Inventor: Frightened Feds Spurned Our Border-Control Technology

Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 07:01 PM

By Sean Piccoli

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A newly invented remote sensor network is up and running on private ranchland near the Mexico border in Arizona, and will accurately track and count all movement of people in that area, a project leader told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

Glenn Spencer, president of the nonprofit American Border Patrol, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that he initially pitched the invention — "a line of sensors that can be as long as a border," he said — to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and briefed the agency's top technology officer.

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"They weren't interested," said Spencer.

He and his colleagues are moving ahead with their sensor net and companion alarm system, which Spencer said is a product of his past work in systems engineering and oil exploration.

"We have developed technology, after working for 12 years, that can count everybody who crosses the border," he said.

And that scares federal bureaucrats, he said, because Department of Homeland Security — the cabinet agency in charge of Customs and Border Protection — "does not want to be evaluated."

"They don't want anyone to know how they're doing," he said. "There are metrics, there are ways to measure [illegal border traffic], and they have avoided any accountability. … They work overtime to avoid being measured and accountable."

Spencer, of Hereford, Ariz., said by telephone that he lives so close to border, "I am looking into Mexico right now at a facility that is used to store drugs by the cartels."

He said it used to be a horse ranch owned by actor John Wayne.

"Of course, he is long gone and people have acquired that facility to store drugs … and we have lots of video showing that," he said.

Spencer said a related project is his ongoing survey of levees that provide flood control for the Rio Grande. The levees, where they're topped with fencing and gates, create an effective human barrier to illegal crossings, he said.

But he said he has documented miles of unfenced levee and gates that were constructed but left open.

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