A Colorado company has pleaded guilty to illegally exporting defense technology to Turkey, South Korea, China and Russia.

Federal authorities say Rocky Mountain Instrument Co. pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Denver to one count of exporting defense technology without a license. The company must forfeit $1 million, which authorities say represents what it made from criminal activities.

The company was also sentenced to five years of probation, during which it must develop an export control compliance program.

David Gaouette, U.S. attorney in Colorado, says most of the technology involved is used by U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Authorities say the Lafayette-based company exported such items as prisms and technical data about optics used in military applications to the countries between April 1, 2005, and Oct. 11, 2007.

– Associated Press

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  1. Article 3 Section 3 of the US. Constitution:

    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

    The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

    They confessed. They got off easy.

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