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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Where is the Fence: No finish in sight for 'virtual' border fence

Jeffrey Anderson at The Washington Times has a detailed report, what follows is really a brief extract: A multibillion-dollar "virtual fence" along the southwestern border promised for completion in 2009 to protect the U.S. from terrorists, violent drug smugglers and a flood of illegal immigrants is a long way from becoming a reality, with government officials unable to say when, how or whether it will ever be completed.

More than three years after launching a major border security initiative and forking over more than $1 billion to the Boeing Co., the project's major contractor, Homeland Security Department officials are re-evaluating the high-tech component of the plan in the wake of a series of critical Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports warning lawmakers that the expensive undertaking is deeply flawed.

The program now places the Obama administration in a quandary, foretold by lawmakers who witnessed Boeing and Homeland Security publicly mischaracterize the nature of the contract, according to GAO, after government officials, watchdogs and contractors privately discovered that it was destined to fail. . . .

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was before Congress last week defending a 3 percent cut to the CBP budget, a proposal that has concerned Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar, now serving as acting CBP deputy commissioner. In a Dec. 18 confidential memo to his sector chiefs, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, he said, "As you know, we have been going through some painful budget exercises and … unfortunately it is going to get more painful."

The chief said the Border Patrol needed to cut new expenditures below commitments it made for the fiscal 2009 budget, adding that while "significant cuts" already had been made, additional reductions would be necessary. He directed the sector chiefs to do more with less.

Chief Aguilar also said he "had to shut down" some pending and ongoing programs involving the Border Patrol's Enforcement and Information Technology (EIT) Division, which the agency has described as a key component in its ability to secure U.S. borders. . . . [Full Report]

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2 Comments:

Blogger PatriotUSA said...

"More than three years after launching a major border security initiative and forking over more than $1 billion to the Boeing Co., the project's major contractor, Homeland Security Department officials are re-evaluating the high-tech component of the plan in the wake of a series of critical Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports warning lawmakers that the expensive undertaking is deeply flawed."


It was flawed from the very start.

A fence 20 feet high and
backed by armed troops 24/7 with orders to apprehend and shoot those that disobeyed would have worked much better, and cost much less.

Harsh, absolutely. Not as harsh as illegal aliens taking jobs in a really bad economy, one that shows little signs of improving. That is unless you believe the smoke and mirrors from the Democrats.

3/3/10, 12:26 AM  
Blogger INFIDEL JOE said...

They arrive daily - http://www.BorderInvasionPics.com

3/4/10, 2:49 AM  

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