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Sunday January 16, 2011

Napolitano Cancels Troubled Virtual Fence

Napolitano Cancels Troubled Virtual Fence

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Secretary Janet Napolitano has canceled the high-tech surveillance system on the U.S- Mexican border, because it has become too expensive.

The government has spent more than $1 billion to cover just over 50 miles in Arizona, while the entire border stretches for more than 2,000 miles.

Instead of the “virtual fence,” Napolitano said the government will use technology more flexibly, with everything from unmanned aircraft to mobile surveillance stations.
“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to meet our border technology needs,” Napolitano said.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ind-Conn., praised Napolitano’s decision.
“The secretary’s decision to terminate SBInet ends a long-troubled program that spent far too much of the taxpayers’ money for the results it delivered,” Lieberman said. “From the start, SBInet’s one-size-fits-all approach was unrealistic.”