The government loves giving money to their corporate buddies. And we know they don’t want to secure the border anyway, so this is actually a good deal for them. I bet they’re all laughing their asses off right now.


EL PASO, Texas — The 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border includes a virtual fence made up of a network of cameras, sensors, enhanced communications and upgraded vehicles. The sophisticated equipment is supposed to work as the extra eyes and ears for Border Patrol agents monitoring the open desert. But the first 28 miles of the high-tech virtual fence went up in Arizona, and has seen its share of glitches.

T.J. Bonner with the National Border Patrol Council said glitches include a radar that confused raindrops for undocumented immigrants. He said, “One officer reported that he saw a group of 80 illegal aliens moving northward and then after the end of shift went back to see if the technology had spotted it. It had not.”

Some of the faulty equipment has been replaced or fixed, but that is not enough to convince some people the government should continue with the project.

“It makes the department look bad. It makes Border Patrol less effective if they can’t count on the machines that are put there to help them run a more effective border checks,” said Beth Kurland of west El Paso.

“I think they’d be better off building a regular chain-link fence if they’re going to build a fence at all,” said Arnold Marks of west El Paso. Despite the problems with the $20 million project headed by Boeing, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said parts of the project do expand Border Patrol capabilities. Chertoff said he plans to accept the high-tech system in the next few days, but not all of it. He compares it to having a house inspection.

“There is some stuff you say, ‘I am not taking the house until you fix it.’ And then there is some stuff you say, ‘You know I will live with it but give me credit,’ and that is what we are doing now,” said Chertoff.

Some Borderland residents question if this is the best use of taxpayer dollars.

“I think if they’re going to spend a lot of money on something they’re not sure is going to work, I don’t think it’s a very good idea,” said Marks.

“Why throw good money after bad. That money could be used to put up a more effective barrier, or to try to help both sides take care of the problem,” said Kurland.

The DHS is asking for $775 million in its 2009 budget to fence the border. Some of the money is to refine and expand the virtual fence.

6 Responses to “Virtual Fence Doesn’t Work”
  1. HellDogger says:

    For those of you who don’t get to travel this great & beautiful nation much, every mile of interstate freeway has, on both sides, wildlife fences. These are 4′ to 6′ mesh wire fences designed to keep deer as well as other small critters off the freeway & out of the path of traffic. This fence is Federally mandated, like it or not. The reason for this is, we, the American people, are a safety oriented, as well as, compassionate & humane people. We don’t like wrecking our cars or killing the animals in the process.
    Q. Why don’t we have these same safety & humanity concerns when it comes to our nations borders? Correction: Why doesn’t our government have these same concerns.

  2. stoney says:

    This system was more than likely designed to fail.
    I assume also that there is no provision in place for refund of taxpayers money for inoperable system.

  3. Vincent Narodnik says:

    I sure am glad that the world is ruled by college graduates.
    I have a nearly religious faith that a Degree guarantees Expertise on any given matter. All I have to do is vote for whichever Expert has the whitest teeth and the friendliest smile, then I can live my life on remote control mode, safe forever from the rigors of “Thinking”.
    Its better that we leave things to people who know better than we do.
    They are easy to find: all you have to do is look for some letters tacked behind their names.
    Besides, Technology is Our Savior, isnt it?
    it is to be trusted over and above our faulty human natures and common sense, isnt it?
    I hope that all of these experts have virtual chastity belts for their daughters
    and send them out in the evening with any Willing Lothario who has managed to trick their phone numbers out of them.
    They may eat crow at next Thanksgiving instead of turkey.

    Eddie Bs shipping container idea is the most sensible, cheapest and most practical of ANY idea I have ever heard.
    I guess weve become too ‘enlightened’ to listen to common sense.
    Thanks anyway, Eddie.

  4. Eddie B. says:

    This was nothing more than a shell game. The “Stars Wars” initiative on land to make “defense” companies billions of dollars.

    Virtual fence. Is that like a virtual Government? What a joke.

  5. Eddie B. says:

    One last thought… let’s take our Government and put them inside the shipping containers. Send them back to China. We could end this problem over night. And China would have their hands full with our enlightened “leadership”.

  6. K2 says:

    The virtual fence works perfectly. Illegals can cross the border unimpeded. The system can detect if they are being oppressed by haters and vigilantes. Back up can be dispatched, forthwith to help them or deliver first aid water etc. Seems to be functioning as intended. Those poor undocumented americans aren’t going to be protected from the harsh environment, oppressive BP agents and “vigilantes”, with a mere physical fence.

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