Monday, November 21, 2011

AZMEX EXTRA 20-11-11

AZMEX EXTRA 20-11-11

Note: Maybe they should be looking at those south of the border also?

November 18, 2011 5:01 PM
Audit finds inadequate monitoring of US arms sales

(AP) WASHINGTON — A U.S. government audit has found inadequate
monitoring of American weapons sales to Persian Gulf countries, with
questionable human rights records or recent clashes with protesters.

The Government Accountability Office said "gaps" in the State and
Defense departments' monitoring of equipment after it's sold leaves
technology such as night-vision devices "prone to diversion."

The issue is sensitive because of a proposed $53 million arms deal
with Bahrain.

The report said the department vets units receiving U.S.-funding
training in the Gulf. But it hasn't done human rights vetting for
units receiving equipment in Bahrain and Oman.

The report says that safeguard is critical, "given Bahrain's use of
its security forces to quell public demonstrations."

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