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  • Last week the U.S. charged several people involved in a scheme to illegally export pressure transducers among other items to Pakistan and Iran. This particular case appears to have the smuggling trifecta: China, Pakistan, and Iran. The schemers were trying to buy items manufactured by a publicly traded U.S. company, MKS Instruments. It is another example that P5+1 talks with the Iranian regime are mostly a waste of time.
  • A spacecraft launched from Virginia’s space coast that has been orbiting the moon for a few weeks is about to successfully end its mission, on the moon.
  • It helped saved American lives. That is, generally, what some of us need to know and no more. The biggest flaw of the CIA interrogation program was not the work performed, but the oversight that came years after. Certain Members of Congress, and staff from both political parties demonstrated they are incapable of reviewing sensitive information. People who should’ve known better, opted for political sideshows. Oversight [cue the crickets chirping]?
  • A few weeks ago, Senate staff allegedly removed classified materials from a secure facility. The documents included the CIA’s findings or views on the CIA’s interrogation program of radical jihadists. According to an unnamed U.S. government source, it is a “real asinine thing [for the CIA] to pick a fight with your oversight committee.” The same can be said about certain staffers and Members of the SSCI, HPSCI, HASC, and SASC and their behavior the past few years. Weakening national security to make a political point. Now that’s idiotic and politically myopic.
  • The politicization of intelligence oversight needs to stop. Find adults. Fast. And find staff who are not beholden to their former employers. For the first time in a while, both the House and Senate Intelligence Committee top slots may be up for replacement. Twitter accounts, lecturing skills, and ideological mean streaks not required.
  • Talking about myopia the Left, and a handful of misguided Republicans, are taking aim at yet another (legal) foreign policy matter, supporting the Cuban people break the information blockade of the Castro regime. And the Associated Press is helping them do it. If there was any flaw in the Cuba democracy program, is that it appears that USAID and/or a government contractor, or two, were not adequately prepared to set up a Cuban-Twitter system called ZunZuneo. Rather than focus on news, the media is editorializing and supporting opponents of current US-Cuba policy. ZunZuneo was consistent with s. 109 of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act of 1996. In hindsight, it should’ve been a classified program and managed by another agency better able to carry out these programs. And keep their mouth shut. Agency bungling (if any) of a program and contract, not U.S.-Cuba policy, should be the subject of Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) oversight hearing next week.
  • The Miami Herald reports this morning that a Cuban scientist living in Miami on a special U.S. visa, was murdered in 1995. What’s the big deal? He was scheduled to testify  before Congress the day before he was killed. Subject: Cuba’s bioweapons program. We’ll have more on this story in a later story; however, for now, note supporters of the Cuban regime in this town have been trying to have Cuba removed from the state sponsors of terror list. A real dumb idea. The good news is that there are many patriots in and out of government who know better. There is a lot that folks do not know about Cuba and for good reason. It remains classified. Why is this information is surfacing now? I have no idea. Stay tuned.
  • It’s not “Islamophobic” to stand up for the rights of women in the Muslim world.
  • Spain suspends exports of riot control gear to Venezuela. I’m hearing that an investigation may underway in Spain involving potential export control violations by at least one defense manufacturer with strong political ties to the ruling conservative party. Yet the allegations stem not from Spain’s anemic export control regime, rather attempts by the company to hide the sales to avoid political embarrassment. Whatever the case, Spain, stop selling police, military equipment, and dual-use high tech devices to the Venezuelan regime. You’re helping the wrong people. Besides, you can’t compete with the bargain basement prices offered by the Chinese, Russians, and Brazilians, and the Venezuelan government is unlawfully using it against civilians and political opposition leaders.
  • The National Republican Senatorial Committee, keep it classy. At least try.
  • Next time you’re in a TSA airport screening area and want to leave, you may want to think again. The case-law leans on your staying put or risk enhanced interrogation.
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