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Posted June 17, 2007 by publisher in OFAC

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The Havana Journal has obtained a copy of the OFAC Requirement to Furnish Information letter sent by certified mail to Michael Moore with regards to his “alleged” trip to Cuba in March 2007.

We have scanned the letter and have posted the digital text of the document below:

WASHINGTON. D.C. 20220 May 2 2007


Michael F. Moore

Dear Mr. Moore:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) administers a comprehensive trade embargo against Cuba as set forth in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 515 (the “Regulations”). Section 515.201(b) of the Regulations prohibits all unauthorized travel-related transactions with respect to Cuba by persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Travel-related transactions may be authorized only through general or specific licenses issued by OFAC. Violations of Regulations may result in civil and/or criminal penalties.

OFAC has received information indicating that you traveled to Cuba during March of 2007. This Office has no record that a specific license was issued authorizing you to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba. OFAC has information indicating that you claimed to qualify under the provision for general license for full-time journalists. An application dated October 12, 2006 was submitted by Coldflat Productions, which included you, but no determination had been made by OFAC. OFAC Enforcement is conducting a civil investigation for possible unlicensed transactions under the Regulations surrounding your alleged trip to Cuba. The information you provide in response to this letter may serve as the basis of further civil enforcement action by OFAC.

Pursuant to section 501.602 of the Reporting, Procedures and Penalties Regulations, 31 CFR Part 501, you are hereby required to provide this Office with a detailed written report concerning your alleged trip to Cuba. Your report must specifically respond to all the items enumerated below.

1. Provide your dates of travel (include date and point of departure from the U.S., third country stopover points, date of arrival in and departure from Cuba and date of return to the U.S.).

2. Provide the reason for your trip to Cuba and your itinerary within Cuba.

3. If you claim that your trip to Cuba qualifies for a general license for journalistic activities, provide the following:

a. Evidence that you are regularly employed as a journalist by a news reporting organization or;

b. Evidence that you are regularly employed as a supporting or technical personnel by a news reporting organization.

4. State the cost of your airline or ocean vessel tickets and the name of the individual or entity that paid for each ticket (provide a copy of each ticket receipt).

5. Provide the name and address of any travel agency that you used to arrange travel to Cuba, the service each agency provided to you and the amount you paid to each agency (provide a copy o f receipts).

6. Provide the name and location of hotel(s) or other place(s) where you stayed while in Cuba and the amount you paid (include method of payment and receipts).

7. For each individual who was part of this trip, provide their name, address and purpose for participation..

8. Provide any additional information which you may wish OFAC to consider concerning your trip to Cuba.

Your report is due at OFAC within 20 business days from the reciept of this letter and should be addressed as follows:

U.S. Department of the Treasury
Office of Foreign Assets Control
Attn: John Dickie
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Annex)
Washington, D.C. 20220

You should be aware that failure to respond to this letter may result in the imposition of civil penalties by OFAC. If you have any questions, please call Mr. Dickie at (202) 622-2430

Dale Thompson, Chief
General Investigations & Field Operations
Office of Foreign Assets Control

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 17, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Where do I start?

    OFAC would like Michael Moore to self-incriminate himself and rat out his travel agency, transportation provider and anyone else who accompanied him to Cuba.

    Did the 9/11 first responders that went with him get letters too? Will he try to help them with their legal bills like he tried to help them with their healthcare?

    I am not a fan of Michael Moore’s propaganda but would support him fully should he decides to make this OFAC letter a national issue.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on June 17, 2007 by HavanAndrew with 87 total posts

    Dale Thompson;

    With regards to case CT-336858 and your request for information concerning financial transactions in Cuba of Mr. Michael Moore and Coldflat Productions. At no point did Mr. Michael Moore or Coldflat Productions have any financial transactions within Cuba nor pay for any transportation to and from Cuba as well as pay funds to a travel agency to arrange the trip. At no point did I see Michael Moore have money in U.S. dollars as well as in any other currency. I will not provide the United States government with any records regarding the trip, as you do not have any jurisdiction in Canada to enforce your archaic embargo against Cuba.

    Regards, Andrew Watson

  3. Follow up post #3 added on June 18, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Mr. Watson,

    Thanks for posting your comment. Do you represent Michael Moore and why do you bring up Canada? Michael Moore is a US citizen.

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  4. Follow up post #4 added on June 18, 2007 by J. Perez

    This letter from OFAC to Michael Moore reads like something out of Hitler’s Germany. Whoever Mr. Watson is, I applaude him for his response.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on June 18, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Crazy, I know but it is posted unedited. I will scan as pdf and upload then link to pdf.

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  6. Follow up post #6 added on June 18, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Here is the pdf document from OFAC we obtained regarding Michael Moore’s trip to Cuba.

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  7. Follow up post #7 added on June 18, 2007 by J. Perez

    This fellow Dale Thompson, does he tells his friends what he does, honestly, I would be embarassed to get a check at the end of the week for that kind of work.

  8. Follow up post #8 added on June 18, 2007 by HavanAndrew with 87 total posts

    First and foremost, I would like to remind Dale Thompson and the United States government of the global nature that the world has become especially the virtual world of the internet and information. No to sound to flighty, but we are all citizens of the world and we have a moral benchmark in which we must all strive for. This directly relates to how we as different countries must interact with each other.

    The news, film, internet, entertainment and personal interactions are melding into one in the same. The financial nature of operating businesses within these categories are clearly becoming international rather than of one country. In order to best expose your product, point of view and the fiscal pressures, a company must approach their business model at an international level.

    So when the American government restrains its people from an activity in which free people should have the choice, people and corporations will find a way around those regulations. Someone such as Michael Moore are skirting the fine line between journalism and entertainment. Whether you agree or like him or not, you will have to admit he is no dummy.

    You and others should know that Mr. Moore’s relationship with Canada goes back to when he produced the film “Roger and Me”. It has continued and he clearly has shown a great deal of loyalty to Canada for its support and vice versa. So, any financial transactions and actions have been done within the confines of a corporation that Mr. Michael Moore does not own.

    Of interest to the readers of Havana Journal is that we rarely hear of successful cases by OFAC against American citizens. The legislation is full of errors and lawyers representing individuals have made a mockery of it in court. Mr. Moore is in compliance with the existing rules and did so with the prior knowledge. Not to let too much out, the American government will have a tough case as the corporation is Canadian and there will be no proof of financial transactions on Michael Moore’s behalf. 

    I will give you some examples of international commerce that is going on within the confines of existing American legislation. Coca-Cola and Marlboro are just two examples of products that are produced in Mexico and then exported to Cuba. At no point have we heard about the American government going after these corporations. Google through its adwords company is continually advertising to American citizens including the Havana Journal. Other examples are there but I think I have made point that the way things are now is a joke and full of double standards.

    The sooner the embargo is over, the better, the sooner my American friends can meet me in Havana. The sooner my American Cuban friends can help their families in Cuba.

  9. Follow up post #9 added on June 19, 2007 by Ehhhhh

    US citizens should learn to obey their commander in cheif or suffer the consequences.  FRY HIM, a traitor to the red white and blue.  Why not expulse him from USA, maybe Fidel has a spot he could use him in.

  10. Follow up post #10 added on June 19, 2007 by HavanAndrew with 87 total posts

    Making Americans and the rest of the world aware of errors and oversights in American policy is not a crime. Obeying your commander in chief has caused a lot of needless deaths in Iraq. I for one believe that this world needs more intelligent resolve rather than trailer park solutions such as FRY HIM. The issue here for debate is about the policy and not about you or I liking a particular individual.

  11. Follow up post #11 added on July 27, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Read the Cuba Sanctions page from Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) the US Department of Treasury for all the dirty little details of the US Embargo and its restrictions on Americans’ freedom of trade and travel.

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  12. Follow up post #12 added on July 27, 2007 by JCM0165 with 1 total posts

    HavanAndrew, I believe Ehhhhh was being sarcastic. Unfortunately, his post represents a belief system that is being subliminally propogated by the neocons who have hijacked our government, though.

  13. Follow up post #13 added on February 07, 2009 by Travel Agent

    Freedom to travel is a constutional right of all americans.

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