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The video was first posted in 2017. It shows United Nations peacekeeping vehicles manufactured in the U.S. and stored at a State Department warehouse in Hagerstown, Maryland, before they are shipped overseas.
A State Department spokesperson told PolitiFact that the vehicles were used exclusively in U.N. peace operations abroad.
A video showing dozens of United Nations vehicles parked at a Maryland warehouse gave way to the baseless claim that the organization is establishing its presence in the U.S.
The caption of an Oct. 18 Facebook video read, in all capital letters: "The United Nations is already coming and setting up shop in U.S. states for when WW3 is officially declared."
In the video, a man introduces himself as Alistair Williamson and says he’s in Hagerstown, Maryland. He then shows footage of what he calls a convoy of U.N. armored vehicles and shipping containers that say "U.N."
LinkedIn profile of Alastair Williamson, accessed Oct. 24, 2023
YouTube video, United Nations Military Vehicles Hiding In Maryland; Stored or Ready For Action?, Sept. 4, 2017
Wayback Machine, archived version of "U.N. Armored Vehicles are Being Stored under the Same Roof of a Kellogg Cereal Warehouse– Odd?" by Stock Board Asset, Sept. 4, 2017
General Services Administration, U.S. Government Lease for Real Property, accessed Oct. 24, 2023
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Inspection: 1166121.015 - U.S. Department Of State, accessed Oct. 24, 2023
Statement from a State Department spokesperson, Oct. 25, 2023
United Nations Peacekeeping, What is Peacekeeping, accessed Oct. 25, 2023
United Nations Peacekeeping, Where We Operate, accessed Oct. 25, 2023
Lead Stories, Fact Check: The UN is NOT Guarding a Pharmaceutical Company in Toronto, July 19, 2021
Snopes, Were UN Vehicles and Trucks Spotted in Southern States?, June 27, 2016
Agence France-Presse Fact Check, Photos show Australian military vehicles donated to support Indonesia’s UN peacekeeping missions, Oct. 25, 2021
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