An Agreement was recently signed by the US and Canadian Armed Forces
It allows for the movement of both armies across the border for domestic disputes
No Okay from Congress for the Move
It wasn’t announced by the Canadian Government andÂ Received little Press coverage
What is Presidential Directive 51
U.S. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of USNORTHCOM, signs agreement Feb. 14, 2008, with Canadian Air Force Lt. Gen. Marc Dumais, commander of Canada Command (USNORTHCOM photo)
In a story that got almost no media attention, either in Canada, or the United States, the U.S. and Canada signed a military agreement that allowed the armed forces from one nation to cross the border and support the armed forces of the other nation during a domestic civil emergency–even one that doesn’t involve a cross-border crisis.
The agreement was not announced by the Harper government in Canada.
The move set up the beginnings of a North American Army. The agreement was not okayed by Congress.
The agreement, defined as a Civil Assistance Plan, was not submitted to Congress for approval, nor did Congress pass any law or treaty specifically authorizing this military agreement to combine the operations of the armed forces of the United States and Canada in the event of a wide range of domestic civil disturbances ranging from violent storms, to health epidemics, to civil riots or terrorist attacks.
In Canada, the agreement paving the way for the militaries of the U.S. and Canada to cross each other’s borders to fight domestic emergencies was not announced either by the Harper government or the Canadian military, prompting sharp protest.
“It’s kind of a trend when it comes to issues of Canada-U.S. relations and contentious issues like military integration,” Stuart Trew, a researcher with the Council of Canadians told the Canwest News Service. “We see that this government is reluctant to disclose information to Canadians that is readily available on American and Mexican websites.”
The military Civil Assistance Plan can be seen as a further incremental step being taken toward creating a North American armed forces available to be deployed in domestic North American emergency situation.
The move is sure to add fuel to the fire of those critics who warn of American armed forces involved in domestic matters.
When it was signed, the American by U.S. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, or USNORTHCOM, and by Canadian Air Force Lt. Gen. Marc Dumais, commander of Canada Command–it was held up as a good thing for forest fires and hurricanes.
What is Presidential Directive 51 and why is it unsettling in light of this newest agreement?
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