Past Features

February 22, 2016

Threat of border drones and UAVs grows
Do Fox News - and others - ignore solutions?

Nelson Balido -- Fox News Latino -- September 19, 2015   
Mexican cartels patrol border with drones – and U.S. has no response
    There are legions of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border, and they do not belong to the United States. They are owned and operated by Mexican drug cartels, and there's nothing we can currently do to stop them.
    The proliferation of small, cheap UAVs (aka drones) has raised a litany of security concerns, from interference with commercial aviation to possible delivery systems for weapons. Along the U.S. southern border, the Mexican cartels are operating drones as intelligence gathering tools. Cartels traditionally have employed falcones (Spanish for falcons)— --- people who perch on points along the border to monitor border patrol movements, collecting information that smugglers could exploit to outmaneuver America's border security efforts.
    * With constant, real-time video of the U.S.-Mexico border, drug smugglers, human traffickers and others can simply identify the areas where law enforcement agents are not operating and cue an illegal crossing at those points. That easily defeats all of our randomized patrols and quick-response capabilities. [...]
    Some might think we can track the drones and trace them back to their operator. However, cartels have been sending much larger, manned ultra-light planes across the border for years, and we have a hard time even tracking those. If we can't always track a plane, we have no hope of keeping tabs on a legion fast, low-flying drones. [...]
    What steps are we going to take to address this fast-growing, fast-flying problem? I have no idea.
    And frankly, neither does anyone else.

Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report
Politics and Border Technology
    Ten years ago I said that the Boeing virtual border fence would fail. It did. ( I explain why here ).
    About the same time American Border Patrol launched Operation BEEF to see if the government would really build the border fence.
    It didn't.
    Fox News reports that cartels are using drones to pinpoint holes in our border security. A system called SEIDARM can provide protection that has no holes, but the government isn't interested in it.
    SEIDARM can also detect ultralight airplanes. (The company that developed SEIDARM is also looking at a way to detect tiny drones.)
    Funny, but just as with the government, Fox News has chosen to ignore SEIDARM --- as well as the entire border situation.
    Could it be that politics has been thwarting border security all along?
    Maybe a President Trump will dig into this question.
    Maybe that's why Fox News hates him so.
PS: As I did with all candidates, I invited Ted Cruz to come see SEIDARM, but was told that his people in Arizona thought I was too “toxic”. Too bad, because the Cruz family has a strong background in seismic data systems and he would know what SEIDARM is all about.