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Shutting down online poker invades privacy, destroys jobs
The banishment of U.S. players from the major online poker rooms has affected millions of Americans. With the exception of a few jurisdictions, such as Washington state, it is not illegal for Americans to play online poker. Instead, the Department of Justice contends that according to a bizarre 2006 law, it is illegal for financial institutions to transfer funds between U.S. residents and the foreign companies that offer online poker. In order to prove the obvious, that money was indeed exchanging hands, Homeland Security set up a phony payment processing company in Baltimore to facilitate these transactions so that it could indict the executives of the online poker companies and seize their funds.
By Sam Braids
May 31, 2011