Some call it the Florida-Haiti Interstate Tunnel. Some call it the Caribbean International Highway. Some simply refer to it as I95U. No matter what it’s called, it is said to be an enormous undertaking, one of the largest construction projects in existence. It is purportedly a 600 mile-long system of overland highways and floating tunnels moored to the floor of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meant to link Florida, Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico in a single roadway system. Those who believe in it call it a wonder of modern engineering. Those who know better call it a magnificent hoax, one that partly depends on confusing it with the nearby and very real Port of Miami Tunnel project.
Just search online for any of the fake roadway’s three names and you’ll find dozens of sites reporting the fictional project as a reality, as an actual undertaking paid for and authorized by the United States Government. I don’t know who started the rumor, but it has gained notice and momentum to the extent that it is the subject of analysis and debate on blogs and other types of websites, including hate sites. Unfortunately for today’s Internet-savvy school children, the careless writing of fact-challenged bloggers and other writers present unfortunate traps in that their poorly-researched articles are often mistaken for truthful, authoritative articles by students. This recently happened to the child of an acquaintance who researched the mythical highway or tunnel on the Internet and was well underway in creating a report based on the erroneous information to be presented in class the next day.
Perhaps worse than the impact such “baseless blogging” has on students is the effect it has on public opinion. Bloggers and pundits ran wild with unfounded commentary even when President Obama’s healthcare reform initiative was still in its formative stages, polluting the Internet with allegations that the plan was Socialist in nature, that it would spur higher medical costs and less patient choice, and that the effort was definitive proof of the president’s anti-American agenda. That last part, anti-Americanism, is crucial when discussing the online presentation of the imaginary Caribbean effort given that the economy has yet to recover from the Great Recession of 2007-2009, and a steady—and costly— influx of illegal immigrants is of national concern, with those incursions made by persons of Hispanic origin forming an issue of great national debate.
The undersea highway supposedly began in 2009 with a completion date purportedly set for 2011. In regards to the price tag attached to the incredibly short yet monumentally huge project, the creation of 600 miles of submerged floating tunnels and overland highways would be an unforgivable “budget-buster” for the Federal government, one running into the billions of dollars simply due to the research and development costs that would be incurred. Think of it: classically, tunnels are cut through rock and under narrow bodies of water—not left to float like great, undulating snakes in a current. I say this with great confidence since as of this writing, submerged floating tunnels exist only in the imaginations of professionals such as builders and architects, but that fact has apparently failed to make its way into the pages of those who write of the I95U project with conviction. In short, those who write of the current, expansive use of submerged floating tunnels are falsely presenting a mixture of cutting-edge science and construction theory as concrete reality.
In regards to the starting year of the project, 2009, both it and the countries involved in the myth are crucial in understanding why the hoax has become an accepted truth by some members of particular hate groups (see what the racists at Chimpout.com post online for disgusting examples). That is, they have a twisted view of America as a nation under assault, one steeped in debt from supporting minorities with a foreigner installed as its president in 2009 and a virtual invasion by non-white immigrants well underway with the blessing of that same president. With Hispanics forming a considerable portion of the Miami community, and with Hispanics and blacks constituting the majority populations of the countries the imaginary highway would connect to America, there is a belief among some that the roadway is both a real threat and the brainchild of a corrupt, Caucasian-hating, pro-minority, Socialist president. These people believe that the undertaking—as unreal as it is—was designed solely as a means of expediting the mass, illegal entry into the United States by legions of non-white foreigners and the speedy overthrow of the Caucasian majority in America. Only the most virulent racist or paranoid conspiracy theorist would accept any of this as truth, yet the fictional construction project, like other falsehoods, is accepted as unassailable truth by those with destructive intent towards our president and by those who intend to drive a wedge between Caucasians and America’s two largest minority groups.
That is the power of poor research, dear reader. Those who look for truth are misled while those who seek to deceive and divide find a false rationale.
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2. "Port of Miami Tunnel Project | Port of Miami Tunnel Project | Florida Department of Transportation District 6." Port of Miami Tunnel Project | Port of Miami Tunnel Project | Florida Department of Transportation District 6. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2011. <http://www.portofmiamitunnel.com/>.
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