Capping an investigation that began almost two years ago, separate trials are scheduled this month in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., for a civilian Navy intelligence official and a hot-rod auto mechanic from California who prosecutors allege conspired to manufacture an untraceable batch of automatic-rifle silencers.
The exact purpose of the silencers remains hazy, but court filings and pretrial testimony suggest they were part of a top-secret operation that would help arm guerrillas or commandos overseas.
The silencers — 349 of them — were ordered by a little-known Navy intelligence office at the Pentagon known as the Directorate for Plans, Policy, Oversight and Integration, according to charging documents. The directorate is composed of fewer than 10 civilian employees, most of them retired military personnel.
$1.6 million dollars for 349 silencers. That comes about $4,733,63 per silencer. Silencerco most expensive 30 caliber silencer retails for $1,600 and are done my properly licensed craftsmen.
Expect this case to be buried deeper than the Titanic. Stinks to high heaven.
Hat Tip to Travis B. via Facebook.