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Hume Blasts Russia For Sales to Iran, Ignores Pentagon's

Reported by Janie - January 17, 2007 -

"Special Report" host Brit Hume took a minute of yesterday's broadcast (1/16) to blast the Russian government for their sales of defense missiles to Iran. Noticeably missing from the segment, and the entire show, was mention of the Pentagon's involvement in selling "fighter jet parts and other sensitive U.S. military gear" to untrustworthy sources that then provided these parts to Iran as well.

Brit Hume reported briefly, "Russia's defense minister confirmed today that his country has sold air defense missile systems to Iran. Mr. Sergei Ivanov said that the TOR-M1 missiles were sold in accordance with a contract the two countries signed in December for 29 missile systems.

Russian officials say the missiles are purely defensive weapons with a limited range. Ivanov said if the Iranians wanted more defensive weapons, Russia would sell them more.

The U.S. called on all countries last year to stop exporting arms to Iran."

Comment: Hume decides to go after Russia for their arms deal with Iran, despite its legality, (which he fails to clarify) but refuses to mention another recently broken story about the Pentagon's incompetence and involvement in providing Iran with sensitive equipment through "surplus sales."

According to the AP:

"Fighter jet parts and other sensitive U.S. military gear seized from front companies for Iran and brokers for China have been traced in criminal cases to a surprising source: the Pentagon."

The article continues to provide examples of such sales:

"...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 a Pentagon surplus sale. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents say those parts did make it to Iran."

"Federal investigators are increasingly anxious that Iran is within easy reach of a top priority on its shopping list: parts for the precious fleet of F-14 ``Tomcat'' fighter jets the United States let Iran buy in the 1970s when it was an ally.

In one case, convicted middlemen for Iran bought Tomcat parts from the Defense Department's surplus division. Customs agents confiscated them and returned them to the Pentagon, which sold them again - customs evidence tags still attached - to another buyer, a suspected broker for Iran."

This story was conspicuously absent from last night's "Special Report", as once again Hume carries water for the Administration and conveniently leaves out information negative to Bush and his cronies.