Home | Bio | Contact |

'Virtual Fence' Fails Again - Scrapped

Bookmark and Share

I believe I don't have enough fingers on one hand to count the many times that a "virtual fence" system has failed and been scrapped at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. Add it all up and we're talking multi-billions. Yet politicians keep playing the "virtual fence will work" game instead of just throwing a real barrier up there. Of course they don't want it to work and that's why they keep proposing this crap.

Houston Chronicle

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. 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.

"The virtual fence didn't work so we'll build another virtual fence".

How many illegal aliens has the virtual fence caught in the last 4 months?

... the towers have resulted in more than 3,000 apprehensions ..., said Greg Giddens, executive director of the SBI program office in Washington.

But that's just a fraction of the several hundred illegal immigrants believed to cross the border daily near southwest of Tucson.

Several hundred illegal aliens cross just that sector each day (at least that's what they figure since the stuff doesn't work it could be much higher) and they're proud of the fact that they've caught 3,000 over 5 months.

Let's do a little math using their rough figures. "Several hundred a day" so say a low 200 a day. 200*150 days=30,000 illegal aliens have crossed that one single sector that it monitors over 5 months and they've caught 3,000. 10%, a success! But wait that means 27,000 illegal aliens whom we have no idea what their criminal records are - or their terroristic intentions are - made it in here while our "Homeland Security" twiddled their thumbs.

Meanwhile the San Diego Otay-Mesa double layered fence that requires no fancy technology and was the model for the Secure Fence Act has reduced crossings by as much as 94%. Which one works? Which one is more cost effective?

Boeing was awarded an $860 million contract to provide the technology, physical fences and vehicle barriers.

"Boeing has delivered a system that the Border Patrol currently is operating 24 hours a day," Boeing spokeswoman Deborah Bosick said. She declined further comment.

"Operating a system" and "having a system that works" are two different things. The Secure Fence Act's cost was a couple billion. Meanwhile we've once again thrown away $860 million on a piece of shit.

Tipped by: Freedom Folks

This entry is in the following archive(s):

Next and Previous Entries:

Posted by Digger on April 23, 2008 05:32 PM (Permalink)

The Realm Daily Digest
Have Diggers Realm articles emailed to you daily!

Powered by FeedBlitz
See a sample of what a daily email looks like!


Don't want a fence that does no more than count the number getting in. Don't want a fence that 'alerts' someone miles and miles away that that some bunny rabbit bumped into their million dollar sensor. Just the basics, please. Concrete and barbed wire for starts.

But we need to do more. An untended fence doesn't deter a burglar. A pack of lean and hungry junk-yard dogs on the other side will.

As of now, the invaders worst scenario is getting caught, getting a free meal, and then being sent home to try again another day. Thats more of a magnet than a deterrent. What is needed is old fashioned attitude. Build the fence, but back it up with consequences. If people are given a good reason to fear even approaching a barrier, it's less likely they will try to get past it.

Posted by: Nikita on April 24, 2008 01:15 PM

hosted by www.americanpatrol.com
Glenn Spencer has a system that works and is ready to go.
This even has thermal imaging in his system
And our government and Boeing can't get it together yeah right!

Posted by: sweetliberty on April 24, 2008 08:24 PM

Gee, what a surprise. They don't ever intend to build a physical fence, or a working "virtual" fence. This is all a ruse to placate Americans who are dumb enough to buy into it!

Posted by: April on April 24, 2008 09:36 PM

Wow. I found your site after doing a Google search on Hazleton Pa.'s Nazi immigration ordinance - and found you supporting it and so much more.
I feel so sorry for you living in that shell of agony and suspicion. God bless you.

Posted by: Nick on April 25, 2008 12:00 AM

How do I volunteer to look for Illegal trespassing aliens crossing the border on my computer? I would like to do this patriotic help to our country.

Posted by: Paul Z. on June 21, 2011 12:13 AM

Also see these other great immigration resources

The Dark Side Of Illegal Immigration
The Dark Side Of Illegal Immigration

A 28 part detailed report on the negative impacts of illegal immigration.
Immigration Stance
Immigration Stance

Find out how your members of Congress voted on immigration issues.

The Dark Side Of Illegal Immigration
Read the free 28 part report The Dark Side of
Illegal Immigration

Includes facts, figures
and statistics.

  ... More Categories

Site Meter

Search Diggers Realm
Web Diggers Realm

The Realm Daily Digest
Have Diggers Realm articles emailed to you daily!

Powered by FeedBlitz
See a sample of the email!

ICE Tip Line

Capitol Switchboard

Your Representatives
On Immigration
Find out how your members of Congress voted on immigration issues at Immigration Stance.

Get The Latest Immigration News
Illegal Immigration News
The latest all in one place! Bookmark it today!

Knights Of The Realm

Home | Bio | Contact | Sitemap

Copyright © Dan Amato - 1996-Present