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US Takes War on Online Gambling to the Banks

Pamelacamassa1Reuters, among other news sources, are reporting today that the U.S. Department of Justice has ordered some of the world's biggest banks to hand over all e-mails, telephone records and documents connected with gaming sites as part of its war against online gambling in America.

HSBC, Dresdner Kleinwort, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank are among the European-based banks that have been issued with subpoenas, and sites mentioned as part of the axis of evil online gambling include 888.com and A. Dikshit's Partygaming, the parent company of PartyPoker.com.

The subpoenas were apparently issued three weeks ago as part of the U.S. government's all-out assault on online gambling that has seen a number of gaming executives arrested and online gambling sites pulling out of the lucrative U.S. market.

Our source tells us that the DOJ has decided to shift its focus away from stopping jihadis in America from places like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and is now focused on targeting gambling execs from England and Canada because ridding America of the evils of online gambling is way easier than that war on terrorism stuff. Seriously, fighting terrorism is just too hard. Those terrorist folks all look alike, are very elusive in their taxi cabs and kebab carts, and they're very smelly when you interrogate them. Like dead fish in a poop-filled port-o-let smelly. And then you have all those pesky ACLU-ers whining all the time about so-called "profiling," "wiretaps" and other "civil liberties" mumbo jumbo. Really, it's just hard, hard work, and what's the payoff?

Fighting online gambling, now that's low hanging fruit baby.

In an article in The Sunday Times London, it was reported that this is one of the biggest "fishing expeditions" ever undertaken by the DOJ and "would cause outrage in Britain, coming so soon after the extradition to the US of the so-called NatWest Three."

"UK Plc should be really worried about yet another encroachment of US investigators on to British territory," a British businessman told the Times. "The City is clearly under threat."

Indeed it is and we really feel for the Brits on this one. They finally find an industry they could lead the world in and make wads of cash from and along comes the U.S. to piss all over their bangers and mash, metaphorically speaking.

(Photo of Pamela Camassa above because if you're going to keep reading news about online gambling getting (hoyt) corkin'd in the pooper, you might as well be looking at a girl with a nice one, which you can see more of here.)

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