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Roll Them Bones

Somewhere in America William Bennett just got a stiffy.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Friday confirmed its ruling the United States had done nothing to abide by an earlier verdict that labelled some U.S. Internet gambling restrictions as illegal.

In a published version of findings in a complaint brought by Antigua and Barbuda, initially sent to the parties in January, the Geneva-based trade referee said the Caribbean island had provided additional evidence that strengthened its case.

The panel concludes that the United States has failed to comply with the recommendations and rulings of the (WTO’s) DSB (Dispute Settlement Body),” the WTO said in the ruling, which can be appealed.

At issue was an April 2005 WTO verdict against U.S. prohibitions on online betting, notably on horse racing. Since then, the U.S. Congress has passed additional legislation to ban betting over the Internet.

I can only imagine President Bush’s reaction upon hearing the news.  “They did what?  Oh man, Dobson’s gonna have a shit fit.  Karl, get Gonzo on the phone and ask him if I have the power to fire the WTO.  And if I don’t, tell him to figure out some way to let me do it anyway.”

Posted by Lee on 03/30/07 at 03:45 PM in Politics • Permalink


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