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Smoke, Mirrors, and Virtual Fences
February 22, 2008
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Friday was to announce approval of the fence, built by the Boeing Co. and using technology the Bush administration plans to extend to other areas of the Arizona border, as well as sections of Texas.
These projects could get under way as early as this summer, officials said.
The virtual fence is part of a national plan to secure the southwest border with physical barriers and high-tech detection capabilities intended to stop illegal immigrants on foot and drug smugglers in vehicles. As of February 8, 295 miles of fencing had been constructed.
The virtual fence already is working.
Or is it? Wired adds:
Virtual fences do not have a great track record for permanently stopping the movement of people across porous borders, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Boeing-built technology fares better than previous efforts.
In other words, the virtual fence is little more than a scam designed to enrich Boeing and associated industries while making it appear the government is addressing the issue of illegal immigration.
Of course, the government is addressing the issue — virtually, that is to say not in actual fact, form, or name.
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