Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The government is aware the prospect of FBI agents arresting Canadians on their native soil is controversial

Ok, this is truly absurd. DEA, FBI, NCIS agents authorized to arrest Canadians in Canada? I haven't noticed any suggestion the RCMP or OPP can arrest Americans in Buffalo. I'd say it's a bad parody by extremist Canadian nationalists... except it's real legislation in Parliament right now:

" the bill [C-38] grants U.S. law enforcement agents the same power to enforce Canadian Acts of Parliament as members of the RCMP, if they are participating in integrated cross-border operations; ...

The government is aware the prospect of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arresting Canadians on their native soil is controversial.

"We recognized early that this approach could raise concerns about sovereignty, privacy and the civil liberties of Canadians," RCMP superintendent Joe Oliver told the Senate committee on security and defence last week.

It's not hard to see why parliamentarians concerned about democratic process are upset about the budget bill
He was discussing the "baby steps" used to introduce the concept – namely, the Shiprider integrated cross-border maritime law enforcement project that has been in place since 2009.

The new amendments in the budget bill will broaden the scope to land operations, where the perimeter security agreement signed by Stephen Harper and Barack Obama envisages integrated teams operating in intelligence and criminal investigation.

There are already 15 integrated border enforcement teams operating along the 49th parallel but the legislative changes would allow the FBI or U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to pursue suspects onto Canadian soil. Embassy magazine reported this week that aerial police surveillance has not been ruled out.

The legislation doesn't completely hand the farm over to the Americans – suspected criminals apprehended in Canada could not be removed to the U.S."


e.a.f. said...

and just how do we know these people would be legitamate police officers & not some idiot trying to make a score. Some American came up to me to say I'm under arrest, I'd resist.

having gun happy americans running loose in Canada is not a good idea & it violates our sovereignty. Its going to be very interesting the first time an American "peace officer" kills a Canadian on Canadian soil. Let the lawsuits begin. As interesting as that scenario is, it will be just as interesting if a Canadian kills an American "peace officer" because they didn't believe the person was a cop who had authority in Canada.

The last question I have is where does this leave American Bounty Hunters. They have tried to operate in Canada & were arrested. those people don't have to play by any rules.

Anonymous said...

If people read: Harper gives a speech in New York, at the Council of Foreign Relations. This was Sept 25/2007. It will make perfect sense, why the FBI are permitted to arrest Canadians. It will also make sense, why Harper is encouraging Canadians to shop in the U.S....and lose billions in revenue for Canada. This is also why the American site presscore said, Harper's election win was rigged. There were robo-calls out of the U.S. This also came from presscore, right after Harper's so called majority. Canadian people posted this robo-call cheat right after the election. However, it took a year, before the opposition caught on. No-one listened to us. presscore also reported, ICC's Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, is to summons Harper for, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Everything I read from presscore, is absolutely dead on. Welcome to the NAU.

DFH said...

Anonymous- I knew, in a collective-conscious sort of way, this was going on. I knew there was a good reason I was pissed when I heard about US gun-boats on our Great Lakes. Why do that?

Anonymous said...

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