Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Problem—poor terrorists need arms

Answer: sell them surplus arms for pennies on the dollar!

After all, how can you maintain a war on terror without dangerous terrorists to point to as boogie men?

The Sunday Mail:
"AMERICAN defence chiefs are selling millions of dollars worth of military hardware from Iraq and Afghanistan to the highest bidder over the internet.

The items - which include rocket launchers and guided missile radar - can easily be used or adapted by criminals and terrorists.

One American government source described it as a 'bargain basement' for terror chief Osama Bin Laden.

TheUSDepartment of Defense claims buyers on are carefully vetted.

But our investigators registered a bogus company on their website.

Within minutes, our registration was accepted without question and we were sent a list of items for sale - many of which were surplus from Afghanistan and Iraq. These items included: Launcher mounts for anti-tank missiles.

Full military uniforms, including hi-tech, bullet-proof body armour.

Radar sets for guided missile systems and all-band antennae radios which can track enemy aircraft.

Small invasion landing craft.

Surveillance equipment, including global satellite positioning systems.

Grenade vests, ammunition belts, James Bond-style shoulder harnesses for revolvers - and even unused medals.

The US Government gave the contract to Liquidations Inc, who claim all buyers are vetted.

One senior Scottish military source said: 'This is far cry from the combat jackets and sleeping bags you used to be able to buy from Army and Navy Stores.

'These bayonet knives, for example, may have been used in hand-to-hand combat to kill people.

'They are not toys or ceremonial knives.

'You could equip a small army with the stuff you can buy on this site.'


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