The black, unmarked police cruiser, rolling slowly down the private gravel lane of a remote Nebraska ranch, looked suspicious enough.
But when rancher Kurt Meusch of Stuart, Neb., tried to stop the vehicle last week, it sped off.
“I was driving 85 (mph), and it blew away from me,” said Meusch, who reported the strange incident to the Holt County Sheriff's Office.
The car — an unmarked Nebraska State Patrol cruiser — is part of an eight-vehicle fleet that has been dispatched across the state to test the
coverage of a new $17 million statewide emergency radio system
Meusch said that some time after he tried to stop one of the vehicles, two other local ranchers were able to halt one. The occupants told the ranchers
about the radio testing for the system that is being used by the State Patrol, the Nebraska Public Power District and other agencies.
The local sheriff, Meusch said, also was able to track down one of the cars at a local motel to get an explanation.
Despite the assurances from the state officials that this is “no conspiracy”, it seems to me there are still questions concerning the bizarre
circumstances surrounding such a seemingly routine testing procedure. Why the secrecy with unmarked black vehicles causing alarm and confusion to
citizens? Why was the local sheriff kept in the dark about this test that involved several unmarked state vehicles driving slowly in rural areas,
even on private property?
I found some additional information about these public safety radio systems by Motorola, apparently being implemented and tested or currently in use
by many states. It appears the media has not been reporting on widespread problems of this radio system for the last several years. In the light of
this, it makes me wonder why states are still continuing to jump on board with this, costing taxpayers millions of dollars and contributing to a
monopoly of the public safety airwaves by Motorola?
In 2011 the “House Committee on Energy and Commerce express concern about the dominant position Motorola holds in the public safety radio
I also found the following blog that provides an interesting collection of links detailing the many problems reported all over the country regarding
these Motorola “trunked” public safety radio systems.
edit on 9-10-2012 by TZela because: (no reason given)