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Men With "Highly Sensitive" Cameras Arrested At LAX

By Wyatt Earp | April 5, 2008

And you’ll never guess where they were going.

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Two men attempting to board a plane to China with nearly a dozen sensitive infrared cameras in their luggage were arrested on Saturday, a federal official said.

Federal agents stopped the pair on the jetway as they were preparing to board the flight to Beijing.

The men had been in the United States for about a week, said Rick Weir, assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles office of the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.

Yong Guo Zhi, a Chinese national, and Tah Wei Chao, a naturalized U.S. citizen, were arrested for investigation of trying to take thermal imaging cameras with potential military use to China without the proper export licenses, Weir said. (H/TCNN)

Okay, who else has questions? These cameras go for about $5,000 apiece, and these slobs had ten of them. Oh, and they were also headed to China. Isn’t that interesting? What’s even more interesting is that these cameras have both civilian and military uses, and the two men promised that they were for domestic use only. One has to wonder if the Chi-Coms footed the bill for this little impulse buy.

I’m not one for boycotts, but considering the shenanigans taking place in China right now – plus the fact that they despise us – why would we send our Olympic athletes there?

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