Israeli firm gets Mexico border wall contract

by Rusty Dulce Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007 at 4:39 PM

..president is headed to court on rape charges, it's Prime Minister is being investigated for corruption.. But that does not prevent them from getting sweet deals right here in the U.S.

Know who your "friends" are!
United States' closest friend is a country whose president is headed to court on rape charges, it's Prime Minister is being investigated for corruption, His military chief has resigned. His office manager is under house arrest, and an inquiry commission is looking into allegations that he mishandled last summer's Lebanon war. And last but not least they continue to kill innocent people in Palestine. Now, they are going to "help" U.S. secure it's borders...

Israeli firm gets Mexico border wall contract
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Israeli firm gets Mexico border wall contract

By Bill Weinberg

Created 11/08/2006 - 03:40

How ironic. We noted [1] in August that ex-Israeli security chief Uza

Dayan was warning the US against emulating Israeli strategies in

securing the Mexican border. Now it appears that Elbit Systems [2], an

Israeli firm which is building the "Aparthied Wall" in occupied

Palestine, has been awarded a contract, along with Boeing, to build the

wall on the Mexican border. From Israel21C [3], Oct. 15:

For possibly the first time ever, the words Israel and border are in the

same sentence and it doesn't have anything to do with its own borders.

The talent and expertise that Elbit
Systems (NASDAQ ELST) has employed

for years in protecting Israel's borders will now be put to use on US

borders to keep Americans safe.

Kollsman Inc., an American-based subsidiary of Elbit, has been selected

as a member of the winning consortium by the Department of Homeland

Security (DHS) for the Secure Border Initiative (SBI) to supply

technology to identify threats, to deter and prevent crossings, and to

apprehend intruders along the US borders with Canada and Mexico.

Kollsman, headquartered in Merrimack, New Hampshire, is a development,

manufacturing and support organization providing advanced

electro-optical
and avionics systems to the commercial aerospace,

military and homeland security markets. The company's expertise

includes enhanced vision systems, flight displays, head-up displays,

thermal imaging systems, fire control systems, and advanced security and

surveillance solutions.

The Secure Border Initiative is the latest attempt by the United States

government to use technology to secure its borders, stop smuggling, and

prevent illegal immigration. After September 11, illegal immigration is

not just seen as a social problem, but also a national security issue. A

unique aspect of this initiative was that Homeland Security gave the

bidders total freedom to create new ideas of how to apply both new and

old technology to secure the US borders.

The DHS awarded the SBI contract for the border security project to prime

contractor Boeing over Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. In addition

to Boeing and Elbit, the other members of the $2 billion program are

telecommunication heavy-weights Lucent, L3 Communications, Perot Systems

and Unisys Global Public Sector.

Elbit was selected because of its ability to bring together global

resources with decades of technological experience and capabilities

securing borders in extreme cold, mountainous regions, as well as hot,

desert terrains.

Kollsman's global parent, Elbit Systems Ltd. has extensive experience

with operational border control and management systems combined with

command, control and situational awareness for the Israeli government.

Elbit's Long Range Reconnaissance and Observation System (LORROS) and

advanced turnkey unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAV) are some of the

products and technology that will be utilized.

President and CEO of Elbit Systems of America, Tim Taylor said he was

proud of being part of the winning bid and is "motivated to provide the

best border protection available."

"US citizens and the federal government are very concerned about the

vulnerabilities on the porous US northern and southern borders. The

help restore the safety and security that Americans have known for so

long. Detecting threats along 6,000 miles of border in the US is not the

place for experimentation. The experience of our family of companies,

along with the substantial credentials of Boeing as a successful prime

integrator in the homeland security market enables us to make a

significant contribution to protecting the United States."

Wayne Esser, head of the SBInet project for Boeing said: "We are very

happy that Elbit is part of the team because there is not

one-size-fits-all solution for 6,000 miles of border. Knollsman has the

engineering and manufacturing capability to provide at short notice

state-of-the-art solutions that will be integrated to support this

challenging effort. The result will be a program that safeguards the

freedoms that are a cornerstone of our nation."

Based in Haifa, Elbit is the largest non-governmental defense company in

Israel.

"Elbit Systems through its Ortek subsidiary is a major player in

homeland security in Israel and throughout the world. The electronic

deterrence system is key in providing customers in Israel and around the

globe with comprehensive solutions for peripheral defense," said Joseph

Ackerman, president and CEO of Elbit.

Among its projects are defense systems for Israel's land and sea

borders, peripheral security systems of air force bases, major sections

of the border security fence, and Jerusalem's detour route.

>From AP [4], Sept. 22:

Boeing's project proposal also included relying on more than 300 radar

towers along the borders, some supplemented with cameras developed by

Israel's Elbit Systems Ltd. which can spot people nearly 9 miles away

and vehicles at distances of up to 12 miles.

Under the program, Boeing and its partners will also work to improve

physical infrastructure along the border areas to help agents do their

job.

After SBInet is deployed in Arizona, it will be rolled out in segments to

other parts of the border based on highest traffic areas, Chertoff said.

Other partners of Boeing in the bid include L-3 Communications Holdings

Inc. , Unisys Corp. , Perot Systems Corp. , DRS Technologies , Elbit

unit Kollsman Inc., Lucent Technologies , Centech and USIS.

The organizers of an event this Saturday Nov. 11 at New York City's

Judson Memorial Church, "Resist the Apartheid Walls, from Palestine to

Mexico [5]," note: "Elbit will import Israeli military technology,

tested on Palestinians, for use against poor immigrants here."

See our last posts on Israel/Palestine [6], the struggle for the Mexican

border [7], the immigration crackdown [8] and the "Apartheid Wall [9]."



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Source URL:

http://ww4report.com/node/2743

Links:

[1] http://ww4report.com/node/2339

[2] http://www.elbitsystems.com/

[3]

http://www.israel21c.org/bin/en.jsp?enDispWho=Articles%5El1450&enPage=BlankPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enVersion=0&enZone=Technology

[4] http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/oct/27/bush_signs_fence_bill/

[5] http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/11/78913.shtml

[6] http://ww4report.com/node/2735

[7] http://ww4report.com/node/2728

[8] http://ww4report.com/node/2732

[9] http://ww4report.com/node/2387