Sunday, January 1, 2012
What Does the NDAA Mean for Canada?
As his New Year's gift to the United States, President Barack Obama ratified the National Defense Authorization Act on December 31. This effectively makes the United States a war zone, allows indefinite detainment of her citizens, and eradicates due process, all with one sweep of the pen.
As the neighbours to the north, how will this effect us?
At this point, it's all speculation, but here are some possibilities:
~ Due to the recent perimeter agreement between the US and Canada, the militaries have agreed to "help each other" during times of civil upheaval. If active martial law goes into effect in the US, our troops could be deployed to assist in carrying out the orders.
~ Also regarding the perimeter agreement, the line is blurred for the military powers. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that some parts of Canada could find themselves under martial law as well.
~ Crossing the border has just become a whole lot riskier. Remember when people didn't want to travel to places in Central America because they might get thrown in prison never to be seen again? This is actually a legal behavior now in the United States.
~ We might become home to those seeking asylum from a government that takes political prisoners simply because they have a dissenting opinion.
~ A horde of refugees may cross our borders, looking to escape the new iron fist of the US government. If food and money fall into short supply, the likelihood of this increases exponentially.
~ And the thing that terrifies me the most....................there but for the grace of God go we. How long before the Canadian government openly begins to vilify the people of Canada in order to change the rules of law that have governed us? When will it become easier for Canada to fall into step with the US than to march to the beat of our own drum.
Politically speaking, 2012 is going to be a heck of a ride.