Tuesday, February 5, 2013

U.S.-Canada Harmonizing Border Security and Immigration Measures

Dana Gabriel, Contributor
Activist Post

The U.S. and Canada have made significant progress in advancing the Beyond the Border deal and continue to implement various perimeter security initiatives. Without much fanfare, they have signed an immigration agreement that would allow them to share biographic and at a later date, biometric information. As part of a North American security perimeter, both countries are further harmonizing border security and immigration measures.

Canada is further taking on U.S. security priorities and this could include a bigger role in the war on terrorism.

It’s been over a year since Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama announced the Beyond the Border and the Regulatory Cooperation Council action plans. On December 14, 2012, the U.S. and Canada issued the Beyond the Border implementation report that highlights the objectives that were achieved over the past year and the work that has yet to be done. It explained that moving forward, “Key future initiatives include harmonizing our trusted trader programs, making significant infrastructure investments at our key land border crossings, fully implementing an entry/exit program at the land border, expanding preclearance operations to the land, rail, and marine domains.” The report also acknowledged challenges facing the Next-Generation pilot project which would permit teams of cross-designated officers to operate on both sides of the border. It was originally scheduled to begin last summer. While steady progress has been made, a lot more work is needed to meet the goals of the Beyond the Border action plan. Over the next several years, other aspects of the deal will be phased-in incrementally with specific deliverables due this year, in 2014 and also in 2015.

Another important facet of the economic and security perimeter agreement is the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). A progress report to the leaders outlines accomplishments made in aligning regulations in the areas of agriculture and food, transportation, the environment, health and personal care products, workplace chemicals, as well as nanotechnology. This includes cooperation on pilot projects, scientific and technical collaborations and harmonized testing procedures. RCC working groups have developed detailed work plans for the various initiatives with objectives that will be implemented over the next couple of years. In Canada, some fear that deepening regulatory integration with the U.S. could weaken and erode any independent regulatory capacity. This could lead to a race to the bottom with respect to regulatory standards.


In December of last year, the U.S. and Canada signed the Immigration Information Sharing Treaty which is tied to the Beyond the Border deal. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney stated that the, “agreement builds on our countries’ mutual efforts to protect our common borders and the surrounding perimeter, through improved screening of immigrants and visitors.” He went on to say, “Enhanced information sharing of foreign nationals will protect the safety and security of Canadians by helping us prevent terrorists, violent criminals, and others, who pose a risk, from entering Canada or the United States.” Under the treaty, Canada and the U.S. will share biographic information from third country nationals who apply for a visa, a travel permit or claim asylum. In 2014, it will also include the sharing of biometric information. There are privacy concerns on how far-reaching the data collected will be shared. This threatens the sovereignty of Canada with regards to retaining control over information at its own borders.

On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law, the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act which is designed to curb Iran's presence and activity in the region. The bill calls on the Department of Homeland Security to work with Canada and Mexico, “to address resources, technology, and infrastructure to create a secure United States border and strengthen the ability of the United States and its allies to prevent operatives from Iran, the IRGC, its Qods Force, Hezbollah, or any other terrorist organization from entering the United States.” Julie Carmichael, spokeswoman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews discussed Canada’s efforts to counter any perceived hostility from Iran in the Americas. She is quoted in the Globe and Mail as saying, “We continually assess threats while co-operating with international partners, including the U.S., to address threats to our common security.” Carmichael added, “The Beyond the Border Action Plan as announced by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama provides a framework to identify threats before they reach North America.” Under the perimeter security deal, Canada is further aligning itself with U.S. foreign policy interests and could be expected to play a greater role in the global war on terror.

Through the Beyond the Border agreement, the U.S. and Canada are deepening economic and security integration which is laying the foundation for a North American security perimeter. Both countries are also engaged in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations with Mexico and other member nations. This is part of efforts to create a free trade area of the Asia-Pacific and could be used to update and expand NAFTA. Another key priority for U.S.-Canada relations is North America’s energy future. President Obama is expected to make a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline sometime this year. Meanwhile, there is growing environmental opposition to the proposed project which would carry oil from western Canada to the Texas gulf coast.

Related articles by Dana Gabriel:
Merging U.S.-Canada Arctic Foreign Policy
U.S.-Canada Integrated Cybersecurity Agenda
Shaping the Future of North American Integration
Taking the U.S.-Canada Partnership to the Next Level

Dana Gabriel is an activist and independent researcher. He writes about trade, globalization, sovereignty, security, as well as other issues. Contact: beyourownleader@hotmail.com Visit his blog at Be Your Own Leader


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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This article seems to be asking us to believe that this is some sort of 'partnership'.

The despicable fascist nation of the USA has for years, infiltrated Canadian institutions. Police forces and military, political parties and news media in Canada have ALL been targeted by CIA and other greasy dirty US agencies. So successful have the sneaky American spies been in their efforts, that the Canadian government and its media now unconditionally serve the USA and globalists interests.

Not since nazi Germany has one nation caused so much misery in the world.
This border harmonization is NOT a partnership, it is a hostile takeover of a once sovereign nation.
The really insane part of all of this is the complete lack of guilt Americans feel for their victims all over the world. I guess when your brains and hearts are 100% devoted to ignorance and belligerence, there isn't much room for reflection, compassion or regret.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon - "Not since nazi Germany has one nation caused so much misery in the world."

While I won't disagree that National Socialism repressed a number of peoples and led to much suffering and death you should really do more research on the political landscape in Europe between 1917 and 1933 when Hitler was elected to the Chancellery.

It was the Bolshevik Communists in Russia who following the 1917/18 Bolshevik Revolution openly stated their aims of establishing a communist empire in all of Europe, and eventually the whole world.

Technically is was Lenin back in I believe 1910 who first stated their goal was a communist take-over of Europe by any means necessary, but it wasn't till they actually took power(with assistance of funding from the FED) in 1917/18 that it became a serious threat.

The National Socialists partially came to power because of their fierce opposition to the Bolsheviks.

As any pre-1986 version of the Encyclopedia Judaica will confirm if you look under the heading "Bolshevism" virtually all of the Bolshevik leaders in the 1920's and earlier were Jewish.

Many of the nations that were "occupied" by the National Socialists had requested German military forces in their countries due to their experience in combating communist partisan fighters in the disputed border regions of eastern Germany and Poland.

Also the oft stated goal of the Bolsheviks being European conquest made many nations like Czechoslovakia, Austria, Norway, Finland, etc. weary of the seemingly imminent Soviet invasion and having German military forces to assist in defense of their nations was worth adopting a National Socialist policy and falling in line with the "Axis Powers" for.

It was the Soviets that were the cause of all that misery in Europe, Germany and the harm caused by it were a direct result/response to the Soviets/Bolsheviks - not to dismiss the harm done by all sides.

And in thanks the British and Americans just handed half of Europe to the Bolshevik's and "Uncle Joe" at the end of the war without much of a fuss, and silently ignored the Bolshevik spear-head into Asia between 1945 and 1948.

And so began the "cleansing" and "purging" throughout the U.S.S.R hidden away behind the "Iron Curtain" they imprisoned half of Europe and Asia with.

That's not to say Bolshevism was all bad, there can be found numerous Germans today who thought it was better under the Soviets in East Germany than it is today under Anglo-American capitalism, everyone has different views.

But most of the responsibility for the misery of WWII lays with the Allies, especially the U.S.S.R in paving the way for it all throughout the late 1910's, 1920's and 1930's.

Had it not been for their actions none of the misery of WWII would have occurred.

And that is of course ignoring the fact that the U.S FED provided funding to both the National Socialists in Germany and the Bolsheviks for their 1917/18 revolution, indicating that Germany was given assistance to become a "threat" that could then be dealt with according to pre-established plans.

Problem-Reaction-Solution at work?

Peace,
Jonny

Kevin Patrick Wright said...

Yep, when Canada discovered an intelligent, professional, clean-cut "freeman" from the USSA living in BC and seeking political asylum, they put their heads together (like Medusa), and released their hounds on me.

Jason Kenney, that pudgy little anti-Arab twit (and closet homosexual), stated “Enhanced information sharing of foreign nationals will protect the safety and security of Canadians by helping us prevent terrorists, violent criminals, and others, who pose a risk, from entering Canada or the United States.”

I was deported on October 27th, 2011. Forty-eight days later, they issue the "Beyond the Border implementation report" mentioned above in this post.

Interesting to note that my deportation papers referred to me as a "foreign national." Two days after I was first arrested (Aug. 1, 2012), injured and hospitalized, strip-searched, jailed, re-injured, interrogated, robbed of everything and unlawfully evicted, this report was issued: http://northamericanfascism.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/officer-alert-bulletin_freeman-doc-01.jpg

new Canada/USA = old Russia/Germany

Kevin Patrick Wright said...

Weird Sandy Hook connection??? Diversion???

December 14th, 2013 - Sandy Hook false-flag "massacre"

December 14th, 2013 - "the U.S. and Canada issued the Beyond the Border implementation report"

Look over there, a shiny object!!!

Kevin Patrick Wright said...

HMMMMMMM,
OTHER LOCKDOWNS/INCIDENTS ON Dec. 14, 2012:

*Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

*Brookfield and Bethel schools are reportedly on lockdown following the school shooting at a Newtown elementary school Friday morning.
-Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted that there is an expanded police presence in Danbury Public Schools, but no lockdown at this time.
-Danbury parochial schools, however, are on lockdown.

*Students at Chelsea Middle School in Shelby County (Alabama) were on lockdown this morning following a threat made by a student.
-According to Captian Ken Burchfield, Division Commander of the Shelby County Police Department, one student threatened another, and the sheriff's office was called "out of an abundance of caution."

*A man with a gun Friday near Shivela Middle School in Murrieta (Calif.) prompted a short lock down at the campus, officials said. According to Murrieta police Sgt. Jay Froboese, at about 3:01 p.m a custodian at the middle school observed several males "holding long rifles" in the open garage of home in the 24000 block of Lincoln Avenue, across from the campus.

*Fort Vancouver High (Washington state) locked down after gun spotted near campus. Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department said there were no injuries and no real threat other than public concern considering the activity hours after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
-She said police interviewed a 16-year-old student and seized a pellet gun. The teen was not arrested. Kapp said the district would handle the incident administratively.

*Lockdown lifted at Ferrum College. Students reported two attempted armed robberies on campus. One near Riddick Hall, other near soccer field.

*S.S. v. TURNER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #202
S.S., a minor child by and through her mother, AMANDA SANDIDGE, Plaintiff,
v. TURNER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #202, et al. Defendants.
Case No. 12-CV-02346-CM.
United States District Court, D. Kansas.

How many more "events" occurred??? Are they related or were they cautionary reactions to Sandy Hook? I don't have time to look it up or assemble a list, but it would be interesting research to tie similar events together. I am most interested in seeing how these "incidents" are possibly used as a diversion to cover back-room deals or scandals (Clinton bombing an Aspirin factory in Sudan to keep Monica's stained dress off the network newzzz).

Kevin Patrick Wright said...

OOOPS! WRONG DATES on my 6:11 PM comment:

I misread the year on the introduction of the "Beyond the Border implementation report". It happened in 2012, not 2011 as I thought. Regardless, it didn't change the context, meaning, or validity of my claims.

The "arrest" date was Aug. 1st, 2011, not 2012.

Sorry for the multiple comments. It seemed relative and I wanted to add more.

Anonymous said...

Interesting article__AGREED 100% with the 1st comment, feb.5 at 9:33 AM_____mostly unrelated hogwash mess for the others.

Anonymous said...

'comment filibuster' trolls.

Usually an inside job.

Anonymous said...

The Beyond The Border group seems to be nothing more than the new name for the SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership) which was the working group for the NAU (North American Union). The SPP had been outed in the alternative media, and then one member of the MSM, Lou Dobbs started talking about it. That led Robert Pastor, a biggie in the project, to declare that the dream was dead due to MSM exposure.

"Those people" do not let their dreams die. They simply shelve them until the noise dies down or change the name so they aren't so easily recognizable.

I agree with the first poster who thinks that one country was sold out, except that I would change that to THREE countries are being sold out.

Second poster: Very informative comment. Thanks.

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