Thursday, February 15, 2007

The one in which we have to question priorities

Well, to answer a burning question, PokerStars has informed me that they cannot "credit" back to my Visa gift card. At least they accept them. Not all of them, though. Troll purchased a prepaid Visa (waiting on the brand name) from one of the local drug stores, but neither Tilt or Stars would accept it. Tilt says that they don't accept any Visa/MC from US players, but Hoy reported a few weeks ago that Gift2Go cards from Walgreens were accepted at both Stars and Tilt. It seems to be hit and miss, and I don't know if the reloadable cards work or not. The prepaid ones seem to be the best bet, but the only ones I can verify work are All Access preloaded Visa debit gift cards, and Gift2Go preloaded Visa gift cards (via Hoyazo). At least if your b/r gets low, you can reload. Hopefully, by the time I pwn everything out there and boost my b/r into the billyuns and billyuns (extreme lol lol lol), maybe we will have found a way to get our money out of the poker sites and back into our respective pockets. We shall see...

And now the title of the post. I presume most of you have heard about Bank of America, and their decision to allow undocumented aliens to open bank accounts, credit cards and mortgages. Things that make you go huh? According to B of A, they are trying to service the ever growing Hispanic market. Fine. Service those here in this country legally. Technically, and I'd really need a lawyer to back me up on this, I would think that anybody at B of A either connected to this policy, or connected to the implementation of this policy could be found guilty of aiding and abetting criminals. I mean, it IS a crime to be in the country illegally, right? But ok, let's move beyond Bank of Attitude (yes I used to bank there, years ago, and Attitude is right...customer service sucks, apparently unless you're in the country illegally).

We have our beloved federal government prosecuting two former employees of a foreign company, one (I believe) located in another country who happens to be one of our strongest allies, and indirectly persecuting those of us who play poker and otherwise gamb00l online all in the name of fraud prevention and prevention of terrorism. Noble goals, and one can certainly understand the government of these here United States of America wanting to protect herself and her citizens from these crimes. But they're not going after a financial institution, one of the largest financial institutions, for proudly publicizing that they don't require a valid US-issued identification card (like a Social Security Card, a Drivers License, or a Passport/Visa) to grant bank accounts and credit. Hmmm. Sounds like fraud to me. And one of the other benefits that B of A trumpets is that people who open these accounts can wire money from their account to Mexico for free! Just try and find a bank willing to do that for you, especially without proper identification.

But that sure seems like it would be conducive to money laundering, and would be very well-suited to (let's just say here, not that I'm trying to stereotype...just using a prevalent example) a radical Imam at an Islamic mosque laundering money for terrorists. Again, I'm not saying they all do this, just using the example. This Imam extolls his parishoners to donate money to the Jihad against the West, against Israel, whomever. Much in the same fashion as Irish Republican Army "representatives" would do in countless bar back rooms in Boston and other areas (just to be fair). Because B of A doesn't require proper documentation to open an account, what's to stop this Imam, one of his parishoners, or whomever (an undocumented worker? they're easy to find here in So Cal) to open an account at B of A. Even to further hide the paper trail, money deposited could even be wired into an account in Mexico (it can't be that difficult to open an account down there), and THEN have the money wired into yet a 3rd bank, maybe in the Cayman Islands or something. Either way, it sure seems like an easy method to finance terrorism. And our federal government is going after an internet business based somewhere in the UK, I believe, not to mention cutting us off from online gambling (except for appropriately state sponsored methods, like lottery and horse racing). Am I alone in thinking that our government's priorities are kinda, what's the word I'm looking for, oh yeah, FUCKED UP BEYOND ALL RECOGNITION?!?!?!?!


CarmenSinCity said...

On that same note... I used to work at the Red Rock Casino which is a part of Stations Casinos. They do a thorough background check and yet half of the workforce (especially the room staff) are illegals. How do they pass a background check without having an SSN??

Stations even put up signs in the cafeteria saying they would help the illegals get citizenship.


Wolverine Fan said...

If said institution, B of A, donates enough campaign funds to our beloved politicals, then I recken they can pretty much do what they want.

We are going to hell in a hand basket