Skip to comments.Dana with Gibson CEO - Henry Juszkiewicz (Audio)
Posted on 08/30/2011 9:07:09 AM PDT by Nachum
Dana talks to Gibson CEO - Henry Juszkiewicz about the OVERSTEPPING of this administration - and the Dept. Of Justice raiding Gibson of inventory....AGAIN.
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It is Boehner’s and McConnell’s responsibility to stop this president from behaving like a dictator, ignoring laws, bypassing Congress to advance his agenda.
Do they have it in them???
The communist socialists on the YT make me SICK! These fools are gonna kill us all.
they screw with guitars. that’s so appropos, because guitars represent truth and freedom.
Too bad they don’t have illegal workers.
....because guitars represent truth and freedom.........
Gibson may very well be innocent.
Targeted? I've seen no evidence.
I understand some people find the idea of protected woods ridiculous, and the idea of spending time enforcing those import laws ridiculous.
I am simply bothered at all of the bloggers who report only what is in Gibson's press releases and who do not appear to have done any research on a very, very complicated situation.
Can’t comment on the Madagasgar shipment, but from my understanding, the Indian Rosewood would never have left India if Indian officials hadn’t signed off on it.
Gibson is run by a conservative supporting CEO and it’s non-union. That’s two strikes against it right there, in this administration’s eyes.
I see you are really into guitars and know quite a bit about the Gibson case.
I have looked at your facts, but the one issue that comes back is that there are plenty of companies that have been attacked through law-fare by this administration. Especially if the company has anything to do with administration politics over environmental issues.
And- while it is true that Gibson was involved in some way in a investigation with the Bush administration, there was no warning, threat, cease and desist letter, or any other prior action other than this raid that we know about.
And- while it is true that the CEO of Gibson may not have volunteered any information about ‘contraband’ wood, the administration has used the power of its office to obfuscate investigations of every sort during its tenure over the admistration’s DOJ. Especially suspect were its recent responses during the Gunwalker hearings, its response in the Boeing NLRB actions, and its response to inquiries over closed door meetings with union officials dating back to the inception of the administration.
That is why, forgive us, if we look skeptically at a raid on the Gibson factory.
I only want to know the facts. If you can point me to a reliable source for that information, then I would greatly appreciate it if you would do so.
That still leaves lingering questions about the Indian Rosewood. Did the Indian government know what was in the sealed crates, or did they rely on Gibson's paperwork (in the case of the eleven shipments that went directly to Gibson) or the intermediary's paperwork (in the case of the Dallas airport shipments or the 'routed-through-Canada" shipments?
In the case of the eleven shipments that went directly to Gibson, Gibson's customs forms did not correctly identify what was in the containers. The customs forms and Lacey Act forms used HTS codes and descriptions for an item that was legal to export from India; the contents of the containers were not legal for export from India.
In the case of the shipment caught at the Dallas airport, the customs forms identified one crate with an HTS code and description for an item that was legal to export from India; the contents of the container did not match the HTS code or description and were illegal for export from India. A second crate (the second crate?) used a completely different HTS code and description, again for an item that was legal to export from India; the contents of the container did not match the second HTS code and description and was illegal for export from India.
As for the 'routed-through-Canada' stuff, where the customs forms were filled out in the name of a party other than Gibson but the wood was Gibson's (according to the party on the customs form), again a description and HTS code for items legal to export from India was used. The actual product was something illegal to export from India.
So . . . maybe India didn't know what was in the containers and relied on inaccurate customs HTS codes and descriptions? Maybe somebody at the port at India looked the other way for [insert your explanation here]? Maybe India has unofficially changed the laws on its books without telling anyone? Maybe India signed off on all of the shipments with full knowledge of what was being exported.
Again, I'm just tired of people jumping to conclusions without attempting to consider all of the facts. The more facts I can get, the better.
I don't believe I would have issued a cease and desist order from what I've read. Nor would I have warned them in time for Gibson to erase hard drives.
After the Madagascar Ebony situation, the federal government had evidence of thirteen separate additional violations of the Lacey Act or laws governing the importation of exotic woods. The Dallas and Canadian incidents look . . . shady.
My own guess - which I haven't discussed in any of my posts on this subject - is that one of more disgruntled current or former Gibson employees are involved in ratting out Gibson.
In 2009, www.glassdoor.com ranked Gibson the #1 Worst Place to Work in the U.S., based on employee interviews. That was a drop from #5 Worst Place to Work in the U.S. in 2008. It's not the worst out of a small set of companies - glassdoor reviews places like United Airlines, Best Buy, Hertz, General Mills, Publix, Morgan Stanley. If you go there and read the employee comments about the company and particularly about Henry Juszkiewicz, you'll see why only 12% of Gibson's employees support him according to the study.
And given the statements on the turnover and number of executives and others fired without notice or severance, you get the idea there may be a large number of whistleblowers lurking out there.
That's why I think there could be a disgruntled employee or ex-employee involved.