U.S. Online Gambling Deal Is Classified

    February 6, 2008

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative reached a deal with the European Union, Japan and Canada over the U.S. ban on online gambling, but the problem is the details of the agreement have never been made public.

Ed Brayton

Freelance writer Ed Brayton filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get the financial details of the agreement. The USTR responded by telling Brayton that the information he requested was classified because of national security.

Here is the official response," Please be advised that the document you seek is being withheld in full pursuant to 5 U.S.C.  552(b)(1), which pertains to information that is properly classified in the interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958."

Brayton writes on his blog,"Americans, according to this administration, have no right to know how many billions of our tax dollars they’ve spent with no legislative authorization whatsoever in order to buy the cooperation of other nations and allow them to continue to violate the rights of American adults by preventing them from gambling in the privacy of their own home."

Brayton says he plans to appeal the decision and will file a lawsuit if his appeal is denied. Clearly he is not happy with the decision writing, "They’ve got me pissed off now."