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Congressman Tom Emmer Supports Bitcoin

Fabiola S. Arcuri

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Congressman Tom Emmer supported Bitcoin and Slashes Facebook’s Libra during his recent speech at US Congress on 07-17-2019.

I’m sure you’re aware bitcoin is now 10 years old and now suddenly magically Congress is responding in other words after more than a decade Congress has apparently started to care I’m glad after all these years that Congress has finally decided to pay attention to the technology that could again just like the Internet up end the way we do everything in our lives unfortunately some people want to unnecessarily restrict it or even ban it they fear change nothing has been more clear on this committee than the blind aversion to change that some of our members have constantly espoused even when it wasn’t required or even the subject of the hearing I’m amazed at how easily representatives from California are so willing to suppress the innovation occurring in their own state and as much as they would like to be a separate country the benefits those innovations could have for the United States.

I don’t want to be partisan this is not a partisan technology in fact representative bill foster a co-chair the blockchain caucus like myself has been a longtime champion and advocate for these innovations it has never been a cornerstone of my grandfather’s Democrat Party to oppose innovation chairwoman waters was in fact correct when she began this hearing that merely learning more about an understanding Libra does not have to include opposing it.

I hope that will be the same approach to understanding the breadth and depth of cryptocurrency which Libra does not represent but thankfully thankfully amplifies our discussion of that topic unfortunately mr. Marcus you and your company have decided to approach this undertaking with as equal a level of ignorance and misunderstanding as those who wish to quell any new developments in cryptocurrency I’m afraid you have failed to realize that there is much to do in Washington in terms of educating both members of Congress and regulators on the benefits of this technology I hope someone whose opinion you value conveys to you how wrong you’ve been operating people have concerns with the amount of data you have on them and now you want to be there money to I hope members of this committee investigate the fact that quote the people already have options separate from your central control my colleagues are incredibly fearful of the money laundering and criminal activity and crypto currencies but the dollar in all Fiat backed currencies have been proven to be the largest means of illicit behavior and money laundering this does not mean we need to suppress individual freedom individuals insistent on the exclusion of middlemen and the freedom of the individual will continue to create open networks separate from central control unfortunately Libre is not designed to minimize middlemen it in fact relies on them at the end of this day Libre presents an incredible opportunity to define what it is not it presents an incredible opportunity for everyone on this committee to learn more about actual crypto currencies the committee has already sent out a press release that this is only our first step in regulation of oversight of Libre a lot has been said about the concern that the payment systems are unregulated however payment systems like the one you propose are already subject to regulation by a number of agencies.

I think it’s important that my colleagues have a full understanding of the law as it currently exists so that we may make better decisions here Treasury as demonstrated by Secretary of minuchin on Monday regulates payment systems for anti-money laundering compliance the FTC regulates them for fraud each state regulates them for consumer protection among other things New York has its own specific regime and so forth this regulatory landscape applies to payment systems like Libre and is different and distinct from laws that may or may not apply to typical social media platforms when this hearing was announced I was optimistic that this was finally at the time a major company wanted to be involved with this revolution and that the majority wanted to actually think and learn these new innovations it appears however they have decided to entrench themselves in the fear of the unknown and the fear of change and your company has done nothing to allay these fears as you move forward acknowledging that the bill to ban your actions has no constitutional basis let alone a basis in logic and that no one is willing to actually put their name on this proposal to ban private innovation will you work with me and invest educational efforts to show these members of Congress that we should work to better understand the innovations underlying cryptocurrency rather than doing their best to put their head in the sand and ignore change.

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Bitcoin Demand Surges in Lebanon

M. Ali

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Demand for bitcoin is jumping in Lebanon after the country is facing one the worst financial crisis since the 1975-90 civil war. According to Saida Online (a popular Lebanese news portal), many Lebanese have investors also considered BTC as a store of value and a hedge against the aggressive expansionary monetary policies adopted by the central bank of Lebanon.

Protests that have swept Lebanon since Oct. 17 have added to pressures in the financial system, deepening a hard currency crunch that has left many importers unable to bring in goods, forced up prices and increased fears of financial collapse. The protests, fueled by rage against a ruling class seen as looting Lebanon, have slowed an already weak economy. Many businesses have shed jobs or slashed salaries and moved workers onto part time.

The crisis has shaken confidence in a banking system that has been a cornerstone of Lebanon’s post-war stability. Several Lebanese banks have imposed new caps on interest rates on deposits and pay savers half the interest due on foreign currency holdings in Lebanese pounds.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are not fully legalized in Lebanon, yet many investors in Lebanon are currently trading bitcoin through Whatsapp and Telegram groups.

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BitClub Network Founders Are Charged in $722 Million Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme

June G. Bauer

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The creators of BitClub Network website were charged with helping to run a $722 million cryptocurrency fraud that amounted to a “high-tech Ponzi scheme,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito in New Jersey said in a statement.

The BitClub Network claimed that users can earn daily profits from a so called shared mining pools. The website owners have created a referral program so they can trick more users to join their Ponzi scheme.

What they allegedly did amounts to little more than a modern, high-tech Ponzi scheme that defrauded victims of hundreds of millions of dollars. Working with our law enforcement partners here and across the country, we will ensure that these scammers are held to account for their crimes.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito said
A screenshot from Bitclub’s website

From its inception in 2014, BitClub Network was never about sharing crypto mining profits. The alleged scammers created false figures meant to demonstrate BitClub’s earnings from its bitcoin mining pool to its investors between April 2014 and December 2019.

The wire fraud conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000. The conspiracy to sell unregistered securities charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.    

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Video: Roger Ver: Bitcoin Cash Can Go Up a Thousand Times

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Roger Ver, founder of bitcoin.com, who’s known as “Bitcoin Jesus,” joins CNBC’s “Power Lunch” team to talk about the cryptocurrency markets, the price of Bitcoin and more.

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