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Musician's bamboo flutes destroyed at U.S. customs
CBC News ^ | Jan 02, 2014 | CBC News

Posted on 01/03/2014 3:13:20 AM PST by rickmichaels

A Canadian flutist has been left baffled and distraught after U.S. customs agents decided to destroy his traditional, handcrafted Middle Eastern bamboo flutes.

"I am still waiting for that answer," Boujemaa Razgui told CBC Radio's As It Happens, when asked why he thought U.S. Customs and Border Protection would destroy his instruments.

Razgui was flying from Madrid through New York's JFK airport to Boston. It was at JFK airport that officials found his flutes, and after classifying them as agricultural products, destroyed the flutes "in accordance with established protocols to prevent the introduction of plant pathogens into the United States," the border agency told As It Happens in a statement.

Razgui found out his instruments were missing when his instrument case didn't arrive at his home in Brockton, Mass. He rushed to Boston airport to find his flutes, and was given a phone number for the "department of destroying things," as he described the border agency. He phoned the agency and learned that his flutes were gone for good.

"They don't tell me anything — they just act," Razgui complained.

Razgui insists that his flutes are no different from any other plant-based instrument. "Like guitars, they are all from plants—from trees and stuff," said Razgui. "They are dry."

But the border agency told As It Happens that it "discovered fresh green bamboo canes approximately three to four feet long" in unclaimed baggage that belonged to Razgui. Fresh bamboo is prohibited from entering the U.S., the agency said.

Since the purported "fresh bamboo" and Razgui's instruments were in the same container, he lost his entire collection of 13 flutes—and with them, his livelihood.

"They were my life," Razgui said.

Finding the right bamboo for his flutes is not easy, as the variety he needs is not available in the Americas, said Razgui. His flutes were made from bamboo sourced from Morocco.

Razgui said he must also ensure that the stems are at least two years old so that they have the right knots and thickness for a proper flute.

Once he has the material, Razgui crafts the instruments himself, heating and cooling them alternately to tune them. "You have to tune it one time for life," he explained.

Razgui has played the flute for over 40 years and performed at concerts all over the world, including Toronto and Montreal. He insists that he just wants to play his flutes in the time he has left.

"I must have my flutes," said Razgui.

"Maybe tomorrow I'll be dead—but I need to play some flutes in peace."


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1 posted on 01/03/2014 3:13:20 AM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

I’m planning on visiting your country in March. It seems my only option is to enter your country in the nude, lest anything I have with me gets lost, destroyed, or stolen by the TSA.


2 posted on 01/03/2014 3:15:30 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: rickmichaels

I also think this is being done to try and destroy the US in as many ways as possible.


3 posted on 01/03/2014 3:16:09 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: rickmichaels

If he were alive today Horst Wessel would have no problem fitting in to almost any federal agency.


4 posted on 01/03/2014 3:18:23 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: rickmichaels

And how are these guys different from the Nazis?


5 posted on 01/03/2014 3:20:23 AM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: Jonty30
I’m planning on visiting your country in March. It seems my only option is to enter your country in the nude, lest anything I have with me gets lost, destroyed, or stolen by the TSA.

Assuming you're a Canuck I give you the following instructions for you,on behalf of the TSA:

You re *not* to appear unclothed at our border *unless* you're female and look like either Shania Twain or Celine Dione did 20 years ago! ;-)

6 posted on 01/03/2014 3:22:54 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Jonty30
Some bamboo is an invasive species, and to discover your livelihood after leaving the airport seems suspicious to me.

All these stipulations ... Four feet long is pretty unusual for a "flute", ... must be two years old ... just the right thickness ... and since when is Morocco a bamboo country ?

Another thing; "Since the purported "fresh bamboo" and Razgui's instruments were in the same container," ... There were obviously some raw materiel for making more flutes in the case.

Trying to explain all of this is harder than just burnin' them

7 posted on 01/03/2014 3:26:52 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: rickmichaels

Bad, losing instruments of any kind. Maybe a separate package for the raw materials next time....and/or the right import/customs paperwork for the green plant matter...

Woodwind reed players buy blanks when they want to roll their own. Bet those blanks came from somewhere, and had paperwork.

KYPD


8 posted on 01/03/2014 3:34:26 AM PST by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: Jonty30
I’m planning on visiting your country in March. It seems my only option is to enter your country in the nude, lest anything I have with me gets lost, destroyed, or stolen by the TSA.

Just don't get excited. They're confiscating wood.

9 posted on 01/03/2014 3:45:48 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Jonty30

Go to Mexico and stroll in across the border!


10 posted on 01/03/2014 3:51:54 AM PST by jocon307
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To: rickmichaels

A moron did this. So, so stupid.


11 posted on 01/03/2014 3:52:22 AM PST by jocon307
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To: rickmichaels

Most TSA’s have only a GED and can read at an 8th grade level. They make less than 38K per year, and have the intelligence of a tree stump. Oh, by the way, it was announced in December since the creation of the TSA department, not one potential hijacker or terrorist has been caught. But thousands of guns, knives and box cutters have flown unmolested


12 posted on 01/03/2014 4:03:54 AM PST by realcleanguy
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To: Jonty30
It seems my only option is to enter your country in the nude, lest anything I have with me gets lost, destroyed, or stolen by the TSA.

Nude? Then expect to have your "baggage" handled anyway!

Regards,

13 posted on 01/03/2014 4:38:03 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: rickmichaels

What is the NAME of the person who did this and when was s/he fired?


14 posted on 01/03/2014 4:43:06 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (...and to the Republic for which it stood.)
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To: 230FMJ

“And how are these guys different from the Nazis?”

The Nazis had better looking uniforms.


15 posted on 01/03/2014 4:56:25 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: rickmichaels

Bamboo, isn’t that what the eco-nuts tell us we should use instead of wood? How much bamboo is imported into the country each year? How much of that is raw? Yet processed and (I am assuming)seasoned bamboo flutes are a problem? Are they going to be taking away people’s bamboo flooring soon?


16 posted on 01/03/2014 5:00:13 AM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: rickmichaels

Why worry about anyone importing bamboo? Do you know how many groves, stands, or whatever they call bamboo I see growing wild around DC off the roads? Too late to try to stop it.


17 posted on 01/03/2014 5:11:30 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: rickmichaels

The same mentality will run our health insurance business...


18 posted on 01/03/2014 5:28:46 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: realcleanguy

Don’t knock the GED. Fewer than half of high school graduates could pass the test.


19 posted on 01/03/2014 5:31:19 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: 230FMJ

The NAZIs were more professional and wore arm bands.


20 posted on 01/03/2014 5:44:57 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: rickmichaels
Michelle Obama might now be proud of her country, but I don't recognize it anymore.

We've already slid past any of the recognizable common sense features and landmarks I remember, while riding this slippery slope and now we're picking up speed.

21 posted on 01/03/2014 5:49:22 AM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Jonty30

Nah. I think that is being done by hiring affirmative action idiots for a job that requires at least avergare intelligence, and a smidgen of common sense.

Not to mention no desire to inflict needless pain on those who cannot resist.


22 posted on 01/03/2014 6:14:17 AM PST by chesley
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To: Gen.Blather

They did look dang good, have to admit heh.


23 posted on 01/03/2014 9:00:08 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Jonty30

Deed was done by blue-shirt CBP officers, not mouth-breathing TSA dolts.


24 posted on 01/03/2014 9:46:56 AM PST by Hulka
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To: rickmichaels
It was at JFK airport that officials found his flutes, and after classifying them as agricultural products, destroyed the flutes "in accordance with established protocols to prevent the introduction of plant pathogens into the United States," the border agency told As It Happens in a statement.

Remember, the people now in charge of our healthcare occupy the office next door.

25 posted on 01/03/2014 10:16:34 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: freedomfiter2

Wow, is that a fact? I naturally assumed it wasn’t a hard test. I complete high school plus hold an AA in Electrical engineering and AA in Christian Theology. Both tough subjects.


26 posted on 01/03/2014 7:21:14 PM PST by realcleanguy
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