Is Lebanon Properly Safeguarding U.S. Defense Articles from Iran Proxy Hezbollah?

On December 22, 2016, I posted a short blog post on curious, albeit anonymous comments made by an Israeli defense ministry official who was expressing concern about U.S. defense articles falling into the wrong hands in Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon. Furtive statements have been made before. What I found it odd was the timing. On its own, I would’ve likely ignored the …

Vene Blogger: Persons Subject to U.S. Law Exporting Police Equipment to Venezuelan Regime

A blog post by a Venezuelan blogger outlines how, since 2009, various exporters of police equipment, including tear gas, have been supplying Venezuelan and Cuban security forces based mostly in Caracas. According to Alek Boyd’s research, he was able to document about $35 million in sales of arms, munitions as well as other law enforcement items …

Exporting Bomb Parts to Iran Lands Singaporean National 40 Months in U.S. Prison

Extradited from Indonesia to the United States early last year, Lim Yong Nam, a Singaporean national, was sentenced last week in U.S. federal court to forty months prison for illegal exports of American-made dual-use products to Iran. Kim was part of a group that included at least ten persons and companies that were indicted by a grand …

Militarized Crop Duster at Heart of Arms Export to Kenya Matter

A corporation caught in Congressional oversight crosshairs is a serious matter. Even routine Congressional inquiries can lead to serious legal problems, loss of reputation in the marketplace and, depending on the size of the company, can destroy a business or otherwise bankrupt a business. Even larger businesses that can usually weather repeated Congressional oversight daggers, the …

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 …