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Virtual fence on Mexican border deemed insufficient

April 23rd, 2008 . by TexasFred

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The government is scrapping a $20 million prototype of its highly touted “virtual fence” on the Arizona-Mexico border because the system is failing to adequately alert border patrol agents to illegal crossings, officials said.

The move comes just two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced his approval of the fence built by The Boeing Co. (BA) The fence consists of nine electronic surveillance towers along a 28-mile section of border southwest of Tucson.

Boeing is to replace the so-called Project 28 prototype with a series of towers equipped with communications systems, new cameras and new radar capability, officials said.

Less than a week after Chertoff accepted Project 28 on Feb. 22, the Government Accountability Office told Congress it “did not fully meet user needs and the project’s design will not be used as the basis for future” developments.

A glaring shortcoming of the project was the time lag between the electronic detection of movement along the border and the transmission of a camera image to agents patrolling the area, the GAO reported.

Although the fence continues to operate, it hasn’t come close to meeting the Border Patrol’s goals, said Kelly Good, deputy director of the Secure Border Initiative program office in Washington.

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Virtual fence on Mexican border deemed insufficient

Listen up Washington, here’s some common sense thinking you…

It may go over your heads but it’s still the truth, even if you folks don’t understand it, nothing, let me repeat that for you, NOTHING will replace boots on the ground, and I mean NOTHING

The Clinton administration stripped our intelligence agencies to bare bones on the premise that we had the greatest and most precise satellite intel available and that it was more than adequate at doing the job of gathering information from sensitive areas…

That premise was pure unmitigated bullshit, just like your virtual fence…

But what the hell, it’s only $20 million, that’s just chump change to you guys, and it’s ‘We, the people’ that are the chumps, we let you asshats get by with these pork laden boondoggles…

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8 Responses to “Virtual fence on Mexican border deemed insufficient”

  1. comment number 1 by: Patrick Sperry

    All the wiz bang toys in the world will never replace a brain inside a man, with a rifle. And decent ROE.

  2. comment number 2 by: GUYK

    Fred, boots on the ground with rifles will not help uless the boots have the authority to use the rifles.

    I fully understand why most of those entering this country illegally do so….hell, if I lived in a shit hole country with no possible chance of upward mobility except to get the hell out I would get the hell out..

    but the facts remain that the USA cannot possibly support every poor sumbitch on this earth..to try to do so will pull us down to the same level of those shit hole countries..we will be there soon enough as it is

  3. comment number 3 by: TexasFred

    Well, I assumed that ANYONE reading MY blog would know what MY feeling are, I never thought there was room for ANY doubt… LMAO :D

    Yes Guy, you are quite correct, rifles, machine guns, Claymores, Abrams, Bradleys, A-10’s and some Apache war birds, armed to the teeth and blasting the living hell out of ANYTHING that comes over OUR border…

    Invaders SHOULD be shot, the critters in the desert gotta eat too…

  4. comment number 4 by: Basti

    Ain’t not fence gonna stop seaborne illegals and last time I checked the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean were still wet. No one mentions this for good reason, as its nearly impossible to police the shorelines.

  5. comment number 5 by: BobF

    Two AWACS can literally cover our southern border with 24/7 surveillance. They can relay any detected incursions to helicopter’s gunships which can rapidly dispatch to the area and assess the situation. The gunships can be backed up by ground troops which are patrolling the borders in vehicles.

    Thing is, we need a president who not only realizes this nation is under attack but will have the kahonas to do what’s necessary to protect it. Right now we don’t have one and the three in the offering are just as bad as the one in the White House when it comes to protecting our borders.

  6. comment number 6 by: Gawfer

    You mean to tell me the virtual fence IS’NT virtually keeping the illegal population from intereing CONUS? Hmmm. that’s not good at all. One would think it could at least do that.

    Virtual fence my butt; build a moat and fill it with gators! “Gladys, what’s for dinner?” “we’re having mexican food again, Harold”

  7. comment number 7 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    The British are postulating that, due to “Global Warming” there may be coming wars over food and water. AND that there will occur a massive population shift due to immigrants from desolate countries to those more habitable. ANOTHER fucking reason to build the damned doors now, to stop the flood of ILLITERATE PEASANTS that would suck our natural and fiscal resources completely dry.


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