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The Great Gibson Guitar Raid. by The Elephant's Child

It was back in August, last year that armed federal agents raided Gibson Guitar’s Nashville headquarters, seizing wood, instruments and creating a national outcry over the high-profile persecution.  Now, more than six months later, the Department of Justice still has not filed any charges.

At the time of the raid, agents were supposedly working from a tip that Gibson had broken laws in India and Madagascar, two countries that supply Gibson with ebony and other scarce woods for its guitars. Both India and Madagascar say that Gibson has done nothing wrong.  Federal agents seized more than $1 million of Gibson’s property, Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz has testified before Congress, but no charges from Obama’s Justice department.  Power grab.

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[…] a SWAT-team who shut the whole company down, allegedly for possessing illegally imported wood. I wrote about it at the time because it was so absurd. A federal agency flexing its muscles — because they could. […]

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