The Government Accountability Office issued a study yesterday on how U.S. agencies enforce the stupid embargo against Cuba. Among other things, it found that Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control spends a huge amount of time tracking down and punishing people who buy Cuban cigars on the Internet. "After 2001," the report says, "OFAC opened more investigations and imposed more penalties for embargo violations, such as buying Cuban cigars, than for violations of other sanctions, such as those on Iran."
Be very thankful the government is on the job here. Otherwise somebody could be enjoying an illegal, $10 Gloria Cubana and financing employment for poor Cubans. GAO did note that other agencies -- Commerce and Justice -- concentrate more on "export violations and crimes that present a greater threat to homeland and national security or public safety."