The Liberty Dollar organization announced this morning, via the letter appended here, that federal agents today raised its offices in Evansville, Indiana, and confiscated all its property and equipment.
This moves seems extraordinarily bold considering that Liberty Dollar's right to operate already was being litigated in federal court.
Let's hope that Liberty Dollar soon can force the government to answer in federal court for today's action.
CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
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Liberty Dollar Company Announcement Thursday, November 15, 2007
Dear Liberty Dollar Supporters:
I sincerely regret to inform you that about 8 this morning a dozen FBI and Secret Service agents raided the Liberty Dollar office in Evansville, Indiana.
For approximately six hours they took all the gold, all the silver, all the platinum, and almost two tons of Ron Paul Dollars that were just delivered last Friday. They also took all the files and computers and froze our bank accounts.
We have no money. We have no products. We have no records to even know what was ordered or what you are owed. We have nothing but the will to push forward and overcome this massive assault on our liberty and our right to have real money as defined by the U.S. Constitution.
We should not be defrauded by the fake government money.
But to make matters worse, all the gold and silver that backs up the paper certificates and digital currency held in the vault at Sunshine Mint has also been confiscated. Even the dies for minting the gold and silver Libertys have been taken.
All this has happened even though Edmond C. Moy, the director of the U.S. Mint, acknowledged in a letter to a U.S. senator that the paper certificates did not violate Section 486 and were not illegal.
But the FBI and Secret Service took all the paper currency too.
The possibility of such action was the reason the Liberty Dollar was designed -- so that the vast majority of the money was in specie form and in the people's hands. Of the $20 million Liberty Dollars, only about a million is in paper or digital form.
I regret that if you are due an order, it may be some time until it will be filled, if ever. It now all depends on our actions.
Everyone who has an unfulfilled order or has digital or paper currency should band together for a class-action suit and demand redemption. We cannot allow the government to steal our money.
Please don't let this happen.
Many of you read the articles quoting the government and Federal Reserve officials saying the Liberty Dollar was legal. You did nothing wrong. You are legally entitled to your property. Let us use this terrible act to band together and further our goal -- to return America to a value-based currency.
Please forward this important alert so everyone who possesses or uses the Liberty Dollar is aware of the situation.
Please go here to sign up for the class action lawsuit and get your property back:
On Monday, the clock starts ticking for broadband and Net-phone providers to make it easier for law enforcement to conduct surveillance on users of their networks.
According to a final order issued by the Federal Communications Commission in late September, all broadband Internet service providers and many Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, companies will have 18 months--until spring 2007--to ensure their systems have backdoors that allow police to eavesdrop on their customers' communications for investigative purposes.
The 59-page order (click for PDF) followed years of pressure from the FBI, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It would broaden the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act ( CALEA), an 11-year-old wiretapping law that currently applies only to "telecommunications carriers."
But even as the order kicks in, it remains unclear exactly what classes of providers within those broad categories must comply with the new rules or what exactly they must do to achieve compliance.
The FCC said in its original order that it reached "no conclusions" about whether universities, research institutions, and small or rural broadband providers should be subject the requirements. It sought comments on that topic through subsequent FCC notice. The deadline for receiving that initial round of suggestions also happens to be Monday.
The order's vagueness has perplexed some groups hoping to submit constructive suggestions. In comments filed last week with the agency, C&W Enterprises, a small broadband provider in rural Western Texas, wrote, "it is difficult to assess what the costs would be for our company or what type of exemption we would advocate without knowing what we will be required to do under the CALEA rules."
The FCC also sought comments on whether to broaden the scope of wiretapping requirements for VoIP services. The original order imposes that burden only on "interconnected" VoIP providers, such as Vonage and SkypeOut, which route calls through the public telephone network--leaving others, such as peer-to-peer services, unaffected by the rules.
An FCC representative acknowledged last week that the existing order does not set specific requirements. Instead, it is designed to "get the industry thinking" about making the changes "so they can begin to incorporate CALEA compliance," he said.
The agency plans to release another order clarifying those points--though as for when, the representative said, "I don't have any sense for that now." (The original order said a follow-up should be expected "in the coming months.")
Some industry representatives reported that they're already seeking ways to comply as they await the more detailed rules. The cable broadband industry, which counted about 1.2 million VoIP customers and 23.5 million Internet subscribers as of the second quarter of this year, is "working with the FBI on a CALEA solution for cable broadband service," said Brian Dietz, spokesman for the National Cable and Television Association.
Verizon executive Douglas Sullivan said Friday that his company supports the government's "legal conclusions" about expanding the reach of CALEA and has been working with vendors over the past few years to build compliant equipment. He noted that several unanswered questions remained, including how to recover costs associated with the changes and how enforcement will operate. "We understand that the commission intends to address these issues in a follow-up order we hope will be issued very soon," Sullivan said in an e-mail interview.
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