There is yet another inefficient, ineffective, expensive program that needs to be scuttled but instead another nearly half billion dollars will be poured into it to…wait for it….wait….EXPAND it.
We’ve been told repeatedly that the border drone program was an excellent one that has great potential. Someone is either lying or falling down on the job of monitoring or both.
Big Government is sloppy and unaccountable and that costs money.
Judicial Watch reported that the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security audited the border drone program that has been in effect for 8 years.
According to the audit, the program assisted “in less than 2 percent of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)” cases involving “illegal border crossers.”
Only $360 Million to do 2% of the work our Border Patrol does. To say it’s cost ineffective is an understatement.
The government lied about the costs or they reported the expenses leaving out the operating costs by mistake. Take your pick.
We were promised the drones would increase apprehensions, reduce costs and improve efficiency. The Inspector General has found that none of this has come to pass.
“CBP also planned to use unmanned aircraft to operate a radar sensor over the southwest border to increase awareness and analyze surveillance gaps, but sensor operations have been limited,” the report says. “In addition, the unmanned aircraft do not operate along the entire southwest border as has been reported.”
They’re not even flying!!!
The Inspector General advised against expansion.
“Notwithstanding the significant investment, we see no evidence that the drones contribute to a more secure border, and there is no reason to invest additional taxpayer funds at this time,” said DHS Inspector General John Roth. “Securing our borders is a crucial mission for CBP and DHS. CBP’s drone program has so far fallen far short of being an asset to that effort.”
The IG report, the second audit of the program since 2012, found there is no reliable method of measuring the program’s performance and determined that its impact in stemming illegal immigration has been minimal.
We have been lied to and our tax money has been wasted. Nothing new. Instead of ending the program as the Inspector General advised, the department asked for the half billion.
In addition, there are no rules about privacy and if the government wants to spy on the locals they can. The locals are sick of them.