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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Post-Shipment End-Use Check

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SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-SHIPMENT END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSES 05-958924 AND 05-982382

REF: BLUE LANTERN GUIDEBOOK 2006

1. This is an Action Request. See paragraphs 2-3.

2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests post's assistance in conducting
a post-shipment check on licenses 05-958924 and 05-982382 for

the export of night vision devices (NVDs) to Iraq. PM/DTCC
understands that the Multi-National Security Transition
Command in Iraq (MNSTC-I) has begun a comprehensive review of
NVD location, storage, and accountability. Department
requests post to ask MNSTC-I to incorporate this
post-shipment Blue Lantern check into its comprehensive NVD
review. Given this request's extensive scope and the current
situation in Iraq, PM/DTCC is willing in this case to extend
its usual 45-day deadline for post-shipment checks in order
to fit the time frame of MNSTC-I's review. PM/DTCC notes,
however, that lack of response to this Blue Lantern check
will affect pending and future licenses involving parties to
this license.

3. Reason for request: Due to the sensitivity of the
equipment and the potential for their diversion or misuse,
the Department of State and the Department of Defense have
policies of carefully scrutinizing NVD export licenses and
taking steps to ensure proper end-use. Provisos attached to
these licenses obligate the end-user to secure the NVDs from
loss, theft, or unauthorized access, and to perform routine
inventory checks by serial number. These records are to be
made available for review upon US Government request.

4. Post/MNSTC-I is requested to make appropriate inquiries to
confirm receipt of the NVGs by both U.S. military and Iraqi
Armed Forces in Iraq, to confirm continued possession by the
Iraqi Armed Forces of the NVDs, to determine the serial
numbers of the NVDs, and to verify that all NVDs are secure
and being used only for the purpose stated on the license.
Department requests that post/MNSTC-I conduct a site visit,
if possible, in order to gather and verify this information.
If a site visit is not possible, please obtain official
written confirmation of receipt and continued possession, and
records of inventory checks and inform PM/DTCC case officer.

5. For background, the following details of the license in
question are provided:

A.

DTC Case: 05-958924

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

6,371 Individual Night Vision Goggles ATN NVG7-2I with
upgrade II tube (FOM 750-1250) Gen II, with headgear, helmet
mounts, lens cap, batteries, case and spare parts lot

License Value: USD 8,135,767.00

(COMMENT: According to U.S. Customs data, all 6,371 NVDs were
exported to Iraq in 17 separate shipments between April 7,
2005, and January 25, 2006. END COMMENT.)

SELLER:

American Technologies Network
20 So. Linden Avenue
Suite 1B
So. San Francisco, CA 94080
Company contact: James S. Munn, tel.: 650-875-0130 ext. 106

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

International Trading Establishment
Fahid Building
Swihiad District
Amman 11118
Jordan

FOREIGN END-USER:

Iraqi Armed Forces
c/o U.S. Forces In Iraq
Tadji Military Base
Tadji, Iraq

PURPOSE:

Support of Iraqi Armed Forces for nighttime security
operations in Iraq

B.

DTC Case: 05-982382

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

6,424 Individual Night Vision Goggles ATN NVG7-2I with
upgrade II tube (FOM 750-1250) Gen II, with headgear, helmet
mounts, lens cap, batteries, case and spare parts lot

License Value: USD 8,351,200.00

(COMMENT: According to U.S. Customs data, all 6,424 NVDs were
exported to Iraq in 15 separate shipments between November
29, 2005, and June 29, 2006. END COMMENT.)

SELLER:

American Technologies Network
20 So. Linden Avenue
Suite 1B
So. San Francisco, CA 94080
Company contact: James S. Munn, tel.: 650-875-0130 ext. 106

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

International Trading Establishment
Fahid Building
Swihiad District
Amman 11118
Jordan

FOREIGN END-USER:

Iraqi Armed Forces
c/o U.S. Forces In Iraq
Tadji Military Base
Tadji, Iraq

PURPOSE:

Support of Iraqi Armed Forces for nighttime security
operations in Iraq

6. PM/DTCC will send to post either via fax or email copies
of the licenses' provisos as well as all serial numbers and
shipping information of the NVDs.

7. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case number in
the subject line. POC is Judd Stitziel, PM/DTCC, Phone:
202-663-3455; e-mail: StitzielJD@state.gov; SIPRNET:
StitzielJD@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref)
is available as a PDF file in the Bunche Library's Electronic
Library collection on the DOS Intranet:
http://virtuallibrary.state.gov/
BlueLanternGuidebook2006%2520 final .pdf

8. Department is grateful for post's assistance in this
matter.
RICE

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