Axis of Evil, Garage-Sale Shopper

I’m glad, really glad, that civil liberties are being rolled back. Yeppers, it’s a good thing that George and the Man in the Black hat can open the mail, are trying to learn what you’re checking out of the library, are locking up forever those maybe dangerous men, and are torturing and humiliating prisoners. That makes the world safer.

Just think, if they didn’t do that, the bad men might get there hands on dangerous weapons. And then, who knows what would happen? The first notice we have of what they’ve managed to acquire, might come in the form of a mushroom cloud over an American city.

On the other hand, we might learn what they have by going through the receipts from the Pentagon’s garage sale.

[quote=“Washington Post”]Military Surplus Parts Illegally Find Their Way to Iran, U.S. Officials Say

Fighter-jet parts and other sensitive U.S. military gear seized from front companies for Iran and brokers for China have been traced in criminal cases to a surprising source: the Pentagon.

In one case, federal investigators said, contraband purchased in Defense Department surplus auctions was delivered to Iran, a country President Bush has branded part of an “axis of evil.”

In that instance, a Pakistani arms broker convicted of exporting U.S. missile parts to Iran resumed business after his release from prison. He purchased Chinook helicopter engine parts for Iran from a U.S. company that had bought them in a Pentagon surplus sale. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents say those parts reached Iran.

Sensitive military surplus items are supposed to be demilitarized or “de-milled” – rendered useless for military purposes – or, if auctioned, sold only to buyers who promise to obey U.S. arms embargoes, export controls and other laws.

Yet the surplus sales can operate like a supermarket for arms dealers.
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Federal investigators are increasingly anxious that a top priority on Iran’s shopping list is within its easy reach: parts for the precious fleet of F-14 Tomcat fighter jets the United States allowed Iran to buy in the 1970s when it was an ally.

In one case, convicted middlemen for Iran bought Tomcat parts from the Defense Department’s surplus division. Customs agents confiscated them and returned them to the Pentagon, which sold them again – customs evidence tags still attached – to another buyer, a suspected broker for Iran.[/quote]
Does the Pentagon sell WMDs?

Hey! Wait a minute! Get Cheney on the phone… I know how to prove that Iran’s trying to build a bomb. Where’s the paperwork on that last Los Alamos discount day???