August 27, 2006


Billions at stake in border contract (Dave Montgomery, 8/27/06, McClatchy Newspapers)

The Bush administration is expected next month to choose an industry consortium to erect a high-tech security shield along the U.S. borders, launching one of the federal government's most ambitious public-works projects in years.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) calls the proposed Secure Border Initiative Net (SBInet) the "most comprehensive effort in the nation's history" to gain control of more than 6,000 miles of border with Mexico and Canada, and 2,000 miles of coastline.

SBInet is a centerpiece of President Bush's efforts to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border at a time Congress is locked in a struggle to revise the nation's immigration laws. Administration officials say they intend to proceed with the security net regardless of the outcome of the debate over immigration legislation.

The multibillion-dollar undertaking has ignited a contract battle among industry teams headed by four leading defense companies — Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon — and Ericsson, the Swedish-based telecommunications giant with U.S. headquarters in Plano, Texas.

For a politician, nothing beats a politically popular boondoggle.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 27, 2006 9:00 AM

It's not like you to mock such an important project, Mr. Judd. The Law is being broken! Something must be done! We should lobby for disintegration chambers(as in Star Trek), so that native lawbreakers can remove themselves once they have broken the Sacred Contract. Should do brisk business. Who would want to live after breaking a regulation, no matter how small.......

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at August 27, 2006 11:51 AM

Are you really going to spend all that money on the Canadian border? Gosh, wouldn't it be cheaper just to invade and take ov...

Uh, never mind.

Posted by: Peter B at August 27, 2006 3:17 PM

What would make the fence an imperative is if Mexico and Canada suddenly went to war.

Have the Minutemen thought of this yet?

Posted by: ratbert at August 27, 2006 5:42 PM

Why not just hire Mexican contractors to build the fence? They can do the job for 50% less.

Posted by: J Baustian at August 28, 2006 12:49 AM