5/15/2010

Homeland Security Zone

(Sault Ste. Marie, MI)While spending a few days in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I was surprised to see anti-terrorism mania in full bloom in this otherwise sleepy region. Many areas around the city of Sault Ste. Marie feature prominent signs like the one in the image on the left announcing the heavy presence of the federal government.

The quasi-militarization of the Soo region is almost surreal to me, growing up as I did in Michigan and making many trips to the Soo to watch freighters. While admittedly the Soo Locks and the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge serve important national transportation purposes, it still strike me as strange to see all the Border Patrol and Homeland Security vehicles deployed in the area.

This is seemingly like calling out the military to chase after people purchasing natural fat burner products and not declaring them at the border: administrative and legal overkill.

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