Putting the UIGEA Behind Bars

Published May 21, 2009 by OCR Editor

Putting the UIGEA Behind Bars

Bob Barr is a United States attorney, author, and former member of the CIA, and he does not like the UIGEA.

As well as appearing on virtually every US cable and network TV channel, Bob Barr, author, attorney, and former member of the US House of Representatives, is speaking out loud against the UIGEA.

Barr is a household name in the United States and is often seen on TV screens crying out for greater personal freedom and the breaking of government restrictions on US citizens' civil liberties. A 21st Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy with the American Conservative Union, Barr has written a number of bestselling books on the topic of personal freedom.

Columnist Decries UIGEA
In his blog on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he posts a regular column, Barr recently turned his attention to online gambling. Immediately attacking the unjust and illogical bill that prevents any online payment agency transferring funds for online gambling, Barr has called for a repeal of the infamous UIGEA act.

Barr highlights the fact that it makes little sense for regular gambling to be permitted on US soil while online gambling remains tarred with pariah status.

Barney Frank
While not necessarily a member of the Barney Frank fan club, Barr nevertheless applauds the Chairman of the US House Financial Services Committee in his efforts to replace the 2006 bill with something more equitable, logical, and practical.

As a dyed-in-the-wool libertarian, Barr is against any legislation that might limit civil liberty any further than it is currently constrained. However, he supports the idea of legalizing online gambling, and channeling funds from this multi-billion dollar business into worthwhile causes. Barr also supports a repeal of the 1961 Wire Act, which has also been interpreted as prohibiting online gambling.

See also

California iGaming Takes Punch with lipay Nation of Santa Ysabel Ruling

UIGEA Stupidest Law Ever Passed

In Favor of UIGEA

Is It Time to Repeal the UIGEA?

Obama Keeps Poker Face on UIGEA

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