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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Barriers at the Border

Most everyone probably knows that border security, especially security along the border between the United States and Mexico, is a hot topic. That's especially true during this campaign season.

To educate its subscriber members about the policy issues affecting border barriers, the Library of Congress's Congressional Research Service has published a 35-page report entitled Border Security: Barriers Along the U.S. International Border.

The report, dated September 21, 2006, discusses such policy issues as barrier effectiveness, costs versus benefits, location, design, unintended consequences, land acquisition, and potential diplomatic ramifications. Not surprisingly the report focuses on the border near San Diego and says almost nothing about our border with Canada.