Man convicted of “domestic terrorism” for creating his own currency called “Liberty Dollars”

QUESTION: The court says he’s a “domestic terrorist” for undermining public confidence in the official U.S. currency by creating his own currency. But what does that make Obama, Congress and the Fed who are constantly undermining confidence in the dollar with their actions?

And why is this terrorism?  Maybe it’s counterfeiting, fraud (or something), but it’s not terrorism — unless every crime is now going to be categorized as terrorism. Besides, why can’t we make our own currency? As long as you’re up front about what you’re doing and people accept it, why is this any different than creating casino chips?

CITIZEN-TIMES: Bernard von NotHaus was convicted Friday at the conclusion of an eight-day trial in U.S. District Court in Statesville. The jury deliberated less than two hours, according to the Department of Justice.

Charges remain pending against William Kevin Innes, an Asheville man who authorities said recruited merchants in Western North Carolina willing to accept the “barter” currency, according to court records. Innes was indicted along with von NotHaus in 2009.

“Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism,” U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said. “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.”

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