"Some people think the Federal Reserve Banks are US government institutions. They are not... they are private credit monopolies which prey upon the people of the US for the benefit of themselves and their foreign and domestic swindlers, and rich and predatory money lenders. The sack of the United States by the Fed is the greatest crime in history. Every effort has been made by the Fed to conceal its powers, but the truth is the Fed has usurped the government. It controls everything here and it controls all our foreign relations. It makes and breaks governments at will."
-- Louis McFadden (1876-1936) US Congressman, Chairman of House Banking and Currency Committee. (Poisoned in 1936.)
"The Federal Reserve Bank System. That system is not owned by the Government. Many people think that it is because it says ‘Federal Reserve.’ It belongs to private banks, private corporations. So we have farmed out to the Federal Reserve Banking System - one hundred percent to the private banks - the privilege of issuing the Government's money!" -- Wright Patman (1893-1976) US Congressman