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Sept. 11 hijackers did not enter U.S. from Canada

MICHAEL FINE

Editor’s note: This letter was originally addressed to State Rep. Gary LindstromA colleague forwarded your recent newsletter article titled “What About the Canadians.” I enjoyed your humor regarding the “Invaders from the North,” your proposal to build an 80-foot wall along the U.S.-Canada border, and other comments.On one serious issue, however, I must correct you. Your statement that “the 9/11 hijackers came in from Canada” is false. In fact, none of the 9/11 hijackers entered the United States from Canada. Every official government investigation and the 9/11 Commission found no basis to support the charge that the hijackers came from Canada. I draw your attention to two statements made by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, the first made on December 3, 2001 and the second made on December 13, 2001:”None of the terrorists from the Sept. 11 carnage came to the United States from Canada to my knowledge. Each of them that I know of, and we’ve done considerable work to trace their activities, came to the United States directly. So we don’t in any way want to suggest or reinforce or otherwise extend a myth which misperceives reality and the stubborn facts are that these individuals did not come to the United States through Canada.””Well, very frankly, we’ve been most grateful in the United States for the cooperation of Canadian authorities. And when, for instance, the Millenium Bomber was apprehended in the United States, that bomber was identified for us and made known to us, as a result of a very substantive effort and cooperation by the Canadian authorities. And the willingness of our counterparts in Canada to cooperate with us to defend the freedom of the United States and both of our cultures in that respect saved, I believe, a number of lives in America. So we believe that Canada is one of our best friends in supporting (the fight against) terrorism.”I can assure you that Canada takes matters of national security very seriously. I hope that you might take a moment to read more about the U.S.-Canada defense relationship at http://www.canadianally.com http://www.canadianembassy.org.


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