Monday, October 02, 2006

Building the North American Union - But Not Without Opposition

Today is the official publication date of my latest piece, "Your New North American ID Card," in The New American. Here is an excerpt:

Your New North American ID Card (Excerpt)
by Steven Yates
October 2, 2006

One element of the merger of the United States, Canada, and Mexico is an effort to create a common "North American" ID card.

Steven Yates, Ph.D., teaches philosophy at the University of South Carolina Upstate and Greenville Technical College.

Beef cattle come down a loading chute leading into a slaughterhouse, mooing as they walk. Each steer has a yellow ear tag containing a radio frequency identification (RFID) device, which is scanned by a tag reader to assure that the proper animals are in the proper place.

The RFID system was promoted as a means to prevent the spread of animal diseases into the food-supply chain and to prevent bio-terrorism. But there were already adequate measures in place to stop diseased cattle from getting into the food chain, and many ways that the deviously minded would be able to circumvent the RFID system. Critics of the system pointed out that there must be some ulterior motive to the government's insistence on requiring such a tagging system, such as increased profits for importers of non-tagged foreign beef.

Now, in the name of national security, it's our turn to be "tagged."

It is true, of course, that America faces a serious terrorist threat. But instead of instituting commonsense, non-intrusive security measures, such as securing our borders so that terrorists cannot come here undetected, we are openly inviting unscreened foreigners across our borders. Any terrorist able to get into Canada or Mexico could then easily come here. Terrorists among us then serve as the rationale for monitoring the American people themselves through the use of a RFID national ID card....

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Indeed, there has been such a flurry of activity on this topic that it would be impossible to list all the relevant links; most can be found on which has given this developing story good coverage, and also on Human Events where Jerome Corsi publishes semiregularly.

There is also the secret Banff, Albert meeting of the 2nd North American Forum, the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, the Trans-Texas Corridor, and much, much more. The attempt by the superelite to dissolve our national borders and merge the U.S., Canada and Mexico may turn out to be the third biggest story of the present decade (after the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq War)--and the biggest story that the mainstream news media refuses to touch.

They may have to touch it sooner or later. For Rep. Virgil Goode Jr. (R-Va) has introduced a resolution (H.R. 487) that would express "the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System or enter into a North American Union (NAU) with Mexico and Canada."

There are three co-sponsors: Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), Ron Paul (R-Tx.), and Walter Jones (R-N.C.). For details go here.

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