'Virtual' Border Fence Virtually Gone

When Congress mandated that the Department of Homeland Security build a 200 mile fence along the border with Mexico, DHS decided to make 28 of those miles a "virtual fence" - electronically monitored so that border security would be notified if anyone was crossing.

Great idea. Too bad it's a spectacular failure:

The government will replace its highly touted “virtual fence” on the Arizona-Mexico border with new towers, radars, cameras and computer software, scrapping the brand-new $20 million system because it doesn’t work sufficiently, officials said.

The move comes just two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff officially accepted the completed fence from The Boeing Co. With the decision, Customs and Border Protection officials are acknowledging that the so-called Project 28 pilot program to detect illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border doesn’t work well enough to keep or to continue tweaking.

Chertoff accepted the program on Feb. 22 after Boeing apparently resolved software glitches. But less than a week later, the Government Accountability Office told Congress it “did not fully meet user needs and the project’s design will not be used as the basis for future” developments.

The project consists of nine towers along a 28-mile section of border straddling the border crossing at Sasabe, southwest of Tucson.
(HT: Michelle Malkin)

In case anyone is keeping track, that's $20 million of the taxpayer's money down the drain - with more to follow as they try making the darn thing work correctly.

Doesn't anyone in our government take border security seriously?