Giffords to Get Tough On Border – Demands Extra Cell Towers

As Southern Arizona still deals with the murder of local rancher Rob Krentz, it’s good to see that our elected officials are on the case with real-world solutions to prevent other border residents from being gunned down.

From the Gabby Gifford’s newsletter:

Improving Cell Service Along the Border

In my discussions with the men and women along the border since the tragic murder of Southern Arizona rancher Rob Krentz, the lack of reliable cell phone service has been mentioned repeatedly.  These companies have the technology to make life safer for Arizonans in this rural part of the state.  I took these concerns to Lowell McAdam, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, and Randall L. Stephenson, CEO and president of AT&T Inc. in letters last Friday.

Both companies brought mobile cell phone towers to a rural region in northern Arizona during the most recent presidential campaign.  As the Washington Post reported in October 2008, this was done to provide coverage that was needed to ensure candidate security.  The border security crisis in Southern Arizona more than justifies the same response.  I will continue to fight for the safety and security of our border communities.

When I called her office for a more detailed explanation, I was told that this will make it easier for ranchers to call for help. I doubt that any amount of cell towers would have helped Mr. Krentz.


Comments

  1. From Paton’s 18 point border plan:

    “12. Establish mandatory Cellular coverage for remote non-service areas.”

    Let me tighten this post up for you, papatodd:

    “I’m against those things that I’m for when other people say them!”

    No charge.

  2. azsnowbird says

    Klute,

    It’s not Paton’s 18 point plan – the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association came up with the plan.

  3. Well said, Klute. No doubt we can look forward to prolific posting of inane, idiotic observations:

    Giffords father is overweight.
    Giffords memo contains grammar mistake.
    Giffords caught buying DVD at Walmart.
    Giffords spends all her time in Houston.
    Giffords SUV destroying planet (but remember, global warming is a hoax).
    Giffords shoes made by slave kids in Botswana.

  4. Steve Calabrese says

    This is a joke, right?

    The answer to murderous illegals pouring across our border, killing our citizens and showing contempt for our country is CELL PHONES?

    How pathetic.

  5. Giffords is a loon.

    We need REAL border security, which she is against!

    Her time has run out as the electorate has figured out her dishonesty.

  6. azsnowbird,

    I stand corrected. It’s the Cattle Grower’s plan, endorsed by Paton on his website:

    “Jonathan Paton endorsed an 18-point border security plan released today by the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association, stressing the urgent need for immediate action to end lawlessness along the border.”

    Is papatodd ready to denounce the Arizona Cattle Grower’s Association?

  7. bobbyflay says

    Klute – its only one of 18 points!!! Giffords offers only cell towers.

    What a pathetic post you produce.

  8. The cell towers thing makes sense given the fact that Krantz’s brother was having trouble communicating with him via radio the same day.

    It also makes sense in that it would be easier for people along the border to call in reports of illegal aliens and drug smugglers to the border patrol and police.

    Better communications always helps to stop crime.

    Gabby Giffords may suck and cell towers alone won’t solve the problem, but it’s not a bad idea to put more cell towers near the border. Every little bit helps.

  9. By itself it’s pretty much null. Americans will be able to get more realiable calls … and so will illegals and their coyotes and the drug cartels. Think of the improvements in getting a connecting ride would be for illegals with more cell towers.

    Understandibly, the local groups are anxious for ANY step forward to real security, but Giffords isn’t serious about the other components that would make this enhancement a genuine improvement.

    The Open-Border crowd doesn’t want a fence bcause it would would work. The dodgy excuses are up against plentiful historical records that border walls are extremely effective.

    It’s a real shame Mexico has so deteriorated over the past decades in its Rule of Law and international responsibilities that a wall is needed, but that’s the reality. If they don’t like a wall, they should look in the mirror and ask themselves what choices they made that have directly and negatively contributed to this situation.

  10. “By itself it’s pretty much null. Americans will be able to get more realiable calls … and so will illegals and their coyotes and the drug cartels. Think of the improvements in getting a connecting ride would be for illegals with more cell towers.”

    Just think of how much easier it would be to track and pinpoint the locations of illegals, drug smugglers, coyotes, if they were stupid enough use cell phones right at the border. You can determine a cell phone’s location using towers.

  11. if they were stupid enough use cell phones right at the border. You can determine a cell phone’s location using towers.
    ……….

    How do you think they are communicating now, by smoke signals?

    And with current border patrolling capabilities, the relevent “parties of interest” will no longer be there when the law finishes triangulating and shows up.

    They’ll get their ride – in record time.

    AS I said, ALONE the cell towers will have good AND bad effects. IF there was MORE proposed that would enhance the good over the bad, then okay, but there’s nothing else.

    Then again, the drug cartels and coyotes are probably using SAT phones anyway. Way more sophisticated and expensive communications than the typical Arizona rancher has to use.

  12. “I took these concerns to Lowell McAdam, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, and Randall L. Stephenson, CEO and president of AT&T Inc. in letters last Friday.”

    …..
    Totally missed this.
    The “Hans Blix” approach. Giffords sent a strongly worded LETTER.

    Why is this being pushed by Giffords as an actual achievement on ANY level?
    What was the response at VERIZON and A&T?

    Apart from barely stifled groans of exasperation, of course.

  13. Fencing – PROPER fencing would solve most of the problem.

    Glenn Spencer posted an excellent video about this yesterday:

    http://www.americanpatrol.com/ABP/PHOTO-OF-THE-DAY/2010/ARCHIVE/100420.html

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