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Reporter Nate Carlisle and photographer Trent Nelson cover polygamy for The Salt Lake Tribune. You can follow the Polygamy Blog on Twitter at @tribunepolygamy. Follow Nate Carlisle on Twitter at @natecarlisle. Follow Trent Nelson on Twitter at @trenthead.

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New photos offer glimpse into FLDS security

We’ve reported before on the unusual surveillance network in Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah. But during a recent trip to southern Utah, photographer Trent Nelson and I saw that network from an entirely new vantage point: that of someone apparently spying on the community.

That vantage point comes from a series of photos we obtained during our visit. The photos, which have somewhat mysterious origins, seem to have been mostly shot from inside a vehicle in southern Utah and document an array of people and activities in Short Creek — and beyond. The photos were shot from behind tinted glass or other obstructions — indicating that they were shot clandestinely without the knowledge of the subjects. And the focus of the images seems to be the FLDS church.

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I’ve included one of the photos with this blog post. However, we’ll have a more in-depth look at these images in Sunday’s newspaper, along with a story on some fascinating evidence in a polygamy-related lawsuit. Make sure to check back then.

— Jim Dalrymple II

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