ways to ease traffic and harmonize safety and transportation regulations. As a May 2000 report by a member of Canada’s Parliament concluded, “Crossing the border has actually gotten more difficult ... While continental trade has skyrocketed, the physical infrastructure enabling the movement of these goods has not.” The bureaucratic barriers to cross-border business impede as much as the infrastructural problems. There are 64 different sets of safety regulations in North America, 51 in the United States.

The North American Council should develop an integrated continental plan for transportation and infrastructure that includes new North American highways and high-speed rail corridors. The United States and Canada should each develop national standards on weight, safety, and configuration of trucking and then negotiate with Mexico to establish a single set of standards.

In addition, the United States and Canada should begin to merge immigration and refugee policies. It will be impossible to include Mexico in this process until the development gap is narrowed. In the meantime, the three governments should work to develop a North American Border Pass with biometric identifiers. This would permit expedited passage through customs, immigration, and airport security throughout the region. The program should build upon and unify the existing NEXUS (US-Canadian) and SENTRI (US-Mexican) programs. Only those who voluntarily seek, receive, and pay the costs for a security clearance would obtain a Border Pass, which would be accepted at all border points within North America as a complement to passports.

These are alternatives to the Western Hemisphere Initiative. It is true that we have not done a good job of keeping track of people crossing the border, and the passage of the Real ID Act shows that there is a growing and grudging recognition that some form of National Identification Card may be needed. Congress really ought to address this issue head-on. We should not use the driver’s license, the social security card, the medicare card, or our credit cards for anything other than the purpose for which they are intended. These cards are not intended to judge immigration status or citizenship. We will not only fail if we use them for that purpose; we will also undermine their real purpose. We don’t want to discourage people from getting tested to drive because they fear that their status will be questioned.

Similarly, compelling Minnesotans to get passports to cross the border into Canada for a Sunday afternoon picnic is not the best way to approach the border security issue. What we need is a new approach to jointly police the perimeter, a North American border pass to facilitate travel, and a Customs Union to allow inspectors to concentrate on terrorists rather than tariffs on goods.

Defining a North American Community

North Americans are ready for a new relationship. Studies over the past 20 years have shown a convergence of values, on personal and family issues as well as on public policy. An October 2003 poll taken in all three countries by Ekos, a Canadian firm, found that a clear majority believes that a North American economic union will be established in the next ten years. The same survey found an overwhelming majority in favor of more integrated North American policies on the environment, transportation, and defense and a more modest majority in favor of common energy and banking policies. And 75 percent of people in the United States and Canada, and two-thirds of Mexicans, support the development of a North American security perimeter. The U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments remain zealous defenders of an outdated conception of sovereignty even though their citizens are ready for a new approach. Each nation’s leadership has stressed differences rather than common interests. North America needs leaders who can articulate and pursue a broader vision.

I hope this Committee will pursue the North American agenda beyond the travel initiative considered here. On June 23rd, the three leaders promised to publish a report with specific recommendations on how to deepen North American integration. These should be reviewed together with Senator Richard Lugar’s far-sighted bill for a “North American Cooperative Security Act” and Senator Cornyn’s “North American Investment Fund.” The time has come for us to define a true North American Community. Our security and prosperity depend on it.


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I know this is old but IMO people need to be reminded of what the powers that be have planned for them.

This explains the lack of will to enforce our border

This also explains the creeping socialisim that is taking hold no matter what party is in power

1 posted on 02/14/2006 8:24:32 AM PST by vrwc0915
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transnational power grab ping


2 posted on 02/14/2006 8:28:24 AM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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"And 75 percent of people in the United States and Canada, and two-thirds of Mexicans, support the development of a North American security perimeter."

Really? Who knew? I don't remember the globalists asking me. We're being scammed and I'm sure the bots will be along presently to tell us why this is good.


3 posted on 02/14/2006 8:29:43 AM PST by dljordan
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"The time has come for us to define a true North American Community. Our security and prosperity depend on it."

Our has nothing to do with the common serfs

4 posted on 02/14/2006 8:33:51 AM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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The other branch of CFR

http://www.trilateral.org/AnnMtgs/TRIALOG/TRLGTXTS/T56/pdf_folder/governance.pdf

5 posted on 02/14/2006 8:37:01 AM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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In reference to borders, I've been finding that somehow, the NGOs are also funding immigration.

I posted this thread on where I found the NGO monies coming from:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1578025/posts
Earth Charter and the Ark of Hope - New World Order

And I have this thread that shows how some of the CFRs for grant monies work:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1563271/posts
Healthy People 2010


NGOs and immigration. Funds full name is: National Immigration Forum and Cato Institute. In the below list, see National Immigration Forum.

Immigrants

Center for Immigration Studies
The Center for Immigration Studies is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1985. It is the nation's only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States.
http://www.cis.org/

National Immigration Forum
The purpose of the National Immigration Forum is to embrace and uphold America's tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and that are fair and supportive to newcomers in our country.
http://www.immigrationforum.org/

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
NNIRR member organizations and activists utilize the network as a tool to enhance collaboration, build and develop strategy, and push thinking and analysis "outside the box" of service provision or "quick-fix" legislation. The program aims to involve, support, and empower immigrant communities to address the critical issues in their neighborhoods and workplaces.
http://www.nnirr.org/

About NGOs:

Non-governmental organization - A non-governmental organization (NGO) is an organization that is not part of a government and was not founded by states. NGOs are therefore typically independent of governments. Although the definition can technically include for-profit corporations, the term is generally restricted to social, cultural, legal, and environmental advocacy groups having goals that are primarily noncommercial. NGOs are usually non-profit organizations that gain at least a portion of their funding from private sources. Current usage of the term is generally associated with the United Nations and authentic NGOs are those that are so designated by the UN.




I would really welcome someone to post on these threads that can explain these NGOs and monies.

How did the NGOs partner with our governmental offices? Are we no longer a sovereign nation? How come we didn't get a say in this?

Since the CFRs lend ownership to anything the monies touch, have we been eminent domained?

Is this why our current administration can't undue this?

Is this why our current administration can't or hasn't stopped illegal immigration? Is it because of these NGOs?


6 posted on 02/14/2006 8:45:49 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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Its all there in black and white but you can't make the sheep read and realize what cometh

http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/home.nsf/pt_our_mission

7 posted on 02/14/2006 8:48:31 AM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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Global Governance

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GLOBAL
GOVERNANCE
Enhancing
Trilateral Cooperation
The Trilateral Commission Seoul Plenary Meeting 2003

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Copyright © 2003 The Trilateral Commission
All rights reserved.
ISBN 0-930503-83-x
The Trilateral Commission was formed in 1973 by private citizens of Europe, Japan
and North America to foster closer cooperation among these three democratic in-
dustrialized regions on common problems. It seeks to improve public understanding
of such problems, to support proposals for handling them jointly, and to nurture
habits and practices of working together, The European group has widened with the
ongoing enlargement of the European union. The Japanese group has widened into a
Pacific Asia group. The North American group now includes members from Canada,
Mexico and the United States.
See our website for more information:
http://www.trilateral.org
North American Chairman
Thomas S. Foley
European Chairman
Peter D. Sutherland
Pacific Asia Chairman
Yotaro Kobayashi
North American Office
1156 15
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St., N.W.
Suite 505, Washington, D. C. 20005
European Office
5, Rue de Téhéran
F-75008 Paris, France
Pacific Asia Office
C/O Japan Center for International Exchange
4-9-17 Minami Azabu
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047
Japan

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Contents
Introductory Note
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Executive Summary
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I. Towards a New Pacific Asia Regional Order
1. The Sociopolitical and Economic Agenda of South Korea
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Roh Moo-hyun
Hong Seok Hyun
SaKong Il
Summary of Discussion
2. The Rise of China and Its Global Implications
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Wang Jisi
Heinrich Weiss
Wendy K. Dobson
Summary of Discussion
3. Japan’s Domestic and International Agenda
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Keizo Takemi
Yasuhisa Shiozaki
Summary of Discussion
4. Prospects for Pacific Asian Integration
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Jesus P. Estanislao
Wang Gungwu
Summary of Discussion

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II. Rebuilding Trilateral Cooperation
5. Building Consensus for the Doha Round
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Carla A. Hills
6.Relations between the European Union and the
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United States
Peter Sutherland
7.New Security Challenges in East Asia
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Han Sung-Joo
Stephen W. Bosworth
Summary of Discussion
8.Restructuring the International Order after the
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War in Iraq
Jacques Andréani
Thomas S. Foley
Akihiko Tanaka
Summary of Discussion
9.Addressing the New International Terrorism:
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Prevention, Intervention and Multilateral Cooperation
Excerpts from the Task Force Report
Program
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Introductory Note
The 34th annual plenary conference of the Trilateral Commission was
convened on April 11–14, 2003, at the Shilla Hotel, Seoul, Korea. It was
the first plenary conference that was held in a non-Japanese Asian city
since the inception of the Commission in 1973. Fears of SARS deprived
this historic plenary of, in the end, some 45 of 175 committed members
and guests, including some of the designated panelists. Nevertheless, we
were able to have a very successful meeting characterized by intimate and
lively discussions throughout the sessions. It was fortunate that we were
able to visit the Blue House on April 12 and hear directly from President
Roh Moo-hyun of the Republic of Korea about his view on Korea’s agenda
and the objectives of his government.
The Seoul Plenary Conference showed three distinctive features that
are quite different from any of the previous plenaries.First,it was a heavily
Asia Pacific oriented conference with five of the eight sessions devoted to
discussions related to this region. From the forenoon of April 12 through
lunch on April 13, we had sessions on “the Socio-Political and Economic
Agenda of South Korea,”“Prospect for Pacific Asian Integration,”“Japan’s
Domestic and International Agenda,”“The Rise of China and Its Global
Implications,” and “New Security Challenges in East Asia.” While it has
been a tradition of the Commission to devote an earlier session to discus-
sion of the domestic and international agendas of the host country, the
fact that the Seoul Plenary had such a heavy concentration on the region
should be interpreted as a reflection of the increased importance of Asia
Pacific for the trilateral world.
Second, the Seoul Plenary will be remembered as a forum of intensive
discussions of reflections on the fundamental changes in the international
system and international relations since September 11, 2001, through the
Iraq war in 2003. In the session on “Addressing the New International
Terrorism: Prevention, Intervention and Multilateral Cooperation,” the
task force of Joseph Nye, Yukio Satoh, and Paul Wilkinson presented its

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discussion draft, on which Ali Alatas, former foreign minister of Indone-
sia, the world’s largest Islam country, commented. Full report of this task
force has already been published as Addressing the New International Ter-
rorism, whose introduction and conclusion are included in this volume.
On the realization that the process which ended up in the war against
Iraq included such fundamental issues as the new unilateralism on the
part of the United States and the powerlessness of the multilateral frame-
work, notably the United Nations, a session was organized around the
theme of “Restructuring of the International Order After the War in Iraq.”
Lively discussion took place in search of the way to reconstruct interna-
tional order after the war in Iraq.
Finally, the plenary witnessed a chain of outstanding presentations,
comments, and interventions from all the participants as usual, but, this
time, it was particularly rich because of contributions from our Pacific
Asian friends. One may say that they strongly impressed members from
the other two regions both in quality as well as in numbers. This goes to
show that the newly enlarged Pacific Asia group has proved itself to be a
viable third leg of the Trilateral Commission along with the North Ameri-
can and European groups.
What follows is the record of vivid discussions which took place during
the Seoul Plenary Conference. Presentations by panelists were condensed
by the Commission’s secretariat, which is also responsible for the sum-
mary of discussions following the presentations.
In retrospect, the Seoul Plenary Conference was convened against one
of the most uncongenial international backdrops in the history of the
Commission, e.g., imminent threats from SARS in Asia and the war in
Iraq, whose conclusion was uncertain at the time of the conference. These
were only two examples of the global problems. The Trilateral Commis-
sion is all the more grateful for the utmost efforts made by the Korean
members and supporting staff, particularly Profs. Han Sung-Joo, Pacific
Asia deputy chairman, who was appointed to be the Korean ambassador
to Washington, D.C., and Lee Hong-Koo, chairman of the Commission’s
Korean group.
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Executive Summary
The 2003 annual meeting of the Trilateral Commission opened in Seoul,
Korea, at one of the most uncertain times in the Commission’s 30-year
history. The sense of international unity that followed September 11 had
given way to disagreements over the tone and conduct of the war on ter-
rorism, and the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq had fueled an open split
among the traditional allies of Western Europe and the United States. As
these developments called into question the utility of many of the institu-
tions at the core of the post–World War II international order, it seemed
to many that we were in the midst of a transition to some sort of new
international system, yet the eventual outcome remained unclear.
Against this backdrop, discussions at the April 11–14 meeting revolved
around three core themes. The Trilateral Commission recently expanded
beyond Japan to include members from throughout the Pacific Asian re-
gion, and the Seoul meeting marked the first time that the annual meet-
ing had been held in a Pacific Asia country other than Japan. Therefore, it
was fitting that a major focus of the discussion was on topics related to
Asia and the prospects for regional integration. Likewise, the looming
showdown with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program was clearly
in the forefront of the discussants’minds, and the prospects for a peaceful
resolution were a recurring theme throughout most of the sessions. And
finally, the shape of the international system after the war in Iraq emerged
as the central topic of the meeting, as participants urged a renewed com-
mitment to international cooperation in combating global terrorism,seek-
ing deeper and more just economic liberalization, and overcoming the
animosity that had emerged in transatlantic relations.
Towards a New Pacific Asia Regional Order
The international and domestic agendas of three regional powers—South
Korea, China, and Japan—and the prospects for further Pacific Asia inte-
gration were taken up in the first series of sessions. The meeting began
with an address by President Roh Moo-hyun in which he outlined his

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vision of making the Republic of Korea the “hub of logistics and business
in Northeast Asia.” The key, he asserted, is for the nation to enhance its
capacity to meet global economic standards, specifically by improving
transparency and corporate governance. In keeping with this, one goal of
his administration will be to advance Korea’s ranking on Transparency
International’s Global Transparency Index from 40th place to around
number 20. Meanwhile, in regards to North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, he
stressed the willingness of his government to provide support for North
Korea when it becomes a responsible member of the international com-
munity.
In a later session, Joongang Ilbo publisher Hong Seok Hyun and former
Finance Minister SaKong Il discussed the challenges facing President Roh
after his dramatic election victory. Hong focused on the president’s per-
sonality and beliefs, arguing that despite his liberal ideological tenden-
cies,President Roh is ultimately a pragmatist and his slim margin of victory
will ensure that he hews to a moderate course. SaKong Il, for his part,
concentrated on South Korea’s economic agenda, noting that the reforms
implemented after the Asian financial crisis have led to a sea change in the
country’s economic structure. Still, he added, further reform is needed,
and the overarching goal should be to make the entire country into the
“most business-friendly zone in the region.”
In the session convened to discuss the rise of China to regional and
global prominence, Chinese foreign policy analyst Wang Jisi outlined
China’s international strategy, explaining that at its core is a conviction to
avoid becoming entangled in potential conflicts that do not directly affect
the country’s vital interests. This necessitates efforts to avoid confronta-
tion with the United States as well as a commitment to maintain manage-
able relations with Taiwan. The one exception to this conservative stance
is the issue of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program—Beijing regards a
nuclear-armed North Korea as a critical threat and finds itself sharing
more common ground on this issue with Washington than with
Pyongyang.
Heinrich Weiss and Wendy Dobson added their thoughts on China’s
economic and political rise to Wang’s formulation, with Weiss noting that
it is widely understood by everyone involved that domestic political re-
form will unavoidably follow the current economic reforms. Meanwhile,
Dobson counseled prudence to policymakers pushing for a revaluation
of the renminbi, warning that the still immature structure of China’s do-
mestic financial institutions makes it perilous for the country to pursue
this course and maybe even impossible to control such a process if

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launched. Still, she argued, the Chinese leadership’s justifiable reluctance
to undertake such policies should not deeply hurt the country’s trading
partners since China is actually not a major source of global deflation
and, on other counts, it has demonstrated its commitment to act as a
responsible member of global economic institutions.
The session devoted to Japan featured two Diet members who took up
the topic of their country’s international agenda. Upper House member
Keizo Takemi outlined two trends that are helping drive a more assertive
international involvement: the growing conviction among younger po-
litical leaders that Japan should be better prepared to exercise political
and military power in the Asia Pacific region and the increasing desire of
many younger Japanese to take individual action to help improve the lives
of the less fortunate around the world. The willingness to play a more
active role in security issues is reflected in the determined stance of the
country’s leaders not to accept the acquisition and possession of nuclear
weapons by North Korea and a commitment to use all means necessary to
prevent it.At the same time, the growing ambition of many of the younger
generation to participate directly in international cooperation activities
is manifesting itself in the increased overseas presence of Japanese non-
governmental organizations, particularly those whose efforts are in keep-
ing with the concept of human security.
Meanwhile,Lower House member Yasuhisa Shiozaki focused on Japan’s
economic reform efforts, explaining that the country’s major task lies in
overcoming the anti-market, inward-looking trends that have appeared,
both domestically and in its international activities. Warning that recent
years have seen a reemergence of government intervention in financial
markets, Shiozaki called for a renewed political commitment to pursue
domestic structural reform and a deeper national commitment to open
markets and globalization.
The prospects for Pacific Asian integration were taken up by former
Philippines Finance Minister Jesus Estanislao and Singaporean scholar
Wang Gungwu in a later session. Estanislao spoke about the future of
economic integration, arguing that regional trade liberalization efforts
may have reached the point of diminishing returns although there is fer-
tile ground for future cooperation in the areas of finance and develop-
ment. In particular, he advised that the regional agenda be expanded to
include areas such as macroeconomic risk management, financial super-
vision, and corporate governance practices. Where Estanislao focused on
the economic aspects of regional integration, Wang turned his attention
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Asian countries is steeped in traditional value systems, Wang concluded
that modernity and the political integration it can usher into the region
cannot be stable or meaningful if built on the denigration of the roles of
religion and spirituality.
Rebuilding Trilateral Cooperation
Fiveadditional sessions focused on global issues central tothe eventual shape
of the emerging post–September 11, post–Iraq War international system.
In one of these sessions, former U.S.Trade Representative Carla Hills urged
the leaders of rich countries to resist pressure to restrict trade and to re-
double their efforts to successfully complete the Doha Round at the World
Trade Organization (WTO). Noting that the extended period of global
growth that began in the mid-19th century and continued through to the
start of World War I was followed by an era of trade restrictions and then
World War II, she warned that the Doha Round is in peril and that the
outcome of these talks will help determine the fate of the global economy
for the next quarter century.Meaningful steps by rich countries to integrate
poor countries into the global economy are far overdue, she declared, and
this round represents our best chance for success in this venture.
Meanwhile,Peter Sutherland,former director-general of the WTO,tack-
led the transatlantic split over the war in Iraq, arguing that an abject fail-
ure of basic diplomacy was a major contributor to the current divisions
between the two sides, which share far more than divides them. Noting
that both Europe and the United States must examine their failures or
else risk repeating them, he traced the rapid rise of mutual antipathy that
threatens to become embedded in public opinion. It is critical, he warned,
that both sides commit themselves to strengthening the transatlantic part-
nership and come to a full realization that unilateralism is not a sustain-
able option in our interdependent world.
Former Korean Foreign Minister Han Sung-Joo and former U.S. am-
bassador to Korea Stephen W. Bosworth outlined the security challenges
in East Asia, focusing particularly on the tensions on the Korean penin-
sula. Comparing the 1993–1994 North Korean nuclear crisis to the cur-
rent one, Han argued that, this time, the options for responding to
Pyongyang’s actions are more limited and the situation is more urgent.
Characterizing regime change in North Korea as unrealistic and a mili-
tary response as deeply problematic, he recommended a multi-layered
dialogue with North Korea that is built on close coordination among the

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United States, South Korea, and Japan and that allows them to communi-
cate their intention to use a mixture of carrots and sticks to reward and
punish North Korean behavior. In the end, he noted, any comprehensive
resolution is likely to involve a package deal, one that participants in the
subsequent discussion period seemed to feel would be a “larger medium-
sized package” of aid and incentives, in contrast to the “small package”
that emerged from the 1993–1994 negotiations.
Bosworth explained the importance of analyzing the crisis within the
context of a profoundly changed regional security framework, particu-
larly in light of recent significant shifts in the U.S. security role in Asia.
Changes over the past few years, many of them emerging from within the
region, have driven U.S. thinking about regional security policy in un-
foreseen directions. As a result, he argued, we should continue to see U.S.
bilateral alliances in Northeast Asia diminish in importance and U.S. stra-
tegic focus in the region shift toward Southeast Asia. Regardless of the
eventual outcome of the North Korean crisis, one probable result is that,
by the end of the decade, there are likely to be few if any ground troops
forward-deployed in South Korea and Japan.
A variety of measures to combat the new form of terrorism character-
ized by al Qaeda were proposed by Joseph Nye of Harvard University;
Yukio Satoh, president of the Japan Institute of International Affairs and
former Japanese ambassador to the United Nations; and Paul Wilkinson
of St. Andrews University. (The papers that were discussed in this session
have been compiled separately as Addressing the New International Ter-
rorism; therefore, the texts are not included in this publication.) While
noting that terrorism has a long history, Nye, Satoh, and Wilkinson ar-
gued that September 11 was a dramatic manifestation of a “new terror-
ism,” one that is truly transnational in nature, reflects the desire and
potential to wreak destruction of a greater magnitude than before, and is
motivated by absolutist and grandiose goals rather than limited, political
intentions. The struggle against this strain of terrorism will be a long and
arduous one with no definitive victory, they predicted; therefore it would
be a mistake to suspend civil liberties indefinitely. What is needed, in-
stead, they asserted, includes more coordinated multilateral civilian co-
operation, stronger actions to stem the proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction, global steps to delegitimize the deliberate use of force against
noncombatants, and major international efforts to resolve issues and
conflicts that create sympathy and support for terror groups.
In the meeting’s final session,Ambassadeur de France Jacques Andréani,
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U.S. House of Representatives Thomas Foley; and Tokyo University pro-
fessor Akihiko Tanaka presented views from each of the Trilateral regions
on restructuring the international order after the war in Iraq. Andréani
set out by assessing the damage done to international institutions by the
disagreements over the war in Iraq, concluding that too much has been
made of the weakness of certain organizations such as the European Union,
and that other institutions, particularly the United Nations, are now all
the more important for the United States if it is to succeed in Iraq. He
concluded by calling for the United States and Europe to work together to
strengthen the Atlantic alliance but cautioned that U.S.-Europe relations
need to be built on a respect for the autonomy of Europe.
Foley, meanwhile, maintained that the key to understanding the United
States and its new approach to security issues is to comprehend the dra-
matic impact of September 11 on the American consciousness, an impact
that is not fully understood by even most of the closest partners of the
United States. Now, he argued, the fundamental changes in American
thinking of the past two years dictate that, in order to garner U.S. consent,
any new international system will have to avoid critically limiting the ability
of the United States to deal with direct and immediate threats to its secu-
rity. On the other hand, the United States must realize that it cannot ef-
fectively fight a war against terrorism without multilateral cooperation.
This need, he noted, gives rise to hope that the international community
will be able to find some sort of middle ground between the differing
approaches of small ad hoc coalitions and broad-based multilateralism.
In closing the session, Tanaka, a political scientist, theorized about what
exactly had changed in the international system as a result of the war in
Iraq. Disputing the conventional wisdom of the day, he contended that it
is “too hasty to conclude that a totally new order is emerging after the war
in Iraq” and that, in actuality, very little has changed in terms of power
relations or norms of international behavior. In his view, power relations
in the near future will continue to consist of complex interactions cen-
tered on the United States and involving the United Nations and several
major powers. At the same time, international norms, which have gradu-
ally been evolving to justify intervention to halt genocide or deal with
failed states, have not shifted far enough to completely legitimize inter-
vention against totalitarian or authoritarian regimes. In the post-Iraq
world, he concluded, the United States still needs international collabora-
tion, international politics remain as complex and messy as before, and
diplomacy still matters.

8 posted on 02/14/2006 8:49:00 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia
"Is this why our current administration can't undue this?" "Is this why our current administration can't or hasn't stopped illegal immigration? Is it because of these NGOs?"

Our current administration and the previous one have been working for the same goal

9 posted on 02/14/2006 8:49:47 AM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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To: vrwc0915

Who is this?

The North American group now includes members from Canada,
Mexico and the United States.
See our website for more information:
http://www.trilateral.org

North American Chairman
Thomas S. Foley
European Chairman
Peter D. Sutherland
Pacific Asia Chairman
Yotaro Kobayashi

North American Office
1156 15th St., N.W.
Suite 505, Washington, D. C. 20005


10 posted on 02/14/2006 8:50:22 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: vrwc0915

>>> Our current administration and the previous one have been working for the same goal

I thought about that. There are a few things that doesn't make sense yet.

I know one thing for sure, if that is true, we are screwed.


11 posted on 02/14/2006 8:51:42 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia
In simple terms the self rightious so called elite

You will find blue-bloods, bankers, and former fed reserve chairmen,ambasadors,ect

12 posted on 02/14/2006 8:54:20 AM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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To: vrwc0915

Who is a lawyer here at FR? What are our options? Can we fight this? How?


13 posted on 02/14/2006 8:59:47 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Options are not good at this point


14 posted on 02/14/2006 9:01:50 AM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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To: frithguild

Are you still around?

Can you make sense of any of this?

Are we still a sovereign nation?

Do we have options?


15 posted on 02/14/2006 9:02:24 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: FreedomCalls

Hello! Any insight you can offer?


16 posted on 02/14/2006 9:02:56 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: hedgetrimmer

Ping!


17 posted on 02/14/2006 9:03:40 AM PST by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: Calpernia
In cliche

Try the ballot box

Try the soap box

If that fails all that is left is the cartridge box

18 posted on 02/14/2006 9:04:05 AM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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To: wagglebee

ping


19 posted on 02/14/2006 9:04:28 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: monkeywrench

I'll have to bump for later. Thanks for pinging.


20 posted on 02/14/2006 9:05:31 AM PST by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: vrwc0915

That is just a personal weapon up against an army.



21 posted on 02/14/2006 9:06:25 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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Armed and Dangerous: Private Police on the March
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1483299/posts


22 posted on 02/14/2006 9:06:42 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: vrwc0915

Every time this is mentioned, the Botroaches flee from the light.

Everyone involved in this treason should dance at the end of a rope.

We don't need the enlightenment of the Treason Club.


23 posted on 02/14/2006 9:07:38 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

There are no bots on this thread.

Matter of fact, all these threads we have been making on this are pretty damn quiet.


24 posted on 02/14/2006 9:08:58 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Not within the law.


25 posted on 02/14/2006 9:09:33 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: vrwc0915

Multinational, globalist, New World Order bump for later.


26 posted on 02/14/2006 9:10:39 AM PST by Euro-American Scum (A poverty-stricken middle class must be a disarmed middle class)
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To: BIGLOOK; ALOHA RONNIE; SandRat; HiJinx; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Have any of you seen these threads?

I think we have been eminent domained by the UN.

Any thoughts? Insight? What do we do?


27 posted on 02/14/2006 9:10:53 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

But it was playing the law that got us into this.

Personal weapons are not going to stop an army.


28 posted on 02/14/2006 9:12:09 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

The Botroaches can't deal with such harsh light as reality.

Even the paid shills stay away from this. The less they argue, the less it gets bumped, the less people wake up.

It's gotten rare to even get the morons with the sniggering tinfoil hat jokes. Actually, many of them have come to snigger in the past and found themselves following the links and now they probably cower in the dark.


29 posted on 02/14/2006 9:12:54 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: Calpernia

Nobody plans to fight an army.

Not to change the subject, but here is a fun book.

http://matthewbracken.web.aplus.net/


30 posted on 02/14/2006 9:14:55 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: vrwc0915

"If we lose freedom here [in America], there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth."
- President Ronald Reagan
October 27, 1984


31 posted on 02/14/2006 9:17:00 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

http://www.gunowners.org/op0601.htm
Global Deception


32 posted on 02/14/2006 9:17:07 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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The author in that link, Larry Pratt, references Ark of Hope.

Here is a thread on Ark of Hope:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1578025/posts
Earth Charter and the Ark of Hope - New World Order


33 posted on 02/14/2006 9:18:07 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

bump


34 posted on 02/14/2006 9:18:47 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

From your home page. I had forgotten it.

Never more true.


35 posted on 02/14/2006 9:21:27 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com ("If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth!")
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

This damn thread is still quiet. I'm making a few phone calls before I have to leave. I'll post something if I find anything out. I also have a private chat I can freep mail if I can't post what I find out.

BRB


36 posted on 02/14/2006 9:28:21 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia; All

BTT


37 posted on 02/14/2006 9:42:28 AM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

The lawyer I just called, who has been actively fighting the NAIS program, number's is out of service.

Can I be paranoid and jump to conclusions?


38 posted on 02/14/2006 9:51:16 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: vrwc0915

bump


39 posted on 02/14/2006 9:51:50 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: vrwc0915

Bump for later.


40 posted on 02/14/2006 9:57:42 AM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Calpernia

Wack a mole, You stick you head up to high it will get smacked down


41 posted on 02/14/2006 10:05:46 AM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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To: vrwc0915

That is what came into my head :P

I'll be back later.

ciao.


42 posted on 02/14/2006 10:17:26 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

No need to jump. Take your time.


43 posted on 02/14/2006 10:18:02 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com ("If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth!")
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To: Eaker; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; ApesForEvolution; archy; backhoe; Badray; t_skoz; Becki; Jack Black; ...
transnational power grab ping

Accordingly, CWII ping!

44 posted on 02/14/2006 11:18:15 AM PST by archy (The darkness will come. It will find you,and it will scare you like you've never been scared before.)
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To: archy; All

The Council on Foreign Relations

And the Trilateral Commission

________________________

The two organizations that run the United States



by Melvin Sickler

_________

____


there are two groups of elite men and women in particular that most American people do not know about, but which are a clear threat and danger to the freedom of the American people. These are the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral Commission.

Right now the United States is completely under the control of those who run these two organizations (David Rockefeller in particular). It is therefore important to understand these organizations if we wish to understand what has been taking place in the United States since the early 1900’s.


Edward Mandell House

The Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 by Edward Mandell House, who had been the chief advisor of President Woodrow Wilson. Actually, he was more than just a prominent aide of the President; he dominated the President. He was referred to as Wilson’s "alter ego" (other self), and was credited for being the most powerful individual in the United States during the Wilson Administration from 1913 until 1921.

House was a Marxist whose goal was to socialize the United States. In 1912, House wrote the book "Philip Dru: Administrator" in which he stated that he was working for "Socialism as dreamed of by Karl Marx." In this book, House laid out a plan for the conquest of America, telling how both the Democratic and Republican Parties would be controlled, and be used as instruments in the creation of a socialistic government. And he asked for the establishment of a state-controlled central bank, which were both proposed in "The Communist Manifesto". And it was in 1913, during the very first year of the House-dominated Wilson Administration, that both of these proposals became law. The Federal Reserve Act was passed, which brought into power a private central bank to create the money of the United States, taking this power away from the united States Congress. And the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution, the graduated income tax as proposed by Karl Marx, was also ratified.

The Council on Foreign Relations

In 1921, House and his friends formed the Council on Foreign Relations whose purpose right from its conception was to destroy the freedom and independence of the United States, and to lead the country into a one-world government.

Right from its beginning, in 1921, the CFR began to attract men of power and influence. In the late 1920’s, important financing for the CFR came from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation. In 1940, at the invitation of President Roosevelt, members of the CFR gained domination over the State Department, and they have maintained this domination ever since.

Its intentions

The late Carroll Quigley (Bill Clinton’s mentor), Professor of History at Georgetown University, member of the CFR, stated in his book, "Tragedy & Hope":

"The CFR is the American Branch of a society which originated in England, and which believes that national boundaries should be obliterated, and a one-world rule established."

Rear Admiral Chester Ward, a former member of the Cfr for 16 years, warned the American people of the organization’s intentions:

"The most powerful clique in these elitist groups have one objective in common — they want to bring about the surrender of the sovereingty of the national independence of the United States. A second clique of international members in the CFR comprises the Wall Street international bankers and their key agents. Primarily, they want the world banking monopoly from whatever power ends up in the control of global government."

And Dan Smoot, a former member of the FBI Headquarters staff in Washington, D.C., summarized the organization’s purpose as follows:

"The ultimate aim of the CFR is to create a one-world socialist system, and to make the U.S. an official part of it."

In other words, the CFR’s activities are treasonous to the U.S. Constitution. Their goal is to put an end to the United States of America, and to make the country a part of their global government scheme.

Its influence

In 1944 and in 1948, the Republican candidate for President, Thomas Dewey, was a CFR member. In later years, Republicans Eisenhower and Nixon were members of the CFR, as were Democrats Stevenson, Kennedy, Humphrey, and McGovern. (Note: We believe Kennedy became disloyal to the CFR prior to his assassination.") The American people think that they have a choice when they vote for a President, but the truth of the matter is , with few exceptions: Presidential candidates for decades have been CFR members.

In one of the CFR’s annual reports, published in 1978, it listed a membership of 1878 members. Eleven of its members at this time were United States Senators, with even more Congressmen belonging to the organization. 284 of its members listed in this report were United States Government officials. And the Chairman of the Board of this immensely powerful pyramid was stated as being none other than David Rockefeller himself.

The CFR not only has its members in the United States Government, but its influence has also spead to other vital areas of American life. According to Newell: "Its members have run, or are running, NBC and CBS, ‘The New York Times’, ‘The Washington Post’, ‘The Des Moines Register’, and many other important newspapers. The leaders of ‘Time’, ‘Newsweek’, ‘Fortune’, ‘Business Week’, and numerous other publications are CFR members. The organization’s members also dominate the academic world, top corporations, the huge tax-exempt foundations, labor unions, the military, and just about every segment of American life."

Barry Goldwater states in his book, "With No Apologies", on page 231:

"Does it not seem strange to you that these men just happened to be CFR and just happened to be on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, that absolutely controls the money and interest rates of this great country without benefit of Congress? A privately owned organization, the Federal Reserve, which has absolutely nothing to do with the United States of America!"

and Newell continues to write: "Not every member of the CFR is fully committed to carrying out Edward Mandell House’s conspiratorial plan. Many have been flattered by an invitation to join a study group, which is what the CFR calls itself. Others go along because of personal benefits, such as a nice job and a new importance. But all are used to promote the destruction of U.S. sovereignty."

All aspects of American life are dominated

The members of the CFR dominate almost every aspect of American life, yet most Americans have never even heard of the Council on Foreign Relations. One reason for this is probably because there are over 170 journalists, correspondents, and communications executives who are members of the CFR, and who do not write about the organization. Also, it is an express condition of membership that no one is to disclose what goes on at CFR meetings.

Congressmen John R. Rarick had warned:

"The CFR, dedicated to one-world government, financed by a number of the largest tax-exempt foundations, and wielding such power and influence over our lives in the areas of finance, business, labor, military, education, and mass communication-media, should be familiar to every American concerned with good government, and with preserving and defending the U.S. Constitution and our free-enterprise system. Yet, the nation’s right-to-know machinery, the news media, usually so aggressive in exposures to inform our people, remain conspicuously silent when it comes to the CFR, its members and their activities.

"The CFR is the establishment. Not only does it have influence and power in key decision-making positions at the highest levels of government to apply pressure from above, but it also finances and uses individuals and groups to bring pressure from below, to justify the high level decisions for converting the U.S. from a sovereign Constitution Republic into a servile member of a one-world dictatorship."

The CFR now has its main headquarters at the corner of park Avenue and 68th Street in New York City, in a building given to the organization by the Rockefeller family in 1929. Its main goal is still to create a one-world government by destroying the freedom and independence of all nations, especially the United States. And David Rockefeller continues to be its Chairman of the Board.

The Trilateral Commission

Unfortunately, the Council on Foreign Relations is not the only group proposing an end to the sovereignty of the United States. In 1973, The Trilateral Commission was founded to work for the same goal: a one-world government.

The Trilateral Commission's roots stem from the book, "Between Two Ages", written by Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1970. In this book, Brzezinski praised Marxism, thought of the United States as obsolete, and praised the formation of a one-world government. His thinking closely parallels that of CFR founder Edward Mandell house.

Marxism

On page 72, Brzezinski writes: "Marxism is simultaneously a victory of the external, active man over the inner, passive man and a victory of reason over belief."

On page 83, he states: "Marxism disseminated on the popular level in the form of Communism, represented a major advance in man's ability to conceptualize his relationship to his world."

On page 123, we find: "Marxism supplied the best available insight into contemporary reality."

What Mr. Brzezinski fails to tell his readers is that approximately 100 million human beings have been murdered under Marxism "in the form of Communism" just in this Twentieth Century. It has enslaved a billion more, and has been responsible for those who live in Communist-dominated countries. There is nothing like being brainwashed!

For world government

Zbigniew Brzezinski's "Between Two Ages" was published in 1970 while he was a professor in New York City. David Rockefeller read the book and, in 1973, launched the new Trilateral Commission, whose purposes include linking North America, Western Europe, and Japan "in their economic relations, their political and defense relations, their relations with developing countries, and their relations with Communist countries."

As Newell writes: "The original literature of The Trilateral Commission also states, exactly as Brzezinski's book had proposed, that the more advanced Communist States could become partners in the alliance leading to world government. In short, David Rockefeller implemented Brzezinski's proposal."

Rockefeller appointed Zbigniew Brzezinski to be the Director of The Trilateral Commission.

Jimmy Carter

In 1973, Jimmy Carter became a student of Brzezinski, and a founding member of the Trilateral Commission.

On March 21, 1978, "The New York Times" featured an article about Zbigniew Brzezinski's close relationship with the President. In part, it reads: "The two men met for the first time four years ago when mr. Brzezinski was executive director of The Trilateral Commission… and had the foresight to ask the then obscure former Governor of Georgia to join its distinguished ranks. Their initial teacher-student relationship blossomed during the campaign, and appears to have grown closer still."

To think that the teacher in this relationship praised Marxism, and wanted to form a one-world government. And the student was to become ghe President of the united States.

During the 1976 political campaign, Carter repeatedly told the nation that he was going to get rid of the Establishment Insiders if he became president. But when he took office, he promptly filled his Administration with members of the Council on Foreign Relations (284 to be exact) and The Trilateral Commission, the two most prominent insider organizations in America. Included in this list of members of The Trilateral Commission were Walter Mondale and Dr. Henry Kissinger.

Beginning with Jimmy Carter, all the recent presidents, including president Clinton, have promptly filled their administrations with members of the Council on Foreign relations and The Trilateral Commission.

The effects

The common everyday American citizen does not need to be told that there is a controlled government running the United States. But when we understand exactly what the Council on Foreign Relations and The Trilateral Commission are, and how its members hold key positions in the Government, it becomes all the more clear.

As Newell writes: "The effects of the Council on Foreign Relation and The Trilateral Commission on the affaires of our nation is easy to see. Our own Government no longer acts in its own interest, we no longer win any wars we fight, and we constantly tie ourselves to international agreements, pacts, and conventions. And, our leaders have developed blatant preferences for Communist U.S.S.R., Communist Cuba, and Communist China, while they continue to work for world government, which has always been the goal of Communism…

"The real goal of our own Government’s leaders is to make the United States into a carbon copy of a Communist state, and then to merge all nations into a one-world system run by a powerful few."

Barry Goldwater once stated on this subject:

"The Trilateral Commission is international, and it is intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States. The Trilateral Commission represents a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power – political, monetary, intellectual, and ecclesiastical."

As with the CFR, not all the members of The Trilateral Commission are fully committed to the destruction of the United States. Some just go along for the ride, to obtain fame, comfortabel living, and constatn flattery. But some, of course, really do run things and some, of course, really do run things and work against the independence of the united States.


45 posted on 02/14/2006 11:50:34 AM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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To: vrwc0915; the gillman@blacklagoon.com; All

One person I heard back from said these people don't have the authority to do anything.

Another call came back while I was out and we will talk tomorrow.

Still don't know what happened to that line that was disconnected. Will try again tomorrow.


46 posted on 02/14/2006 1:23:07 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: vrwc0915

If you look through this old list of members, you see that these people already run the world and the nation.

It seems they just want it made official.

http://www.mega.nu:8080/ampp/roundtable/CFRS-Zlist.html

I'll wager a current list would dishearten us all.
There's damned few at the top who don't belong to the Treason Club.


47 posted on 02/14/2006 2:09:07 PM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com ("If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth!")
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Great link.

bump


48 posted on 02/14/2006 2:21:05 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com
Old but still an eye opener

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UNITED STATES CONGRESS -- SENATORS:


David L. Boren (D-OK) -- CFR
William Bradley (D-NJ) -- CFR
John H. Chafee (R-RI) -- CFR, TC
William S. Cohen (R-ME) -- CFR, TC
Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) -- CFR
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) -- TC
Bob Graham (D-FL) -- CFR
Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT) -- CFR
George J. MiTChell (D-ME) -- CFR
Claiborne Pell (D-RI) -- CFR
Larry Pressler (R-SD) -- CFR
Charles S. Robb (D-VA) -- CFR, TC
John D. Rockefeller, IV (D-WV) -- CFR, TC
William Roth, Jr. (R-DE) -- CFR, TC


UNITED STATES CONGRESS -- REPRESENTATIVES:


Howard L. Berman (D-CA) -- CFR
Thomas S. Foley (D-WA) -- CFR
Sam Gejdenson (D-CT) -- CFR
Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO) -- CFR
Newton L. Gingrich (R-GA) -- CFR
Lee H. Hamilton (D-IN) -- TC
Amory Houghton, Jr. (R-NY) -- CFR
Nancy Lee Johnson (R-CT) -- CFR
Jim Leach (R-IA) -- TC
John Lewis (D-GA) -- CFR
Robert T. Matsui (D-CA) -- CFR
Dave K. Mccurdy (D-OK) -- CFR
Eleanor Homes Norton (D-DC) -- CFR
Thomas El Petri (R-WI) -- CFR
Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) -- TC
Carlos A. Romero-Barcelo (D-PR) -- CFR
Patricia Schroeder (D-CO) -- CFR
Peter Smith (R-VT) -- CFR
Olympia J. Snow (R-ME) -- CFR
John M. Spratt (D-SC) -- CFR
Louis Stokes (D-OH) -- CFR


FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM

(PAST & PRESENT - PARTIAL LIST):
Alan Greenspan, ChairmaN -- CFR, TC
E. Gerald Corrigan, V. Chmn./Pres. NY Fed. Res. Bank -- CFR
Richard N. Cooper, Chmn. Boston Fed. Res. Bank -- CFR
Sam Y. Cross, Manager, Foreign Open Market Acct. -- CFR
Robert F. Erburu, Chmn. San Francisco Fed. Res. Bank -- CFR
Robert P. Forrestal, Pres. Atlanta Fed. Res. Bank -- CFR
Bobby R. Inman, Chmn., Dallas Fed. Res. Bank -- CFR, TC
Robert H. Knight, Esq. -- CFR
Steven Muller -- CFR
John R. Opel -- CFR
Anthony M. Solomon -- CFR, TC
Edwin M. Truman, Staff Dir. International Finance -- CFR
Cyrus R. Vance -- CFR
Paul Volcker -- CFR, TC


BANKING INSTITUTIONS:


Chase Manhattan Corp.:
Thomas G. Labrecque, Chairman & CEO -- CFR, TC
Robert R. Douglass, Vice Chairman -- CFR
Willard C. BuTCher, Dir. -- CFR
Richard W. Lyman, Dir. -- CFR
Joan Ganz Cooney, Dir. -- CFR
David T. Mclaughlin, Dir. -- CFR
Edmund T. Pratt, Jr., Dir. -- CFR
Henry B. Schacht, Dir. -- CFR
Chemical Bank:
Walter V. Shipley, Chairman -- CFR
Robert J. Callander, President -- CFR
William C. Pierce, Executive Officer -- CFR
Randolph W. Bromery, Dir. -- CFR
Charles W. Duncan, Jr., Dir. -- CFR
George V. Grune, Dir. -- CFR
Helen L. Kaplan, Dir. -- CFR
Lawrence G. Rawl, Dir. -- CFR
Michael I. Sovern, Dir. -- CFR
Richard D. Wood, Dir. -- CFR
Citicorp:
John S. Reed. Chairman -- CFR
William R. Rhodes, Vice Chairman -- CFR
Richard S. Braddock, President -- CFR
John M. DeuTCh, Dir. -- CFR
Clifton C. Garvin, Jr., Dir -- CFR
C. Peter Mccolough, Dir. -- CFR
Rozanne L. Ridgeway, Dir. -- CFR
Franklin A. Thomas, Dir. -- CFR
First City Bancorp, Texas:
A. Robert Abboud, CEO -- CFR
Morgan Guaranty:
Lewis T. Preston, Chairman -- CFR
Bankers Trust New York Corporation:
Charles S. Stanford, Jr., Chairman -- CFR
Alfred Brittain III, Dir. -- CFR
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Dir -- CFR
Richard L. Gelb, Dir. -- CFR
Patricia Carry Stewart, Dir. -- CFR
First National Bank of Chicago:
Barry F. Sullivan -- TC
Manufacturers Hanover Directors:
Cyrus Vance -- CFR
G. Robert Durham -- CFR
George B. Munroe -- CFR
Marina V. N. Whitman -- CFR, TC
Charles J. Pilliod, Jr. -- CFR
Bank America:
Andrew F. Brimmer, Dir. -- CFR
Ignazio E. Lozano, Jr., Dir. -- CFR
Ruben F. Mettler, Dir. -- CFR
Securities & Exchange Commission:
Michael D. Mann, Dir. International Affairs -- CFR

49 posted on 02/14/2006 2:34:46 PM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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More CFR...
Grover Norquist
Dick Cheney


50 posted on 02/14/2006 7:18:55 PM PST by WatchingInAmazement ("Nothing is more expensive than cheap labor," prof. Vernon Briggs, labor economist Cornell Un.)
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