The NYT has a long article on a Miami Beach company that has gotten a contract worth in the hundreds of millions of dollars from the U.S. government to supply Afghan government forces with ammunition, even though it is supposedly run by a 22-year-old. (Here’s CEO Efraim Diveroli’s MySpace profile.) Much of the ammo has apparently turned out to be junk scrounged from ex-Soviet, Albanian, or Chinese supplies.
What’s not explained in the article is: „Who are these people?“
UPDATE: With lots of help from my alert readers, I’ve found out more about the clan involved. It’s a great story, involving Michael Jackson, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, „America’s Rabbi,“ and America’s largest palimony suit.
The NYT article does mention that Diveroli got his start working briefly for his uncle Bar-Kochba Botach’s weapons shop, Botach Tactical.
Here’s a fun discussion thread entitled „BotachTactical.com is by far the worst company I have ever dealt with…,“ where ex-customers of Botach discuss their experiences trying to get Botach to live up to its promises. You’ve got to give this family of arms dealers credit for courage — I can see ripping off photographers wanting to buy Nikon cameras cheap, but routinely ripping off the kind of people who want to buy 30-round magazines for their M-16s (the featured item on Botach’s website today), well, that takes some brass.
Botach Tactical operates out of an unmarked building in — where else? — South Central Los Angeles. From The Wave, LA’s black newspaper: