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Old 12-17-2005, 10:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
Location: Dayton, NV
What the hell do they use this for?

"Homeland Security"

What the hell are those things under the plastic on the roof?
Behind that grate thing there's some equipment, looked like a generator.
Light bar?

It says "Mobile" something on the bottom rear...didnt see the whole thing.
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Old 12-17-2005, 11:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like a mobile bio/chem/nuke cleanup/response thing. Might be loaded with sensors and equipment to detect that sort of attack. The vents on the sides and top are either for a generator or air circulation/purification equipment.
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Old 12-18-2005, 08:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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si fi stuff............maybe for snooping on pOrn guys?? xoxoxoo
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Old 12-18-2005, 08:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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They gotta spend our money on something.
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Old 12-18-2005, 01:12 PM   #5 (permalink)

You can be arrested for taking that picture.
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Old 12-18-2005, 01:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Happy Dog
You can be arrested for taking that picture.
According to what?
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Old 12-22-2005, 08:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Any reason anyone wants to throw at you.

I can say you were posting that to help identify anti-terror equipment for your nefarious plans, report you (as the new-narc culture would praise me for doing), then you end up with an illegal phone tap and are now officially "suspected of terrorist activity."

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Old 12-22-2005, 08:14 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Movie Prop? Or so they'd like you to think...
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Old 12-22-2005, 08:41 AM   #9 (permalink)
Location: Dayton, NV
It's not like I was peeking through a fence or something...that thing was on the freeway.
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Old 12-22-2005, 09:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
Location: Oh God, the rain!
but that freeway is on American soil...
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:46 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I got a picture of the Stealth Bomber and Fighter.....oooh nooo!
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Old 12-22-2005, 10:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
Getting it.
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Could it be one of these?


Freedom of the Road

Recently, it was disclosed that the Department of Homeland Security had deployed an x-ray van, previously used in cargo searches at America's borders, in a test run taking x-ray pictures of parked cars in Cape May, N.J. While the DHS claimed all x-ray surveillance was conducted on empty cars with their owners' consent, one wonders how long this will last. After all, American Science &Engineering Inc., the manufacturer of the Z Backscatter Van (ZBV), notes that "it maintains the outward appearance of an ordinary van," so it can stand unnoticed and peep into cars as they drive past, and with its "unique 'drive-by' capability [it] allows one or two operators to conduct x-ray imaging of suspect vehicles and objects while the ZBV drives past." Since we're all increasingly suspects (in our "suspect vehicles") in the Homeland Security State, it seems only a matter of time before at least some of us fall victim to a DHS x-ray drive-by.

But what happens after a DHS scan-van x-ray shows a dense white mass in your car (which could be any "organic material" from explosives or drugs to a puppy, a baby, or a head of lettuce)? Assuming that the DHS folks will be linked up with the Department of Transportation (DOT), soon they might be able to call on DOT's proposed Intelligent Transportation Systems' (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO)'s "Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration (VII)" system for help.

According to Bill Jones, the Technical Director of the ITS JPO, "The concept behind VII is that vehicle manufacturers will install a communications device on the vehicle starting at some future date, and equipment will be installed on the nation's transportation system to allow all vehicles to communicate with the infrastructure." In other words, the government and manufacturers will team up to track every new automobile (x-rayed or not) in America. "The whole idea," says Jones, "is that vehicles would transmit this data to the infrastructure. The infrastructure, in turn, would aggregate that data in some kind of a database."

Imagine it: The federal government tracking you in real time, while compiling a database with information on your speed, route, and destination; where you were when; how many times you went to a certain location; and just about anything else related to your travels in your own car. The DOT project, in fact, sounds remarkably like a civilian update of the "Combat Zones That See" program developed by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Noah Shachtman, writing for the Village Voice, reported in 2003 that DARPA was in the process of instituting a project at Fort Belvoir, Va., whose aim was "to track 90 percent of all of cars within [a] target area for any given 30-minute period. The paths of 1 million vehicles [w]ould be stored and retrievable within three seconds." It gives a whole new meaning to "King of the Road."
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Old 12-22-2005, 11:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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They gotta spend our money on something.
True, there's only so much they can spend on toilet seats and monogrammed towels.
The only thing I'll ever ask of you... you gotta promise not to stop when I say when.
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Old 12-22-2005, 03:27 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Those plastic things on the roof are air conditioners. These things a nefarious and everywhere. Not necc the frieghtliner step van replacements that this one is, but mobile command units, emergency response units, etc, etc...every police, fire, EMS, and government department has at least one.

Looks like Frieghtliner, not happy to be replacing the UPS and FedEx fleets, or upgrading soccer mom's with the Dodge incarnation of this Van, are now happily customizing or at least field testing a version for the DHS.

The way FedEx and UPS have been snapping up this vehicle design, I suspect the government will also be quite happy with them.

It's alot easier to ask for forgiveness then it is to ask for permission.
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:48 AM   #15 (permalink)
Location: norcal
why dont they just drive the damn thing around?
It cant really enforce anything all loaded up on the trailer like that.
so much to do, so little time.....at least i aint bored.
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Old 12-29-2005, 08:26 AM   #16 (permalink)
Location: Nashville
I'm glad they are hauling it around instead of driving it--I built the truck it's on.
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