The US land borders are not as secure as the US Government would have you believe, or as needed. Note this story about a murderer, weapons in hand,
let into the US from Canada at the Maine border. They confiscated the weapons, but let him through anyways.
BOSTON (AP) - On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a
knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres.
Then they let him into the United States.
The following day, a gruesome scene was discovered in Despres' hometown of Minto, New Brunswick: The decapitated body of a 74-year-old country
musician named Frederick Fulton was found on Fulton's kitchen floor.
At a time when the United States is tightening its borders, how could a man toting what appeared to be a bloody chain saw be allowed into the
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This story really speaks for itself. The beauraucratic mindset of the customs guards says it all: "Nobody asked us to detain him," Anthony said.
"Being bizarre is not a reason to keep somebody out of this country or lock them up. ...
Right. So just show up at the border, and no matter how suspicious you look, you'll get in, as long as you surrender your weapons of mayhem at the
gate. Clearly, there is something lacking here.
Of course, the fact that he was a "naturalized US citizen" is pertinent: you can't keep your own citizens out. But clearly, when they found "there
were no outstanding warrants", they must only have checked the US records. They obviously had not checked with Canadian authorities, since
Despres was due to be sentenced that very morning.
Some additional training appears to be in order for the land-based border service. Now, if he had shown up at an airport, what do you suppose the
result might have been?
[edit on 8/6/05 by AlexofSkye]