It took nine days for their letter to reach me on July 25, 2019, and in that letter they said I could “submit evidence, in writing, regarding the admissibility of the material”, and it had to be received by them “within 14 days of the date of this letter”.

CBSA letter

The background: The Canadian Border Services Agency stole 5 books from me at the Calgary airport on April 24, 2019 upon my return from New York. My first article describing what happened is here. My first letter, then their response, and my second letter to them can be found in those links.

My third letter to the Canadian Border Services Agency follows.

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Monika Schaefer

2019 August 12

Canada Border Services Agency
171 Slater Street, 7th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0L8

Traveller Compliance Unit / Prohibited Importation Appeals (address below)

RE: Seizure of personal property (books) at Calgary Airport on 2019/04/24
Regional Control No: 2019-7011-K19-0001
File#: CD2019-001
TRS#: F0358395

This is my third letter to the CBSA regarding your seizure of my books.

The level of absurdity has reached astronomical proportions. It leaves me speechless. Let me try to find words to describe the paradox.

First, the deadline for rebuttal is impossible to meet. Your letter, sent by ordinary mail, was dated July 16, 2019, and I received it at the Jasper post office 9 days later on July 25th. Keep in mind it is the height of summer. Your letter stipulated that you must receive, by mail, my evidence and arguments within 14 days of the date on your letter, which would have put the deadline at July 30th. If my letter took just as long to reach you as yours to reach me, it would already have been too late, and would have allowed a negative amount of time for me – in your words – “…to submit evidence, in writing, regarding the admissibility of the material. Such evidence should include any arguments that you might choose to make with respect to artistic, literary, or other similar merit (e.g. educational, scientific, etc) of the material in question…”

The more serious matter is that the onus of proof is reversed. You say I should provide evidence that these books do not constitute “hate propaganda”. If something does not exist, it is a moot point to prove it does not exist. If it does exist, then the person alleging that it exists should prove that it exists. The onus MUST be on the accuser to prove their accusation. Your logic is false.

The next flaw in your case against me is that you have stolen the evidence! You have taken away my personal possessions, the books that you deemed offensive. How am I supposed to gather and submit evidence regarding the “admissibility of the material” when you have taken the allegedly-offensive books away from me???

I have not read the books. I do not have copies of these books in my possession. You seized them. Explain to me how I am to gather evidence about an object that you have stolen from me. Would these books not be the very source of “evidence” with which I am supposed to prove that they are NOT something that you allege that they are?

I would like to underline the utter duplicity and outright criminality of your agency and the master that you serve, with an example of something truly hateful and offensive, which is not only available (still to this day), but was also lauded in the mass media as a “sensational idea” (Time magazine) when this book was published in 1941. Theodore Kaufmann, a Jew, called for the complete genocide of the German people in his book Germany Must Perish. The term “hate propaganda” would be far too mild a descriptor for this blueprint for genocide.

Neither Kaufmann, nor his descendants, nor any of the beneficiaries of this “hate propaganda” have ever been taken to court or charged with any “hate crime”. Why not?

By your actions you are showing utter contempt for civilized society. What an insult to our intelligence, that you expect us to respect “Canadian laws and regulations”, when the so-called authorities exhibit this type of behavior. You have already been judge and jury on the books, and you follow your theft of my books with this charade of justice. It is a joke!

Monika Schaefer

cc: Traveller Compliance Unit, Prohibited Importation Appeals c/o CBSA Mail Processing Unit, 2215 Gladwin Crescent, Entrance C, Ottawa ON, K1A 0L8

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Just after dropping this letter in the mail box on August 13, I received another letter from the Traveller Compliance Unit, on behalf of the CBSA in my P.O. box. I guess I was not quick enough with the “gathering of evidence” and their decision was made.  The 3 books that they still have in their possession were deemed “hate propaganda”. I have 90 days from the date of that letter (August 7, 2019) to file an appeal to the court.

Some excerpts from their letter:

Ms. Schaefer,

[…] it has been determined that the one (1) book entitled “The Commission“; one (1) book entitled “The Great Impersonation“; and one (1) book entitled “Mystery Babylon: New World Unveiled! Volume 1“, fall within the provisions of Customs Tariff item 9899.00.00. Their importation into Canada therefore remains prohibited.

The book entitled “The Commission” was reviewed in full and was found to contain descriptions alleging that an identifiable group is to blame for serious economic or social problems; descriptions alleging that an identifiable group is inferior; and descriptions alleging that an identifiable group weakens or threatens society.

The book entitled “The Great Impersonation” was also reviewed in full and was found to contain [same as above with one addition, bold mine] descriptions alleging that an identifiable group is to blame for serious economic or social problems; descriptions alleging that an identifiable group manipulates media/trade/politics/government to the detriment of society; descriptions alleging that an identifiable group is inferior; and descriptions alleging that an identifiable group weakens or threatens society.

The book entitled “Mystery Babylon: New World Unveiled! Volume 1” was also reviewed in full and was found to contain [same as above] descriptions alleging that an identifiable group is to blame for serious economic or social problems; descriptions alleging that an identifiable group manipulates media/trade/politics/government to the detriment of society; descriptions alleging that an identifiable group is inferior; and descriptions alleging that an identifiable group weakens or threatens society.

As a result, these materials have been determined to constitute hate propaganda under our current guidelines. […]

… please note that the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the prohibition of hate propaganda is a justifiable infringement upon the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in accordance with Section 1 of said legislation. The court stated that Parliament’s objective of preventing the harm caused by hate propaganda is of sufficient importance to warrant overriding the constitutional freedom. […]

Traveller Compliance Unit
Canada Border Services Agency

Section 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms simultaneously gives us rights and limitations to those rights:

 The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.

Simple question:

What if those

descriptions alleging that an identifiable group is to blame for serious economic or social problems; descriptions alleging that an identifiable group manipulates media/trade/politics/government to the detriment of society; etc. etc.,

are true? Is that what they hate? Do they hate that we point out the truth? It seems to me that …

Truth is Hate to those who Hate the Truth!