AFP is reporting today(April 20th): "Moqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday blasted a ban on
public rallies in the Iraqi capital, saying it was 'undemocratic' and based
on fear of rising protests.
"Iraq's government announced last week demonstrations would be allowed only
at three football stadiums, ostensibly because shopkeepers in the city's
main Tahrir Square complained of losing trade during weekly protests."
Bernard von NotHaus - Monetary Architect of the Liberty Dollar
UPDATE: On March 18, 2011 Bernard von NotHaus was convicted in Federal
District Court in Statesville, North Carolina on charges of making
counterfeit coins, uttering counterfeit coins and defrauding the United
States. Three additional defendants are awaiting their trial. The case
received wide coverage when US Attorney Anne M. Tompkins classified
BVNH as a “unique terrorist” in a post trial statement.
Bernard von NotHaus is the most engaging monetary activists in the
country today. In September 2006, the US Mint issued a warning that his
silver based Liberty Dollar currency was illegal! So von NotHaus sued
the US Mint, Secretary of the Treasury and the Department of Justice in
early 2007. The government retaliated by raiding Liberty Dollar
warehouse and seized nine tons of gold, silver, platinum and copper.
The raid landed von NotHaus on CNN, CNBC, front page of the Washington Post and dozens of other national newspapers.
The world's foremost expert on private currencies and alternative
economics is not backing down. He thinks it is ludicrous that the
government would even try to make people think that they can’t use their
own gold and silver in any manner they wish. To articulate the point,
von NotHaus penned his Second Law of Money: Any law that purports to
prohibit an American citizen from using a piece of gold or silver (or,
for that matter, anything) in voluntary transactions between consulting
adults is preposterous, antagonistic to a free market, and totally
without legal merit.
Since von NotHaus retired in 1999 after 25 years as MintMaster at the
Royal Hawaiian Mint, he has appeared in "Making Money" on The Learning
Channel and Paul Harvey's News & Comment. Over the past three
decades, his work has been featured by most major newspapers, numerous
books, print media, radio and television.
In 1974, von NotHaus wrote, "To Know Value" – his first economic
research paper. In 1997 he wrote "Free Market Currency" and proposed
the world's first working model for an Organic Monetary Standard. In
1998, with the support of other concerned Americans, he introduced the
Liberty Dollar to exemplify the principles of a free market, value
backed, private currency that is free from government control. In
2003, he wrote "The Liberty Dollar SOLUTION to the Federal Reserve", a
Von NotHaus well known in the numismatic community as an original
thinker who relishes the type of complex problems he encountered while
designing and developing the Liberty Dollar, a money owned by the
people, not the Federal Reserve.
Currently BVNH is a the convicted Monetary Criminal of the Liberty
Dollar organization, a non-profit, free enterprise entity that to date
has distributed over $60 million Liberty Dollars when revalued to the
$50 Silver Base. Over 250,000 Americans hold the “inflation proof”
Liberty Dollar currency to protect their purchasing power.