Stolen Military Equipment Found on EBay

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"To correct the problem, the Army started a program in 2006 to account for all of its inventories." WHAT? They started a program? Why hasn't there been one from the beginning? Bunch of Buffoons!


Stolen Military Equipment Found on EBay
[SIZE=-1]By CHRISTINE SIMMONS
The Associated Press
Thursday, April 10, 2008; 6:51 PM[/SIZE]
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WASHINGTON -- 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 parts.

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.

Investigators also purchased military stolen goods that were sold for personal profit. The Defense Department regards sale of certain items issued to military personnel, such as body armor, theft of government property, the report said.

"Although not all of the stolen property items available on eBay and Craigslist were sensitive, each item was purchased with taxpayer money and represents a waste of resources," investigators said.

The Army recognizes that the U.S. military has had "property accountability and visibility challenges," said Sarah H. Finnicum, director of supply at the Office of Deputy Chief of Staff for the Army, in testimony to a House subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

To correct the problem, the Army started a program in 2006 to account for all of its inventories. To date the Army has accounted for more than 20,000 items worth more than $135 million, she said.

Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., chairman of the subcommittee, said he was startled by the fact "that it took the Army and DoD six years to get the system in place that probably should have been in place by 2001."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/10/AR2008041003097.html
 

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hah! It is kind of wierd that the US DOD is having a pants-sh!tting moment because the IIAF still flys F-14s and we retired ours to rely on the slower, shorter ranged, and lighter-armed F-18D. More likely than not, the russians and god knows what other nations, have helped modify those old tomcats to keep flying and stay threatening to anyone within the reach of an AIM-54. I know that the US has had a few limited deals where they let critical F-14 spares bounce around from nation to nation with Tehran being the intended final recipient. Those are the ones we know about, and I'm sure they can indigenously produce many of the needed parts, but not all of them. They are only up to the point of building an improved F-5 right now, not complex things like the F-14, but I would not under-estimate their ability to improvise to keep the damn things flying as long as they want them to. Who knows, maybe they even found a way to fix the "A" model's compressor-stall problems....... We only gave them like 79 of them, even if 20 are still flying, they are doing a heck of a job, but I'm sure we could eliminate them on the ground if we needed to.
 

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OMG, an NBC suit got out of the government's hands. I haven't found what F-14 parts were sold, it could be anything from an engine to something as small as a gage out of the ****pit.
 

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ScanManQSL said:
eBay is becoming a place were criminals can sell there goods without being caught.
It would appear you are correct.

Not a word about any arrests or charges filed in the article.
Hmm...

each item was purchased with taxpayer money and represents a waste of resources," (Congressional) investigators said.
Congressional investigators horrified that taxpayer money and resources are wasted??
If they want to expose some REAL waste, investigate Congress itself...
 
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I don't blame eBay for any of this. Our Government's military needs to get it's own house in order. If investigators are discovering such activity, it's not up to eBay to arrest anyone one. If anything eBay makes it easy for investigators to find and stop this type of activity. eBay can't be held responsible for determining what is a legal military surplus sale, vs what is illegal stolen military property. eBay is just a company. It is our Government's military system that is allowing these items to be stolen, not eBay. It's is our military personnel who is stealing these items, not eBay employees.

If investigators discover military parts being sold on eBay illegally, all they have to do is obtain the sellers info from eBay and go arrest the seller. If the seller claims he didn't steal them from the military, most likely he knows who did. If nothing else, he knows where he obtained them, and they can go after that person, and so-on, until they get to the source. No different than going after drug dealers, and auto-thieves.

As the article explains, it's not just happening on eBay, but Craig's List as well.
 
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