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Why Silver is the Place to Be

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In case you don’t know the main reason why silver is the place to be, here’s a little excerpt from a Ted Butler speech.

Cambridge House Phoenix Silver Summit 2010
Silver Review and Outlook
February 4, 2010
Theodore Butler

“Last year, I observed silver’s past, or the time period covering thousands of years up until about 5 years ago. I tried to describe how silver was always a highly desired precious metal, valued for its beauty and value in jewelry and ornaments and as money, much like its fellow precious metal gold. And, starting 100 to 150 years ago, how silver evolved into a vital and strategic industrial commodity. This transformation of silver into a modern industrial material was predicated upon its physical and chemical properties. These properties included it being the best conductor of electricity, the best transfer agent of heat, the best reflector of light, the most efficient photographic chemical and the most versatile biocide. In fact, silver is used in more industrial applications than any other metal.

Because of the wide range of uses in which silver is the preferred ingredient, it began to be industrially consumed in prodigious quantities. So great was the industrial consumption of silver, that the world used more, starting around the beginning of World War II, than it could produce from mining and recycling. That over-consumption mandated that previously produced silver, in the form of world inventories, be consumed, in addition to mining and recycling. The net result was that over 60 or 70 years, the above ground inventories of silver were depleted by 90% or more. In other words, we have only 10% in world silver bullion inventories of what we had back 70 years ago. We had 10 billion ounces of silver bullion inventories then; now we have 1 billion ounces remaining.

At the same time, gold inventories grew dramatically over the past 70 years, as gold’s industrial consumption did not develop like silver’s did, mainly because gold was and is one of the most expensive materials in the world. It’s not that gold didn’t have its own special physical and chemical properties; it’s just that you don’t use an expensive material unless you have no other choice. The bottom line, silver’s inventories were used up; gold’s inventories grew

The net result of this was one of the most incredible situations ever witnessed in world history, namely, that a comparable commodity that was rarer than another commodity could be much cheaper than the more plentiful commodity. In above ground bullion inventories, gold is more plentiful than silver, yet silver is less than 1.5% the price of gold. Common sense should tell you that such a relationship is absurd and cannot last indefinitely. Investment sense should also tell you that price relationship is absurd and unlikely to last, creating the best reason to buy underpriced silver.

Finally, despite the ease by which these relative gold/silver world inventory statistics can be verified, less than one-tenth of one percent of the world’s citizens are aware of the fact that silver is rarer than gold. I would guess that a good percent of those who do know, are in this room today.”

So . . . . if you knew something that only “one-tenth of one percent of the world’s citizens are aware of – the fact that silver is rarer than gold” wouldn’t it be a good idea to be in a business that should benefit as more people learn about silver? Especially since it already is.

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Keeping Your Money Safe When the SHTF

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When life is going on seemingly normal, you’re probably not too concerned about having your money kept in a bank. However, when the SHTF, a bank will not be the safest place to keep it.

When to Withdraw Your Money from a Bank

Most people think about the convenience of keeping money in a bank and they don’t dwell on the risks. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t risks – and plenty of them. If you look at what happened in Greece and other countries in the not too distant past, you’ll see what happened to people when the banking system failed.

banking crisisThe banks simply shut down and limited how much of their own money people could have. People were left scrambling to figure out how to buy necessities, how to take care of themselves and people who’d traveled outside the country struggled with having the means to return home since they couldn’t access their money.

When your money is in a bank, you’re not the one who decides whether or not you’ll always have access to it. And if the government needs it, it can simply take it. When a bank gets in trouble, the money in accounts can be seized.

The time to withdraw your money from your account is the moment you know that a SHTF situation is imminent. Don’t wait and see what the government is going to do or what everyone else is going to do.

The only person who can make sure you and your family get taken care of is you. And always have money on hand to tide you over for months at a time, even if you leave some funds in the banking system.

Better Money Safe Options

If you have your money in a bank account, it can be taken. If you try and store it in a safety deposit box, it can also be taken. Just because it’s in a bank doesn’t mean you’ll have access to it or that you’ll always have ownership of it when you need it.

If your bank were to shut down for several days – or worse, for months – how could you get by? In a SHTF situation, it’s always best to have your money where you can get to it when you need it.

You can use a safe at home to protect your money, but you want to make sure you don’t make it easily visible or accessible to anyone but you. Never buy a grab and carry safe.

If you can snatch it up and go, so can a thief. Instead, use a safe that you can permanently fix to a spot. Have more than one safe because you never want to keep all your eggs in one basket.

Divide your money up between two or three safes for the best bet. Some survivalists use a cheaper safe and leave it where it can be seen. They’ll put a little bit of money in that safe so that if a thief does break in, he thinks he’s taken everything and he won’t search for more.

You can also place your money in airtight, waterproof containers and bury it. But only do this if you’ll be able to get to it when you need it. You can bury some on your immediate property and some on a bug out location.

Where to Hide Your Money

Besides a hidden safe, there are several other places you can hide your money. You can hide money inside your walls by hiding it inside a vent. You can tuck money away in your attic inside of old toys or tucked inside the hollowed out center of an old hardback book that you stack with a few other books.

Hide money in the insulation in your attic, basement or garage. You can also put money in separate envelopes and tape them underneath kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets or to the back of appliances.

You can get a waterproof container and hide money in your toilet tank. Some people hide money inside of food containers that they store inside their refrigerator or in the freezer.

Some people hide money inside of their medicine cabinet but in SHTF situations, medicine might be in short supply, and thieves will be looking for medicine. So choose a different hiding spot of you’ve been using this one.

If you have pets, you can tape money to the bottom of a dog kennel, a dog dish or a cat climbing house. Burying money in the soil of houseplants makes a great hiding place. Just make sure you use a waterproof container.

You could have several houseplants and have money stashed in each pot. Take the photos out of frames and tape money to the cardboard backing on the inside. Replace the photo and set the frame back in its original spot. Thieves don’t pay attention to family photos.

Hiding money in canisters or cookie jars can be an option, but thieves have been known to search kitchen canisters because they’re an obvious hiding place. It’s better to seal money in an envelope and tape it to the back of your refrigerator than to use a canister or cookie jar.

Tape money to the inside of CD cases, movie cases or workout videos. You can also place rolled up money inside hollow towel rods and hang them as usual in your bathrooms.

Buy lamps with dark colored bases. Lamps with white or light colored bases will sometimes show if there’s something inside of it. Unscrew the bottom of the dark base lamp and place money inside. When you put it back together, you can’t see the money.

You can also place money on the inside bottom of couch cushions, zip them closed and use as normal. There are endless ways to hide cash in your home. Of course, it’s then fragile in the event of a fire or flood, so take precautions with that.

What Bill Denominations Should You Keep on Hand When the SHTF?

When life on the grid is suddenly disrupted, life as you know it will be thrown into chaos. Without electricity, the world will be a different place. In a SHTF situation, the way that currency is handled and the way money changes hands during transactions is going to cease.

Without electricity and normal banking, your debit card and your credit cards are going to be virtually worthless. Not having any cash won’t be an option – not if you want to survive.

cashYou need to have cash on hand so that you can take care of the needs that you’ll have. But how you store that cash, how much of it you have and what types of bill denominations to have will all matter.

Most people have the mindset that bigger is better. They believe that storing rolls of hundreds of fifty dollar bills will see them through any SHTF situation. But you have to think the opposite of a normal day to day buying and selling transaction.

In normal life, you can easily use a larger bill. But in a SHTF situation, having larger bills could be of almost no value to you. Without normal ways to bank, you and those who do business as well as other survivors aren’t going to have access to change and smaller denominations.

That means your big bills won’t be usable. You don’t want to try to buy something you need and be unable to have it because the other person can’t break a bill that large. In this situation, even a twenty dollar bill can be too big. While it’s okay to have some tens, don’t stock up on those.

What you really want to stock up on are plenty of five dollar bills, ones and coins. This way, you can easily have bills small enough to be acceptable by others when you need to conduct business.

What some survivalists are doing right now is exchanging large bills for smaller ones and then hiding those smaller denominations in safe places around their home. Rolls of coins can easily be hidden throughout your home as well.

Why People Get Gold and Silver for SHTF Situations

The world is headed for a crisis because history has shown that SHTF situations have already happened and are continuing to happen. As these situations occur, society starts to break down in various areas and sometimes all at once, from electrical to housing to financial.

That’s why it’s better to get gold and silver for SHTF situations. There could very well come a day when your money will be of no value. Or you won’t be able to use it at all. The world could head back to the times when the only thing you can use to get what you need to survive is gold and silver.

While banking systems have failed, while the currency rate does drop, gold and silver have track records of holding steady in value. Plus, these metals come in handy when it comes down to bartering if necessary.

Even when the value of paper currency and coin is bottom of the barrel, metals like gold and silver will always be in demand. It’s a good investment to have gold and silver on hand in preparation.

When society collapses as it’s shown to occur already in several countries and even in isolated incidents in the United States, you want something that’s going to last for the long haul.

Most people think that once society is gone, it’s gone. But people are resilient and eventually rebuilding society will happen. Your gold and silver will not lose its value during a SHTF situation and will remain valuable when society is rebuilt.

When there’s a major collapse in society, every kind of paper currency is at risk for becoming useless. The government will no longer support the banking system and the you won’t be able to access funds.

Those who have direct deposit won’t be able to get any money. As the currency spirals into worthlessness, the value of silver and gold will skyrocket as it becomes the new go-to means of buying and selling.

If you want to provide for yourself and your family, you’ll want to invest in these precious metals immediately. In the event of a SHTF situation, gold and silver will become the main currency.

You can buy these precious metals in two forms. Either in bars or in coins. When you stock up on the coin form, they’re acceptable forms of currency. The face value of the coin will depend on the weight of the precious metal in the coin.

For example, if you purchase a 1 ounce gold coin, the face value is $50. Remember though, that face value is different from market value.

What to Barter with Instead of Money

Since money might not be an option during a SHTF situation, you need to have another way to get what you need in place. The world works on a supply and demand system. If you have what you need and then some, you can always trade what you have for what someone else needs.

During times where there’s a crisis situation, it will serve you well to be prepared with items that others are going to need. Most people aren’t going to be prepared with the tools that need, so having tools on hand to barter with is a good idea.

You’ll also want to have extra staples to use for bartering. This includes items like flour, sugar, salt, and coffee. Personal items like toilet paper, shampoo, feminine hygiene items, and razors are items others will be willing to trade to get.

Stock up on food extras like canned goods, baby formula, tea, cooking oil, and canned meats. You’ll also want to have a supply of medicines you can barter. This would be items like ibuprofen, aspirin, anti-histamines, antibiotics, and antacids.

First aid items are also good trade supplies to have. Batteries, flashlights, ammo, and fishing items are always in high demand during a SHTF crisis. Some people stock up on luxury items too, such as alcohol and cigarettes.

Physically Protecting Your Money from Theft

During a SHTF crisis, if you have it, you can bet someone else wants to try to take it – someone who didn’t prepare and now they’re desperate. You can hide your money in a home safe.

You can stash it in various containers and locations. Hiding money and locking it away is a good, preventative measure. But sometimes, even if you’ve hidden your money, you find yourself in a situation where you’re going to have to physically protect your money from theft.

protectionYou’re going to have to decide if it’s worth the fight or not. You can determine if it is or not by whether the money the thief wants is all you have or if it’s a substantial amount. If it is, then you need to do what you have to for yourself.

If the other person is not armed, then you can physically push back against them and keep pushing until they see that you’re not giving up without a fight. Sometimes, all it takes is for a person to be willing to defend what’s his to make a thief back off.

If you’re where you can be able to run from the room, then you can hit the intruder with pepper spray. That alone will incapacitate most people. If you don’t want to use lethal weapons, and the intruder becomes pushy, you can use a baseball bat – but if you do that, you’ll have to swing hard enough to take down the thief.

Otherwise, he might be able to wrestle the bat away from you. Try to hit the thief in areas of the body where it’ll inflict the most pain such as the face or the groin. If it becomes a life or death situation, you may have to use lethal force.

Collecting Silver Coins is Fun and Profitable

Accumulating things seems to be the human condition. People collect all sorts of things for a variety of reasons. Usually, it’s because they either enjoy the things they collect or they believe their collection will have greater value in the future.

Well, if you’re going to collect something… why not collect real money?
1804_dollar_obverseSilver and gold have always been something of value that has been used as money throughout the ages. In fact, silver has been deemed the official money of the United States as mandated by our Constitution. True, many believe their fiat paper money is the official American currency, and it has been pretty successfully passed off as that. However, it’s value has been debased since the Federal Reserve began printing it and its value continues to decline.
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San Diegans value chocolate more than precious metals

Given the choice between a free Hershey bar and a silver bar worth $150, people on the streets of San Diego chose the chocolate bar – another jaw-dropping illustration of how ignorant Americans are when it comes to precious metals.

Mark Dice’s previous video showed him attempting to sell the 10oz silver bullion for as little as 99 cents, with no takers. This time San Diegans didn’t even show an interest in receiving the silver for free, choosing the chocolate bar instead every time.

“I’ll take the chocolate bar,” says one woman as Dice tells her, “who needs a 10 ounce bar of silver, right?” as the woman physically recoils from it.

“Who needs a 10 ounce bar of silver when you can have a good delicious bar of chocolate, right?” Dice tells another man who responds, “Yeah, exactly!”

“The Hershey bar, I can eat it, I can’t eat the silver bar,” remarks another man as he choose the chocolate over the bullion.

Another woman chooses the Hershey bar, commenting, “I’m a girl and it’s been a cranky day.”

A man in a cap then sardonically asks, “silver?” before taking the chocolate bar.

A woman wearing sunglasses remarks, “I don’t have a way to do anything with the silver,” presumably unaware that she could exchange it for $150 at a coin shop just a few feet away. Ironically, the woman then becomes preoccupied with whether or not the Hershey bar is real.

“Is it real? It doesn’t seem real,” states the woman, to which Dice responds, “I mean we could go into this coin shop, we could verify this silver bar as real.”

“No, that’s alright,” responds the woman.

As precious metals specialist Addison Quale wrote in response to Dice’s previous silver bar video, “Americans have been tricked into believing precious metals are not valuable.”

Quale writes that the video illustrates how central bankers have created an “uninformed, uninterested, ignorant and pliable citizenry they can lead around by the nose,” having “essentially convinced the populace that gold and silver coins are ultimately impractical and just too old-fashioned” while making them firmly believe that promissory bank notes and certificates represent real money.

Article written by Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars.com

Don’t Fall for those “We Buy Gold And Silver” ads

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Silver Recycling Volumes Forecast to Stagnate Over The Next Three Years

(September 9, 2015 – Washington, D.C.) The Silver Institute today released “Silver Scrap: The Forgotten Fundamental,” a report produced by Metals Focus, the London-based independent precious metals research consultancy, on behalf of the Silver Institute. The study provides detailed information on recycling broken down by region and by five sectors: industrial end uses, photography, jewelry, silverware and coins. This analysis then forms the bedrock for the forecast in scrap volumes out to 2017 and how those volumes might vary with price.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Silver recycling is projected to decline to 178.0 Moz (5,536t) by 2017. This is 14% lower than the 2011 peak, as growth is only expected to average 3% a year, even if prices rally to over $20. This outlook is based on further losses in photographic scrap, a depleted pool of near-market silverware and a limited response from most industrial end-uses.
  • The study found that scrap from industrial sources is the largest segment, accounting for around half the total last year. A key finding was the low level of recovery from the vast majority of end-uses, as highly fragmented ownership and low silver contents often make recovery uneconomic.  The main exception is the substantial and growing volumes coming from ethylene oxide (EO) catalysts.
  • Silverware is the second biggest source of silver scrap supply, with an 18% share of the 2014 total. This large slice was mainly ascribed to a sizable pool of product and a comparatively high value per piece.  By contrast, silver jewelry recycling is modest, despite higher consumption today, as consumers appear to be content to hold on to a still fashionable metal and resale is less valuable.
  • The report notes that photographic scrap remains in marked structural decline as a lagged result of the digitally-led fall in its fabrication since a peak in the late 1990s. However, still sizable volumes of recycling of old x-rays helped this sector achieve 16% of the 2014 scrap total.
  • The West, in particular North America, dominates recycling today, with 53% of last year’s total. Chinese scrap was, however, noted to be growing fast, with its share on target for almost 20% by 2017, largely as a result of gains in industrial recycling.
  • The report isolates four main drivers of silver recycling: the silver price; the scale of a products’ stocks; the degree to which ownership is fragmented and, lastly, environmental legislation in conjunction with its enforcement and voluntary compliance.

“The report illustrates the fact that one of the major contributors to the silver supply complex, scrap supply, has been shrinking, and is forecast to grow only modestly in the near term, further underscoring the strong fundamentals of the silver market,” stated Michael DiRienzo, Executive Director of the Silver Institute.

The report can be downloaded free of charge at: Silver Scrap:  The Forgotten Fundamental Report

Some Things to Consider Regarding Silver Prices

You have probably heard that gold and silver is a hedge against inflation. These metals have been used as a store of wealth for about 6,000 years, but did you know that silver has some unusual qualities? Lots of people do not know it, but silver is necessary for most of the electronics, solar power panels, batteries, medical devices, and antibacterial applications used today.

Silver is an important metal because of its rarity, but it can also be used as an industrial metal as in the above list. Some have predicted that silver will become even more rare in the future and according to the USGS (United States Geological Society), could be gone by 2020.

Gold is a valuable metal too, but gold only acts as a store of wealth with very few industrial applications. So, why is silver such a terrific investment? When you consider the silver/gold ratio, silver is an absolute steal considering that historically it has taken about 15 ounces of silver to get a single ounce of gold. Right now that ratio reaches about 55 ounces of silver to an ounce of gold. So, the ratio is way out of whack and really should go lower.

Lots of experts say the silver to gold ratio ought to be about 10:1. In other words, there should be about 10 ounces of silver inside the ground for every ounce of gold. The ratio is now 55:1, which is only kept here by market manipulators. Once the manipulation ends, silver will skyrocket. Keep in mind the amount of silver used in industrial applications continues to increase every year due to the growing demand for electronics. China, India, and other nations who are industrializing are putting a huge demand on already stretched silver sector.

A lot of economists think that silver might go to around $100/ounce, and long term predictions by some pros put silver at $500 and even $1,000 per ounce. If you are wanting to retain your wealth during a historic period of inflation, now is the time.

The public is largely kept out in the dark with regards to these silver price predictions. Allot of folks who were called crazy 10 yrs ago for saying to buy silver are actually getting praised for it now. Not long ago, the silver price was around $4.00 and ounce, and it is now hovering around $30.00.

2012 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set

In 2010, the United States Mint launched the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, a 12-year initiative with 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring reverse designs depicting some of our most cherished national parks and other national sites. Under this program, the United States Mint will issue five new quarter designs per year, with one final design in 2021. The third year of the program, 2012, features the third five quarters in the series.

America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof SetWith each coin struck in lustrous 90 percent silver, also known as “coin silver,” the 2012 edition of the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set features the third release of five quarters in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

In 2012, the sites being featured are El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, Acadia National Park in Maine, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Each quarter bears the “S” mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco.

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France Bans Cash Sales Of Gold & Silver Over $600

Central banks are presumably so frightened that a growing number of citizens are abandoning rapidly devaluing paper currencies and preserving their wealth through precious metals that governments are now cracking down on the anonymous purchase of gold and silver.

Following the Austrian government’s announcement that it was restricting the sales of precious metals to $20,000 a time, an amount which would purchase just 11 ounces, the French authorities have followed suit with an equally draconian new measure to deter people from buying gold and silver.

A recently amended French law states (translation), “Any transaction on the retail purchase of ferrous and non ferrous (metals) is made by crossed check, bank or postal transfer or by credit card, not the total amount of the transaction may not exceed a ceiling set by decree. Failure to comply with this requirement is punishable by a ticket for the fifth class,” going on to confirm that any amount over €450 euros or $600 US dollars “must be paid by bank transfer”.

“According to independent reports the law was passed to curb the illegal sale of stolen metals like copper, steel, etc. Given the rampant rise in thefts of these metals from telephone poles, construction sites and businesses here in the United States, we can certainly see this as a reasonable assessment for why the French passed this law,” writes Mark Slavo.

“However, the fact that no exception was made for gold and silver simply cannot be ignored. The new law effectively makes it illegal to purchase even a single Troy ounce of gold or around 18 ounces of silver in cash.”

$600 USD isn’t even enough to purchase a half ounce of gold. This guarantees that citizens who are trying to transfer their savings over to precious metals will be known to the authorities, leaving them vulnerable to government confiscation of their gold and silver later on down the line, as happened in 1933 under FDR.

Why are central banks and governments in Europe so eager to make it as difficult as possible for citizens to buy precious metals? It’s largely because unlike every other financial commodity, they don’t have the market completely under their control, and cannot tolerate the idea of people having true power over their own economic destiny.

Secondly it’s because the great foundation stone of the globalists’ plan to create a federalized European superstate and the template for a future world currency – the euro – is crumbling amidst the debt crisis that has engulfed the continent. With eurozone members already preparing to abandon the single currency, the last thing the EU wants to see is European citizens of key member states like France doing the same thing by exchanging their euros for gold and silver.

The bottom line is that the central banks which run the world don’t like the slaves owning anything that they can’t manipulate the value of – it undermines their power monopoly.

In a related development, the London Gold Exchange, an international digital currency trader which has over 100,000 members, announced today that it is “permanently closed for business” due to operational difficulties.

The LGE provided a service whereby it exchanged fiat money for digital currencies stored in online user accounts, including c-gold, Liberty Reserve, Pecunix and v-money.

Article written by Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars.com
Monday, September 26, 2011

Feds May Seize Liberty Dollars

Coin World reports that the feds are looking to seize liberty dollars from collectors and those using the coins instead of inflation-ridden Federal Reserve notes.

Liberty Dollar

Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said on August 24 that the coins are contraband. The Secret Service, the federal agency responsible for confiscating counterfeit money, did not provide any definitive comments concerning under what circumstances Liberty Dollars would be seized, according to Paul Gikes of Coin World.

The coins are illegal even if they are not used for barter, the feds insist. Jill Rose, chief of the August 24 that the Liberty Dollar medallions are confiscable as contraband if they are being exhibited for educational purposes or held privately.

Rose was the lead prosecutor in the Bernard von NotHaus case. Von NotHaus is the creator of the Liberty Dollar. He was convicted by the feds in March on multiple charges involving the alternative currency that competes with fiat money distributed by the privately owned Federal Reserve. During the trial it was determined that Liberty Dollars are counterfeits, contraband and subject to seizure.

Von NotHaus was convicted by a jury after the feds successfully argued that Liberty coins are counterfeits because they include the words “Trust in God,” similar to the words “In God We Trust” on Federal Reserve coins. He faces up to 15 years in jail, a $250,000 fine, and may be forced to give $7 million worth of minted coins and precious metals – weighing 16,000 pounds – to the government.

The prosecution and conviction of von NotHaus was politically motivated. He is the founder of NORFED, the National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Code.

Following the verdict against von NotHaus, the government characterized him as a domestic terrorist.

“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” said U.S. Attorney Tompkins. “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,” she added. “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.” (Emphasis added.)

The Liberty Dollar raid was indistinguishable from “similar raids conducted by Soviet and Chinese communist officials against private businesses operating in those countries,” writes Jacob Hornberger. “Unfortunately, in the post-9/11 world in which we now live, anything goes as far as federal power is concerned. The heavy-handed, perhaps even fraudulent, Soviet-style attack on NORFED is proof-positive of that.”

According to Rose and the government, the Liberty Dollar is “a pyramid scheme imbedded with fraud” that had nothing to do with barter or trade. “Barter is an equal and knowing exchange,” which the Liberty Dollar is not, Rose and the government claim.

Coin World had previously published comments from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte stating that while mere possession of Liberty Dollar medallions was not a violation of federal statutes, actual use or intent to use them in the manner for which von NotHaus was convicted would be considered a violation.

Glen Kessler, assistant special agent in charge in North Carolina for the U.S. Secret Service, told Coin World that the Secret Service is “duty-bound to confiscate” Liberty Dollars.

George Ogilvie, the public affairs officer for the federal agency, told the publication the Secret Service had no comment on the matter.

It now appears the feds are moving to criminalize mere possession. Collectors are now at risk, especially if they oppose the Federal Reserve and are politically active.

Article written by Kurt Nimmo
Infowars.com
August 30, 2011