Illicit Trafficking and Organizational Wizardry

Reuters had a “good story”:http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/28/usa-iran-smuggling-idUSL2E8ERODR20120328 the other day about Iranian efforts to acquire materials for its enrichment and missile programs.

It also contained a section called “bureaucratic overlap” which mentions the recent creation of the “E2C2”:http://www.ice.gov/export-enforcement-coordination-center/ and illustrates an aspect of the day-to-day life of export control investigations:

bq. Arms smuggling cases are primarily conducted undercover and agencies often find themselves bumping into each other. In one recent case, an official said, the new export center discovered that *one group of undercover agents was trying to buy arms from another group of U.S. agents*.

I’m sure there’s a good joke here somewhere…

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