Terror Bill Limits Gambling, Too By Declan McCullagh (email@example.com) 2:00 a.m. Oct. 12, 2001 PDT
WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden is not, according to news reports, a terribly big fan of Western vices.
Nor has there been any reliable confirmation that last month's suicide-hijackers, who completed the bloodiest terrorist attack in American history, were habitual gamblers.
But that didn't stop the House Financial Services committee from voting 62-1 on Thursday for an "anti-terrorism" bill that limits Internet gambling.
In the words of Rep. Marge Roukema (R-New Jersey): "We've heard testimony from the FBI, the Department of Justice, and law enforcement that there is a clean nexus, a connection, between Internet gambling and money laundering of terrorism activities."
The measure has been dubbed the "Financial Anti-Terrorism Act" (PDF), and it prohibits financial institutions from accepting credit cards, electronic transfers and checks used in online gambling. Another part of the 121-page bill gives the Customs Service more power to inspect packages sent through the mail.