What do you suppose the Canadian big brother has/had in mind, exactly, when it admitted to acting in ways to "infiltrate protestors" in this situation? For sake of argument, even on a good day for big brother, based on it's plans for this operation, how does it know / how would it know, when it had successfully infiltrated? What were the telltale signs it was looking for to know that it's operation had been a success? Seems logical to expect that if there was any success to such a covert operation, the primary telltale sign of it's success would have been - the collapse of the target protest movement such that the protestors ended up not materializing and thus the event they had originally planned to protest did not get protested. This story suggests that protestors did in fact moblize and protetst this event, which takes me back to the question - what did Candadian big brother originally intend to accomplish with their Operation Infiltrate NAU Protestors?
Just as an observation, this story indicates that police-state behavior has become so common place these days, even up North, that except for a relative few protestors, the common people at large do not even bat an eyelash at it anymore. Does anyone - in Canada or elsewhere, wonder or even care to know what on earth was it that gave provincial police the notion that it possesses lawful & legitimate authority to be acting in ways so as to "infiltrate protestors" in the first place? Is there anything in particular about the mere idea of protestors existing that implies violence will result, or was this merely another matter of big brother making it's own self-serving assumptions for such and then acting on those assumptions accordingly as it sees fit?
If I was to hazard a guess, I would guess this situation in part involved the same basic guise that is most routinely exploited south of the Canadian border these days; precedent wrapped around the trumped up & media-hyped notion that the police are, after all, agents empowered by the state first and foremost to discharge the duty of "protecting the security of the public". They farm a LOT of mileage out of that kind of self-serving patriotic crap. What really sets up this ruse to work so well - IE> repeatedly, is coupling it to the tactic of getting their foot in the door. Once a precedent is set such that the people do not exhibit concern or resistance, it effectively becomes boiler-plate for big brother to then exploit the same design and farm it over and over as it suits their purpose. In a way, who's to blame them? As long as the people are content to be trampled, can anyone blame the tramplers for taking advantage of this situation?
"And I'm amused by some of the speculation, some of the old – you can call them political scare tactics. If you've been in politics as long as I have,....
W the political sage.....? Given the widely varied, somewhat intermittent, somewhat lost & therefore somewhat unidentifiable by virtue of being unaccounted for career leading up to his appointment to the white house was steeped in the stench of political connections, this career has not been the kind that is traditionally acknowledged as having truly constituted specimen in pollitics stuff, has it it? Granted, this is the 21st century, but does a stint mismangaing the business of a professional baseball team and it's stadium really count as having been in politics? Has the world really slipped that far down into the memory hole? How about a few years awol from the Coast Guard; that no doubt required some considerably grimy political connections, but is it fair to characterize that as having been in politics? Is that really the kind of work experience that routinely appears on the modern-day politician's resume'? How about several years drinking & drugging in, around the Yale experience and the subsequent several years' hangover? How about the decades of life reared as the youngest acknowledged offspring of Curious George, does THAT count as actual, bonafide, official experience in politics? Does a few years playing in a petro sandbox furnished by the family's criminal connections within and without politics count? Okay, so he did have a couple years partnering in business with the Bin Ladens, that's gotta count for something in politics. Ordinarily, 2 terms as Texas' Governor would count, but given the recent antics promoted by that office it may make one wonder; was it fallout from that particular 2 terms that subsequently set the stage for that office to take the wide detour from performing in politics to going into peformances somewhere between Vaudeville and Weird Science of the Mentally Retarded? Plus or minus those qualifications, W has otherwise been in politics for about the same period of time that the world has been amused by his awkward and ongoing attempt to be in politics; 6.5 years and counting.
Ordinarily, 2 terms as Texas' Governor would count, but given the recent antics promoted by that office it may make one wonder; was it fallout from that particular 2 terms that subsequently set the stage for that office to take the wide detour from performing in politics to going into peformances somewhere between Vaudeville and Weird Science of the Mentally Retarded? Roger that.
Houston is spittin' mad at Perry. The 2 year toll road moratorium bill passed in both chambers, 139-1. Perry said he would veto it, b/c Harris County (Houston) wanted to build its own toll roads at less cost to the toll road users. Perry's bill sells toll roads to "the highest bidder" from private contractors (as opposed to county govt folks) and expects toll users to pick up the tab. The legislators were about to lynch Transportation Chair Ric Williamson and overide the Perry veto.
From The Houston Chronicle, August 18, 2007
North American Union, Bilderberg & Gov. Rick Perry
Gov. Rick Perry may not be the spider, but he certainly has become one of the strands in the web of international conspiracy for those who see a stealth plan to merge the United States with Canada and Mexico.
A key element of that alleged plan is Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor, specifically the 1,200-foot wide toll road that is proposed from Laredo to the Oklahoma border. A toll road likely to be built by a consortium headed by Spanish Cintra S.A. and Zachry Construction Co. of San Antonio.
Corsi gained national attention in 2004 as the co-author of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry.
Perry also has been criticized by Austin-based talk show host Alex Jones for the Trans-Texas Corridor and Perry's trip earlier this summer to the Bilderberg conference.
Bilderberg is an annual gathering of about 120 business, political and media leaders from Europe and North America. It's stated purpose is to promote a better understanding of one another and that the meetings are held privately to promote open discussion.
Jones and other say the Bilderberg group is secretive because it is an international cabal of bankers and power brokers who want to dominate the world. On his Web site, Jones as a mug-shot like poster of Perry that declares: Wanted for Treason.
"Rick Perry is a champion of the establishment, the good old boys globally," Jones told your blogger. "Perry is actively waging war, economically in the interests of the elites and neomercantilism."
Jones asked Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Lake Jackson about Perry's Bilderberg trip in June. Paul said the trip was ``a sign that he's involved in the international conspiracy.''
The conspiracy revolves around the Security and Prosperity Partnership that President Bush agreed to with the leaders of Mexico and Canada during a meeting at his Crawford ranch in 2005. The SPP Web site has an entire page debunking the North American Union as myth.
The cooperative efforts under the SPP, which can be found in detail at www.spp.gov, seek to make the United States, Canada and Mexico open to legitimate trade and closed to terrorism and crime. It does not change our courts or legislative processes and respects the sovereignty of the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The SPP in no way, shape or form considers the creation of a European Union-like structure or a common currency. The SPP does not attempt to modify our sovereignty or currency or change the American system of government designed by our Founding Fathers.
The North American Supercorridor Coalition, NASCO, based in Dallas also is fighting to dispell the idea that it is part of the North American merger. The group is a tri-national cooperative effort between government and business to enhance trade along the Interstate 35 corridor.
There are no plans to build a new NAFTA Superhighway - it exists today as I-35.
NASCO board member Rider Scott said the group neither supports nor opposes the Trans-Texas Corridor. He said the group is mostly intersted in promoting trade. Scott said the North American Union controversy is not really about highways.
"There are a lot of different threads in the tapestry. When you have the sovereignty questions that are raised with the North American Union, their issues have to do with the border security and with illegal immigration and the sovereignty of our country vis a vis Mexico.
Perry's spokesman, Robert Black, denied the governor wants to participate in the merger of the United States with its neighbors. He dismissed the controversy as a conspiracy theory.
``Conspiracy theories abound, and some people have an awful lot of time on their hands to come up with such far-fetched notions,'' said Black.
Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams said she believes the facts prove a stealth effort is being made to create a North American Union. She said those promoting the union cannot argue the facts so they try to dismiss the opponents.'
"If you cannot argue the facts then you undermine the credibility of the messenger," Adams said.
``I'm not a conspiracy theorist,'' Colbert told his audience. ``There is one conspiracy I know is true because I got it from the Internets.''
- this meeting of minds, whatever it's true purpose, was shrouded in such an excessive show of secrecy "security" that it necessitated a 15 mile /25km security perimiter around the Montebello resort complex, a 90-minute drive from Ottawa
- whatever went on there, the native police force was deemed inadequate and the military of U.S.A. was brought in to act in their stead.
- Canadian jurisdiction over its Northern territories was redefined, following an April 2002 military agreement between Ottawa and Washington. This agreement allows for the deployment of US troops "NORTHCOM" anywhere in Canada, as well as the stationing of US warships in Canada's territorial waters
- Texas Governer Perry, he of cervical-cancer-jab-mandated-for-all-little-Texas-girls infamy, a recent Bilderberger Conferee / skulker / hobnobber in Turkey no less, proclaims the in-progress, formulating & build-out of forthcoming NAU, is merely a myth of conspiracy theorist's gone wild..... ? Earth to Texas....hello?...is there anyone home in Texas? Earth to Texas, if you can read me, please be aware, you've got one very deranged, quite unstable and possibly plain derelict person at the helm of things Texas, and now propagating a myth myth no less.
- in support of further promoting this myth myth, the U.S.G. Inc has hurriedly authored a new Myth & Facts page on it's SPP web site so that this page can serve as a platform from which to refute such charges that it (U.S.G) is already mid-stream in making preparations to unilaterally cast it's nation into a unified North American Union
- proponents of the myth myth have been hampered by various emerging inconvenient circumstances, such as the recent appearance on the internet of images of the newly minted Amero coins that, myth or no, are already in actual existance. In like fashion a new web site has been hurriedly arranged to further debunk the myth by portraying these Amero images as merely "fantasy" versions of coins for would-be coin collectors.... after all, most everybody knows, mythical conspiracy theories always have coins minted in their honor just to satisfy collectors, right....and if for no other reason, than to show the conspirator's sense of humor & satire by fanning flames of theorists and their mythical theories, eh?
- "Most fundamentally however, Mr. (Herb) Grubel makes the sensible observation that "sovereignty is not infinitely valuable." Every nation in the world, even the mighty United States, has traded off elements of sovereignty to multi-national associations such as the WTO, NAFTA, and the United Nations. Canada has been in the forefront of encouraging every such development--a natural policy for a middle power."
CorridorWatch.org Testifies Before
Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee
On Tuesday, August 7, 2007, David Stall joined a panel testifying on infrastructure issues in Irving, Texas. You can read his testimony [HERE]
TxDOT Hits The Toll Road Running
It sure didn't take TxDOT long to shake off the legislative session and resume their headlong rush to use every available loophole, exception, and remaining authority to build toll roads and grant toll road concessions just as fast as possible. Rather than acknowledging the concerns of the people and their legislature, TxDOT is now moving even more quickly. The Commission and TxDOT are taking full advantage of the legislature's failure to restrain their action. Our fear is that they will attempt to do the same with the Trans Texas Corridor. And, of course they will.
While CorridorWatch is not anti-toll, we are certainly distressed about the way TxDOT is single-mindedly focused on using Texas highways to generate revenue. We are concerned about a process where the state forces its will on every level of government with utter disregard for local and regional needs or concerns. We also question the wisdom of private control, dangerous financial schemes, and multi-generational agreements that could spell future disaster for Texas and all Texans.
Emboldened by the arrogance of their leadership, Commission members and TxDOT executives openly mocked members of the Legislature during their meeting last week. Their unabashed comments foretold of the vetoes that would soon follow.
Before the meeting ended the Commission authorized TxDOT to move forward on eighty toll road projects across the state.
Last weekend Governor Perry vetoed 49 more bills.
Property protections were dashed with the veto of an eminent domain bill TxDOT didn't like. Another bill that would have required TxDOT to consider using existing highway routes for future TTC routes was struck down. A bill that called on the Attorney General [ed.- Greg Abbot] to study the impact of international agreements on Texas was ridiculed by the Commission and also vetoed by the Governor.
A few more vetoes smack of retaliation dealt to those who opposed the Governor's view of the TTC, HPV, TYC or education during the session.
It is truly incredible to see a Governor who's actions are completely disconnected from the people he is sworn to represent. His actions are at odds with his own political party party platform [ed.- DUH!] and leadership, they are in conflict with overwhelming public opinion, they offend a wide variety of large organizations that previously supported his election, they fly in the face of the virtually unanimous will of the Legislature. Who can help but wonder who Governor Perry represents and who's interests is he protecting?
Now the stage is set for the Commission to demonstrate just how far they will go to protect their Spanish partner. Despite incredible pressure North Texas has rejected the Governor's pre-selected private business benefactor. Will the Commission continue their now routine pattern of putting what Perry wants first and the people want last? Sadly, we believe that our Governor serves the money brokers, not the people. He has demonstrated that his loyalty is not with the people of Texas, but resides exclusively with those who can provide the kind of money that can further personal and political ambition.
Make no mistake, CorridorWatch will continue the fight challenging the wisdom of the Trans Texas Corridor. That does not mean we won't lose battles along the way, but in the end we will have an undeniable impact on this flawed project and the bad public policy that has made it possible.
Citizens of Texas are the Big Losers
as Governor Perry Acts to Protect His Own Special Interests
House Bill 1892 may have been the first, but it wasn't the last bill Perry has vetoed in his effort to save the Trans Texas Corridor.
House Bill 2006
There isn't anything more important in a free society than the right of its citizens to own and hold land as private property. When government erodes that right it attacks a fundamental freedom of its citizens.
With HB2006 the Texas Legislature sought to protect the state's citizens from potential abuse of eminent domain (the government's power to forcibly take private land) by ensuring limited use and just compensation.
Governor Perry objects to pesky proceedings that might slow down his massive highway construction projects like the TTC and compensate land owners for their losses and damages. Once again citizens are short changed by the very government that should be protecting them.
HB2006 is described by the Texas Public Policy Foundation as, "one of the most significant landowner rights initiatives in more than a decade." TPPF's Bill Peacock said, "Unfortunately, this veto exposes property owners from Freeport to El Paso to the very real threat of eminent domain."
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President Jon Means says, "Governor Perry has sent the message loud and clear that he does not support private property rights."
The Texas Farm Bureau who supported Perry's re-election so that they could maintain their "seat at the table" have found themselves pushed aside. TFB President Kenneth Dierschke complained that taking private property has become too easy and says, "Obviously, there are many powerful interests that prefer it stay that way."
By vetoing HB2006 the Governor makes sure TxDOT can run roughshod over landowners who have the misfortune of being in the path of the TTC.
Senate Bill 718
This bill didn't create much of a control over the TTC, but any limitation on the TTC certainly draws the ire of Governor Perry.
By vetoing SB718 he has released TxDOT from making any effort to consider upgrading the state's existing highway system before they establish a completely new TTC route across the state.
Most laughable is the Governor's assertion that SB718 would conflict with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations by presupposing a route for the TTC. Apparently he doesn't know that in virtually every NEPA environmental review for a highway upgrading an existing facility is one of the alternatives considered. Of course that's not the case with any of the TTC segments studied to date. Why? Because TxDOT has presupposed a new route will be required. Now that is in conflict with NEPA regulations Governor. (We'll be seeing you in court about that too!)
House Bill 3647
HB3647 would have required the Attorney General to conduct a study to determine if the authority of the state may be restricted, nullified, superseded, preempted or otherwise affected by, among other things, any compact or agreement between the state and a foreign governmental entity or international body.
Specifically the AG was directed to consider the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), World Trade Organization (WTO), General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), United Nations (UN), and North American SuperCorridor Coalition (NASCO).
Kind of makes you wonder what it is that Governor Perry doesn't want the Attorney General to report to the Legislature (and public), doesn't it?
Governor Perry Finally Signs SB792
On June 11, 2007, Governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 792, which becomes effective immediately. The Governor's office issued a press release quoting the Governor and outlining key provisions.
Despite questionably effective TTC moratorium language, SB792 will provide Texans with many new and important protections.
TOLLROADSnews says, "SB792 is almost a total reversal of - a U-turn from - HB3588 passed just over four years ago encouraging toll concessions." CorridorWatch thinks that's a good thing. For more detail on the good things SB792 does for Texas and Texans, click here.
With A Senate Vote of 30 to 0, The House Voted To Pass SB792, 127 To 19