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January 1, FBI Accused of Civil War Gold Coverup



A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Justice Department for its failure to provide documents related to an alleged excavation of Civil War-era gold nearly four years ago.

Treasure hunters Dennis and Kem Parada, owners of Finders Keepers, claim that the FBI has not been “acting in good faith” after the agency helped to excavate a site they believe held a cache of Union gold that disappeared during the Civil War, the Associated Press (AP) reported Wednesday.

For years the father-son duo searched for the legendary treasure and in March 2018, the duo detected a large metallic mass with their equipment about 135 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The Paradas showed their readings to the FBI and within a month, the FBI hired an outside firm to conduct an underground scan, according to the AP.

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According to an FBI affidavit, the FBI’s hired contractor also detected an underground mass that appeared to weigh up to nine tons and had the density of gold.

This find prompted Jacob Archer of the FBI’s art crime team in Philadelphia to seek out a seizure warrant from a judge because he feared that if the federal government sought permission from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to excavate the site, the state would claim the gold for itself, ensuring a costly legal battle.

The gold was never found, according to the FBI. The Paradas and “Rebel Gold” author Warren Getler had an agreement with the FBI to watch the excavation, the AP reported.

However, agents had confined them to their car for most of the dig, then, at the end of the second and final day, escorted them to the site — where they were met with a large, empty hole.

“We were embarrassed,” Dennis Parada reportedly stated. “They walk us in, and they make us look like dummies. Like we messed up.”

Neighbors’ accounts of late-night excavations and FBI convoys, however, turned the Parada’s disappointment into suspicion, prompting the duo to file for a Freedom of Information suit against the Justice Department.

The FBI initially claimed it had no files about the investigation. Later, the FBI said its records were exempt from public disclosure. Now, the FBI says it has located 2,400 pages of records and 17 video files that it could potentially turn over — but that it would take years to do so.

“There’s been a pattern of behavior by the FBI that’s been very troubling,” said Anne Weismann, a lawyer representing the Paradas. “From the outset, it seems as if the FBI is doing everything it can to avoid answering the question of whether they actually found gold.”

“After my years of experience here using equipment, there was something here, something here of value, some kind of precious metal. And whatever it is, it’s gone now. And that’s what I want to get to the bottom of, is what was in that hole,” Kem said, according to the AP.

The Paradas have asked the Justice Department for expedited processing, which has since been denied.  As of last month, they had yet to assign the FOIA request to a staffer for processing, according to the AP.

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Why It Matters (op-ed)

The ongoing legal battle between treasure hunters and the federal government surrounding the alleged Civil War-era gold highlights the questionable actions of the FBI. With inconsistencies in their disclosure of information, it’s hard not to suspect a cover-up.

Neighbors’ accounts of late-night excavations and FBI convoys support the treasure hunters’ suspicions. The FBI’s reluctance to provide documents and their ever-changing stance on the investigation only fuels the mistrust.

As citizens, we must be vigilant against potential government overreach and demand transparency. This case serves as a reminder that the fight for truth and justice is ongoing.

As our loyal readers, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Let your voice be heard and join the discussion below.




  1. 1PatriotForever

    January 26, 2024 at 6:13 am

    The FBI means Fu**ing Bullies Inc. They are a Mobster organization that used to have character and integrity until oh sy around Kennedys time and then they became a Hit peace for the Guvmunt

  2. John David

    January 26, 2024 at 7:58 am

    I have no doubt what was removed by their all night dig. It HAD to be some sort of extremely valuable commodity. Did the big guy get his 10%?

    • Carol

      January 28, 2024 at 4:50 pm

      I saw this whole situation on TV. They kept everyone away from the site. WHY?

  3. Dwayne Oxford

    January 26, 2024 at 8:10 am

    Yup, lucifer’s FBI.

  4. don

    January 26, 2024 at 9:54 am

    Once again the FBI proves to be corrupt and cares nothing about the law. No government agency should have the power to do as it damn pleases without oversight. I wish the treasure hunters luck, but the FBI makes a habit of screwing people over. This is just another instance.

  5. Dave

    January 26, 2024 at 10:54 am

    Why would anyone with any brains even tell the gov. what they were doing in something like finding gold. Do you think they won’t take it away from you if they find it?

  6. Frank

    January 26, 2024 at 11:36 am

    Shame it was not silver!!! Gov. probably charge the finders for wasting their time. We all know the Gov. in charge takes anything they want. Always been. All governments ,foreign or domestic.!!! But GOLD !!! every Gov. in the WORLD wants it !!! Big Problem is USA is holding the Gold DUST!! not the bars!!! In past US history a certain President made it illegal to possess gold money FACTOOO. They are trying to keep face by not coming out and doing it again . So every one waste time and their money except Gov. Even if you win ??what strike of the ALMIGHTY PEN national security, GOLD AGAINST THE L A W !!!!!!!!!!!!! nothing too see here keep it moving, THUS SAITH THE GOVERMENT we stupid morons of sheep follow ! BA BA What’s needed is a SUPER HEARD of BLACK BAD SHEEPES.. RIGHT ? WRONG ? don’t answer YOU CAN NOT BE that BLIND ? if so you should have quims about WHAT GOLD?

  7. Ric Weide

    January 26, 2024 at 12:43 pm

    It appears as though the FBI is one of the mist mistrustful organizations in the government. Their lies and denials in most every case haase caused a last of trust in the organization. It is the most organized crime ridden bunch in the country. They are not to be trusted at all.

  8. Timothy

    January 26, 2024 at 2:52 pm

    Amerika has had a yankee and control freak problem for 163+ years now. socialism usually ends in mass murder, this form of Amerika will be no different

  9. Daryl

    January 26, 2024 at 11:04 pm

    Mistake number one>> Going to and trusting our now very corrupt government! Mistake two >> See Mistake number One…
    BTW, Our department of justice, what a laugh, it’s now the department of “INjustice”, our FBI, Federal Bureau of investigation, is now the “Federal Bureau of the Gestapo”.

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