Friday, April 24, 2009

Fact checking not a priority for US officials

"Unfortunately, misconceptions arise on something as fundamental as where the 9/11 terrorists came from," -- A clearly exasperated Canadian Ambassador Michael Wilson once again having to knock down an ongoing urban myth of America...

Hey Mr. Obama! When should we stop banging our heads on the wall?

Short days after the Canadian government had Ambassador Michael Wilson reinforce for the American government that they have their history wrong, another high profile American repeats the now common belief that the 9/11 terrorists came through Canada.

It's been one of the greatest irritants between the two nations, as our American neighbours continue to forget the much documented evidence that all of those that took part in those heinous crimes of 2001 were already living in the United States at the time of their crimes.

The Canadian Embassy is back on the debunking patrol after former Republican Presidential candidate John McCain repeated the apparent mantra of the less than knowledgeable that "some of the 9/11 hijackers did come through Canada", his less than accurate observations were recounted for Fox News on Friday, which of course will send the word across America to a vast audience which never seems to consider research as a worthwhile trait.

The latest outbreak of the uninformed comes days after Janet Napolitano, the U.S. homeland security secretary offered up her assessment that the terror suspects of 2001 came through Canada.

When she isn't quoting unreliable facts, the Secretary is busy burning bridges rather than building them. Her latest thoughts on border security have caused a fair amount of distress on our side of the border, as she targets Canada's immigration policies and suggests that the Canadian border is just as dangerous as the Mexican one and should be guarded much the same.

Progess is slow, the Homeland Security has corrected herself, but listening in to the debate you get the feeling that the underlying theme of her beliefs and commentary will endure..

Considering the tone that seems to be coming out of the States from a number of departments, Canadians will have to just come to the realization that just because new neighbours have moved into the house next door, it doesn't mean that they will be any more understanding or cooperative than the folks that just moved out.

With all this misinformation becoming national policy a quote from that great American philosopher Forrest Gump comes to mind by way of explanation...

Vancouver Sun-- Comments simply border on the bizarre
Calgary Herald-- Harper must deal with border blather
Canadian Press-- Liberal leader raises concerns about Napolitano in talks with Obama officials
Winnipeg Free Press-- American ignorance

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