Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Feds form task force to crack down on Cuba sanction violations

The AP Reports that:

The Bush administration announced the formation of a new law enforcement task force Tuesday that will aggressively pursue violations of trade and travel sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Cuba for more than four decades.Miami U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said the task force will focus on prosecuting criminal violators of U.S. laws governing such things as prohibited commercial business with Cuba, currency reporting requirements, money laundering and illegal travel to the island.The task force's formation comes as Cuba faces political uncertainty due to the illness of President Fidel Castro, who in July temporarily ceded power to his brother, Raul. And it also comes about a month before U.S. elections where Cuban-American voters in South Florida -most of them fervently anti-Castro- form an important Republican Party constituency. Acosta, however, would say only that now is "an appropriate time'' to announce the task force to put people on notice that "we intend to enforce these laws aggressively.''``The purpose of the sanctions is to isolate the Castro regime economically and deprive the Castro regime of the U.S. dollars it so desperately seeks,'' Acosta told reporters.
Like it or not, the law is the law. So all you folks you are anxious to go to Cuba and see the dengue outbreak up close be prepared to suffer the consequences... you'll get caught.

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