Past Features

July 15, 2017

"Experts" say Trump is ignoring catapults
Where do they get these idiots?

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Washington Post -- July 14, 2017
Trump admits his border wall could be defeated by medieval siege technology
    President Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Wednesday that his proposed border wall would have to be “transparent” to prevent Americans from being struck and killed by 60-pound sacks of drugs tossed over from the Mexican side.
    “One of the things with the wall is you need transparency. You have to be able to see through it,” Trump said. He continued:
    In other words, if you can't see through that wall --- so it could be a steel wall with openings, but you have to have openings because you have to see what's on the other side of the wall.
   And I'll give you an example. As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don't see them --- they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It's over. As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall.
    Trump acknowledges that the scenario he paints is somewhat “crazy,” but there is a kernel of truth to it. For decades, drug smugglers have employed an arsenal of sometimes cartoonish tactics --- from tricycles to narco-subs to drone delivery --- to ferry their wares north of the border.
    One such tool is the drug catapult --- or more accurately, the drug trebuchet: a medieval-era device capable of slinging heavy objects, typically marijuana bales, across hundreds of yards. Due to their outlandishness, they typically make a splash in the national news when one is seized, as one did this past February. [...]
    But his remarks to reporters amount to an admission of something drug and security experts have been saying all along: The wall will do nothing to stop the flow of drugs. The bulk of drugs will continue to flow through existing border checkpoints. In more remote areas, smugglers will tunnel under the wall. They'll climb or fly over it.

Glenn Spencer -- July 15, 2017
A catwalk, not a catapult
The Washington Post's experts are idiots
    That "60 pounds of stuff” that could hit an agent would not be launched by a catapult, but from a catwalk that we couldn't see being built because the wall is solid.
    If they moved a catapult up to a see-through wall, with the right technology installed, we would know it and would have every right to destroy it.
    The Washington Post's so-called experts are idiots.
    For seven years, American Border Patrol has been testing and demonstrating ever-improving systems to detect and identify anyone who even approaches the border. Live HD video would be sent to the Border Patrol within two minutes of initial detection. Tunneling would be detected immediately and precisely located. Low-flying aircraft would be spotted every time.
    This approach would also settle the question of how much drugs cross the border between ports of entry. No more guessing.
    If this approach is so good, why aren't these so-called experts talking about it?
    Why indeed?