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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on July 19, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: This week, federal prosecutors charged a Boulder company with “trading with the enemy,” accusing Platte River Associates of providing software and training to Cuba in 2000. So far this year, the government has 55 fines or settlements totaling $1.43 million against companies trading with sanctioned countries or groups. Sanctioned countries include Burma, Cuba, Iran and Sudan. There’s an additional list of 6,000 companies and people who are also sanctioned, such as Irish Republican Army members and charities linked to Islamist terrorism. What do you think about the “trading with the enemy” laws?

Support for “trading with the enemy” laws seems like a no-brainer. Essentially, these sanctions prevent those who should be friendly to the United States from shooting the country in the foot – or worse.

President Bush’s “Initiative for a New Cuba” encouraged freedom within Cuba to make life better for the people and to give its people greater control of their economic and political destiny. Steps included eased restrictions on U.S. humanitarian assistance that directly serves the needs of the Cuban people and efforts to help make a peaceful transition to democracy in Cuba.

Anyone caught trying to skirt this trade law should be dealt with in a serious manner. Their behaviors warrant it. The law is the law.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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