Part II, Canada, U.S., One Military….

Now let’s look at things from the Canadian side and see how THEY feel about this. First I should mention that most Canadians don’t know a thing about this. It has been kept from them ON PURPOSE, just as it has from us. This link was sent to me through a friend who has contact with other Canadians. This article comes to you from the Council of Canadians, it is NOT an American site.

Way Too Close for Comfort: Canada-U.S. military and security integration endangers all Canadians

by Stuart Trew

In September 2006, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) released its 2006-07 report on plans and priorities, repeating over and over again that “greater collaboration with the United States” was strategic priority number one.

The plan is contentious, to say the least. It includes:

*Continuing to “support and encourage the United States in its indispensable role in promoting the Middle East peace process”;
*Balancing “American priorities with traditional Canadian foreign policy . . . in dealing with the security and reconstruction needs of Iraq and the challenge posed by Iran”; and
*Responding to U.S. concerns in Latin America and the Caribbean “by identifying shared common interests and objectives, finding ways to pursue them in concert or independently as appropriate and by maintaining close communications on these issues.”

So far it sure seems like they are doing an awful lot for the United States and little for the Canadians. Seems to me that the United States is Canada’s buffer zone, but not necessarily to the Canadian People’s good. And why would the Canadian people WANT US troops on Canadian soil? Please read on…

The military component of this new cosy relationship with America is outlined in an October 2006 report commissioned by the Council of Canadians called Marching Orders: How Canada abandoned peacekeeping – and why the UN needs us now more than ever. Author Steven Staples explains how the transformation of Canada’s military began under the previous Liberal government but has sped up under the Conservatives.Military and government officials are working hard to convince Canadians that there is no longer a need for peacekeepers today, and that Canada is best served, in the words of our current ambassador to the U.S. Michael Wilson, as “an active contributor and partner in the war on terror, particularly with our activities in Afghanistan.”

Now, the *War on Terror* is an unending war because there is no “defined” enemy. And the threats are ALWAYS vague at best. Fear is the main component of this agenda. Make the people afraid. Make them look to the Government for help and information while giving them little or too much DIS-information. It is the same in Canada as it is in the United States of America. Leaders in both countries are deceiving their People.

More proof of this military move toward total Canada-U.S. alignment surfaced in a December 4, 2006 National Post article on Canada’s Defence Capability Plan for the next 20 years. The plan states “that the United States will remain our principal defence and security partner,” even if “no large-scale conventional military threat to Canada currently exits.” And there’s the rub. Despite a lack of any major threat, according to the Post, our government plans on spending billions on new heavy military machinery in order to remain a key player in the U.S.-led “war on terror.”

Secret meetings

The DFAIT report on plans and priorities clearly shows that Canada is making significant changes to its foreign and military policy in order to secure its trading relationship with the United States. As previously reported in Canadian Perspectives, this is exactly the kind of trade-off the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) has been plugging for the past four years, despite clear public opposition. Even DFAIT acknowledges this. Based on a University of Ottawa study from October 2005, the report says, “83 per cent [of Canadians] said the Canadian government should pursue an independent foreign policy, even if this leads to problems with the United States.” But that doesn’t mean they’re going to listen.

In fact, secrecy is of the utmost importance to the federal government. From September 12 to 14, at Alberta’s Banff Springs Hotel, Canadian, U.S. and Mexican bureaucrats, military personnel and politicians attended a secret meeting to discuss the logistics of integration, outside of the media spotlight.

And while Mexico isn’t a part of this YET, don’t think for a second THAT isn’t already in the works, if not a done deal. Here in the U.S.A. our president has bent over backwards to Lie, manipulate, coerce, threaten and cajole everyone and everything. And while our representatives refuse to take the needed action to remove him and the vice president from office, We the People are angry as hell and not going to take it any more! I hope the Canadian People are going to do the same thing and let THEIR representatives know WHO THEY WORK FOR!

Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor was invited, former Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld sent a staff member, and Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day actually attended, but his office told journalists he was under no obligation to divulge what he discussed because it was a “private meeting.” No matter how offensive that statement, it was later contradicted by U.S. Consul General John Nay, who referred to the North American Forum as a “sister organization” and “parallel structure to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.”

Day was again caught dodging public and media scrutiny this November by CBC correspondent Henry Champ, who reported that Canada and the United States had “agreed to a memorandum of understanding to allow the electronic exchange of ballistics information between the two countries and the assignment of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) official to Toronto.” Champ wrote that “It was a surprise to learn of this news from the U.S. Department of Justice and not our own government. An even bigger surprise to be told by Day’s office that they had chosen not to inform the Canadian media.”

This fall, Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon announced the impending establishment of a “made-in-Canada” no-fly list similar to the one already functioning in the U.S. And yet we know from the 2006 SPP “Report to Leaders” that “compatible [North American] advance passenger information systems” and “compatible criteria for the posting of lookouts of suspected terrorists and criminals” are priorities of the tri-national security integration agenda to be completed by June 2007. However “made in Canada” our list may be for the moment, it will ultimately be merged with the U.S. no-fly list. The U.S. has come under fire recently, when it was revealed that the list included peace activists, pre-schoolers and U.S. senator Ted Kennedy.

More disturbing were revelations in the final Arar Commission report that the Canadian Border Security Agency is already collecting data on all Canadian travellers through a National Risk Assessment Centre (NRAC). Information about travelers is fed into a computer that determines the risk level. The same system has been “grading” U.S. travellers for the past three years, according to recent reports of U.S. Homeland Security techniques.

“Canada and the United States use the same risk-analysis system,” wrote Justice Dennis O’Connor in his report. And, “pursuant to a 2005 memorandum of understanding, NRAC automatically shares with the U.S. National Targeting Center [Advance Passenger Information] for air passengers arriving in or transiting through Canada for whom terrorism or serious crime-related lookouts have been issued.”

While I have included a lot of documentation here, I thought some of you might want to either SEE who this article is talking about, or read about the situation being reported on. Skip what you don’t want to see or what you don’t believe is relevant, but I believe it is ALL relevant.

Leave your rights at home

The Security and Prosperity Partnership is pushing Canada even closer to the United States at a time when the U.S. is looking dangerously like a modern police state.

The U.S. Military Commissions Act of 2006 strips all non-U.S. citizens, including Canadians, of their constitutional right to a fair trial. It grants the U.S. president the authority to detain non-citizens indefinitely, without charge, and “to interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions” as they relate to torture. Worse, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Act “allows detainees to be sentenced to death based on testimony literally beaten out of witnesses [and] grants officials in the Bush Administration a retroactive ‘get out of jail free’ card for war crimes.”

Are these the kinds of policies Canadians want their own government to adopt? Certainly not. Unfortunately, security integration through the SPP gives us no choice but to adopt them.

Despite the clear dangers to Canadians of closer security and military ties with the United States, our government is forging ahead with its deep integration agenda, without public or parliamentary scrutiny. What are actually tri-national security initiatives are being sold at home as “made-in-Canada” solutions to terrorism.

Unless we challenge this agenda now, Canada will get swept up into the emerging U.S. security state, all for the sake of a trade agenda being pushed by a handful of Canada’s richest CEOs. Not only are Canada’s independent foreign and defence policies at risk, so are the civil liberties and human rights we fought very hard to establish.

For more information about the military integration with the U.S., visit www.canadians.org/peace.

I refuse to believe there is nothing that can be done. Maybe I’m a dreamer, but I still remember fondly my visits in Canada and I want the United States to treat all Canadians with the Respect they are due, not as a threat to national security. I think we owe our neighbors to the North more than this. And it seems to me that there is much in the way of disrespect here, for Canadians, from the Bush administration. I don’t know how deep it goes or how much worse it will get. But I believe it is both. Good luck Canada!

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~ by justmytruth on March 12, 2008.

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