Smuggling drugs into the U.S. has become such a complicated and high-tech affair, with cartels building sophisticated tunnel networks and stealthy submarines to get their goods around the watchful eye of customs and border patrol agents. But a group of Mexican drug runners recently applied an 8th-century approach to their profession, using a homemade, trailer-mounted catapult to hurl bales of marijuana over the border fence.
From aerial drones to virtual fences, the Department of Homeland Security employs a wide range of tools to protect the nation's borders. But a pair of Texas lawmakers now want a decidedly more futuristic approach: electromagnetic pulses.
Republican Michael McCaul and Democrat Henry Cuellar want the border patrol to use portable EMP emitters to disable cars, boats or a host of other electronic items.
Researchers say planned expansion of U.S.-Mexico fence may prove an end to jaguars north of the border
By Matt RansfordPosted 04.02.2008 at 6:07 am 4 Comments
The exceedingly rare southwestern jaguar is being further hemmed in along the U.S.-Mexico border as the American government moves to construct 670 new miles of fence this year. The jaguar is a solitary animal with a very large range, two factors working against it in the wake of the construction. Most of the barriers will be built in the low, flat valleys, forcing everything—animals and people—into the high mountain passes. Thought to have been extinct in the United States, they have reappeared in very southern Arizona and New Mexico in the past seven years.