Inevitable: DHS scraps “virtual” border fence

posted at 10:05 pm on March 16, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m surprised. Not that the fence is a disaster — that’s been true since its beginnings during the Bush administration, with exactly five days elapsing between Michael Chertoff proclaiming it ready for installation and this story in WaPo announcing a three-year delay due to technical difficulties. No, the surprise is that DHS would take border security seriously enough that this dismal failure wouldn’t simply be papered over and declared ready for operation as part of the “security” quid pro quo needed to secure the Democrats’ beloved amnesty.

How’s Graham going to sell border enforcement to congressional Republicans as part of the comprehensive package now?

“Not only do we have an obligation to secure our borders, we have a responsibility to do so in the most cost-effective way possible,” Napolitano said in a statement Tuesday. “The system of sensors and cameras along the Southwest border known as SBInet has been plagued with cost overruns and missed deadlines.”

With that in mind, Napolitano is withholding funding for the program’s first deployment until a review she ordered in January is finished. And she’s taking away $50 million in stimulus funds from the Boeing-managed program. Instead, that funding will be put toward “other tested, commercially available security technology along the Southwest border.”…

“But before we go across that border with this – these big towers, SBInet,” she added, “we are going to reevaluate how those technology dollars are used and whether there are other technologies perhaps that have been developed since SBInet was contracted that would be more mobile, better, easier to maintain and easier to operate.”

Thus did a $2 billion contract aimed at completion by 2009 become a $3.7 billion boondoggle with a target completion date of … 2016. I’m sincerely intrigued by the timing here: Why now, when immigration’s actually been back in the news lately, even in the context of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus threatening to walk away from O-Care over funding for illegals? Maybe they figure it’s a good time to bury the news, especially with no one expecting serious movement on amnesty until next year? Hmmm.


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When it rains…….

ThePrez on March 16, 2010 at 10:07 PM

it fcking pours

blatantblue on March 16, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Sweet.

Matches our virtual recovery.

roscopico on March 16, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Can we please “scrap” this administration and start over?

Seriously… WTF?

AW1 Tim on March 16, 2010 at 10:09 PM

“The system of sensors and cameras along the Southwest border known as SBInet has been plagued with cost overruns and missed deadlines

That’s what happens with Unions and politicians every time.

thomasaur on March 16, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Where’s the dope, Lindsey Graham?

mobydutch on March 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM

That’s cool, just tear down the fence, open up the party to everyone and pay for all their food, housing and healthcare.

John the Libertarian on March 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Simple answer: Nappy — and her boss, Osama Obama — are going to use the money to erect giant “Welcome to the USA!” signs along the border, put in drinking fountains and (free) medical care stations, and order up a fleet of buses to carry illegals to One-Stop Service Centers where they can pick up their citizenship papers, Food Stamp and Housing Assistance cards, and register to vote.

The New Democrat Majority is on its way!

MrScribbler on March 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM

How much of the stimulus went into scrapping the virtual fence…I mean taking it down is going to take a lot guys in tin foil hats LOL!

Dr Evil on March 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM

When are we going to take back our country?

d1carter on March 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Anyone who will build a wall, a real wall with concrete and razorwire, is a shoe-in for president, regardless of anything else.

Rebar on March 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Viva La Raza!!

(might as well join the winning side)

right4life on March 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Thus did a $2 billion contract aimed at completion by 2009 become a $3.7 billion boondoggle with a target completion date of … 2016.

Is that in US dollars or Ameros?

Dr Evil on March 16, 2010 at 10:13 PM

This is getting ridiculous… there can’t be another amnesty if we can’t guarantee that there won’t be another one…

No Amnesty unless there is a virtual(or real) fence…

No Amnesty until the immigration rate is tied directly to the unemployment rate… and don’t say that it already is by market forces…

Let the people who qualify for Amnesty get their citizenship in 7 years if they can pass an English test… 14 years otherwise….

ninjapirate on March 16, 2010 at 10:16 PM

I thought I remembered that she was in favor of the virtual fence when she was governor of AZ, but maybe I remember wrong.

Eren on March 16, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Whether the new barn door is virtual, or armored steel, the horse left about twenty years ago.

RBMN on March 16, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Where’s the dope, Lindsey Graham?

mobydutch on March 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Did you see this posted by Sarjex? Hilarious

deidre on March 16, 2010 at 10:18 PM

What’s sickening is that these people are planning to bring otu the biometic ids so they can track everyone but they won’t finish the damn fence… W*T*F!!!!

ninjapirate on March 16, 2010 at 10:18 PM

What’s sickening is that these people are planning to bring otu the biometic ids so they can track everyone but they won’t finish the damn fence… W*T*F!!!!

What’s sickening is that these people are planning to bring out the biometric ids so they can track everyone but they won’t finish the damn fence… W*T*F!!!!

ninjapirate on March 16, 2010 at 10:19 PM

I want my money back…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 16, 2010 at 10:20 PM

All this high tech crap is ALSO (and more seriously) too prone to being turned back upon the legal citizenry for “internal security” reasons, once they finally get it working.

Best to reserve it to specialized Intelligence Ops, and not for standard border control.

Low tech methods like patrolling hum-vees, agents with whatever arms they require, drones flying recon, etc. should be used, as they always have, since they’re been proven successful and affordable.

(And~ no sensors ever stopped for lunch, got their vehicle serviced, bought flowers for their sweetheart, paid construction fees, started a small business, invested in real estate, etc., etc.).

Jobs are actually useful things for the community and country, star-nosed Congressmoles.

profitsbeard on March 16, 2010 at 10:25 PM

The Israelis can build mile after mile of 30 foot tall, concrete walls one day after deciding to do so, and get 1/3 of it done while taking sniper fire.

This is geared toward the immigration plan coming soon to a rogue government near you, coming straight on the heels of the HC debacle. Pass ObamaCare and lose votes, then legalize millions of illegals this summer while promising them everything under the sun, and voila, the votes needed to keep the ‘rats in power magically return.

All part of the plan. I’m going to talk to the billboard now.

Bishop on March 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM

“other tested, commercially available security technology along the Southwest border.”…

Like guards with M-16s?

Pelayo on March 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM

How’s Graham going to sell border enforcement to congressional Republicans as part of the comprehensive package now?

Reporter: Senator Graham, is it true that if your Comprehensive Immigration Reform package becomes law it will mandate that a real fence along the border with Mexico be built rather than just some phony so called “virtual fence”? And a follow up question sir, if so what will the physical fence look like?
Lindsey Graham: That is a very good question and yes when my Comprehensive Immigration Reform package passes it will mandate a physical fence. What will it look like? Well it will run the full length of the border and have special security gates every 100 feet.
All the security gates will have on them:
1) Press one for Spanish (with a response of “Welcome Amigo, my country is your country and please take a free map to the wonderful plantation owner employer of your choice. Also please feel free to enroll your children in our schools and demand that they be taught in Spanish and please also feel free to avail yourself of all the free medical care that you want. If there are any Gringos in line in front of you, just go to the head of the line. If you want to fly any Mexican flags please feel free to just take down an American one and use it’s flag pole”).
2) Press two for English (with a response of “#uck you! You damned bigoted nativist lazy madre fornicario gringos who do not want what is right for America del Norte!!!”).

MB4 on March 16, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Dodds “let’s control all of wall street” bill is next, followed closely by the bailout of Californicate, Illinois and a couple of other bankrupt States, then it’s immediately on to AMNESTY!!

Gotta’ get as much Socialism passed and signed before next January!!

GoldenEagle4444 on March 16, 2010 at 10:29 PM

I suppose hiring more Border Patrol agents, putting militarizing the border, and building an actual fence is just too simplistic?

amerpundit on March 16, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Instead, that funding will be put toward “other tested, commercially available security technology along the Southwest border.”…

It’s called the triple fence…

… and it works in San Diego, idiot!

Seven Percent Solution on March 16, 2010 at 10:31 PM

High speed rail from the border to San Fran.
(sanctuary city)

KZnextzone on March 16, 2010 at 10:31 PM

“The system of sensors and cameras along the Southwest border known as SBInet has been plagued with cost overruns and missed deadlines.”

Wow!!!

The boss lady MM will have a field day with this….

….Mrs. Malkin rode a$$ on this from day one.

…..Epic fail.

Baxter Greene on March 16, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Yeah, let’s put the federal government in charge of our healthcare you completely f*cking braindead idiot liberals.

WisCon on March 16, 2010 at 10:33 PM

*red alert*
kp on greta

ted c on March 16, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Kinda like they’re scrapping our virtual representative republic with “deeming” legislation.

Nothing is real

katy on March 16, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Why now?

Because the Hispanic caucus is showing signs of moving away from Obamacare.

Seriously, why else?

JonPrichard on March 16, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Apparently the Obama Administration is giving Blue Dogs absolutely no cover this year. He must think they’re suckers.

Repurblican on March 16, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Thus did a $2 billion contract aimed at completion by 2009 become a $3.7 billion boondoggle with a target completion date of …2016.

….and with that in mind….think about how great it will be if they control health care……

Baxter Greene on March 16, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Most of your House is in my pocket. Most all of your Senate is in my pocket. I have bought off or blackmailed almost all of them now. A bunch of pesos here, several women there, a young boy for quite a few of them. A little booze spread around. Alright a whole lot of gin for a certain Senator. Ay curumba, could he ever put it down. He has gone to that bridge in the sky now though so at least my liquor bill has gone down by about 50%. Telling a certain old coot Senator that I would get him a lot of media time, he loves that so much. I have even offered him and his poco empalma a muchacho Lindsey their own 24×7 TV station. They just can’t get enough of seeing themselves on TV. You have no chance GRINGOS.

Your Grandfathers kept you from having to learn German or Japanese or be lamp shades. But YOU ARE NOT the men or women that they were, not even close.

Once we get our amnesty, we will all come to your country. We will all have at least 10 ninos and in a generation we will overwhelm and deport most of you Gringos! Some of you, if you learn Spanish real well, we might let you stay to pick our lettuce or mow our lawns or take care of OUR children in what used to be your houses.

Those who don’t learn Spanish will be deported to Alaska. That is until Al Gore’s global warming heats things up and we want Alaska too, then we will deport you all to New Orleans. It will probably all be under water by then anyway. I hope you Gringos can swim, he, he, he. My bad!!!

So give it up and LEARN SPANISH! You should probably all buy Mexican flags too and fly them in your front yard and on your pickup trucks. If you already have an American flag there it is alright if you keep it, as long as you fly it upside down and below our great Mexican flag.

Now repeat after me – I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of Mucho Grande Mexico, and to the Republic for which it use to stand, one nation under me, with everything for us, and nothing for you.

And remember Gringos,

APRENDER EL ESPANOL!!!

VinyFoxy on March 16, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Quite frankly, Chertoff is right up there with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid on my S list.

Mr. Arrogant on March 16, 2010 at 10:38 PM

They make this announcement after Americans tied to our consulate were killed in Juarez. We don’t need a fence we need bunkers.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100314/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_drug_war_mexico

Dr Evil on March 16, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Oh! Now I get it (hits self upside head with blunt object.)!

That’s the reason she was named Director of HLS! She was Gov. of a border state.
Makes perfect sense to me!

Chewy the Lab on March 16, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Why now?

Because the Hispanic caucus is showing signs of moving away from Obamacare.

Seriously, why else?

JonPrichard on March 16, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Not only that we still have the Census to finish off and how else do you broadcast the message ?spelling? Olly olly oxen free to everyone?

Olly olly oxen free (and similar spellings) is a catchphrase used in the children’s game of hide and seek to indicate that players who are hiding can come out into the open without losing the game. It is thought to derive from the phrase “All ye, all ye ‘outs’ in free,” i.e., all who are “out” may come in without penalty. [1]

bluemarlin on March 16, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Instead, that funding will be put toward “other tested, commercially available security technology along the Southwest border.”…

Gun towers and a bounty?

Jeff2161 on March 16, 2010 at 10:47 PM

How long did it take to construct the Berlin Wall? Did it work? Let’s do it again!

Jeff2161 on March 16, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Why bother with a fence when you plan on legalizing the whole bunch? Save the money to give them in welfare benefits.

TXMomof3 on March 16, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Have Joe Biden call our Israeli friends for some help, on second thought…

diogenes on March 16, 2010 at 10:52 PM

OT: Y’all promise you will shoot me if I ever become this parody of my mother (whom I adored, but who died 30 years ago!)
If there is a single woman on this site who is over 45 who is either a)contemplating a “blue rinse”, or b) would say, I’ma gonna keep my girlish color…’cept for my bangs…raise your hand bingo card.

Chewy the Lab on March 16, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Maybe it’s time to renounce citizenship and get the bennies.

rickyricardo on March 16, 2010 at 10:54 PM

“Instead, that funding will be put toward “other tested, commercially available security technology along the Southwest border.”…

One-way traffic control spikes here we come! You can leave but don’t come back.

Electrongod on March 16, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Virtual DHS!

jgdp on March 16, 2010 at 10:59 PM

And of course the census form, which we all must fill out, which will be used in part to determine congressional districts, asks intrusive questions about race and demands your telephone number, does not ask about citizenship.

We are totally skroot.

MrScribbler on March 16, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Buy some lawn chairs and umbrellas and give them to the minute-men and women …and then STFU all , repeat all politicians and lawyers.
And FU-BO

macncheez on March 16, 2010 at 11:04 PM

“other tested, commercially available security technology along the Southwest border.”

TRANSLATION: Human beings on horse back.

GarandFan on March 16, 2010 at 11:23 PM

“Not only do we have an obligation to secure our borders, we have a responsibility to do so in the most cost-effective way possible,” Napolitano said in a statement Tuesday.

Cost effective and the Obama admin are not on the same planet.

Kmart is having a Blue Light Special this week on sovereignty.

BigWyo on March 16, 2010 at 11:30 PM

How long did it take to construct the Berlin Wall? Did it work? Let’s do it again!

Jeff2161 on March 16, 2010 at 10:48 PM

It took awhile, but Completely Fu$@ing Stupid finally showed up.

BigWyo on March 16, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Y’all come … You know there is a simple answer, don’t hire them. It sure seems like NObama doesn’t like laws passed by others, he just does whatever he wants.

The problem with accruing too much power in the federal government should be obvious by now.

tarpon on March 16, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Neither Bush nor Obamanation were ever serious about protecting the border from illegal immigration. How could we ever combine Mexico, Canada, and the USA if we did that. We have to delute the culture and reduce the unmanageable middle class before we could pull that off on those yokels.

bindare on March 16, 2010 at 11:58 PM

The problem with a virtual fence is that it requires people to “operate” it 24×7. It is a huge expense because someone must monitor the sensors/cameras, etc. Build a barrier that goes down a few tens of meters in the ground and is 40 feet tall and about 20 feet thick of steel reinforced concrete and it starts paying for itself immediately in reduced monitoring costs.

crosspatch on March 17, 2010 at 12:05 AM

No problem. Just start a cash for virtual clunkers offer and things will straighten out in no time.

Shy Guy on March 17, 2010 at 12:06 AM

We have traffic CAMs Red Lite CAMs and road sensors every where, yet the feds after three years haven’t got a clue how to do it. The time is now to make these nitwits go a way. America has very little time left.

jpcpt03 on March 17, 2010 at 12:07 AM

Graham and McLame ahve gotten away with this amnesty carp for too long by prefacing their remarks with the disingenuous bait ” We must secure our borders “. They both know repugnican voters are chumps .

borntoraisehogs on March 17, 2010 at 12:31 AM

With all the attention on health care reform the administration can treat every day like ‘Friday Night News Dump’ day.

SaintGeorgeGentile on March 17, 2010 at 12:42 AM

What the hell do we expect? You give the government the power to create a program and all you get is hemming and hawing and foot scratching. If Big G was ever left in the hands of Darwin we be rid of it for good.

Limerick on March 17, 2010 at 1:04 AM

As I’ve stated before, the GOP will betray you. This is a perfect example. When the people cried for a fence, McCain, Graham, and Bush called you all racists. They instead appeased you with the virtual fence, and like good little Limbaugh-GOP sheep you all quieted down and took what the masters gave you.

The list of betrayals is long, there are yet more to come. There will be noone to blame but yourselves in the end.

True_King on March 17, 2010 at 1:15 AM

From the first time it was proposed I said it would be a useless boondoggle.. Intended only to get the people saying “do something!!!’ off their backs.

Even at its best, it would only be a somewhat useful tool to alert ‘boots on the ground’ and ‘rotors in the sky’ about things happening where they aren’t.

And without the political will, (which neither Democrats or Republicans have), to enforce even the existing laws — even with ten times the technology and ten times the number of people necessary to do the job, it is not going to get done.

LegendHasIt on March 17, 2010 at 3:19 AM

They instead appeased you with the virtual fence, and like good little Limbaugh-GOP sheep you all quieted down and took what the masters gave you.

True_King

Translation: I don’t really know what the hell I’m talking about, but I have to post something, and making stuff up about Limbaugh seems like the cool thing to do, sooo….

xblade on March 17, 2010 at 4:49 AM

At least the BHO administration is consistent. They have handled the virtual fence in exactly the same way that they have handled pretty much everything else…

EPIC FAILURE!

Has this administration actually done ANYTHING right?

Hawthorne on March 17, 2010 at 4:52 AM

Bishop is right, had we been serious at any time about border incursions we could have built a serious wall. But we are and have never been serious about stifling the flow of cheap labor. This problem is centuries old, ever since we took the land from Mexico in treaty and war. The issue of illegals is also a century old. We have to decided, as a nation under stress of an economic meltdown, which is more important, us or them.

But the our “enlightened elites” will screw this up too.

archer52 on March 17, 2010 at 5:14 AM

You can’t restrict those nice Mexican drug gangs to just killing American citizens in Mexico no can you? After all, as the lft will remind you, they, like the fireants, were here first.

Don L on March 17, 2010 at 5:22 AM

My cricism of a ‘virtual fence’ of any sort has remained the same: I will believe it after the ‘virtual bathroom’ appears and it runs just like the real thing, no toilet paper allowed.

ajacksonian on March 17, 2010 at 6:33 AM

Ya know, there are other ways of securing the border. Now I can’t really seal my house off from ants, and buying those cups only does so much.

But I find if I don’t leave food laying around all over the house, the ants won’t come inside.

reaganaut on March 17, 2010 at 6:40 AM

Where’s Who’s the dope, Lindsey Graham?

mobydutch on March 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Jaibones on March 17, 2010 at 7:47 AM

Napalitano was the one who famously said, “show me a 50 foot wall, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder” while governor of AZ.

She didn’t like the physical wall idea then, and still doesn’t. She doesn’t like the virtual wall now (which, if I recall correctly, she was in favor of then).

What’s LEFT, then?

Bueller? Bueller?

psrch on March 17, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Remember the argument that a REAL fence was just too hard – too far, over impossible landscape ??

Chinese didn’t seem to have a problem. History – learn from it.

/.

CaveatEmpty on March 17, 2010 at 8:49 AM

That money would buy a lotta voter registration booths, and I’m sure ACORN and SEIU would be perfectly suited to staff them. Let’s get on it.

hillbillyjim on March 17, 2010 at 8:51 AM

The virtual fence was BS from day one…expensive Bush Administration BS. If Obama cancels it (3.7 billion dollars of corporate Boeing welfare too late, but better late than never) kudos to him, I guess.

Why spend billions on BS, just because it was a GOP project?

funky chicken on March 17, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Doesn’t anyone find this timing suspicious? Graham is pushing for amnesty. We are almost at a conclusion of the healthscare bill. Now there won’t be any virtual border?

This regime WANTS a flood of illegal aliens into this nation. That way, when they do passs amnesty, they will have more people to count on with bribes of citizenship. This “back of the line” garbage is just that – garbage. If the feds don’t know who is here now and for how long, who will they tell to go to the back of the line?

madmonkphotog on March 17, 2010 at 8:53 AM

AP, your caption on the picture is apt, but incomplete.

You said “Waste”. You forgot “Fraud, and abuse”.

Physical barriers are required, and should have been in place long ago.

A nation without borders is not a nation.

NavyspyII on March 17, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Why now, when immigration’s actually been back in the news lately, even in the context of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus threatening to walk away from O-Care over funding for illegals? Maybe they figure it’s a good time to bury the news, especially with no one expecting serious movement on amnesty until next year? Hmmm.

Actually, this makes perfect sense. This is a \”gimme\” to the HCC. Hey vote for the Senate crap sandwich and we\’ll kill any attempt to stop illegals from flooding the southern states! Win, Win.

drocity on March 17, 2010 at 9:37 AM

JNap took back $50M stim money from the fence. They must have needed it to pay off Dennis the Menace for switching his vote to yes after his plane ride. Are they running out of our money yet?

Kissmygrits on March 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM

It’s easy to allow a project to be consumed by overruns and delays when you never wanted it to succeed in the first place.

brak on March 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM

This is one of those things that could have been done better, the idea was a good one, but the overall execution has problems. Of larger concern are the significant cuts that DHS is making in man-power and budgets for the entire southern border.

Our family has lived and farmed on the US Mexico border for over a hundred years. Up until 15 years ago, we could safely assume that the people crossing our land were looking for work or trying to reach their families who had crossed earlier. I never thought twice about answering the very rare knock at my door, because I knew that that person was likely to be in serious distress and in need of aid. Today, the people we find in our fields are likely to be armed and unconcerned with whether they kill us or our children. They have no problems threatening our children, our spouses or our extended families.

DHS has made a concerted effort to pretend that Americans who have been tortured and murdered were already involved in the drug trade…. however, I can tell you that the friends and employees that we have lost were not involved. They were targeted for their refusal to act as mules or to give over their property for use by the traffickers.

Many American parents of teen children (in particular boys) are sending them away from the border to live with relatives in other parts of the state, so they can grow up and get an education in relative safety. Those who stay face tremendous pressure to work for the cartels.

I am not sure how most people envision the border country, but it is not a vast wasteland or a no-man’s land. Our farms and homes extend all the way to the banks of the Rio Grand. While the border fence had serious execution and planning problems, I can tell you that on our property we have gone from 2-300 people per day crossing our property to less than a handful. I could detail the thousands of dollars per week this traffic cost us in destroyed crops, property damage and property theft. The more important thing for us has been the breathing room and a small measure of safety. A wall will not protect us, but it’s presence is an obstacle.

We are not foolish enough to ever leave the safety of our families to the government. Quite honestly, they have very little power to protect anyone and in recent years, their ranks have been infiltrated with the brothers and cousins of cartel members who can require certain favors. Anyone who chooses to believe that the current Civil War in Mexico has not crossed the border is deluding themselves…. it is here and it will continue to spread.

2nd Ammendment Mother on March 17, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Seriously, how much would it cost to just build a wall over the whole boarder? What fraction of the “stimulus” bill would it have been? What fraction of the wast in said bill?

Count to 10 on March 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Well then Janet, I’d suggest you get out the cement mixers, because that wasn’t a ‘request’ from congress.

We’ll be watching carefully, or do we start sending you the bricks?

docjohn52 on March 17, 2010 at 1:07 PM

They make this announcement after Americans tied to our consulate were killed in Juarez. We don’t need a fence we need bunkers.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100314/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_drug_war_mexico

Dr Evil on March 16, 2010 at 10:41 PM

I was thinking ATACMS, Apaches, and close air support on-call, but I guess bunkers wouldn’t hurt.

J.E. Dyer on March 17, 2010 at 1:26 PM

BTW, good catch, AP. The thing that makes this all hard to discuss is the “virtual” aspect the famous “fence” was intended to have. There really isn’t much to “tear down.” If private industry had undertaken to put up the same cameras and surveillance towers, the whole thing would have been completed in 6 months for less than $10-15 million.

It’s horrifying, when you think about it, that this fence fiasco hardly even breaks the top 10 now, when it comes to government boondogglage and waste.

J.E. Dyer on March 17, 2010 at 1:30 PM