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June 25, 2007
David Sanders for The New York Times. Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company.
"The New York Times" features an interesting article today about a 28-mile "virtual fence" along the border between Mexico and Arizona. Instead of concrete, steel and razorwire, it is a multimillion dollar series of high-tech outposts cobbled together by Boeing out of high-resolution cameras, radar, motion sensors, and wireless transmitters.
According to the article, "The cameras, set off by radar, are to beam high-quality images of targets miles away to field commanders and agents, making it possible to determine almost instantly whether they are watching a family outing or a group of illegal immigrants."
Somehow this national pride of the dark-side of society's lens culture is not very comforting.