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Saturday, March 18, 2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is asking for design proposals and prototypes of President Trump's proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Late Friday, the agency released specifics for the first time on how tough the barrier must be. CBP posted online two different options for contractors: one proposal must be for a solid concrete wall, another is for a wall with "a see-through component/capability" that is "operationally advantageous."

"The wall design shall be physically imposing in height," the CBP outlines say. The government says its "nominal concept" is for a 30-foot-high wall, but adds that designs as low as 18 feet "may be acceptable."

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People keep thinking ladders against a concrete wall. How long before someone remembers explosives?

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-19 08:51 AM | Reply

How long before someone remembers explosives? #1 | POSTED BY ZED

I'd prefer that the USA does not establish a minefield to protect our US-Mex border. Sickly idea, Zed.

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-03-19 09:01 AM | Reply

Dispatching predator drones for surveillance and/or coyote neutralization may be a better idea, if you still want the explosive angle, Zed.

There's even an existing military UAV base in the Southwestern​ USA.

#3 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-03-19 09:04 AM | Reply

#2

You dig under the minefields, park explosives under the wall, and watch that section of the wall and it's mines go up together.

That's how it was done in the old days. That is, at least as recently as World War II.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-19 09:06 AM | Reply

People aren't used to thinking about walls any more. They don't understand them.

The Right has invested a superstitious faith in this one.

This wall will be continually breached unless you interesting people put a hell of a lot more thought and resources into it than you'll ever care to do.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-19 09:11 AM | Reply

park explosives under the wall, and watch that section of the wall

Good luck getting close to the wall on a subterranean level, when the DoD-sponsored Israeli Wall technology is being employed to detect and neutralize any and all below ground human activity in the proximity of the Great Wall of America.

foreignpolicy.com

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-03-19 09:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

People aren't used to thinking about walls any more. They don't understand them.

People build fences all the time, stop deluding yourself. They understand them just fine, this is political ideological nothing more.

#7 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-19 09:14 AM | Reply

"People build fences all the time"

They do. But not strategic defenses.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-19 09:19 AM | Reply

#6

Ye gods. That wall is going to be well more than a thousand miles long, if it is ever really finished.

What you're doing is agreeing with my point that the wall will require much more resources than expected to give it a chance to work.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-19 09:22 AM | Reply

Oh, so building a fence around your yard isn't strategic?

#10 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-19 09:23 AM | Reply

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"This is political ideology, nothing more"

You don't want Mexicans over here, help Mexico not be a failed state.

#11 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-19 09:25 AM | Reply

#10

Stop being stupid. A wall around a country is by definition strategic.

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-19 09:26 AM | Reply

Oh, so building a fence around your yard isn't strategic?

#10 | POSTED BY CRASSUS AT 2017-03-19 09:23 AM | REPLY

If you pay people to come to your house, a wall or fence isn't going to stop most if them.

#13 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2017-03-19 09:27 AM | Reply

-the wall will require much more resources than expected to give it a chance to work.

Democrats: Born-again fiscal conservatives as of Jan. 20, 2017. TFF.

#14 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-03-19 09:37 AM | Reply

#14

Physical defenses are something I've actually studied.

#15 | Posted by Zed at 2017-03-19 09:45 AM | Reply

If you pay people to come to your house, a wall or fence isn't going to stop most if them.

If I pay people to come to my house it is because I invited them, they are expected.

#16 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-03-19 09:58 AM | Reply

If I pay people to come to my house it is because I invited them, they are expected.

#16 | POSTED BY CRASSUS

Exactly. As long as the Mexican economy is crap and American businesses expect and rely upon cheap immigrant labor they will keep coming. Wall or no wall.

All a wall does is address the symptom. Not the disease.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-03-19 12:56 PM | Reply

"Good fences make good neighbors."

We should use our technology, like drones. It's beyond me we so many don't want protect our boarders.

coun·try
noun
1.
a nation with its own government, occupying a particular territory.

#18 | Posted by PinkyanTheBrain at 2017-03-19 01:06 PM | Reply

Bend over taxpayers... you're paying for it.

#19 | Posted by 726 at 2017-03-20 07:40 AM | Reply

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