Defense Boss Panetta Touts “North America” After Canada Meetings

By:  Alex Newman
03/29/2012
       
Defense Boss Panetta Touts “North America” After Canada Meetings

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts in Ottawa this week for the first ever “Trilateral Meetings of North American Defense Ministers.” The meetings sparked more concerns over the erosion of national sovereignty and continued “integration” of the three governments into a continental regime analysts have dubbed the “North American Union.”

 

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (photo) met with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts in Ottawa this week for the first ever “Trilateral Meetings of North American Defense Ministers.” The meetings sparked more concerns over the erosion of national sovereignty and continued “integration” of the three governments into a continental regime analysts have dubbed the “North American Union.”

After the two-day gathering, the three defense chiefs promised in a press release to increase their cooperation in dealing with supposed continental threats. They also vowed — despite the U.S. posse comitatus law generally prohibiting involvement of the armed forces in domestic law enforcement — to explore more ways to support “security” agencies and collaborate on responses to natural disasters.
 
According to the statement released after the summit, “transnational threats” necessitate “transnational responses.” As such, more integration is supposedly needed. Finally, the trio announced that they would inform their “leaders” about the results of the meeting prior to the upcoming “North American Leaders' Summit” scheduled for April.
 
"By virtue of our geography, our peoples, and our trading relationship, our three nations share many defense interests,” the defense bosses claimed in a joint statement. “Threats to North America and the hemisphere are increasingly complex and require non-traditional responses. Building upon the trilateral collaboration under the North American Leaders Summit process, we share a determination to enhance our common understanding of those threats and of the approaches needed to address them.”

One of the main focuses of the controversial summit, according to officials and reports, was ever-closer cooperation in the increasingly costly, unpopular, and deadly so-called “war on drugs.” In Mexico, some 50,000 people have been killed in recent years as the military joined the battle. American taxpayers, meanwhile, have financed much of the unconstitutional “war.”

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