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Pentagon FURIOUS

How Did TMZ

Find Our Missile?

3/16/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The U.S. Air Force sent special agents to Vegas yesterday to grill the guys from "Pawn Stars" ... trying to find out how they got ahold of the sophisticated missile equipment the feds read about on TMZ.com.

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Sources connected to the situation tell us ... two members from the U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Unit rolled over to Gold and Silver Pawn yesterday wanting to check out the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile guidance system and missile parts the guys purchased just last week.

We're told the agents wanted to make sure the system was no longer active -- and pulled it apart to ensure it did not contain any important information. 

The agents also inquired about the woman who sold the missile guts to the "Pawn Stars" -- a woman who claims she inherited the stuff from her father.

The seller had maintained that her dad purchased the items at an official military auction during the '80s ... and we're told she had the proper court-approved paperwork specifying she could legally sell the parts.

Here's the best part -- we're told while the agents were inside the shop, they explained how they were initially put on the case after someone from the Pentagon called up wanting to know why they were out of the loop about a missile featured on TMZ.com.

When called for comment, a rep from "Pawn Stars" confirmed agents from the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations did drop by the shop.

However, the rep insisted, "If the Air Force wants the missile back, we will gladly adhere to their request."

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Matt     

Actually, TMZ being part of the story, is only "the best part" for TMZ, because all you insecure journalist - who were the same losers who could not get laid in high school - are finally part of the story.

1235 days ago
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Darla    

Pawn Stars RULES!

1235 days ago
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stevo     

GD Bless America! Luckily Colonel Muammar Gaddafi didn't read TMZ first or we'd have a serious crises on our hands.

1235 days ago
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Lori    

Ok... Second self important story this week...chill TMZ, I'm sure the CIA and the Pentagon will be working FOR YOU one day :)

1235 days ago
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Medusa    

That is the stupidest graphic I've ever seen.

Does TMZ really think they make the world turn?

1235 days ago
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Donald Draper    

Glad to hear our top military officials are sitting in the pentagon reading TMZ!! Search keywords "The Media Jerk" to read heartless criticism of the day's biggest celebrity news stories!!

1235 days ago
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Trisha    

I can see the corny segment on this for tonight's show right now... Very full of yourselves!

1235 days ago
8.

bluecars    

PISS OFF tmz 7 YOUR stupid a>s>>s SIGN IN PROCEEDURE!!

1235 days ago
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Anony Moose    

TMZ seem to be coming off a little pretentious and self-important to anyone else these days? Let's not forget about the "JFK on a yacht with topless women" scandal that turned out to be an obvious hoax... or the fact that half your journalists don't know how to write. You gotta learn how to crawl before you can walk.

1235 days ago
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Joann    

First of all why are the Feds reading TMZ? Was this done on the job? LOL. Love Pawn Stars and I know the guys had their paperwork all in order.

Did you know you were also mention on Basketball Wives - The Reunion Part 2 TMZ? Evelyln told Royce she was the always calling TMZ with some dirt. Is that true TMZ?

1235 days ago
11.

Mike    

Gossips of Mass Destruction.

That would be section 183 of the United States Military, special agent Harvey Levin.

1235 days ago
12.

Cujeaux    

I'm glad they cleared that up. I thought the scud was found in the toilet after Chumlee forgot to flush.

1235 days ago
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Sally    

Actually, if the Air Force wanted the part, they would have taken it! Also, US Govt proprietary parts are never sold - they are destroyed so that the enemy does not get hold of it. In this case, it means all of the terrorists cells working and living in our country - we would not want them to build a bomb and use it on your broadcast building, would we? This is for No. 12 above. Federal employees watch TV just like you - that is one of their privileges living in the US!!!!!!!!!!! The US Govt also has a whistle blower hotline that can report stories like this!!

1235 days ago
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Chuck D of Valpo    

What is important here is that balls and Krazy Kookie Klown are posting again. Long time, no see.

1235 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

the feds read everything..ever see the movie 3 days of the condor and that was back in the 70's,,,with todays technology not much is said or printed that someone doesnt look it

1235 days ago
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