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9/11 Hijackers Did Not Come Through Canada

In 9/11 News on April 23, 2009 at 9:25 am

An old “urban legend” that the 9/11 hijackers entered the U.S. through Canada was apparently mentioned as fact by the new head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano:

The furor began when Napolitano was asked to clarify statements she had made about equal treatment for the Mexican and Canadian borders, despite the fact that a flood of illegal immigrants and a massive drug war are two serious issues on the southern border. “Yes, Canada is not Mexico, it doesn’t have a drug war going on, it didn’t have 6,000 homicides that were drug-related last year,” she said.

“Nonetheless, to the extent that terrorists have come into our country or suspected or known terrorists have entered our country across a border, it’s been across the Canadian border. There are real issues there.”  When asked if she was referring to the 9-11 terrorists, Napolitano added: “Not just those but others as well.”

The U.S. Homeland Security chief has clarified earlier remarks that suggested the 9-11 terrorists entered the U.S. through Canada. In a release Tuesday night following the interview, she called Canada a “close ally and an important partner” and said she was simply misunderstood. “I know that the September 11th hijackers did not come through Canada to the United States,” she said in the statement.

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