A commenter wrote that this act by the FBI (government) is "OK and normal" "If the RP Liberty dollars were true $One Dollar Bills - although obviously fake - they still are subject to seizure.
This has nothing to do with RP, just the Secret Service doing what they believe their job is."
But the Liberty dollars are nothing of the sort.
I am a bearer of several dollars worth of Liberty dollar silver certificates.
And it is clear, with the seizure of precious metal from the warehouse of the Sunshine Mint, where the backing for the certificates are warehoused, my property has been taken without due process of law (4th Amendment violation).
I have joined the class action lawsuit and I have put a call into my congressman.
Ultimately I will have to wait for events to unfold. The chilling part of this for me is a reading of the search warrant and the seizure warrant. The descriptors are so broad that my innocent purchase of the precious metals and paper silver certificates may be construed by the government to view any association/purchaser as a co-conspirator.
All I wanted to do by purchasing the precious metal was to protect the purchasing power of the fruits of my labor.
The following is excerpt from the Liberty Dollar website. You can read the whole page here:
Elect Ron Paul for Peace, Prosperity and Freedom.
Here now is the excerpt, the conclusion by an attorney:
"Counterfeiting, Similitude and other U.S. Laws"
"I find that the Patriot is not in violation of any Counterfeiting or Similitude statutes of the United States. In the first place, the design and shape of the Patriot distinguishes it from the similitude regulation issued by the Treasury Department. The Patriot is considerably wider and shorter than is minimally required to avoid a similitude violation as to the size. Further, the Patriot makes no claim of issuance by the United States Government or the Federal Reserve. Secondly, there can be no confusion relative to the terms of the paper instrument of its face and back with Federal Reserve Notes. Finally, statements concerning its use and acceptance as a petition to the U.S. Government to repeal the Federal Reserve Act and the Internal Revenue Code demonstrates that the paper instrument is also a petition or a statement of the bearer relative to their protected speech. This distinction in use and acceptance should convincingly remove the instrument from considerations of counterfeiting or similitude type of violation since the basis of its use is set forth as a petition of grievances and not as a copy of the existing Federal Reserve Notes as money in the United States.
In summary, it is my opinion that the Patriot is a valid, negotiable paper instrument pursuant to the Laws of the Merchant codified in the UCC Article II, Ill and VII. As a negotiable warehouse receipt, a sales receipt and a document of title, this document is satisfactory in all respects. Relative to its intended use and proposed acceptance as a cash substitute, the exercise of the First Amendment rights by the bearer afford both the bearer and the issuer the protections of fundamental First Amendment rights. The Patriot is not purporting to replace or confuse the present legal tender in the United States. The Patriot is, in fact, an intentional distinction from Federal Reserve Notes used as money in the United States in its nature, design and message."
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