Saturday, October 1, 2011

US To Build Border Fence Between Canada And The United States (!)

The nations of Canada and the United States have long been known to share the longest continuous UNDEFENDED border in the world.   The border stretches almost 4000 miles (6000+ km) in length, and is in most places only marked by an open swath, a ridge line, or small markers, showing that a person is either in the US or in Canada.

With Canada and the US being at peace with each other since the War of 1812, there has never been any need for the US/Canada border to be defended on either side in almost 200 years.  The vast majority of people who want to cross this border do so at regulated border crossings and that arrangement has also not changed much in almost 200 years as well.  

Well, since the September 11th, 2001 Mossad attacks on America, and the introduction of the draconian "Patriot Acts" in America, much has changed in the perception of the undefended border between the US and Canada.   The US Government has been trying to keep their citizens psychologically scared to death of  fraudulent "terrorist attacks" by changing many of the border crossing regulations between the United States and elsewhere, especially with Canada.   There has been increased border regulations in the crossings between the US and Canada as well as a step up of surveillance on the US/Canada border, primarily on the US side.

The increased paranoid "security" arrangements at border crossings between the US and Canada are bad enough these days for people travelling between the two countries... But now according to this article from CBC News online at, the US Government is actually considering the idea of building a fence on the border between the US and Canada!   First, here is that article, and I do have some comments to follow:

U.S. mulls Canadian border fence

Posted: Sep 29, 2011 9:38 AM ET 

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2011 8:48 PM ET

A 12-metre swath cut through the forest defines the border between Canada and the U.S. north of Polebridge, Mont. A 12-metre swath cut through the forest defines the border between Canada and the U.S. north of Polebridge, Mont. Jennifer DeMonte/Daily Inter Lake/Associated Press

The United States is looking at building fences along the border with Canada to help keep out terrorists and other criminals, according to a draft report by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency
The report proposes the use of "fencing and other barriers" on the 49th parallel to manage "trouble spots where passage of cross-border violators is difficult to control."
But a spokesperson for U.S Customs and Border Protection said the government is not considering the fence option "at this time" and instead is looking at the environmental effects of putting more manpower, technology and infrastructure along the border.
The border service is also pondering options including a beefed-up technological presence through increased use of radar, sensors, cameras, drones and vehicle scanners. In addition, it might continue to improve or expand customs facilities at ports of entry.
The agency considered but ruled out the possibility of hiring "significantly more" U.S. Border Patrol agents to increase the rate of inspections, noting staffing has already risen in recent years.
Customs and Border Protection is inviting comment on the options and plans a series of public meetings in Washington and several U.S. border communities next month. It will then decide which ideas to pursue.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano noted last month the challenges of monitoring the vast, sparsely populated northern border region. She stressed manpower, but also a greater reliance on technology.
Ironically, the moves come as Canada and the U.S. try to finalize a perimeter security arrangement that would focus on continental defences while easing border congestion. It would be aimed at speeding passage of goods and people across the Canada-U.S. border, which has become something of a bottleneck since the 911 attacks.
Relatively speaking, Washington has focused more energy and resources on tightening security along the border with Mexico than at the sprawling one with Canada.
But that may be changing.

Only small portion secured

A U.S. Government Accountability Office report recently warned that only a small portion of the border with Canada is properly secure. It said U.S. border officers control just 50 kilometres of the 6,400-kilometre boundary.
The Customs and Border Protection report says while fences have been a big element in deterring unauthorized crossings of the U.S.-Mexican border, "it is unlikely that fencing will play as prominent a role" on the northern border, given its length and terrain that varies from prairie to forest.
However, the agency would use fencing and other barriers such as trenches to control movement and sometimes delay people trying to sneak across the border, increasing the likelihood they could be caught, says the report.
It doesn't provide details about what the fences might look like, but suggests they would be designed to blend into the environment and "complement the natural landscape."
The approach would also involve upgrading roadways and trails near the border.
"The lack of roads or presence of unmaintained roads impedes efficient surveillance operations," says the report. "Improving or expanding the roadway and trail networks could improve mobility, allowing agents to patrol more miles each day and shortening response times."
Over the last two years, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has already made what it calls "critical security improvements along the northern border," adding inspectors at the ports of entry and Border Patrol agents between ports, as well as modernizing land crossings.
Nearly 3,800 Customs and Border Protection officers scrutinize people and goods at crossings. The number of Border Patrol agents working between crossings along the northern parallel has increased 700 per cent since Sept. 11, 2001. And some three dozen land ports of entry are being modernized.
Unmanned U.S. aircraft patrol about 1,500 kilometres along the northern border from Washington to Minnesota as well as more than 300 kilometres of the Canadian border around New York state and Lake Ontario.
With files from CBC News

NTS Notes:  Lets make it clear right now, and especially to my American readers.... The purpose of the US government building such a fence is absolutely NOT to keep so called phony "Terrorists" out, but to keep US citizens IN.  

America, this is an attempt to build barriers to keep your own citizens locked up in your own country when the time comes to bring in martial law.    At that time, your so called "government" will bring in measures that will turn your nation into a police state, and because of the fences, there will be no escape and you will be locked up in a huge prison!

Such is the paranoid environment that is promoted in America that the US Government is actually considering this action.    But again this fence is potentially not to prevent people from coming in, but to prevent people from ESCAPING!

More to come



Anonymous said...

I live in a border community, have a NEXUS card, travel to the U.S. frequently, have relatives and friends in the USA and the thought of a "border fence" is absurb. The USA is already paranoid, suspicious of everything and are becoming increasinly isolated on the world stage. Perhaps the time has come for the USA to stop trying to spread their brand of freedom in the world by use of force resulting in terroist making them a target. No fence will change the way the USA sees itself and therefore they will do what they see fit rather than look inwardly at why they are a target.

Frank Fredenburg said...

Anon the fence wont be made to keep people out. It will be made to keep people in! They are destroying everything that made this country a nice place to live. At some point large numbers of people will want to stampede over the border.
The American people better wake up soon!

Northerntruthseeker said...

Anon... I must concur with Frank... This border fence is a farce and only for the time when the US brings in martial law and makes all of its citizens prisoners in their own country... What better way to keep the population of slaves bottled up than to fence them in?

Anonymous said...

I think the fence is a good idea: It will stop the flow of firearms toward our Canadian cities.