Proposed ACLU Repeal of Florida Anti-Terrorism Law Misguided

In a post-09.11.01 world Floridians, as expressed through their elected officials, felt restricting the use of taxpayer monies for academic travel to a terrorist country was warranted.  ACLU lawyers and a state entity that oversees public universities in Florida say that Florida voters, and the people they elected to represent them, are wrong and have asked an unelected federal …

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No Oscar for Hugo Chavez/Castro as their FARC hostage public relations side show ends for now, with a dud.  My prior posts on this subject can be found here. During the weekend Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko threatened to expel our Ambassador and ban trade in U.S. dollars if newly imposed sanctions were not removed by the Bush …

Sudan Divestiture Act Becomes Law

Yesterday from his ranch in Crawford, Texas, President Bush signed into law the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007.  Among other things the law authorizes state and local governments to divest assets in companies that conduct business operations in Sudan and prohibits U.S. government contracts with such companies.  In a prepared statement the President said: …

Chavez, the FARC and Cuba: Fodder for Oliver Stone’s Next Movie, Recklessness

What was supposed to have been a public relations coup for Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez may turn out to be another political disaster just like the recent Venezuelan constitutional referendum.   Just two days ago all was said and done.  Chavez was flanked by Argentina’s former President Nestor Kirchner and later Hollywood producer Oliver Stone proclaiming that …

Hugo Chavez and Manuel Maralunda, the Peacemaker Canard

At some point today the Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, the leader of the Bolivarian (anti-American) Axis, will greet several hostages that have been held for several years by the Colombian terrorist organization, the FARC.   Or so they say, again. Yesterday, Chavez and Argentina’s former President Nestor Kirchner held yet another impromptu press conference in Caracas to discuss …

ExportLawBlog Post Triggers Santa Claus Hiring DC Lawyers, Bah Humbug

A colleague sent me a link to a somewhat humorous post at the ExportLawBlog about Santa Claus possibly being denied entry into the U.S. because he will have visited Cuba and delivered toys.  Before reading my comments, be sure to read “How OFAC Stole Christmas” first. My sources in North Pole advise that Saint Nick hired some top-notch attorneys …

Treasury Releases 2006 TSRA Data

Earlier this week the Department of the Treasury published data covering licensing activities undertaken pursuant to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (“TSRA”) and covers activities undertaken by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) under Section 906(a)(1) of the TSRA ‘from October through December 2006. The Department says …