Al-Qaida nukes already in U.S.


FROM
JOSEPH FARAH’S G2 BULLETIN

Al-Qaida
nukes already in U.S.

Terrorists,
bombs smuggled across Mexico border by MS-13 gangsters

Posted: July 11, 2005
12:22 p.m. Eastern

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WASHINGTON
– As London recovers from the latest deadly al-Qaida attack that killed
at least 50, top U.S. government officials are contemplating what they
consider to be an inevitable and much bigger assault on America – one
likely to kill millions, destroy the economy and fundamentally alter
the course of history, reports Joseph
Farah’s G2 Bulletin
.


According
to captured al-Qaida leaders and documents, the plan is called the
"American Hiroshima" and involves the multiple detonation of nuclear
weapons already smuggled into the U.S. over the Mexican border with the
help of the MS-13 street gang and other organized crime groups.



Al-Qaida
has obtained at least 40 nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union –
including suitcase nukes, nuclear mines, artillery shells and even some
missile warheads. In addition, documents captured in Afghanistan show
al-Qaida had plans to assemble its own nuclear weapons with fissile
material it purchased on the black market.


In
addition to detonating its own nuclear weapons already planted in the
U.S.,
military sources also say there is evidence to suggest al-Qaida is
paying former Russian special forces Spetznaz to assist the terrorist
group in locating nuclear weapons formerly concealed inside the U.S. by
the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Osama bin Laden’s group is also
paying nuclear scientists from Russia and Pakistan to maintain its
existing nuclear arsenal and assemble additional weapons with the
materials it has invested hundreds of millions in procuring over a
period of 10 years.


The
plans for the devastating nuclear attack on the U.S. have been under
development for more than a decade. It is designed as a final deadly
blow of defeat to the U.S., which is seen by al-Qaida and its allies as
"the Great Satan."


At
least half the nuclear weapons in the al-Qaida arsenal were obtained
for cash
from the Chechen terrorist allies.


But
the most disturbing news is that high level U.S. officials now believe
at least some of those weapons have been smuggled into the U.S. for use
in the near future in major cities as part of this "American Hiroshima"
plan, according to an upcoming book, "The Al Qaeda Connection:
International Terrorism, Organized Crime and the Coming Apocalypse," by
Paul L. Williams, a former FBI consultant.


According
to Williams, former CIA Director George Tenet informed President Bush
one month after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that at least two suitcase
nukes had reached al-Qaida operatives in the U.S.


"Each
suitcase weighed between 50 and 80 kilograms (approximately 110 to 176
pounds) and
contained enough fissionable plutonium and uranium to produce an
explosive yield in excess of two kilotons," wrote Williams. "One
suitcase bore the serial number 9999 and the Russian manufacturing date
of 1988. The design of the weapons, Tenet told the president, is
simple. The plutonium and uranium are kept in separate compartments
that are linked to a triggering mechanism that can be activated by a
clock or a call from the cell phone."


According
to the author, the news sent Bush "through the roof," prompting him to
order his national security team to give nuclear terrorism priority
over every other threat to America.


However,
it is worth noting that Bush failed to translate this policy into
securing the U.S.-Mexico border through which the nuclear weapons and
al-Qaida operatives are believed to have
passed with the help of the MS-13 smugglers. He did, however, order the
building of underground bunkers away from major metropolitan areas for
use by federal government managers following an attack.



Bin
Laden, according to Williams, has nearly unlimited funds to spend on
his nuclear terrorism plan because he has remained in control of the
Afghanistan-produced heroin industry. Poppy production has greatly
increased even while U.S. troops are occupying the country, he writes.

Al-Qaida
has developed close relations with the Albanian Mafia, which
assists in the smuggling and sale of heroin throughout Europe and the
U.S.

Some
of that money is used to pay off the notorious MS-13 street gang
between $30,000 and $50,000 for each sleeper agent smuggled into the
U.S. from Mexico. The sleepers are also provided with phony
identification, most often bogus matricula consular ID cards
indistinguishable from Mexico’s official ID, now accepted in the U.S.
to open bank accounts and obtain driver’s licenses.


The
Bush administration’s unwillingness to secure the U.S.-Mexico border
has puzzled and dismayed a growing number of activists and ordinary
citizens who see it as the No. 1 security threat to the nation. The Minuteman organization
is planning a major mobilization of thousands of Americans this fall
designed to shut down the entire 2,000-mile border as it did in April
with a 23-mile stretch in Arizona.


According
to Williams’ sources, thousands of al-Qaida sleeper agents have now
been forward deployed into the U.S. to carry out their individual roles
in the coming "American Hiroshima" plan.


Bin
Laden’s goal, according to the book, is to kill at least 4 million
Americans, 2 million of whom must be children. Only then, bin Laden has
said, would the crimes committed by America on the Arab and Muslim
world be avenged.


There
is virtually no doubt among intelligence analysts al-Qaida has obtained
fully assembled nuclear weapons, according to Williams. The only
question is how many. Estimates range between a dozen and 70. The
breathtaking news is that an undetermined number of these weapons,
including suitcase bombs, mines and crude tactical nuclear weapons,
have already been smuggled into the U.S. – at least some across the
U.S.-Mexico border.


The
future plan, according to captured al-Qaida agents and documents,
suggests the attacks will take place simultaneously in major cities
throughout the country – including New York, Boston, Washington, Las
Vegas, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.


In
response to the G2 Bulletin
revelations, Chris Simcox, founder of the Minuteman
Civil Defense Corps, a citizen action group demanding the U.S.
government take control of its borders, said an immediate military
presence on the borders is now imperative "to stop the overwhelming
influx of unidentified, potentially hostile and seditious persons
coming across at an alarming rate."


"Terrorists
have carte blanche to carry practically anything they want across our
national line at this time," he said. "As ordinary citizens have warned
this government for years, the only surprising part about the new
information reported here is that nothing apocalyptic from
Mexican-border weapons trafficking has yet happened. Terrorism has
reared its ugly head in London again these past few days, and as we
know all too well we are not immune in this country. At this point, the
next attempt to attack America at home is just a matter of ‘when,’ not
‘if.’ And our unsecured borders have surely
contributed to this threat – yet our government officials continue to
fiddle while our nation’s margin of security and safety burns away. The
president and Congress had better wake up before they have to answer
for another devastating terrorist incursion on our own soil."



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Mass. judge allows out-of-state gay couple to wed

Mass. judge allows out-of-state gay couple to wed

By Scott Malone
Fri Sep 29, 4:41 PM ET

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Rhode Island lesbian couple on Friday
won approval from a judge to marry in Massachusetts, paving the
way for the first legal wedding of a same-sex couple from
outside the only U.S. state where gay marriage is allowed.

The decision by Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Thomas
E. Connolly means gay couples from states with ambiguous laws
on gay marriage can marry in the state.

But the ruling reiterated that couples from states that
clearly forbid gay marriage, including New York, could not
marry in Massachusetts.

"We want our kids to grow up knowing that when something is
unfair and something is discriminatory that they should fight
and that it is possible to create change," said Wendy Becker,
45, of Providence, Rhode Island, the subject of the case.

She and her partner Mary Norton, 46, who have a 6-year-old
daughter and a 3-year-old son, said they had not yet picked a
wedding date.

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a 2008 Republican
presidential hopeful who has sought to prevent out-of-state
same-sex couples from marrying in Massachusetts, urged the
state’s attorney general, Thomas Reilly, to appeal.

"The ruling has the effect of exporting same-sex marriage
from Massachusetts to Rhode Island," Romney wrote to Reilly in
a letter released to the media.

Conservative Christian groups have expressed concern that
such marriages would turn the liberal New England state into
America’s gay-marriage capital.

But gay-rights advocates have campaigned to allow the
practice since Massachusetts’ highest court ruled in 2003 that
it was unconstitutional to ban gay marriage. America’s first
same-sex marriages took place in May the following year.

Since then, more than 8,000 gay couples have wed.

‘LAS VEGAS OF GAY MARRIAGE’

Friday’s case was focused on a law passed in 1913 that bars
out-of-state couples from marrying in Massachusetts if their
own states fail to recognize the union.

Massachusetts lawmakers are due to vote in November —
after the state and national elections — on whether to amend
the constitution to ban gay marriage.

Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family
Institute, which opposes same-sex marriage, said the ruling
would muddy the waters for states.

"This creates a new level of legal chaos for regulators and
lawmakers in … any state that does not expressly forbid
same-sex marriage," Mineau said. "It also furthers the notion
of Massachusetts becoming the Las Vegas of gay marriage."

What remains to be seen, one expert said, is what the
ruling will mean in practice for Rhode Islanders.

"What happens when they go back to Rhode Island? Will they
be treated as if they’re married? That’s sort of the
million-dollar question," said Lee Badgett, research director
for the Williams Center for Sexual Orientation Law and Public
Policy at UCLA Law School.

Becker and Norton said they had not yet told their daughter
the news, but suspected she would be pleased.

"For the last two and a half years she has been picking out
wedding dresses for herself," Becker said.

Microwave weapon intensified by sweaty skin

Special Reports

Weapons Technology

Microwave weapon intensified by sweaty skin

  • 12:27 15 September 2006
  • NewScientist.com news service
  • David Hambling

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The Pentagon’s
"less-lethal" microwave-based crowd-control weapon – the Active Denial
System (ADS) – produces potentially harmful hotspots when used in
built-up areas, and its effects can be intensified by sweaty skin,
tests have revealed. The flaws call into question the weapon’s
usefulness in hot conditions, like those in Iraq.

The
ADS fires a microwave beam intended to heat skin without causing
damage, while inflicting enough pain to force the victim to move away.
However, tests of the weapon showed that reflections off buildings,
water or even the ground can produce peak energy densities twice as
high as the main beam. Contact with sweat or moist fabric such as a
sweaty waistband further intensifies the effect.

The
safety concerns, revealed in the details of 14 tests carried out by the
US air force between 2002 and 2006, were acquired under a Freedom of
Information request by Edward Hammond of the Sunshine Project USA,
which campaigns against the use of biological and non-lethal weapons.

Alcohol consumption

Test details released to the organisation last year revealed that
volunteers taking part in the tests had been banned
from wearing glasses or contact lenses
because of safety fears.

Active
Denial Systems under development include small, portable versions and
vehicle and aircraft-mounted systems. The new tests ranged from simple
experiments to determine pain thresholds to large-scale war games
involving hundreds of subjects. Some tests involved finding whether
alcohol increased subjects’ ability to withstand the beam and how
trained dogs responded, to determine the effect of accidental exposure
on dog handling teams.

Nevertheless, the weapon
may be safer than some alternatives. More than 9000 experimental
exposures to the ADS have produced just six cases of blistering and one
second-degree burn caused by an accidental overexposure. The US army
wants permission to deploy the system in Iraq, but the decision has
been delayed while tests continue.

Fellow citizens

The
secretary of the US Air Force, Michael Wynne, said recently that new
non-lethal weapons like the microwave ADS should be used on Americans
before being deployed to places like Iraq.

"If
we’re not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we
should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," he told CNN.

Hammond
hopes these comments may stimulate debate on the use of the ADS and
other non-lethal weapons. "I think that you would see a strongly
negative public reaction and quite possibly an increase in violence if
US police were to use the ADS in riot control," he told New
Scientist
.
"I’m sad to say that such an outpouring of concern would probably be
considerably more muted if the weapon was deployed in Iraq first."

Telephone Company Involvement in NSA Domestic Surveillance

Latest News —


EPIC
Resources on Domestic Surveillance

Broad Coalition Urges Congress to Focus on Telephone
Company Involvement in NSA Domestic Surveillance Program
As the House Commerce Committee begins hearings on the
Hewlett-Packard pretexting fiasco, almost 40 organizations in a joint
statement
have
urged the Committee to "show the same level of interest in the NSA
spying as you have show in the investigation of the Hewlett-Packard
matter." The statement follows an earlier
EPIC request

to FCC Chairman Martin which stated that "If telecommunications
carriers disclosed customer information to the NSA in the manner
described in press reports, then violations of section 222 of the
Communications Act have occurred." (Sept. 28)

EPIC Reminds Homeland Security Department to
Publish Annual Privacy Report
In a letter
to the Chief Privacy Officer of the Department of Homeland Security,
EPIC asked when the DHS privacy report will be made available. The
Department is required by law
to provide an annual report to Congress "on activities of the
Department that affect privacy, including complaints of privacy
violations, implementation of the Privacy Act of 1974, internal
controls, and other matters." The last report,
which covered the period April 2003 to June 2004, was published in
February 2005. The DHS Inspector General has routinely submitted semiannual reports to Congress on a timely basis.
(Sept. 26, 2006)

EU
Privacy Panel Challenges US Datamining Program
The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party has
questioned the legality of a Bush Administration program that monitors
international financial transactions. SWIFT,
a Belgian based banking cooperative, is at the center of the disppute.
The Working Party is expected to say that the disclosure of European
financial records to the the CIA and other American intelligence
agencies violates European privacy law. Privacy
International
brought formal complaints against the Swift program
after its’ disclosure. EPIC’s recent Spotlight
on Surveillance
examines the SWIFT program in more detail. (Sept.
26)

New
Report Raises Questions About Privacy, Future of Internet
A detailed
survey

of technology thinkers and stakeholders predicts that the Internet of
2020 will be more widespread, low-cost, and contribute to a flattening
of social hierarchies. However, the respondents also expressed concerns
about interoperability, government regulations, commercial interests,
and the loss of privacy. A significant 42% of survey participants were
pessimistic about humans’ ability to control the technology in the
future. They predicted that dangers and dependencies will grow beyond
our ability to stay in charge of technology. The survey was conducted
by the Pew Internet and American
Life Project
. (Sept. 25)

States Estimate Cost of Real ID Will Be
$11 Billion
The National Conference of
State Legislatures
released a report
on the Real ID Act, which estimates that that the cost to the states
will be more than $11 billion over five years. The federal Real ID Act
creates national standards for issuing state drivers licenses and
identification cards. States also expressed concern regarding the
application of the Drivers
Privacy Protection Act
to the records retention and information
sharing requirements of Real ID. More information at the EPIC National ID Cards
and Real ID Act
page. (Sept. 21)

EPIC
Urges Commerce Department to End Export Double Standard

In a letter to
Secretary Carlos Gutierrez
, EPIC urged the Department of Commerce
to restrict the export of high-tech surveillance equipment to China.
While US law limits the export of tear gas, handcuffs, and shotguns to
China, high-tech equipment that is used for communications surveillance
and censorship is exported to the country without restrictions. EPIC’s
letter cited the2005 US
State Department report
and the Privacy and
Human Rights
report which document the role that surveillance and
censorship technology plays in political repression. (Sept. 21)

Missouri’s
Voter ID Law Struck Down

Judge Richard Callahan of Cole County Circuit Court ruled
that Missouri’s voter photo ID law created an unconstitutional burden
on the right to vote. Missouri
citizens challenged

the voting ID law that required proof of lawful presence, proof of
identity, and proof of residence to obtain a state ID. Although there
was no cost for the state-issued ID document, the court found
there were significant costs to complete the application process. In
other voter ID news, Georgia’s third attempt to establish a photo ID
requirement was also declared unconstitutional by a federal court
judge. For more information, see EPIC’s page on Voting Privacy. (Sept.
15)

European
and US Consumer Groups Urge Privacy Safeguards for Air Travel
Information
The Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue has written
to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and European
Commissioner Franco Frattini recommending the establishment of legal
protections for passenger information collected by the US government.
The letter follows an earlier
statement

from TACD that identified numerous risks to consumers that would result
from the disclosure of detailed personal information. The TACD letter
responds to Secretary Chertoff’s recent call for increased government
snooping. EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the
Department of Homeland Security regarding the program and whether
adequate privacy safeguards have been established. The European Court
of Justice earlier held that there was no
legal basis
for the Homeland Security program. For more
information, see EPIC’s air travel privacy page.
(Sep. 13)

Arizona’s
Voter ID Law Known as the Strictest in the Nation Upheld

U.S. District Judge
Roslyn O. Silver upheld Arizona’s voter ID law in a
decision issued yesterday-one day before the law would be used for the
first time in a statewide election. That state imposes proof of
citizenship
requirements on voters in the registration process and on Election Day.
The judge requested additional briefs and scheduled a hearing for
October 19, but did not provide her reasoning behind the decision. The
new voter ID requires is a result of Proposition
200

placed on a statewide ballot in 2004. According to the National
Conference of State Legislatures 24 states have some form of ID
requirement with only seven with a photo ID provision. This list does
not include the state of Georgia whose voter photo ID law was ruled
unconstitutional earlier this year. On Capitol Hill the House Committee
on Administration is planning to hold a markup this Thursday of H.R.
4844, a bill to require voters to prove their citizenship and present
photo ID prior to voting in any federal election. For more information,
see EPIC’S Voting Privacy
page. (Sept. 12)

HP Pretexting
Fiasco Underscores Need for Clear Standards to Protect Phone Record
Privacy
For
more than a year, EPIC has urged policymakers in Washington to
address the growing problem of "pretexting," obtaining someone else’s
personal information by fraudulent means. In a petition to the FCC
in
2005, EPIC recommended that the FCC establish strong security standards
for customer records. EPIC had also filed a
complaint with the FTC
urging a crackdown on the data broker
industry. Earlier this year, EPIC testified in the House
(pdf) and the Senate
on the need for strong federal legislation to stop pretexting. More
information at the EPIC page on Illegal Sale of Phone Records.
(Sept.12)

EPIC,
Privacy International Publish 2005 Privacy and Human Rights Report.
At a
hearing of the Eminent
Jurists Panel
in Washington, DC, EPIC and PI released "Privacy and
Human Rights: An International Survey of Privacy Laws and
Developments."
The
1,200 page report explores privacy developments around the globe and
provides detailed information on emerging privacy topics. Executive
summaries are available in Spanish,
Russian,
and Arabic.
The report is available
for sale
. (Sep. 8)

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RUSSIA OFFERS SAMs TO PROTECT NUKES

RUSSIA OFFERS SAMs TO
PROTECT NUKES



MOSCOW [MENL] — Russia, pledging to complete the Busheher reactor, has
offered to sell a range of surface-to-air missile systems to protect
Iran’s
nuclear facilities.

Russian diplomatic and industry sources said Moscow has been
negotiating
to sell Iran a range of anti-aircraft systems to protect Bushehr from
Israeli or U.S. air strikes. The sources said contracts could be signed
when
Bushehr was ready to begin operations in a move expected to take place
in
late 2007."Russia has already installed and manned SAM systems around
Bushehr," a
diplomatic source said. "The current talks regard an air defense
umbrella
that would protect all strategic sites in Iran."In November 2005,
Russia reached agreement for the sale of 29 TOR-M1
short-range anti-aircraft systems to Iran in a deal valued at more than
$700
million. The sources said Iran has also sought the strategic S-300PMU
SAM
system, capable of detecting and intercepting enemy aircraft at a
distance
of 300 and 150 kilometers, respectively.


Fixing U.S. image may take years

Hughes: Fixing U.S. image may take years

By ANNE GEARAN, AP Diplomatic Writer
1 hour, 10 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – It may take decades to change anti-American feelings
around the world that have been aggravated by war in

Israel
and America’s "sex and violence" culture, the State Department official
in charge of dealing with the U.S. image abroad said Thursday.

"The
anti-Americanism, the concern around the world … this ideological
struggle, it’s not going to change" quickly, Undersecretary of State
Karen Hughes said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It’s
going to be the work of years and maybe decades."

Hughes, a longtime adviser to

President Bush,
has worked for more than a year to retool the way America sells itself
overseas, but she acknowledged that success can be next to impossible
to measure.

A June poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the
Press found that America’s image in 15 nations dropped sharply in 2006.
For example, less than one-third of the people in Egypt, Pakistan,
Jordan and Turkey had a favorable view of the U.S.

According to that poll, America’s continued involvement in Iraq was
seen as a worse problem than

Iran and its nuclear
ambitions.

In the bleak National Intelligence Estimate portion declassified
this week, the government’s top analysts concluded Iraq has become a
"cause celebre" for jihadists, who are growing in number and geographic
reach. If the trend continues, the analysts found, the risks to the
U.S. interests at home and abroad will grow.

Hughes said the three-year-old Iraq war "is the latest excuse" for
anti-American grievance in the Muslim world.

"A lot of the world did not agree with what we did in going into
Iraq," just as there is long-standing disagreement with U.S. support
for Israel, Hughes said.

Answering those complaints and defending U.S. policy is part of
Hughes’ job heading the broad category of U.S. outreach known as
"public diplomacy." She has sent Arabic speakers to do four times as
many interviews with Arabic media as in previous years and set up three
rapid public relations response centers overseas to monitor and respond
to the news.

Hughes said she often hears from parents in what she called
conservative societies overseas who feel "under assault" by American
culture.

NASCO

About
NASCO

North America’s
SuperCorridor Coalition, Inc.
,
is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the world’s first
international, integrated and secure, multi-modal transportation system
along the International Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor
to improve both the trade competitiveness and quality of life in North
America.
We were founded in 1994 as the I-35 Corridor Coalition and in 1996
incorporated into a non-profit organization and became NASCO.

NASCO is not a
government agency.

We have no authority to build or develop anything unilaterally. NASCO
will work with our members, state Departments of Transportation and
federal and local agencies involved in transportation, trade and
security to accomplish our mission.

The NASCO Corridor
encompasses Interstate Highways 35, 29 and 94,
and the significant east/west connectors to those highways in the
United States, Canada and Mexico. The Corridor directly impacts the
continental trade flow of North America. Membership includes public and
private sector entities along the Corridor in Canada, the United States
and Mexico.

From
the largest border crossing in North America (The Ambassador Bridge in
Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada), to the second largest border
crossing of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, extending to the
deep water Ports of Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico and to
Manitoba, Canada, the impressive, tri-national NASCO membership
truly reflects the international scope of the Corridor and the regions
it impacts.

NASCO has officially
amalgamated with the former North American International Trade
Corridor Partnership
,
which was a non profit organization in Mexico dedicated to economic
development and improving trade relations through the heartland of
America to Canada and Mexico. NASCO and the NAITCP have worked
together successfully in the past, and now, with the amalgamation, will
operate as one organization under the name NASCO, with a shared mission
and objectives.

The North American
Inland Port Network (NAIPN)
,
a sub-committee of NASCO, has been tasked with developing an active
inland port network along our corridor to specifically alleviate
congestion at maritime ports and our nation’s borders. The NAIPN
envisions an integrated, efficient and secure network of inland ports
specializing in the transportation of containerized cargo in North
America. The main guiding principal of the NAIPN is to develop
logistics systems that enhance global security, but at the same time do
not impede the cost-effective and efficient flow of goods.

NASCO
has received $2.25 million in Congressional earmarks to be administered
by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) for the
development of a technology integration and tracking project. The
project will have a team approach, using members of NASCO as the
primary participants in the project, to the extent possible. NASCO
believes the deployment of a modern information system will reduce the
cost, improve the efficiency, reduce trade-related congestion, and
enhance security of cross-border and corridor information, trade and
traffic.

SuperCorridor
& NAFTA Highway Defined

SuperCorridor
– not "Super-sized". As defined in Webster’s dictionary, "Super" means
"more inclusive than a specialized category". NASCO uses the term
"SuperCorridor" to demonstrate we are more than just a highway
coalition. NASCO works to develop key relationships along the EXISTING
corridors we represent to maximize economic development opportunities
along the NASCO Corridor, as well as coordinate the development of
technology integration projects, inland ports, environmental
initiatives, university research, and the sharing of "best practices".
NASCO is particularly focused on coordinating the efforts of local,
state and federal agencies and the private sector to integrate and
secure a multimodal transportation system along the existing "NASCO
Corridor."

"NAFTA
Superhighway" – As of late, there has been much media attention given
to the "new, proposed NAFTA Superhighway". NASCO and the cities,
counties, states and provinces along our existing Interstate Highways
35/29/94 (the NASCO Corridor) have been referring to I-35 as the ‘NAFTA
Superhighway’ for many years, as I-35 already carries a substantial
amount of international trade with Mexico, the United States and
Canada. There are no plans to build a new NAFTA Superhighway – it
exists today as I-35.

At
a Glance

Our
Vision:
To
be the premiere North American trade corridor coalition and the primary
organization in developing the International Mid-Continent Trade
Corridor as the highest profile, tri-nationally supported Corridor in
North America.

Our
Mission:
NASCO’s
mission is to develop the world’s first international, integrated and
secure, multi-modal transportation system, along the International
Mid-Continent Trade Corridor, to improve both trade competitiveness and
the quality of life in North America through:

  • Strategic
    Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Infrastructure
    and Non-Infrastructure Improvements
  • Trade
    Facilitation
  • Technology
    Applications and Solutions
  • North
    American Inland Ports Network (NAIPN)
  • Education

Our
Purpose:
To
maximize economic activity and improve the quality of life of the
jurisdictions along the Corridor.

Our
Goals:

To
be a strong advocacy and lobby group for transportation and related
issues and interests of the jurisdictions along the corridor.

To gain
federal, provincial/state, and municipal government support in all
three NAFTA countries.

To gain
and maintain tri-lateral private sector membership support for NASCO’s
vision and goals.

To
push for, facilitate and support any Corridor related projects or
initiatives that focus on enhancing the security, safety and efficiency
of transportation, trade processing and logistics systems along the
corridor

Our
Structure:
NASCO is
a non-profit 501C6 organization and is managed and controlled by a
Board of Directors.

NASCO
Key Successes & Outcomes

Memoranda of Understanding:

  • Created
    MOU with eight U.S. states and a Canadian province for continued
    cooperation toward technology development and infrastructure
    enhancement of the I-35/I-29/I-94 Corridor
  • Created
    MOU with U.S. Treasury Department to develop ITPC’s along I-35
  • Created
    MOU with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection
    Agency, the United States Postal Service and the Texas General Land
    Office to promote alternative fuels along the corridor

Funding:

  • Known as
    the strongest International Trade Corridor Coalition on Capitol Hill
  • Lobbying
    efforts have helped secure more than $150 million in corridor
    transportation project funding to date
  • Helped
    gain more than $79 million in Corridor projects in FY03 through the
    National Corridor Planning and Development Program, ITS Program,
    Interstate Maintenance Program and the Discretionary Bridge Program.
  • Contributed
    to the state match of federal funds received for a 2002 transportation
    technology study -$15,000- innovative financing from NASCO

Lobbying Efforts:

  • Successfully
    lobbied for the creation of two new categories under the Transportation
    Equity Act of the 21st Century – the National Corridor Planning and
    Development Program and the Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program
  • Formation
    of a Corridor Caucus on Capitol Hill to promote corridor development
    and begin to organize as a corridor in preparation of the next re-write
    of the highway legislation next year
  • Successfully
    lobbied to take the Highway Trust fund "off-budget" which resulted in
    increased transportation formula funding for NASCO’s corridor states
  • Awarded
    a seat on the North American International Trade Corridor DOT Steering
    Committee to oversee the development of the federally funded ITS/CVO
    study along the corridor

Successes:

  • Created
    the term "International Trade Corridor" now used internationally by all
    corridor coalitions
  • Facilitated
    the creation of Iowa’s successful "Intelligent Infrastructure" study
    application for Federal funding under TEA-21’s National Corridor
    Planning and Development Program, FY01-currently ongoing
  • Developed
    the "Clean Corridor" concept –working to promote the use of clean,
    alternative fuels
  • Developed
    the concept of International Trade Processing Centers (ITPCs)
  • Provided
    a model for other successful trade corridor initiatives through its
    work on I-35
  • Proven
    successful in bringing transportation and trade experts together for
    substantive discussion

Firsts:

  • First
    ITC Coalition to become an independent, not-for-profit corporation
  • Introduced
    the International Trade Corridor (ITC) concept to Canada & Mexico
  • Intelligent
    Transportation Systems (ITS):
  • Facilitated
    a meeting of the NASCO corridor State Department of Transportation
    directors, secretaries and key staff
  • Resulted
    in the submission of a successful federal funding application for an
    ITS/Commercial Vehicle Operations (ITS/CVO) study to be conducted along
    I-35/I-29/I-94 ITC
  • Said to
    be the best application received by the Federal Highway Administration
    in 1999
General
NASCO Statistics
    • NASCO Corridor
      drives the North American economy
    • International trade
      drives 25% of the country’s economy
    • Total commerce
      between the 3 NASCO nations already nears $1 trillion a year
    • By 2020, total
      domestic freight tonnage will increase 67%
    • Three of North
      America’s Top 20 NAFTA land ports can be found along the
      NASCO Corridor: Detroit (1st),
      Laredo(2nd)
      & Pembina, N.D.(11th)
    • The Port
      of Laredo has seen a 17
      year increase of 621% in cross border loaded trucks and a 363% increase
      in cross border loaded rail cars.
    • Traffic in North
      America has increased up to 37% in the past decade, yet
      only 1% in new capacity has been added
    • The 11 NASCO
      Corridor states have identified at least $6.3 billion in needed
      construction and maintenance
    • 16% of interstate
      miles are in poor condition; 21% of bridges are obsolete
    • 65% of I-35 will
      require major upgrades and maintenance in the next 20 years
    • $80 billion is lost
      in congestion costs, nearly quadruple the impact of congestion in 1982
    • For every $1
      invested in the NASCO Corridor, $5.70 is returned in economic benefits
    • Every $1 billion in
      highway investment generates 47,500 jobs
    • Transportation
      accounts for up to 14% of the price of products we buy
    • Since 1999, the
      Federal Government has directed more than $234 million in project
      funding towards the NASCO Corridor

Transportation
Reports and Statistics

05.16.06 DOT National Strategy to Reduce Congestion on
America’s Transportation Network
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The Unreliability of Federal Financing, Texas Department
of Transportation, Government and Enterprises Division
February, 2006
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Surface
Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 12.0 Percent in November 2005 from
November 2004. US Department of Transportation, January 31, 2006
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Critical Issues in Transportation Report 2005 – prepared
by Trasportation Research Board of the National Academies
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An
Initial Assessment of Freight Bottlenecks on Highways – prepared for
Federal Highway Administration, Office of Transportation Policy
Studies, October 2005

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/otps/bottlenecks/index.htm

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U.S.
DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics: Surface Trade with Canada and
Mexico Rose 11.4 Percent from September 2004 to Record High in
September 2005.
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2005 US / Canada Crossing – Entry Data
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2005 US / Mexico Crossing – Entry Data
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2004 US / Canada Crossing – Entry Data
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2004 US / Mexico Crossing – Entry Data
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General Border Crossing Data
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General Trade Data with Canada and Mexico
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Top 10 US Land Ports, etc.
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Commercial Vehicle Travel Time and Delay at US Border
Crossing

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