MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota company’s parts ended up in explosive devices that killed and maimed American and Coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The indictment does not name the Minnesota company, referring to it only as “Company A.” CBS News has confirmed that the company is in fact Digi International, based in Minnetonka.

According to an indictment, the company was tricked into shipping their parts to individuals and companies who lied about what they would be used for. The indictment states that IEDs are responsible for more than 60 percent of all U.S. casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

In many cases, those IEDs were detonated by a component made by Digi International. The component is a radio frequency module which can be used to transmit data for up to 40 miles.

Between 2007 and 2008, 6,000 of Digi’s components were shipped as part of the deadly conspiracy. The indictment states the conspirators used “deceit, craft, trickery and dishonest means” to con the Minnesota company into believing the part would be used by commercial electronics companies.

The modules were shipped from Minnesota to a shell company in Singapore. The company then sent the modules to distributors in Thailand and Malaysia and then on to Iran, where they were assembled.

From Iran they were sent to Afghanistan and Iraq and were used against coalition troops. The fact that Digi is not named in the indictment suggests to Hamline Law Professor and former Assistant U.S. attorney Derik Fettig that Digi is off the hook.

“The fact that company A has not been named as an unindicted coconspirator suggests that the government does not have any evidence of their participation in the conspiracy,” Fettig said.

When contacted on Tuesday, officials with Digi International had no comment on the matter.

A Massachusetts company may not be off the hook either. Their antennas ended up in IEDs and one of their employees is referred to in the indictment as an unindicted co-conspirator. Five individuals from Asia and Iran have been indicted, and three companies, none of which are based in the U.S. are named in the indictment.

Esme Murphy

Comments (8)
  1. marge says:

    I’m so glad I stopped using an IED and went back to the pill.

    1. Improvised Explosive Device says:

      Are you serious? It’s hard to tell if some people are being sarcastic in the comment section sometimes.

  2. Jake says:

    A very troubling development. I’d be interested in hearing from the company’s executives, but I doubt that they would tell the truth anyway.

  3. Todd says:

    A cellphone and a beeper could be used to the same effect. Unless there is proof that the company willingly acted to cause harm, it would be no different than trying to blame an auto manufacturer for a drunk driver.

  4. Squirrel says:

    I seriously doubt Iran had anything to do with this. I mean, these are the same news agencies that said iraq had weapons of mass destruction

  5. Debamboozler says:

    American companies knowingly supplied the Soviet Union with military equipment that was eventually used in Vietnam too kill out soldiers. Look up a fellow named Antony Sutton!

    All wars are orchestrated by the Global Plutocracy as a means of conforming nations and societies to their vision of a New World Order.

  6. Ssg Rhino says:

    I find it amazing that a “company” is mentioned for its’ product being used against our troops, but no one mentions Obama backing Al Qaeda in Libya or the Justice Department knowingly selling firearms to the Mexican drug cartels and them being used to murder our police.