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Canada’s nasty reputation

October 4, 2007

NEIL MACDONALD: CBC News

Canada’s nasty reputation

October 3, 2007

Charles Schumer is the senior U.S. senator from New York, and one of the most accomplished self-promoters in Washington, which says a great deal about his powers of self-promotion. He’s a busy fellow.

When he showed up last week at a televised Senate committee hearing, he wasn’t interested in the expert witnesses testifying about security along the Canada-U.S. border. Schumer sat down just long enough to get some face time on the live cameras and to put some remarks on the record.

“It’s extremely troubling, extremely troubling,” he said. “We have seen, crossing the Buffalo border on occasion, terrorists …”

Congress, said Schumer, must do something about it. His fellow senators nodded gravely, and Senator Max Baucus from Montana started talking about how easy it might be for someone in Canada to build a dirty bomb. Schumer hurried off.

In the audience, a Canadian official jotted down the remark, which was examined from all angles later at the Canadian embassy just down the road from the Capitol.

No one had the faintest idea what Schumer was talking about. Nor did anyone in the Canadian Consulate General in Buffalo, which was quickly brought into the inquiry. Schumer himself hadn’t provided any details.

It turned out Schumer didn’t know what he was talking about either. After repeated calls to his office, one of his press secretaries told CBC “perhaps the senator misspoke.”

Who’s toughest?

Perhaps. Or perhaps, as Canadian Senator Jerry Grafstein puts it, there’s an election coming in the United States, and “it’s above the radar screen because the Democrats are trying to demonstrate they’re tougher on terrorists than the Republicans,” and don’t particularly care who they sideswipe in the process.

Whatever the reason, politics loves a myth, and the myth about Canada that’s lodged in the heads of some of America’s most powerful politicians is as resistant to truth as a virus is to antibiotics.

According to Canadian officials who track such things, six Washington lawmakers have so far this year stated that Sept. 11 hijackers entered the United States through Canada.

For the record: the hijackers all entered the U.S. directly, most of them on visas granted by the American government, presumably after security checks by the vigilant security services of the U.S. Most of them were also citizens of another close U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia.

But that didn’t matter to high officials like Utah Senator Bob Bennett, who made the Sept. 11-hijackers-from-Canada accusation to some visiting Canadian MPs earlier this year.

Or to Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas, who said this to a House subcommittee last July: “If you want to look at the 9/11 terrorists, they didn’t come from the southern border. They came from the northern part of the border.”

Cuellar’s fellow Texan, Congressman Al Green, couched it as a broad hint last month. “Much is said about the southern border, but much also should be said about the northern border. The 9/11 hijackers did not come through the southern border…” (Green corrected himself, though not the official record, after calls from CBC).

Look north

Politicians in the United States reinforce the Canada-as-a-terrorist-haven myth for different reasons, says one Canadian official who watches the issue — and the reasons usually have nothing to do with Canada.

Some Republicans “want to stimulate constant fear,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They depend on people being very scared in order to win office.”

He also pointed out that politicians from southern states appear determined to divert attention from the southern border, where many millions of illegal immigrants have crossed into the United States.

“They perceive an elemental racism to the complaints about the southern border, so they are anxious to point out that white folks up north were the source of the 9/11 terrorism,” the official said.

The fact that Canada co-operates eagerly with American security officials, as one of the expert witnesses Schumer ignored was trying to explain, is immaterial.

The fact that Canada, in its eagerness, has handed over (sometimes erroneous) information about its own citizens doesn’t matter. The fact that Canadian authorities have actually intercepted security targets crossing the border from the U.S. with American guns makes no impression at all.

But these utterances certainly have consequences. Frank McKenna, who spent much of his time as Canadian ambassador to the United States from 2005 to 2006 chasing and dousing the Sept. 11 myth, says Canadian travellers “are paying the price right now.”

“It’s thickened the border,” says McKenna. The longer lines at U.S. Customs, the traffic jams at international bridges in Buffalo and Detroit, the slowing of trade: “It is creating arteriosclerosis in the arteries between our countries.”

Canada’s Grafstein, who co-chairs a group of Canadian MPs and senators (the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group) that pursues private discussions with their American counterparts, says that dealing with the fallout of the “haven for terrorists” myth has become the group’s principal concern.

“It’s like hitting a stone with water,” he says. “I can’t deal with the irrationality.”

Of course, Grafstein has been in politics for most of his adult life. He probably should have learned about irrationality by now.

Biography

A 19-year veteran of CBC Television News, Neil Macdonald is currently The National’s Washington correspondent. Macdonald joined CBC News in 1988. He was initially assigned to Parliament Hill, where, between Southam newspapers and THE NATIONAL, he would spend a combined total of a decade covering Parliament, reporting on five federal elections, and covering six prime ministers. Macdonald then reported from the Middle East for five years. Macdonald took up his post in Washington in March 2003. He speaks English and French fluently, and Arabic conversationally.

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If we could embrace this

September 10, 2007

If we could embrace this

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

by John Lennon

Terror paranoia taking its toll…

September 10, 2007

 Comment

GUY Fawkes and the gunpowder plot have captured our imaginations for centuries – so much so that back in the UK we celebrate his memory every year with Bonfire Night. We set fire to large piles of wood, with a stuffed ‘Guy’ on top and ensure countless maimings with explosive fireworks, to commemorate a terrorist.

For that is what Fawkes was, a terrorist who tried to blow up the House of Parliament, failed and paid with his life.

Should someone try to do the same today, he would be reviled, detained in breach of basic civil rights and (in the UK at least) tried and, if convicted, sent to prison for a very long time.

In the US, everything would probably be the same, though he would most probably be denied the fair trial – just locked away somewhere until the world forgot about him.

But my real point is that terrorism is not new, so why is it having such an impact today, why are we suddenly so afraid of a menace which has been with us for centuries?

US President George W Bush remarked just the other day that we were living in a dangerous world, but is it any more dangerous than it has always been?

Statistically, we are far more likely to get run over by a car, or die of a heart attack or cancer, than we are in a terrorist attack, despite the large numbers killed in the 9/11 atrocity.

So why are we so terrified of terrorists that we will allow governments to remove hard-won civil rights and to throw out even the rule of law, in the hope of keeping the evil at bay?

Why are we so frightened that we have sanctioned the likes of Guantanamo Bay and other secret camps, that we discuss the use of torture as if it were routine, that the merest suspicion is enough to strip someone of all their rights?

One reason is that we have so demonised the ‘enemy’ that we no longer see them as human. We see them as embodiments of evil and that triggers our darkest fears.

Another is the global propaganda campaign waged to promote the so-called war on terror.

It has been so relentless that half the “free world” is looking for terrorists under the bed, just as we were for “Reds” at the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

The tragic truth is not that the world is a very dangerous place, but that it always has been – and we haven’t made it any better.

 -KYLE

Wake Up …Matrix…

August 30, 2007

Wake Up …Matrix…

My Version of the Matrix Mixed With The Different Stages of Waking Up to The New World Order and Reality.

think things through from more than one angle.

think things through from more than one angle

August 30, 2007

Wake Up 2 …Matrix…

Please weigh up the cons and well as the pros: think things through from more than one angle. Look for debunk and rebunk arguments.

Some Things In This Video Are Very controversial Like the Reptilians…and some are proven facts like 9/11…THEY DO NOT go in the same category one is a conspiracy theory and the other is not.

This Movie Is My Opinion Base On MY Beliefs.
Don’t Be Retarded, Do Research.

Wake Up To The Masonic New World Order

August 30, 2007

Wake Up To The Masonic New World Order

Fascist Globalist Agenda in Canada

August 30, 2007

  Fascist Globalist Agenda in Canada

video for my new and upcoming documentary “The Progression of the Fascist Globalist Agenda in Canada”. The aim is to wake Canadians up to the New World Order.

Cramer Screams: Fed Chairman Wake UP! (Aug. 3, 2007)

August 30, 2007

Cramer Screams: Fed Chairman Wake UP! (Aug. 3, 2007)

The Moneyed Monster, the Money Trust, was put in full power and control of America’s Banking and financial system in 1913 with the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, putting a private bank in charge of issuing US Currency. The Fed has within it’s system the seeds of it’s own destruction, which is about to see it’s full cycle of destruction

Wake Up

August 30, 2007

Wake Up World people

Music Video (Psyco Bitch)showing the past history of the NWO and the things they have done in the recent past to the people of the world. And a look at their future plans for us all.

The Bush Family New World Order

August 30, 2007

The Bush Family New World Order

DID YOU KNOW?:
Hitler, before WWII, originally planned to attack the U.S. on Sept 11th in lower manhattan.

Welcome to the 4th Reich, Wake up and give a sh!t.

Thanks to RAGE against the machine.