If you can go back to the movie Casablanca, there is an interesting scene that you must think of. The character called Louis who is the police chief shuts down his cafe. He claims that the reason for it is the fact that gambling goes on in the cafe and he got that very money from the cashier. A similarly weird logic is the root for Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that was brought to life in 2006.
This hyprocratic bill was made by the Post Security Act and was handled by Republican Bill Frist. The bill was wisely passed in an unearthly hour in the night and thus did not capture much attention for discussion and debate over it. Interestingly congress remained clueless about the amendment that was made. The bill had a pretext of providing effective service by ensuring and porting safety.
The reasons why senator Frist brought about these changes were the finance law violation and the involvement of minors in online gambling. Of these, one point can make some sense out of the former but then the latter part of the reason is rather irrelevant and pointless. There is anyway, a lot of negative information being made available on various sites which could include bomb making procedures, hate groups and so on.
One of the most surprising arguments that have ever been made in this connection is the possible support online gambling gives to terrorism. Definitely terrorism would be a rather serious business and no updates so far indicate any kind of connections. It is just a pretext for the administration to justify its agenda.
It is unfair on the part of Mr. Frist to intrude into the personal lives of people with laws like this. His statement which said mortar and brick casinos didn’t really harm much but online bingo did made it extremely paradoxical to understand. Software of online gaming which blocked the minors playing bingo seemed to steal away all his explanations.
The basic psychology of the American public is to resent government intrusion in day-to- day life. But somehow it is not understood by the government officials. People here want to have an absolute control over their decisions pertaining to their own money. Since a long time from now, charitable organizations and churches have used bingo to raise funds. But then back in those days not everyone could play the game because of the geographical locations and the distance they would have to cover to travel and come. In this regard online bingo has been of great utility as they have helped cut across the boundaries and involve everybody.
Interestingly there are also legislators who understand and empathise with public life. Barney Frank (D-Mass) put forth a new bill which would eliminate negative aspects of the Uniform Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. He suggested that one can actually consider taxing the revenues earned from online gaming rather than forcing people to stop spending on it.
A lawsuit has been filed by Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association which claims that the freedom of association and speech are being put to danger by laws like the one abandoning online bingo.