Counter-Terrorism and Northern Border Drug Strategy Tied to Perimeter Security Deal…(No. American Union!)
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
In a move that went largely unnoticed, the U.S. government unveiled a new counter-narcotics strategy for the northern border which will work towards closer cooperation with Canada in the war on drugs.
This includes both countries strengthening integrated cross-border intelligence sharing and law enforcement operations.
Canada has also released a comprehensive counter-terrorism plan aimed at combating the threats of domestic and international violent extremism.
The separate U.S.-Canada undertakings are both tied to the Beyond the Border deal and efforts to establish a North American security perimeter.
In January, the Obama administration announced the National Northern Border Counternarcotics Strategy. A press release by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) described how the plan seeks, “to reduce the two-way flow of illicit drugs between the United States and Canada by increasing coordination among Federal, state, local, and tribal enforcement authorities, enhancing intelligence sharing between counterdrug agencies, and strengthening ongoing counterdrug partnerships and initiatives with the Government of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).”