A2A with Chris Powell of GATA
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Chris Powell and Bill Murphy formed the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee in 1998 and they've been stalwart allies in the fight against gold price suppression and manipulation ever since. What a pleasure it was today to get caught up with Chris and get his thoughts on the current state of the global market for gold.
As you listen, you'll quickly be reminded that Chris is still one of the most informed and well-spoken advocates for our cause. Over the course of this webinar, he addresses a number of current issues including:
- the most important lesson he's learned in the 20 years he's followed the gold market
- the strange occurrence of SecTreas Mnuchin visiting Ft Knox and the equally strange television interview of Terry Duffy, the CEO of the CME Group
- whether the US government would financially benefit from revaluing the price of gold
- how physical demand will paly a role in finally ending the tyranny of the central banks and bullion banks
- and much, much more!
Please be sure to give this discussion a thorough listen as you are almost certainly going to learn a few things that you didn't previously know. And then, when you're finished, please click over to the GATA site and send them some financial support. Their efforts are tireless and we need to ensure that they remain on our side in this fight. http://www.gata.org/node/16
The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee was organized in the fall of 1998 to expose, oppose, and litigate against collusion to control the price and supply of gold and related financial instruments. The committee arose from essays by Bill Murphy, a financial commentator on the Internet (LeMetropoleCafe.com), and by Chris Powell, a newspaper editor in Connecticut.
Murphy's essays reported evidence of collusion among financial institutions to suppress the price of gold. Powell, whose newspaper had been involved in antitrust litigation, replied with an essay proposing that gold mining and investor interests should act on Murphy's essays by bringing antitrust lawsuits against financial institutions involved in the collusion against gold.
The response to these essays was so favorable that the committee was formed and formally incorporated in Delaware in January 1999. Murphy became chairman and Powell secretary and treasurer.
GATA financed the federal anti-trust lawsuit of its consultant, Reginald H. Howe -- Howe vs. Bank for International Settlements et al. -- which was pursued in U.S. District Court in Boston from 2000 to 2002. While the Howe suit was dismissed on a jurisdictional technicality, it yielded valuable information at a court hearing in November 2001 and became the model for Blanchard Coin and Bullion's anti-trust lawsuit brought the following year against Barrick Gold and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, whose settlement appears to have included Barrick Gold's decision to stop selling gold in advance.
Using the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, throughout 2008 and 2009 GATA sought access to the Federal Reserve's gold-related records, eliciting an admission from the Fed that it has gold swap arrangements with foreign banks and insists on keeping them secret. To obtain the records at issue, in December 2009 GATA sued the Fed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In February 2011 the court ruled that most of the Fed's gold records could remain secret but that one had to be disclosed: minutes of the April 1997 meeting of the G-10 Committee on Gold and Foreign Exchange. The minutes, released by the Fed two weeks after the court's ruling, showed G-10 member treasury and central bank officials secretly discussing the coordination of their policies toward the gold market. The court ordered the Fed to pay court costs to GATA.
GATA has collected and published dozens of documents showing Western treasury and central bank efforts to intervene both openly and surreptitiously against a free market in gold. GATA has held four international conferences: in Durban, South Africa, in 2001; in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada, in 2006; in Washington, D.C., in 2008, and in London in 2011.
GATA's Internet site is www.GATA.org.
GATA is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt educational and civil rights organization under Section 501-c-3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and is grateful for donations to sustain its work. You can do so by clicking here: http://www.gata.org/node/16