No Bartering! Says the Feds
When I was growing, I was taught to believe that the United States Government was “of the people, by the people and for the people”. As I grown into middle age, I’ve come to distrust the very government that is intended to serve the people. With all the conspiracy theories floating around, it’s hard not to have concerns and questions. Then a small event occurs and it becomes public. Very few pay any attention. The MSM is basically useless when it comes to getting accurate information. This is the story of BERNARD von NOTHAUS v. The U.S. Bernard von Nothouse (BVNH) was offering and selling an alternative currency that was backed up by gold and silver. BVNH called his currency The Liberty Dollar. For over ten years, his medallions, made of pure silver and gold, were being distributed throughout the United States as an alternate to the Federal Reserve Note (FRN). The Treasury Department was not to happy and after a two year investigation, the government raided and confiscated 7 tons of gold, silver, copper, and platinum.
Von NotHaus created his organization in Evansville, Ind., in 1998, and developed the Liberty Dollar. He touted the silver medallions as an inflation-proof alternative to official currency.
The government raid and confiscation occurred in November 2007. It wasn’t until June of 2009 that charges were filed against BVHN and several others. The indictment alleges the corporation’s purpose was to limit reliance on and compete with U.S. currency.
“When groups seek to undermine the U.S. currency system, the government is compelled to act,” said acting U.S. Attorney Edward Ryan of the Western District of North Carolina. “These coins are not government-produced coinage, yet purchasers were led to believe by those who made and sold them that they should be spent like U.S. Federal Reserve Notes,” Ryan said. “Such claims are in violation of federal law.”
The indictment alleged that the corporation’s purpose was to limit reliance on and compete with U.S. currency. BVHN was charged with uttering and passing coins resembling genuine U.S. coins and intended for use as money, mail fraud and selling and possessing Liberty Dollar coins with intent to defraud. “People understand that there is only one legal currency in the United States,” said Owen Harris, special agent in charge of the Charlotte office of the FBI. “When groups try to replace the U.S. dollar with coins and bills that don’t hold the same value, it affects the economy.
I would have to agree, the Liberty Dollar is far more valuable then a Federal Reserve Note, and the government doesn’t like that at all.
All of the alternate currencies that BVHN sold were backed up by gold and silver. But he is not without controversy, he was president of the National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and Internal Revenue Codes. A 1999 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center said that many of the stores that accepted liberty dollars “are run by men and women connected to the radical right.” The coins have caught on particularly well in Asheville, N.C., and Austin, Texas, and are accepted by some merchants there. It’s nice to see the SPLC step in and make ridiculous assumptions with no basis of fact.
The U.S. Mint stepped in and filed a warning : The Mint warning clearly states that under the Constitution Article 1, Section 8, Clause 5 http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_A1Sec8.html that Congress has the exclusive right to coin money of the United States and to regulate its value. That is not what it says. It says “Congress shall have the power to coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;. If the Constitution were meant to give an exclusive power then this very same article would outlaw other postal services, because it also reads…to establish Post Offices.
The government relied on this U.S. code in it’s case: 31 USC 5103 is the definition of legal tender : United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues. Foreign gold or silver coins are not legal tender for debts. The question that must be asked, what constitutes “foreign”?
Bernard von NotHaus was convicted at the conclusion of an eight-day trial in U.S. District Court in Statesville N.C. The jury deliberated less than two hours, according to the Department of Justice. BVNH was found guilty by a federal jury of conspiracy against the government in a case of “domestic terrorism.” Domestic Terrorism? Are your kidding me? BVNH was only providing a gold and silver backed currency that was worth much more than the pathetic dollar. This will have far reaching consequences as the Federal Government continues it’s oppressive grab around the throats of the American people.
“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said. “While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country.” “We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government,” Tompkins said.
Recently, Utah passed a state law that made gold and silver legal tender, other states are following suit. This will certainly be interesting if the Feds file suit against Utah, without a rigged jury, the Feds would lose outright. But this isn’t the point of the article. The point is that our courts have set a precedent. Not everyone believes in the purity of von NotHaus’ motives: “NotHaus’ group has been followed for years by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that tracks political extremism. Long before the government began its investigation into von NotHaus, the group was raising concerns about the popularity of Liberty Dollars among fringe groups on the far right.”
“He’s playing on a core idea of the radical right, that evil bankers in the Federal Reserve are ripping you off by controlling the money supply,” said Mark Potok, spokesman for the group.
Um, is this actually subject to debate? The dollar is on it’s deathbed, and the Feds have just said it’s our way or no way. The precedence set is that you cannot barter with any form of currency, gold or silver, it must be the Federal Reserve Note. Folks, the government is also dying. They know it, but their doing everything they can do to hold on to the power they have. We are on the verge of witnessing a historical event, the insolvency of the United States. That’s the same as default. As the dollar continues to depreciate, oil, food and gold will rise to unprecedented levels. What this means to you and I is not a pretty thought. When gas hits $6 a gallon, we are all in trouble. Prepare my friends, time is short.
To read an account of the court procedings go here: http://www.thecompletepatient.com/storage/ds%20mtd%20memo%20in%20support.pdf