Stolen Military Equipment Sold Online




 
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Stolen Military Equipment Sold Online
 
April 11th, 2008  
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Topic: Stolen Military Equipment Sold Online


Stolen Military Equipment Sold Online
Washington Times
April 11, 2008
Pg. 10
By 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 yesterday.
The equipment could land in international brokers' hands or be transferred overseas, said the GAO, Congress' investigative arm.
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 parts.
They also purchased a used Nuclear Biological Chemical protective suit, other protective accessories and an unused chemical-biological canister, which contained the mask filter used to guard against warfare agents from a Craigslist seller. The property was likely stolen from the Defense Department, the report said.
 


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