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The Great Gibson Guitar Raid: Months Later, Still No Charges Filed

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"They...come in with weapons, they seized a half-million dollars worth of property, they shut our factory down, and they have not charged us with anything," says Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, referring to the August 2011 raid on his Nashville and Memphis factories by agents from the Departments of Homeland Security and Fish & Wildlife.

The feds raided Gibson for using an inappropriate tariff code on wood from India, which is a violation of the anti-trafficking statute known as The Lacey Act. At issue is not whether the wood in question was endangered, but whether the wood was the correct level of thickness and finish before being
exported from India. "India is wanting to ensure that raw wood is not exported without some labor content from India," says Juskiewicz.

Andrea Johnson of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) counters that "it's not up to Gibson to decide which laws...they want to respect." She points out that Gibson had previously been raided under The Lacey Act for imports from Madagascar.

This much is clear: The government has yet to file any charges or allow Gibson a day in court to makes its case, much less retrieve its materials. "This is not about responsible forestry and sustainable wood or illegal logging, this is about a bureaucratic law," argues Juszkiewicz, who testified last year before a congressional hearing convened by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). It is, he
says, "a blank check for abuse."

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Added: Feb-23-2012 Occurred On: Feb-23-2012
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  • Cases like this will only get worse. Here's why -

    When a bureaucracy is under threat, as is our extremely bloated federal government, the bureaucrats fight for recognition and awards, and one of the best ways is through exaggerated enforcement of regulations. Besides the name recognition and praise, a lengthy set of cases means prolonged litigation, with more budget and staff. Code simplification is not a goal; regulation complexity is. Case resolution is not the goal; job security is.

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  • And people wonder why our businesses move overseas.

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  • it's ok, Obama can sing! Isn't that "cool"?

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  • What the hell is the matter with this government?

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  • I'm with you guys on this. Our government needs to be trimmed of this rotting fat.

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  • These feds have moved on to inspecting and confiscating the home packed lunches of 1st graders.
    http://alturl.com/mxac8

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  • The Lacey Act was signed in to law in 1900 by REPUBLICAN President William McKinley, written by REPUBLICAN John F. Lacey. It was amended twice by George W. Bush to add more types of plants and animals.

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  • This is the classic example of catch 22.

    This was an asshole government overreach, as usual!

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  • Time to Govern the government.

    Names and Pictures
    Names and Pictures

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  • Government thuggery. I guess they didn't contribute to Obama's campaign.

    The most corrupt administration ever. This is only a small fragment of the evidence that is growing every day.

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  • typical waste of money to have these gov thugs come in and fuck up something like this

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  • ah ha that's why my les paul is so heavy .. maybe time to buy an SG

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  • Our government needs policing, this is an outrage, our respect towards foreign laws should only match in kind their respect towards ours. That said, this was no reason for any type of raid, but instead a written legal order of compliance and a fine.

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  • is it me or does that woman have a shit eating grin on her face like she thinks its funny? something about her really pisses me off, would love someone to slap that smugness right off her face.

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  • VOTED

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  • It's like Megaupload, rojadirecta, dajaz1, and all the others. Abuse of authority at its finest.

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  • I bought my first Gibson just before the raid on their factory. My Les Paul Studio Faded was one of the last ones with a rosewood fretboard on it. Now they are using baked maple fretboards.

    Don't steal...the govt hates competition.

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  • That's just silly.

    Never liked Gibson, I only had Jackson and Ibanez.
    It's like oranges compared to mandarins, the feel.

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  • Well as a guitar player, Its not a surprise given the quality of guitars Gibson have pushed out into the market over the last ten years.. A disgrace to the company.. and a complete rip-off for the people who purchase them.

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    • @PimeTaradox
      WHAT!?? The United States government STEALING!?
      No,, No WAY! I refuse to believe this.

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  • hey liberals. can you please provide an answer as to why this happened?

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    • @zenshiva Maybe you can ask Republican President William McKinley why he signed it into law in 1900. This was NOT a Democratic law. Good researching there.

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    • @dirwulf funny how you went there. you still did not answer the question. WHY did this happen, not how can you somehow blame this on someone else.

      so the question still remains, WHY Did this happen? No charges have been filed. WTF is going on?

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    • @zenshiva The Departments of Homeland Security and Fish & Wildlife conducted the raid. I noticed you didn't repeat "liberal" this time. This is neither a liberal or conservative issue. I'd like to know why no charges have been brought as well, but it is hardly a political issue. Perhaps they are still investigating the legal issues. Lots of cases in the U.S. drag on for no apparent reason. This isn't something new, nor is it liberal or conservative. At least someone, Rand Paul, see More..

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    • @zenshiva And it's "Liberals" fault how? idiot

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    • @Zardoz003 find ONE TIME where i blamed "the liberals". i just want to know why it happened and why YOU went there and why YOU aren't saying shit about it. hmmm mmmm!?

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  • They seized my Canada Goose feathers I was sending to a friend state side.

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