If the Islamic State Infiltrates Syrian Refugees, They’ll Come Through Canada


With so much attention being given to the risks of Middle East refugees having Islamic State sympathizers or active terrorists in their midst, it’s amazing that the most vulnerable point for the United States is not being discussed. Politicians are acting to stop refugees from entering directly and attention is being paid to the southern border, but it’s the border with Canada that is by far the biggest risk for incursion.

There are three major problems that should have conscientious Americans looking to the north. None of the three issues are currently even on the radar as a concern, at least not in mainstream media. Let’s look at them:

1. Canada is Bringing in 25,000 Refugees and Their Vetting Process Sucks

In America, the expectation is that around half of the applicants for refugee status will be rejected. The vetting process the Obama administration has enacted is rigorous by some standards but still isn’t considered strong enough to screen terrorists. As bad as we think it is here, it’s much worse in Canada.

Keep in mind that the 90% mark they describe is a goal. They want to achieve 90% acceptance rate as a way of making things tougher. Seriously. In the last 22 months, they’ve had 1,128 cases and have rejected two for a 99% acceptance rate.

They will be bringing in 10,000 refugees before the end of the year and another 15,000 by the end of February.

2. The Border is Huge

It’s extremely challenging to cover all of the land that divides the United States from Mexico. Canada’s border with the United States is twice as large even if you don’t include Alaska. The land is also more hospitable for crossing, meaning that there are far more entry points that an Islamic State sympathizer or full-blown terrorist could use to gain access to America.

US Canada Border

This goes both ways as well. We have to assume that the Islamic State is smart. They’ve demonstrated their abilities in the last couple of months with very challenging terrorist attacks in France, Egypt, and Lebanon. With this understood and based upon the vastness of the border, it wouldn’t be hard for them to use Canada as a staging ground where they can store supplies outside of the reach of US law enforcement.

3. The Border is Even Less Protected than the Mexican Border

There is no question that the 18,000 border agents covering the Mexican border are undermanned. They are spread so thin that the border is extremely porous, accounting for millions of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States.

To the north, where fewer people have been considered a risk of entering the country illegally, there are only 2,200 border agents. We haven’t heard of plans to increase these numbers once the thousands of Middle East refugees come to Canada later this year and early next year.

If you do the math, that means that about 88% fewer agents are trying to cover a border twice as large as the one to the south.

It isn’t just the government that is watching the border. We briefly covered a brave set of Americans who were helping in Arizona and we know there are other citizen groups who help out at the Mexican border. Now, more are starting to watch out for the northern border as well.

Unfortunately, we only really hear about this through Canadian media. American mainstream media is all but silent on the issue.

Do not underestimate the Islamic State the way so many world leaders (including our own) has done. Yes, we need to do something to help the refugees and there are possible plans that make perfect sense. However, blocking them from coming to the United States directly will not stop them completely if the Canadian border is left unprotected. Since we know that the Islamic State is smart, isn’t it prudent to realize that they would have thought of the Canada holes already?

Even if you’re not opposed to accepting refugees, the combination of an unprotected northern border and 25,000 unvetted refugees coming to Canada should make you wonder why nobody’s talking about this.



Report: How Are Smartphones Sweeping Through Europe?


The mobile revolution has given birth to a generation of mobile addicts. According to Flurry, the mobile optimization and personalization platform from Yahoo, the revolution is being led by Europe with several countries reaching full saturation.

Flurry analyzed data collected from more than 725,000 apps and 564 million mobile devices it tracks across Europe, with a focus on the top 10 countries in terms of population.

According to the report, smart device penetration is highest in the north with Sweden at 150 percent, the Netherlands at 136 percent and the U.K. at 130 percent.


In keeping with the global trend, phablets (mobile devices between 5 and 6.9 inches) are growing in popularity in Europe. Spain is leading the phablet trend in Europe with nearly 40 percent of smart device users opting for devices small enough to fit into their pockets but big enough for reading and other entertainment.


When it came to how people were spending their time on mobile devices, the British and French spend nearly 40 percent of their app time on social and messaging apps, according to the report. Italians, which had the lowest overall smart device penetration among the western nations included in report, spend the least amount of time on messaging and social apps.

Among Germans, Spanish and Italians, nearly one-third of their time is spent on gaming apps. Italians also seem to like their utility apps, which account for 18 percent of app time. Across the continent, music, media and entertainment apps account for about 10 percent of app time.


Check out the full report for more data.

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