Thursday, June 4, 2009
Combat Gear Restrictions?
Recently, the GAO (Government Accountability Office) has been doing several set up missions to expose vendors willing to sell equipment that may aid terrorists. Granted, nothing is ILLEGAL about these vendors selling the equipment to people and companies over seas. The GAO is trying to show that it should be much more difficult to sell to overseas buyers while that equipment can be used right back against us.
Great companies such as U.S. Calvary, Ranger Joe's, and EBay, to name a few, all offer amazing military products. In fact, before deployments, I always bought stuff from these companies. They offer far superior gear than the U.S. Army issued.
The issue is, the GAO set up fake companies over seas, to purchase military and civilian items commonly used to make everything from IED's (improvised explosive devices) to Nuclear Weapons components. During the sting operation, the GAO was able to purchase even STOLEN military equipment, delivered with no questions asked.
Equipment purchased ranged from:
-Weapons Magazines and Clips
-RACK systems, tactical vests, ammo pouches, all M.O.L.L.E gear available for ability to easily carrier several hundred rounds, explosives, tactical aides, and bullet proof plate slots.
-Helmets, Bullet Proof Vests, Chemical Warfare Operations gear.
-Night Vision Goggles, Night Vision Aides, Weapon Mounted Night Vision,.
-An F16 Fighting Eagle (Air Force Combat Jet) Computer Control System.
-Triggered Spark Gaps, Accelerometers, Gyro Chips (All can be used in multiple explosives, including Nuclear Weaponry.)
So essentially, we are selling the enemy combat equipment for cheap. Equipment at deep discounted prices. This equipment allows them to more effectively engage U.S. forces on the ground.
The Government is looking into changing law so all sales of these kind of equipment would be sold to the United States Residents only. The new law would also effectivly ban shipping these items to foreign countries as well. (APO and AE, and all OCONUS military addresses will still be allow shipping to these places.) That sounds reasonably fair to me. No need to assist the enemy. If someone loses out on some money, but soldiers survive, TOO FUCKING BAD.
What do you think? Some people think restricting sales of these items to foreigners is illegal and unconstitutional. I personally feel that the ones complaining are the ones profiting from the sales to begin with. After all, don't these foreign countries have suppliers of weaponry and equipment in their local areas? I figure there is a trade like these, virtually EVERYWHERE. Why arm the enemy with superior equipment than our own troops? We should make it much more difficult for them to get these items.
Posted by NobodyofValue