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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 05:16 PM
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U.S. Says I.E.D. Parts Smuggled to Iran
Source: NY Times

Electronic parts made in Minnesota were smuggled through Singapore to Iran, and some of them ended up in the remote controls of makeshift bombs seized by American forces in Iraq, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

The parts are normally used in such commonplace devices as the routers that wirelessly connect computers and printers in a typical office network. The Justice Department said in an indictment that the ones smuggled to Iran had been put to use in sophisticated improvised explosive devices, or I.E.D.s, that could be triggered from miles away.

Four men have been arrested in Singapore on charges of breaking American export-control laws by smuggling 6,000 radio frequency modules through Singapore to Iran, beginning in 2007. At least 16 of the devices, purchased from a Minnesota company, were found in unexploded bombs in Iraq in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Singapore has agreed to arrange the extradition of the men Wong Yuh Lan, Lim Yong Nam, Lim Kow Seng and Hia Soo Gan Benson to the United States for trial. A fifth man Hossein Larijani, a citizen and resident of Iran was also charged, along with companies that he controls; he remained at large.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/world/middleeast/us-says-parts-smuggled-to-iran-used-in-ieds.html
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Dont call me Shirley Donating Member (396 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 05:34 PM
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1. OMG, their "War on Iran" excuses rolling in like an avalanche.
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harun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 08:28 AM
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8. They keep this propaganda out there all the time. Neo-con's are always
working towards war on Iran.
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 06:10 PM
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2. Looks like they were doing the same thing Halliburton does.
Whats the beef. In capitalism, money is the ultimate justification. They were living by Wall St. ethos.
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 06:46 AM
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7. The MIC is a monopoly that doesn't take kindly to competition. (n/t)
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FreeBillClinton Donating Member (222 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 07:33 PM
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3. RF modules? They couldn't just buy Chinese imports?
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Fuddnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 07:39 PM
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4. Here we go again........
Same shit, different flies.
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Madmiddle Donating Member (6 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 08:35 PM
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5. The state department knows
What exactly does the state department know. Is it that they know they are responsible for these parts getting into Iran, so they might esacalate something here. Sounds like a set up just like the recent assassination lies. Who are we to believe in these findings.
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PragmaticLiberal Donating Member (169 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 11:39 PM
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6. The State Department isn't trying to escalate anything.
Edited on Tue Oct-25-11 11:41 PM by PragmaticLiberal
Its been common knowledge (or at least I thought it was) for years that Iran was behind some of the IEDs in Iraq/Afghanistan.


Full disclosure: I work for State...so perhaps I'm biased. :)
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USA_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 11:07 AM
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9. Another Fake Story to Create Pro War Sentiment
I listened to Minnesota news this morning and none of our local media reported any of this garbage.
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