Quote: Blog by By Dana Gabriel
The U.S. and Canada are very close to unveiling a North American perimeter security deal that would promote greater integration between both countries. This includes expanding collaboration in areas of law enforcement and intelligence sharing which could dramatically affect sovereignty and privacy rights. While there is a need for more public scrutiny, incrementalism has been used to advance North American integration. In many ways this has kept the agenda under the radar. Much like NAFTA and the Security and Prosperity Partnership, a U.S.-Canada perimeter security agreement would represent another step in the consolidation of North America.
During his speech at a recent meeting of northern border states, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told participants that the U.S. and Canada are set to launch a pilot project next year which will allow law enforcement officers to operate on both sides of the border. Holder explained that, â€œthe creation of â€˜NextGenâ€™ teams of cross-designated officers would allow us to more effectively identify, assess, and interdict persons and organizations involved in transnational crime.â€ He went on to say, â€œIn conjunction with the other provisions included in the Beyond the Border Initiative, such a move would enhance our cross-border efforts and advance our information-sharing abilities.â€ The declaration, Beyond the Border: Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness issued by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper last February, identified joint law enforcement operations and information sharing as a high priority. There are already examples of what we could expect from a security perimeter as some Canadians have been denied entry into the U.S. after their records of mental illness were shared with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
While further details of the new joint law enforcement project are not yet available, Stuart Trew of the Council of Canadians pointed out that the plans are well advanced. This prompted him to question, â€œwhy is Harper consulting with Canadians on a done deal? We havenâ€™t had a chance to yea or nay the perimeter agreement which is expected to be released as an â€˜action planâ€™ within weeks. But a pilot project that legalizes and normalizes US policing activities in Canada is already set to begin next year.â€ He added that this confirms, â€œthe Harper government will use its limited public consultations earlier this year to move ahead quickly with whatever new cross-border policing and information sharing commitments it wants, regardless of privacy and other concerns.â€ Last month, the Canadian government released two reports which summarized public input received concerning regulatory cooperation, as well as security and trade across the border. While improving the movement of goods and people was the priority for business groups, many individuals expressed concerns over the loss of sovereignty, along with the protection of personal information....http://beyourownleader.blogspot.com/2011...y-and.html
Quite a good blog on the topic of US/Canadian/Mexican forced integration. Previous blogs on -
#Advancing U.S.-Canada Economic, Energy and Security Integration
#U.S.-Canada Perimeter Security and an Integrated North American Command
#Indoctrinating a New Generation to Think North American.
#The Push for a Single Unified North American Regulatory Regime