If you thought crossing the border was enough of a pain already, just wait until the U.S. Congress passes these measures:
WASHINGTON — A new report for the U.S. Congress has found the Homeland Security department has “acceptable control” of less than one per cent of America’s 6,400-kilometre border with Canada — a security failure that’s prompted one U.S. senator to suggest opening discussion with Ottawa on whether Canadians should be required to carry visas to enter the United States.
The study by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, found the U.S. Border Patrol can provide adequate security along just 51 kilometres of the boundary with Canada.
“The remaining miles were assessed at levels that Border Patrol reported are not acceptable end states,” the report says.
“These border miles are defined as vulnerable to exploitation due to issues related to accessibility and resource availability and, as a result, there is a high degree of reliance on law enforcement support from outside the border zone.”
Now, reading this article, I’m sure you are quite perplexed and dumbfounded at these suggestions by a sitting U.S. Senator (more on him in the next paragraph). There are over 100 million border crossings everyday between the United States and Canada, with practically every single one of them done by peaceful, lawful citizens of either country. They do not travel across the border to commit crimes or incite terror, but rather to engage in commerce and free movement, as they are constitutionally guaranteed in both countries. To honestly propose that each one of these peaceful citizens get documented permission from either country ahead of time is both preposterous and ludicrous, with no regard for common sense. Not solely focusing on the disruption to billions of dollars in trade and economic transactions, this will effectively isolate the United States from the foreign capital that its industry is so dependent upon. Who could ever be the one pushing for these ridiculous laws?
Senator Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security committee, said the findings confirm that security efforts are “unacceptably ineffective.” He said the report has raised enough concerns that he feels it is time for the U.S. and Canada to discuss whether it makes sense to require Canadians to have visas in order to enter the United States.
“I think it is something that we should be talking about with our Canadian neighbours,” Lieberman told reporters.
“It’s an interesting question. But the other thing at work here is that the Canadians do have more lenient asylum laws and immigration laws than we do here. And that potentially has an effect on us.”
Ah yes, Joe Lieberman, the pseudo-Democratic senior Senator from the state of Connecticut.
He was almost Vice President with Al Gore in 2000. He supported Senator John McCain in his 2008 bid for the White House. He has done his part to continue to push for the ongoing wars and intervention in the Middle East and on the American people, through his support of both the Patriot Act, FISA, the censure of Wikileaks, and the Department of Homeland Security. In fact, upon the revelation that he willl be retiring his Senate seat in 2012, the DHS came out with a public statement thanking him for practically creating the Department himself:
“The very existence of the Department of Homeland Security is due in large part to Senator Lieberman. Dating back to the first days after 9/11, he has been an instrumental architect of the very way we work to keep America safe from the evolving threats we face in the 21st century. Senator Lieberman’s tireless, nonpartisan efforts have truly made our country more secure, and he has my personal thanks. I wish him the very best in his upcoming retirement, and I look forward to continuing to work with him to secure our country over the next two years.”
This is a man who has made it his duty to openly create a surveillance state within the United States, in order to protect us ordinary folk from the “terrorists”, or so he says. Now he wants to protect us from the worst of them, those Canadian terrorists. You know, the ones who talk about hockey all day and have an odd penchant for symbols of the British monarchy? The ones who provide most of North America with its greatest amount of lumber, fresh water, hydro-electricity, and funny comedians? Those Canadians. Senator Lieberman wants to make sure that these potential “terrorists” have approval from the United States government before entering the country.
He quotes the report which shows a terrorist threat emanating from Canada “is actually higher than across our southern border” with Mexico.
“Why, because there are more Islamist extremists there than Mexico,” Lieberman said.
What Senator Lieberman is loth to mention, as always, is that news reports clearly show that 9/11 hijackers were training at U.S. military bases throughout the 1990s. The terrorists that hijacked planes and struck various landmarks (World Trade Center: Finance, Pentagon: Military, Pennsylvania: Headed for White House?) were identified and brought to the attention of intelligence officials long before 9/11, according to Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer in his book, Operation Dark Heart (recommended in the Liberty In Exile Book Club).
These terrorists did not masterfully slip into the country through the Canadian border and stay dormant until the terrible events of that day, as Lieberman seems to suggest. They were repeatedly identified and flagged while they learned to fly planes at U.S. military bases, leaving thousands of clues behind. They charted their plans while staying at these bases and waited months to commence the attacks.
The problem, therefore, has never been with the U.S./Canada border, but rather that the intelligence agencies that let these men carry on with their plans, despite the thousands of red flags and warnings that had been raised.
Does this justifies locking down an entire border which sees 100 million+ in traffic a day?
When shall those in power learn that we cannot punish 99.9% of the population for an act committed by the solitary .01%? That we cannot possibly legislate against every danger or threat?
The hubris is staggering.
(Article from the Ottawa Citizen)