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Pentagon Sends Weapons to Fake Federal Agency


As if there weren't already too many reasons to distrust the United States' government's discretion with weapons of war, a federal agency has found that our bureaucrats can and will give weapons to just about anyone.

A government watchdog group called the Government Accountability Office (GAO) produced a report highlighting a Department of Defense program's serious vulnerabilities in sending excess military equipment to law enforcement agencies across the country when they posed as a false agency and acquired military equipment afterwards without any verification in less than a week.

The GAO, under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 (NDAA), went to carry out an assessment into the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) program which sends excess military equipment to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, applied for the program, posing as a false federal law enforcement agency and created a false agency website to test out the program's handling of sending controlled property to law enforcement agencies. Afterwards they obtained an estimated $1.2 million's worth of controlled property ranging from "night-vision goggles, simulated rifles, and simulated pipe bombs, which could be potentially lethal items if modified with commercially available items," according to the report.