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Shocker: Obama Kills The ‘Virtual Fence’

Such as this, from a joyous New York Times:

Budget Cut for Fence on U.S.-Mexico Border


March 16, 2010

Citing a plague of “cost overruns and missed deadlines,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that she would cut millions of dollars intended for a high-tech “virtual fence” along the Mexican border that has produced little more than headaches for the federal government.

Ms. Napolitano said her department would divert about $50 million in federal stimulus money intended for the project to other technological needs on the border, including laptops, radios, thermal-imaging devices and cameras requested by border guards.

In addition, she said, no money will be spent on expanding the project beyond two areas in Arizona where it is being tested until the department completes a reassessment she ordered in January.

Ms. Napolitano’s announcement came two days before a scheduled Congressional hearing on the program. The House Homeland Security Committee is expected to receive the latest in a string of Government Accountability Office reports calling the program into question. That new report says tests designed to evaluate the system are flawed and mismanaged

Of course the GAO, like the CBO, is completely independent and it does not merely spit out whatever the President and the Democrats in complete control of Congress tell it to report.

The virtual fence is part of a multiyear, multibillion-dollar effort known as the Secure Border Initiative that was announced with fanfare by the Bush administration in November 2005. Besides increasing the number of guards and expanding a border wall, it promised a sophisticated system of cameras, sensors and radar that would zero in on people crossing the border with new speed and clarity and quickly guide agents to them.

By now, according to the original timeline, the system was supposed to be working along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico. But shortly after Boeing was awarded the contract, red flags went up over its lack of oversight and potential for cost overruns

The department has said it was revamping the system to address the problems, though the Obama administration had already scaled back financing for it, to a request of $574 million for the fiscal year that begins in October from the current $800 million Congress has authorized

[The GAO] has released 14 critical reports that, taken together, point to a system that “was over-promised and under-delivered,” said Richard Stana, director of homeland security and justice issues for the office

Hallelujah! At last we have a “budget cut” that even the New York Times can support.

Let’s say we start cutting every federal program that has been “was over-promised and under-delivered.” Let’s see what we have left.

Oh, and never mind that this so-called ‘virtual fence’ was touted as the ‘sensible’ alternative to the far too expensive and impractical physically real fence. (Also known as a ‘fence.’)

And never mind that we were told by our watchdog media and the rest of the secretly ‘open borders’ crowd that a virtual fence would work great. Even better than the real thing.

And lo and behold, now we’re told it doesn’t work after all. What a surprise, huh?

But why worry? Our border problems are about to be solved for all time by giving US citizenship to anyone who wants it.

The Democrats have to get their votes from somewhere.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Shocker: Obama Kills The ‘Virtual Fence’”

  1. proreason says:

    Not getting to 3rd world status fast enough.

    Barbarians of the world…..COME ON IN

  2. U NO HOO says:

    What can possibly go wrong with wide open borders?

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Bear in mind, this is how Blammo, the wonderkinder will end the war in Afghanistan. He will call it lots of things and blame Bush repeatedly to the thrill of those who believe that crap, and say that “trying to find Bin Laden is not expeditiously perfunctory at this time”, or something similar, which will have the newsies rushing to their thesauri and spinning it to mean anything other than what he really said.

    After he has shot the wad on a Roman holiday (but not in Vegas) and lost it all, he will sit comfortably smoking his smooth menthol-laden KOOLS and claim a moral victory for the left by saying that the “war is too costly”. Not in lives, mind you, for he cares not about those “volunteers, who should expect what they get”, but the money, which, he doesn’t care about, either.

    In fact, his real conundrum is that the war is expensive, thus helping to break the financial back of the nation while at the same time he doesn’t like that his muslim buddies are angry at him for having troops on sacred filth. In other words, how can he maintain his metro-sexual ambiguity and keep the mullahs happy while also appearing macho and stalwart? Truly a head-scratcher for the magic negro.

    But, I’m sure with the help of the media, the sycophants, the hired zombies, and plenty of talk from the guy who never shuts up, a nation will be convinced that shutting down the war in Afghanistan is the best course of action based on “fiscal responsibility”.

    And then, the real cuts start. You thought the Graham-Rudmann-Hollings bill was deep? You ain’t seen nuttin’ yet.

    However, as regards the WALL….Shame that he’s putting so many illegals out of work who would otherwise be employed building it.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Yeah, this reminds me of the series on the History Channel regarding the barbarian invasions that dismantled Rome.

    But, now I understand why Rome fell:
    1. In fighting, in which either side was happy enough to have a barbarian force rid itself of the other.
    2. Rampant corruption.
    3. Apathy.
    4. No one willing to fight and die for a corrupt government (remember South Vietnam).
    5. No pride or respect left of the empire by its citizens.
    6. Failure of the empire to strengthen its borders against potential enemies. (King Charles 1)

    Bad laws and policies are so written-in-stone, that it is better to let the republic crumble and start over. This will give a new batch of lawyers something to do anyway….

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And never mind that we were told by our watchdog media and the rest of the secretly ‘open borders’ crowd that a virtual fence would work great. Even better than the real thing.

    And lo and behold, now we’re told it doesn’t work after all. What a surprise, huh?

    Something about people refusing to wear their “shock collars” I heard.

  6. Clownzaround says:

    This has always been Obama plan if you have Amenesty Obama Vote count goes up trouble is they will be slaves here as they were there because Obama is destroying the dream they think will be here

    OBAMA needs to be IMPEACHED he is destroying the United States with intent

  7. Right of the People says:

    What we need is a “virtual wall” of National Guard troops with non-virtual tracks armed with chain-guns to discourage the illegals. We are the only non-third world nation that doesn’t enforce our own immigration laws. Even most third world countries guard their borders much more strictly than we do.

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  9. Reality Bytes says:

    As Ed Norton would say, Artboy, “Casa Manana!”

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