Earlier this month, a Federal GAO report found that despite the billions and billions of dollars spent since 9/11 — $3 billion were spent in 2010 alone — US-Canada border security is still woefully lacking.
This from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The Border Patrol maintains an ”acceptable level of control” over only 32 miles of the 4,000-mile border, the GAO report said.
However, officials of Customs Border Protection, the DHS unit that oversees the Border Patrol, stated that agents maintain ”situational awareness” along 1,007 miles of the border, about one-quarter of the total.
New York’s US Senate delegation is now pushing for the Department of Homeland Security to invest in new military-grade radar systems to watch for drug smuggling flights. This from the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.
[Sen. Chuck] Schumer said the spike in illegal smuggling has created “serious issues that’s endangering families and communities along northern New York,” leaving the area “grappling with the consequences.”
As law-enforcement personnel try to strengthen land and waterway security, Schumer said, international drug lords now look to the sky for ways to bring drugs into the United States.
“When we plug one loophole, they find another,” the senator said Thursday during a teleconference.
So what do you think? Is this a good investment? Can this kind of technology tame the smuggling along the vast, rugged border region? Your comments welcome.