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State Dept. memo explains U.S. policy to drive gold out of financial system

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A long memorandum written in March 1974 by a U.S. State Department official for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and copied to future Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, then the Treasury Department's undersecretary for monetary affairs, describes the desire of the United States and its options to prevent European countries from increasing the use of gold in the international financial system.

The memo, titled "Gold and the Monetary System: Potential U.S.-E.C. Conflict," was recently discovered in the State Department archive by GoldMoney Vice President John Butler and brought to GATA's attention this week by GoldMoney research chief Alasdair Macleod. It emphasizes the longstanding U.S. government policy of subverting gold as a reserve currency in favor of the Special Drawing Rights issued by the International Monetary Fund, an agency then and now largely controlled by the United States.


The memo's author, Sidney Weintraub, deputy assistant secretary of state for international finance and development, wrote:

"To encourage and facilitate the eventual demonetization of gold, our position is to keep the present gold price, maintain the present Bretton Woods agreement ban against official gold purchases at above the official price, and encourage the gradual disposition of monetary gold through sales in the private market.

"An alternative route to demonetization could involve a substitution of SDRs for gold with the IMF, with the latter selling the gold gradually on the private market, and allocating the profits on such sales either to the original gold holders or by other agreement."

Weintraub copied his memo to Volcker just a month before Secretary Kissinger met with his assistant undersecretary of state for economic and business affairs, Thomas O. Enders, to hear a similar argument. Whichever nation or group of nations controls the most gold, Enders explained to Kissinger, can control the currency markets by changing gold's value periodically. Thus, Enders said, replacing gold as an international reserve with SDRs was in the interest of the United States.

GATA often has called attention to a transcript of Kissinger's conversation with Enders, which remains in the State Department's archives:

http://www.gata.org/node/13310

As GATA always pleads, if vainly, none of this stuff is mere "conspiracy theory." It is extensively documented U.S. government policy based on the most obvious national interest that endures to the present, even if it can't be discussed in polite company, in financial journalism, or even in the monetary metals mining industry, whose crippling it ensures.

Control of the currency markets long has been and remains the primary mechanism of imperialism.

Weintraub's memo is posted at the State Department archive here --

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments...s1969-76v31/d61

-- and in PDF format at GATA's internet site here:

http://www.gata.org/files/WeintraubMemo-03-06-1974.pdf

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Sidney Weintraub

Go figure who would have guessed! Why use gold when you can use their paper which they create out of nothing.
(((parasites)))
America harbours some of the dumbest felons on the planet who leave one smoking gun after another behind at crime scenes.
That the u.s. wanted to obliterate GOLD out of the Financial System is just one of thousands.
Reason for the above is that they don't have any GOLD to back their own system up with so they proceeded to pull the rest of the world down with them.
As far as Fort Knox is concerned there is nothing to see now let's move on.
Finally ,I wish those idiots that compile the World Bullion List would desist on listing the vile americans as having 8000 tons.
If one could weigh LIES then I suppose they have 8000 tons of LIES locked up in Fort Knox.
Goldfoil hats will be vindicated
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Sidney Weintraub Go figure who would have guessed! Why use gold when you can use their paper which they create out of nothing. (((parasites))) Read more
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