Virtual, not physical, wall could be built
Re: Feb. 25 article, “Amid privacy concerns, ‘virtual’ wall brings powerful spy tech to border.”
With regards to increasing border security via a “virtual wall,” there are numerous considerations Texans should consider.
The National Security Agency does its fair share of stalking personal communications — and this is certainly no job for the Department of Homeland Security. Were these drones utilized, would anyone crossing the Texas-Mexico border be deserving of privacy? How would DHS attain data used for facial recognition — and how might they avoid racial profiling?
Cost is another issue of this “army” of hightech drones. How many of our tax dollars would go into these systems — and would there be an equivalent return in usefulness? At what cost to the public’s right to privacy?
The virtual wall may be a more physically practical and less divisive solution than the physical wall; however, it has potential for ethically questionable data-gathering. Texans should be careful what we wish for with regards to how we “secure” our Southern border. EMILY WOODY, AUSTIN