The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are not something to cheer about.
Despite their rosy image as Dudley Do-Right patriotic heroes – they are in fact
the federal police force that once dispersed and murdered First Nation
communities to protect railroad construction and financial interests,
rounded up innocent Japanese and put them into concentration camps and
now they’re allowing US agents to exercise authority north of the 49th
That last bit of information may come as bit of a shock to some readers, despite the fact that this news is over one year old.
It received little attention in mainstream media and continues to go
ignored despite the implementation of this program. As RCMP Chief
Superintendent Joe Oliver told the Senate Committee on National Security
and Defence, “we recognized early that this approach would raise
concerns about sovereignty, of privacy, and civil liberties of
Canadians… We said ‘Let’s take baby steps, let’s start with two agencies
to test the concept, let’s demonstrate to Canadians and Americans that
such an approach might work.”
The first steps have already been implemented via the Harper
government’s omnibus budget bill B-38. Known as “Shiprider,” this
program recognizes US agents as a legitimate police force in Canadian
waters. According to the RCMP website,
“Canadians need to be aware that if they are approached by a United
States Coast Guard vessel in Canadian waters, they need to comply with
their request as they would with an RCMP vessel.”
The next step in this police integration is over land. It’s likely
that the FBI will have the same authority as the RCMP on Canadian soil.
These initiatives are part of the larger trend
blending American and Canadian police enforcement and bureaucracy. With
news like this, the “conspiracy theorists” touting a North American
Union are looking less crazy and more prophetic.