The replacement of gold and silver with debt-based paper money is nothing short of legalized theft by the banking community on behalf and at the behest of the federal government. That's what makes the comments of U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins so appalling. Tompkins is the prosecutor who won a conviction against Von Nothaus for counterfeiting. Counterfeiting! Tompkins convinced a jury that replacing something of lesser value with something of greater value is counterfeiting. It's hard to imagine how someone who issues a coin that is created 100% from a material that actually retains its value over time could be convicted of "counterfeiting" a currency whose primary purpose is to debase itself and systematically steal from all people who are forced to use it. Yet, that's what has happened.
Tompkins issued a statement after the trial that defies reason and sanity and that demonstrates beyond doubt that the U.S. government's greatest enemy, in the government's view, are the same people the government claims to protect and serve. Tompkins said, "Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism. 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," In other words, from her viewpoint, the real question of the trial wasn't whether the Norfed coins were intended to be counterfeits of the U.S. dollar. The real question, in her view, was whether those who advocate the use of gold and silver as money should be considered patriots or terrorists. In her view, honest people who want honest money that has honest value are terrorists.