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Manufacturer admits to exporting night vision materials to China, Singapore and Britain

Old 03-27-2007, 10:38 PM
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Several people need to be put in jail over this treason and putting American soldiers lives at risk.
Of all countries, China! Can you believe that!


ITT fined $100 million for illegal exports
Manufacturer admits to exporting night vision materials to China, Singapore and Britain without U.S. authorization.



March 27 2007: 1:32 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The leading manufacturer of night vision gear for the Defense Department has admitted sending classified materials overseas and will pay a $100 million penalty, according to federal prosecutors, who say the actions of ITT Corp. have jeopardized the security of U.S. soldiers.

ITT, based in Roanoke, Va., exported classified or sensitive technical data to China, Singapore and Britain without having obtained authorization from the United States, prosecutors said.

The conviction is the first involving a major defense contractor violating the Arms Export Control Act, prosecutors said.

Saying that American soldiers are "the principal victims of ITT's crimes," U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said he has structured the $100 million penalty so that half of the money is spent by ITT to develop a next-generation night vision system and "ensure that our soldiers have the best night vision equipment in the world."

ITT must invest the $50 million over five years to accelerate development of night vision technology, and the government will maintain rights to all technology that is developed under the agreement.

The arrangement will also allow the government to share any technology developed by ITT under the agreement with ITT's competitors, Brownlee said.

Prosecutors said the probe began Aug. 1, 2001, when Defense Department investigators discovered that ITT night vision employees sent a classified military document to Britain.

The company engaged in a "regular pattern of export violations and misrepresentation" to the U.S. government from 1980 to 2005, prosecutors said.

In some cases, information was transferred because the manufacture of laser gear could be done cheaper overseas.

ITT "went to significant lengths to set up an end run" around State Department licensing systems, prosecutors said, including enlisting a front company to export the systems.

The company also fought the government's investigation, Brownlee said, and attempted "to essentially run out the clock on the statute of limitations." He said the company's posture changed in 2005 with the hiring of a new CEO, Steven Loranger, who hired new outside corporate attorneys and instructed the company to cooperate with the investigation.

ITT Corp., whose competitors include Lockheed Martin (up $0.08 to $98.50, Charts) and United Technologies (down $0.34 to $66.07, Charts), has agreed to plead guilty to a count of violating the Arms Export Control Act by illegally sending classified and/or export-controlled information relating to night vision materials to foreign countries. It also will plead guilty to a count of knowingly or willfully omitting material facts from required reports with intent to obstruct a State Department investigation.

As part of the $100 million penalty, ITT will pay a $2 million criminal fine and a $50 million deferred prosecution penalty - to be invested in night vision technology - and will forfeit $28 million to the U.S. government as the proceeds of its illegal actions. ITT will also pay a $20 million penalty to the State Department.

Shares of ITT (down $0.28 to $60.91, Charts) edged lower during afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.


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100 million? whoever they are selling to can pay that for them...they should be tried for treason.

then again, im more of a "shoot first, ask later" person.
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How about shoot, and no questions asked? LOL!
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Now that is funny!
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It is time we made punishments sting for those who whom are treasonous. I suggest we put these people into real jails where they have to have to share cells with murder's and rapists while they are waiting for their trial, then excute them by either hanging, shooting, or electrifying (no more of this painless death crap). It is time we scared the crap out of those who are tempted to sell out their country and their soul for a doughnut.
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Why is inspite of the fact that is article is made public that it losts on the stock market see link are miminal at best [sm=dontgetit.gif], oh right, a traitor is a traitor, as long as he makes money and keep the share holders happy.
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It is time we made punishments sting for those who whom are treasonous. I suggest we put these people into real jails where they have to have to share cells with murder's and rapists while they are waiting for their trial, then excute them by either hanging, shooting, or electrifying (no more of this painless death crap). It is time we scared the crap out of those who are tempted to sell out their country and their soul for a doughnut.

thats a good point..anymore, criminals seems to have more rights than i do. while we shouldnt be torturing people like some countries, our court system is so packed full of appeals and BS, that even if someone is sentenced to death, they die on death row, unless they are in texas. crime rates rise because everyone just gets a slap on the wrist now.
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Here's my question... where will that 28million go that was mentioned in the article? It said "United States Government" but I want those dollars tracked.
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thats a good point..anymore, criminals seems to have more rights than i do. while we shouldnt be torturing people like some countries, our court system is so packed full of appeals and BS, that even if someone is sentenced to death, they die on death row, unless they are in texas. crime rates rise because everyone just gets a slap on the wrist now.
So what happens in Texas?
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