It’s a fine line between stupid and clever, and this idea is straddling it. Glenn Reynolds by way of Tom Tancredo:

Texas residents and law enforcement officials will be able to monitor video footage of some of the most isolated and dangerous stretches of the Texas-Mexico border under a border security plan announced Thursday by Gov. Rick Perry…

The video, which will include night vision, will be available to state, local and federal authorities and will be posted on the Internet in real time, Perry said.

“When citizens witness a crime taking place, they will be able to call an 800 number that will be routed to the appropriate law enforcement agency,” he said.

Neighborhood watch on a national scale. Brilliant. But, er, if millions of illegal immigrants and their supporters are willing to march in the streets for amnesty, won’t they also be willing to prank-call a toll-free number that’s being used to catch them? I give the program, oh, about six minutes before it’s rendered completely useless by the volume of false tips.

On the positive side, though, the Freepers have something to do with their nights now. I KID! I kid because I fear.

It’s fun to imagine Bush’s reaction when he hears that Texas, of all states, has decided it needs a little more border protection than he’s giving them.

Anyway, let’s see how it goes. I’m just tired of all the hate.

Update: Expecting the first ACLU lawsuit to be filed any minute now…

Update: Small Town Veteran points to this article from 2005, which answers the stupid/clever question pretty decisively.

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