It seems that it has become national policy that our homeland security efforts shall in no way be allocated according to where the risks are. For example, keep an eye on those returning veterans, who are all likely to become terrorists.
And, if you’re going to beef up security at the Mexican border, at points along which it is literally a war zone, you have to beef up security at the Canadian border as well:
High above the rugged border, an unmanned Predator B drone equipped with night-vision cameras and cloud-piercing radar scanned the landscape for signs of smugglers, illegal immigrants or terrorists.
Armed agents checked the identification of border crossers while radiation sensors and other devices monitored vehicles entering by road. Soon, a new network of telescopic and infrared video cameras mounted atop 80-foot-tall metal towers will rise above critical locations.
The beefed-up border security is not taking place along America’s chaotic southern border – riven by drug smuggling, gun running and illegal immigration – but, rather, its traditionally boring northern boundary with Canada. . .
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made the get-tough policy clear in recent comments.
“One of the things that we need to be sensitive to is the very real feeling among southern border states and in Mexico that if things are being done on the Mexican border, they should also be done on the Canadian border,” Napolitano told a conference in Washington.
“In other words, we shouldn’t go light on one and heavy on the other.”
(Via the Corner.)
In addition to uselessly offending our Canadian neighbors, this idiocy costs real money. They would have done better just burning piles of money, but they were probably concerned about the carbon emissions.