RUSH: That person who used to be known as Bradley Manning – now known as Chelsea Manning – ran into trouble at the Canadian border. The trouble did not come from our border guys but from Canada’s.
Manning told Reuters that while trying to get into Quebec – on the way to Montreal and Vancouver – the former U.S. soldier was stopped and detained overnight. Then given a report stating this traveler was inadmissible to Canada due to a track record of “serious criminality.”
The report said that the crimes Manning had been convicted of under the U.S. Espionage Act “would equate to an indictable offence, namely Treason” if committed in Canada. So, Canada told Bradley/Chelsea Manning: No thanks, stay home, don’t pass go, we don’t need your tourism dollars.
Manning was outraged and plans to get a Canadian lawyer to fight Canada’s refusal in a Canadian tribunal.
You never know what will happen in court, but we do know this. The Canadians, apparently, take border security seriously. Being convicted of a crime like treason may earn you a presidential pardon from Obama here in America, but it doesn’t get you a get-out-of-jail-free card everywhere else.
One more thing. As politically liberal as Canada is perceived to be, it turns out they do enforce their travel bans, don’t they? They’re serious up there.