Thursday, October 05, 2006

Not Surprising . . . .

Somehow the fact the US FBI is crossing the Canadian border to perform unannounced and unauthorized investigations is not surprising.

What is rather surprising, though, is that Canadians are not expressing a sense of outrage that their government is apparently turning a blind eye to the practice. Another example of the "bully" of the schoolyard intimidating the rest of the "kids"?

Ah, for the days when cross-border "cooperation" is not so one-sided . . . . . .


5 comments:

Daniel wbc said...

are you just determined to give me ulcers?

West End Bound said...

Naahh . . . . None of us are worried about the FBI!!

I did see an NDP MP give the Tory Minister of Justice a hard time about the situation during Question Period* in Parliament yesterday. At least they are not giving them a "pass" on it . . . .

*Do you ever watch that? It's on from 1:00 - 2:00 CDT on CPAC online when Parliament is in session.

Daniel wbc said...

I'll have to check that out some time.

Trevor said...

This actually reminds me of something I've noticed lately in trans-atlantic air traffic. Before 9/11, flights between Europe and the Eastern Seaboard of the US were most often diverted to Gander, NF, or Halifax, NS if there had been trouble on board. Now I notice American carriers choose Bangor, ME. Common thought in the industry is that if you don't have a serious on-board emergency (ie a fire), you would divert to the nearest airport that has your airline uses as a base, to save the costs and time of turning around a plane with another airline's staff, or bringing in your own people. (This is sadly what happened to Swissair Flt 111 that crashed off NS -- they didn't think they had a serious problem, and so requested a diversion to Boston, where they had a ground team, and changed to Halifax only when it was too late -- this accident is now why many airliens would prefer pilots would divert to cities with a base, but many pilots will divert to whereever's nearest and face down their bosses later).

The problem with Bangor is that not many airlines use it (in fact, more US airlines use Halifax than Bangor), and so the 'divert to a base' rule seems to hold no water.

However, Bangor, ME IS is US territory -- and many diverted flights happen now because someone is discovered on board who's on the no-fly list or they seem to be doing something suspicious.

If you had a 'terrorist' aboard, they could 'disappear' more easily than if the Canadians were involved...hmmmmm.....

West End Bound said...

Hmmmmmmmm is right. Interesting, eh??