U.S. DOT Opens U.S. Border To Mexican Trucks "Marking A Significant Milestone In Implementation Of NAFTA"- Inspector General Warns That Safety of Mexican Carriers Has Not Been Shown By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com January 9, 2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Mexican motor carriers will soon be able to "apply for authority to conduct long-haul, cross-border trucking services in the United States. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx insisted they have proven "a level of safety at least as high as their American and Canadian counterparts."
However, in a report issued last month, The Office of Inspector General concluded the opposite, noting "Because the pilot program lacked an adequate number of participants, we could not determine with confidence whether the 15 carriers are representative. Without being able to determine the representativeness of the 15 carriers, one cannot project the safety performance for the population of Mexico-domiciled carriers that may qualify for long-haul operating authority in the future."
The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) issued a press release explaining that they will open up the U.S. border to Mexican trucks in order to comply with NAFTA. It stated, in part,
United States to Expand Trade Opportunities with Mexico through Safe Cross-Border Trucking
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Mexican motor carriers will soon be able to apply for authority to conduct long-haul, cross-border trucking services in the United States, increasing economic and export opportunities between the two countries, and marking a significant milestone in implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
"Opening the door to a safe cross-border trucking system with Mexico is a major step forward in strengthening our relationship with the nation's third largest trading partner, and in meeting our obligations under NAFTA," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "Data from the three-year pilot program, and additional analysis on almost 1,000 other Mexican long-haul trucking companies that transport goods into the United States, proved that Mexican carriers demonstrate a level of safety at least as high as their American and Canadian counterparts."
Fifteen trucking companies from Mexico enrolled in the pilot that concluded in October, crossing the border more than 28,000 times, traveling more than 1.5 million miles in-country, and undergoing more than 5,500 safety inspections by American officials.
Data collected on the pilot carriers, and an additional 952 Mexican-owned trucking companies that also operated long-haul in the U.S. during the same 36-month period under a pre-existing authority, showed that companies from Mexico had violation, driver, and vehicle out-of-service rates that met the level of safety as American and Canadian-domiciled motor carriers.
Today's announcement ends more than two decades of uncertainty, and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman also welcomed the news.
"I am pleased that the Department of Transportation has published its analysis of its very rigorous long-haul, cross-border trucking pilot program. The successful conclusion of the pilot program provides the basis for the permanent resolution to this dispute," said Ambassador Froman. "We have been, and will continue to work with Mexico to ensure that the threat of retaliatory duties will now be brought to a swift conclusion as well. Formally concluding this process will help us continue our work to expand trade and investment opportunities between our countries."
However, a Office of Inspector General
Audit Report stated that the cross-border pilot program required by law had too few participants to guarantee the safety of the Mexican trucks. Despite the law clearly mandating this pilot program to confirm the safety of mexican trucks, congress ignored the mandate and gave the OK for the trucks.
The OIG states that the law is very clear: Section 6901 of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act requires FMCSA to conduct the pilot program in compliance with Title 49 United States Code Section 31315(c). Under this statute, pilot program plans must include certain elements, including a reasonable number of participants to yield statistically valid findings. In addition, Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Section 381.400(d) states that the number of participants in a pilot program must be large enough to ensure statistically valid findings.
These conditions were clearly not met as the law requires. The Office of Inspector General concluded "Because the pilot program lacked an adequate number of participants, we could not determine with confidence whether the 15 carriers are representative. Without being able to determine the representativeness of the 15 carriers, one cannot project the safety performance for the population of Mexico-domiciled carriers that may qualify for long-haul operating authority in the future....
We could not reasonably assess the impact of crashes on future carrier activity because FMCSA enrolled too few carriers in the program."
It continued "According to FMCSA officials, concerns about the safety and security of its personnel prevented full compliance. In some areas where motor carriers were located, the State Department warned of significant organized crime activity, kidnappings, and homicides. In light of these concerns and associated travel restrictions, FMCSA deferred the scheduling of PASAs in Mexico. Our review determined that FMCSA made reasonable efforts to conduct PASAs in Mexico."
Some examples of what the sample group would be required to do are to give English responses to questions about traffic and road signs, and require testing of all 21 traffic and road signs used for the test.
Some more excerpts from the OIG Report:
"Under the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States and Mexico agreed to long-haul cross-border transportation of cargo and passengers between the two countries. Congress prohibited the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) from processing Mexico-domiciled motor carrier applications to operate beyond United States commercial zones1 until certain requirements are met and a pilot program for granting long-haul authority to Mexico-domiciled motor carriers has evaluated the potential impact on safety. Commercial zones generally extend up to 25 miles north of United States border municipalities in California, New Mexico, and Texas (or 75 miles in Arizona).
"...One cannot project the safety performance for the population of Mexico-domiciled carriers that may qualify for long-haul operating authority in the future."
"FMCSA officials also pointed out that Mexican long-haul authority only allows transportation of international cargo, and Mexican motor carriers generally do not have established business relationships in the United States to transport freight back to Mexico that would make long-haul operations profitable.
"Most Pilot Program Activity Was Attributed to Two Carriers and Occurred in the Commercial Zone, Making Any Projection of Safety Unreliable
During the pilot program, 90 percent (25,630 out of 28,225) of the border crossings and 80 percent (4,473 out of 5,545) of the inspections conducted were attributed to only 2 carriers. This skewed distribution of activity makes a statistical projection about the ability of Mexico-domiciled carriers to operate safely beyond the commercial zones along the United States-Mexico border unreliable.
"FMCSA concluded that pilot program participant carriers, as well as Mexico-domiciled and Mexican-owned carriers with existing authority to operate in the United States, performed no worse than United States and Canadian motor carriers. However, the pilot program lacked an adequate and representative sample of participant carriers to project these results across the universe of Mexico-domiciled carriers likely to engage in cross-border operations. FMCSA indicated that it will decide what actions to take in regards to cross-border trucking long-haul operations once we issue this report. FMCSA stated that it will submit its full analysis of the pilot program to Congress in early 2015."
In October 2011, FMCSA issued a plan to its field staff for scheduling PASAs and pilot program carrier compliance reviews, which was intended to help comply with the requirement that 50 percent of these reviews be conducted on site in Mexico. However, only 8 of 21 (38 percent) of PASAs were conducted on site in Mexico. According to FMCSA officials, concerns about the safety and security of its personnel prevented full compliance. In some areas where motor carriers were located, the State Department warned of significant organized crime activity, kidnappings, and homicides. In light of these concerns and associated travel restrictions, FMCSA deferred the scheduling of PASAs in Mexico. Our review determined that FMCSA made reasonable efforts to conduct PASAs in Mexico.
While observing a demonstration of FMCSA's electronic monitoring interface at the Otay Mesa, CA, port of entry, we noticed that a pilot program truck was operating without a pilot program-approved driver.
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Introducing RandPaulZionist.com: Because We Really Need To Do Better In 2016 12/23/14
This site will be a clearing house for Rand Paul Zionist information- keeping a close watch on Randy as he ramps up to his attempted 2016 presidential bid. As someone who heartily supported Ron Paul for president, it's offensive to me that Rand would use his father's support & money base to get elected to the U.S. Senate and then betray his constituents to the degree that he has. Starting with endorsing Romney, slathering at the 'wailing wall,' etc. etc. You may not know that Rand has actually admitted in official Senate speeches that he "meets with Israeli groups daily," a story I broke last year. There are many similar stories in our archives.
I realize that Rand Paul's rhetoric on domestic issues and supposed 'limited government' are better than all the other legislators in Congress. But I believe there is a very serious reason that we as Americans need to reject people like Rand outright, and we should admonish and shame them publicly. The bottom line is that you can promise to 'cut government' all you want, but if you support the maniacal neocon-Zionist foreign policy of giving trillions to Israel and defending Israel at all costs, you're not a friend to Americans or an advocate of peace. Not to mention my good friend Greg from Houston, who made international news in 2010 when he confronted George H.W. Bush in a pizza place and called him a piece of ^%$# Zionist murderer, is helping me with the site. Stay tuned! ;-)
Rand Paul to Ferguson: "Come on guys, you got to wait to have your kids." (Government Meddling in Procreation: Is Rand Paul a Crypto-Eugencist?) 12/1/14
"Birth control is not our business. I cannot imagine anything more emphatically a subject that is not a proper political or governmental activity ... or responsibility," President Eisenhower said in December 1959. Oh how things have changed, with even supposed 'limited government' politicians promoting 'family planning.'
Don't let that cop search your car! (The Supreme Court held that the Fourth Amendment prohibits a police officer from further searching a vehicle which was stopped for a minor traffic offense once the officer has written a citation for the offense.)
"The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. the choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to "the slavery of sin." [CCC 1733]
"Freedom is exercised in relationships between human beings. Every human person, created in the image of God, has the natural right to be recognized as a free and responsible being. All owe to each other this duty of respect. the right to the exercise of freedom, especially in moral and religious matters, is an inalienable requirement of the dignity of the human person. This right must be recognized and protected by civil authority within the limits of the common good and public order." [Catechism of the Catholic Church 1738.].
A 'Mission' lecture series on The Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven, and Hell: - By Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea
This is an absolute must-hear from my favorite website, AudioSancto.org. I highly recommend this five part series of free audio lectures by this traditional Catholic priest on the most important things which we all will face. (Of course we will experience only three of the four last things, since a person can not go to both Heaven and hell.)
Did you know that the United States government willingly helped slaughter tens of thousands of Catholics in North America only 80 years ago? It was called the Cristero War, a Masonic led slaughter of Catholic freedom fighters. Below is our work documenting the matter. I also highly recommend the excellent film For Greater Glory which was released in July 2012.
Part 1: When the U.S. government supplied ammo & military planes to kill thousands of Catholics 9/18/13
This is an expose on the U.S. government's role in the slaughter of tens of thousands of Roman Catholics in Mexico fighting for their freedom to simply practice their faith. For naive well-intentioned Catholics who believe that we should always trust the government, these documented facts should be a real wake up call. As Archbishop of Baltimore Michael Joseph Curley stated at the time, "Our government has armed Calles's killers!"
Part 2: Admitted Fact: U.S. Govt supplied 10 Million rounds of ammo, 10,000 Rifles, planes & tanks to slaughter thousands of Catholics 10/17/13
LibertyFight.com has further documented many original sources which confirm for the record that the U.S. Government supplied directly from United States arsenals ten million rounds of ammunition, ten thousand Enfield rifles, machine guns, & military aircraft to slaughter innocent Catholics. We found Testimony taken at the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Foreign Relations heard in 1920 and the original New York Times newspaper articles reporting the military supplies ordered by president Herbert Hoover.
U.S. Senate Testimony On the Cristero War April 29, 1920 On Thursday, April 29, 1920, The United States Senate Subcommittee on Foreign Relations heard Testimony taken at Washington D.C. Among the many people who testified were Fr. Francis P. Joyce, a Captain and Chaplain in the United States Army, Monsignor Francis C. Kelley, President of the Catholic Church Extension Society of the United States of America, and Catholic nun Mother Elias De Sta Sacto, of the Discalced Carmelite Order. Note that this testimony was taken on April 29, 1920, which proves that the countless abuses, murders and sacrileges enacted upon Catholics by the Mexican and United States Governments began much earlier than 1926 and extended much later than 1929, as is the period commonly referred to when discussing the 'Cristero War.'
"...My friends, have we not learned that modern wars settle no disputes? By this time are we not dissillusioned? Do we not realize that wars are the enemy of democracy? Do we not appreciate that poor men- the laborers and farmers- pay for all wars- pay with their lives or their liberties?"
Fr. Charles E. Coughlin of Royal Oak, Michigan had one of the most popular radio shows in the U.S. during the late 1930's. At his height of popularity, upwards of thirty million listeners tuned in to his radio show each week and he received 10,000 letters per week with a clerical staff of over 100 people. He advocated a sound money system, abolition of the Federal Reserve, a non-interventionist foreign policy, and was a stringent opponent of both Nazism and Communism, which he pointed out was funded by corrupt Jewish interests and international bankers. Fr. Coughlin exposed war-mongers and government propagandists, which made him a real threat to the establishment. He was a devout and influencial priest who stressed the Gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ. The government banned his programs and threatened to arrest and imprison him. I consider Fr. Coughlin one of the wisest and greatest American heros ever. His material is an absolute treaure, a must-see.
His work, in retrospect, was prophetic and still holds true today.
There is a well circulated clip of Fr. Coughlin on stage at an Illinois rally shouting about the treasonous politicians in Congress who refused to oppose the Federal Reserve Bank's control of American money, noting "They're not even Americans, these so-called Democrats and Republicans!" [Father Coughlin speaks against the Federal Reserve.]
An influential critic of president Roosevelt and America's empirical foreign policy, Coughlin became the target of FDR himself, who was temporarily successful in getting Coughlin kicked off the air.
LibertyFight.com has put together seven articles documenting specific aspects of the brilliant and heroic work of Father Charles E. Coughlin. I have compiled hundreds of newsletters, pamphlets, books and recordings written and spoken by this priest who to this day is shamefully and dishonestly smeared as un-American and an 'anti-semite'. In reality the exact opposite is true. A close examination of Fr. Coughlin's work is important for a revealing documented historical perspective. Also, it relates to the situation today because the same war-mongers, bankers and internationalists about to start World War III by getting the U.S. entangled in a completely fraudulent, unwinnable, an unnecessary war in Syria. As the saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun.
I encourage everyone to download Fr. Coughlin's absolutely invaluable books and listen to his recordings. More posts of interest will come in the following weeks and months as time permits. The story of how I came across this great historical figure is here. Resources are at the bottom of this page.