Owner of US-Canada border inn charged with helping 7 people to enter Canada illegally

April 10, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Robert Joseph Boulé charged

SITUATION

Robert Joseph Boulé, the proprietor of a U.S. border-town bed and breakfast has been charged with 21 counts under the Immigration Act for “inducing, aiding or abetting” seven people who attempted to illegally enter Canada.

Boulé owns Smuggler’s Inn in Blaine, Wash. It is located just meters away from the B.C. border. Boulé was charged this week in B.C. with offenses alleged to have occurred between May 2018 and March 2019. He is accused of attempting to help seven different people enter Canada illegally. It’s unclear whether any of them did, ultimately, enter Canada. Boulé remains in custody in Canada and none of the allegations has been proven. Boulé, who was born in 1949, has owned the Smuggler’s Inn on Canada View Drive for 20 years. Two years ago, he told CBC News how common it was to see people stealing over the border at night using night-vision goggles. He played up the smuggling theme at his business by naming each room after a famous criminal. His property was nicknamed the “No-tell Hotel” in Canadian Geographic in 2010, in homage to its proximity to the border.

Boulé is active in the Blaine business community and is a well-known figure in the small border town. He has volunteered to help people with fundraising campaigns and hosted residents in need in the past. The Smuggler’s Inn has been featured in several news stories over the years, some focused-on issues related to proximity to the border, such as illegal immigrants and drug smuggling.

One incident in 2011 involved a 21-year-old guest who was caught by U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents heading to the inn with 11 kilograms of cocaine jammed into a box.

Three Vancouver residents pleaded guilty to drug offenses in Seattle in connection with that drug bust, which made headlines in part because of the name of the inn.  That crime was not connected to Boulé. Calls to the Canada Border Services Agency about the allegations were not immediately returned. Calls to the Smuggler’s Inn were met only by an answering machine.

CHALLENGE

Because of Robert Joseph Boulé’ s inn’s peculiar location, it is possible that he is an expert smuggler and trafficker or he is an innocent person who just happens to be a good host and has nothing to do with illegal crossings, just like an innocent citizen. Unfortunately, there is no well-known method to instantly tell which of the aforementioned persons Robert Joseph Boulé is.

Countries across the world wish to secure their borders, but it is limited by their inability to effectively and objectively screen a person. A piece of information or knowledge-based screening method is needed. With such a porous and unmonitored border, there are bound to be documentation ‘gaps’ and missing information. This renders the authorities unable to properly vet the immigration applicants and those who want to cross over to the other side, and decide as to who gets to cross and who does not. In addition to this, there are refugees and asylum seekers from war-torn countries who seek refuge in Canada and the USA. Since the source country has very few criminal and terrorist databases to check, it is almost impossible to determine who has a malevolent interest and who is in real need of shelter and refuge?

Conventional methods used by immigration agencies such as, visa screening, biometric information, etc can help in verifying a person, but since the biometrics of a terrorist are not known, it cannot find a link between the person at the counter and the person who has or is planning to commit terror acts. The profound volume of global travelers and immigrants make it challenging to effectively screen each person thoroughly.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

A Massachusetts based company called Brainwave Science has developed a ground-breaking technology called iCognative. It has proved to be a game-changer in the field of Forensic Science. Border control agencies and immigration agencies can now carry out screenings and investigations with unprecedented precision and reliability. iCognative gives the ultimate confidence to the interrogators. At the same time, it ensures that the detainees and test subjects are not tortured or put through any inconvenience. iCognative works on the principle that the human brain responds to the sight of familiar stimuli with a distinct change in electrical activity. Also, the brain cannot lie.

It is well known that a Lie Detector or Polygraph test is used to identify if a test subject is lying or not based on emotional responses. Unfortunately, the results of these tests are highly subjective and depend heavily on the polygraphist. iCognative removes this subjectivity because the opinions of the test administrator do not play a part in the result.

The iCognative test has no known countermeasures. This means that no false positives or no false negatives will be reported.

iCognative helps not only the immigration agencies and border control but also the law enforcement agencies, counter-terrorism agencies, national security agencies human and drug trafficking agencies. There are ample real-life scenario analyses present on all the above categories.

Crime-related information retrieved from an investigation is used as stimuli in an iCognative test. This can be in the form of pictures, words or phrases. In this case, if the charged person- Robert Joseph Boulé is shown details related to the criminal evidence which the investigators have found out after looking at the crime scene like pictures/ person’s names/dates/times of the illegal crossings, pictures/names of known traffickers on either side of the border, details of call records and email correspondence with suspicious names/ known criminals found during investigation, etc can all be used during the iCognative test of Boulé.

This test can help to identify if they possess crime-related information, but also to help get clues about which illegal trafficker they might have been helped by. iCognative will also help verify the high-value individuals in criminal organizations. If any person among them may have been radicalized or had terrorist training, then this can be detected by a simple 45-minute iCognative test.

iCognative is applicable to a mind-boggling 85-90% of all types of civil or criminal cases. It is highly customizable and portable, and thus it is very easy to get agencies onboard to this extremely useful technology.

The Canadian and the US border security agencies must use iCognative in the interrogation of the arrested owner of Smuggler’s Inn in order to help solve the issue of illegal immigration and also to establish his innocence or guilt.

Main Source: CBC

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