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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