January 15, 2008

Trans Texas Corridor Maps Detailed Infrastructure Dismissed as “Conspiracy Theory”

Aaron Dykes
January 9, 2008

WACO, TEXAS - In the larger story of land seizure and subjugation to an unpopular super-highway toll road system, a particularly stinging case of displacement has surfaced in central Texas.

A newly uncovered conceptual map reveals plans to pave a stretch of TTC-35 outside Waco over the rebuilt church of the Branch Davidians who were raided by ATF and FBI agents in 1993, killing many church members.

The TTC plan would add insult to injury for the infamous Davidian group that has already been more than wronged by governing forces. Traffic lanes would, according to the map, over-run almost half of the entire Branch Davidian property.

On the left, the proposed TTC-35 route, coursing over the Branch Davidian property off of Double EE Ranch road. In the center, proposed locations for coal plants and a serving railway.

Those coal plants have been put on hold, amidst contention over concerns about the impact such plants would have on environmental designations for the Waco area. Rep. Chet Edwards, of Waco, and other officials fear that the coal could hurt the area by giving it a federal nonattainment status.

However, Edwards is ready to support the plants if they prove to have minimal impact on environmental ratings.

Phone calls to check on the status of the maps were deflected from the McLennan County (Waco) office to TxDot. Ken Roberts, of the TxDot Waco district office, commented that it was "unusual" for the TTC and TxU projects to be mapped out together as, he stated, TxDot has no involvement whatsoever with the TxU proposals, though it does with the TTC.

The McLennan County map office, whose name is on the map, admits they drew up the map, but said it was based on plans submitted to County Commissioner Lester Gibson’s office by Donald Montgomery of TxU.

Montgomery confirmed that the plans had been hatched at TxU, but quickly referenced that the projects were put on hold (though they are likely to be revived). Montgomery dismissed the notion that any relationship existed between the proposed highway infrastructure and the proposed energy & rail infrastructure, calling it another "conspiracy theory." He further dismissed the concerns expressed by Roberts of TxDot.

But the map conceptualizing future developments in Waco also reveals details about several coal plants the TxU energy giant was planning to build only a short distance south of the Davidian ‘compound’ as well as a new railway system to serve the infrastructure.

Though both Montgomery and the McClennan County office agreed that Montgomery himself had submitted the proposal for a map that outlines 1) a ‘TTC-35 Route’ used for cost estimating purposes and 2) ‘TxU Proposed Rail Routes,’ it is clear that Montgomery at least considered the TTC relevant to his TxU proposal– otherwise, it wouldn’t be prominently featured and mapped out.

It is true that the two projects are not directly related nor are they mutually dependent on the other’s viability. However, it is clear that both the TTC and TxU projects are under the management and interests of global firms looking to control assets in Texas.

It is worth noting that TxU was bought out over the past year for a record $32 billion by Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts (KKR) and two other globalist firms who are all represented annually at Bilderberg Meetings.

The TTC was conceived in a brokered-deal with a number of multi-national firms including the Spanish-owned Cintra and the Australia-based Macquerie.

Both the TTC and TxU project proposals were widely unpopular yet enjoyed unlimited political support from Gov. Rick Perry, who stood defiant against a 2-year moratorium passed by the legislature in the case of the TTC and who passed an executive order to fast track permits in the case of TxU.

Additionally, both the TTC and TxU were represented by the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm, based in Houston.

For the TTC, Bracewell & Giuliani facilitated Cintra in its ambition to build the first ever private toll road in Texas. Bracewell & Giuliani are credited dubiously as the ‘guiding’ law firm on the privatization of Texas State Highway 121. Cintra is further partnered with the Australian company Macquarie, who "previously acquired the business and assets of an investment bank known as Giuliani Capital Advisors," according to Cliff Kincaid.

For TxU, Bracewell & Giuliani handled environmental and state regulatory issues. Later, when the TxU leveraged-buyout resulted in insider-trading charges against high-level Pakistani bankers who worked for Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse First Boston, both involved in the deal, Bracewell & Giuliani represented the cases. In fact, Marc Mukasey, the son of the current U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, personally represented Hafiz Naseem, then a Credit Suisse investor now charged with multiple counts of white-collar crime.

In the on-going battles for both of the highly-contentious infrastructure proposals, it is interesting to note what an unwavering ally Rick Perry has been.

Yet, Perry met with the Bilderberg group in 2007, a secretive meeting among the elite echelon of the global financial architecture. Amongst the select attendees were King Juan Carlos of Spain, who is the primary shareholder for Cintra, as well as Henry Kravis, the principal for KKR– who led the TxU buyout. Also at the exclusive meeting were heads from Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse First Boston and other top investment firms.

One connection is certain between the TTC and TxU– both represent the interests of the global elite.

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