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The Pentagon will spearhead a review of export control laws and regulations, while the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman plans to introduce legislation on the same matter.  The talisman will be waved again?

Clif Burns at the ExportLawBlog tells us how “Sparky Stays Home“.

Meanwhile across the pond, the UK Export Control Office has published a notice outlining amendments to national legislation under the Export Control Order 2008 to remove any overlap with controls listed in Council Regulation (EC) No.428/2009 (“the re-cast Regulation”) and to provide, where necessary, implementing powers in respect of licensing, enforcement and penalties.

It is not about freedom or law and order, but scoring political points.  Attorney General Eric Holder has initiated what amounts to a Washington, DC witch hunt of intelligence officials and former Bush Administration officials over enhanced interrogation techniques of terror suspects who are determined to destroy the United States.  We expected no less from some of these Obama Administration officials. These officials are some of the same people who ordered or allowed the use of brut force on an Easter weekend to violently remove Elian Gonzalez from freedom and exile him to Communist Cuba – a state sponsor of terrorism.

At the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) website, Matthew Schroeder has a good piece on the vexing issue in South America for regional and U.S. policy makers, Securing Venezuela’s Arsenal.  Latin American governments are wholly unprepared for export controls regulatory reform, much less controlling small arms trafficking.  The Venezuelan dictator seems to be doing many things that violate every international and regional legal foundation in this area.  And, unfortunately, expect more of it in the near future unless the U.S. takes the lead in clamping down on Hugo Chavez’s antics.  Targeted economic sanctions, long overdue.

The Department of State ISN/ECC has awarded Commonwealth Trading Partners (CTP) Team the Export Control & Related Border Security (EXBS) Support Services contract.

Yesterday, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released its latest enforcement action, $5 million dollars worth. Australia and New Zealand Bank Group, Ltd., Melbourne, Australia (“ANZ”), remitted $5,750,000 to settle allegations of violations of the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 538, and the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 515.

Wendy Wysong published a piece that is worth read, “Export Control Violations: Best Practices for Conducting Effective Global Investigations,” available here.

The Res Communis blog – a great site on the legal aspects of human activities using aerospace technology – posts on an upcoming conference on satellite and export controls.  Be sure to pay a visit to their latest Reading Round-up.

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