If you\'re a 22yr old masseur then you are perfect to handle a $300 million dollar munition contract for the US Military

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If you're a 22yr old masseur then you are perfect to handle a $300 million dollar munition contract for the US Military

Looks like a gravy train or pork barrel anyone can get in on. The US government gave a $300 million dollar contract to provide munitions to Afghanistan to a small unknown company that sold obsolete Chinese munitions from the 1960's and condemned munitions from NATO.

To arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead this fight, the American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur.

With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc., which operates out of an unmarked office in Miami Beach, became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces.

Since then, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging, according to an examination of the munitions by The New York Times and interviews with American and Afghan officials.

Much of the ammunition comes from the aging stockpiles of the old Communist bloc, including stockpiles that the State Department and NATO have determined to be unreliable and obsolete, and have spent millions of dollars to have destroyed.

In purchasing munitions, the contractor has also worked with middlemen and a shell company on a federal list of entities suspected of illegal arms trafficking.

Moreover, tens of millions of the rifle and machine-gun cartridges were manufactured in China, making their procurement a possible violation of American law.

The company’s president, Efraim E. Diveroli, was also secretly recorded in a conversation that suggested corruption in his company’s purchase of more than 100 million aging rounds in Albania, according to audio files of the conversation.

More depressing incompetence on the link http://www.nytimes.com/2008...
By netchicken: posted on 27-3-2008








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