April 15, 2016

“Border agency, RCMP computers couldn't talk to each other” — Audit reveals refugee screening FAIL

Brian LilleyArchive

Claims that the RCMP would help the Liberal government properly vet 25,000 Syrian refugees are being questioned once again after a report exposing their past failures at weeding out potential security threats.

Internal documents obtained by CBC News show that an RCMP program launched in 2011 to have the Mounties vet refugees for possible security issues was an utter failure.

The idea of the program was to have the RCMP screen refugees already in Canada for possible connections to crime or terrorism.

Instead of screening out those not wanted in Canada, the program appears to have exposed the failure of bureaucratic Ottawa according to CBC.

But the auditors found a raft of problems:

* RCMP officers hired for the work couldn't get started for months because legislation was slow to be passed in 2012;
* The border agency and RCMP computers couldn't talk to each other, so the organizations had to exchange thousands of names manually;
* The cost per screening skyrocketed from a planned $425 to $1,026, on average;
* The RCMP delivered screening checks to the border agency too late about one third of the time, rendering them useless because of refugee-decision deadlines;
* The RCMP reported only 85 of 4,085 names as potential problem refugees, the auditors said, based on a significant sample of the completed work. But the border agency used only two of those names in its vetting process because of late or inadequate information from the Mounties. And even the information on the two names was later found not to be pertinent to the border agency's final decision;
* The RCMP pilot program began poorly by primarily vetting the names of refugee claimants who were brand-new to Canada — and therefore were unlikely to have a Canadian criminal record.

While there appears to be no doubt that the Mounties screening program was a dud, CBC uses the report and its findings to bash the Conservatives who claimed during the last election that rushing tens of thousands of people into Canada was a security risk.

The report was compiled last fall prior to the rushing of 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada from one of the most dangerous places on earth.

Terrorist groups, such as ISIS, have spoken of using the “migrant crisis” to move their people into Western countries in order to carry out attacks.

The RCMP was part of the security screening process for the 25,000 Syrians, this time though they claimed to be checking foreign databases including those of our allies rather than just searching for Canadian criminal records. 

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commented 2016-04-17 13:18:39 -0400
The Liebranos do not intend to “screen” migrants any more than the lieberal departments including the RCMP. This is all about importing votes and Islam to Canada. Safety and security of the existing population be damned!
commented 2016-04-16 23:55:15 -0400
baby boy T will be liable in anything that will happen if any terrorist attack here in Canada! just as easy as that! he was given all the warnings and yet he is hard headed and don’t listen!
commented 2016-04-16 10:38:03 -0400
I worked for enough private companies over my lifetime to know how carefully they screen their employees. So refugees should be screened by private enterprise, not by government. I guarantee you that no bad refugee would get through. Never mind the idea of hiring, just screen them and keep them out if not suited.

By the way, guys, bureaucrats and clerks (the ones who do the vetting, not the MPs or caucuses) are among the dumbest people on earth. A job for life and no knowledge!
commented 2016-04-16 08:05:36 -0400
I worked on several projects at Veteran’s Affairs to modernize the computer systems. The problem that plagues all such attempts is that those comissioned to get it done have no incentive to get it done because the reward for completion is a pink slip.

The contracting of outside developers is plagued with cronyism…..the government actually pays on a per use basis for a copyrighted project management system wherein the “deliverables” are mostly documents…so most of these projects become well documented failures.

No elected party micro manages these things so that success or failure cannot be blamed on any elected official. The Tories DID try to get all government systems on the same platform but the IT bureaucrats have a career investment in them remaining arcane stove piped and parocial.
commented 2016-04-15 23:14:57 -0400
The Conservative government under Harper rushed to welcome refugees while at the same time emphasizing the security checks that would be done on all of them.

It was a screw-up

Do we want to welcome refugees who are fleeing oppression and even death, or not. We have the choice to be compassionate and guided by Christian principles or not.
commented 2016-04-15 22:45:43 -0400
The Refugee crisis is a national disgrace, based in a lie and supported by lies.
commented 2016-04-15 22:44:23 -0400
If the FBI can’t properly vet the security of the refugees from Syria how can the RCMP do a proper screening in the short amount of time they were given. Given the amount of refugees that are being brought into this country in such a short period of time without proper security screening I predict there will be a major terrorist event in this country by the end of this year.
commented 2016-04-15 20:41:23 -0400
The RCMP screening program was hastily put together in 2011 by the Conservative government so they could say they were conducting strict screening of all refugees arriving in Canada. It was an ill-conceived program basically because it could not do anything the Border Security Agency wasn’t already doing. And yes, it was established and proven ineffective long before the Liberals came to power.
commented 2016-04-15 16:48:47 -0400
Keith Barnes – I hear you, but our governments have turned on the people of Canada, and are trying to destroy us for the UN. I don’t trust anyone in law enforcement any longer, since they say that they don’t have to protect us. They sure protect everyone else though, who they deem as perpetual victims for the tax milking machine. Except for those who are forced to pay for their keep of course.
commented 2016-04-15 15:46:07 -0400
How can the RCMP check up on these scum, when they have thrown their ID papers away. This is common practice.


Can anybody hear me ?
commented 2016-04-15 15:19:44 -0400
Any Canadian that is injured by these people should get a lawyer and launch a personal suit against Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party. The government is sponsoring some of these people and it is their responsibility for the behaviour of them. Private sponsors like Muslim Associations and families are already dumping their responsibility on communities . A serious lawsuit against the Liberal Party and Prime Minister Doofy might make them pay attention. If someone in my family was ever the victim of this insane exercise I’d sue the idiot in Ottawa for everything he owns.
commented 2016-04-15 13:01:56 -0400
and yet trudope’s cbc has yet to comment on his so called vetting process but i dont want any of trudope’s muslims in canada
commented 2016-04-15 12:25:38 -0400
Canada is a shit show and it’s going to get a lot worse.