more weapons, do they really need more?
An internal audit by the Defense Department's inspector general who released a report February 13 2009 said "increased the risk of providing foreign governments unauthorized property that could be used to threaten our national security,". The report said of 7,259 items that included M-16 rifles, M-60 machine guns, and armored personnel carriers, were not properly tracked, safeguarded, accounted for, or reconciled. 291 items included m16 parts that were shipped to unauthorized countries. 960 were misidentified on how they should be demilitarized to prevent misuse. Over a five year period the DOD gave foreign countries nearly 2 billion in surplus equipment (1 ).
Sensitive military items have been put up for sale on eBay and Craigslist according to Government Accountability Office (GAO)the report issued by the GAO "GAO found numerous defense-related items for sale to the highest bidder on eBay and Craigslist," the report said. "A review of policies and procedures for these Web sites determined that there are few safeguards to prevent the sale of sensitive and stolen defense-related items using the sites.". The investigation went from January 2-007 to March 2006. the items for sale included F-14 components night-vision goggles sensitive component that allows U.S. service members to identify friendly forces, an army combat uniform "that could be used by a terrorist to pose as a U.S. service member," body armor vests, and body armor protective plates (2 ).
Only 12,128 of the more than 500,000 weapons that were transferred to the Iraqi Ministries of Defense and Interior during the Iraq war were properly registered. These weapons include rocket-propelled grenade launchers, assault rifles, machine guns and sniper rifles. 370,000 of these weapons were paid for by the American taxpayer under the "Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund". Since these weapons are unregistered it unclear how many are being used against American forces (3 ).
Large caches of military weapons were left by fleeing Iraq forces from AK-47s, mortars, 50-caliber machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades were taken by the Iraqi citizenry (4 ).
the US Army sent in troops to help stem the flow of ababoned arms into the black market. Col. Don Campbell, commander of the 1st Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division said the base near Saddams home town is full of guns, grenade launchers, heavy weapons and ammunition, "I've never seen so much stuff"(5 ). Many of these weapons are now appearing in the Blackmarket(6 ). Weapons stolen from US and British service personnel in Iraq are also now appearing in the Black Market (7 ).