The Renewal of the NORAD Agreement

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Monday, May 1 that there will be a debate and vote in the House of Commons in support of the renewal of the North American Aerospace Defence (NORAD) Agreement. The announcment was made only after news had leaked out that the agreement had already been signed in secret on Friday, April 28 by his Defence Minister and the U.S. Ambassador to Canada Wilkins.

The NORAD Agreement was first signed by the governments of Canada and the United States on May 12, 1958, and has been renewed for varying periods since that time. According to the press release issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), "NORAD is a binational military command first established to monitor and defend North American airspace. NORAD now also monitors and tracks man made objects in space and detects, validates and warns of attack against North America by aircraft, missiles or space vehicles, while it continues to provide surveillance and control of Canadian and U.S. airspace. Under the new agreement, NORAD would also provide warning of maritime threats."

To suggest that this is all the new agreement would provide is an ill-intentioned attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of Canadians as concerns the dangerous measures the Government of Canada is taking to put the Canadian Armed Forces under the U.S. Northern Command (NorthCom) and take Canada head-long into U.S. wars of aggression and contribute to increasing the danger of world war.

These are not defence or security pacts but aggressive military alliances which must be disbanded. Evidence of this is the fact that NATO is now operating far beyond the "North Atlantic" into the Caribbean Sea, the South Atlantic and Central Asia. Shunpiking Online is posting an item entitled "Continental Integration by Stealth" by Michael Byers which provides information on the new arrangements contained in the renewed NORAD Agreement.

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