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Canada-U.S. Border The Militarization Of The US-Canada Border
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Wednesday, May 04 at 15:52 (3,324 reads)
The proposed Canada-U.S. trade and security perimeter agreement

By Dana Gabriel

With the release of a U.S. Congressional report that found only a small fraction of the border with Canada was being adequately monitored, there is now more focus being placed on the northern border. As a result of increased scrutiny, there are efforts to militarize and expand surveillance on the Canada-U.S. border. The new found attention is also attributed to a proposed trade and security perimeter agreement between the two countries which promotes a shared approach to border management.

report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in February of this year, found that a substantial portion of the northern border lacked any effective monitoring and surveillance. It concluded that only 32 of the 4,000-mile border was under operational control. The findings were largely based on failures to better coordinate border cooperation and information sharing among the various agencies. A Press Release by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security stated that according to the study, “the risk of terrorist activity across the northern border is higher than across the southern border because there are active Islamist extremist groups in Canada that are not in Mexico, it is easier to cross the northern border because it is twice as long as the southern border, and DHS has a fraction of the law enforcement officers and surveillance assets on the northern border than it has in the south.” It went on to say, “The border with Canada is also dotted with large population centers and criss-crossed by numerous highways and roads, making it harder to detect illegal activities amid the large volume of legitimate trade and travel between Canada and the U.S. that is so important to both countries.”

There are many who would argue that not enough is being done to secure the southern border and with drug violence in Mexico showing no signs of letting up, somehow we are to believe that the northern border is now more dangerous. This appears to be another attempt to portray Canada as a terrorist haven. Despite what one might think really happened on 9/11, some have perpetuated the myth that the terrorists entered the U.S. from Canada reinforcing the belief that the northern border is not secure enough. It is interesting to note that the GAO report was made public just days before U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the declaration,
Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. The agreement will work towards establishing a North American security perimeter and will focus on easing travel and trade, increasing information sharing, as well as further integrating cross-border law enforcement operations.

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Canada-U.S. Border Critics Concerned About Food Safety In Canada-U.S. Border Agreement
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Monday, April 11 at 21:41 (2,799 reads)


A border security agreement reached between Canada and the United States in February would weaken the Canadian government's ability to protect its citizens from food diseases, say the NDP and Liberals.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama announced in February they were beginning negotiations to look at ways of harmonizing the two countries' border security arrangements and come up with mutual plans for inspection procedures and information sharing.

The two leaders established the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council, a new council to work towards creating a security perimeter around the two countries. The council is supposed to examine issues of trade and security. Mr. Harper said at the time that the plan is to harmonize many of Canada's border rules and to increase the sharing of information. The hope is to alleviate some of the United States' security concerns and remove barriers to trade of goods, such as food, between the two countries.

At a joint press conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4, Mr. Harper said "Not to replace or eliminate the border, but where possible, to streamline and decongest it. There is much work to do. The declaration marks the start of this endeavour, not the end."

Few details about the negotiations, including the costs, have been released.

The NDP is opposed to the Conservatives negotiating the deal because NDP incumbent Paul Dewar, who is running for re-election, said the party is worried an agreement could create less stringent regulations for ensuring safety in food products.

"What are the standards we're employing? Are they going to be stricter? Are they going to be laxer? If they're laxer, we have a problem with that," said Mr. Dewar.

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Canada-U.S. Border The North American Security Perimeter Should Be An Election Issue
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Friday, April 08 at 09:11 (3,096 reads)

By Emily Gilbert

On Feb. 4, 2011 a joint declaration on border security perimeter was announced by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama. No debate took place in the House of Commons. There has been no public debate. So far, border security is not an election issue.

Yet the declaration on border security demands broader engagement. Not only will it reshape Canada-U.S. relations, but it will formalize Canada's deepening securitization.

Already, numerous agreements have been signed between the U.S. and Canada that develop information-sharing and interoperability. The Canada-U.S. Smart Border Declaration of Dec. 2001 gave an official mandate to Integrated Border Enforcement Teams (IBET). IBETs provide coordinated security between U.S. and Canadian agencies: the RCMP, the Canadian Border Services Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

The Civil Assistance Plan of 2008 allows the military of one country to respond to a cross-border domestic civil emergency, at the request of the other country. The Shiprider Agreement of 2009 enables jointly-crewed RCMP and Coast Guard vessels to patrol shared waterways and seaways, with cross-border jurisdiction. Canada has even proposed Bill C-60: Keeping Canadians Safe (Protecting Borders) Act, which would bestow authority similar to the RCMP to all designated foreign officers, all across the

We have ample evidence of the pernicious effects where there is interoperability of across police, military and private security forces. The brutal use of force against peaceful protesters at the G20 is a case in point.

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Canada-U.S. Border Canada-U.S. Deep Integration Agenda Continues Unabated
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, March 29 at 20:52 (3,643 reads)

By Dana Gabriel

Canada and the U.S recently issued a joint threat and risk assessment as part of ongoing efforts to further enhance security on the northern border. This initiative supports a declaration by the leaders which will work towards facilitating the movement of travel and trade between the two countries. The Canadian government has announced that they are seeking online public consultation on the security perimeter arrangement. Meanwhile, the country has been thrust into an election with the defeat of the ruling Conservative party in a non-confidence vote. During the campaign, sovereignty concerns associated with the proposed trade and security deal could become a hot-button issue.

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Canada-U.S. Border Bookmark And Share We Need To Rethink, Not Rearm NAFTA
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, February 08 at 12:09 (2,590 reads)

While Canada and the US get ready to move bilaterally to beef up border security, we wonder who benefits from the proposed "security perimeter."

 By Manuel Pérez-Rocha and Stuart Trew

U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet in Washington today amid calls in the United States for tougher security on the northern border. Suggestions in the Senate Homeland Security Committee that the 49th parallel is an unruly ‘no man’s land’ threatening the American people, and that Canadians should need visas to enter the United States  prompted the meeting.

Experts expect the two leaders to announce today a “new” border partnership to ease the flow of goods and people across the border by harmonizing security, immigration and refugee, surveillance and possibly defense policy across the continent. There's nothing new about this plan. It's the regurgitation of the defunct Bush-led Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP)without the Mexican “amigo,” previously  played by Mexican President Vicente Fox. As the Canadian business lobby suggested to Obama, it only “takes two to tango.”

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Canada-U.S. Border The War On Terrorism And The Countdown To The 2010 Olympics
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Monday, January 25 at 08:27 (3,239 reads)

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics will be the largest security operation in Canadian history. It will include more than 15,000 Canadian Forces, private security personnel, along with the RCMP and other police agencies. The U.S. will also provide security and support for the Games. With the Olympics fast approaching, the fear of terrorism is back in the public’s psyche

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Canada-U.S. Border A North American Security Perimeter On The Horizon
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, January 12 at 10:35 (3,017 reads)

NAFTA has extended from economic integration into a political and regional security pact which has been achieved through the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America, Plan Mexico, as well as other initiatives. Various pieces of legislation and reports, along with influential individuals have called for closer trilateral cooperation regarding common rules for immigration and security enforcement around the perimeter of the continent. A major part of the U.S. security agenda already includes the defense of North America, but a full blown security zone would bring Canada and Mexico further under its control. A Fortress North America poses a serious threat to our sovereignty and would mean the loss of more civil liberties. 

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Canada-U.S. Border U.S.-Canada Border Security And Military Integration
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Thursday, June 18 at 10:13 (4,533 reads)

Under the pretext of the war on terror and through initiatives such as the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), as well as other commitments, there has been an ongoing effort to further harmonize North American security priorities.  The militarization of the continent, along with U.S.-Canada integration is taking place in areas of law enforcement, border services and the armed forces.

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Canada-U.S. Border New Rule Puts U.S. Coast Guard In Canadian Waters
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Wednesday, May 27 at 08:45 (2,984 reads)

Canada and the U.S. signed an agreement Monday designed to increase border security by allowing the RCMP and the U.S. Coast Guard to team up and ride in each others' vessels during border patrols.

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Canada-U.S. Border Canada Chides U.S. For Remarks On 9/11 Plotters
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Wednesday, April 22 at 09:56 (3,037 reads)

The Canadian government moved on Tuesday to correct U.S. homeland security chief Janet Napolitano after she wrongly said some of the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks had crossed into the United States from Canada.

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Canada-U.S. Border FEMA: National Level Excercise 2009 (NLE 09)
Contributed by Chris Harder on Wednesday, April 22 at 09:56 (3,972 reads)

Here it is, officially announced by the Government, this summer's false flag terror event. Remember that they conducted numerous similar drills during 9/11 and 7/7? Remember how they 'failed' in New Orleans (Katrina)? Those drills paralleled actual events that were unfolding in real life and it completely disoriented the people who were involved in the excercises. It would not surprise me if they plan a bio-weapon attack, especially in the wake of the recent Baxter">">Baxter bird-flu contaminated vaccine debaucle. Examine the following document and conduct your own research in preparation.


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Canada-U.S. Border Ignatieff On Obama Visit: Crisis An Opportunity For Continental Integration
Contributed by akston on Thursday, February 19 at 15:43 (4,251 reads)

Good thing these crises keep rolling in, or there’d be little chance for such opportunities. Why do those close to the levers of power appreciate crises so much? A chance to stampede the herd? Check your head, Iggy - sovereignty isn’t ‘protectionism’. And NAFTA isn’t free trade. Since Martin’s out on the road selling the G20, it looks like Ignatieff is the local cheerleader for the same globalist agenda being espoused by Gordon Brown, Timothy Geithner, Volcker, Greenspan, Kissinger, and the rest of the usual suspects around the CFR and IMF. Perhaps in four years we can start afresh with a new batch of leaders a little further removed from the establishment that’s hell-bent on shoving these ideas down our throats. But likely not. At least he restrained himself from peppering the article with the word ‘governance’.

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Canada-U.S. Border Canada Wastes A Billion Dollars To Arm Border Guards
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Tuesday, December 16 at 08:31 (5,319 reads)

Canada doesn't have a billion dollars to waste on border security measures that don't work.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what the current government has offered Canadians with its decision to arm Canada's border guards.

The Harper Conservatives have put nearly all other border security measures on the back-burner in order to channel resources towards a dubious policy whose hefty price tag keeps climbing.

In the current economic context, how can this government justify persisting with a policy that is well on its way to being a billion-dollar boondoggle?

Positioning the policy as a quick solution to increase border security, the Conservatives announced that they would arm Canada's border guards in the heat of the 2006 federal election campaign. At the time, they offered no background studies on the policy's effectiveness and no analysis of its costing.

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Canada-U.S. Border State Dept: Try Passport Cards For Canada, Mexico
Contributed by NAUWATCH on Friday, August 01 at 13:02 (5,958 reads)

The State Department's new passport cards, which are wallet-sized identification cards designed to speed border crossings by U.S. citizens to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, are proving popular already.

More than 350,000 Americans have pre-ordered the passport cards, according to the State Department.

The card is not valid for any type of air travel. It can only be used for land and sea crossings between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean.

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Canada-U.S. Border Gov. Napolitano Approves Prohibition On Real ID (ARIZONA)
Contributed by Janet M Eaton on Monday, June 23 at 08:43 (5,431 reads)

Gov. Napolitano Approves Prohibition on Real ID (ARIZONA - Update 06-20-2008)

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Senator Karen S. Johnson (602-926-3160)

Gov. Napolitano Approves Prohibition on Real ID

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano signed a bill today that prohibits the implementation of the REAL ID in Arizona.  SB2677 received a Final vote of approval in the House last week by an overwhelming margin of 51 to 1.  Napolitano's signature was uncertain until today when she signed the bill into law.

The bill prohibits implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005, which was passed by Congress as part of a supplemental spending bill for tsunami relief and the War on Terror.  The bill did not receive a hearing in either the House or the Senate, and the public was largely unaware of it until it had already been signed into law.

"Everyone thinks that the REAL ID is just about protecting us  against terrorism," said co-sponsor Senator Karen Johnson (R-18).  "But it really represents a cash cow for technology companies as well as the birth of the National ID card, complete with all the biometric information that technology can handle - face recognition, fingerprints, etc." 

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