U.S./Canadian border deal allows cross-border policing, with foreign cops exempt from local law

(Source: Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Since the creation of the European Union, critics say that the same globalist interests would attempt to create a similar union in North America.  Such a drastic shift in governance often requires a long series of small steps, over the course of many years, in order to allow the public to become acclimated to international authorities taking charge.  One such step towards a North American Union is the advent of cross-border policing.

(Source: Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)
Harper and Obama plan the (Source: Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

To give a little history, in 2011 the White House release a joint declaration between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, titled Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.  This declaration created a shared continental border for security & economic expediency.  As stated in the declaration:

“We intend to pursue a perimeter approach to security, working together within, at, and away from the borders of our two countries to enhance our security and accelerate the legitimate flow of people, goods, and services between our two countries.”

In 2012, the Beyond the Border declaration was given some substance.  The Integrated Cross Border Law Enforcement Operations Act was signed by Obama and Harper and makes it possible for Canadian officers to enter into the United States, as well as American officers to enter into Canada.  As the act states, they have “the same power to enforce an act of Parliament as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”

Details have been murky about the plan.  But this week, Toronto Star columnist Thomas Walkom unearthed a new revelation: the U.S. government made secret demands that its agents be exempt from Canadian law during their international law enforcement excursions.  This apparently means that police will only be answerable to their own governments, not the government in which their actions take place.

Armed foreign agents will be immune from facing consequences of their actions, if the host government permits them to.  With the lack of accountability already exhibited in the United States in its many instances of police brutality, it doesn’t take the imagination long to figure out the kind of situations this could result in.

This denial of national sovereignty is similar to the way the United States conducts its wars.  “The Americans prefer to maintain sole legal jurisdiction over their agents operating abroad,” notes Walkom in his column.  “In Afghanistan, for example, all U.S. government soldiers and officials are accorded diplomatic status — which makes them immune from Afghan law.”

The “Integrated Border Enforcement Teams” will be accompanied comprised of law enforcement from both nations.  But critics say that this is just part of the normalization while people get used to being policed by international cops.

A checkpoint along the US-Canadian border. (Source: Rebecca Cook / Reuters)
A checkpoint along the US-Canadian border. (Source: Rebecca Cook / Reuters)

“Are we just going to expect down the road when they do expand this program … [that] it just becomes normal to expect armed American agents on Canadian territory?” asked Stuart Trew, a spokesman for the Council of Canadians, in a CBC article.  He continued, “How do you define a border operation? How far inland does it go? These are things that need to be dealt with in an open way. Instead they seem to be negotiating through mostly closed-door talks with U.S. officials.”

The move towards international law enforcement includes intelligence sharing too.

In March 2012, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano met with Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews as part of the Cross-Border Crime Forum, reported Dana Gabriel.  Their forum included discussion of “transnational crime issues such as organized crime, counter-terrorism, smuggling, economic crime and other emerging cross-border threats.”

A document on the meeting highlighted, “efforts to develop the next-generation of integrated cross-border law enforcement operations, and improve information sharing practices.” Attorney General Holder stated, “Our productive discussions today at the Cross Border Crime Forum go a long way toward advancing a key pillar of the Beyond the Border initiative that President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced last year: integrated law enforcement that adds value to our relationship by leveraging shared resources, improving information sharing and increasing coordination of efforts.”

Secretary Napolitano emphasized that, “We will continue to work closely with our Canadian partners through greater operational collaboration and intelligence sharing to strengthen the security of both our nations within, at, and away from our border.”

In times of war and terrorism, borders will be all but erased.  Looking back to April 2002, with the outset of US Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Canada accepted the right of the US to deploy US troops on Canadian soil (and vice versa).

“U.S. troops could be deployed to Canada and Canadian troops could cross the border into the United States if the continent was attacked by terrorists who do not respect borders, according to an agreement announced by U.S. and Canadian officials.” (Edmonton Sun, 11 September 2002)

The move towards international policing and international government should be resisted at all costs.  These efforts only serve to centralize power and defeat national sovereignty.  People are best represented when governments are small, local, and restrained.  One only has to observe how difficult it is to promote a liberty-based agenda in Washington, D.C. to realize the inherent dangers of international governance.  If you think your local police have a problem respecting your rights, wait until you are dealing with foreign cops and soldiers.

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