December 03, 2006

Dec. 3, 2006: Updated #1 Border security and related

Bumped up

Update 1: 20 False Passports

Britain fails fake passport test, Dec. 1, BBC UK

Serious questions have been raised over Britain's border security after a BBC journalist entered the UK twice on fake and stolen passports.

Shahida Tulaganov obtained 20 illegal passports - each from an EU country, including the UK - within months.

Those in the trade told her to travel via sea or bus, saying port security was less stringent than airports. [....]

UK, Germany
France, Italy
Sweden, Denmark
Finland, Estonia
Netherlands, Belgium
Spain, Portugal
Greece, Slovenia
Czech Republic, Poland
Austria, Slovakia
Lithuania, Latvia

Canada , border , ports , containers , land and sea ... Need I say more?

Border agent wanted in mob raid surrenders , Paul Cherry, CanWest / Montreal Gazette, December 02, 2006

MONTREAL -- ... a Canada Border Services Agency agent wanted in connection with a major round-up of alleged Montreal Mafia figures ended as she turned herself in to her colleagues.

Marilyn Beliveau, 27, of Montreal, ... sought on an arrest warrant in connection with Project Colisee. She arrived by car at the Lacolle, Que., border late Thursday night. [....]

Project Colisee was carried out on Nov. 22 and included the arrest of Nicolo Rizzuto, 82, the father of Vito Rizzuto, 60, the alleged head of the Montreal Mafia. Vito Rizzuto's brother-in-law, Paolo Renda, 67, was also arrested. The round-up came at the end of a four-year investigation into drug trafficking, bookmaking and other alleged illegal activities.

Eighty people in all have been arrested so far and the RCMP is still looking for 11 others.

Beliveau was suspended from her job in May after an internal CBSA investigation. Before her suspension she worked out of a Montreal office and her responsibilities involving [sic "involved"] managing containers that arrived by land and sea.

Search: Kahnawake Mohawk reserve , online betting server on the territory, WSC Management Inc. , Marco de Pasquale , software development company ,.Matteo Rosario de Pasquale , Fin Tech , Mafia bookmaking scheme , $25 million since June 2003 , Kahnawake Gaming Commission

Sometimes, a webpage unexpectly closes or I discover something just not quite right about a webpage or a file (mine). Then I check further. Sometimes, there seems to be a connection between current news and past posts. There are many possibilities but one I noticed was this.

Note: No one is illegal

There are screen captures which might be of interest as well.

Frost Hits the Rhubarb May 28 - Jun. 3, 2006

Frost Hits the Rhubarb April 17, 2006: Illegal Aliens

Note: Lacolle border crossing is mentioned. I am including below some, not all, of the key sections from a year ago that may be related, from at least two different weeks.

Note also that the large spaces indicate separate quotations.

Frost Hits the Rhubarb Nov. 13 - Nov. 18, 2005

Two posts from the CEUDA Report (union for CBSA-Canadian Border Services personnel) on border problems.
(Put link on one line.)
Part is in the week of Nov. 6 to Nov. 11, 05


On Frost Hits the Rhubarb, Nov. 4, 05, I posted part of this submission, from the Introduction to clause 1.29. See the rest of that report, along with some other information: "Updated: CEUDA Report Part 2 (clauses 1.28 to 1.89) to Senate Committee on National Security and Defence"

Search for PAO (Police Association of Ontario) Report. Scroll down or use this link.

Hansard, ICAAN -&- Poof! Gremlins again, PAO aims to please

Frost Hits the Rhubarb Oct. 30 - Nov. 5, 2005

Scroll down for the CEUDA Report to a Senate Standing Committee for more on Canada's insecure border.

Weapons bust near U.S. border -- ST-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Que. Nov. 3, 05

[Canada Border Services Agency] spokeswoman Nicole Barsalou says about 6,000 weapons other than firearms were seized by the agency in 2004, almost three times as many as in 2002. [. . . . ]

CEUDA Submission - Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

1. CEUDA or the Customs and Excise Union is the Union representing persons working in CBSA and CRA in the areas of Customs, Trade Administration, and Excise/GST.

2. It is worth knowing how this department has been structured over time, to whom it is responsible (Search:
Minister, Deputy PM Anne McLellan and the President, Alain Jolicoeur.)
and that there has been tension between management and front line staff evident in this submission and the reasons for it.


The latest news: Guns at border near you -- Feds relent on armed officers Maria McClintock, Nov. 1, 05 [....]

[....] The CEUDA Report

Explosive information on border insecurity in this!

CEUDA Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence

CEUDA testifies before Senate Committee on Bill C-26
OCT 31 Brief CEUDA calls for Armed Customs Border Patrol

Bill C-26 — An Act to establish the Canada Border Services Agency

Monday, October 31, 2005
Ron Moran
National President

1.16 Your Committee correctly reported problems with police responses to calls for assistance from Customs, and made recommendations accordingly. But it seems things weren’t bad enough already because the RCMP has been systematically closing Detachments along the border. This has exacerbated existing problems. Detachments were closed in Ontario in the late 1990’s, in Quebec a year ago, and are currently in the process of closing in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

1.23 We recently read the February 1, 2005, testimony from the Deputy Prime Minister, as well as that of the President and Vice-President of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), to members of your Sub-Committee on Public Safety and National Security, as it related to the Sub-Committee's study of Bill C‑26 establishing the CBSA. We were flabbergasted and astounded at the slanted testimony, the extent to which it gave the wrong impression, and the degree to which efforts were undertaken to downplay the threat and illegal activity known to be taking place along the border.

1.24 In her testimony, the Deputy Prime Minister said a mere 18 vehicles were known to have blown the Lacolle border in one year, meaning their drivers did not stop to report to Customs but rather chose to proceed into the country illegally. In reality, our members documented no less than 17 vehicles during a three (3) week period in the month of December 2004 alone - you may have heard about it at the time since Radio-Canada television decided to report it in the news. At five (5) British Columbia border crossings, using another example, 26 vehicles blew by the ports without stopping during the week of February 7, 2005. According to city officials in Stanstead, Québec, the count is consistently well over 250 unidentified vehicles illegally entering Canada each month by using two (2) unguarded roads namely Leeball and Church Roads (that’s almost 60 a week). We’re also aware that in 2004, CBSA documented over 1,600 vehicles as entering Canada at border-crossings and failing to report to Canada Customs.

1.25 Senators, security is only as strong as the weakest link. Keep in mind then that absolutely no one is checking any of the hundreds of vehicles and their passengers and/or contents that illegally enter Canada via unguarded roads every week. That’s hundreds, every week!

1.26 Moreover, using CBSA’s own number of over 1,600 for the year 2004, an average of more than 30 vehicles blew by Customs offices every week and entered Canada, few of these vehicles are ever intercepted by police, which again means no one is checking these vehicles, their passengers or their contents. Canada spends hundreds of millions of dollars guarding and protecting the front doors to our nation at points-of-entry. All the while, the back door remains not only unlocked but wide open for anyone to come through.


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