Russians Nabbed by DOJ in an Export Controls Violations Ring

A Brooklyn resident, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and two Russian nationals were arrested in last week for alleged violations of U.S. export control laws. If they are found guilty, they face as much as 25 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. The Justice Department announced last week that Alexey Barysheff of Brooklyn and two Russian …

Uncle Sam’s Cuba Democracy (Internet) Promotion Program, Classify It or End It

Next month in Miami, the U.S. government will host a Cuba Internet Freedom Conference. It is being billed as a two-day event aiming to bring “together digital innovators and independent journalists from Cuba with other individuals focused on improving digital rights and fostering uncensored access for the island.” Sounds innocent enough, promising even. But is it worth …

Mandatory Denaturalization Should be Considered for Export Control Law Violators

It’s four years in the federal slammer for an American caught conspiring to export to Communist China a very pricey weaponized drone as well as jet fighter engines. In my book, she got off too easy. According to a Justice Department press release, Wenxia Man, aka Wency Man, 45, of San Diego: According to evidence presented at trial, between approximately …

Good Morning Vietnam

First time in years that I agree with this President on a foreign policy matter – he should’ve lifted the Vietnam arms embargo a while ago. Acting in the U.S. national interest. What a concept … The only way President Obama could conceivably mess up this trip is to “apologize” while visiting Japan or make some other …

Amb Bolton Spot On: Hellfire Missile in Cuba A ‘Grave Breach’ of National Security

When asked a U.S.-Cuba policy question related to a Hellfire missile ending up in Cuba, the State Department spokesman responds with the law. Spinning with law. They’re in trouble. I feel, somewhat, for this fellow. They have given him absolutely nothing to work with. And, I suspect that he knows, this is not going to go …

Congress Knew About Hellfire Missile in Cuba, A Year Ago

For background on this matter, read yesterday’s post. Yesterday I was contacted by several Congressional sources who told me that the Obama administration read in several Members and staff, House and Senate, on the incident. No surprise there. With something as serious as losing a missile to a state sponsor of terrorism, the administration is obligated …

Inert US Hellfire Missile Ends Up in Cuba

How did an inert U.S. Hellfire missile, loaded with high-end technology, travel from Europe to, get this, Cuba? According to an unnamed U.S. government official quoted in the Wall Street Journal, mistakes happen. That is unacceptable. That type of thinking is what led to the terrorist attacks of 09/11. The Wall Street Journal reports: an inert U.S. Hellfire …