[NetBehaviour] Stolen Military Equipment Found on EBay.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Tue Apr 15 10:54:41 CEST 2008
Stolen Military Equipment Found on EBay.
By CHRISTINE SIMMONS
The Associated Press
Stolen and sensitive U.S. military equipment, including fighter jet
parts wanted by Iran and nuclear biological protective gear, has been
available to the highest bidder on popular Internet sales sites,
according to congressional investigators.
Using undercover identities, investigators purchased a dozen
defense-related items on the auction site eBay and the online network
Craigslist from January 2007 through last month and received the items
"no questions asked."
The Defense Department regards much of the stolen equipment to be on the
U.S. Munitions List, meaning there are restrictions on their overseas
sales, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday.
The equipment could land in international brokers' hands or be
transferred overseas, said the GAO, Congress' investigative arm.
"Many of the sensitive items we purchased could have been used directly
against our troops and allies, or reverse engineered to develop counter
measures or equivalent technologies," investigators said in their report.
Among the items purchased include two components from F-14 fighter jets,
bought from separate buyers on eBay. The warplanes, now retired by the
military, could easily be purchased and transferred to the Iranian
military, which is seeking its components, the report said.
Investigators couldn't determine where the sellers had obtained the F-14
They also purchased from a Craigslist seller a used Nuclear Biological
Chemical protective suit, other protective accessories as well as an
unused chemical-biological canister, which contained the mask filter
used to guard against warfare agents. The property was likely stolen
from the Defense Department, the report said.
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