Judicial Watch Releases Pentagon Records From 'North American Forum' Meetings
By News release, Judicial Watch, January 29, 2007
Judicial Watch, the
public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government
corruption, today released documents obtained November 2006 under the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from U.S. Northern
Command (NORTHCOM). The documents concern the participation of NORTHCOM
Commander, Admiral Timothy Keating, NORTHCOM Political Advisor Deborah
Bolton, and Plans, Policy & Strategy Director Major General Mark Volcheff
in a meeting of the "North American Forum" at the Banff Springs Hotel in
Banff, Canada on September 12- 14, 2006. A similar request for records
concerning forum participation by then-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and his
entourage is still pending with the Pentagon.
The records include: 1) Proposed comments for Admiral Keating's speech
to the North American Forum; 2) Presentation outlines with handwritten
marginal notes and comments from Ms. Bolton; 3) Policy papers; 4)
Biographic sketches of participants; and, 5) Notes from Major General
The North American Forum presentations discussed immigration and border
enforcement; full economic and energy integration including infrastructure
and transportation; a North American investment fund; and common customs
and duties. The idea of a carbon tax was raised as a means to combat
so-called global warming. References to the Security and Prosperity
Partnership (SPP) occur throughout the documents.
The notes for the presentations document the need to overcome popular
opposition to North American integration: "To what degree does a concept of
North America help/hinder solving problems between the three countries? ...
While a vision is appealing working on the infrastructure might yield more
benefit and bring more people on board ('evolution by stealth')."
"It is not encouraging to see the phrase 'evolution by stealth' in
reference to important policy debates such as North American integration
and cooperation," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "These
documents provide more information to Americans concerned about the
Security and Prosperity Partnership. The more transparency, the better."
Copies of NORTHCOM's North American Forum records are available on the
Internet at: (http://www.JudicialWatch.org.)
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