The Government Accountability Office recently sent out a report that there are stolen US military items currently being sold on Craigslist and eBay. However, there is no clue as to where these items came from or who is selling them. This comes after government investigators posed as buyers who successfully purchased prohibited items such as night vision goggles, army combat uniforms, special enhanced body armor vests and two F-14 fighter jet components. Investigators fear that these items, if sold to non-military personnel or civilians, could be used directly against the US troops and their allies.
Important discussions have arisen since such items were posted for sale. At present, eBay and Craigslist do not follow any official state rules as to selling prohibited items but are still trying to keep such off the site. Jim Buckmaster, CEO of Craiglist even told the House National Security and Foreign Affairs subcommittee that the rules on what cannot and can be sold on the website are somewhat confusing.
Since there is no current law written to ban the sale of prohibited items such as these stolen military items, Massachusetts Representative John Tierney suggested that a law be passed to ban the sale of military items, especially those that are less than five decades old. Rep. Chris Shays of R-Connecticut, on the other hand, asked a Defense Department about how and why prohibited items have found their way into the websites. Shays further implied that maybe, there is a serious theft problem in the US, which needs to be solved right away.
Thinking about it, maybe there really is a serious theft problem in the country that needs to be given attention. Sales of stolen goods and prohibited items must be stopped, by hook or by crook.