Update to the Update August 31th: A Gibson competitor, Martin Guitars, the CEO of which is a Democratic donor, uses the same wood as Gibson and was NOT, that’s right, NOT raided. That doesn’t mean party affiliation is the reason, but it needs to be looked into since the Gibson CEO leans more right when he makes donations. Then there is the environmental extremism – is that the problem? Then there is the fact that Gibson is non-union and some of his “not-raided” competitors are unionized, though some are not, so I don’t know that unionization plays into this. Personally, I think it is about ceding U.S. sovereignty to a global view by enforcing other countries laws and ALL the aforementioned.
Is this raid the result of an out-of-control government bureaucracy with a fool in charge (that would be Holder). These government blockheads think they own us. Wake up people! Something is very wrong. Why are 20 armed fish and game (yes, fish and game) agents raiding 3 guitar factories (yes, guitar, not drug den) with guns drawn. Did they think the men on the assembly line would smack them with a fretboard? If Gibson is vulnerable, just think about how vulnerable you are. And don’t forget what this administration is doing to Boeing.
The Gibson CEO is trying to get a case heard on his transporting of Madagascar wood, but the DOJ is preventing it from reaching the courts. In 2009, Gibson was raided because of their use of Madagascar wood, even though the CEO has letters from high-up officials in Madagascar and an independent board saying it is legal.
In the current case, the government said even if India says Gibson is not violating their laws, our government has interpreted it as a violation of their laws. That’s right, Guitar CEO’s have to know the laws of every country AND whether or not our country will agree that their law was violated or not.
Every musician in this country should be up in arms – where are all of you? I poured through the papers and listened to the radio, yet I heard nothing about this case except on Mark Levin’s show. Where is the media? Read here: Why are some immune and Gibson is not?
Original Story: The latest outrage from the Obama administration is aimed at the U.S. Gibson guitar company.The Feds raided the Gibson Guitar company factories and offices this week. They want to destroy GIBSON Guitar company.
The Fish and Wildlife Service said they were looking for banned Madagascar ebony (in the past, it was used for fretboards). This is banned under The Lacey Act of 1900 – that’s what I said, 1900. While The Lacey Act has been updated over the years and it’s an obscure, little-used law.
Then the Feds said they were looking to see if the wood from India that Gibson uses meets every petty regulatory everything. In other words, the Feds are investigating whether or not Gibson violated Indian laws, not U.S. laws, Indian laws.
Now musicians and guitar makers live in fear. Make no mistake, this President is deliberately destroying U.S. business, unless they are unionized of course.Gibson is NOT unionized.
“…Federal agents swooped in on Gibson Guitar Wednesday, raiding factories and offices in Memphis and Nashville, seizing several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. The Feds are keeping mum, but in a statement yesterday Gibson’s chairman and CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, defended his company’s manufacturing policies, accusing the Justice Department of bullying the company. “The wood the government seized Wednesday is from a Forest Stewardship Council certified supplier,” he said, suggesting the Feds are using the aggressive enforcement of overly broad laws to make the company cry uncle…” WSJ reports on attack on Gibson Guitar company.
Henry E. Juszkiewicz, Gibson Raid Press Conference, Aug. 25, 2011