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December 02, 2005

For Passport Controls

A reader responds to the previous entry, in which I question the need for passports at the Canadian border:

Requiring passports at the border will undoubtably take a toll on cross border retail traffic and tourism. Nevertheless, imposing such requirements will cause no end of headaches for those seeking to enter this country to pursue the aims of militant Islam. And it is in the need to coordinate such details that conspirators are frequently caught, deterred or simply inconvenienced so that they cannot take advantage of opportunities. The ability to delay an opponent's movements is a good thing when fighting a war. The trade off seems reasonable to me. In addition, it will help fight the growing meth trafficing network operating between BC and Yakima.

Yes, there are possible benefits to it. One can imagine even greater supervision--a second passport control between Bellingham and Sedro-Woolley, for example, similar to what I experienced a couple of years ago on I-5 north of San Diego, which was an effort to pick up illegal Mexicans. The question is, how much do you give up for security? So often the justification is war, as it is for the reader above: "...a good thing when fighting a war." I am not so sure we are in a war, really, or that if we are, sort of, that war is necessary. Maybe that is the real difference between our views.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at December 2, 2005 10:41 AM



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