Former FBI Director joins Fair Play USA
Fair Play USA, the coalition that is supported by Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International has increased its numbers with the addition of former FBI Director Louis Freeh. He is the latest in a long list of high-profile public figures that have joined the coalition, which is pushing for Congress to implement federal guidelines for online poker.
Other supporters include Internet safety advocate and attorney Parry Aftab and former Department of Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge. Their aim is to encourage congress to provide a clearer definition of illegal gambling, which would enable the law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute more effectively black market websites and illegal operators.
The group set out its aims at a media event held on Capitol Hill, where it met to discuss its goals. One such aim is to educate “policymakers and the public about the current ambiguous laws in the U.S. that have led to a $6 billion a year illegal gambling market led by rogue offshore operators.”
Recent months have seen several overseas Internet gaming firms have been blocked from operating in the United States by the Justice Department, and pro-poker groups such as Fair Play USA argue that the crackdown underscores the need for a regulated system of legalized poker that would create jobs and tax revenue.
In a recent interview Freeh said, “Current federal laws fail to provide U. S. law enforcement vital tools to address illegal internet gambling, enabling a ‘wild west’ atmosphere.
“The answer is to regulate aspects of online gaming and make clear what’s legal and what’s not legal. We need to give law enforcement clear authority so they can use scarce resources to target really serious gambling enterprises instead.”’