“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Tompkins said in announcing the verdict. “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.”
U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins, quoted upon the conviction of Bernard von Nothaus, founder of Norfed, for coining real money.
Read Tyler Durden's take at ZeroHedge. Or the FBI's Official Story about this dastardly criminal. Notice that they immediately "seized" all of von Nothaus' coins and, you know, silver and stuff, because all of it was a terrorist threat. H/T to Western Rifle Shooters Association.
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but before the Fed took up counterfeiting operations, didn't most banks issue their own currency? And yet, I've never heard any story of a bank in the 1800's being seized because of it.
Oh, and by the way, Anne, honey, fuck you and your "legitimate", "democratic form of government."