Video: Auctioning off U.S. safety?

By Keith Olbermann Anchor
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updated 1/17/2007 10:54:11 AM ET 2007-01-17T15:54:11
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Every night at 8 p.m. on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann awards his daily pick for "Worst Person in the World." Some contenders are lucky — or unlucky —enough to be nominated more than once.

The bronze goes to the White House Correspondent’s Association, which after selecting such edgy performers for its annual dinner as Jon Stewart, Cedric the Entertainer and last year Stephen Colbert, it has announced this year’s star attraction, impressionist Rich Little.  He still does a killer Calvin Coolidge. 

Our runner-up, Ricardo A. Nance, Jr. of Monroe, Louisiana.  Mom told him, if he wanted to keep living at her house, he would have to get a job.  So, investigators say, he responded as any child would do.  He set fire to mom’s house, burned it to the ground.  Little Ricardo, by they way, is 31-years-old. 

But our winner is your Department of Defense Surplus Auctions Division.  A Government Accountability Office investigation shows that the Pentagon auctioned off literally hundreds of lots of stuff to just about anybody willing to buy them, even though the items were not supposed to be sold to the public. 

Items included missile components, fighter jet parts, things like that.  And they’re not going into the hands of collectors.  Chinook helicopter engine spare parts were sold to a guy already convicted of exporting U.S. missile elements to Iran.  He promptly sold the Chinook parts to Iran. 

And investigators are terrified that the Iranians might also have been able to buy, from a guy who bought them from the Pentagon, parts for the F-14 Tomcat fighter.  Now why would Iran want them?  Because decades ago we sold Iran F-14 Tomcat fighters. 

The Pentagon’s Army Surplus Auction House, Tuesday's Worst Persons in the World.

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