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    An interesting article where Faculty members at 2 universities made an app to help illegals sneak into our country.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,588752,00.html

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    The article doesn't really describe what the app actually does, just what illegal immigrants could us it for.

    I also thought it was interesting that the boarder patrol guy doesn't think it's anything to worry about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FloggingSully View Post
    The article doesn't really describe what the app actually does, just what illegal immigrants could us it for.

    I also thought it was interesting that the boarder patrol guy doesn't think it's anything to worry about.
    Sully it is called the Transborder Immigrant tool, do you honestly believe it was made for any other reason than to help illegals sneak into our country and the people that designed it said was to be used to save lives and will be used by those with potential border crossers.

    Sully you are wrong the border guy didn't say that there wasn't anything to worry about just that "they weren't overly concerned about it" but then went on to say "Our fear is that instead of saving lives, a tool like this could give someone a false sense of confidence and perhaps encourage people to cross illegally into the unforgiving terrain." That shows they are a little concerned about it.

    In addition can you think of any other group of people that would like to utilize this technology that helps them survive and avoid patrols. I sure in hell can.

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    Why are repubs always fearful of everything? Is there ever a day where you feel OK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chance174 View Post
    Sully it is called the Transborder Immigrant tool,
    Who calls it that? the guys who developed it? the people marketing it? the people who wrote the article?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chance174 View Post
    do you honestly believe it was made for any other reason than to help illegals sneak into our country
    I don't know the reason it was made, the article doesn't say, it only mentions some of it's potential uses.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chance174 View Post
    and the people that designed it said was to be used to save lives and will be used by those with potential border crossers.
    the people that designed it said it would save lives, I don't see anywhere in the article that they mention it being used by potential boarder crossers

    Quote Originally Posted by Chance174 View Post
    Sully you are wrong the border guy didn't say that there wasn't anything to worry about just that "they weren't overly concerned about it" but then went on to say "Our fear is that instead of saving lives, a tool like this could give someone a false sense of confidence and perhaps encourage people to cross illegally into the unforgiving terrain." That shows they are a little concerned about it.
    I apologize

    Quote Originally Posted by Chance174 View Post
    In addition can you think of any other group of people that would like to utilize this technology that helps them survive and avoid patrols. I sure in hell can.
    From the article we know that the app could be used to find water or landmarks and it could be used to help locate checkpoints, this to me sounds like it would be a good idea for anyone who goes hiking in remote areas to have.
    And what else could this app be used for? probably depends on what the app actually does (which isn't mentioned anywhere in the article), if it just pulls up a google-map image and shows you where on the map you are then it could be used for getting directions, finding Starbucks, etc.
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    Sully, I understand that you are giving the people who made this the benefit of doubt, but if it really is that innocent then why did they refuse to be interviewed? And why did they say this:

    The four university employees ? part of Electronic Disturbance Theater/b.a.n.g. lab, a UCSD and University of Michigan artist-based research group ? said the TBT will be distributed by Mexican nongovernmental organizations and churches that deal with potential border-crossers.

    There would be no need to have Mexican organizations distribute it to potential border-crossers if it was just built to help hikers. But, I agree with Schlottke, the border patrol could use it to find potential illegals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    Sully, I understand that you are giving the people who made this the benefit of doubt, but if it really is that innocent then why did they refuse to be interviewed?
    Maybe they refused because they want to help illegal immigrants cross the boarder, maybe because they think Fox is going to spin whatever they say so it sounds like they just want to help immigrants cross the boarder, maybe their is some legal deal about interviews about a products that is in development, I have no idea and the article doesn't reveal much.

    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    And why did they say this:
    Did you notice that when the article discusses what they said, there isn't any quotes from them?

    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    There would be no need to have Mexican organizations distribute it to potential border-crossers if it was just built to help hikers. But, I agree with Schlottke, the border patrol could use it to find potential illegals.
    There are plenty of things that are made for legal purposes that get used to help boarder crossers (maps, canteens, dashboard GPS, etc).

    I really have no idea what the intended purpose of this app was, or if it's an appropriate use of taxpayer money (or if any taxpayer money was even used in the development), all that I do know is that the article is trying to imply that it's a waste of tax money and intended to help people cross the boarder without really backing up any of it.
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    WUW,

    So I take it you are fine with this application and see nothing wrong with helping people break the law? When did i say i was afraid of anything in this thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chance174 View Post
    WUW,

    So I take it you are fine with this application and see nothing wrong with helping people break the law? When did i say i was afraid of anything in this thread?
    Are you OK with radar detectors?

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