The leader of a group that marketed a fake currency called Liberty Dollars in the Asheville area and elsewhere has been found guilty by a federal jury of conspiracy against the government in a case of â€œdomestic terrorism.â€
Bernard von NotHaus was convicted Friday at the conclusion of an eight-day trial in U.S. District Court in Statesville. The jury deliberated less than two hours, according to the Department of Justice.
Charges remain pending against William Kevin Innes, an Asheville man who authorities said recruited merchants in Western North Carolina willing to accept the â€œbarterâ€ currency, according to court records. Innes was indicted along with von NotHaus in 2009.
â€œAttempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,â€ U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said. â€œWhile 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.â€
The case was investigated by the FBI, Buncombe County Sheriffâ€™s Office and U.S. Secret Service with help from the U.S. Mint.
â€œWe 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,â€ Read it all at http://www.citizen-times.com
The United States Constitution explicitly gives congress the full authority to coin and print money. Why I ask you is the private bank and printing press known as the Fed not being convicted of domestic terrorism?
I don't see the difference here.