The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment to the annual defense policy bill that would allow the U.S and Israel to develop an “anti-tunneling system” to protect against terrorist attacks.
The provision — offered by Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) and Gwen Graham (D-Fla.) — was tacked onto the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee’s portion of the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Speaking for the amendment, Lamborn said tunneling was a “huge issue” in Israel and that around 30 underground passageways were found between Israel and the Gaza Strip after last summer’s conflict.
He noted there is similar problem along the southern U.S. border, where tunnels are used for “smuggling and other purposes.”
U.S. Border Patrol agents have found a suspected drug tunnel with lighting and a rail-car system that connected to a home across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack said agents patrolling west of the San Ysidro port of entry Tuesday morning found a sinkhole close to the U.S. border fence that opened up into the tunnel.
Mack says the tunnel was about 220 yards in length, had a cart inside and the walls shored up. But it was still under construction.
Macks says no drugs were found, and no arrests have been made.
Drug cartels have increasingly turned to tunnels to smuggle their loads into the United States. More than 75 tunnels have been discovered along the border since 2008.
Of course, America is playing catch-up:
A new tunnel detection system developed by Elbit Systems will protect Israeli citizens from the threat of infiltration by Hamas terrorists.
Now, after two months of development, the Israel-based international defense electronics company says that they have created an effective system which uses sensors to detect tunnel building activity. The system will be implemented along the entire Israel-Gaza border, Elbit said.
The system includes a series of sensors. The information they receive is analyzed using a control system based on algorithms. This method enables the precise identification of tunnel building and its location without false alarms.
Joe Biden: Algorithms? You mean that incontinent truth guy?