Like it or not, efforts to tighten border security seem to be the new reality – at least for the foreseeable future.
And on that note, here’s more about one proposal: a cable sensor system. According to this July 12th item from the CBC:
“Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester, who will chair a special field meeting of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee today focusing on the northern border, said cutting-edge technology, private partnerships and bilateral collaboration are key to closing potentially critical gaps — especially at expansive unmanned stretches.”
A quick Internet search on the ‘what’ part of that story turns up some info on the technology being discussed, the Blue Rose perimeter defense and security system.
The ‘why’ part sounds fairly straightforward: “‘I think there’s some real opportunity to save money and get better border security,’ Tester told CBC News. ‘I’m not talking drones here, I’m talking low-level radar. I’m talking things like Blue Rose technology, where you can lay a cable in the ground and determine whether a gopher runs over it, or a human being, or a horse.'”
For what it’s worth, Senator Tester has gone on record as being concerned with what some see as government overreach. This is from an Havre Daily News article posted on Senator Tester’s website with his thoughts on recent scandals (i.e., IRS targeting Tea Party organizations and the NSA surveillance issue):
I think there has to be some questions answered by the administration on Capitol Hill as to why what happened happened, and I will also tell you this: I was here in 2007 when it was the previous administration and a different party, and it was the same stuff, so this goes beyond party lines.
This is about people’s civil liberties, and I think it is outrageous, and we need some answers, and we need them soon.
What do you think about a cable detection system? Great idea for saving tax dollars? Paranoid overkill that feeds the military-industrial complex? Or something in between?
Is a smart cable to detect movement less intrusive than drone surveillance?
Or would both end up getting used together?