Gold Confiscation 2.0

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                                       Gold Confiscation 2.0
                    Tarek Saab is an   September 2009
                    speaker, and
                    syndicated         While the familial infighting of free marketers continues to rage over
                    author. More       inflation and deflation - most of the time, about as intelligibly as a wet
                                       newspaper, I might add - a more pressing issue with gold buyers is that
                                       of gold confiscation. For bullion investors, the value of gold will matter
                                       little if it is confiscated again.

So, will the government confiscate gold? It is probably more likely than unlikely. BHO has shown himself
to be the new FDR, and the present administration is intent on socializing every facet of our country and
our government. Conveniently, our economic crisis almost perfectly mirrors the Great Depression, giving
newsworthy cause to the populus for "change." It is no longer unthinkable that the Fed would repeat the
heist of 1933 with the POTUS as its puppet.

The Gold Confiscation Act of April 5, 1933

Q. What was the pretext for the 1933 gold confiscation? A national emergency. By now, we are all pretty
familiar with that phrase. It is hardly unthinkable that confiscating gold might be packaged by the national
media as "patriotic." The following introduction, beginning with the words, "I, Barack H. Obama, . . . " are
easily conceivable streaming through today's "national teleprompter."

"I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, do declare that said national emergency
still continues to exist."

Q. To whom was the gold delivered - the Treasury Office? Nope. Surprise, surprise, it was delivered to
the privately-owned Federal Reserve Bank; the same bank Ben Bernanke faults for causing the national
emergency in the first place! (see: Bernanke Speech).

"Section 2. All persons are hereby required to deliver on or before May 1, 1933, to a Federal Reserve bank or
a branch or agency thereof or to any member bank of the Federal Reserve System all gold coin, gold bullion,
and gold certificates now owned by them or coming into their ownership."

Q. Who was responsible for delivering the gold? Individuals, partnerships, associations and corporations;
also ALL member banks of the FDIC. For those storing gold in bank vaults, take warning.

"Section 5. Member banks shall deliver all gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates owned or received
by them (other than as exempted under the provisions of Section 2) to the Federal reserve banks of their
respective districts and receive credit or payment thereof."

Q. Who pays for the safe delivery and transport of the gold - The Federal Reserve? Of course not. You do.

"Section 6. The Secretary of the Treasury, out of the sum made available to the President . . . will in all
proper cases pay the reasonable costs of transportation of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates
delivered to a member bank or Federal reserve bank in accordance with Sections 2, 3, or 5 hereof, including
the cost of insurance, protection, and such other incidental costs."

Q. What if I do not cooperate? Resistance is futile.

"Section 9. Whoever willfully violates any provision of this Executive Order or these regulation or of any
rule, regulation or license issued there under may be fined not more than $10,000 (ed note: in 1933, that was
a fortune), or,if a natural person may be imprisoned for not more than ten years or both; and any officer,
director, or agent of any corporation who knowingly participates in any such violation may be punished by
a like fine, imprisonment, or both."
So is gold a good investment? Well, by definition, gold is not an investment. Gold is money. Gold does not
create new value; it is a store of wealth, a safe haven in rising and falling markets.
Nevertheless, I do believe it is imperative to buy and hold gold in your possession. During inflationary
times gold is a hedge against rising prices, and in a deflationary environment it appreciates against all other
commodities due its intrinsic monetary qualities. But we must hold gold with a certain measure of
awareness. If and when a similar measure is enforced, akin to the Act of 1933, it will be time to shift your
wealth into alternative assets or to silver bullion, which as yet has never been confiscated. (And, by the
way, if you think storing your gold bullion overseas provides greater protection, think again. Foreign
exchange controls are coming, along with the potential for repatriation of overseas monetary assets. Even
now, the law states that you must report the existence of all “foreign bank, securities or ‘other’ financial
accounts” if the aggregate value of those accounts exceeded US$10,000 at any time during the preceding

In the coming weeks I will further examine foreign exchange controls along with alternatives for protecting
your assets overseas. If confiscation is coming, it is time to begin planning your next move.

Til next time, that’s my Saab Story.

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