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Trump’s Folly-- Permitting Transfer of Information Technology to Russia’s Secret Service

02 Feb 2017 4:34 PM | Myroslaw Smorodsky (Administrator)

Trump’s Folly -- Permitting Transfer of Information Technology to Russia’s Secret Service  

Within two weeks to the day of the inauguration of Pres. Donald J. Trump, his administration has authorized [GENERAL LICENSE NO. 1 Authorizing Certain Transactions with the Federal Security Service] the issuance of permits for the importation, distribution and use of information technology products requested by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) for use in Russia. 

In doing so, [less than one week after his reportedly  unrecorded call with Vladimir Putin] the new administration has expeditiously modified Pres. Obama’s Executive Order 13757 of December 28, 2016 ("Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency With Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber Enabled Activities"), which prohibits the transfer of such technology to entities found “to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, directly or indirectly, cyber enabled activities originating from, or directed by persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States that are reasonably likely to result in, or have materially contributed to, a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States…..’.   Specifically targeted by Pres. Obama are entities involved “in tampering with, altering, or causing a misappropriation of information with the purpose or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes or institutions.’

The lingering and haunting question is WHY?

It is beyond reasonable doubt that Russia, at the highest political level of authority and through its Secret Service [FSB], has been for years tampering and hacking email servers of our political parties, politicians, and other entities in the United States.  All our intelligence agencies and experts in the internet security field have come to this undeniable conclusion.  It is beyond comprehension or explanation that now, despite the obvious, the new administration is suddenly authorizing the issuance of export licenses [to the very entities that cyber attacked the US] for the transfer of better and more effective technology that can and will be used to harm our country.  

The founder of the USSR, Vladimir Lenin said “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them."  One of his disciples who lamented that the fall of the Soviet Union was one of the greatest tragedies in the 20th Century, Russian President Vladimir Putin, has now convinced the President of the United States to sell him that rope.

Myroslaw Smorodsky, Esq.
Communications Director of the Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA)
Tel: 201-507-4500; Email; myroslaw@smorodsky.com; Website; www.smorodsky.com

Victor Rud, Esq.
Chairman, Committee on International Affairs & Foreign Policy
Ukrainian American Bar Association

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