O'Reilly: "They've got all kinds of Muslim crazies up in Canada running around"February 24, 2006 12:03 PM EST ››› SAM GILL
During the February 22 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly claimed that if "Al Qaeda wanted to get in here [the United States], it's easy," because "[t]hey've got all kinds of Muslim crazies up in Canada running around." O'Reilly was commenting on the controversial acquisition by Dubai Ports World of the British firm Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., which manages six U.S. ports. Dubai Ports World is owned by the government of Dubai, a member state of the United Arab Emirates. O'Reilly contrasted security concerns about the deal with the lack of comparable concern over Canada. According to O'Reilly, although "we do a lot of business with Canada," they have "the easiest infiltration in the world"; he continued, "All you do is have to show up in Montreal."
From the February 22 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly:
O'REILLY: You know, we do a lot of business with Canada -- this is what gets me -- Canada has got the easiest infiltration in the world. All you do is have to show up in Montreal. You don't even have to have a passport, and they'll let you in the country as a refugee. You just show up and go, "Hey, I'm here." "Oh, OK, come on in." And we're doing business with Canada all the time, and we don't have any checks up there. We don't have any Border Patrol up in Canada. I mean we have a few, but, you know, anybody can come down. I don't hear any big screaming about doing business with Canada. You know, if Al Qaeda wanted to get here, it's easy. They've got all kinds of Muslim crazies up in Canada running around. You see? So people get emotional.