Friday, October 31, 2014

The Cuba Embargo Keeping Us Safe

Via Tracey Eaton, the latest on the Cuba embargo. Periodically, the United States Treasury issues its Specially Designated Nationals list. This list keeps us safe:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States. 

Peruse the list and you can see how important it is that these companies are targeted and punished. Here are a few examples:

--there are lots of tourism companies, and they help Americans travel freely. We all agree that such activity is un-American. Some of them promote "fun," which is especially bad.

--some of the companies sell cigars, which are bad for your health. Terrorists can use them to make us die too quickly.

--there are companies promoting baseball. Baseballs are small and can easily be bombs in disguise.

--there is a company called "GOCUBA," which clearly wants to encourage people to go see Cuba and become Communists.

So rest easy tonight and every night. Those baseball playing, cigar smoking, eco-tourist encouraging terrorists will not threaten our national security. Uncle Sam will do his best to make sure you don't even get to see them, much less interact with them. You need not ever worry about having fun with those Communists. The U.S. Treasury will make sure of that. This is Merica.


boz 1:11 PM  

I'm not a fan of the Cuba embargo, but I think your post here is unfair. All the companies you list (tourism, cigars, baseball, GoCuba) aren't separate companies promoting various cultural issues. They are all the SAME company.

Tour and Marketing International set up a convoluted network of over 50 subsidiaries in the British Virgin Islands in the 1990's and early 2000's. It appears to have been done as a way of laundering money on the internet directly back to the Cuban government.

There are plenty of companies offering tourism to Cuba in the world that aren't sanctioned by OFAC. This ONE travel company (and its ridiculous number of aliases referring to baseball, cigars, etc.) was sanctioned by OFAC. There is quite possibly a good reason for it.

Greg Weeks 3:37 PM  

You mean they're one company like AB Inbev? More reason to punish!

Boz 5:06 PM  

If it turns out that company was trafficking weapons or laundering money, would you agree that they should be on the OFAC list?

Greg Weeks 8:00 AM  

Depends on who they're laundering money for and where the weapons go. If it's for narco-communists, then yes!

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