Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Costly virtual border fence in tatters

The U.S. is set to defund the troubled project. It was intended to keep a high-tech eye on the Mexican border.

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau
October 22, 2010

Reporting from Washington — The Department of Homeland Security, positioning itself to cut its losses on a so-called invisible fence along the U.S.- Mexico border, has decided not to exercise a one-year option for Boeing to continue work on the troubled multibillion-dollar project involving high-tech cameras, radar and vibration sensors.

The result, after an investment of more than $1 billion, may be a system with only 53 miles of unreliable coverage along the nearly 2,000-mile border. [...]

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