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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 2: Pre-License End-Use Check

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UNCLAS STATE 001207

SENSITIVE
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BUENOS AIRES FOR BRIAN JENSEN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC AR
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 2: PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 050207564

1. (U) This is an Action Request. See paragraph 4.

2. (U) The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests Post's assistance in conducting
a pre-license check on license 050207564 for the export of
grenade and grenade launchers to Argentina. Post is
requested to complete this Blue Lantern check within 30 days.
Lack of response to a Blue Lantern check will affect pending
and future licenses involving parties to this license.

3. (SBU) Reason for Request: A previous unfavorable Blue
Lantern conducted by Embassy Guatemala was unable to verify
the existence of a contract or purchase order issued by the
Guatemalan government agency listed on the license for
grenade launchers. That license was submitted by U.S.
company Combined Systems Inc. The current export license
request was also submitted by Combined Systems and does
not/not include an import permit issued by the Government of
Argentina or any documentation from the listed Argentine
end-user, Seguridad y Derechos Humanos Servicio Penitenciario
Deferal. This check is for Post to establish the bona fides
of this transaction and verify that the end-user did, in
fact, order the grenades and grenade launchers listed on this
license. The request is also to establish the bona fides of
foreign intermediate consignee, Sociedad Internacional de
Representaciones S.A., which has not previously been subject
to a Blue Lantern check.

4. (SBU) Action Request: Post is requested to establish the
bona fides of this transaction and Sociedad Internacional de
Representaciones S.A. by making inquiries to representatives
of the company and appropriate authorities of the Government
of Argentina. The following points are included for guidance:

(To Sociedad Internacional de Representaciones S.A.)

--When was your company established and who are its
principals?

--What products and services does your company provide? Who
are your regular customers and where do they reside?

--What are your annual sales of U.S.-origin defense articles?


--Do you sell defense articles to customers that reside
outside Argentina? If so, who are these customers and where
do they reside?

--What is your role in this transaction? Please describe the
exact services you are providing. How are you being
compensated for these services?

--On this license, you are listed as a "representative."
What entities do you represent in this transaction? Can you
describe your relationship with Combined Systems Inc.?

--Please provide all documentation you received from the
ultimate end-user of these items (e.g. purchase order and/or
contract).

--Will you ever have physical possession of these items? If
so, please describe your security facilities and procedures.

--Are you familiar with the regulations governing the import
and brokering of U.S.-origin defense articles, including
restrictions on unauthorized re-transfer or re-export and the
requirement for brokers to register with the U.S. Department
of State?

(To Seguridad y Derechos Humanos Servicio Penitenciario
Deferal)

--Can you confirm that your agency ordered the defense
articles listed on this license? Please provide all
documentation you issued for this transaction.

--Can you verify the exact types and quantities of defense
articles your agency ordered in this transaction? For what
will these items be used?

--What role is Sociedad Internacional de Representaciones
S.A. playing in this transaction? Will your agency
compensate the company in any way? If so, please describe
the services the company provides and the terms under which
they will be compensated.

--Will Sociedad Internacional de Representaciones S.A. ever
have physical possession of these items?

(To Appropriate Import/Export and/or Law Enforcement
Authorities)

--Is Sociedad Internacional de Representaciones S.A. properly
authorized to import, broker, and/or sell defense articles in
Argentina?

--Do you have any information on Sociedad Internacional de
Representaciones S.A. that would call in to question their
reliability as a recipient of U.S. defense articles?

In its reply, Post may also comment on any other information
pertinent to these transactions such as security of
facilities, end-use, and concerns about the entities
involved.

5. (U) Details of license applications:

DTC Case: 050207564

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

30 37/40mm Grenade Launchers, PGL-65

7,000 37/40mm Short Range CS Cartridges, Product No. 3230

3,600 37/40mm Short Range CS Cartridges, Product No. 3233

3,600 CS Grenades # 8230

3,500 CS Grenades # 9230

3,200 Aerosol OC MK40 Grenades, # 1443

License Value: USD $312,265

SELLER:

Combined Systems Inc.
98 Cuttermill Road, Suite 231
Great Neck, NY 11021

FOREIGN INTERMEDIATE CONSIGNEE:

Sociedad Internacional de Representaciones S.A.
Bucarelli 993
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel: ( 005411) 4524-2141

FOREIGN END-USER:

Ministerio de Justicia
Seguridad y Derechos Humanos Servicio Penitenciario Deferal
Buenos Aires, Argentina

PURPOSE:

Anti-Riot Control

6. (U) Submitted in support of the license application were
the following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to
Posts upon request):

DSP-83 Nontransfer and Use Certificate signed by Jacob Kravel
(Combined Systems) dated 01/04/2010; Manuel Roberto Arean
(SIR) date obscured; and Jose Ignacio Saulnier (Ministerio de
Justicia) dated 12/29/2009

Purchase Order No. 023/2009 issued by Sociedad Internacional
de Representaciones S.A. signed by Manuel Roberto Arean dated
12/28/2009

7. (U) 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 Kyle M. Ballard, Phone:
202-663-1929; Email: BallardKM@state.gov; SIPRNET:
BallardKM@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref)
is available as a PDF file on Intellipedia:
http://www.intelink.gov/wiki/
Blue Lantern End-Use Monitoring Program

8. (U) Department is grateful for Post's assistance in this
matter.
CLINTON

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