Iran gets army gear in Pentagon sale
- The U.S. military has sold forbidden equipment at least a half-dozen times to middlemen for countries — includingIran and China — who exploited security flaws in the Defense Department's surplus auctions. The sales include fighter jet parts and missile components. In one case, federal investigators said, the contraband made it to Iran, a countryPresident Bush branded part of an "axis of evil."In that instance, a Pakistani arms broker convicted of exporting U.S. missile parts to Iran resumed business after his release from prison. He purchased Chinook helicopter engine parts for Iran from a U.S. company that had bought them in aPentagon surplus sale. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, speaking on condition of anonymity, say those parts made it to Iran.