January 15, 2011 Current Site Visitors ->
DHS Cancels SBInet
|Washington Post -- January 15
Administration giving up on full 'virtual fence' on border
The Obama administration canceled Friday the troubled, billion-dollar "virtual fence" project along the U.S. border with Mexico and said it will turn to other security measures to better guard the desert region.
The SBInet project, begun in 2006 and run by Boeing, was designed to pull together video cameras, radar, sensors and other technologies to catch illegal immigrants and smugglers trying to cross the porous border.
But it faced setbacks, missed deadlines and cost overruns. The Department of Homeland Security said the project spent $1 billion to cover just 53 miles [28 miles in Arizona.]
In its place, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, commercially available surveillance systems, unmanned aerial drones, thermal imaging and other equipment will be used. This new approach should cost less than $750 million to cover the rest of Arizona's border, some 323 miles, the department said.
Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report
This is what I said about SBInet on July 5, 2006: "Nowhere does SBI spell out a goal that can be measured. This is all of the same nonsense we have seen for years. The program will be run by open borders people at DHS / CBP and will accomplish absolutely nothing except lull the people into a false sense of security."
After dropping SBInet, DHS is now touting drones even though there is no evidence they are effective.
Congress should demand that the DHS base its border decisions on cost-benefit - not rhetoric.
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