Past Features

May 6, 2017

The border wall...
is there a better solution?

Tucker: "Here's what you may not know - Nobody in Washington wants to secure the border. that's why we've never done it.”// See: "A minefield of opposition?"
Fox News -- May 5, 2017
AZ Sheriff Opposes Border Wall: 'Medieval Solution to a Modern Problem'
    An Arizona sheriff is opposed to President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it a "medieval solution to a modern problem."
    Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said in an interview with New York Times podcast “The Daily” that lawmakers would be better off giving a fraction of the estimated billions it would take to build the wall to law enforcement.
    “I think it's kind of a medieval solution to a modern problem," Napier said. "I mean, 10,000 years ago we were building walls around things, and here we are in 2017, and this is the best idea we can come up with?”
    On "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Napier, whose county includes 125 miles of the border and the city of Tucson, doubled down on his comments.
    He said he's completely in favor of securing our porous border, which he called a national security problem, a public safety problem and a human rights problem.
    "My fear is that we're continuing this dialogue of 'a wall, a wall, wall,' which to many of us, just doesn't seem credible," Napier said. "And in that discourse, we're losing the more serious discussions about how to better secure our border at a lower cost point, perhaps more effectively."
    He suggested a blend of technology, fixed barriers and human resources could work better than a traditional wall.

Glenn Spencer -- May 6, 2017
An idea in waiting
    According to the San Diego Union Tribune, next week the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will select those companies who will be allowed to submit ideas for the new border “wall.” "After selection, they must complete more detailed proposals, which will need to include pricing, detailed designs and subcontracting plans. The federal government will decide in June which of those 20 businesses build prototypes in San Diego later that month,” according to the Tribune.
    One company proposed a system called BORDAS.
     The proposed system is called BORDAS --- Border Detection and Assessment System. It is made up of two major elements --- SEIDARM and IDENTICOPTER.
    SEIDARM --- Seismic Detection and Ranging Mechanism
(U.S. Patent 9,151,855, Spencer, et al., October 6, 2015)
    SEIDARM is capable of detecting and locating humans, vehicles and low flying aircraft. It employs technology similar to that used in seismic oil exploration. Much of the hardware is similar, and off-the-shelf. [...}
IDENTICOPTER is a generic term used to describe a small, electric drone that uses SEIDARM data to fly to the location of a threat --- sending video of what its cameras see.
    "By providing reliable detection, it has the potential of being a force multiplier for existing DHS/CBP assets such as the Predator UAV and border camera towers --- thus leading to a higher level of operational control of the border in the near term,” the proposal argues.
    While the proposal does not actually include construction of the prototype of a physical wall, the company hopes that its system can be used to guide the final wall design and implementation.
    We should learn next week if CBP thinks this is good idea.

PS --- See how the BORDAS system works
SEIDARM detection