Online Gambling Deals Between US And Other Countries Are A Matter Of National Security?

from the seriously? dept

Remember back in December, the EU, Canada and Japan suddenly agreed not to side with Antigua in the longstanding dispute over the US’s online gambling ban violating free trade agreements? It was pretty clear that the US had cut some sort of deal with these countries (who had previously indicated they would side with Antigua). In order to understand what happened, a freelance writer named Ed Brayton filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get the actual agreement between the countries. And, as The Agitator points out, the US Trade Representative has denied the request, claiming that the agreement is classified, as it’s a matter of national security. Yes. The US gov’t is actually claiming that an agreement over online gambling between two countries is a matter of national security. Perhaps this really shouldn’t be such a huge surprise. Remember, the law that was passed to ban online gambling was hidden as part of a law to protect our ports. Clearly, the EU, Canada and Japan had to side with the US against Antigua to protect our ports.

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brwyatt says:

National TAX Security...

The reason is simple. The government can tax REAL gambling in the REAL world (See: Las Vegas), but any gambling on the Internet, particularly that which is out of the country, is almost impossible to tax. So instead of letting the people spend their money and not get a fair share, they just ban it.

“Free World” my ass.

Overcast says:

Only if you consider lottery revenue ‘national security’.

It’s more like National Bullshit to be honest.

I’ve heard online gambling is used to launder money, etc.. I’m sure there’s other ways to deal with it than to ban it. I suppose – if you want to launder money right now – you either need to own a casino or be a politician.

Plus, if they are going to ‘monitor’ the internet, then we don’t have to worry anyway, right????

And as for the EU being a country.. Hasn’t it become clear to people that nations are losing sovereignty and becoming ‘global’? Go watch Alex Jone’s Endgame.. laugh now, cry later – with the US, Canada, and Mexico will be known as ‘The North American Union’.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Nationalism is cyclical. Different cultures form joint governments, over time one culture dominates that government antagonizing the other cultures, country splits back up into different cultures. There’s more to it, mind you, since what goes on in your country affects what goes on in my country, but looking back at history, we can definitively see trends of nationalistic ideology sweeping parts of the world at various times and then passing out of vogue. We probably just ended a nationalistic phase recently, a post-Cold War development (see Yugoslavia, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Columbia, etc, etc,), and have returned to a globalisation sentiment (see Venezuela, EU, etc, etc,).

Anonymous Coward says:

I can understand how lost revenue could be considered a national security issue. If you don’t have money, kind of hard to secure anything.

Also, isn’t that why there are restrictions on foreign owned banks, communications and media concerns?

Another point is that just because something gets thrown in to a ports bill doesn’t mean it has to do with ports. Any political first grader knows that.

Enoch Root (user link) says:

Nevada Casino Taxes

Actually Casinos pay no federal tax. Aside from taxes on employees, Casinos in Nevada pay entirely state taxes. Nevada has no state income tax, only Federal.

Nevada for instance (my home), all revenues collected from casino taxes go to the local government and the state general fund. There are licensing fees which take something like 3% to 6.25% of gross revenues monthly and annual fees. Entertainment taxes are about 10% of amounts paid for admission, food, refreshments and merchandise, etc.

The gambling taxes in Nevada are split, some going to education, some to the state’s general fund, some to local governments, and some to a program for problem gamblers. Hell, we even have a local health care for those who can’t afford it.

Anonymous Coward says:

Whirler, I think the dynamics are understood. The US has laws that bans Internet Gambling. A company in the US can not do this, why should we let a foreign company do something we don’t allow our own companies to do?

I for one don’t want other countries telling us what we can or can’t do in terms of our laws, you may be willing to submit to one universal government, but I am not. Well, you can do what you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America! Gentlemen!

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