In his article “The Great American Disaster: How Much Gold Remains In Fort Knox?”, Chris Weber outlines details about the one “audit” of Fort Knox, as follows:
“The only audit that has ever been done of the gold inside Ft Knox was done days after Dwight Eisenhower became President in January of 1953. After 20 years of Democratic presidents, the American public wanted to be sure that the gold confiscated from them was still there. Thus, the new President ordered an audit within hours after taking office.
The central problem was that it wasn't much of an audit. To sum it up:
1. Representatives of the audited group were allowed to make the rules governing the audit. No outside private experts were allowed.
2. Those government bureaucrats involved were inexperienced in their tasks, by their own admission.
3. The entire audit of the largest gold hoard ever concentrated in history lasted only seven days.
4. Only a fraction of the gold was actually tested. Later, the officials put this fraction at just 5%.
5. Based on that fraction, the official committee reported that, in their opinion, all the holdings would have matched their records if they'd all been tested.
6. If the audit was accurate, the fact remains that almost 80% of it went overseas in the coming years. If the audit was not accurate, the amount of gold lost could have been even more.
On September 23, 1974, Mary Brooks, the Director of the United States Mint, led a tour of members of Congress and the news media through the USBD. There was no audit or inventory of the gold and no other public “inspection” has been allowed since then.
Why won’t the Mint comment about how much gold is there? Perhaps the acid test is not so much as what has happened to the gold in Fort Knox; but rather is there gold in Fort Knox? And if so, how much…..or how little?
In a feat worthy of The Great Houdini himself, the Fort Knox gold may be the World’s Greatest Vanishing Act ever.
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