U.S. arms Great Lakes boats
Treaty of 1814 no longer applies, American coast guard chief says
HALIFAX -- The U.S. Coast Guard’s plans to arm boats on the Great Lakes with machine-guns — a measure that has drawn fire from Canadian residents — were sanctioned by Ottawa three years ago, officials from both countries confirmed today.
No explanation of why the treaty no longer applies, just "the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard said it’s become necessary to protect the border that runs through the lakes, and he said the treaty no longer applies." In other words, we're going to do whatever we like, and our response to the rest of the world is, "And? So? What are you going to do about it?" (Apparently, in the Canadian government's case, what we're going to do about it is roll over and take it, the shitstains.)
Boy, that didn't take long. In one day, the US government has managed to shred the US Constitution, centuries of Common Law, the Geneva Conventions, and the Treaty of 1814. And what's worse, my government didn't even fucking try to stop them on the latter point.
(In the bigger picture, we'll never know who the next Maher Arar will be, because he'll never get out of prison in some godforsaken hellhole somewhere, and we'll never find out about him. Welcome to the world of Augusto Pinochet Bush.)
So much for the world's longest undefended border. Will the nutters in the Congress please go ahead and start building that wall? We want it not to keep us out, but you in.