THIRD SPP SUMMIT SHROUDED IN SECRECY
Bush to interrupt Texas vacation to join Mexican, Canadian leaders
1:00 a.m. Eastern
President Bush will interrupt his summer vacation in Crawford,
Texas, next week to attend the third summit meeting of the Security and Prosperity Partnership
of North America, or SPP, slated for Aug. 20 and 21 in Montebello, Quebec, at the five-star Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello resort.
Bush will meet with Mexico's
President Felipe Calderon and Canada's
Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the event.
The meeting has been hidden in a cloud of secrecy until WND obtained from an
Access to Information Act request a previously unreleased copy of a government report detailing agenda plans for the third
According to WND reports, as many as 10,000 protesters are expected to be in
Quebec to oppose the meeting.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada's
national police force, and the Sûreté du Québec, the state police, plan to maintain a 25-kilometer protest-free zone around
the Montebello resort where the meeting is to be held.
WND has reported that a multinational business agenda is driving this upcoming
SPP summit according to the heavily redacted document obtained from the Canadian government.
The memo clearly states at center stage in the Montebello SPP summit will be
recommendations by the North American Competitiveness Council, regarding promoting North American competitiveness for multinational
corporations through "integrating" and "harmonizing" regulations between Mexico,
Canada and the U.S.
The council, an executive group composed of 10 top multinational corporations
from each of the three SPP countries, was constituted under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide guidance
to the 20 SPP working groups of U.S.,
Mexican, and Canadian bureaucrats.
WND has also reported that President Bush will discuss at the summit a plan to
send U.S. military assistance to Mexico
to assist Mexico's military and civilian
law enforcement agencies to combat Mexican narco-criminals and drug lords.
The leaders at the end of their summit are expected to make a statement on U.S. military aid to Mexico,
provided their discussions have reached a point of agreement and conclusion.
At issue are questions of how the U.S. military can limit involvement to equipment
and training, and how U.S. and Mexican officials can be certain the corruption common to Mexico's drug war does not subvert
their effort or provide sophisticated equipment and technology that ends up in the hands of the drug kingpins.
WND has also reported the Montebello SPP summit will create a coordinating body
to prepare for the North American response to an outbreak of avian or pandemic influenza.
The three leaders also plan to create a coordinating body on emergency management
similar to that set up for avian or pandemic flu.
WND previously reported on National Security Presidential Directive No. 51 and
Homeland Security Presidential Directive No. 20, which allocate to the office of the president the authority to direct all
levels of government in any event the president declares to be a national emergency.
WND also has previously reported that under SPP, the military of the U.S. and
Canada are turning USNORTHCOM and Canada Command into domestic military command structures, with authority extending to Mexico,
even though Mexico has not formally joined with the current U.S. – Canadian USNORTHCOM/Canada Command structure.
WND has also learned the Montebello SPP summit will include discussion of a proposal
to provide U.S. military assistance to the government of Mexico to help Mexico's military combat
narco-trafficking in Mexico.
The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America was declared at the
first trilateral meeting held at Baylor University
in Waco, Texas, on March
The second SPP summit meeting was held by President Bush, Mexico's President Vicente Fox and Canada's
Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún Hotel in Cancún,
Mexico, on March 31, 2006.
The SPP website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Commerce, lists a "2005
Report to Leaders" dated June 2005 and a "2006 Report to Leaders" dated August 2006, which document over 250 memoranda of
understanding and other agreements that have been signed by the SPP working groups.
Most of these SPP memoranda of understanding and other agreements cannot be found
on the SPP website or elsewhere on the Internet published in their entirety.
No comparable "2007 Report to Leaders" has yet been published on the SPP website.