Your Man in Havana

The attached law note, Your Man in Havana, was published in 54th edition of the London-based World Export Controls Review Journal. If you’re in the export controls or economic sanctions compliance or law orbit, you should consider a WorldECR subscription. Be sure to visit their website. I completed this law note a week before President …

There is Nothing New Under the Nicaraguan Sun

“The Russians are coming. The Russians are here. The Russians never left,” he told us. That is a what a good friend, recently retired from the US foreign service, shared with Yleem and I last year when Russia denied it was re-opening its Cold War-era SIGINT spy facilities in Cuba. “Of course they were not re-opening it,” …

No End in Sight to the Lawless US-Cuba Regulatory Bender

Another layer of the U.S.-Cuba policy onion has been peeled away exposing more questions about the legality of the Obama administration’s new approach toward the police state. In a recently declassified September 9, 2011 e-mail (embedded at the end of this post) to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Sidney Blumenthal, we learn the following: extremely sensitive …

Former US Counter Intel Agent: Why the U.S. should be wary of Cuba

Cuba should have never been removed from the state sponsors of terrorism list. Yleem and I penned more than one item about it before it happened, including one on January 2015 at National Review and an op-ed, a few weeks later, in the Wall Street Journal. While we both believed after December 17, 2014 that the administration would whitewash the …

The Embargo and Encryption Export Controls Will Limit U.S. Exports to Communist Cuba

Data encryption technology is embedded in a wide-range of electronic products such as mobile devices and healthcare technologies. It is also important for a wide-array of services requiring security and privacy such as financial transactions and healthcare. But this is bigger than that and it will soon impact the proposed easing of U.S. sanctions on …

Next Phase of the US-Cuba Faustian Bargain Goes Unchecked by Congress

A small Caribbean country with a population comparable to that of Ohio (Ohio has a GDP close to half a trillion), Communist Cuba (GDP, maybe, according to World Bank data, $67 billion) continues to generate a disproportionate amount of media attention, some of it bordering on political voyeurism. The serious issues, the ones that matter or should, are …

Americans Murdered By Terrorists, Do Not Matter

Americans murdered by a terrorist state, do not matter. The families of Americans seeking justice for murders by terror state, again, do not matter.That is the message that President Obama and his national security team telegraphed to the world yesterday when it recommended removing Cuba from its well-earned place on the state sponsors of terror …