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Flashback: Feds ready to build virtual fence along border
nbcnews.com ^ | 5/9/09

Posted on 07/14/2014 12:32:41 PM PDT by cotton1706

Officials expect it to cover nearly 2,000 miles within five years

TUCSON, Ariz. — Federal officials say they're ready to begin building a "virtual fence" along the U.S.-Mexico border.

They expect it to cover nearly the entire 2,000-mile boundary within five years.

The executive director of the Homeland Security Department's Secure Border Initiative program said that construction could start within weeks.

The first towers holding sensors, cameras and communications gear to detect drug smugglers and illegal immigrants will be built along 53 miles of Arizona's border with Mexico. Towers on the remaining 320 miles of the state's southern border will follow.

Project director Mark Borkowski says New Mexico will get virtual fencing next, followed by California and most of Texas.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


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"Officials expect it to cover nearly 2,000 miles within five years "

Five years later, no virtual fence, no actual fence, no border at all.

1 posted on 07/14/2014 12:32:41 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Nope, thanks to uber-RINO Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who defunded it shortly thereafter.


2 posted on 07/14/2014 12:33:38 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cotton1706

I heard it worked pretty good until the Mexicans came along with their virtual ladders.


3 posted on 07/14/2014 12:35:04 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: Timber Rattler

“Nope, thanks to uber-RINO Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who defunded it shortly thereafter.”

She defunded the ACTUAL fence, as mandated under the Secure Fence Act. The VIRTUAL fence was never to become a reality, because it’s well...virtual. The monitors can be shut off, border patrol not deployed, etc.


4 posted on 07/14/2014 12:36:48 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

Only Concrete and Steel will do!

Because “virtual” can be turned off or ignored with a whim.


5 posted on 07/14/2014 12:36:50 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

virtual fence is imaginary fence


6 posted on 07/14/2014 12:38:21 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

When a virtual fence is good enough around the White House, then we’ll accept a virtual fence on the border.


7 posted on 07/14/2014 12:39:17 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

bump


8 posted on 07/14/2014 12:40:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I heard it worked pretty good until the Mexicans came along with their virtual ladders.

Good one.

9 posted on 07/14/2014 12:40:31 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: GeronL

The press will faithfully report from the Adminstration that 16 Billion virtual illegal aliens were prevented from crossing that virtual fence.

Kinda like a jobs report.


10 posted on 07/14/2014 12:42:19 PM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: Gadsden1st

The border is secure! We kept out 99.9999% of the worlds population.


11 posted on 07/14/2014 12:43:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL
The border is secure! We kept out 99.9999% of the worlds population.

The system worked.

12 posted on 07/14/2014 12:44:43 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: cotton1706

I worked on this years ago.

We were forced to use COTS equipment (radar/optics/etc) and try to make it work via cobbled software.

It was doomed from the start...and most probably purposefully so.

Had we followed the ancient Chinese approach (a frappin’ big fence) we’d not be getting young dim-bulb-crats slithering over the border.


13 posted on 07/14/2014 12:45:15 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The technology exists to defeat virtually all of the Mexican “get arounds.” Whatever it would have cost, it would have saved many times that much if it has been erected years ago. And even if building started only now, it would rather quickly save its cost. Look at the $3.7 billion-dollar boondoggle the Obamanation proposed, all without securing the border.


14 posted on 07/14/2014 12:46:57 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: cotton1706

If they do build one now, it will be to alert the welcome committee and roll out the red carpet.


15 posted on 07/14/2014 12:49:15 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: cotton1706
this just in

BO BERGDAHL named to lead the building of the Virtual Fence.




16 posted on 07/14/2014 12:54:06 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: cotton1706

No virtual fence.

Hardly any virtual nation...


17 posted on 07/14/2014 12:56:07 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: cotton1706

First, tear down the White House fence and replace it with a virtual one.


19 posted on 07/14/2014 1:01:23 PM PDT by Spirochete (GOP: Give Obama Power)
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To: cotton1706

Just like their virtual detention of illegal immigrants?


20 posted on 07/14/2014 1:01:38 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“I heard it worked pretty good until the Mexicans came along with their virtual ladders.”

Time for the IRS to accept virtual tax payments?


21 posted on 07/14/2014 1:02:58 PM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: OneWingedShark

lol


22 posted on 07/14/2014 1:03:19 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

More BS from the GOPE and the chamber of crony commerce and the communist party USA. But they promised they would build the fence this time!

I would believe the old Soviet Pravda news agency sadly, more than I believe any part of the US government. I do not believe a word that is uttered out of Washington DC from any government entity or from either political party they are all corrupt and rotten to the core.

Virtual fence, just like the great new online health insurance website!


23 posted on 07/14/2014 1:15:41 PM PDT by sarge83
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You can see the virtual fence in the foreground of the picture . Its between the photographer and the first yucca tree.


24 posted on 07/14/2014 1:16:05 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%i)
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To: sarge83

A trillion dollar virtual fence that doesn’t keep anyone out.


25 posted on 07/14/2014 1:17:09 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: sarge83

It’ gotten that bad


26 posted on 07/14/2014 1:18:56 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: cotton1706
The virtual fence was just another BILLION DOLLAR GOVERNMENT BOONDOGGLE.

It was a scam to shut down criticism from people who wanted a real border fence by wasting money and time on a virtual fence that did nothing but make some government contractors wealthier..

During the Bush and Obama administrations over a billion dollars were spent on electronic wizardry that didn't work.

After Boeing’s ‘Virtual Fence’ Flop, Security Towers Are Next

KQED News Staff | September 13, 2013

"The federal government is in the midst of purchasing hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of security equipment for the Southwest border. And Congress is considering spending tens of billions more. But the last time the government tried to go big with border security, it encountered some pitfalls. Federal officials are trying to learn from past mistakes as they shop for technology to secure a key stretch of the border."

"Those fixed towers were originally put up by Boeing, the contractor. They are still functional, but the bigger project Boeing tried to create — an elaborate virtual fence called SBInet that would have integrated radar, cameras and sensors all along the Southwest border — was deemed a failure. Thad Bingel, a Washington-based security consultant who used to be the chief of staff at Customs and Border Protection, explains the problems with the virtual fence like this: “The issue with SBInet was that it was overly ambitious,” he says."

"There were missed deadlines, system bugs and escalating costs. After pouring a billion dollars into it without success, then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano canceled SBInet in 2011. And it prompted the federal government to rethink how it approaches border technology. “It really caused an examination within the agency of going back and saying, ‘OK, we tried to design a system that did a lot of things, but didn’t do it all very well, so let’s focus instead on what do you actually need in these different places,’ ” says Bingel."


27 posted on 07/14/2014 1:24:27 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: GeronL

Let’s remove the fence at the White House, and replace it with a Virtual fence!


28 posted on 07/14/2014 1:29:24 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: dsrtsage

Hat Tip: Freeper Potlach


29 posted on 07/14/2014 1:32:30 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: cotton1706

A good article with details from back in Jan. 2011 when the virtual fence was cancelled.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/1B-virtual-border-fence-went-from-optimism-to-1688076.php

$1B virtual border fence went from optimism to doom


30 posted on 07/14/2014 1:50:44 PM PDT by deport
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To: cotton1706

It would probably help if a rumor was started south of the border that the virtual fence was made of laser beams that would incinerate anyone who crossed them.


31 posted on 07/14/2014 1:52:21 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: cotton1706
they just want to build a virtual fence, so they know where to send agents to pick up and help the illegals enter, then they can more efficiently help transport them to a city near you!
32 posted on 07/14/2014 2:17:31 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: cotton1706

SBInet was cancelled by Nappy Pants and the Big Zero.

SBInet is better described as an AWACs on the border, an electronic monitoring system where the system could detect groups of illegals well inside mexico and then track the group before it entered the US, thereby allowing the Board Patrol time to re-position Agents for the intercept.

Very efficient.

Very effective use of manpower.

Therefore, couldn’t have that happen and disrupt democRATS plans to change the demographic nature of the US to be democRAT smelly disease-ridden thrid-world country thet NEEDS government.


33 posted on 07/14/2014 3:25:17 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: GeronL

It was never a fence’ in any form. It was a detection system.


34 posted on 07/14/2014 3:25:46 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: dsrtsage

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35 posted on 07/14/2014 3:26:37 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: GeronL

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36 posted on 07/14/2014 3:26:49 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Iron Munro

It worked.

New technology under development.

Worked out the kinks and had the system ready to be implemented.

When it was ready and capable of being implemented, Nappy Pants and the Big Zero cancelled it.


37 posted on 07/14/2014 3:28:46 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

bump


38 posted on 07/14/2014 3:36:49 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: LibertyOh

LOL! That’s what I’m talking about!


39 posted on 07/14/2014 5:05:27 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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