Liberty in Jeopardy as Dollars Siezed
November 19, 2007
Liberty Dollar Headquarters Raided
After months, if not years, of breathing down Bernie von NotHaus' back, the federal government has finally taken the plunge and raided the NORFED - Liberty Dollar facilities in Evansville, Indiana. Agents seized approximately two tons of copper, silver and gold coins. They also took business records and computers and they froze the company's bank accounts. Bernie said they left FBI and Secret Service cards according the a New York Sun article by Joseph Goldstein.
Now we wait. Will the government act? Or will they just tie up NORFED's business for months, if not years, while they build a case they most likely will never win? Bernie has been up front with his dealings. He let's people know exactly what NORFED is trying to do with their currency. NORFED was not hiding out in the heartland, they were open with their business and it got them raided.
Some of the coins confiscated had the likeness of politician Ron Paul on them. Paul's organization says they had nothing to do with NORFED. Ok, probably true, but since when is it a crime to depict a public figure on a piece of silver? This a coin struck to honor Ron Paul's political viewpoint. At most it is an endorsement, meaning that Liberty Dollar likes Ron Paul. And why would the U.S. government care? If Ron Paul had a problem with it he would contact Liberty Dollar - NORFED and let them know, or maybe sue them if he wanted it stopped. That's how we all settle personal legal matters in the United States.
Liberty Mint coins do not claim to be U.S. currency. They do not directly imitate U.S. coins in an attempt to defraud. Most of them are not even denominated like U.S. circulating coins. They do employ symbolic images of freedom...perhaps because they thought this was a free country.
Now we will all see just how free our country has become. We'll see if Bernie gets a speedy trial, or if the Federal Government drags their feet while holding on to all the NORFED company assets. We'll see if they intend on filing charges, or just intimidating Liberty Dollar and NORFED out of existence.
On November 24, 2007 jalafuente
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