International Trade Chair Ron Oleynik was quoted in an article in The Wall Street Journal titled "U.S. Firm Acknowledges Syria Uses Its Gear to Block Web."
The article reports that Blue Coat Systems, a U.S. company that makes Internet-blocking gear, has acknowledged that Syria has been using at least 13 of its devises to censor Web activity. The Blue Coat logs show that some people within Syria are using a filtering product for personal computers, which periodically interacts with the company's database of filtered websites. It is possible that such services could violate the U.S. embargo on Syria. "The executive orders this summer appear to be comprehensive," Mr. Oleynik said.
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