The kid answered the knock at the front door of his suburban home in BC. Four large, tall men in good suits asked if his parents were home and, when he hesitated, they brushed past, walked in and each took a section of the house. Over the weak protestations of the terrified teen, they found his room, and searched it, stripped it of all electronics and ripped his cable out of the wall. All the hardware was carted off to an unmarked police cruiser with a fifth man in an RCMP uniform at the wheel.
The interrogation was brief. Harsh, cruel, threatening, frightening. Very intimidating. They told him that they were with Homeland Security and showed some ‘stinkin’ badges and, of course, threatened him with charges, trials, incarceration and, no doubt, implied bodily harm. He caved.
Seems he had been on a hacking forum. Worse, he had actually hacked something. He took nothing, sold nothing, disrupted nothing but, yes, he was in there – somewhere – skulking around. He was a young techie seeing what this hacking thing was all about.
According to the Chicago-dispatched crew of thugs in his kitchen, he had mixed on the wrong forum. Known bad guys were on that forum and now he was officially associated with them. Homeland Security would soon get him fired from his part-time job, alert the Mounties, alert CSIS, tell his school and, of course, tell his mom. He was in deep doo-doo.
They scared the hell out of him.
That was twenty years ago. Since then, the USA has struck a deal with the Canadian Coast Guard. Something called the Marine Border Protection Act or something benign-sounding is now (and has been) official policy for some time. It basically gives the US ‘authorities’ (not just the Coastguard) the right to travel as far as fifty miles into Canadian waters in pursuit of ‘evildoers’ or, of course, those suspected of anything even slightly evil, naughty or contrary to US interests. Yeah, that means boaters in the Gulf can be boarded by US authorities.
They don’t stop where the water meets the land.
Calgary Airport is somewhat recently renovated. It now sports a large section that is clearly USA dominated, as does the Vancouver Airport. Like a big-box anchor in a mall, this section looms large in the airport building. In it are a lot of US Marines and other US authority figures. When you travel to the US, they ‘pre-screen’ you there. They body x-rayed me. The US would prefer to do their border checks on OUR side of the border. ‘Course, they do ’em again when you land somewhere in the US but, hey! They can do what they want….right? “That’s right, sir. As of that line, you are now in US territory. We can arrest you and you have no rights as a Canadian in Canada whatsoever. Canada does not exist to you. You are ours!”
So, Princess Huawei’s arrest is no biggy. Trudeau claims he knew in advance. I doubt it, personally. The US has enough freedom to do what they want and they did it. They usually grab some hapless RCMP and get him or her to tag along for appearances but they arrest who they want to arrest in the ‘interests of Homeland Security’ and they have been doing it for years. Maybe they offered a gesture of a ‘heads up’ to Trudeau but, by the time he heard, it was already done. Guaranteed. It would only make sense. “Grab her, Bubba. If we get permission, great. If we don’t, we have her anyway.”
Dear fellow Canadians. Your country has no clout. We have no power. We are the pawns. We are the playthings of the USA. NOW: we are Trump’s toys. Do not forget that. OUR ‘authorities’ give speeding tickets, prosecute petty crimes, sell out the environment and take the flack for the Chicago suits and the New York suits they represent. We control nothing. Not even our own Coastguard. Not even our own airports. Not even our own oil, water or ‘rights and freedoms’.
And, as the new USMECA grows out of the old NAFTA, we have lost the right to negotiate any other free trade deal with any other country unless the US says it is OK. Arresting Huawei was just a US suit showing their control over Canada as well as cranking up the trade war with China to a new level but sacrificing Trudeau as a pawn at the same time.
As if we didn’t already know.
The following article might help. It was written in 2013. That was 6 years ago. Things have progressed….https://www.rt.com/usa/limits-canada-authority-fbi-395/