WikiLeaks: Canadian Targets for Terrorism
In a recent article in the Globe & Mail, we saw the latest flareup in the raging WikiLeaks firestorm that has pointed out some key hotspots right here on Canadian soil. This particular leak not only disclosed a list of Canadian sites that the United States considers essential to preserving its own “interests”, but also served to remind us of of a little known tri-lateral security agreement called the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, where unbeknownst to most Canadians, political forces have already aligned to undermine national trade and sovereignty issues in order to assure future security, under terms that have never been presented publicly, let alone offered up for legislative debate. So, inadvertently, this particular WikiLeaks flareup is also inadvertantly showing Canadians how any perceived security threats in an unknown Future would most certainly and quite radically impact our seemingly false sense of national sovereignty – if Terrorists were to ever actually use this newly disclosed list of prime Canadian targets.
First of all, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Canada appears on this leaked list of U.S. foreign interests (below) more any other country. If there was ever any doubt about what the U.S. sees of value up here in Canada, this list makes it plainly obvious that the U.S. is primarily interested in Energy when it looks at Canada. It’s worth noting though, that there are no coal or gas-fired fired electrical plants, much less any solar or wind energy interests on this list. More surprisingly, neither do the the vast wastelands of Alberta’s tar sands and refining facilities factor in either! When the U.S. looks for energy sources beyond it’s borders, it’s looking to preserve the capacity and critical structural integrity of Hydro and Nuclear powerplants.
Short List of Soft Targets
It should already be self-evident to most that power plants and key border crossings are of critical importance to national safety, and that the security around these locations has already been greatly enhanced since 9-11. What’s much more interesting though, is that buried among the obvious targets is much shorter list of key suppliers to the U.S. military machine that would represent very high-yield, and yet relatively soft or vulnerable targets for Terrorists.
- Plasma Sanofi Pasteur Ltd.
– Polio virus vaccine
- GlaxoSmithKile Biologicals,
– Pre-pandemic influenza vaccines
- Chalk River Nuclear Facility,
– Largest supplier of medical radioisotopes in the world
- Allied Signal,
– Hydrofluoric Acid Production Facility
- General Dynamics Land Systems
– Critical to the production of the Stryker/USMC LAV Vehicle Integration
- Raytheon Systems Canada Ltd. ELCAN Optical Technologies Division, Midland, Ontario
– Critical to the production of the AGM-130
- Missile Thales Optronique Canada, Inc.
– Critical optical systems for ground combat vehicles
The ABCs of the SPP:
The much deeper message being raised by this WikiLeak is that there are already measures in place to protect against such threats. Measures which have effectively circumvented our democratic processes, to reinforce a more multi-national approach to both corporate and public governance. Here’s a brief introduction to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) from Canadians.org.
” In a post-9/11 world where, for the Bush administration, “security trumps trade,” the Canadian and Mexican governments have agreed to fully integrate their security apparatuses with the U.S. and fully participate in its “war on terror” in return for vague assurances of continued market access for their largest corporations. But the SPP goes much further than this. Plans for regulatory convergence, energy sector integration and a potential common external tariff will make independent Canadian policies on agriculture, the environment and energy impossible.
Since March 2005, without public input and with little public awareness, all three North American governments have been moving quickly toward establishing a continental resource pact, a North American security perimeter, and common agricultural and other health, safety and environmental policies.”
While the SPP may have been moderated through various measures, its underlying intent remained as a political imperative, and it’s requirements have resurfaced in numerous other closed-door proceedings to become entrenched via other forms of equally unscrutinized agreements.
For example, on December 8, 2010 The Globe&Mail also reported that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have already been negotiating a perimeter security agreement with the United States – a deal designed to ensure the vital trade flow between Canada and its largest trading partner is not choked off by the aggressive U.S. security bureaucracy.
“We intend to work together to defend and protect the land, maritime, air and cyberspace domains of both the United States and Canada and to enhance the security of our integrated transportation and communication networks,” says a draft version of a declaration on a possible deal obtained by The Globe and Mail.
We’ve not seen the end of this story yet…Not by a long shot.
The Master List of Canadian Terrorist Targets
The February 2009, details sites “whose loss could critically impact the public health, economic security, and/or national and homeland security of the United States.”
- Hibernia Atlantic undersea cable landing Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- James Bay Power Project, Quebec: monumental hydroelectric power development
- Mica Dam, British Columbia: Failure would impact the Columbia River Basin
- Hydro Quebec, Quebec: Critical irreplaceable source of power to portions of Northeast U.S.
- Robert Moses/Robert H. Saunders Power, Ontario: Part of the St. Lawrence Power Project, between Barnhart Island, New York, and Cornwall, Ontario
- Seven Mile Dam, British Columbia: Concrete gravity dam between two other hydropower dams along the Pend d’Oreille River
- Pickering Nuclear Power Plant, Ontario, Canada
- Chalk River Nuclear Facility, Ontario: Largest supplier of medical radioisotopes in the world
- Hydrofluoric Acid Production Facility, Allied Signal, Amherstburg, Ontario
- Enbridge Pipeline Alliance Pipeline: Natural gas transmission from Canada
- Maritime and Northeast Pipeline: Natural gas transmission from Canada
- Transcanada Gas: Natural gas transmission from Canada
- Alexandria Bay POE, Ontario: Northern border crossing
- Ambassador Bridge POE, Ontario: Northern border crossing
- Blaine POE, British Columbia: Northern border crossing
- Blaine Washington Rail Crossing, British Columbia
- Blue Water Bridge POE, Ontario: Northern border crossing
- Champlain POE, Quebec: Northern border crossing
- CPR Tunnel Rail Crossing, Ontario (Michigan Central Rail Crossing) International Bridge Rail Crossing, Ontario International Railway Bridge Rail Crossing
- Lewiston-Queenstown POE, Ontario: Northern border crossing
- Peace Bridge POE, Ontario: Northern border crossing
- Pembina POE, Manitoba: Northern border crossing
- North Portal Rail Crossing, Saskatchewan
- St. Claire Tunnel Rail Crossing, Ontario
- Waneta Dam, British Columbia: Earthfill/concrete hydropower dam
- Darlington Nuclear Power Plant, Ontario, Canada
- E-ONE Moli Energy, Maple Ridge, Canada: Critical to production of various military application electronics
- General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, London Ontario, Canada: Critical to the production of the Stryker/USMC LAV Vehicle Integration
- Raytheon Systems Canada Ltd. ELCAN Optical Technologies Division, Midland, Ontario, Canada: Critical to the production of the AGM-130
- Missile Thales Optronique Canada, Inc., Montreal, Quebec: Critical optical systems for ground combat vehicles
- Germanium Mine Graphite Mine Iron Ore Mine Nickel Mine Niobec Mine, Quebec,
- Canada: Niobium Cangene, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Plasma Sanofi Pasteur Ltd., Toronto, Canada: Polio virus vaccine
- GlaxoSmithKile Biologicals, North America, Quebec, Canada: Pre-pandemic influenza vaccines