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Superhighways & Supercorridors:
By Debbie Niwa - September 15, 2007
See also NAFTA Superhighway Memory Hole
"NASCO has developed a plan to create the first international, integrated, intermodal and electronically 'intelligent' superhighway system designed to employ advanced information technology systems . . ."
-- From "The NAFTA Superhighway System Seen on Track to Gain Support from Congress," May 2, 1997
What do superhighways and supercorridors share in common? Surveillance, tracking, and information technology systems. These elements are a part of "total domain awareness" which has been described as "an umbrella spread over all government information architectures."
What's the problem? The litany of high-tech gadgetry that surfaces will be part of an international information superhighway that is being built corridor by corridor -- this grid will support the best Big Brother surveillance, data-mining, and information processing system that public dollars can buy. We help fund planning, construction, maintenance, and management of the system through taxes, fees, and tolls.
Those who do not value freedom will feel at home in this electronic police state. But for those who appreciate and cherish liberty, read on.
Total domain awareness is linked to the publicly scorned data-mining ideas that were in the "Total Information Awareness (TIA) System" program -- a project overseen by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) [See inset by Vicky L. Davis at http://www.channelingreality.com/NWO_WTO/total_bs_awareness.htm].
Congress defunded TIA in 2003.3 However, "It is no secret that some parts of TIA lived on behind the veil of the classified intelligence budget," wrote reporter Shane Harris in "TIA Lives On."
In a 2007 article, "NASCO, Lockheed Martin, & 'Total Domain Awareness': Lockheed Martin's plan to tax and track all modes of transportation in North America," the author Nathan M. Hansen answers the question: What is total domain awareness?:"It is an Orwellian nightmare involving: the ability to '[a]utomatically gather, correlate, and interpret fragments of multi-source (Radar, AIS, & GPS tracks, Open Source, Intelligence, Watch list & Law Enforcement Report, CCTV, Bioterrorism sensors) data together into one collaborative portal-based environment [sic].'"
The technology of sensors (including biometric), surveillance cameras, fiber optic cable networks, electronic readers, scanners, and more, will allow electronically tagged/detectable/readable items -- goods, vehicles, student IDs, driver's licenses, passports, animals, people -- to be identified in the detection vicinity of high-tech corridors and similarly equipped areas. But that's not all...
There is a technology integration and implementation component -- a global transportation network -- that includes command and control centers. According to NASCO representative Rachel Connell who spoke to the Travis County Commissioners Court (Texas) on August 28, 2007: ". . . command and control centers are located along the corridor that are able to know what's going on... everywhere at all times. We are hoping to have command and control centers eventually with this project along our corridor..."
The NAFTA Superhighway (aka NASCO SuperCorridor) system will enable continent-wide surveillance that -- in addition to invading privacy -- defies country borders and national security by establishing a North American transportation infrastructure and security regulations. The United States, Canada, and Mexico would merely exist as pieces of a conglomerate that monitors all of its "resources," including the human variety.
So-called free trade, security, and sustainable development are excuses for having a system that tracks, regulates, and collects data on the "flow of goods, people, services, and information." Questions that must be asked: Do we continue allowing construction of this Big Brother system? Do we continue to give tax dollars to build it? Do we elect official who support it?
We must decide sooner than later. Once the boot is stomping on our faces, it will be more difficult to stop the machinery that blocks our ability to live and thrive as free people.
© D.K. Niwa,12 Sept. 2007
NAFTA Superhighway Memory Hole: articles2/007/NAFTA_Superhighway_07.pdf
Here is a brief summary:
A review of NAFTA Superhighway history reveals that the marketing of this concept began well over a decade ago. In that time, a growing number of highways have been designated as ³high priority corridors²‹ a rating that allows easier access to federal funds.
Lobbyist seeking to create an international infrastructure have referred to the U.S. National Highway System of ³high priority corridors² as an international NAFTA Superhighway system.
The "NAFTA Superhighway" label surfaced shortly after the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Concepts and activity connected to "NAFTA Superhighway" exist today under ³NASCO SuperCorridor² ‹ this includes:
1) establishing an international highway/corridor that incorporates an Information Technology System (ITS)
2) privatizing U.S. infrastructure assets (which opens the door to foreign ownership/management of U.S. roads, bridges, ports...)
3) charging for use (taxes, tolls, and fees)
4) increasing use of eminent domain to build or widen corridors to accommodate toll highways, rail, and/or utility corridors, etc.
5) promoting intermodal/multimodal concepts
6) using public-private partnerships (government + business partnering helps overcome obstacles like public dissent)
7) promoting "smart highways/corridors" ‹ which coincidentally requires the same technologies as a continent-wide surveillance/monitoring system would use:
- surveillance equipment (electronic readers, sensors, scanners, cameras...)
- technology for transmitting data (fiber optic cable networks, wireless communications, etc.)
- command and control centers along corridors to collect, process, and share data
See also The emerging New World Order | Barbed Wire Camps for American Citizens
1. "The NAFTA Superhighway System Seen on Track to Gain Support from Congress," The Conde Report on U.S.-Mexico Relations, Vol. 1, Issue 15, May 2, 1997, Editor: Francisco J. Conde http://listserv.business.unisa.edu.au/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A2=ind9705&L=iern-l&F=l&P=62
2. Quote attributed to Adm. James M. Loy, USCG, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard in the article "Warfare Changes Its Stripes, But not Its Name," Robert K. Ackerman & Beverly P. Mowery, Signal Magazine, April 2001. http://www.afcea.org/signal/articles/templates/SIGNAL_Article_Template.asp?articleid=566&zoneid=115
3. Conference Report on H.R. 2658, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2004 (House Report 108-283), Congressional Record: September 24, 2003 (House), H8500-H8550. http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2003/tia.html
4. "TIA Lives On," Shane Harris, National Journal. Feb. 23, 2006 http://nationaljournal.com/about/njweekly/stories/2006/0223nj1.htm
5. "NASCO, Lockheed Martin, & 'Total Domain Awareness': Lockheed Martin's plan to tax and track all modes of transportation in North America," Nathan M. Hansen, JonesReport, April 19, 2007. http://www.jonesreport.com/articles/190407_lockheed_total_domain_awareness.html
6. Quote by Rachel Connell, Director of Membership & Events, North America's SuperCorridor Coalition, Inc. (NASCO). from a closed caption transcript log for the August 28, 2007 Travis County Commissioners Court Meeting. Item 3. http://www.co.travis.tx.us/commissioners_court/agendas/2007/08/text/vs070828_03.asp