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The role of eBay in the war on terrorism

The role of eBay in the war on terrorism

Cynthia Hodges
Chicago Homeland Security Examiner

April 30, 2012  According to affidavit filed in federal court last week, United States Department of Homeland Security investigators are accusing a U.S. Army soldier, Fidel Ignacio Cisneros, of Orlando, Florida of selling stolen arms on eBay from Iraq in 2010. Federal officials say Cisneros violated federal laws regarding the export of sensitive technology such as night-vision equipment, rifle scopes and high-powered infrared lasers that were not intended for the public.

Both U.S. and British officials fear that some of the most dangerous equipment available on Internet websites such as eBay could fall into the hands of terrorists. In London, this past weekend the Independent reported a similar incident of military weapons available for purchase on eBay including gas masks, antenna kits, flight helmets and vests, night vision goggles and global positioning equipment.
Purchases of dangerous military weapons designed to harm, openly for sale on eBay and other auction web sites are not as uncommon as you may think. Often the items are listed as war memorabilia or collectables. Other illegal weapons, such as knives, pepper spray, metal hand grenade replicas, and stun guns make the headlines from time to time. Perhaps the most notable attempt to sell an item prohibited by law occured last year.
In 2010, a federal indictment stated that a U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigator posed as a potential buyer, corresponded with a Filipino foreign national, Henson Chua accused of auctioning parts from a RQ-11B Raven unmanned spy drone on e-bay from Manila in May of 2010. The highest bid of $13,000 was made by an undercover investigator for the Department of Homeland Security. Over several months, the agent and Chua discussed how best to smuggle it out of the country. Chua proved it is possible to send a Raven's nose cone through the U.S. Postal Service and its stabilizer tail through FedEx without any problem, using PayPal.
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