Past Features

February 4, 2017

Know Nothings
Bad tech reporting hinders Trump wall development

Example of bad tech reporting - ABP feature - Jan. 21, 2017.
The Hill --- February 3
GOP senators raise doubts about Trump's wall
    President Trump's plan to build a wall on the southern border and force Mexico to pay for it isn't viable, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a new interview.
    McCain --- the chairman of the Armed Services Committee --- told CNN that Trump's plan is "not a viable option."
    "If you only build a wall, only a 'wall,' without using technology, individuals, drones, observations, etc., you're not going to secure the border," he said.
    McCain isn't the only Republican speaking out.
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told The Hill last month that he agrees with Trump that "we need to secure the border" and that a physical barrier would be an "important part of it."
    "But it's also going to take technology, ground sensors, radar .... and then it's going to take trained border patrol," he said.
    He added to CNN that he also has concerns about "spending un-offset money, which adds to the debt, period."

American Border Patrol   
Border Group raises doubts about GOP senators
    A non-profit border group has raised doubts about certain politician's knowledge of border technology. American Border Patrol, a non-governmental organization that has been operating on the Arizona-Mexico border for fifteen years, says recent statement from Senators McCan (R-Az) and Cornyn (R-Tx), do not reflect a full understanding of the kind of technology used by the U.S. Border Patrol.
    "These and other politicians have called for the use of things like ground sensors," said Glenn Spencer, head of ABP, "but do they realize that the ground sensors used by the U.S. Border Patrol have a false-alarm rate in excess of 90%?"
    Spencer said recent attempts to improve ground sensor technology have not panned out.
    Spencer also said the call for more drones is strange in light of their lack of performance. "The Inspector General has said that the Predator B, the mainstay drone for the Customs and Border Patrol is not worth the investment," he said.
    Finally, Spencer claims that radars used to detect ultra-light aircraft don't work, and there is no objective evidence that radar-directed camera towers are effective.