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January 14, 2011
Republican Boondoggle!

Get this:

Homeland Security chief cancels costly virtual border fence

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday canceled the controversial virtual fence along the U.S. border with Mexico, citing technical problems, cost overruns and schedule delays since its inception in 2005.

The Secure Border Initiative-network, a high-tech surveillance system to reduce border smuggling, so far has cost taxpayers almost $1 billion for two regions in Arizona, covering 53 miles overall on the 2,000-mile border, according to a Homeland Security report.

That's five years, and ONE BILLION DOLLARS for fifty-three of the 2,000 miles.

Bigotry is expensive.

I guess I should be grateful someone finally pulled the plug on that monstrosity but all I can think of is how much good ONE BILLION DOLLARS could have done the economy, if spent wisely over the past five years.

Well, no, that's not all I can think of. I also want to know who got the money.

Later the story talks about those drones they're setting up to start watching us all. I read a few days ago about how someplace in Florida is also planning to implement them over the city.

If I had the time and the energy, I'd be bitter about how fearmongering and paranoia are leading us ever-closer to a totalitarian state and about how bigotry kills liberty, but I don't and anyhow the people who need to be convinced don't hang out around here.

Posted by AnneZook at 04:12 PM