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Groundbreaking set next week for virtual fence
Brownsville Herald ^ | May 8, 2009 | Arthur Rotstein

Posted on 05/08/2009 3:37:08 PM PDT by La Lydia

TUCSON - Groundbreaking will begin next week in southern Arizona for the virtual fence project's first permanent detection towers, a spokeswoman in Washington said Friday. Contractors preparing sites for the towers "will start moving earth next week," Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Jenny Burke said.

The towers will hold sensors, cameras and communications equipment designed to detect illegal immigrants and drug smugglers and to enhance the ability of Border Patrol agents to intercept and apprehend them.

The towers are to be built first in Arizona, the busiest corridor for illegal entries along the Mexican frontier over the past decade. Plans call for also placing such towers along most of the 2,000-mile Mexican border, in New Mexico, California and almost all of Texas within five years....

The first permanent towers will encompass a total of 53 miles of the Arizona border in two chunks southwest of Tucson. One will replace a prototype temporary virtual fence near Sasabe.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Arizona; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: drugs; fence; illegal

1 posted on 05/08/2009 3:37:08 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Now they’ll need someone to watch the towers to guard against vandalism.


2 posted on 05/08/2009 3:38:21 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: La Lydia

Virtual groundbreaking, one would think. Ordered for the virtual border by the virtual president.

If we had only virtual illegals, all would be well.


3 posted on 05/08/2009 3:38:50 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: La Lydia

This seems like a joke.

“Virtual fence”. lol


4 posted on 05/08/2009 3:40:43 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: La Lydia

Obama administration is presently hireing guards to accept TOLLS(both ways) from the drug dealers.. and coyotes..


5 posted on 05/08/2009 3:41:18 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: La Lydia

..they will work for a few weeks then be ordered turned off.


6 posted on 05/08/2009 3:44:39 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: KoRn

Sounds like someone who accepts stolen computers and laptops, doesn’t it?


7 posted on 05/08/2009 3:46:08 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Virtual groundbreaking. How long should that take.

Set it up as a video game, and we can do it at the rate of 600 miles a day.

It’s the MATRIX, man!Neo steps up and takes the blue pill....


8 posted on 05/08/2009 3:47:50 PM PDT by alloysteel (When the chips are down - the buffalo is empty.)
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To: La Lydia

"Virtual Fence"

No one will get past it

9 posted on 05/08/2009 3:48:53 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Liberals believe in: Life, Liberty and the Department of Happiness)
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To: La Lydia
Ok, so we will rely on a person to monitor. If they detect movement, and they are not on a piss break, or coffee break, or about to get off duty, they dispatch the BP. Let's say BP is several minutes away. Will the tower make sure the mexicans wait until the BP arrives?
10 posted on 05/08/2009 3:49:32 PM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: devane617

Much more complicated than that. The tower cameras are connected by satellite to a monitoring center with more than one person manning the screens in a large room. Probably five or six. They, in turn, use the link to tell the BP where the illegals or drug smugglers were detected, and the BP, which is already in the area, goes to intercept them. Given the scale of the landscape out there, the BP, which receives a GPS reading on their location and the direction they’re traveling, can run them down. The BP does have helicopters. They also have unmanned aircraft buzzing back and forth along the border to identify illegal entries.


11 posted on 05/08/2009 3:55:05 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

It’s being done with virtual shovels.


12 posted on 05/08/2009 3:55:08 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Spay or Neuter your liberal today!)
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To: headstamp 2
It’s being done with virtual shovels.

The people responsible for this insult can kiss my virtual ass.

13 posted on 05/08/2009 3:58:30 PM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: La Lydia
virtual fence project's HUH?? Where the hell is the real wall with the Armed Guards the Barb wire and Land Mines?? They can go to hell with this Virtual crap.
14 posted on 05/08/2009 4:05:27 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Osamabama Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: La Lydia

A lot of people are not going to know the virtual fence is there and virtually trip over it.


15 posted on 05/08/2009 4:13:30 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: La Lydia
Thanks.

As a point of order, when you say “the BP does have helicopters. They also have unmanned aircraft buzzing back and forth along the border to identify illegal entries.”

Actually, it is CBP that has the helo’s and the Predator is in test phase (one I think, maybe they have a second by now).

16 posted on 05/08/2009 4:23:06 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: La Lydia

We can all celebrate by virtually going to the celebration, while virtually drinking champagne and virtually firing virtual .30 caliber water cooled Browning machine guns at the herds of illegal aliens not being stopped by the virtual fence.

Virtuously.


17 posted on 05/08/2009 4:25:59 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

“Good virtual fences make good virtual neighbors.....”

From the collected virtual poems of the virtual poet Robert “Virtual Bob” Frost.


18 posted on 05/08/2009 4:40:07 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: devane617

It takes at least an hour, if not several hours, to walk from the border to a road. The BP is all over the border crossers caught by these sensor towers; they don’t stand a chance!

At least, that’s what the TV reporter from Tucson told us last week. And I always believe what I hear on TV, don’t you? /rhet.


19 posted on 05/09/2009 12:45:11 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil ~)
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To: Hulka

Actually, the UAVs have been in use for several years and they definitely have more than one craft.

My wife was on the jury for a people smuggling trial in ‘06 that used UAV surveillance video for evidence.


20 posted on 05/09/2009 12:47:14 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil ~)
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To: HiJinx

Interesting.

From a guy I know that works in the FAA here in DC (I do liaison work for a couple of small companies), I seem to recall last year or so he mentioned there were waiver issues regarding employment of the Predator here in US airspace. Only know what he told me. Perhaps I misunderstood.

Oh, hope your wife found the guilty parties, well, “guilty.”


21 posted on 05/09/2009 1:27:03 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Hulka

She did. Well, they did.


22 posted on 05/09/2009 1:57:21 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil ~)
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To: HiJinx

:-)


23 posted on 05/09/2009 1:57:53 PM PDT by Hulka
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