Security Beefed Up at US-Canada Border

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:19 PM EDT

( - In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, immigration and security officials are beefing up surveillance of the U.S.-Canada border, a 4,000-mile stretch of largely unguarded back roads and commercial crossings that law enforcement officials fear could be America's Achilles' heel in the war against terrorism. But officials believe that unless they tighten so-called perimeter security - which includes all entry points into the North American continent - keeping an eye on the relaxed border both countries have shared for generations will not deter terrorism. "In some places there's only a grocery store on one side of the border, and that's where people shop," said Colette Gentes-Hawn, a spokeswoman with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. Full Story