Why bring this up again? Because one of our Obamafakers has reported off the board that (he/she) has been put on probation(!) on a large conservative message board for posting links that advocate "illegal activity".
So here are the facts. Hopefully for the last time.
THE LAW is explicit and simple. It reads in total like this (emphasis by me):
Defacement of Currency
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 under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.
Defacement of currency in such a way that it is made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the United States Secret Service.
The law properly understood can be found on numerous "unofficial sources" such as
although there appear to also be plenty in which the law is cited or simply misunderstood by people who aren't used to reading very basic law.
EXAMPLES AS PRECEDENT are perhaps the surest way of fully absorbing the general understanding of the law, and I present the following because many people really feel they are absolutely certain that writing or stamping a message on money is illegal even though they never read the law.
www.wheresgeorge.com is a now-famous online activity that follows money around the country as a form of entertainment. At the core of this entertainment is an activity which is where the precedent lies: they write or ink-stamp www.wheresgeorge.com on one dollar bills (hence the "George" part) and then enter the serial number of the annotated bill at Where's George.com. Other players who then get a so-marked bill then enter the serial number online and can see how far and fast it has traveled, and that is, to my understanding, the entertainment of it (and one can understand how that might be fascinating). This they do and have done with no special government wavier for 12 years.
Further, from the FAQ on their website, courtesy the Fair Use Act, there is this:
#8 Is it legal to write on or mark currency?
Where's George has been operating in the open for 12 years and has been covered by virtually all of the major media including as CNN, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
There are many money tracking games out there, including the Canadian version of Where's George, Where's Willy.
AS LONG AS THE MESSAGE IS LEGAL AND THE BILL IS NOT RUINED SO IT CANNOT BE USED AS MONEY, IT IS LEGAL. The law is clear and explicit and the unbelievable scale of the precedent makes it obvious that it is legal. Of course, if you wrote on it, no one would know it was you regardless of the law, but ObamaFake does not operate that way. It's the law and nothing but the law.
There is a lot of ignorance on this subject online. People will say it is not legal without citing the law, but rather 'common knowledge", and I have even seen some examples where people appeared to have deliberately mis-quoted the law (without providing the Treasury Dept website as OF has done.) though their motivation for doing that is unknown.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Because the distribution models are astonishing. Money moves at an estimated rate of 2 people per day (cities would be dozens, rural areas once a week, the average is 2 people a day seeing the message nationwide). Doesn't sound like much does it? Well, that's 14 people seeing that single message a week. That's 56 a month. That's 336 in 6 months. Now if you spend 20 marked bills instead of one in just one day ever, the number of people who see your message in 6 months for that one day of spending is 6720. If you spend 20 marked bills a day for one single week only, and that's all you ever do, then the number of people who see your message on average will be 47,040. If you decide to engage this activity for only a month and then stop, the number of people who will see your message will be 188,160. 2 months will be 376,320. 4 months 752,640.. Or in a year from now, which will end 3 months before the 2012 election, 1,505,280 people.
That's just you. About 20 people have been doing this to my personal knowledge for 4 months so far at least, and sending out an average of around 30 bills a week. That means the so far, this message has passed through about 537,600 hands so far. That alone is millions by the time the election rolls around. Of course, the amount over time increases enormously as people add more bills to the total. Keeping it real, the flip side is that many people will not notice the writing. But the flip side of that is that many people who see it will mention it to their friends: the loudmouth drunk who gets the whole bar talking about it, the group taking a tour together, the school kids at the mall ("Dude, check this out! Let's look it up with your ipad right now, Dude!") , the little girl who shows it to her family at the dinner table after getting one from her lemonade stand. The supermarket, the electronics chain store, the local newspaper stand, the guy who tosses a bill into the pot in a game of cards, the school bake sale, the library book sale, the church rummage sale, the kid who gets his weekly allowance and asks his parents, the kid who gets one after mowing a lawn and asks the home owner, the bingo players, the casino gamblers, the guy buying a lunch sandwich who mentions the bill he got back as change to his co-workers, the group of kids who get one in change at the theater on Friday night, and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.... The scenarios not just of distribution, but discussion, are endless.
If you are a birther, you have probably complained every day how the media has not reported that Obama's birth certificate is a fake. You have cried out loudly, HOW CAN WE TELL PEOPLE? This is the easiest and fastest way for the average citizen (who is no way "average" by the descriptive term - I'd personally trade you for the total numbers of congressmen in the House and Senate in a heartbeat ) can get the word out.
Silence is the only way the left can keep a lid on this issue, now, because the fake is so pathetically obvious.
OR STOP COMPLAINING.