Thanks to Phill Booth on infiniteideasmachine for reminding us about Project Semaphore and the UK's e-borders announcements during the Labour Party conference.
Why don't the sums add up ?
The actual contracts for the US_VISIT system could easily cost USD $10 billion . Even the US Congress decided to query the award of such a large contract to Accenture (formerly the disgraced Anderson Consulting) which for dubious tax avoidance reaasons is incorporated in a Caribbean tax haven. The cost estimates by the US General Accounting Office range from $7.2 billion to over $20 billion over 10 years.
There has been no consultation or scrutiny of the UK e-borders project, which, as has been pointed out would need to handle over 200 million passenger movements a year (over 90 million at Heathrow Airport alone) in order to actually close the borders to terrorists and drug smugglers etc.
Is it the intention to apply these border controls to the land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland ? i.e. the one most used by terrorists ?
Why did none of the media or politicians bother to ask exactly how much money is e-borders going to cost ? on top of the billions which are planned to be wasted on a compulsory biometric National Identity Register and ID card scheme ?