North American Forum: The Secret Cabal of Trinational Elites
I ... had a chance to go out to Banff, where yesterday and today actually, Canada, the United States and Mexico held the second session of the North American Forum.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the North American Forum, it sprang up as a parallel structure to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. It was originally an effort to bring opinion-makers, private-sector leaders, university professors and presidents, and leaders of NGOs [non-governmental organizations] together with government officials from the three countries of North America to begin to talk about North American security and to begin to see if there was some way that together, the governments working with the private sector and universities and NGOs could begin to create a vision for North America and an understanding of what North America is as an entity and then how governments could be working better together to fashion more productive cooperation and address the kinds of problems we saw in the immediate aftermath of September 11.
There are three convenors or co-convenors for this. On the U.S. side it's former Secretary of State [George] Schultz [sic], on the Mexican side it's former Finance Minister Pedro Aspe, and on the Canadian side it's the former Premier of Alberta Peter Lougheed. The first session was held last year in Sonoma. This year it's held in Banff. Next year it will be held in Mexico.
The North American Forum is tasked with laying the groundwork for an EU-like North American Union. In "Building a North American Community" — from the Council on Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force on the Future of North America — the convening of secret cabals is recommended as one of the steps toward implementing "North American Integration." On pages 30, 31 of the report, under the heading From Vision to Action: Institutions to Guide Trinational Relations, the authors advocate for "new institutional structures and arrangements to drive the agenda and manage deeper relations ..." One of the ways to do this now, says the report, is to implement:
A North American Advisory Council. To ensure a regular injection of creative energy into the various efforts related to North American integration, the three governments should appoint an independent body of advisers. This body should be composed of eminent persons from outside government, appointed to staggered multiyear terms to ensure their independence. Their mandate would be to engage in creative exploration of new ideas from a North American perspective and to provide a public voice for North America. A complementary approach would be to establish private bodies that would meet regularly or annually to buttress North American relationships, along the lines of the Bilderberg or Wehrkunde conferences, organized to support transatlantic relations. (Emphasis mine)
As far as I can tell, this startling admission has been overlooked. The "North American Advisory Council" has indeed been established; and as suggested in the report, it has been patterned after the Bilderberg Group — "the notoriously secretive council of western political leaders, industrialists and financiers which derived its name from the hotel in which it met for the first time in 1954, with funds provided by the CIA" (Hugh Wilford, "Calling the Tune? The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War, 1945-1960," in The Cultural Cold War in Western Europe, 1945-60, 47. Of particular interest, in the same book, is Valerie Aubourg's "Organizing Atlanticism: The Bilderberg Group and the Atlantic Institute, 1952-1963", 92-109).
The Bilderberg Group was the hidden hand behind European integration of trade and economic policy, leading to a common market free trade area, a common currency, and eventually a European Union (EU). The North American Forum will do the same on this side of the Atlantic. Both are secret and unaccountable. The press is forbidden to report on the proceedings, and whatever transpires is a mystery. In the digital age it's increasingly common for the average person in the West to have their own personal website or blog, yet the Bilderberg Group doesn't maintain a web presence. In fact, we wouldn't even know of its existence had it not been for the heroic efforts of American Free Press sleuth Jim Tucker, and the UK's Tony Gosling.
The CFR's "Building a North American Community" (report No. 53), explicitly calling for the creation a Bilderberg-like "advisory council", was issued five months before the first meeting of the North American Forum in October, 2005. Report No. 53 was the final recommendation before the Independent Task Force on North America disbanded in September, 2005. A month later in Sonoma, California, 12 former task force members convened in secret closed sessions — just as they had recommended earlier that year. The 2006 North American Forum participants who were also members of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on North America, are: Pedro Aspe, Thomas P. d'Aquino, Wendy K. Dobson, Pierre-Marc Johnson, John P. Manley, Carla A. Hills, Robert A. Pastor, Doris Meissner, Andrés Rozental, Luis de la Calle, Carlos Heredia and Luis Rubio.
Elite Structures: Membership Cross-fertilization, and Free Trade CorporatismOver the past few days I have compiled biographies of the 2006 North American Forum participants. Among attendees there's considerable overlap between certain elite organizations:
Council on Foreign Relations (16): George P. Shultz, Carla A. Hills, Kenneth W. Dam, Daniel W. Fisk, Carla A. Hills, Ronald F. Lehman II, Doris Meissner, Robert A. Pastor, William J. Perry, Donald H. Rumsfeld, James R. Schlesinger, William Schneider, David G. Victor, Jane Wales, R. James Woolsey, Andrés Rozental;
Pacific Council on International Policy (8): Thomas P. d'Aquino, Berel Rodal, Ronald F. Lehman II, Doris Meissner, Robert A. Pastor, William J. Perry, Jane Wales, Andrés Rozental;
Canadian Council of Chief Executives (6): Thomas P. d'Aquino, Richard L. George, Paul J. Hill, James S. Kinnear, Harold N. Kvisle, Ronald N. Mannix;
Trilateral Commission (5): E. Peter Lougheed, Wendy K. Dobson, Gordon Smith, Carla A. Hills, William J. Perry;
Canadian Institute of International Affairs (4): Wendy K. Dobson, John English, Roger Gibbins, John P. Manley;
World Affairs Council of Northern California (3): George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Jane Wales;
Canada West Foundation (3): Brian A. Felesky, Roger Gibbins, James K. Gray;
Alfalfa Club (3): George P. Shultz, Donald H. Rumsfeld, James R. Schlesinger;
Bilderberg Group (2): Kenneth W. Dam, William J. Perry;
Bohemian Grove (2): George P. Shultz, R. James Woolsey.
With 6 attendees, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) was also the organizer of this year's North American Forum. The formidable collective of 150 CEOs from the largest transnational corporations in Canada were co-sponsors of the Independent Task Force on North America. In CCCE's previous incarnation they were known as the Business Council on National Issues (BCNI) — formed in 1976 "by the CEOs of US-based Imperial Oil and Noranda," and having 30 original members. Big names such as "Air Canada, AT&T, Bechtel, Bombardier, Canadian Pacific, Cargill, Dupont, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Loram, MacMillan Bloedel, Mitsubishi, Monsanto, Nestlé, Northern Telecom, Petro Canada and Placer Dome."
The BCNI "effectively determines social and economic policy for the country," wrote Murray Dobbin in 1998 (The Myth of the Good Corporate Citizen: Canada and Democracy in the Age of Globalization, 176). They represent a new "enlightened business class" formed for the purpose of transforming public policy; consolidating enough power to "become virtually a parallel government" (Dobbin, 167). Similar to the Bilderberg's role in directing the integration of Europe, the CCCE were the hidden persuaders behind the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and NAFTA. On BCNI/CCCE, AllExperts has this to say:
The Business Council on National Issues (BCNI) was an important lobbying group in Canada. They are most notable for their pro-free trade advocacy during the Prime Ministership of Brian Mulroney that led to the introduction of the Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement. During this period they were led by Tom D'Aquino. In the 1988 Canadian election the BCNI spent millions of dollars on advertisements in support of free-trade. It is now known as the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
The Canadian Council of Chief Executives is the premier business lobby group in Canada. They hold tremendous sway over internal and external trade practices. Statistics Canada shows that in 2001 just 4% of all Canadian businesses accounted for 82% of exports. The majority of those 4% are members of the CCCE.
So the same corporations, who engineered the North American Free Trade Agreement, have conspired with the CFR to implement an even deeper economic integration of North America. The richest 4% are the beneficiaries, with the end result being a de facto government for and by the TNCs (Transnational Corporations). The following illustrates the stark reality of the situation and the real meaning behind the so-called "free trade" agreements in North America:
Corporations intervene politically everywhere in the world wherever they have interests. It is part of doing business. In Canada, every industry has had its methods and key issues. But what if they could all intervene just once, in order to secure a law that could render them super-citizens, that would make interventions on hundreds of separate issues virtually unnecessary?
That is essentially what the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) promised. It has been called a bill of rights for corporations, but even this description underestimates its eventual impact. In effect, the FTA allowed corporations to begin the final stage of opting out of the social contract altogether. It established the principle that corporations had no inherent obligations to nation-states in which they did business. They had all the legal rights of citizens but had the obligations waived. It was a kind of unilateral declaration of transnational corporate citizenship. (Dobbin, 46)
Super-citizens, indeed — with the power and ambition to achieve total domination.
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