The Iranian businessman was looking for high-quality American electronics, but he had to act stealthily: The special parts he coveted were denied to Iranians, especially those seeking to make roadside bombs to kill U.S. troops in Iraq.
(By Joby Warrick, The Washington Post)
www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no–show1 : a person who reserves space (as on an airplane) but neither uses nor cancels the reservation. 2 : a person who buys a ticket but does not attend; broadly : a person who is expected but who does not show up. 3 : failure to show up.
An outward, often feigned, appearance or manner: They put up a good front.見せかけ ((不法行為をかくすための));
noun [C usually singular]
the character or qualities which a person or organization appears to have in public which is different from their real character, and whose purpose is often to deceive people or hide an illegal activity:
Don't be fooled by his kindness and sensitivity - it's just a front.
She presents such a cheerful front that you'd never guess she's ill.
The machinery company was a front operation for arms smuggling.
Several trading companies were set up in the early 1960s to act as fronts for money-laundering operations.