Is it just me, or is there no good reason to make gambling illegal? At least drugs have physical addictions and prostitution can spread disease. There are cons to those actions, reasons not to allow such things, but gambling? As far as I can see, gambling is no more addictive than stealing bubble gum from the local Kwik-E-Mart, and disease is certainly not terrible, no worse than any other public place. So what rational reason is cited for banning gambling? I could not actually find the reasoning behind this, especially since many state government hold sanction their own form of gambling in the way of lotteries. Maybe it’s because the government is mad they can’t easily tax un-centralized gambling.
Maybe that is why on June 9, the Federal Government froze 30 million dollars of over 27,000 different people’s money. Of course, there was no warrant or anything, because that is ridiculous. Instead, the assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York, Arlo Devlin-Brown just faxed over a notice to the bank telling them to seize the funds. He said, “The FBI has authority to seize proceeds of specified unlawful activity without a warrant under exigent circumstances.” This makes sense of course, because people spending their money on things they want to do is clearly an exigent circumstance.
This leaves only one plausible explanation that I can think of, online gambling funds terrorists. That, or it’s all bullshit and the government just needs to leave people alone when it comes to their leisurely activities.