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Congress Passes Bill to Curb Online Gambling
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Posted on 10/01/2006 7:56:18 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe

It Was Snuck Through on the Back of Port Security Bill

It took a backdoor move by the Senate Majority leader, but the bill designed to curb online gambling in the United States has passed.

Sen. Bill Frist helped get the Internet gambling ban attached to a defense bill designed to boost security at nation’s ports. The bill passed Saturday.

The bill calls for banks to work with the federal government to stop transactions between customers in the U.S. and offshore gaming companies. The bill makes it illegal for banks and credit card companies to make transactions with online gambling companies.

The bill considers online poker a form of gambling. Recently, online poker sites have worked harder to expand its customer base outside the United States, where about 80-percent of online poker players live.

The bill will not target player but does call for prison time for people who run online gaming companies. Banks that don’t comply by the bill may also face punishment. A representive from the Independent Community Bankers of America testified to the House that its members will have trouble enforcing the act.

The United States is moving in an opposite direction concerning this issue compared to the rest of the world. The United Kingdom recently moved to tax and regulate online gambling sites, and the European Union had made it clear that it considers online gambling a product that should be allowed to be freely traded.


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Regardless of how you feel about Internet gambling, I think this goes way beyond the authority of the Commerce Clause.
1 posted on 10/01/2006 7:56:18 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Pick what this is about:

a) Election time grandstanding on morality
b) Protecting people from evil online casinos
c) Protecting the lotteries from competition
d) Eliminating something where the government doesn't get its cut

Hint, it's not b.

2 posted on 10/01/2006 7:59:34 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

Protecting Indian casinos from competition. The organized crime finance and run operations, are always good for a few million bucks for the "critters".


3 posted on 10/01/2006 8:04:22 PM PDT by jeremiah (Our military are not "fodder", but fathers and mothers and sons and daughters.)
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To: antiRepublicrat

You left one out:

Protecting Indian casinos. Lots of payback by Congressmen here.


4 posted on 10/01/2006 8:07:46 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: jeremiah
Protecting Indian casinos from competition. The organized crime finance and run operations, are always good for a few million bucks for the "critters".

Where do you get that from? Is there a federal law that prevents card rooms from opening? No. There isn't.

And there are far more non-Indian card rooms than reservation gambling establishments, and since most reservations are about fifty miles from nowhere, why would this help Indian gaming? In Los Angeles, for example, there's four major card rooms, yet this is supposedly some victory for reservation casinos a hundred miles away?

Been seeing this pat response too often.
5 posted on 10/01/2006 8:08:35 PM PDT by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Seems politically stupid to me to sneak this in just before the election. There are a couple dozen million players who are also voters in this Country, and by using this backdoor means to get it passed now rather than wait for the lame-duck session it lets the Democrats hang it securely around Republican's necks.

With as many races looking to be as close as these are expected to be this will likely alienate a lot more voters than it pleases, voters the Republicans can't afford to give away.


6 posted on 10/01/2006 8:12:38 PM PDT by UncleJeff
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To: taxesareforever

That and no tax revenue from overseas operations : )


7 posted on 10/01/2006 8:13:02 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: antiRepublicrat

ROTF!


8 posted on 10/01/2006 8:13:48 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: UncleJeff

Correct


9 posted on 10/01/2006 8:14:10 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Those "overseas operations" have been begging to be allowed to relocate to the States and taxed and regulated fairly. They figure their increased revenues would more than offset the costs.

There's literally billions in tax revenue being refused.


10 posted on 10/01/2006 8:18:06 PM PDT by UncleJeff
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To: UncleJeff

I was unaware of this, thanks.


11 posted on 10/01/2006 8:22:52 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: UncleJeff

""Put bugs in their ass, gas in their nose and nuke 'em 'til they glow in the dark." "

ROTFLMAO!

B U M P


12 posted on 10/01/2006 8:24:07 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

The same thing the government did to Indian Cigarettes.


13 posted on 10/01/2006 8:24:26 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Those that do not heed the warnings of history....)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

An old Chemical Corps motto from the late 70's-early 80's ;)


14 posted on 10/01/2006 8:29:24 PM PDT by UncleJeff
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To: taxesareforever
You left one out:

Protecting Indian casinos. Lots of payback by Congressmen here.

'Rat response:


15 posted on 10/01/2006 8:29:47 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: antiRepublicrat
Internet casinos will just offer gamblers pre-paid debit cards (with the companies' name on them) or some type of purchase order wired to an off-shore account.

The legislation is already obsolete, as both the casinos and gamblers will find loopholes big enough for a tractor-trailer to go through. But that doesn't stop the busybodies from beating their chests and proclaiming victory.

16 posted on 10/01/2006 8:36:59 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Morons....

They have pissed off a huge swath of 20-30 male voters for nothing. Idiots


17 posted on 10/01/2006 9:13:29 PM PDT by baystaterebel (http://omphalosgazer.blogspot.com/)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Hmmm, I see an opportunity here for someone overseas to set up a "bank" ... not governed by US law, that will accept wire transfers and then issue credit cards to the people in the US.

Online Bank of UAE / Electronic Bank of Moscow / etc.

Feel good laws like this just create more markets in shadier parts of the world.
18 posted on 10/01/2006 9:14:51 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Sen. Bill Frist helped get the Internet gambling ban attached to a defense bill designed to boost security at nation’s ports. The bill passed Saturday

Yeah, good ol' Bill Frist just protecting "American Values".

The same Bill Frist who took bribe money from Jack Abramoff.

The same Bill Frist who, along with his wife, are the only trustees managing a family foundation, Hospital Corporation of America. HCA was the subject of a decade-long Federal investigation into double-bookkeeping and suspected criminal fraud involving the bilking of Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare.

The same Bill Frist who is under investigation by the SEC for insider trading.

The same Bill Frist that the FEC fined $11,000 for hiding $1.4 million dollars.

The same Bill Frist that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington singled out as one of the most "corrupt" members of Congress.

The same Bill Frist who just took a liberty from me.
Shall I vote Republican in November? I think not!
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19 posted on 10/01/2006 9:44:40 PM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: taxcontrol

"issue credit cards to the people in the US."

They've been doing that for awhile now. This law is absolutely meaningless.


20 posted on 10/01/2006 9:46:30 PM PDT by jwh_Denver (I can't beat em but I ain't joining them either.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
That and no tax revenue from overseas operations

The IRS collects taxes on your "overseas" winnings. When I cash out of an online casino the bank reports the transaction to the IRS. When I cash out of a stateside casino the government has no way of knowing.
21 posted on 10/01/2006 9:49:17 PM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Regardless of how you feel about Internet gambling, I think this goes way beyond the authority of the Commerce Clause.

Ya think?

Both parties believe your money belongs to the government.

At least the Democrats are fairly up front about it.

22 posted on 10/01/2006 9:49:29 PM PDT by Wormwood (Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens.)
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To: mugs99
Frist is a filthy, corrupt political whore.

But his (R) buys a lot of cover.

23 posted on 10/01/2006 9:51:22 PM PDT by Wormwood (Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe
Sen. Bill Frist helped get the Internet gambling ban attached to a defense bill designed to boost security at nation’s ports.
In the dead of night.
On the weekend of the last session.

These are not the political tactics of an honest Government. Republicans under Frist did this in a cowardly way. I see he put in the promised protections for on-line racetrack betting and State Lotteries. What hypocrites. It proves to me that Frist is nowhere near being worthy of being President.

Wonder which Country will be first in line to sue the U.S. in front of the W.T.O. Five to one it'll be Antigua.

24 posted on 10/01/2006 9:51:30 PM PDT by KDD (A wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse.)
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To: taxcontrol
Hmmm, I see an opportunity here for someone overseas to set up a "bank" ... not governed by US law, that will accept wire transfers and then issue credit cards to the people in the US.

They already have. It's called Virtual Visa and can even be used in ATMs in the states....Thank you Canada!
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25 posted on 10/01/2006 9:54:05 PM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: Wormwood
But his (R) buys a lot of cover.
Yes and those "covers" make it difficult to refute the Dems claim that the RP is the culture of corruption.
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26 posted on 10/01/2006 9:58:25 PM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Has "internet gambling" ever been legitimate? Seems to me those who do "internet gambling" are all spammers. I say the more you can do against spammers, the better.

I've never "done" internet gambling, and don't know anyone who has, so maybe it's a legitimate way to take stupid people's money.


27 posted on 10/01/2006 10:22:07 PM PDT by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: Theo
I've never "done" internet gambling, and don't know anyone who has, so maybe it's a legitimate way to take stupid people's money.

That's why it's called gambling.

But not everyone who wants to lose money has access to a bookie or a casino.

28 posted on 10/01/2006 10:24:03 PM PDT by Wormwood (Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens.)
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To: Wormwood

In all honesty, I don't see why so many FReepers are against this legislation. Gambling itself is seedy enough; online gambling seems to be the bastion of spam gangs. What am I missing? Is there some reason we should support online gambling? Are those who support online gambling the same as those who support the legalization of pot for all uses (not just medical uses)?


29 posted on 10/01/2006 10:39:39 PM PDT by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: Theo

Because some of us still believe that grown ups don't need our friend the government to protect us from ourselves. It used to be called rugged individualism.


30 posted on 10/01/2006 10:41:54 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Theo
I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I'm a little tired of having my behavior regulated by the venal, the ignorant, and the arrogant. Maybe I don't want the State to monitor and regulate personal behavior which does not encroach upon the person or property of others.

But then again, I'm no longer a Repblican because of these 'foolish' ideas.

31 posted on 10/01/2006 10:44:13 PM PDT by Wormwood (Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens.)
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To: mugs99

I am being educated tonight. I don't gamble, so I am a bit of a neophyte on this matter.

sjb


32 posted on 10/01/2006 10:50:18 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: Theo

I think you're asking the wrong questions.

From where does Frist derive the authority to regulate commerce in other Countries??

Is this really a priority matter for the Country at this time??

Is this a proper way for Law to be made??

Is this the stupidest political move Frist ever made?? He just alienated several million voters Republicans badly need in a month, voters who really don't figure it's any of the Government's business if they want to play cards.

Never mind the minor point that the Supreme Court ruled several years ago that poker is a game of skill, not a game of chance...


33 posted on 10/01/2006 10:57:05 PM PDT by UncleJeff
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To: UncleJeff
10 April 2005 On Thursday, a World Trade Organization appellate body released its ruling regarding the legitimacy of U.S. offshore online gambling policies. The verdict related to an appeal filed by the U.S., after the WTO ruled in favor of Antigua and Barbuda in November of last year. The original WTO decision stated that U.S. restrictions against offshore online gambling ventures violated international trade agreements. Instead of clarifying its position on the issue, however, the WTO ruling was ambiguous enough to allow both the U.S. and Antigua to claim victory.

While the current ruling maintained most of the previous findings, the WTO appellate body recognized the U.S.'s concerns for social problems associated with gambling. Specifically, the WTO referred to the 1961 Wire Act, which prohibits sports betting over the internet, citing it as necessary to uphold "public morality" and "public order". Although the U.S. sees this recognition as essentially legitimizing its online gambling policies, the WTO also found U.S. policies to be discriminatory. Accordingly, the WTO posits that U.S. citizens are given easier access to domestic gambling venues than offshore online gambling options.

This Bill doesn't even mention the 1961 Wire Act because to do so would harm domestic online gambling operations such as horse racing and State Lotteries. So much for Free Trade. This Bill is just one big protection racket for special interests.
34 posted on 10/01/2006 11:13:41 PM PDT by KDD (A wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse.)
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To: mugs99

You mean the same Bill Frist who thinks he could be President? Options for Republicans getting a Republican in as President in 2008 are getting slimmer by the day.


35 posted on 10/01/2006 11:24:03 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Theo

Yes, Internet gambling is legitimate. If it wasn't, they would have no customers.


36 posted on 10/02/2006 5:55:26 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Fiscal Conservative, Social Moderate. Understand?)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Yes, buying off-brand drugs from Chinese spam gangs is legitimate. If it weren't, they would have no customers.

Yes, helping Nigerian kings transfer money from one account to another is legitimate. If it weren't, they would have no gullible people to help them complete the transfer.

I say whatever we can do to disrupt the spam gangs and other types of gangs, the better. I have no sympathy for these onling gambling advocates. None.


37 posted on 10/02/2006 6:36:51 AM PDT by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: kingu

The big money is not in card rooms, but slots. Where I live, I can go to 5 different large tribal casinos that are 90 minutes or less away from me. The state legislature ruled that if a tribe buys property, it becomes de facto part of the reservation. Since non tribal gambling has no slots, and smoking is not allowed anywhere indoors except on tribal land, where do any customers of gaming go?


38 posted on 10/02/2006 7:11:53 AM PDT by jeremiah (Our military are not "fodder", but fathers and mothers and sons and daughters.)
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To: Theo
I've never "done" internet gambling, and don't know anyone who has, so maybe it's a legitimate way to take stupid people's money.

And then again, maybe it's about a nights entertainment for about $2.
I play online poker and have a lot of fun for about $2 a night for the nights I play.
Show me a casino, even out of my area, where I can do that.

39 posted on 10/02/2006 7:17:27 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: jeremiah; taxesareforever

You both are right, how could I have forgotten that one?


40 posted on 10/02/2006 8:05:35 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Theo

By "legitimate" I meant that yes, you can play cards online and you can win (and lose) money, just like in any poker room and casino.

If you see this as some type of anti-spam legislation, I'm afraid you will be disappointed.


41 posted on 10/02/2006 8:35:51 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Fiscal Conservative, Social Moderate. Understand?)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
I am being educated tonight. I don't gamble, so I am a bit of a neophyte on this matter.
It's about more than gambling. It's about government dictating how you can spend your own money.
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42 posted on 10/02/2006 9:15:19 AM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Isn't this one of the reasons why we call the GOP the "Stupid Party"?


43 posted on 10/02/2006 9:18:18 AM PDT by 38special (I mean come'on.)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

The D's October Surprise was the Foley thing, but this stupid piece of legislation may end up hurting GOP chances even more, and it was entirely self-inflicted. In fact, they had to work hard to even get it passed at the last minute. Foley is just another Beltway scandal, same-old same-old. This affects a lot of people who normally don't pay much attention to politics, and now they're incensed.


44 posted on 10/02/2006 9:19:37 AM PDT by kms61
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To: taxesareforever
You mean the same Bill Frist who thinks he could be President? Options for Republicans getting a Republican in as President in 2008 are getting slimmer by the day
Yeah, that Bill Frist. The Republicans obviously want to return to the good old days of Democrat rule...they miss FDR.
45 posted on 10/02/2006 9:24:58 AM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: jeremiah
The big money is not in card rooms, but slots. Where I live, I can go to 5 different large tribal casinos that are 90 minutes or less away from me. The state legislature ruled that if a tribe buys property, it becomes de facto part of the reservation. Since non tribal gambling has no slots, and smoking is not allowed anywhere indoors except on tribal land, where do any customers of gaming go?

So it's up to you and folks like you to get several laws changed - dumping the smoking bans, permitting the establishment of casinos, allowing slot machines in those casinos, etc.

As to the non-tribal land becoming tribal land - the state can pass as many laws as they like, but unless the secretary of the interior signs off on the land transfer, it's not tribal land. It's easier to convince one person vs. convincing a legislature filled with politicians who look to tribes for campaign funding.

None of this, of course, has anything to do with internet gambling.
46 posted on 10/02/2006 10:43:58 AM PDT by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: kms61
The bill's chief Senate sponsor was conservative Republican Jon Kyl, who, like Leach, has said he believed Internet gambling was a moral threat. He has called online betting as the Internet version of crack cocaine.

Oh, brother...

47 posted on 10/02/2006 11:00:07 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Republicans couldn't smear a bagel if you gave them the cream cheese.)
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To: mugs99

LOL and crying at the same time :(


48 posted on 10/02/2006 11:03:03 AM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: cynwoody

Hmmm.... that may be the Rat response, but I agree with it - those reasons are all true as far as I can see (possibly excluding a "right" to gamble, but I think peop;e whould be able to gamle if they want to).


49 posted on 10/02/2006 11:08:27 AM PDT by Stone Mountain
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To: Theo
I've never "done" internet gambling, and don't know anyone who has, so maybe it's a legitimate way to take stupid people's money.

I know at least two people who win at online poker consistently. One is probably up about $3000 in the last year, and the other is up at least $10,000 over the last two years or so. It is a legitimate way to take stupid people's money - most online players are atrociously bad.
50 posted on 10/02/2006 11:10:14 AM PDT by Stone Mountain
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