By having arranged travel to Cambodia and Vietnam, Lindblad Travel Inc. has been the object of heavy fines, exceeding $75,000, for violating the Foreign Assets Control Regulations. "I find it unjust and wrong," Lars-Eric Lindblad, president of the company, told the New York Times. So do we.
There is no question that there was a technical breach of the law. That is implicit in Lindblad's guilty plea. His license from the Treasury Department for travel to the two nations had expired. An undercover agent of the U.S. government was used to expose the unpublicized trip, arranged for Lindblad's friends.