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Downgrade and Delay - the border fence will never be built

‘Virtual Fence’ Along Ariz.-Mexico Border Delayed Three Years

PHOENIX — Homeland Security officials have told federal lawmakers that the “virtual fence” along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona doesn’t meet contract requirements for detecting border intrusions and some of its technology will have to replaced by this summer.

Agency officials, testifying Wednesday before the oversight panel of the House Homeland Security Committee in Washington, D.C., said plans to expand the system to the Yuma, Ariz., and El Paso, Texas, areas will be pushed back three years to 2011 because of technological deficiencies.

The 28-mile virtual fence will use radars and surveillance cameras to try to catch people entering the country illegally.

The Sasabe network, called Project 28, was intended as a cornerstone of the government’s multibillion-dollar border strategy.

Critics say contractor Boeing Corp. never consulted border agents before engineering the system.

A Boeing executive testified that the company spent more than double the value of the $20 million contract to set things right and is now refining the network.

The Department of Homeland Security awarded Boeing a $64 million contract to improve the network in December, two months before the government accepted the Sasabe work.

Amy Kudwa, a Homeland Security spokeswoman, said that the virtual fence is not in full operation and that the agency continues to test the system.

Aw crap. This is so typical. We just have to have the most high-tech, gizmo laden, expensive “solution” possible. And surprise!! It doesn’t work. The Virtual Fence is a BAD IDEA. It does not stop people coming over. It can only alert the already overworked border security people, who have to come from miles away, that tresspassers are present. And when they do get the dumb ass thing in place, watch it trip over every roadrunner, raccoon, and coyote in the neighborhood. And what happens when 5000 people rush the border at the same time??

What does work? Glad you asked:

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/28/2008 at 04:41 PM   
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