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WASHINGTON – Canada is a primary source for terrorists entering the United States, President Barack Obama's homeland security chief suggested last night in an interview explaining the reasoning behind new and tighter border rules.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told CBC News that while Canada lacks the drug wars that vex the Mexican border, the Canadian frontier is on America's radar as a potential gateway for terrorist threats.
"Canada is not Mexico, it doesn't have a drug war going on. It didn't have 6,000 homicides that were drug-related last year," Napolitano explained to Neil MacDonald of CBC News.
"Nonetheless, to the extent that terrorists have come into our country, or suspected or known terrorists have come into our country, it has been across the Canadian border."
Asked whether she was referring to the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, Napolitano replied:
"Not just those, but others as well. So again, every country is entitled to have a border. It's part of sovereignty."
Napolitano's comments are certain to cause a stir in Ottawa, which struggled throughout the Bush era to dispel the widely held myth that Sept. 11 attackers entered the U.S. via Canada.
In fact, none of them did.
Originally posted by Darth_Prime
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thats all they ******* talk about
"As the 9/11 commission reported in 2004, all of the 9/11 terrorists arrived in the United States from outside North America. They flew to major U.S. airports. They entered the U.S. with documents issued by the United States government, and no 9/11 terrorists came from Canada."
Originally posted by grandnic
Making the US-Canada border completly secure is impossible. The border is simply too big, lots of villages or indian reservation that sit on it. Too many roads and forest. There is even a google maps marker showing every point of entry, and a lot of them are not monitored. Sure they have cameras and signs telling people they can't enter US territory and have to go too the nearest custom office ... but i'm not sure it works with terrorist.
And by the way, how many of those supposed terrrorist from Canada have been arrested and tried ? Border patrol are too busy trying to arrest those who try to smuggle pot across the border (they say that Canadian pot is the best ... not that I would know)
Napolitano digs deeper hole
But then, Napolitano appeared to make matters worse by explaining to the border conference Tuesday why the Canada and Mexico borders should be treated equally.
"The fact of the matter is that Canada allows people into its country that we do not allow into ours," she said.
"That's why you have to have a border, and you have to have border policies that make sense."
Liberal MP John McKay, who was at the conference, said Napolitano's comments alarmed him.
"If you are, in fact, negotiating a managed border, and your negotiating partner believes a set of mythology, then you have problems," he said "You try to work on the basis of fact, not on the basis of myth."
Saying Canada is lax about whom it allows into the country is "plain nonsense," he added.
"I have a heavily immigrant riding, and I do visas all day every day, and one of the most difficult things I have to explain to my constituents is why is it that the United States granted a multiple-entry visa to the relatives but Canada won't," said McKay, who represents the Toronto-area Scarborough-Guildwood riding.
In the past, other high-profile U.S. politicians have also suggested a link between terrorists and the Canadian border, including Napolitano's predecessor, Michael Chertoff, who said last year that more than a dozen suspected extremists had been caught trying to enter the U.S. via Canada.
When she was senator, Hillary Clinton said tighter security was needed at the Canada-U.S. border because of 9/11.
Originally posted by FreeSpeaker
I don't even know what to say because I'm damn tired right now other than this Napolitano woman is a idiot.
Canada is not Mexico, it doesn't have a drug war going on. It didn't have 6,000 homicides that were drug-related last year