Little Information So Far on Perimeter Plan Progress
(Embassy – Carl Meyer)
The first deadlines have passed, but neither Canadian nor US governments have announced yet what has been accomplished
The first batch of dozens of deadlines in the Canada-United States perimeter security plan has come and gone, with neither government responding to questions of progress by press time.
The border action plan announced in December notes that by Jan. 31 the two governments would “determine the way ahead” on how to share intelligence related to national security. It is the first milestone in the multi-year Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan that will, among many other things, harmonize much of how Canada and the US share information and evidence between their police forces and intelligence agencies.
The plan, which lays out a series of deadlines over the next few years, notes that bureaucrats should already be hammering away at a new inventory that will show where Prime Minister Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama need to plug security holes in order to begin building an impenetrable fortress. But by press time neither the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade nor the US Department of Homeland Security were able to answer any questions about progress, or whether the government had met its deadline. Read more here.
Date: February 1, 2012