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Boiling Frogs: Bernard von NotHaus, Convicted for Creating the Liberty Dollar

In the latest Boiling Frogs interview, co-hosted with Sibel Edmonds, we meet Bernard von NotHaus, convicted as a “domestic terrorist” for creating a private barter system based on a silver coin medallion called the Liberty Dollar.  Our guest is quite smart, very funny, and deadly serious.

Bernard von NotHaus provides us with his account of his recent trial and conviction in March 2011 of counterfeiting money by issuing silver medallions called Liberty Dollars. He tells us about the significant difference between counterfeiting and developing a competing currency within the law, and the hyperbole in labeling him as a “unique terrorist” and categorizing his activity as “domestic terrorism” by the FBI. Mr. von NotHaus talks about the Constitutional authority granted under Article 1, Section 10, to make legal tender out of gold and silver coins, the mysterious absence of the United States Secret Service in charges brought against him and the jurisdictionally questionable FBI’s lead in his arrest and prosecution, and more!

VonNotHausBernard von NotHaus is the creator of the Liberty Dollar and an expert on private currencies and alternative economics. He retired eight years ago after 25 years as the Mintmaster at the Royal Hawaiian Mint. Currently he is the Monetary Architect at the Liberty Dollar organization, a non-profit, free enterprise entity that to date has distributed $20 million Liberty Dollars to a network of over 100,000 people. On March 18, 2011, after a 90 minute jury deliberation von NotHaus was found guilty on various counts, including the making of “counterfeit coins.” He was labeled a domestic terrorist by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.