Encryption Export Controls, More to Come, and Likely Needed

It had been a while since I had seen a administrative fine imposed on a U.S. company for the unlawful of export of encryption technology. According to the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security press release posted earlier this week: Wind River Systems of Alameda, Calif., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, has agreed to …

With Friends Like These

The ink is barely dry on the BNP Paribas (BNPP) settlement with the United States government, and there is yet another European bank or two in potential legal trouble over economic sanctions. According to The New York Times: A spokeswoman for Commerzbank in Frankfurt declined to comment on Tuesday on news that the bank was close …

Clients and the Bash America Defense

If you’re a lawyer, and even if you’re in some other profession, at some point or another in your career, clients will push back on what appear to be very sensible recommendations. Just this week a colleague called me to discuss such a scenario. It involved a young European company with a business development person …

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 …

Advanced U.S. Defense Toys May Be In Hands of Syrian Rebels

Whose arming the Free Syrian Army? According to a sparsely sourced story at the Daily Caller today, could be the United States. I would usually not post these items, however, it is rare to see a story citing export controls, much less the International Traffic in Arms Regulations popularly known to legal practitioners and policy …

Home-based Business Owner Faces Jail Time, $300,000 Fine

The U.S. maintains a series of laws and regulations that control who is allowed access to defense articles (i.e., tanks, guns, military sensors, etc.) as well as other high-end controlled technology known as dual-use items. We do not want bad actors, and others, using these things against the U.S. in the battlefield or marketplace of …

U.S. Can Do Better With Iran Policy

My op-ed  in today’s The Hill newspaper: Former House Foreign Affairs CoS Yleem Poblete: Failing, again, to connect the dots on Iran As two House Foreign Affairs subcommittees prepare to hold a hearing on the threat of Iran in the Western Hemisphere, one cannot help but recall what Machiavelli wrote about centuries ago in The Prince: When …