UB.com’s Annie Duke and four other witnesses: Ed Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Discovery Federal Credit Union, Tom Malkasian, Vice Chairman and Director of Strategic Planning at Commerce Casino, Mohegan Tribe’s Lynn Malerba and Michael Fagan, a law enforcement and anti-terrorism consultant. Before the House Financial Services Committee they testified on Internet gambling. The hearing is considered to a preliminary stride leading to a mark-up of HR 2267, The Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act.
Duke convincingly summarizes her testimony by saying, “I suspect that some on this committee support freedom, apart from where individuals would use that freedom to make what they [committee members] believe to be bad choices. ‘Freedom to make good choices’ is an Orwellian term for tyranny; the governments of China, Cuba and Iran all support the freedom of their citizens to make choices that their governments perceive as good.” She ends by saying, “though you might feel about gambling on the Internet, I would suggest that gambling with freedom is far more risky.”
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