Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Border security?

By now, every family who has someone who travels great distances has stories about running into "situations" at security checkpoints. Grandmothers in wheelchairs, little kids with plastic toys, anyone carrying a nail clip - all of them have been subjected to what would appear to the average person to be irrationally high levels of security checks. Makes you wonder what our border security would do if it ever ran into someone carrying an actual weapon.

Wonder no more:

::::::::On April 25, Gregory Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons and fingerprinted Despres. Then they let him into the United States.

The following day, a gruesome scene was discovered in Despres' hometown of Minto, New Brunswick: The decapitated body of a 74-year-old country musician named Frederick Fulton was found on Fulton's kitchen floor. His head was in a pillowcase under a kitchen table. His common-law wife was discovered stabbed to death in a bedroom.

Gregory Despres is shown in this image from television. On April 25, 2005, Despres arrived at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Calais, Maine, carrying chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood, a homemade sword, a hatchet, a knife, and brass knuckles. U.S. customs agents confiscated the weapons, fingerprinted Despres, and then let him into the United States. Despres, the suspect in a grisly double murder in New Brunswick, Canada, was arrested in Mattapoisett, Mass., on April 27, 2005 and is being held in a jail there, charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Despres, 22, immediately became a suspect because of a history of violence between him and his neighbors, and he was arrested April 27 after police in Massachusetts saw him wandering down a highway in a sweat shirt with red and brown stains. He is now in jail in Massachusetts on murder charges, awaiting an extradition hearing next month.
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You've got to check out the photo of this guy on the page. So, here's a guy who (presumably wearing the same clothes that he had on when the cops finally arrested him) has a sweat shirt on that had red and brown stains, a set of weaponry that would get him busted in most cities in the US for simply carrying in the trunk of his car, and a chainsaw with blood stains on it. The guy's too dangerous to let into the country with all that hardware, but not too dangerous to let in without it? Are chainsaws that difficult to come by up there next to the Canadian border that the border patrol thinks he can't get another one after he's in the US?

Border security, folks. Needs work.

Hat tip: Instapundit