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Investing in Insecurity Along U.S. Borders


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The Homeland Security Department is building nine towers with radar and cameras to scan 28 miles of border.  Source: The NY Times

The Homeland Security Department is building nine towers with radar and cameras to scan 28 miles of border. Source: The NY Times

In 2006, the Bush Administration’s Secure Border Initiative outsourced the surveillance of all U.S. land borders to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. It’s the largest Homeland Security contract to date — $30 billion dollars.

The fence features ground radar systems, mobile watchtowers, unmanned aerial vehicles and new wireless communication networks. If completed, the southwest border will be the most high-tech border this side of the West Bank.

On this edition, independent producer Joseph Richey visits Project 28 – Boeing’s security site, a 28-mile strip along the U.S.-Mexico border, and we talk to “No One is Illegal” organizer, Harjap Grewal, about migration and international trade.


Mitch Ellis, Buenos Aires NWR Refuge Manager; David Gonzalez, US Marshal, Tucson, Arizona; Henry Waxman, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, California Democratic Congressman; Mark Souder, Indiana Republican Congressman, Republican Leader of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism; Greg Giddens, Department of Homeland Security SBInet director; Steven Lynch, Massachusetts Democratic Congressman; Arivacans: C. Hues, 73 year old artist, Alex Hues, 50 year old pilot, Andrea Morondos and John Warren, grocers; Paul Charlton, former U.S. Attorney, Gallagher and Kennedy, Phoenix, Arizona; Harjap Grewal, “No One is Illegal” organizer.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producer: Joe Richey and KGNU’s narrator Sam Fuqua
Sound Editor: Matt Fidler of Fidler Sound and Media
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Interns: Samson Reiny, Joaquin Palomino, and Elena Botkin-Levy

This program was produced by Joe Richey with research assistance provided by The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.

For more information:

CorpWatch – Oakland, CA

Border Action Network – Tucson, AZ

No More Deaths – Tucson, AZ

Buenos Aires NWR – Sasabe, AZ

No One is Illegal– Vancouver, BC, Canada

Music: Glenn Mickley arrangement of Phil Ochs’ “Bracero” en espanol
recorded and performed by Glenn Mickley and Joe Richey

Author: Radio Project

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