Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Did You Get That Border Tool At The iPhone App Store?

A cell phone application that will help illegal immigrants find water and key landmarks as they cross into the United States is an inappropriate use of taxpayer funds and an irresponsible use of technology, critics say.

The Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT), the brainchild of three faculty members at the University of California-San Diego and a colleague at the University of Michigan, is a software application that can be installed into a GPS-enabled cell phone. In addition to helping immigrants locate water and landmarks, it also could alert them to Border Patrol checkpoints. And to make the trek a little less arduous, it also plays recorded poetry.
“I don’t think it’s an appropriate use of technology,” U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told “If other governments did this and tried to tell people ways to sneak into the U.S., I’m sure the Department of Defense would take issue with that. But because American universities are doing it, there’s not a whole lot of outcry about it.”

Hunter said he found the project to be a poor use of taxpayer money, particularly doing a recession.

Now there's a damn good use of my tax dollars.  Or, if stimulus dollars are at work, our grandchildrens taxes.  WTF?????  This is freakin' absurd and needs to be halted immediately. 

And oh by the way, using convential acronym logic - TBT is NOT the correct monkier.  That would be TIT.  I will follow decorum and not detail the relationhip between that acronym and the university workers latched onto it.

One more thing - illegal is illegal.  People won't die crossing into the US illegally if they were not, you know, illegal!  Please, someone else tell me I'm not alone at scratching my head about this.  And please no notes telling me "Lipton, you're a meanie, those poor people...".  You won't like my response.

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