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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Border crossing

Posted by: Hammer / 11:40 AM

Looks like we've found a new class of illegals to worry about:

A man was being held in a US military prison yesterday for deserting from the marines 38 years ago after being caught on the American-Canadian border amid a new drive to track down Vietnam-era deserters.

Allen Abney, 56, who lives in British Columbia and who is now a Canadian citizen, had frequently crossed into the US without incident. His family was caught by surprise when he and his wife were stopped by immigration officials on Thursday on their way to a social event in Reno, Nevada.

It's all about priorities. It's just as important to punish deserters from 38 years ago as it is to not punish those responsible for killing and torturing detainees.


Humm!! If you are going to desert your country and flee to another, stay the hell out. The action of desertion is a statement that you no longer call the USA home. Now a Canadian Citizen. Get out, stay out and don't come back. You gave up your rights...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:07 AM  

Actually, we let Canadian citizens into the U.S. all the time.

By Blogger Hammer, at 8:44 AM  

Anonymous is right in principle. Desertion and fleeing to Canada is not the same as burning a draft card and fleeing to Canada. Canadians can come and go as they please, but deserters come at their peril.
No one ever died because someone burned their draft card, but someone might have died because a person deserted.

By Anonymous therealrepublican, at 3:06 PM  

It's incredibly easy for me to say, because my life and liberty are not in jeopardy, but if you're inducted into an army to fight a war you oppose, you should refuse induction and accept the consequences.

I object to the program described for a couple of reasons. One, it's arbitrary. Marines are much more likely to be prosecuted than regular Army or Air Force. Two, it seems to be in response to the war in Iraq. The deserters were deserted in 2001, but there was no urgency in pursuing them. Three, we have enough trouble with the watch lists as it is. We don't need to clutter responsibility with low-threat fugitives. Four, there's usually a limitation on prosecutions for non-capital offenses. For most federal crimes it's 5 years. I think after 40 years we should close the book on the offense and move forward.

By Blogger Hammer, at 4:08 PM  

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