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 …

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 …

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 …