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  • What Gibson Guitars Did with the Wood the Government Returned

    02/02/2014 1:02:51 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2-2-2014 | Victor Keith
    In 2011, the Department of Justice conducted raids on the Tennessee facilities of the famed Gibson Guitar company and confiscated large quantities of tonewood that had been imported from India and Madagascar. The action included armed SWAT teams, with automatic weapons, who apparently feared being garroted with a guitar string by an enraged Gibson employee. These raids were conducted due to the Lacey Act, which bans the importing of certain woods. The issue at hand was not that the wood was endangered or illegally harvested, but that it was not of the proper thickness that would have meant that some...
  • What Gibson Guitars Did with the Wood the Government Returned

    02/02/2014 6:10:36 AM PST · by rktman · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/2/2014 | Victor Keith
    In 2011, the Department of Justice conducted raids on the Tennessee facilities of the famed Gibson Guitar company and confiscated large quantities of tonewood that had been imported from India and Madagascar. The action included armed SWAT teams, with automatic weapons, who apparently feared being garroted with a guitar string by an enraged Gibson employee. These raids were conducted due to the Lacey Act, which bans the importing of certain woods. The issue at hand was not that the wood was endangered or illegally harvested, but that it was not of the proper thickness that would have meant that some...
  • Gibson Sticks Thumb in Obama Administration's Eye with 'Government Series' Guitars

    02/01/2014 11:02:05 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/1/14 | Jeffrey Poor
    In 2011, the Department of Justice raided Gibson Guitar facilities in Memphis and Nashville, alleging a violation of the so-called Lacey Act, a law that bans the importation of certain kinds of wildlife, plants and wood. At the time of the raid, Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show that the feds confiscated tonewood imported from India for the guitar Gibson manufacturers which would result in a cost of $2 to $3 million for his company. At a great expense in legal fees and time, Juszkiewicz fought the federal government tooth and nail. But in...
  • Hunters, Fishermen Targeted by Feds for Local Violations ( Lacey Act & Gibson Guitar )

    12/19/2013 6:49:35 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 18 Dec 2013 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    U.S. law enforcement agencies are conducting thousands of investigations using a law that makes violating state wildlife statutes a federal crime, often ensnaring hunters and fishermen for seemingly minor infractions. Some even suffer stiff federal prison sentences. Special agents and wildlife inspectors for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conduct about 2,500 investigative cases a year of violations of the Lacey Act, a 1900 law meant to combat illegal trafficking of wildlife. ... Rock star Ted Nugent, an avid hunter and fisherman .. "Good, decent families' lives are being turned upside down and ruined by out-of-control jackboot game agencies, particularly...
  • DOJ hits Gibson with $300K fine in settlement over exotic wood raids

    08/07/2012 10:41:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    Did you get here Googling "exotic wood raids?" Is this not what you expected? I'm sorry. Settle in for some hot public policy.Last we checked in with Gibson, the famed Tennessee guitar maker had been raided twice by armed federal agents, who seized almost $500,000 in exotic wood imported from India and Madagascar and shut down production. The ebony and rosewood in question have been used for decades to make the instrument's fingerboards and are integral to their style and sound, the company said. (Great video background from Reason, here.)This week, Gibson settled with the government in a "criminal enforcement...
  • Feds threaten to disrupt summer concerts

    05/18/2012 1:13:56 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 36 replies ^ | 5/18/12 | Paul Bedard
    Lawmakers are scrambling to save the summer concert season from federal agents poised to seize the instruments of rock and country stars because the wood used to make them may have been illegally harvested--and without their knowledge. “I don’t want the musicians from Nashville who are flying to Canada to perform this summer to worry about the government seizing their guitars,” said Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. Alexander, whose state is home to famed Gibson Guitars used by bands and stars like Van Halen, the Allman Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Ted Nugent and Paul McCartney, said Friday that he and Oregon...
  • The Great Gibson Guitar Raid: Months Later, Still No Charges Filed (Breitbart still fights on)

    03/01/2012 7:39:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 3+ views
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Government ^ | Posted Feb 23rd 2012 at 2:39 pm
    “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...
  • Gibson Guitars still faces no charges, months after raid

    02/24/2012 5:55:50 AM PST · by SumProVita · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2/23/2012 | John Hayward
    In fact, it has now been six months since the Great Gibson Guitar Raid… and even though Gibson’s business was damaged, and half a million dollars’ worth of property was confiscated, no charges have been filed at all.
  • Video: The Great Gibson Guitar Raid … Months later, still no charges

    02/23/2012 3:21:42 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 23, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    Last August, the federal government raided a Gibson Guitar factory and confiscated property worth at least $500,000. What had Gibson Guitars done wrong? They had imported wood from India and failed to follow every “jot and tittle” of the regulatory law … not of the United States, but of India. Apparently, Gibson used an inappropriate tariff code on the wood. According to, “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.” In other words, Gibson’s violation had nothing to do...
  • Focus Folks, It's Obama (Part 2)

    12/12/2011 5:23:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | December 12, 2011 | Bruce Bialosky
    As we sprint toward the first official vote of the Republican primary season – to decide who will (hopefully) replace President Obama on January 20, 2013 – it is essential that we focus on the real goal. Rather than go after each other, the candidates must continue to confront the policies of the most inept President in modern times. The following is a selection of issues the candidates should emphasize as the rationale for replacing our current President: 1. Gibson Guitar – The Obama Administration entered the headquarters of an internationally-renowned, iconic American company and treated it like it was...
  • Newt on the Gibson Guitar Raids

    11/13/2011 5:04:05 PM PST · by Maceman · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 16, 2011 | Newt Gingrich
    Newt on the Gibson Guitar Raids
  • Excessive Regulations: The Case of Gibson Guitars

    10/13/2011 11:04:42 AM PDT · by 92nina · 9 replies
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-10-13 | Kelsey Zahourek
    ...Another out of control regulation is the little known Lacey Act, originally passed in 1900 to regulate the trade of wildlife and expanded in 2008 to curb illegal logging. Under the Act, if the U.S. government interprets that a foreign law, concerning the exportation of wood or wildlife, has been broken it is up to the U.S. government to conduct raids and confiscate said products. The Heritage Foundation recently wrote about overly broad criminal prosecution under the Lacey Act. Heritage cites an example where a small business owner spent six and a half years in confinement because he used plastic...
  • A different type of protest: Hundreds rally in support of Gibson Guitars (VIDEO)

    10/10/2011 4:48:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 10/10/2011 | Tina Korbe
    As the Occupy Wall Street protests grow “increasingly debauched,” Tea Partiers in Tennessee remind us what a polite, impassioned and principled protest looks like:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Hundreds of Gibson Guitar supporters rallied for the legendary guitar factory at a dual demonstration-concert in Nashville, Tenn. Saturday, following a federal raid in August over the company’s importation practices.The “We Stand With Gibson” rally drew about 500 attendees, including members of the Tea Party, according to the Tennessean. Some carried signs that read “Who’s next“ and ”When they come for you, who will be left to speak?”Gibson supporters have railed...
  • Feds to Gibson: Hand over more wood

    09/30/2011 7:36:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies ^ | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | Annie Johnson
    Federal authorities are pressuring Nashville-based Gibson Guitar to hand over an additional 25 bundles of Indian wood that the company allegedly planned to use in its famous guitars. The complaint was filed today in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and mirrors a 2010 action that sought official forfeiture of wood obtained in a 2009 raid of Gibson facilities. The latter of those cases has been stayed, pending the outcome of the most recent suit. As has been the case in previous allegations, at issue is the classification of certain wood imported to the United States from...
  • Gibson Guitars

    09/12/2011 4:11:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies ^ | September 12, 2011 | Mike Adams
    On the mantle above my fireplace there sits an old picture of my grandfather, Joe Dee Adams, Sr. The picture was taken some time during the Great Depression when he was a professional musician. It was actually his promo picture for the radio show he hosted on WSGN in Birmingham, Alabama. In it, he is holding an old Gibson acoustic guitar. No one in our family has any idea what happened to that old guitar. It was lost along with his purple heart from World War I some time before he passed away in the fall of 1978. His death...
  • DOJ Advises Gibson Guitar to Export Labor to Madagascar

    09/01/2011 12:02:29 AM PDT · by Cymbaline · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Red State ^ | Wednesday, August 31st at 11:16PM EDT | Ben Howe
    The Gibson Guitar saga has taken a sinister turn. It seems that the Department of Justice wasn’t satisfied with merely raiding the law abiding factories of Gibson Guitar with armed agents, shutting down their operation costing them millions, and leaving the American company in the dark as to how to proceed without going out of business. Now, according to CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, agents of the United States government are bluntly informing them that they’d be better off shipping their manufacturing labor overseas.
  • Gibson CEO: Obama Administration Told Us Our Problems Would Go Away If We Used Madagascar Labor.....

    09/01/2011 4:47:56 AM PDT · by blueyon · 110 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/01/2011 | Jim Hoft
    Gibson CEO: Obama Administration Told Us Our Problems Would Go Away If We Used Madagascar Labor (Audio).......KMJ Radio host Chris Daniel interviewed Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz on Wednesday. Juszkiewicz told Chris that the Obama Administration told them, “Your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor.”
  • Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear

    08/26/2011 9:26:29 AM PDT · by yoe · 65 replies
    WSJ ^ | August 26, 2011 | ERIC FELTEN
    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. It isn't the first time that agents of the Fish and Wildlife...
  • Gibson Guitar CEO: We're Under Attack By Obama Administration

    08/28/2011 5:57:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 150 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 27, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson Guitars, Inc. was on The Dana Loesch Show on Friday. Gibson is under attack by the the Obama Justice Department for accusations that the company broke American Indian laws. Juszkiewiz said the government suggested that the company's use of unfinished wood from India is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because of the Justice Department's interpretation of a law in India. The Holder Justice Department raided at least two Gibson manufacturing plants this week forcing hundreds of workers off their jobs. Juszkiewiz says the company lost a million dollars this week. Finally, Henry...
  • Iowahawk: New Scandal at DoJ as Illegal Guitars End Up In Hands of Mexican Drug Lords

    08/27/2011 7:37:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 52 replies
    Iowahawk | August 26, 2011 | David Burge
    WASHINGTON - Today's uncovering of secret multi-agency program for shipping illegal Gibson guitars to Mexican drug cartels left red-faced officials of the U.S. Department of Justice scrambling for an explanation amid angry calls for a Congressional investigation. Continued
  • CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood

    08/27/2011 11:58:48 AM PDT · by DFG · 81 replies
    Landmark Report ^ | 08/27/11 | John Nolte
    On Thursday, the iconic Gibson Guitar Corporation issued a press release stating that government officials raided their Tennessee manufacturing facility over warrants concerning the legality of the importation of wood purchased from India that they use in their world famous guitars. The wood–which is certified and regulated by the Forest Stewardship Council–is not illegal, but rather subject to a domestic law in India frowns upon the processing of this wood by non-Indians. (Gibson uses American labor for the processing.)
  • Gibson Guitar Corp. Responds to Federal Raid (Claims DOJ wants wood finished in India)

    08/27/2011 6:58:18 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 83 replies
    Gibson.Com ^ | August 25, 2011
    Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responded to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government. In a press release, Juszkiewicz said: “Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence.” The raids forced Gibson to cease manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day while armed agents executed the search warrants. “Agents seized wood that was Forest Stewardship Council controlled,” Juszkiewicz said. “Gibson has a...
  • Feds Raid Gibson Guitar

    08/26/2011 9:22:47 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 18 replies
    Heroic federal agents, Wednesday, Aug. 24, swooped down on the offices and factories of Gibson Guitar, an infamous maker of musical instruments based in Tennessee. They were looking for wood, the substance that is the cadavers of innocent trees and used by drug-addled "rock and roll" musicians to corrupt innocent minds. Apparently, Gibson had imported some of this dead tree substance from India and failed to properly fill out the necessary paperwork. The use of innocent dead trees to create paper for the federal government is acceptable.
  • Federal agents search Gibson Guitar factory in Memphis

    08/24/2011 1:36:17 PM PDT · by cc2k · 83 replies · 1+ views
    The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee ^ | Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:06 p.m. | Kevin McKenzie
    Federal agents with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service shut down the Gibson Guitar factory in Downtown Memphis today to serve search warrants in an ongoing investigation, officials said. Nicholas Chavez, special agent in charge for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Region 2 in Albuquerque, N.M., said agents also served a search warrant on Gibson Guitar in Nashville. In November 2009, agents for the service searched the guitar maker's manufacturing plant in Nashville, reportedly during an investigation of use of woods banned from commercial use for environmental reasons.
  • Feds raid Gibson offices (Gibson guitars)

    11/17/2009 6:33:49 PM PST · by Drew68 · 54 replies · 2,708+ views
    Nashville Post ^ | 17 Nov 09 | J. R. Lind
    Federal agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local police today seized wood, guitars, computers and boxes of files from Gibson Guitar's Massman Road manufacturing facility. Sources say the Nashville-based guitar manufacturer is being investigated for violating the Lacey Act, a key piece of environmental law, for importing endangered species of rosewood from Madagascar. Rosewood is widely used in the construction of guitars and sells for $5,000 per cubic meter, more than double the price of mahogany. The island nation off Africa's east coast is a key producer of the hardwood, the export of which has links to...
  • Luckenbach enters record book for guitar jam

    08/25/2009 10:47:21 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 23 replies · 1,239+ views
    Austin 360 ^ | Michael Corcoran
    In 2007, 1,802 Germans played “Smoke On the Water” in unison to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest recorded guitar ensemble. That record was topped Sunday afternoon at Luckenbach, when 1,859 pickers played “Luckenbach, Texas” and “This Land Is Your Land.” 1,859 guitar players in one spot- and it wasn’t an Eric Johnson concert! The “Pickin’ For the Record” event was organized by the Voices of a Grateful Nation, a support group for American soldiers and veterans, whose Welcome Home Project was the beneficiary. Pickers paid $10 each, but they received a t-shirt commemorating their participation....
  • (Charlie)Daniels Project Sends Music to Iraq

    11/25/2005 6:11:29 AM PST · by Liberty Valance · 7 replies · 530+ views ^ | Nov. 24, 2005
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. A project sparked by North Carolina-bred singer Charlie Daniels has collected thousands of dollars in donated musical instruments for troops in Iraq. Daniels donated one of his own instruments to "Operation Heartstrings" earlier this year when he learned that soldiers didn't have guitars for church services. He asked guitar manufacturers to do the same. "We never envisioned this much stuff. I'm overwhelmed by the support out there for the troops," said Daniels. He said "only one company that will remain nameless turned us down." Gibson Guitar, one of the nation's top instrument makers, surprised the Wilmington native by...