Online poker raids waste resources

by Eli Lehrer on April 28, 2011

photo by The_Smiths/Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license

Eli Lehrer has a piece in the Washington Times about the FBI’s recent poker raids being a waste of resources; the FBI should be going after real “bad guys,” Lehrer argues, not wasting time and money doing something that mostly hurts law-abiding citizens:

It was more than a bit scary to learn last week that FBI agents working with U.S. prosecutors for the Southern District of New York raided the nation’s three largest online poker websites and unsealed indictments against 11 of their executives. Whatever one thinks of poker playing or gambling in general, it’s difficult to think of a justification for the cyberraids.

A look at the facts shows the raids were based on criminal charges that reasonable people might question, hurt law-abiding individuals and involve a serious misallocation of public-sector resources.

Read the entire piece here.

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