Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Treasury Dept. Claims Right to Seize Gold, Silver, Anything Else

The Treasury Department has told the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee that the U.S. Government has the authority to prohibit the private possession of gold and silver coin and bullion by U.S. citizens during wartime, and declared emergencies. This authority would extend to the ability to freeze ownership of shares of mining companies as well as any other financial instrument.

The Treasury Department's assertions came in a letter to GATA dated August 12 and written by Sean M. Thornton, chief counsel for the department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, who replied to questions GATA posed to the department in January.

The government's authority to interfere with the ownership of gold, silver, and mining shares arises, Thornton wrote, from the Trading With the Enemy Act, which became law in 1917 during World War I and applies during declared wars, and from 1977's International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which can be applied without declared wars.

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