Monday, August 29, 2011

A Sad Song

The Gibson Guitar story is going to get ugly at some point.  By way of background...
Around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, agents executed four search warrants on Gibson facilities in the two cities. They seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars.

But Gibson’s CEO says his company has not been told what it did wrong and that he assumes the allegation is that some of the wood being used to manufacture the company’s guitars is illegal.

“Everything is sealed. They won’t tell us anything,” Juszkiewicz said, never raising his voice but pulling no punches in his defense of the storied guitar maker.

...The company stated it assumes the raid stems from an alleged violation of the U.S. Lacey Act, legislation that requires anyone coming into the U.S. to declare with unambiguous specificity the nature of materials being brought into the country.
As an aside, this is what the administration is doing when they're trying to create jobs.  I'd hate to see what would happen if they wanted to create uncertainty for business.

In the meantime, Powerline has a detailed wrap-up of the threads that need to be run to ground on this story.  I'm waiting to see Eric Holder explain the raid and clear up that the selective raids on Gibson have nothing to do with the political affiliation of its CEO, or that Michelle Obama wasn't guilty of a violation of the same offense Gibson is being accused of committing.  Of course, this would require Holder to be credible.

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