Snowden Is Just Another Kim Philby or Robert Hanssen, A Traitor

Hiding from U.S. authorities in Russia, Edward Snowden has wasted no time making himself “felt” politically in the United States. Ever since he arrived in Russia he has been talking and groups around the world have been listening. Born and raised in the Cold War, I was taught that people like Snowden were traitors. Today, …

Don’t Even Trust, Just Verify

The seminal Reagan stance of “Trust but Verify” when dealing with our Cold War adversary, the Soviet Union, is a good starting point for evaluating the proposal floated by the Russian Federation for Bashar al-Assad to turnover his chemical weapons stockpile. But in the current context, we cannot “trust” any of the parties—not the Russian …

Around Town …

Congress is in recess until after the November elections. Possible CFIUS review in the offing a’la Dubai Ports?  Uranium One USA officials told the media recently that it would be “highly unlikely” that a proposed buy out by a Russian company — an entity that may be linked to proliferation activities — would lead to …

Ten Percent Rule Snags Syria’s International Shopping List

Syria — under U.S. law designated a state sponsor of terrorism — is lamenting that it will not be able to upgrade its state-owned and operated airlines fleet with European-made Airbuses.  Abdallah Dardari, Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, told the media this week that he was shopping for “planes with less than 10 percent …

Colorado Company Settles St. Patrick’s Day Export Control Surprise

The Rocky Mount Instrument (“RMI”) company yesterday pled guilty to one count of violating U.S. export control laws.  The court sentenced the company to five years probation and a $1 million fine. “Today’s guilty plea and sentencing against RMI illustrates that illegally exporting sensitive U.S. technology is a crime taken seriously by the U.S. Government,” said …

Russians Invade a Country, Get Access to Advanced Western Technology

The French government confirmed yesterday that it would proceed with the proposed sale of a Mistral-class amphibious assault ship to Russia.  The announcement was made during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Bill Gates.  Nothing like French hospitality to set the tone for an official visit with an ally. This deal has been in the …