As you may recall, a few weeks ago we better protected our ports by banning online gambling. Unfortunately, however, the culture secretary in the UK is suggesting that the unintended consequences of this move may make Americans a lot less safe. Tessa Jowell compares the situation to what happened in the US in the 1920s with Prohibition. That was another case where politicians tried to outlaw an extremely popular activity (drinking alcohol). Of course, what it did was set up a huge underground organized crime effort. There were speakeasies, illicit alcohol factories and plenty of smuggling from outside the country. It basically allowed the rise of tremendous organized crime operations, some of which still go on today. She points out, at the very least, this should increase incidents of fraud, as people move to less regulated online gambling sites, but the additional side-effects shouldn't be counted out either. But, since it's all to protect our ports, it must be okay...
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