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Thread #139936   Message #3213022
Posted By: GUEST,999
26-Aug-11 - 11:10 AM
Thread Name: Who will stand up: Feds Raid Gibson Guitar Factory
Subject: Review: Time to ask who will stand up.
"Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in Fear"

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 Service have come knocking at the storied maker of such iconic instruments as the Les Paul electric guitar, the J-160E acoustic-electric John Lennon played, and essential jazz-boxes such as Charlie Christian's ES-150. In 2009 the Feds seized several guitars and pallets of wood from a Gibson factory, and both sides have been wrangling over the goods in a case with the delightful name "United States of America v. Ebony Wood in Various Forms."

They are the opening two paragraphs in an article which is in the August 26, 2011 edition of the Wall Street Journal (on line) at

Thank the lord for Fish and Wildlife. I await the day they raid the corporate offices of various oil companies. Then I'll than the Lord for Fish and Wildlife.