Friday, October 06, 2006

 

FBI Investigations in Canada Unchecked

This is being posted just in case there’s any doubt that the U.S. is the policeman on the world beat. What ever happened to Canadian sovereignty?


U.S. investigations on Canadian soil done within the law: Day
Last Updated: Thursday, October 5, 2006 | 8:12 AM ET
CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2006/10/05/fbi-border.html

Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day acknowledged Thursday that U.S. agents conduct investigations in Canada but said all are done according to Canadian law.

Day was responding to a report regarding an internal FBI audit that shows U.S. agents are carrying out investigations without the approval of the Canadian government.

It says the FBI has given agents in its Buffalo field office clearance to conduct "routine investigations" up to 50 miles into Canadian territory.

When asked about the report during question period, Day said Canadian security forces work with Canada's allies, including the U.S, and have agreements in terms of information sharing.

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As well as the reference to "routine investigations" inside Canadian territory it also says that about 30 per cent of FBI agents crossing the border to work in Canada failed to get "country clearance." In other words, they didn't get Canada's approval.

The inspector general's report documents 135 unapproved FBI crossings and says there is no sign the crossings will stop.

Canadian officials say they have made no protest to the U.S. government about FBI agents operating without permission on Canadian soil.
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