China to install sensors along NAFTA highway
Documents reveal NASCO plan to militarize I-35
August 18, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
Radio sensing stations
to track traffic and cargo up and down the I-35 NAFTA Superhighway corridor are being installed by Communist China, operating
through a port operator subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and the North America's SuperCorridor
The idea is that RFID chips placed in containers where manufactured goods are shipped from China will
be able to be tracked to the Mexican ports on the Pacific where the containers are unloaded onto Mexican trucks and trains
for transportation on the I-35 NAFTA Superhighway to destinations within the United States.
NASCO, a trade association
based in Dallas, Texas, has teamed with Lockheed Martin to use RFID tracking technology Lockheed Martin developed for the
U.S. Department of Defense's projects in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as at U.S. military stations throughout the world.
China has a central position in applying the RFID technology on I-35, given Hutchinson Port Holdings' 49 percent ownership
of Savi Networks, the Lockheed Martin subsidiary that will get the job of placing the sensors all up and down the NAFTA Superhighway.
Nathan Hansen, a Minnesota attorney, has archived on his blog a series of NASCO documents obtained under a Minnesota
Data Practices Act.
Among these documents released by Hansen is a Letter of Intent between NASCO and Savi Networks
which details how NASCO and Lockheed Martin intend to implement NAFTRACS.
The letter calls for Savi Networks to establish
RFID sensors along the I-35 NAFTA trade corridor, with tracking designed to begin at Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas, and include
"inland points of data capture" positioned at Laredo, San Antonio, Dallas, Kansas City, the Ambassador Bridge, and Winnipeg.
Data captured by the RFID sensors would be sent to a data collection center that NASCO has named "The Center of Excellence."
The Center of Excellence data collection center will be integrated into Lockheed Martin's militarized Global Transport
Network Command and Control Center that is installed and operating at the Lockheed Martin Center for Innovation or "Lighthouse"
facility in Suffolk, Virginia.
Lockheed Martin's GTN was developed for the U.S. Department of Defense as an electronic
system used to support supply shipments and defense logistics to U.S. armed forces deployed worldwide.
GTN is operated
by the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
In releasing to the public the NASCO internal
documents, Hansen characterized NASCO's Total Domain Awareness as "an Orwellian nightmare," commenting that, "At least Orwell's
tyrants had the dignity to be creative with the names of their various maniacal bureaucracies."
NASCO documents describe
Total Domain Awareness as the ability to "automatically gather, correlate, and interpret fragments of multi-source data,"
including data received from radar, Automatic Identification System shipboard radar, Global Positioning System, open source
data including weather reports, military intelligence data, law enforcement data, bioterrorism data, plus video surveillance
and security cameras.
Hansen comments about the NASCO Total Awareness Domain that, "Truly, a major defense contractor
tracking our every move here in our own country is undoubtedly a threat to our liberties."
As WND has previously reported,
Hutchison Port Holdings owns 49 percent of Savi Networks, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin's wholly-owned subsidiary Savi Technology.
A contract signed with NASCO authorizes Savi Networks to place a system of RFID sensors along the entire length of
I-35 to track RFID equipped containers which travel the I-35 NAFTA Superhighway, including those Chinese containers that enter
the continent through the Mexican ports of Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas.
The Federal Highway Administration website
is currently archiving a slide show presentation by Tiffany Melvin, NASCO’s executive director, containing a discussion
of the North American Facilitation of Transportation, Trade, Reduced Congestion and Security, designed to track containers
along I-35 with Savi RFID technology and to provide the information to "various federal and state DOT (Department of Transportation)
Hutchison Ports Holding operates the ports at Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas, as well as both ends
of the Panama Canal.
Savi Technology spokesmen refused to return WND calls after messages were left at the company
for three consecutive days.