The Shock Doctrine

Disaster Capitalism in Action: border fence

Virtual Border Fence Delayed 3 Years Due to Boeing's Faulty Software

Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, February 28, 2008

"The Bush administration has scaled back plans to quickly build a "virtual fence" along the U.S.-Mexico border, delaying completion of the first phase of the project by at least three years and shifting away from a network of tower-mounted sensors and surveillance gear....

"Those problems included Boeing's use of inappropriate commercial software, designed for use by police dispatchers, to integrate data related to illicit border-crossings. Boeing has already been paid $20.6 million for the pilot project, and in December, the DHS gave the firm another $65 million to replace the software with military-style, battle management software."

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