The United States is once more passing the buck, as usual.
IN a test of border security between Canada and the United States, the G.A.O. reported that it would be easy to smuggle in radioactive substances across the Canada-USA Border, and the result of the 13 page report, is that some US Senator now claims we are a bigger haven for terrorist groups than any other nation.
Mr. Salazar claims there are more international terrorist organizations in Canada than anywhere else in the world. (source)
Let us be clear here. It isn’t Canada that is responsible for ANYONE ENTERING THE UNITED STATES. So if some group of investigators find it easy to smuggle stuff into the USA, do not go pointing the blame at the country they come from, look at your own INCOMPETENT STAFFING of YOUR BORDER. The constant whining and bitching by US Lawmakers about Mexico and now Canada and how WE SHOULD DO MORE is just some bought and paid for politician covering up their own inability to do their job.
The US Government is always quick to point a finger, but it would be a miracle if they ever stopped bitching, and took responsibility for their own actions. The border is not monitored, and you have to love the response they give. To say that it is illegal to cross a border without going through an authorized entry point.
It is illegal to cross the border at any place other than an official port of entry. (source)
Hello Stupid! Any dolt knows that anyone determined to smuggle is NOT GOING to cross at a manned border crossing. They are called CRIMINALS for a reason, something that it seems escape most USA Officials. The job of any Border Agency is to protect that country from those ENTERING, not leaving. If you truly want to keep your border secure, then I don’t know, how about patrolling it?
Run drone aircraft across the line, have a satellite or two doing real time monitoring, have troops patrolling hot spots. I mean there a thousand and one ways you can increase your protection, however the one sure fire way NOT TO DO SO, is to blame others for your inabilities to do YOUR job.
I suppose one reason why the US Congress and Government tend to point at others, is that the US Agencies in charge, simply cannot do the job they are required to. Whether it is to hand out Passports, or Protect the Borders. (see comment ‘Securing The Border, But Whose?‘)
Certainly we have our own obligation, to insure those entering our Country aren’t criminals, aren’t terrorists. However we still need to follow OUR laws, and insure that we adhere to them. It is what makes us a Democracy, and unlike the United States, I think we take it more seriously. Our Privacy Laws, our Search & Seizure laws mean more, and so far, even the Harper Regime isn’t able to dent that will. Granted they would like to, but while some slackening of our rules, of our standards is happening, the fact remains, it is the obligation of the United States to Secure & Protect it’s own borders. It is why they insisted on requiring Passports for US Citizens returning to the US, even when coming from Canada. Fact that the State Department couldn’t process the requests, is NOT our problem.
There are procedures, there are means, to secure a border. The simple truth is, the United States doesn’t want to employ those methods. This is frankly, an issue that is nothing more than Political Cover. It is a way for some to seek re-election, for others to topple an incumbent. None of the players out there seriously wish to do a damn thing about Border Security, because they are bought and paid for by Corporate Interests. (see comment ‘Security & Prosperity – At What Cost?‘)
Border Security would also mean more checks, more inspections. Again, it isn’t in the Corporate Interest to have that, so really, until that Interest is muted, the United States will not seek Border Security. So Senator Salazar, SHUT UP or Put Up. If you want to secure your countries borders, cut out the Special Interests that bought and paid for your seat on the US Senate. End the hypocrisy, accept your own culpability in this, and do your damn job. Tell the Homeland Security moron, Chertoff, to get off his little rump, and do what he was hired to do, Protect Your Country. Don’t blame Canada for your inability to do the right thing, don’t blame us for your inaction, due to following the wishes of your Corporate Masters.
It will be interesting to hear Stockwell Day’s reply to these charges (if he bothers). I wonder who will write his speech? George Bush’s speech writer or Dick Cheney’s?