LINKS April 4, 2011


Border officials violated rules in forwarding photos [CP]

International search is on for missing Canadian couple [Spokesman-Review - WA]

Border guards to scan air, waterways, and shore [CTV]

US and Canadian officials celebrate longer hours at the Wild Horse Port [KFBB- Montana]


Canadians decry Wisconsin anti-union labor law []


War in Libya used to defend need for better fighters [Ottawa Citizen]

Canadians protected amid Qu-ran protests: Cannon [CBC]


First-ever US Arctic investment summit []


Stalking the savvy shopper [The Province - Vancouver]

Bills trying to raise their profile in Toronto [Globe and Mail]


No to a new tar sands pipeline [NY Times]

US media divided on proposed Keystone XL pipeline [Postmedia News]

Exxon test mega-load will roll Monday [Boise Weekly - Idaho]

Big rig opponents: Exxon comments validate fight [The Missoulian - Montana]

Environmentalists sue over mega-loads [The Independent Record - Helena, Montana]

Lawsuit tries to stop oil sands equipment from moving through Montana [Calgary Herald]

Liberal energy plan smacks of Trudeau: economist [Calgary Sun]

Leach: Liberals’ significant climate plan cloaked in silence [Globe and Mail]

Politicians need to see this: oil sands workers [Edmonton Journal]


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LINKS April 1, 2011

Updated 8:25 pm EST


International weapons smuggling ring was based in Alberta: police [CP]

Canadian closes 3 border crossings [UPI]

Miller seeks 100 percent secure borders by 2016 [Detroit News]

Secure border act would tell DHS to prevent all illegal entries within 5 years []

Canadian man arrested in Maine after bogus detonator threat made on bus [AP]

US Border patrol report [The Northern Light - WA]

Israeli traveler humiliated in Germany, Canada []


High on the job: Ambassador Doer thrives on the adrenaline rush [Winnipeg Free Press]

Practical politics at work [Winnipeg Free Press]


Harper talks trade, but is this just an outreach exercise? [Globe and Mail]


Court documents link second polygamous leaders to cross-border marriages [CP]


No Canadian boots on the ground in Libya, Harper vows [Postmedia News]

Gates says other nations can arm Libyan rebels [NY Times]

NATO warns rebels against attacking civilians [NY Times]

Lawmakers batter Gates on Libya [Washington Post]


Enormous Kearl-bound oil sands shipments target of Montana lawsuit [CP]

100 US landowners tell Clinton Keystone XL pipeline too risky []

Former State Dept. envoy backs Keystone pipeline [Reuters]

Republicans make ‘urgent case’ for TransCanada’s Keystone [Globe and Mail]

Republicans press Obama to approve oil sands pipeline [Postmedia News]

Republicans make ‘urgent case’ for Canadian oil [CP]

Pembina: tough but fair regulations would drive oil sands regulation [Petroleum Economist]

Indigenous activists fight building massive pipelines from tar sands through US []

Enbridge pushes for political support of oil sands pipeline [Globe and Mail]

Alberta oil sands ‘greening’ good news for Ontario [Edmonton Journal]

Layton would slash oilsands subsidies [CBC]

Okla Commissioners to discuss Cushing oil suppply [COKO TV - Oklahoma City]

The Koch brothers come to Canada to promote their oil sands interests []


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Rep. Miller introduces Secure Border Act

April 1, 2011
By Luiza Ch. Savage

From her press release:

Miller Introduces Legislation Requiring DHS to Develop Strategy for Securing Our Borders


March 31: WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, today introduced the Secure Border Act of 2011, which will require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a strategy to gain operational control of the border.


“The first and foremost responsibility of the federal government is to provide for our common defense, which is in the Preamble of our Constitution.  Our common defense begins with effectively securing our borders.  The American people rightly expect and demand that the federal government take the responsibility to secure our borders seriously.  This means preventing unlawful entries, illicit drugs and other contraband from entering our nation.” said Miller.  “The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol are on the front line working tirelessly every day to secure our nation’s border and we all honor their dedicated service to our nation.  Because of the wide scope of the current problem, the Border Patrol are far too often undermanned, and in some cases out gunned.  The fact of the matter is that our borders are not adequately secured and there is a great need for a clear, concise and effective strategy to gain control of the entire border, as well as measure the effectiveness of our efforts.”


“The Administration has no plans to gain additional miles of border under operational control either this year or next – this is unacceptable.  The lack of urgency to confront the problem puts this Administration at odds with the demands of the American people who are calling for a cohesive and comprehensive plan to gain and maintain operational control of the border,” Miller said.  “My legislation, the Secure Border Act of 2011, would require DHS to develop such a comprehensive plan to achieve operational control of our borders that acknowledges the challenges and effectively utilizes the personnel and tools needed to finally secure our borders.”


Miller’s legislation would require the Secretary of DHS to produce a plan to gain operational control of the border within five years and taking into account staffing requirements, infrastructure, including pedestrian fencing, vehicle barriers, use of unmanned aerial vehicles, technology and sensors.


The U.S. Border Patrol’s latest strategy document, produced in 2004, outlined the Border Patrol’s strategic goal: to establish and maintain operational control of the entire border of the United States.  However, to date, the Border Patrol has established operational control of less than 44 percent of the southwest borderand has reached an acceptable level of security on 32 of the nearly 4,000 northern border miles in fiscal year 2010.


Text of the bill will be available here.


Detroit News: Miller seeks 100 percent secure borders by 2016 Secure border act would tell DHS to prevent all illegal entries within 5 years


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