Are U.N. Troops already in Texas?
UNMARKED CARS IN TEXAS
By Max Emfinger
Date: Feb 26, 2002
There are some very interesting things happening in Texas and they are not all High School Football recruiting related. Since I'm an original Texan,
I still feel that we all still need to be aware of things that are happening around us, although they may not be things that effect us winning on any
given Saturday in the fall. Some of these strange things that are taking place in our own backyard may eventually keep us from playing that Saturday
From busy Highway 95 in Bastrop County, Texas, lies a growing fleet
of nearly a thousand showroom-new SUVs, 4WD pickups, suburbans and vans. These vehicles are not overflow storage for an overstocked dealer. This fleet
is owned by the federal government.
There looks like a lot of SUVs, pickups, and suburbans out in the middle of nowhere.
All the vehicles are United Nations White. Rumors have been floating in
the area for months about a fleet of suspicious vehicles being outfitted with prisoner cages, shackles and insignia such as "United States Police
Force" and the United Nations roundel. None of the vehicles observed in the storage area appeared to have any markings at all other than window
stickers with equipment data.
However, prison officials did confirm that the SUVs and vans were in
fact being outfitted with prisoner cages and shackles. When pressed for information on the intended users of these vehicles, a prison spokesman said
they were intended for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. However, vehicles assigned to the INS are predominantly painted green and those
assigned to the Border Patrol are usually the same. The suitability of a high-visibility color such as white for either agency is in question. Large,
white vehicles can be seen approaching from miles away.
This $30 million fleet of unused government vehicles has been steadily
growing, but has not been deployed. It seems the vehicles keep coming in, but none go out to user agencies. This field-full of top-of- the-line
utility vehicles, bought with taxpayer dollars, is sitting idle, soaking up Texas sun.
The site is located a few miles North of the city of Bastrop on United
States Prison property. The high-security prison itself takes up the Southern part of the property. The area where the vehicles reside is fenced-off
from the public road with no more precaution than a farmer might use to keep his cattle from straying. The unguarded entrance warns that the area is
United States Prison property and trespassing is prohibited. Another sign strangely warns of "Poison Gas."