Unconditional Release of Alan Gross by Cuba Long Over Due

The New York Times editorial board made what must be one of the most outrageous recommendations on U.S.-Cuba policy that I’ve read in some time: swapping Cuban spies held in U.S. federal prison for Alan Gross, an American being held hostage by the regime on trumped up charges. You can read the New York Times editorial, here. If …

Canadian Locked Up in Cuban Jail, Alan Gross Style

Through the years I’ve advised many companies and individuals about the legal rules and regulations, as well as the business risks, that go along with doing business in Cuba. Most of the time, they proceed with the transactions after securing the necessary licensing from the U.S. government. Yes, I’ve had many folks come back to me and say, …

An American Is Rotting Away in Cuban Jail, Obama Does Nothing (and you Still Want to Visit Cuba?)

The lawyers for an American being unlawfully held in Cuba are suing the U.S., and a government contractor, for $60 million in damages arising from the imprisonment of Mr. Alan Gross by the Cuban regime. The case is likely worth every penny. And then some. If you’re not familiar with the matter of Mr. Gross, and how that …

Cuba, Release Alan Gross. Maybe Then US Can Help with “People to People” Banking Transactions

It is one of these odd stories that make me wonder if there is someone in the U.S. government that is, finally, utilizing our laws and regulations to exact concessions from the regime in Cuba. I’ve even managed to work in some Seinfeld. Read on. Under U.S. law, Americans can travel to Cuba by what …

There are things better left unsaid and out of print

The Associated Press recently decided to publish information tying ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson to CIA personnel. Why? There are things better left unsaid and out of print. The material and email referenced in the AP, and many other stories since, revealed relationships between Levinson, former colleagues and friends at the CIA but, fortunately, no official …

North Korea Takes Cue From Fellow Traveler Cuba, Target Americans

It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak, Edmund Burke If you need political concessions from the United States, detain an American and accuse that person of spying. The Obama Administration may grant you all that you want. At least most of it. When Cuban authorities detained …

Alan Gross was not a U.S. intelligence agent, Obama Administration is playing a dangerous game

Over at the Foreign Policy blog, Yochi Dreazen penned a piece about the unlawful detention of a U.S. government subcontractor, Alan Gross. The piece does a good job outlining the facts in the case as well as some of the behind the scene maneuvering that is taking place to secure Gross’s release from Cuban jail. What …