posted on Jan, 30 2007 @ 10:21 AM
America, more specifically the Pentagon, is selling spare parts to F-14 Tomcats to Iran and China. Some Senators are looking at these sales as a
national security issue and asking for its immediate cessation. The planes are no longer in use in the U.S. but some other nations still use them.
Some question how wise it is to sell these parts to Iran in light of recent issues.
A Democratic senator wants to cut off all Pentagon sales of surplus F-14 parts, saying the military's marketing of the spares "defies common sense"
in light of their importance to Iran.
It just defies common sense to be making this kind of equipment available to the Iranians with all that they have done that is against our interests,"
Wyden said Monday in an interview, adding that constituents brought up the surplus-sale security problems at his town-hall meetings over the past few
days. "I just want to legislate this and cut it off permanently, once and for all."
The Tomcat is the fighter jet made famous in the 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster movie, "Top Gun." The U.S. military retired its F-14s last fall. That
leaves only Iran - which bought the fighter jet in the 1970s when it was a U.S. ally - flying the planes.
The AP reported the Pentagon's F-14 part sales plans earlier this month. Its investigation found that in several cases, buyers for countries that
included Iran and China took advantage of security flaws to buy sensitive surplus, including aircraft parts and missile components.
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Dick Cheney would call this a no-brainer. Selling parts to a member of the axis of evil? If Iran is such a threat why would we supply them with
anything that might keep a fighter plane in the air? Or is this a case of where national security meets economic interests? We are getting very used
to that phrase national security in the post 9/11 era but how could this obvious lapse of security escape detection for so long?
If this is indeed as dangerous as it seems, shouldn’t someone be held accountable. Perhaps their phones should have been tapped and they could have
been placed on a no-fly list. Clearly they could be construed to be an ‘enemy combatant’ and suspending their right to habeas corpus would be
justified. How is that an administration that talks so much about national security actually does so little about it? Do you feel safer?