Occupy’ protesters have come up with a novel approach to demonstrate against corporate greed by adding figure infographics to dollar bills - legally!
“Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United States Code. Under this provision, currency defacement is generally defined as follows:
Whoever mutilates, cuts, disfigures, perforates, unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, Federal Reserve Bank, or Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such item(s) unfit to be reissued, shall be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.”
So looks like the protestors are ok as the relevant serial numbers are left intact and the bills are still legal tender ... but what about the Federal Reserve itself? Surely Bernanke and his predecessors going back to 1971's Nixon Shock have a case to answer for. If fiat currency isn't the ultimate debasement of money, what is?