Take, take take: That’s all that the government does according to many Americans, who’ve long watched the ruling elite lord over us in with precisely the same arrogance as the British monarchy before them, consistency stepping on the little guy any chance that they get.
And while much of the angst over this governmental selfishness is directed at Washington DC, there’s a father-son treasure hunting team in Pennsylvania who are growing furious with the FBI over an incredibly valuable discovery.
It all began when the team at Finders Keepers believed that they had discovered the site of a large cache of long-lost Civil War gold. The team contacted the FBI who, after quite some time, declared that nothing was found.
Finders Keepers, however, believes that they’ve caught the FBI in a rather obtuse fib.
The FBI either lied to a federal judge about having video of its secretive 2018 dig for Civil War-era gold, or illegally destroyed the video to prevent a father-son team of treasure hunters from gaining access to it, an attorney for the duo asserted in new legal filings that allege a government cover-up.
The FBI has long insisted its agents recovered nothing of value when they went looking for the fabled gold cache. But Finders Keepers, a treasure-hunting company that led agents to the remote woodland site in Pennsylvania in hopes of getting a finder’s fee, suspect the FBI found tons of gold and made off with it.
After Finders Keepers began pressing the government for information about the dig, the FBI initially said it could produce 17 relevant video files. Then, without explanation, the FBI reduced that number to four. Last week, under court order, the agency finally revealed what it said were the contents of those four videos — and it turns out all had been provided to the FBI by Finders Keepers co-owner Dennis Parada himself, weeks before the dig, at a time when he was offering his evidence for buried treasure.
But here is where it gets rather sketchy:
The FBI did not say it had any video of the actual excavation, which is what Finders Keepers is seeking. The treasure hunters say they have evidence the FBI indeed shot video of the dig — and they are seeking sanctions against the FBI for what their lawyer cast as a blatant, bad-faith effort to mislead.
On March 13, 2018, Parada’s hidden trail camera captured what appears to be an FBI agent in front of a video camera at the hillside dig site, with other agents in the background. The trail-cam image was included in a legal filing late Friday by lawyer Anne Weismann, who represents Finders Keepers in its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the government.
The team wishes to additionally depose three FBI agents as well, including the unnamed man behind the video camera.