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In 2004 the insurgency was growing in Iraq, and under a new policy America began issuing weapons to Kassim al-Saffar, an Iraqi businessman. The idea was that al-Saffar would then issue the weapons to Iraqi police cadets, being more efficient than the American government. Unfortunately, al-Saffar used the lack of American oversight to turn his distribution duties into a private arms dealership. Even scarier - it seems top American officials were aware of his practice and did nothing to stop it.
Sgt. Tisdale and other co-workers said they believed that an American military official, Lt. Col. Levonda Joey Selph, an Army officer who oversaw the warehouse contract and whose activities have been part of the investigation into American Logistics, also must have known about the arms dealings. Mr. Tisdale said the colonel regularly visited the armory and met with Mr. Saffar. Mr. Nordgaarden recalled seeing Colonel Selph at the warehouse 8 to 10 times over a year.