I think that the us customs were not to blame. I mean imagine it:
"Hi, you got anything in the back"
"ill just check"
(finds 250 fones)
"what are these"
"oh its just going to osama binladen, its ok"
"just stay here"
(they carry all the phones inside)
The scientist says:
"mmm, we can bug all 250 but it would take 20 men working all night, and theres only me here"
"ok we'll get sum more men then."
The lorry drivers see 19 men going inside at 10:00 at night, and theyve been waiting there for 5 hours already like good little lorry drivers shud
"right lets get these sorted, get to work men!"
they break ten fones in the process of bugging them.
"heres the 240 fones you had"
"oh thankyou, your so kind"
not making any attempt whatsoever to question the loss of ten fones, and the unloading, reloading and time wait.
They drive off into the sunrise (thats what the boats called) and reach osama bin laden. "heres the fones u ordered sir (oh thanks, stick em in that rock crevice over there.
Sounds immistakably unreal to me.