While multiple law enforcement agencies figure out ways to guarantee their continued funding
by doing asinine stunts like the one that started this thread, we have not increased our safety
or stopped the flow of drugs by one iota
. Want proof?
I live about 35 miles from the Canadian border. The border is crossed by a lake. The lake is mostly undeveloped, with pockets of homes/cabins here and there, but lots of woods and rural areas. The bottom five miles of this narrow, north/south lake is in U.S., with the rest of it going 20 or so miles up into Canada
has an unmanned dock
on the border with a telephone. You're supposed to stop and check in as you cross. Coming back, you are supposed to go to the extreme south end of the lake and check in with U.S. customs (there's a pretty good sized town there). This is usually also a phone-in situation, since there is typically no one there.
Crossing back and forth is no problem. On a typical summer Saturday there are hundreds of boats crossing back and forth -- from 30 foot sailboats and powerboats to 12 foot aluminum fishing
boats and jet skis. Anyone can go up into Canada, pick up whatever or whoever they like from anywhere along the shoreline and merrily come back into the U.S; drugs, illegal aliens, weapons, terrorists, anything. The state boat ramp
is about a mile north of the (mostly unmanned) dock
where you're supposed to go to check in when coming back into the U.S. Do you think anyone does that? Of course not. Every time I take my 21-foot, cuddy cabin
boat out at that ramp
(and I often do it after dark), I laugh at the dog and pony show we put up with at airports an on the water
in more developed areas in the name of "security."
The U.S./Canada border is the longest unprotected border in the world. I bet there are thousands of places like this along the border.