Tuesday, August 19, 2008

DHS Orders Work to Stop on SBInet

Alice Lipowicz writes on FCW.com:

Under orders from the Homeland Security Department, Boeing has stopped construction of the multibillion-dollar SBInet border surveillance project along the border between Arizona and Mexico until further notice, officials from the agency and company said today.

DHS halted the work because the Customs and Border Protection agency has not received the necessary permissions from the Interior Department, said DHS spokesman Barry Morrissey.

“Because CBP does not have an agreement with the Interior Department, we cannot proceed with tower construction,” Morrissey said. “We have asked Boeing to stand down on the Arizona deployment. We cannot install sensor technology on towers that have not been built.”

Other sources close to the project said the work cannot proceed until DHS has land-use and environmental permissions from Interior.

More here.


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