Wednesday December 03,2014 : P.P.A. SUPPORTS POLICE BODY'S STATEMENT ON INTERNET POKER
National Fraternal Order of Police has urged Congress to oppose the Restoration of the American Wire Act.
A statement earlier this year by the National Fraternal Order of Police, urging membes of Congress to oppose any federal ban on internet gambling was given fresh legs this week when it was endorsed by the Poker Players Alliance.
John Pappas, executive director of the Alliance, referred in a statement to the Fraternity's comment that “…a Federal prohibition is irresponsible and will severely hinder our efforts to combat unlawful activity on the Internet.”
Pappas commented: “The Fraternal Order of Police’s letter clearly demonstrates to Congress that a licensed and regulated online poker market is undoubtedly more effective than prohibition as a means to protect consumers from fraud, identity theft or criminal activity.
"A federal ban would only serve to drive online poker and other forms of online gambling underground where law enforcement has no authority to protect consumers from corruption.
"The states have already proven that online gaming can be appropriately regulated and in fact have greater controls than brick-and-mortar casinos.
"It’s time for Congress to either step up and create a safe and regulated online poker environment for all Americans or step aside and allow the states to precede in doing so for their respective citizens.”