TORONTO - A book published in the United States that argues
Canada is an ideal launching pad for international terrorists
has been turned back at the border by Canadian authorities, says
the volume's author, an Ottawa-based public-sector official.
The publisher twice tried to send the writer boxes containing
20 copies of Waging War from Canada -- Why Canada is the perfect
base for organizing, supporting and conducting international
One crate disappeared, while the other was stopped at the
border and returned to the publisher, Loompanics Unlimited, with
a Canada Customs and Revenue Agency sticker that said in part:
"Do not deliver in Canada."
The author later received a couple of copies by overnight
Meanwhile, the book is enjoying U.S. sales "in the average to
high range," said Gia Cosinas, a spokesman for the Port
Townsend, Wash.-based company.
She admitted the timing of the title's release, just two days
after the Sept. 11 suicide hijackings, was "almost eerie," and
suspects the shipments were intercepted by an over-zealous
official influenced by the terrorist attacks.
"I can see where Canada would not like to have that
information widely known anywhere, because the author talks
about some of the lax immigration laws in Canada," said Ms.
A Canada Customs official said it was unclear why shipments
of the book, written under the pseudonym Mike Pearson, had been
prevented from entering Canada.
If the agency has objections to written material coming into
the country, it notifies the publishers immediately, said
spokesman Michel Proulx. There is no record in the agency's
national registry of the book having been stopped, although it
could have been intercepted by a local official, he said.
It is also possible Canada Post, which has access to Customs
stickers, may have taken action independently, said Mr. Proulx.
Drawing on public sources ranging from congressional hearings
to National Post articles and think-tank reports, Waging War
from Canada is a blunt critique of the conditions that it says
make this country a haven for terrorists. Its targets include
immigration laws, intelligence agencies and politicians. There
are chapters about raising money for the cause, information
warfare, potential terror targets and how to navigate the
Canadian legal system.