November 17th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

U.S. case to unfold against international arms dealer

The accused international arms dealer now in U.S. custody for agreeing to sell millions of dollars of weapons to a Colombian narco-terrorist organization faces life in prison, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney said Wednesday.

Viktor Bout - who faces an initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in New York - has been charged with four counts of terror-related crimes.

The charges are conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals; conspiracy to kill U.S. officers or employees; conspiracy to acquire and use an anti-aircraft
missile; and conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. In this case, that would be the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

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  1. BlameDraco

    A little fish to distract us from the distorted lies being peddled to us.

    November 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. morristhewise

    Russia has invested billions of dollars in now outdated tanks and guns. They were once needed during the cold war and are rotting away in warehouses. Most of these weapons are being bought by arms dealers who travel around the world in search of customers, some of them terrorists . Viktor Bout was only one of the thousands who chose to become wealthy in this evil business. The way to end the uncontrolled arms trade is by having the US buy the exclusive rights to sell obsolete Russian tanks and guns. This investment will make sure that the “Merchants Of Death” will be put out of business and the weapons sold only to responsible buyers.

    November 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    People,
    Needless to say,the Russian Government protested to our State Department about extraditing this arms dealer from Thailand.You have to admire the Russians,at least they are consitant.

    November 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    Who are we to charge this man with anything? And who are we to judge this man at all? Since when do we have the right to nab citizens from other countries and drag them here? Whatever crimes this man may or may not have commited were done far from American soil! But like I said before,the right-wing thugs in Washington respect nothing!

    November 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Daniel,
      All the U.S. justice Dept./DEA needs is evidence connecting this man to working with and arming Columbian NARCO~TERRORISTS importing Drugs into the United States, they can then indite him on charges ,he then becomes a DEA Target.

      November 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DavidC

    Viktor Bout, Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush. One out of three ain't bad

    November 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Except that Viktor Bout is the least guilty of the three!!!

      November 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    David,
    You people on the Left always forget Bill "Bubba" Clinton bombing Kosovo in the mid 1990's and all the innocent Christian men,women and children that died under his orders.
    I'd say we could put him up there on the top 10 list of killer leaders of all time like Hilter,Stalin.Mao.Castro,Pol Pot.
    Since you always call GWB a murder lets call a spade a spade.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Canadian88

    Russia is terrified because Viktor was a KGB, obviously has access to get soviet/Russian arms, ranging from “surface-to-air missile systems, armor-piercing rocket launchers, assault rifles and ammunition, land mines, explosives, night-vision equipment and aircraft”

    Will just expose the amount of corruption in Russia, Which is a danger to the ‘world’ ever since ‘91, horrifically unguarded nuclear weapons/materials, already thriving on the black market.

    November 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Frank,
    I'll call a spade a spade!
    Thinking Bill Clinton is at the same level of evil as Hitler or Pol Pot is just ridiculous. Party affiliation aside, that comparison is the dumbest thing I've ever read you say. Rethink your rhetoric!

    November 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      The same cannot be said of George W.Bush or even Barack Obama since he keeps ordering the obscene butchery of people both in Afghanistan and Pakistan by those ungodly drone airplanes operated by those gutless wonders from half way around the world! There ought to be a law against it!

      November 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CPT Comedy

    Well and truly said, Daniel

    November 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ideas

    Morris ... what an excellent idea. Then we can melt the medal and build something more useful

    November 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tony

    The Ruski arms dealer should feel at home in the USA, the biggest source of illegal arms for the world. His mistake is obviously that he supplied arms to USA opponents, not allies.

    November 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    @Tony...well said. If not for the US's export sale of weapons, aka "defense spending", our economy would have tanked long ago. US government and corporate war profiteering is at an all-time high. They are probably still mad at this arms dealer for not helping them arm the madman Saddam Hussein.

    November 18, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    @banasy...so you are familiar with Bill Clinton? Tell US then...how old was Bill when then head of the CIA George W. Bush recruited him? And what Bush corporation hired Clinton after the good people of Arkansas gave him the boot? If you do not know the answers, you do not know much about Bill Clinton and should probably refrain from acting like you do.

    November 18, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    H.W. rather.

    November 18, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |