Catch the Leakers, Hold Them Accountable

According to documents published yesterday by WikiLeaks, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has, possibly had, the capability to hack, exploit software vulnerabilities, and so much more. Why is that news? Taxpayers, I hope, expect that after they invest billions in intelligence that entities such as the CIA have the best tools at their disposal to do their …

Terrorist Group Using U.S. Armored Vehicles in Syria

For a few weeks now there have been reports on social media that Hizbullah, a terrorist organization under U.S. law, has been using U.S. M113 military armored personnel carriers (APCs) in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. The issue appears to have come to a head this week when senior U.S. and Israeli officials exchanged …

Iran + Cuba + Nanotechnology = High Probability for Trouble

What happens when a state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, announces high-tech collaboration with Cuba, a recently and likely erroneously de-listed state sponsor of terrorism? It’s a loaded question. You know the answer. Nothing good! According to the Iran’s Mehr news agency, Iran and Cuba plan closer collaboration on nanotechnology that includes building a new lab …

Cuba Needs to Pay In Order to Play

Opponents of U.S. economic sanctions, especially many in Congress as well as K Street special interests, argue that U.S. sanctions have not worked and, as such, it is time to try something different. Academics, politicos, and lobbyists have built careers trying to undermine sanctions as a viable foreign policy tool and Cuba remains their poster child. Of course, …

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 …

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 …

Someone Needs to Remind Cuba That Access to the U.S. Market Is a Privilege, Not a Right

A federal judge in Miami has locked up a merry band of Cubans who were abusing U.S. and Florida laws to create sham marriages to secure entry to the U.S. This case is just one of many concrete examples why the Cuban Adjustment Act needs to be reformed, or replaced, with a better law that …