Archive for March 3rd, 2008

There’s a good article over at Global Research on the REAL ID and the SPP. Here’s a video I just found with Ron Paul rejecting the REAL ID.

Global Research

The next North American Summit is set to be held on April 21-22, 2008, in New Orleans, as a fitting memorial ? returning to the location where the state turned its back on the people, literally leaving them to die; and where they now meet to turn their backs once again on the people, leaving them in the dark and their countries near death.

In preparation for the next North American (leaders?) Summit, the designated ministers from Mexico, the United States and Canada, met February 28 under the auspices of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). Industry Canada issued a press release February 28, 2008.
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the press release reports that ministers will aim to, “Strengthen cooperation protocols and create new mechanisms to secure our common borders while facilitating legitimate travel and trade in the North American region.”

Creating “new mechanisms” is the most important part here. On January 22, 2008, it was reported that, “B.C. is about to become the first province to use a high-tech driver’s licence. For an extra fee, it will enable drivers to cross the border into the U.S. without a passport and still comply with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concerns,” and that, “The enhanced driver’s licence or EDL has a radio-frequency identification chip that will broadcast a number linked to a computer database, allowing a border guard to assess data and flag security issues as drivers approach the booth.” It then stated that, “Name, address, place of birth, citizenship and photo will appear with a quick scan of the coding of the back of the licence.”

On February 28, 2008, it was reported that BC made this move “in conjunction with Washington State,” and that, “Ontario and other provinces with high-volume border crossings are expected to follow suit in the near future. Under the U.S.’ Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), passports will be required for all travellers entering the U.S. starting June 2009, but RFID-enabled EDLs are being introduced on a voluntary basis as an acceptable alternative to speed up border crossings.” The report elaborated that, “the Real ID Act enacted in 2005 calls for the harmonization of drivers’ licences across states in the U.S,” which are, in turn being harmonized with Canada?s licenses, and that the real agenda with this is to create a North American ID card. Andrew Clement, a professor of information studies at the University of Toronto was quoted in the article as saying:

The EDL scheme is seen as a way to sneak it [the ID card] through the back door by turning state licences, through U.S.-wide harmonization with biometrics, into de facto identity cards. And the Privacy Commissioner has pointed out that Canada’s EDLs will be made compatible from a system point of view with Real ID standards, so Canadians will in fact be enrolled in the U.S. apparatus via licences. There are several steps to get there but this seems to be the direction it’s heading towards

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Obama’s economic adviser is member of Skull & Bones.

Obama’s economic adviser on NAFTA: Excerpts from ‘the Canadian memo.’

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More on “NAFTA-gate.” We now have a copy of the Canadian diplomatic memo of the meeting Feb. 8 between Barack Obama’s economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, and Georges Rioux, Ottawa’s consul general in Chicago.

Herewith are some excerpts:

?Noting anxiety among many U.S. domestic audiences about the U.S. economic outlook, Goolsbee candidly acknowledged the protectionist sentiment that has emerged, particularly in the Midwest, during the primary campaign … (he) cautioned that this messaging should not be taken out of context and should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans. He also suggested that of the Democratic candidates, Obama has been the least protectionist.?

?He again cautioned that much of the current conversation in the US about the negative impact of free trade is not aimed at Canada. He said the ?blood bath? is over expanding free trade to countries like Peru and Korea.?

?He was frank in saying that the primary campaign has been necessarily domestically focused, particularly in the Midwest, and that much of the campaign rhetoric that may be perceived to be protectionist is more reflective of the political maneuvering than policy. On NAFTA, Goolsbee suggested that Obama is less about fundamentally changing the agreement and more in favor of strengthening/clarifying language on labor mobility and environment and trying to establish these as more ?core? principles of the agreement.?

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John McCain Says NAFTA Important To War On Terror

ABC News

“If we announce that we’re going to unilaterally change a treaty or suspend it ? obviously that I think it can affect Canadian public opinion adversely; in fact, I’ve been told that by my Canadian friends and colleagues,” he told reporters after a town hall meeting at the corporate headquarters of Dell Inc.

“The Canadians are now supplying brave young Canadians to the fight in Afghanistan. One of our priorities is to try to get more cooperation from our allies throughout the world.

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South Coast Today

The potluck lunch at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish Sunday looked a lot like the kind of covered dish suppers that take place thousands of times a year in church halls and basements across America.

Women carried foil-covered pans and crock pots. Men set up the tables, the ice and the soft drinks.

Of course, the women carrying the homemade dishes to Guadalupe weren’t carrying franks and beans or Swedish meatballs. Instead, they were setting down platters of tamales and tortillas, tacos and pupusas.

And the mostly 5-foot-tall women, their brown children scampering in and out of their feet, weren’t celebrating their annual Christmas fair or a roof repair fundraiser for their church. They were marking a sadder occasion, the first anniversary of the day that 361 of their friends, family members and neighbors were swept up in a daylight immigration raid at the Michael Bianco factory in New Bedford’s South End.

“We want to eat, all together,” said Anibal Lucas, the director of the largest Mayan assistance group, in New Bedford.

It’s not a celebration, just a marking of a day in our history, he said, a time to check in about how people are doing with their deportation cases, a time to show support for one another.

“You have to just be very strong so you don’t get sick,” said Lucia (not her real name), a 28-year-old Honduran woman swept up at Bianco.

Lucia, released from a Texas prison a month after the government photo-op, has had little choice but to work off-the-books in the year since her arrest. She takes care of young children while she awaits her third deportation hearing next month.

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Tucson Citizen

A man fatally shot by a wounded resident in a home invasion has been identified by Tucson police as a man convicted in a 1996 robbery here, a state Department of Corrections Web site shows.

Carlos Ramirez Valenzuela, 34, a Mexican citizen, was among at least three men who burst into a Little Town-area home Thursday looking to steal drugs, Sgt. Fabian Pacheco said.

Valenzuela and the others are believed to have targeted the wrong home, ending up confronting a man with his 2-year-old daughter, the police spokesman said.
In an ensuing gunbattle, the homeowner was wounded in the arm and Valenzuela was killed, Pacheco said.

The homeowner, whom police have neither charged nor publicly identified, was taken to a hospital for treatment of his wound. His daughter was not injured, Pacheco said.
When police arrived at the home on East Sanderling Drive last week, officers found Valenzuela lying dead in the house.

The other suspects still are being sought, Pacheco said.

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WBZTV

Investigators say a robbery in Chelsea Sunday in which the thieves pretended to be police officers is the latest in a string of similar crimes in the area.

Officers say there have been at least 14 robberies since last summer in which the robbers posed as police officers. All of the crimes took place in Chelsea, Everett and East Boston, with the mojority taking place in Chelsea.

Authorities say the suspects target illegal immigrants who may be scared to talk to police.

“There’s been some incidents in the past in Chelsea, as well as Everett, East Boston and I believe one actually a little bit west of Boston with similar descriptions of the suspects,” says Chief Kyes. “We’re trying to link them all together and see if we can put together a task force to identify these individuals and bring them into custody.”

Police are warning residents that if they are suspicious of someone claiming to be a police officer, they should call 9-1-1.

In Sunday’s robbery, officers say the men quickly flashed badges and a gun and claimed to be police officers in order to gain entry to a second floor apartment on Broadway. They were also apparently carrying what looked like a police radio.

One of the two victims said both men had badges and one had a gun on his belt.

“(They) played the police, and with the gun, they guy said I’m coming to check inside the house,” said Juan Carlos.

After getting inside, the two thieves then robbed both residents of their rent money and some jewelry. They then took off in a white Volkswagen Jetta.

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NEW LOU DOBBS RADIO SHOW 3-6 PM

We hear it everyday. Words and phrases like “Ethnic cleansing”, “Reign of terror”, “Gestapo-Like”, and “Nazis”. Lou turns the spotlight on a “succeeding” campaign of hate speech spewing forth from the pro illegal alien lobby towards those against illegal immigration. This needed to be said. Go Lou! GuardDog

La Raza Hate Speech

Related Immigration Watchdog post: Rep. Kanjorski Compares Lou Barletta To David Duke

Rep. Sam Farr Compares ICE to Nazi Germany’s Gestapo

Mercury News

Rep. Sam Farr was put on the defensive last week after conservative talk-show hosts and bloggers condemned a comparison the central coast lawmaker drew between U.S. immigration agents and Nazi Germany’s secret police, the Gestapo.

The Salinas Democrat’s comments circulated on the Web and CNN’s Lou Dobbs publicly challenged Farr to come on the air and withdraw his “insulting statement.”

But Farr’s spokesman, Tom Mentzer, said “the comment was taken out of context.”

Farr made the remark Tuesday when Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief Julie Meyers was addressing concerns about federal raids of illegal immigrants before the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, which Farr sits on.

“What happens is the public image of you becomes one of not this compassionate law enforcement agency but essentially a Gestapo-type agency that is knocking down doors,” Farr said, according to preliminary transcripts of the hearing.

Meyers interrupted Farr and said: “We are not the Gestapo.”

Rep. Harold Rogers, a Kentucky Republican, also chimed in, “These are proud, hard-working people.”

Replied Farr: “I appreciate that, and I know that. I’m just telling you that there is a very ill will public opinion in the counties I represent about ICE.”

Santa Cruz County has been one of the targets of ICE’s “Return to Sender” operation, a crackdown that has picked up more than 100 illegal immigrants with criminal warrants during the past two years.

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Mexican authorities have stepped up their street presence amid a crackdown on gang violence. But cross-border kidnappings have still spiked up significantly in the last few months.

?I Will Never Return to Mexico?
Amid a surge of American kidnappings at the U.S.-Mexico border, a survivor’s story.
Newsweek
February 25, 2008

Roberto, a San Diego machinist in his mid-30s, used to visit his family across the border in Tijuana every few weeks. But in the summer of 2005, while he was relaxing at a family home there, a group of approximately 20 masked men burst in suddenly. Claiming to be Mexican police, the armed men grabbed Roberto as well as another family member and a close friend. They then blindfolded all three, tied their hands behind their backs, threw them into a car and sped away. The men also took Roberto’s new truck, which was parked at the house and may have tipped off the kidnappers that he or his family had enough money to pay their ransom.

Later that day the kidnappers called his oldest daughter to demand payment using a number they had retrieved from Roberto’s cell phone. For the following two weeks Roberto, who declined to use his real name because he is still frightened by the ordeal, was hogtied, left on a concrete floor and victimized by “constant” beatings, he says. His captors fed him three tortillas the entire time, and gave him very little water. They separated him from his fellow abductees; he wasn’t sure where they were being held. “[The kidnappers] kept telling me they were sharpening their knives and were going to kill me. I didn’t know why this was happening to me,” Roberto, speaking Spanish through an interpreter, told NEWSWEEK in an exclusive telephone interview. “They broke three of my ribs on the right side and sliced off the tip of my tongue.”

Captors let Roberto go after his family paid an undisclosed ransom, says FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth. But Roberto’s relative is still missing and presumed dead; his friend, who was also released, remains severely traumatized. Says Roberto, “If I even moved, they’d hit me. I didn’t sleep the first week. I constantly thought I was going to die.”

Kidnappings of American residents in the Tijuana area south of San Diego have accelerated dramatically since Roberto’s 2005 abduction. There were 11 such incidents in 2006 and 26 in 2007. Over the last few months they’ve spiked to an unprecedented high?and grown ever more violent. Since Thanksgiving at least 18 U.S. residents have been kidnapped and held for ransom in and around Tijuana, according to Keith Slotter, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego office. That averages out to about six per month. Late last month Mexican authorities rescued two female real estate agents?one a U.S. resident?who had been kidnapped on Jan. 19 and arrested three kidnappers, according to the FBI. The bureau would not talk specifically about the case or comment on whether the three men were suspects in any of the other abductions……….

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The crooked Mayor of New Haven, John DeStefano, used the death of an American citizen as propaganda to promote his illegal alien ID card.

Watchdog Project

On December 14, 2006, some 56 days after the FABRICATED street robbery and murder of a paycheck-cashing illegal immigrant ?American Dream? STORY, our visionary mayor ? in bilingual press conference at the Palace gates ? grotesquely, publicly and proudly ? neuters the New Haven Police Department. The Prince implements his new ?don?t ask, don?t tell? Sanctuary City General Order 06-2. New Haven is now an official ?ICE-free? zone.

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Washington Post

SAN LUIS, Ariz (Reuters) - Daily, U.S. Border Patrol agents in this Arizona town faced groups of up to 200 illegal immigrants who would swarm across the border from Mexico, sprinting past the agents to a new life in the United States.

That was until 18 months ago, when the single fence was bolstered by two taller, steel barriers, watched over by video cameras and lit by a blaze of stadium lighting. Now the incursions known by the agents as “Banzai Runs” have all but stopped.

“It was overwhelming,” said agent Andrew Patterson. “This used to be a huge trouble area, now we are almost down to zero.”

The troubled patch of borderlands in this speck of a town in far west Arizona is among many places along the almost 2,000-mile (3,200-km) U.S.-Mexican border that are getting new fencing as part of a U.S. initiative to stem the flow of illegal immigrants.

SCALED BY PREGNANT WOMEN

As new barriers — including single, double and triple layered pedestrian fences and lines of hefty steel posts sunk into the ground to stop vehicles — carve out over hundreds of miles (kms) of borderlands amid political pressure for an end to illegal immigration, not all stretches of fencing are proving to be as effective.

A new single layer of steel mesh fence 10-13 feet tall stretches out across the rugged, high plains deserts and grasslands on either side of the small town of Naco, Arizona. The Border Patrol credits it with contributing to a fall in arrests, but some residents say it has done little to stop illegal immigrants.

In two recent visits to the area, Reuters correspondents found an improvised wooden ladder and stretches of garden hose used to scale the barrier, along with dozens of pieces of clothing and rucksacks apparently tossed by illegal border crossers as they breached it.

Local rancher John Ladd said some 300 to 400 illegal immigrants continue to clamber over the new steel barrier flanking the southern reach of his farm for some 10 miles (16 km) each day, as an effective combination of technologies and manpower remains elusive.

“It’s so easy to climb that I’ve seen two women that were pregnant, I’ve seen several women in their sixties and all kinds of kids between five and ten years old climb over it,” Ladd said, as he leaned on a section of the steel mesh fence that stretches like a rusted veil westward toward the rugged Huachuca Mountains.

“They’re getting some help, but when you put it in perspective, its pretty amazing to have a nine-month pregnant woman climbing over that son of a gun, and thinking that this is going to be the answer to solve our immigration problem.”

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