[amsat-bb] Re: ITAR news

Robert McGwier rwmcgwier at gmail.com
Wed Dec 19 17:55:08 PST 2012


I see the ability for AMSAT-NA to be able to talk to its international
friends again in our near future.

I saw this coming for some time and saw very high level administration and
directorial level personnel of many agencies of the US government say this
needed to happen, but I was afraid that the staunch opposition of two very
high ranking people in the US congress, who are about to retire, would
prevent this leaving conference.

This is not the death of ITAR, but it is the rebirth of our ability to go
and get a commodities jurisdiction request to have a decent hearing with
some real chance for success.  NO technical assistance agreements, no
telling our dear friends from around the world that we would love to work
with them so long as they agree to be bound by US law and subject to
prosecution in the US.  For US persons,  it was the threat of bankrupting
fines, loss of jobs,  and more.  I have longed for this day.

Now that it has been adopted by conference, it is a straight up and down
vote in House and Senate will happen with no filibuster, and hopefully the
president will sign.

Fingers crossed!!

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner <
glasbrenner at mindspring.com> wrote:

> http://www.spacepolitics.com/2012/12/18/a-long-awaited-big-win-for-export-control-reform/
> 73, Drew KO4MA
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Bob McGwier
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