“Virtual Border Watch” Goes Online
Texas has started broadcasting live images of the U.S. border on the Internet in a security program that asks the public to report signs of illegal immigration or drug crimes.
A test Web site went live Thursday at texasborderwatch.com with views from eight cameras and ways for viewers to e-mail reports of suspicious activity. Previously, the images had only been available to law enforcement and landowners where the cameras are located.
The cameras will operate at hot spots for illegal activity, such as Amistad Reservoir in Del Rio and Falcon Lake in Zapata, and other active border areas such as highway rest stops and inspection stations, officials said. Information e-mailed by viewers goes to the state’s operations center and local law enforcement in that area.
This is a pretty silly and unworkable program, made even more pathetic when it’s revealed later in the article that $5 million is being spent on the program. Seriously, how hard will it be for an aspiring drug deal/illegal immigrant smuggler to simply go to the website and thereby determine the location of the cameras? Not very, I suspect.
At any rate, I suppose that the existence of these cameras will make a lot of people feel better. After all, god forbid that *gasp!* somebody might have bypassed our ridiculous, byzantine, and inhumane immigration laws so that they can provide a better life for themselves and their families.