Environmental regulation: a threat to national security
Today's Vancouver Sun has this article about a recent statement from a group of Republican lawmakers charging that environmental regulations, including those for the grizzly bear, are hampering Homeland Security's efforts effectively to patrol the Washington-British Columbia border.
These protections have enabled criminals to target the areas for illegal and other dangerous activities. This remote Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture land can be targeted by drug smugglers, human traffickers and potential terrorists.
The statement is in response to a letter from Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, in which she notes that "[g]overnment biologists claim agents in vehicles on some roads are detrimental to bears."
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