Via Hot Air, it would appear that the only suspension of disbelief Americans have needed lately is that of thinking Democrats have any real clue as to what’s going on.
Virtual Fence has such “technology problems” that further development will be delayed up to 3 years. Updated
Wow. This is gonna hurt. Well, it’s gonna hurt someone’s career, anyway.
May I recommend we get back to building the real fence while my fellow wire-heads work out the issues?
Update: I’m getting some messages from folks with more access to the real skinny than I that people working with the project are absolutely, vehemently denying that the story is anywhere near correct. As they say, stay tuned.
Update 2: OK, as promised, I’ve got more information. First things first, I’ll direct you to this press release over at the DHS site. The release was posted on the 26th – 2 days ago – in response to a Wall Street Journal article from the 23rd wherein the claim was made that DHS wouldn’t replicate the project elsewhere on the border. DHS points out that Project 28 was a proof of concept and an intended building block. Read the release and you’ll get the details. Oh, and one of the more damning statements from the news story was the notion that the US was handing Boeing another contract to improve this project even before it was accepted. That contract was to develop new software intended for future deployments, not for any work on the existing project’s goals.
A 2:00pm rebroadcast of comments by Greg Giddens (Director of SBI – Secure Border Initiative) at the AFCEA Homeland Security conference going on in DC this week on Federal News Radio show that DHS strongly objected to the story’s characterization of events. Giddens clearly thinks the story was completely wrong – exactly opposite of the true state of things. I can’t find a transcript yet but I’ll keep looking and link to it when available.
So, whom to believe? Media vs. DHS… Time to be patient, I suppose.