Northern Command Fears Terrorism from … Canada « The Washington Independent
On the heels of President Obama’s first meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, InsideDefense’s Sebastian Sprenger finds that the U.S. military command responsible for North America views Harper’s country as an entry point for terrorists. The piece is now outside a subscriber firewall, :
Military officials believe Canadian immigration policies are creating a “favorable” environment for what the U.S. government deems to be potential terrorists seeking entry into the United States from the north, according to an internal briefing crafted by a U.S. Northern Command joint task force.
Officials at the Joint Task Force-North believe a “large population” of so-called special-interest aliens, or SIAs, in Eastern Canada presents the “greatest potential for foreign terrorists’ access to the homeland,” according to a Jan. 15 briefing available on the organization’s Web site until recently.
Basically, the task force fears that Canada is letting in too many immigrants from “Pakistan, Afghanistan and Egypt” who might exfiltrate to the United States. Embarrassed Northcom officials took the briefing offline, possibly due to its extreme and embarrassing hysteria. It’s a thin line in counterterrorism planning between vigilance and lunacy, and the threshold is excessive focus on conceivable hypotheticals. And you know what also contributes to terrorism? Xenophobia directed at Muslim immigrants. Just saying.