The U.S. government has moved a step closer to tightening its borders by announcing a contract for a high-tech detection system to nab people trying to enter the country illegally.

The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that Boeing, best known for making airplanes, has been picked to install sensors along parts of the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders.

I happened to be listening to the CBC yesterday when this story broke. (You could almost hear the clanging of jaws on newsroom desks, the news was so shocking.) The image of 80m towers surveilling what was once the longest undefended border in the world kind of threw us for a loop. Oh well; one can only hope that, as well as keeping us Canadians in, it keeps the Americans out. We know their proclivity for invading oil-rich nations…

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