Why, anyone would want a pair of these babies
Don’t be so hasty! Maybe she just really, really had trouble seeing while driving at night, and wanted a few backup pairs!
“Woman convicted over night vision goggles,” from AP, December 18 (thanks to all who sent this in):
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted an Iranian woman of attempting to obtain thousands of pairs sophisticated U.S.-made night-vision goggles for Iran’s military and police.
Jurors found Shahrazad Mir Gholikhan, 31, guilty of trying to illegally broker the deal to export the goggles, which are subject to strict controls, and of seeking to violate the U.S. embargo against Iran. But the jury acquitted her of three conspiracy counts.
Gholikhan, who acted as her own attorney during the trial, said she would appeal and insisted the she is innocent.
“I won’t give up. It’s OK. God is here,” Gholikhan said in a brief courtroom interview. She appeared relieved that the trial was over….
The case involved the attempted purchase of 3,500 Generation III night-vision goggles for Iran. The goggles are made mainly for U.S. special forces and the Israeli military and cannot be legally exported without a special State Department license.
Gholikhan and her husband, Mahmoud Seif, were arrested 2004 in Vienna, Austria, in 2004 after a hotel meeting with undercover U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents posing as brokers for the goggles. Gholikhan spent a month in an Austrian jail and was released. Seif was also detained but eventually returned to Iran, where he remains….