This week features expert in precious metals Andrew Maguire and very special guest – Bill ‘Midas’ Murphy. Bill is Chairman of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA).
Upon graduating Cornell University in 1969 Bill became a starting wide receiver for the Boston Patriots. After leaving football he went on to a career in the futures industry as a commodities broker. Early on he worked for Shearson Hayden Stone and Drexel Burnham before starting up his own introducing brokerage on 5th Avenue in New York. His past experience in the futures arena, and valuable market connections, led to his understanding of the gold/silver price suppression scheme, and what it would mean for future prices.
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, 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 favourable 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 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.