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Jun 4, 2014 0 Comments

Canada On Guard: Assessing the Immigration Security Threat of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba Policy Reports

Authors: FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ, JOSEPH HUMIRE, VICTORIA HENDERSON

SFS Policy report No. 1, Canada On Guard: Assessing the Immigration Security Threat of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba, delves into an emerging threat to North American immigration security building on a theme discussed on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on October 2012 and at the Albany Club, Toronto on November 2013 as part of our annual Future of North America Forum.

The report is co-authored by SFS Executive Director Joseph M. Humire, Senior Fellow Fernando D. Menéndez and ISEA’s Managing Director Victoria L. Henderson, and uses several fact-finding trips to Latin America and two declassified Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) intelligence reports to provide specific data on Iran’s exploitation of cracks in Canada’s immigration system. The report also examines Venezuela’s role as a “bridge” for Iranian covert access to Canada, reviews the use of cultural exchange and other soft power strategies to win support for state sponsors of terrorism, and presents preliminary policy recommendations for strengthening Canada’s immigration and national security system.

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Jun 2, 2014 0 Comments

Obama Spins Americans Over Bowe Bergdahl Release, Taliban Exchange Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

President Obama has finally done it. The White House had been dropping hints for years, and this weekend our commander in chief made one of our nation’s most shocking wartime decisions. He agreed to allow the release of five top Taliban top leaders from Guantanamo in exchange for our lone prisoner-of-war, Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

After Saturday’s shocking prisoner swap Mr. Obama is now trying to convince Americans that this is all good news for our country.

How many more Americans will die because of this illegal and ill-advised prisoner exchange?

In a White House Rose Garden announcement on Saturday, Mr. Obama and Bergdahl’s parents, Bob and Jani, acted as if they were all describing America’s top war hero.

While the president tapped into the natural American instinct to leave no soldier behind, when we scratch the surface of Saturday’s surprising news, his decision is even more flawed and dangerous than it is cynical.

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Jun 2, 2014 0 Comments

America Betrayed Over Bergdahl, Taliban Leaders POW Exchange Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

In one of America’s most shocking wartime decisions, the Commander-in-Chief has knowingly broken the law to release five of our highest-ranking enemies in return for a young soldier who mysteriously vanished from his post days after allegedly writing to his parents, “the horror is that America is disgusting” and mailing home boxes with his books and uniforms.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, and Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member James Inhofe released a joint statement noting that President Barack Obama was required by law to provide a 30-day notice to Congress before transferring any detainees, explaining how their security threat was to be mitigated.

And the White House response?

“Unique and exigent circumstances” justified the decision. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel later claimed the Taliban’s prisoner was endangered, curiously more now than during his five years in captivity. Really?

So much for the Constitution. So much for Mr. Obama’s constant refrains about America following the “rule of law.”

But regrettably this is not just an academic exercise, nor just about the law. Nor about one soldier.

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