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California Police Unveil Armored Surveillance Vehicle

Police in Modesto, California unveiled a newly acquired surveillance vehicle this week which will video and audio record local residents throughout the city.

The Armadillo, a refurbished armored truck, is equipped with four high definition cameras, four wide-angle lens cameras and advanced audio recording capabilities.

“We want this to serve as a deterrent or extra eyes out there for us,” police spokeswoman Heather Graves told Fox 40 News. “We are focusing on public areas, we’re not trying to impede anyone’s privacy.”

The vehicle’s surveillance features can also be accessed remotely, allowing officers to park the vehicle in any area of the city and control the cameras’ zooming abilities from a separate location.

“Smile, you’re on camera,” a bold message on the side of the truck reads.

While the vehicle itself was donated by a nearby precinct, Fox 40 notes that the surveillance equipment was purchased with “grant money,” likely from the Department of Homeland Security.

In a press release Tuesday the Modesto Police Department briefly mentioned the vehicle’s rollout, giving no specifics on how long obtained footage would be kept.

Despite Fox 40’s decision to only interview a supporter of the new armored truck, the news group’s Facebook page painted a much different picture.

“Suddenly all the dystopian books I read in high school make sense. I guess they were trying to prepare us for our future,” one commenter noted.

Already patrolling areas of the city, the vehicle is a staunch representation of 21st century America, where even military hardware once used in foreign countries is now aimed at the general public.

Several other departments across the country including a precinct in Fort Lauderdale have implemented the use of surveillance vehicles as well, with real-time video footage feeding directly into police headquarters.

Unfortunately, federal agencies such as the DHS, who label self-described “liberty lovers” as domestic extremists, have flooded countless police departments with surveillance and military equipment.

This week the U.S. Army announced that it would be giving away 13,000 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, designed for the streets of Afghanistan and Iraq, to law enforcement agencies here at home.

Last August, a former Marine Corps Colonel in Concord, New Hampshire warned that the DHS was building a “domestic army” of militarized police. Only days prior, Concord’s police chief secretly told the DHS that his department needed an armored vehicle to deal with the “threat” posed by libertarians and Occupy activists.

Other agencies like the Department of Defense have unloaded countless military vehicles on police departments also, with police in Utah recently receiving armored vehicles and grenade launchers.

Incredibly, even Ohio State University campus police obtained an armored vehicle last year, ignoring requests by media to explain the acquisition.

While police across the country argue that such equipment will only be used against suspected criminals, burgeoning surveillance revelations have only worked to create distrust among the public.

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  1. Coming soon, to a municipality near you.

  2. If they had the legitimacy of people's consent then this wouldn't be necessary.

    And if they just wanted to avoid vandalism on a farm they could get a watch dog.

  3. This police state has to stop

    • Germany faced this shift as Hitler seized power too.

      It is just history repeating itself.

      • You are advised to cease any communication with me online.

        • By whom? Try to focus, this forum is about important issues.

          • You are advised to cease any communication with me online

          • By whom? And the adults are here to discuss issues.
            Why do you and your friends always try to derail that?

            When we have brownshirts establishing bulkheads in our towns times are too serious to play games.

          • I guess Roger couldn't trick Wee into giving him his personal information through a frivolous lawsuit, so he has decided to go back to stalking him online.

          • Have you noticed?
            Not much talk of the world famous lawsuit.

            It sort of dried up, evaporated and blew away.

            Another figment of the imagination.

          • I figured it out. What he does is stalks and attacks people online to make them angry so they say stuff people normally would not say. This way he can sue them. It is basically an abuse of the justice system so he can try and profit. You know one of those sue happy people looking for a handout so they don't have to work

          • I just wish I could have seen the lawyer laughing when he put together that lawsuit and then pocketed Roger's money.

            He should get together with the owner of the self publishing company that Roger used.

          • If it's so funny then why not call and give my attorney your contact information?
            You won't. It's not your style. But I understand, sun light is a disinfectant.

          • Keep dreaming you pervert.

          • Wee at least had the convictions of his beliefs.

            You hide behind faces and names. Calling me a pervert, did your girlfriend consider that a personal attack?

          • You paid $1500 dollars to file a lawsuit that you have no chance of winning.

            You paid $1500 dollars because you thought you could buy the contact information of Wee's family.

            It's an old stalker trick, and you failed.

            You are a lonely pervert that thinks about Wee and your online family from morning to night, then you dream about us when you sleep..

            You are no longer a useful part of society.

          • Would your girl friend consider that a personal attack if I said it to you?

          • What does your girlfriend think?

            1500 dollars. HAHAHHAHAHA!!!

            I'm sure he had a great time spending that money.

            You should have just bought yourself something nice like a vacation to the Bahamas.

            Instead you just have a worthless complaint that will come to nothing.

          • You know Wee called and tried to explain things to him.
            Is that why you aren't? Don't you think you are more persuasive than he is?

            Don't bother, you may not agree with what he tells you. And besides, you're busy here.

            And the brownshirts try to keep people busy with garbage too. This truck is just that kind of distraction. While people talk about it, they don't look at the stuff happening in DC as Obama uses his pen and phone.

          • You have Wee's attention and it only cost you $1500 dollars.

            Wee pays 1500 dollars for things like his family's food and health insurance.

            He earns money for important things. Not for sexual thrills.

          • Listen you have compared notes off forum and know how his call went. You can't get his attention any more than that and he isn't interested in your 'side interests'.

          • What cost you more money? The money you threw away on this frivolous lawsuit, or the money you threw away on that POS book?

          • If my attorney thinks you need to know that, he'll let you know.

            Just don't expect to get anyplace with him, he's not interested either.

          • How will he let me know?

          • Why would you expect me to discuss sex with men on this forum? Why would you think that I would even know the answer to that question?

            Go to adult web sites if that's what you want to discuss.

          • Why? You running out of money so you abuse the justice system to try and get a pay day? In your law suit you claim you have emotional damages and are asking for future medical costs to be covered. So you were emotionally damaged by comments made to you by people you harass online?

            You do cry alot

          • I'm advised that if you have questions or comments to refer you to my legal counsel, even someone like Alinsky.

          • I just want people to know your game. This guy is actually suing 13 people for comments they have to him online after he stalked them. Emotional damage? What a coward

          • You discussed it with my attorney.
            Why ask me?

            And a coward is the guy hiding and attacking anonymously.
            Both you and the one hiding behind other faces.. (oh, that's you too).

            Can't you even pretend you're here for the topic instead of all this personal garbage?

          • I did. This is your personal garbage. Did you call your own law suit garbage?

            I better stop now. I don't want to hurt your feelings anymore so you can try and sue for money.

            The coward sway of doing things. Suing people because they got their feelings hurt

          • Wee, you know this story is a sign of the deteriorating social fabric. Things like this truck were once used for mobile command centers for national guard and disaster responders.

            Now it's used to force us into submission.
            The coward way of doing things? You don't seem to want to address the cowardly way things are being done.

            If the regime wants to be brave they would make the brown shirts face us up close and personal so they would be forced to see the family and friends they are betraying. Not hiding behind plate steel.

            And not hiding behind the internet either.

          • "Wee, you know this story is a sign of the deteriorating social fabric."

            Just like some fool on the Internet, filing a lawsuit because "his feelings were hurt" and because he suffered "emotional damage".

            "The coward way of doing things? You don't seem to want to address the cowardly way things are being done."

            I'll address the Coward way of doing things.

            Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, let me introduce this post as Exhibit One.

          • I am getting screen shots of all his comments. He was asked to cease any communication to me several times and has failed. Now I am suffering emotional damages.

          • Asked my whom?

            This is a public forum with voluntary participation.

          • Then nobody is forcing you to be here, and be abused. You are doing it voluntarily

            Does that then make you a certified mental masochist?

          • Yes, and I will continue to debate and discuss important issues that influence my country.

            Even if the posse is upset by it and disagrees with it.

          • I need to ask him how we can subpena character witnesses against you. I want Cowboy and Navy, Zeb and the moderator form the Belfast site to testify.

          • You have copies of the demand letter for wee, and the complaint.

            It has contact information. And of course you can always file a reply in court.

            My attorney explained he is paid enough to even deal with you.

          • Good I hope it costs you a ton of money

          • So much for your being here to discuss issues and the topics the site provides.

          • Maybe you should leave so we can. All comments are on topic until you show up crying about emotional damages

          • I counted your comments, and the comments of your posse of trolls. Guess how many were off topic and how many of mine were on topic?

          • So what were the numbers?

          • I wanted to see if you would bother counting, or if you just wanted to derail the thread some more.

            Count yourself.
            And I'll be discussing the story in the meantime.

          • I get 137,000 comments from Roger stalking one man online for three years.

          • You sure do like to make comments your girlfriend would consider a personal attack.
            Has she changed her standards on that overnight?

          • Did anybody ever counted the numbers of thumbs down Roger gets?

          • Yes, but not on the name you use for this guest profile.

          • I could not count that high.

          • Is this comment on topic?

            You truly are a moron.

          • Hmm, the regime imposes brownshirt military tactics and you wonder about being on topic?

          • That is just a few. We have many more charcter witnessess we can get. He has harrassed many people online.

            If he wants a battle that is fine

          • You realize you're going to be using the same western style court system you have been attacking all this time?

            The same court system that is being perverted for the same machine that is imposing these kinds of trucks on us as civilians.

            Innocent until proven guilty. They don't like to remember that part of it.

          • The same court system you are abusing to get a payday?

            Leave me alone roger and quit stalking me

          • Wee, would alinsky's friend consider that a personal attack?

          • I notice he never uses curse words. Even though he never uses curse words, he is still a son of a bitch and a scum bag!

          • The paid troll seems so cranky today, what's wrong?

          • Perhaps that is because he can't pronounce or spell them.

          • Or perhaps I have the ability to discuss ideas and values without them.

          • Dodger, why is it that you trolls never come to these great web sites and then suck all discussion away from the topics?

          • I am in the process of getting a restraining order. My families well being physically and emotionally are in danger

          • That's the way to go. Roger should soon have a criminal record.

          • I agree. We should all get retraining orders against him

          • There is going to be a Party.
            Roger made 137,000 posts.
            An Intense Debate World Record.

          • A party? I am sure he is the only one attending

          • I'm sure that's not my focus when I post a comment.

            Party? That's for when Obama is out of office and boehner is replaced with someone that actually leads.

          • You've done all the research and have posted addresses and everything else. If I had one, you'd have spotted it.

            And it's really not all that brave to be a keyboard commando hiding behind other names and faces.

          • Bravery comes from spewing false accusations while hiding behind a young cute male lawyer.

          • You always try to turn this into a discussion with sexual nature.

            There are sites for that, this isn't one of them. And if you call and hit on him, it won't get you any further than with me.

          • How much doe he charge you every time you call him? You must be paying thousands to hear his sweet voice everyday.

          • You don't know what he sounds like, or what calls I make.

            That's not why I'm here. Can't you find a dating site for that?

          • I'm sure he has a sweet sexy voice. You paid $1500 dollars already for him to be your friend.

            Does he look anything like my Avatar?

          • You may hope so, but until you call and explain your opinions top him you won't know.

            But don't waste your time, he's not going to be interested.

          • I think I already know.

          • And it must be disappointing not to find anyone interested in your personal side interests.

          • Couldn't find any women lawyers to represent you , huh?

            Could only find a delicious looking young male lawyer.

          • If you like your own criteria for hiring experts, you are free to set that for your own situations.

            Alinsky, can't you even pretend to be here for the reason the site is set up?

          • I think it's funny no one respnds to his posts. He only gets responses when he engages others and derails the thread.

            Guess he can't take a hint

          • I guess you respond to them all. And that everyone else has fled this thread thanks to the way you and your posse hijacked it.

            This armadillo seems to equate to the way this thread has been perverted.

          • No one responded to your comment below. You know why because no one wants you here. You can only reply to people's comments to derail the thread. Now that everyone knows you sue people you disagree with no one will want to talk to you.

            I am done with you

          • You just responded wee, and not once did you even mention the topic of the story.

          • Conservative Victory…0 replies

            thegrowel..0 replies

          • He is a roaming internet troll, he is addicted to a few sites only, you forgot the navy site.

          • ooops, that is the cons victory. site.

          • No one is allowed on CV unless they parrot the views of navy.

            You have to be one of sheep and bow to conformance. Which is why only about 5 losers post there

          • Wee,

            That Navy website is hilarious. They even banned Cornpone and Galt and Cwoboyillogic.

          • Yeah, basically just a site for misfits. They ban anyone who goes there for debate. They hate different views

          • Dooche always wanted to be the Alpha Dog.

            I guess that is easy to do, in the geriatric ward.

          • He is a communist like the rest of them.

            Anyways I'm out. Have a great weekend

          • Wee,

            I have enjoyed talking to you on here.

            Take care, and I wish you the best with your lawsuit.

            I'm done here. Roger won. He drove another person away.

            He can sit here, and talk to an empty echo chamber.

          • Good luck to you as well

          • Did you see the spanking Roger got from Zeb on the growl?
            Hilarious. The comment got 8 thumbs up.

          • I sure did. Z is a good guy. He and I have disagreed on many things but he has always minded his manners and been civil with me. IF we had a disagreement we knew when it was time to move on and quit responding. I have a great amount of respect for him

          • Wee, this is where you split from reality.

            The 8? How many of them were you and your posse of trolls?

            I've seen alinsky effect a vote as much as 5 with all the alternate profiles he has.

            And as for Z being civil? Posting repeated links to sheep bleating is not exactly in the definition of civil in dictionaries.

          • I have never seen him attacking someone's character because of a disagreement. His only target is Roger because he sets traps and then changes topics. Roger needs to be thrown off on every site because of his behavior.

          • Well actually he did attack some morons, L4s, 4constipation, HPD , etc…They barely show up anymore.

          • So, he attacked them until they were run off.

            That's what they do. Zeb and serf both.

            And it's a shame, there are folks that put a lot of work into that site, only to have them undo it all.

            But they decided as a policy decision to allow those two no matter what, and they take advantage of it.

          • Those 2 value Liberty and Freedom. You probably don't know what that is.

          • Their own version of it.

            But Serf defends islamist soldiers in the military and won't condemn the fort hood shooter.

            Zebrano? He's just a frenchie that loves spouting valiant gallantries that mean very little in the practical world.

          • roger is the troll who attacks and has communist goals. He hates the fact that us Patriots heave exposed him. Anyway I thinks it's best not to even mention his name or give him any sort of attention. Trolls feed off attention

          • Of course not. I don't have communist values like Alinsky does.

            Why do you keep that lie going, as if it means anything.

            Talking points only work when they're believable.

          • Roger got a real spanking from zeb on the growl. Boy that hurts

          • Well those communist needed to be put in their place

          • Strange you would want to call people who value what the founding fathers left us as communist. They don't fit into that by any accepted definition.

            Wee, you really need to learn that talking points only work when they fool people. You're not fooling anyone in my opinion.

          • He does not come here to attack. He will stand his ground though.

          • Of course he does.

            Why deny it?

          • Bibi, conservative victory is the navy site and I've been having a great discussion with people there.

            This posse isn't allowed there so things keep lively without garbage to derail it.

            For example if they had this story by now they would be discussing fuel sources and if local suppliers should apply pressure to get rid of this truck.

            It used to be that way here before you all targeted the site, remember the story about water being looked at to stop the NSA?

            Now? it's Alinsky trying to figure out what some guys voice sounds like.

          • Roger has completely given up on the lawsuit and kissed away the money.

            He is in full blown stalker mode again.

          • Then you have nothing to lose by asking the attorney about it.

          • Forget it pervert.

            I don't talk to attorneys who represent stalkers.

          • Alinsky, I'm here to discuss issues and debate them.

            I don't want to talk to people who can't or won't do that.

          • Saul,
            He had to file a lawsuit.

            He isn't very good at picking PowerBall Numbers……..

    • You dudes never cease to amaze me lol

  4. There is only one way to combat this police nonsense.

    While I am not advocating IED's in the street, I believe that I will live long enough to see it.

  5. Pertaining to the topic of the thread.

    Everything you wanted, or needed to know about Modesto, CA.,_California

    Scroll down to the Crime section. Car jackings are a big deal.

    This Armadillo has four cameras. They say it can be parked somewhere, and the cameras controlled remotely. It has a logo brazenly emblazoned on it that says "Smile, You are on Camera.

    Some witty Gang Lord ought to put out a five thousand dollar reward for the Armadillo. It would be hilarious to see some little gang banger with a ski mask on, come sauntering up to it, spray paint the cameras, and shove a pineapple grenade up the tailpipe………..

    • And if they record something who says it will be used to stop crime?

      This regime uses it's resources against political opponents. There have been tried and true tactics for policing and this isn't one of them.

      Beat patrols, more presence, citizen involvement. Of course that doesn't further the regime's control over the folks resisting dictatorship. The central valley is the bastion of conservatives in the state, it's no wonder that it's been targeted for this sort of thing.

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