Canada-U.S. border review: you could see it coming

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Janet Napolitano, in one of her first moves as Barack Obama’s homeland security secretary, has ordered a sweeping review of security along the Canada-U.S. border.

As we’ve reported in Maclean’s, the view of the border as a weak link in American anti-terror (and anti-drug) efforts is not eccentric, it’s the conventional thinking inside defence and security branches of the U.S. government.

Much of this American fear is stoked by Canadian “experts,” from obscure professors at the Royal Military College to the anonymous writers of CSIS reports. I wonder how often they exaggerate dangers simply because that’s the sort of stuff they find exciting.