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Canadian navy escorting suspected Tamil ship into B.C. (est. 500 refugees on board)
Vancouver Sun ^ | 08/11/2010 | Todd Coyne

Posted on 08/11/2010 9:20:59 PM PDT by OldDeckHand

VANCOUVER — A suspected Tamil migrant boat now believed to hold as many as 500 refugees has entered Canada's 200-mile exclusive economic zone and is heading for the B.C. coast.

"We expect it will land either late (Thursday) evening or early Friday morning," a senior federal official said Wednesday of the Thai-flagged ship, the MV Sun Sea.

While Canadian Navy and Coast Guard authorities would neither confirm nor deny the whereabouts of the vessel Wednesday, US Coast Guard Commander Mark McCadden said that the 188-ft cargo ship had been spotted approximately 300 miles off the coast of British Columbia early Wednesday morning.

-snip-

"We are looking to send a message to these people who are usually (part of) criminal organizations, in some cases with possible terrorist connections in the case of the Tamil Tigers...that we are not going to allow our laws to be broken."

(Excerpt) Read more at vancouversun.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Canada; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: tamil; vancouver
More ships suspected on the way. I wonder if any are destined for the US.
1 posted on 08/11/2010 9:21:01 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

“”We are looking to send a message to these people who are usually (part of) criminal organizations, in some cases with possible terrorist connections in the case of the Tamil Tigers...that we are not going to allow our laws to be broken.”

Sheesh Canadians... sending a message means not using “pretty please with sugar on top”


2 posted on 08/11/2010 9:28:57 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: OldDeckHand

What are the Canadian authorities going to do with the ship?


3 posted on 08/11/2010 9:29:42 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: onyx
What are the Canadian authorities going to do with the ship?

Replace the Ady Gil with it?

4 posted on 08/11/2010 9:31:27 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Nobody reads tag lines.)
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To: OldDeckHand
You needn't worry. I'm afraid Canada has made itself the destination of choice for ersatz refugees. We're about 3 times as far from Sri Lanka as Australia is, — yet this is where they pointed the bow of their boat.
5 posted on 08/11/2010 9:32:23 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: onyx

Why should they worry, everyone aboard will be in the USA in a short time anyway.


6 posted on 08/11/2010 9:33:11 PM PDT by Dedbone
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To: onyx
"What are the Canadian authorities going to do with the ship?"

It doesn't appear that they have any idea what they'll do with the ship. Why in the world would they allow it to land? If it has 500 refugees on it, what else could it have on it? They should turn it around and send it back from whence it came.

7 posted on 08/11/2010 9:33:19 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

A good message would start with .50 cal rounds.


8 posted on 08/11/2010 9:35:41 PM PDT by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: OldDeckHand; Dedbone
It doesn't appear that they have any idea what they'll do with the ship. Why in the world would they allow it to land? If it has 500 refugees on it, what else could it have on it? They should turn it around and send it back from whence it came.

Thanks, that's how I read it too: no plans.

Without question, it should be sent back, but that's not going to happen. Those people will likely end-up here.

9 posted on 08/11/2010 9:44:19 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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To: OldDeckHand

This story is “The Camp Of The Saints” writ in real life.

Jean Raspail was a visionary....


10 posted on 08/11/2010 9:44:30 PM PDT by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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To: OldDeckHand

Canada has a Navy? What for?


11 posted on 08/11/2010 9:55:11 PM PDT by Ronin
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

I’m afraid Canada has made itself the destination of choice for ersatz refugees. We’re about 3 times as far from Sri Lanka as Australia is, — yet this is where they pointed the bow of their boat.


Can’t walk into the US from Australia.


12 posted on 08/11/2010 11:04:02 PM PDT by excopconservative
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To: Grumplestiltskin

This story is “The Camp Of The Saints” writ in real life.

That was one of the most horrifying books ever written IMHO


13 posted on 08/12/2010 4:58:52 AM PDT by Chickensoup (I am absolutely done. I am a conservative libertarian.)
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To: Grumplestiltskin
This story is “The Camp Of The Saints” writ in real life....

a tough read; when is the next mass paperback release?

14 posted on 08/12/2010 5:00:00 AM PDT by 1234 ("1984")
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To: Grumplestiltskin

Every Conservative should read Camp of the Saints. It is by far much more important that Ayn Rand’s polemics or Laura Ingraham’s juvenalia.


15 posted on 08/12/2010 5:16:38 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: Grumplestiltskin
This story is “The Camp Of The Saints” writ in real life.

Jean Raspail was a visionary....

And we in the Western world will allow our people to be extinguished whithout so much as a whimper. We are digging our own grave.

In 1950, white people made up about 30% of the world's polulace.

Now it's down to about 6%.

16 posted on 08/12/2010 6:00:03 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: I Buried My Guns
"populace".

Sorry about that.

17 posted on 08/12/2010 6:00:59 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: OldDeckHand

Just bring ‘em on in. We could use some Tamil Tigers - put ‘em in small towns on the southern border. Problem solved.


18 posted on 08/12/2010 6:28:17 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: Ronin
"Canada has a Navy? What for?"

Harbor parades.

19 posted on 08/12/2010 7:46:39 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Canada has a Navy!!??

On a more serous note, I don’t see waht the response will be. Send them back, let them in or something else?


20 posted on 08/12/2010 7:58:41 AM PDT by matt04
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

A (I assume) conservative in Victoria! Greetings...lived in Van for a couple years-not alot of like minded there. Victoria is gorgeous…


21 posted on 08/12/2010 8:02:47 AM PDT by Ktulu
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To: Melchior

Put that on my wish list. Thanks!


22 posted on 08/12/2010 8:16:21 AM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: rbosque

>>
A good message would start with .50 cal rounds.
<<

Wow. What an awful thing to say.

20mm canon would be faster.

:-)


23 posted on 08/12/2010 10:50:03 AM PDT by noblejones (Obama rules!)
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To: OldDeckHand

Are they Thai, Indian or Sri Lankan Tamils? If they’re like the Vietnamese boat people I hope they’ve found safe harbor. That’s quite a trip to make.


24 posted on 08/12/2010 10:53:29 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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"Are they Thai, Indian or Sri Lankan Tamils?"

I think they think they're Sri Lankan, but they're not sure. In fact, they suspect some of the "refugees" might actually be actual terrorists.

They won't know what's what until they actually board the vessel and get an accurate accounting of what is going on.

25 posted on 08/12/2010 11:08:26 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

The Sir Lankan Tamil Tigers are mean motor scooters and international immigrants know they can show up in Vancouver, without any papers and claim asylum. Its CRAZY!


26 posted on 08/12/2010 11:25:54 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: OldDeckHand; fanfan; jazusamo

the Tamil Tigers — the banned terrorist organization whose military wing was defeated by the Sri Lankan army last year.

Chitranganee Wagiswara, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Canada, said her government believes the cargo ship is tied to the Tamil Tigers — a group she says profits greatly from human smuggling.

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20100812/tamil-ship-bc-100812/


27 posted on 08/12/2010 7:48:35 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: OldDeckHand
I wonder if the Canadian authorities will have the guts to arrest the Captain? Will they have the guts to confiscate the vessel? (for what it is worth).

I know that about 15 years ago, a German rust bucket set out from Germany, with persons from Pakistan or nearby. The German authorities had them detained in a holding camp in Germany. Obviously the Germans did not want to grant them refugee status. They were in close confinement and it could not have been very amenable.

The Captain off loaded them in small boats and they came ashore in Eastern Canada to Nova Scotia. Then he took off. I have never followed the 127 applicants for refugee status though. It was argued that they were not refugees, actually coming from Germany. This, I believe did not gain any credibility. I presume they got as far as Germany in a rust bucket. The only way for Canada is to get the smugglers and make it non-profitable.

28 posted on 08/12/2010 9:05:46 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: OldDeckHand; onyx
Mainly to self, but I did a little digging on this sort of "Camp of the Saints" episode.

(1) August 1986. 152 persons from the Punjab in India, on cargo boat "Amelia". They paid 3,700 dollars to 5000 dollars per head. Claimed persecution as being Sikhs. The Canadians seized the rust bucket.

(2) July 1987. 152 Sri Lankans of Tamil origin, put off in small boats and were five days at sea. They paid 3500 dollars to 5000 dollars per head. The freighter, off Nova Scotia's shores. I believe captained by a German, went back pretty quick. It could not be intercepted as was hoped for.

Just in, is that each claim for refugee status takes 16 to 25 months and costs (they say) four thousand dollars each application. Such massive humanitarian outpouring going on now. Though I do care for my fellow human beings, this just has to be an "open door"

Follow the money.

29 posted on 08/13/2010 9:33:48 AM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: Peter Libra

Bumping, thanking you, and placemarking.


30 posted on 08/13/2010 4:12:18 PM PDT by onyx (Sarah/Michele 2012)
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