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State Dept. memo explains U.S. policy to drive gold out of financial system
10:33a ET Saturday, May 13, 2017
Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:
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.
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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:
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 --
-- and in PDF format at GATA's internet site here:
CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
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