Past Features

August 24, 2012

How Texas Could Seal Its Border With Mexico

Glenn Spencer demonstrates Sonic Barrier for Arizona State Senate Committee. -- Watch -- Two Senators walked out
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- August 24, 2014   
    Allan Wall has laid out a plan for Gov. Perry to seal its border with Texas. It is a good plan, but I know how to make sure it works.
    For the past four years ABP has been showing how a system called the Sonic Barrier (AKA IDENTISEIS) can detect and identify anyone who tries to cross the border. For the past two years, Northrop Grumman Corp. (NGC) has been working with the company that invented the system - Border Technology, Inc. of Arizona.
    Following an internal proposal written in March of 2013, NGC funded a study of IDENTISEIS.
    The engineer who led the study said in an email: "You have something totally unique in the sensor world; it detects and could be used for multiple environments. That it is a 'one of a kind' that fits a whole bunch of niches in the security world that is right now not being filled."
    In April Northrop Grumman suggested that DHS/CBP consider using the IDENTISEIS system (it may not have used the exact name, but it did recommend the concept) on the Texas-Mexico border, but nothing came of it.
    As head of BTI, I signed a non-disclosure agreement with NGC that limits my ability to release certain information.
    In light of the serious national security threat now facing my nation, I must speak out. There is a way to protect the border and it is called IDENTISEIS. Placed on the top of more than 500 miles of levees that follow the Rio Grande it would pinpoint any intrusion. Nothing else can do this.
    I may well get sued for violating a non-disclosure agreement - although I don't think I have - but that would be a small price to pay to help save America. 

ABP has learned that a recently retired DHS employee who worked in the same office as CBP Asst. Commissioner Mark Borkowski, expressed shock that news of the IDENTISEIS system did not go beyond Borkowski's office after he was briefed on the system last summer. -- This person said this information should have reached him/her. -- Questions have also been raised about the objectivity of the MITRE Corporation - a non profit that advises Borkowski. -- More tomorrow.