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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 06:09 AM
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Feds Scrap $20 Million 'Virtual Fence' In Ariz.
Source: AP

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) ― 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.

Less than a week after Chertoff accepted Project 28 on Feb. 22, the Government Accountability Office told Congress it "did not fully meet user needs and the project's design will not be used as the basis for future" developments.


Read more: http://wcbstv.com/national/arizona.virtual.fence.2.7063...
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 06:26 AM
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1. Whoopee, more money down the drain.
Edited on Wed Apr-23-08 06:26 AM by RC
How much longer will anyone want to come to this country, legally or not?
When will they cut to the end game and put up a double row of electrified fence with towers and guard dogs not to keep people out, but to keep us in.

Such a waste of money. Why do we always seem to have lots of money to diddle with the symptoms, but we never seem to be able to recognize the root cause, let alone doing something about that.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 06:35 AM
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2. Nothing "virtual" about the money wasted


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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 07:18 AM
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3. They couldn't convince all the Mexicans to wear the electronic collars. n/t
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 09:20 AM
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11. LOL
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 07:19 AM
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4. Boeing is to replace the so-called Project 28 prototype with a series of towers...
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.
http://wcbstv.com/national/arizona.virtual.fence.2.7063...


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KSinTX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 07:30 AM
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5. Interesting how it's claimed to work so well on the northern border
Edited on Wed Apr-23-08 07:31 AM by KSinTX
But so abysmally on the southern one. I'd bet there's just no money to be made keeping those money-grubbing Canadians out of our fields and laundry rooms.

Edit: spelling, Interneting to Interesting?
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SaveAmerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 07:33 AM
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6. That's all right, that's OK, we didn't need that 20 mil anyway
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 07:57 AM
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7. someone knew this was bullshit and someone also made a bucket load of money
knowing it was bullshit.
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 10:08 AM
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12. that's what it was about
that's what EVERYTHING has been about for the last 8 years. :grr:
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cornermouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:21 AM
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8. George has money to burn and he's burning it.
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mbperrin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:25 AM
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9. Check cleared though, right?
Yeah, who coulda guessed this wouldn't work and would need more money paid to Boeing?

What a shock!
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:38 AM
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10. $20 million 'virtual' border fence scrapped
Source: MSNBC

Electronic system in southern Arizona fails to properly alert guards

TUCSON, Ariz. - A $20 million prototype of the government's highly touted "virtual fence" on the Arizona-Mexico border is being scrapped 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.

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

Project 28 was not intended to be the final, state-of-the-art system for catching illegal immigrants, Giddens said. "I think some people understood that and some didn't. We didn't communicate that well."



Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24268411 /
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 06:16 PM
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13. I guess reality has been busy building its own reality ...
Edited on Wed Apr-23-08 06:16 PM by eppur_se_muova
and it kicked Bu**sh**co's reality in the ass.

on edit: K&R. rec this thing up!
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