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  • Al Soto
    Al wrote: Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2006 18:05:14 -0000 From: Al To: atlatlal@yahoo.com Subject: Fwd: FYI:
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      Al <atlatlal@...> wrote:
      Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2006 18:05:14 -0000
      From: "Al" <atlatlal@...>
      To: atlatlal@...
      Subject: Fwd: FYI: [corp-watchers] Border for Sale: Privatizing Immigration Control: 7-05-2006

      --- In Aztlannet_News@yahoogroups.com, "Peter S. Lopez de Aztlan"

      CorpWatch wrote:
      Wednesday, July 05, 2006 Border for Sale: Privatizing Immigration

      by Joseph Richey, Special to CorpWatch
      July 5th, 2006

      Cartoon by Khalil Bendib ~see websource

      Five major military contractors are competing to design a system to
      tackle up to two million undocumented immigrants a year in the United
      States. Boeing, Ericsson, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon are
      working on proposals that focus on high technology rather than high
      fences, but ignoring some of the fundamental problems of immigration.

      At each checkpoint along the path to citizenship or deportation --
      from desert wilderness to urban labyrinth -- private contractors are
      expected to be hired to detect, apprehend, vet, detain, process, and
      potentially incarcerate or deport people seeking economic and human
      rights asylum in the U.S.

      An indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract,
      estimated at $2.5 billion, for the Secure Border Initiative Network
      (SBInet) will be awarded September 30th 2006, to build a seamless web
      of new surveillance technology and sensors with real time
      communications systems for Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The
      plan also includes funds for additional personnel, vehicles and
      physical infrastructure for fencing, and virtual fencing for U.S.
      The Chariot Race
      The competition between the five prime bidders for SBInet might be
      viewed as a chariot race: Each prime contractor will drive the
      chariot; the horses will be its team of small and large, mid-range
      and small companies. The chariot itself, the wheels and axles are
      Americans' security. The competition is supposed to crown the driver
      that can deliver the best value for the tax dollar.

      Quick coalitions of vendors were formed with the help of homeland
      security brokers to meet the May 30 deadline for completed bids. Team
      building continues and Lockheed Martin made a special effort to
      develop a diverse one. After SBInet's Industry Day in January, it
      held its own "Vendor Industry" days in Seattle, Buffalo, and
      Washington DC. It also went shopping for local domestic security
      providers in El Paso, Laredo, Tucson, and San Diego. The outcome of
      this is secret: Lockheed has kept its cards closest to its chest in
      the pre-award period, choosing not to reveal its core team of

      But the other four potential prime contractors have announced their

      Boeing Integrated Defense Systems will join with DRS Surveillance and
      Kollsman, Government Services Incorporated (an L-3 subsidiary), Perot
      Systems, Reconnaissance Group and Unisys Global Public Sector. Boeing
      is the world's largest satellite manufacturer, and George Muellner,
      president of its Integrated Defense Systems business unit, cites its
      experience developing and deploying large-scale systems as a special

      The Northrop Grumman team members announced so far are Anteon
      International, BearingPoint, General Dynamics, HNTB Corporation, L.
      Robert Kimball and Associates, Titan (an L-3 subsidiary), and SRA

      Raytheon boasts that it is the only firm with experience monitoring a
      large geographic area such as the US-Mexico and US-Canadian borders.
      It also runs a 2 million square mile program in Brazil called System
      for Vigilance of the Amazon (SIVAM). Raytheon's core team is
      comprised of Apogen Technologies, BAE Systems, Bechtel National,
      Deloitte Consulting LLP, IBM, and 30 subcontractors, including

      Ericsson's team includes AEP Networks, America's Border Security
      Group, Camber Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation, Fluor, MTC
      Technologies, Sy Coleman (an L-3 subsidiary), Texas A&M University,
      and the University of Texas at Austin.

      The new contract is part of the $43.5 billion Homeland Security (DHS)
      budget for 2007, with up to 20 percent increases in areas of internal
      enforcement and border protection. This has brought new fervor to the
      domestic security industry. Security executives around the country
      are pulling late hours preparing proposals and bids that will cost
      billions in federal tax dollars.

      SBInet is part of a new Bush administration plan, announced in
      November 2005, for border security aimed at stopping illegal
      immigration along the more that 6,000 miles that make up America's
      land borders and dealing with the millions of undocumented aliens
      already in the country. While President Bush has said that "mass
      deportation is unrealistic," DHS is nonetheless ramping up
      CBP's "Expedited Removal Program" to detain and remove 1.5 million
      people along the border and the additional half a million apprehended
      100 miles within US territory, according to the CBP and other
      agencies. Migrants who make it past the 100 mile mark and manage to
      stay 14 day without being caught are entitled to a hearing before a
      federal immigration judge.

      The privatization of border security is unprecedented not only in
      cost but in the extent to which the federal government is ceding
      control to private companies.

      "We're asking you to come back and tell us how to do our business.
      We're asking you. We're inviting you to tell us how to run our
      organization," Deputy Director of Homeland Security Michael Jackson
      told more than 400 defense contractors and homeland security
      industrialists at a government-sponsored "Industry Day" on January 25
      this year. Jackson, a former Lockheed Martin vice-president,
      added: "This is an invitation to be a little bit, a little bit
      aggressive and thinking as if you owned and you were partners with
      the CBP."

      Indeed his former company is one of the leading bidders for the
      contract. "We're expecting quick proposals on quick timelines," Keith
      Mordoff, a Lockheed Martin spokesperson told CorpWatch. One of the 50
      largest companies in the U.S., the Maryland-based corporation has
      more than 100 executives working on the Secure Border Initative
      according to Mordoff. Four other corporations: Boeing, Ericsson,
      Northrop Grumman and Raytheon; are vying for the same SBI slice of
      the DHS budget pie. Each of these rivals has between 70 and 100
      executives assembling security teams and designing the replacement
      for America's Shield Initiative.

      High Walls versus High Tech

      A few believe that high walls and fences are the answer like U.S.
      Republican Congressman Steve King from Iowa. Scale model in hand, he
      took the floor of the House of Representatives on May 24 with a hard-
      sell for a fence. "A little company like I used to own before I came
      to this Congress, and [that] my son operates today, could set a mile
      of this in a day pretty easily. . . .We are spending $8 billion on
      2,000 miles. That is $4 million a mile. Now, if you pay me $4 million
      for a mile of that desert down there and say, guard that mile, Mr.
      King, I would say, for $4 million, you would not get a cockroach
      across that border."

      But most of the proposals rely on high-technology rather than high
      fences. Sensor Technologies and Systems of Scottsdale, Arizona has
      already been recruited to join three of the prime contractors' teams.
      It sells a ground radar system that has been used in the conflict-
      ridden West Bank and has been proposed for environmental projects in
      protected areas such as Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and
      Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge.

      Walker Butler, the owner of Sensor, says physical fences would end up
      being more expensive: "Bottom line is that a fence would cost at
      least 10 times the radar system--including everything required--
      cameras, poles, power, communications. And it [a fence] would be much
      less effective."

      Another key component of the several proposals are plans to use
      remotely controlled aerial surveillance technologies to reduce the
      use of expensive and unwieldy helicopter monitoring: Northrop offers
      its own unmanned aerial vehicle, the Global Hawk drone, as a
      challenge to Lockheed Martin's $14 million high-altitude surveillance
      blimp. Yet another potential sub-contractor, Octatron, offers an
      urban mini-drone with a six-foot wing-span with video and
      transmission equipment weighing just three pounds.

      (The Octatron's urban mini-drone was recently temporally downed in
      Los Angeles by a prospective civil rights suit against Los Angeles
      Policy Department for violating privacy laws. But it should qualify
      for the competition in urban border cities San Diego, Mexicali,
      Nogales, Las Cruces, Juarez, El Paso, Laredo, and Brownsville.)

      Bruce Walker, Northrop Grumman's director of homeland security, says
      that they will combine high-tech gizmos with trained personnel and
      planning to keep migrant labor from finding a way to the U.S.
      According to Walker, Northrop offers "the layered approach that is
      needed to secure the border. If wind or vandals take out cameras,
      back-up surveillance will be in place."

      "We need operational control of the border. We want to push the
      immigrants into lanes that conforms with our ports of entry."

      Doug Smith, head of Ericsson's Solutions agrees with DHS deputy
      director Jackson and industry experts. "This is not just about
      sensors and the coolest new UAV. Wireless communications is big. We
      think we can solve this with existing personnel today with the right
      tools." Smith envisions Border Patrol agents being able to send
      digital fingerprints of apprehended immigrants right from the desert
      floor to central locations and field offices. He is confident that
      Ericsson could leverage resources at all levels, from detection,
      apprehension to deportation. "We'll drive the buses, and handle

      Will They Work?

      But underlying much of the debate over what kind of fence and how
      many high-tech gizmos will be needed to seal the border are more
      fundamental questions about the complex issue of illegal immigration.
      Experts note that given the demand for cheap labor in the U.S. and
      the poor prospects of economic development in much of the world, the
      solution will have to go higher than fences and wider than radar.

      In March this year, Michael Chertoff, the head of the DHS, bluntly
      accessed the efficacy of barriers when he told a Senate
      committee, "They'll just go around a fence."

      By Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) own estimates, half
      the country's undocumented workers enter the United States legally
      with temporary visas that they overstay. Voluntary departure orders
      have simply not worked so internal enforcement relies on ICE
      operations teams and the Office of Detention and Removal.

      This too is being privatized: DHS has allocated $410.2 million in its
      2007 budget for Detention and Removal to expand existing facilities,
      and new detention capabilities in the event of an immigration
      emergency, a contract awarded to Halliburton of Houston, Texas, a
      company formerly headed by U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney.

      No Border between Government & Industry

      Should Lockheed Martin win the SBInet contract, it will be difficult
      to avoid speculation that it had an inside track because former
      Lockheed Martin executive Jackson is Secretary Chertoff's right-hand
      man in the Secure Border Initiative.

      But Lockheed argues that other advantages put it in the lead.
      Lockheed is "the only team that can leverage and apply lessons from a
      long list of successful programs to offer DHS integration experience
      not available from any other supplier," says company spokesperson
      Keith Mordoff. That experience includes programs in Border Security
      solutions, Biometrics, Transportation and Security solutions,
      Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Emergency Response and

      Asked about past performance touted in its proposal, spokesman
      Mordoff told CorpWatch that the company would "rather keep the
      competition guessing on what past programs we might be highlighting."

      Yet Lockheed is by no means alone among the five contractors in
      having friends in high places: no fence, virtual or physical, seems
      likely to separate corporations from the Washington trough.

      Investigative journalists have already uncovered examples of
      potential conflict of interest. Eric Lipton's two-part New York Times
      report ("Homeland Security Inc." June 18-19, 2006) reveals the
      dizzying velocity of the revolving door between DHS and the private
      domestic security industry. He lists nearly 100 former DHS and White
      House executives who have migrated toward magnet jobs with domestic
      security consulting, investing, and lobbying firms.

      Exposés by the Washington Post's Robert O'Harrow ("The High Price of
      Homeland Security") describe a path to border security, citizenship
      and mass deportation that will be lined with pork for some of the
      GOP's most loyal supporters. His December 25, 2005 report with Scott
      Higham "Post-9/11 Rush Mixed Politics With Security," exposed a
      Kentucky Republican Congressman Harold Rogers' contributions from
      homeland security contractors. These companies - Reveal, NucSafe,
      Datatrac Information Services, and Science Applications International
      Corporation - all opened offices in Rogers' district once he became
      chairman of a key budget committee in Congress, then went on to
      receive sizable DHS contracts.

      In the American Prospect, Sarah Posner's "Homeland Security for
      Sale," followed millions in DHS money by tracking the activities of
      the Philadelphia-based lobbyists Blank Rome LLP. Blank Rome chairman
      David Girard-diCarlo hired DHS officials Mark Holman, Carl Buchholtz
      and Ashley Davis, who worked closely with former DHS Secretary Tom
      Ridge. Blank Rome partner David Norcross also chaired the arrangement
      committee at the Republican National Convention in 2004.

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      # posted by Peta de Aztlan @ 7/05/2006 08:09:59 PM

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