CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood

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’s press release claims that, while this incident marks the second raid of their facility in around two years, this is the first of the raids to cost the company time and resources, as they needed to shut down operations. It seems as though this was all for naught.

The release read:

The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India. (If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.) This action was taken without the support and consent of the government in India.

On August 24, 2011, around 8:45 a.m. CDT, agents for the federal government executed four search warrants on Gibson’s facilities in Nashville and Memphis and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. Gibson had to cease its manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day, while armed agents executed the search warrants. Gibson has fully cooperated with the execution of the search warrants.

The fact that the government would issue warrants based on their interpretation of another country’s laws is laughable–and scary–in and of itself, but that they would demonize an American, non-unionized (coincidentally, I’m sure) company for something that isn’t even a crime (especially not in the American lawbooks) is a gross misjustice. Keep in mind that the Indian government itself wasn’t involved in the Gibson warrants and raid.

This unfortunate event begs the question, Why Gibson?

Putting aside the presumably misguided motivation to enforce another sovereign nation’s laws, why would a homegrown American company be the target of the Department of Justice in the first place?

It’s worth pointing out that Henry E. Juszkiewicz, Gibson’s Chief Executive Officer, is a donor to a couple of Republican politicians. According to the Open Secrets database, Juszkiewicz donated $2000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN07) last year, as well as $1500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Juszkiewicz also has donated $10,000 to the Consumer Electronics Association, a PAC that contributed $92.5k to Republican candidates last year, as opposed to $72k to Democrats. (The CEA did, however, contribute more to Democrats in the 2008 election cycle.)

When warrants as ridiculous such as these are issued and executed, there appears no other reason than because the company or individual at hand is being targeted, not because there is any sort of wrongdoing. As a company, Gibson is a legendary. They’ve done nothing wrong, except, apparently, deigning to have a Republican CEO.

The plot thickens, however.

One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of election cycles. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood.” In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars.

The Gibson facility wasn’t raided over allegations of tax evasion, charges of embezzlement, or even something as drab as child labor. Not even close. It was raided over what the DOJ deems an inability to follow a vague domestic trade law in India (one that apparently the Indian government didn’t seem too concerned about enforcing) regarding a specific type of wood. Not illegal wood, just wood with obscenely specific procedural guidelines.

Stand with Gibson: They have the Law on their side, just not the government.

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Note: On August 27th, this post was revised to incorporate various updates.

Listen to Andrew Lawton’s and Ben Swenson’s interview with Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz.

A big thanks to Twitter’s @arlasko and my Strictly Right Radio co-host @MrSimpleSense for their assistance with this article.


Andrew Lawton is Landmark Report's founder and publisher and a North American radio and television personality. In addition to hosting The Andrew Lawton Show on AM980 in London, Ontario, he is also a contributor on Canada's Sun News Network. Andrew, the King of Canadian Social Media, tweets as @AndrewLawton.

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352 Responses to “CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood”

  1. Tony says:

    Obama's DOJ is merely his political arm & muscle of his campaign…this is an egregious act against an American company. Tyranny of full display! Excellent report here!

    • Stephanie says:

      Well, it's better than him using the Black Panthers.

      • Alan says:

        In what way? He's now using the U.S. Federal Gov't to shut down a company that has done nothing wrong but disagree with him.  The Panthers can be dismissed as thugs, this is a tactic worthy of Vladimir Putin.

    • Northhawk says:

      How dare Obama enforce a law named after a REPUBLICAN senator that was updated by BUSH! He is obviously History's Greatest Monster!

      • Working says:

        What law is being enforced. The answer none. Gibson was doing nothing illegal at all. They have not even been charged. They are interpreting an Indian law which the Indian government doesn't eve enforce. And what is worse is that a competitor is using the same wood and nothing happened to them

      • Mac says:

        Isn't blaming Bush for everything getting old for you guys?  When are you gonna put on your big boy pants & do something?

      • Real American says:

        Right on Northhawk, I’ve pointed the same thing out too many times! Why don’t they knock bush for putting teeth in that rep Lacy act!

      • Real American says:

        Right on Northhawk! I’ve pointed this same thing out too many times! Why don’t they bitch about bush putting teeth into this rep Lacy act?

  2. Jess says:

    Disgusting. It's like the Obamunists are not every TRYING to exercise due process now.

  3. Tusk says:

    We all knew this this type of crap (people with 1/2 a brain) was going to happen if Obama was elected and now we see and worse, feel the disaster in our midst. It's okay to give illegal weapons to Mexican drug cartel's that actually kill American Border agents but to pick on an American icon like Gibson is downright treasonous. 2012 can't come soon enough!

    One
    Big
    Ass
    Mistake
    America !

  4. Carl Kunkel says:

    We all knew this this type of crap (people with 1/2 a brain) was going to happen if Obama was elected and now we see and worse, feel the disaster in our midst. It's okay to give illegal weapons to Mexican drug cartel's that actually kill American Border agents but to pick on an American icon like Gibson is downright treasonous. 2012 can't come soon enough!

  5. @whitemcky says:

    Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her “blatantly unconstitutional” votes at : http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn-congre
    Mickey

  6. Great work.. i hope this gets more press, as Obama talks one way about supporting businesses but stamps out any opposition businesses..

  7. syvyn11 says:

    MMM MMMM MMMM! High Crimes and Misdemeanors!

    IMPEACH NOW!

  8. [...] Andrew Lawton brings us this: One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of elections (though, to be fair, he did donate a whopping $750 to Republican Congressmen in the 90s.) According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood.” In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars. [...]

  9. [...] What a coincidence! CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican Donor. And their Democratic-donating competitor, Martin, uses the same wood but wasn’t [...]

  10. [...] update! Glenn: “What a coincidence! CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican Donor. And their Democratic-donating competitor, Martin, uses the same wood but wasn’t raided.” [...]

  11. [...] update! Glenn: “What a coincidence! CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican Donor. And their Democratic-donating competitor, Martin, uses the same wood but wasn’t raided.” [...]

  12. Kim du Toit says:

    Dear Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson: feel free to move Gibson Guitars to India. We musicians will keep buying Gibsons, wherever they're made. Then, when the U.S. government wonders why you moved, we can tell them, by hanging them one by one from nearby trees. American trees. With imported rope.

  13. Doug in San Diego says:

    Heres' a scary slide from a Lacey Act presentation, H/T to: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/cross-th

    Here is the link:
    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/lacey_act/
    Note the following on Page 22:

    The underlying foreign law violation does not have
    to be a criminal violation, nor one actively enforced
    in the foreign country.
    • The underlying violation need not be committed by
    the person charged with violating the Lacey Act – a
    third party might have taken the product illegally.
    • The underlying foreign law can be interpreted by
    U.S. Courts

    Note the escalation of foreign law, and foreign watered-down implementing regulations, lax interpretation or lax enforcement of the foreign law as written are not a defense. Arguably, even delayed implementation by the foreign country after passage, or partial overturning due to judicial or administrative case law in the foreign country is not a defense – interpretation is up to the US courts. Most importantly, what might only faces fine and injunctions in the country of origin now becomes a felony.

    In the Gibson case, what if Gibson negotiated with the authority in India approving exports over exactly how much finishing is required, and complied with it. If APHIS disagrees, that means nothing. This is dangerous ground – not only is this administrative overreach and the usurpation of foreign sovereignty, but also do-gooder whim and caprice, engaging in ex-post facto regulation.

    Read the whole PowerPoint; now, you could never send your old bagpipe back to the Auld Sod to be refurbished with a new bag – they would assume it was new, and want certified proof of origin on the 40-year old wood. Similarly, don't send your old Strad to a luthier in Cremona. could you prove which was the recent repair, that that wood was legal, and that any other repairs were done legally, or before the act took force. Do you have every invoice for everything ever done to the violin since the maestro first crafted it centuries ago? With pictures (ludicrous, I know).

  14. [...] because it wasn’t finished by workers in India. There’s an American law against that? Nope. The Justice Department just decided that a law in India says the wood needs to be finished in [...]

  15. Dialla says:

    I would move all the Gibson specialty guitar production to Canada, you can't fight a corrupt Federal Govenment.

    • grumpy says:

      From what I understand, you still could not get them into the US to sell them. Many, many industries are potentially in trouble under this law. What about cars with some wood on dashboard? In theory, you could be challenging all kinds of things that are imported or exported.

  16. Disturber says:

    Gibson is an American manufacturer who has hired over 500 workers this year. What this shows more than anything is the extreme hostility of this administration to business generally. This was a very heavy handed action. It would have been absolutely appropriate for the DOJ to initiate an inquiry and request documentation without raiding the plant if it thought there was some sort of violation. It is not as if Gibson is going to disappear or that there is a record of lawlessness on the part of the company. Instead, using the Chicago style of intimidation, the DOJ launched an intimidation raid, disrupting the manufacturing, depriving the employees of wages while the plant was closed, and creating giant pressure on Gibson to capitulate or risk financial ruin. So much for encouraging economic growth. From the Boeing fiasco in So. Caroline to so many other anti-business activities, this administration has shown itself to be completely ignorant as to how the economy operates. My guess is that there aren't too many Gibson employees who are going to vote for Obama after this. The interesting question is whether the musician community, most of which fancy themselves as liberals, and many of which play Gibson guitars, will, from this incident, see what a disaster this administration has become and are willing to vote accordingly.

    Disturber

    • Joe Table says:

      well said….well said….Im going to copy and repost this on facebook….u nailed this right on the head….thanks for ur opinion….

    • @ObamaDualer says:

      The superstar musicians need to put together a "We Are The World" type of song out and perhaps hold a concert to bring attention to this thuggish travesty. Then people can buy the song or have it up on YouTube and notify the giant entertainment networks, etc. 

      • mgd says:

        Hahaha. They're all Obama supporters. They wouldn't do this unless a GOP administration were guilty of this travesty.

    • Ms. Kelly says:

      Regarding Obama's "ignorance" of the economy. I wish people would stop saying this. What more needs to happen before people can admit that this Marxist imposter is deliberately destroying our country's econmy because he HATES America?

      Bill O'Reilly is constatnly saying Obama is ignorant on economics. Then in the next breath he talks about him being a brilliant man. You can't have it both ways. Economics is not rocket science. I was a high school drop out, yet I understand economics. You're telling me a high school drop out can get it, but a Harvard grad just can't grasp it? COME ON!!

    • SouthernMan says:

      This is a great post. I only disagree with one statement –”this administration has shown itself to be completely ignorant as to how the economy operates.” This president clearly understands how America’s economy operates. His goal as exhibited by his appointments, associations and his own documented philosophies is the destruction of the American economy. He is either the most stupid or most evil person to ever occupy the White House. I do not believe he is the most stupid. If you love America and love your children and grandchildren, please help vote him out in November.

  17. Change is Coming says:

    I find it to be a solid decision by the Justice Department to go after rich CEOs and companies that make unnecessary, wasteful products, particularly in a time of great national difficulty. Each Gibson guitar consumes labor resources that could be deployed in more effective ways, creating products that would benefit the national purpose. Instead of overpriced musical toys that only rich Hollywood types can afford (probably flown around on their private jets to elite vacation islands and resorts), Gibson could be making shoes or clothing for poor children, or serving some other cause compatible with social justice.

    I'm hopeful that the President's upcoming jobs program will put a firm cap on all of this earnings and capitalist production excess. Entertainers should be honored to be selected by the people to work in such an easy job and should be gracious enough to work for less than what a laborer in a factory makes, not more. The adjustments our President is making with the economy may not be easy, but in time we will have a much more equal country where all are given the same respect, recognition and reward for the work they perform.

    • Gibson Owner says:

      Oh Brother! This guy for real? I own four Gibson Guitars and they n
      were bought with weekend gigs from $15 – $50 a night in clubs, weddings and other entities and I live in Central NY. Move to China where you'll fit in better! Proud owner of a Gibson 335-S Deluxe bought and payed for the hard way like most other Gibson owners!

      • Mike K says:

        Be careful about taking them out of the country as that is also barred by the Lacey Law.

        • ShiftyEyes says:

          No, it is not. What is up with all this hyperbolic nonsense here?

          • @ObamaDualer says:

            I read a story about a man who had pianos that ran afoul of the Lacey Act. He got fined bigtime. when trying to go overseas. It is no joke, nor is it hyperbolic.

          • mgd says:

            It doesn't bar one from taking them out of the country–but on returning, you'd best be able to prove where the wood came from. Good luck with getting that documented properly.

    • Guest says:

      Please tell me you jest.

    • iKnewLesPaul says:

      Hah! Brilliant satire!

    • Guest says:

      Yes, maybe President Obama can mention this to Stevie Wonder & company at the next big White House party he hosts. Maybe Michelle can donate some of her designer outfits to really get this clothing factory going.  
      Hopefully, President Obama will consider your suggestions if he has some free time while jetting to his next tax payer/capitalist  funded vacation. 
      You should consider moving to Cuba – sounds like your idea of paradise!

    • Guest says:

      I am hoping this was tongue in cheek!

    • Sick Of Liberals says:

      WOW, ur unbelievable ! im completely tongue tied here….I have my own business, if its not to serve the greater good, then ur saying i shouldnt be in business,

      Another note, u can seriously say, u dont see the wrong this…Gibson creates jobs that feeds families in more than one way…. gibson guitars are bought and sold by other businesses that create jobs and feed families and are bought by Musicians that create music that can inspire people to do great things, not to mention when Gibson is selling these items , people are spending money, making the economy move…there are so many angles i can shoot this from as to why and how gibson and companies like it keep our nation one of the greatest in the world…. Sounds like ur upset that u couldnt make it in todays world….so instead of trying, just jump on the band wagon of " u have what i want and i deserve it, so give it to me" mentallity. cap on earning? tell that to obama people who just received pay increases from 45 to 100 percent of their salary…. again wow

    • Guest says:

      Are you high?

    • Nashville Guy says:

      Hey, "Mr Change is coming"…….If you're post is serios , all I can say is that you are a complete twit. If it's humor, I'm afraid that in this climate it has escaped me….Why do you want to screw up America with your socialist mantra, There are already rag muffin countries that would welcome a bag of horse-dung such as yourself.

      You would be doing the rest of us a huge favor. Who the hell are you to dictate what a successful music act should charge? Why don't you ask your precious Pres Obama to take a pay cut (100%) until he can help get the unemployment level just back to where it was when he took office!!!!! (7%)

    • mkoury says:

      Quit Whining! I have always found that the harder you work the better it pays off. I don't think that I should have to bust my hump to pay taxes so the Fed. Gov't can keep the entitlement programs funded. If you don't like the fact that the U.S. is a capitalist country, you are free to leave at any time.

    • Publius says:

      Obvious troll is obvious.

    • Gibson Owner as well says:

      Your retarded. I have a Gibson myself and sure as heck am not some "rich hollywood type" Im a joe blow trying to make ends meet and need a decent tool to do it with. suck it "Change is coming"

    • Uncle Sam says:

      You are a fucking commie. 

    • RedBlooded American says:

      Get a job cry baby.

    • Dijour Dilioush says:

      Jeez! You really are a leftist tool, aren't you? Why don't you move to Cuba, since you love Socialism so much! I hear they have some of the most modern 57 Chevy's there, not to mention, according to that fat idiot Michael Moore, the best health care in the world! Dumbass!

    • I firmly agree. We need a czar in charge of determining which products are unnecessary and/or wasteful, so we can take appropriate action against the infringing firm and its employees. __As for putting a firm cap on all this earnings stuff, I think our Great Leader has already done that. This depression will continue until we are all equally rich — or poor, depending on your viewpoint.____

    • John says:

      I just threw up in mouth a little after reading "Change is coming." It's hard to beleive someone could actually think this way.

    • Vinced says:

      Are you the reincarnation of Chairman Mao? People have the right to spend their money as they please and if that means a Gibson or Martin guitar, so be it!

    • Gordon says:

      Ya Vol my Socialist Brother. Quoted out of the book of Stalen!

    • Rick Jordan says:

      Change is Coming is a great example of liberal ignorance !! Many of us poor working club musicans can afford a

      Gibson guitar. If the truth be told both Gibson and Fender have introduced lower priced high quality AMERICAN
      made guitars in the last two years. As with most liberals, Change is Coming is running his mouth, yet has no idea
      what he is talking about. I guess he thinks we should be playing inferior Chinese junk. And by the way, most of us who play have never been to Hollywood, or on a private jet ( though Obama treats Air Force One like a rich boys toy)
      OR TO AN ELITE ILSLAND OR RESORT. i CAN'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME i HAD A VACATION.

    • lyle says:

      sir, it is apparent that you dont get it either, stay on the left and be a socalist. it seem you must not free enterprise that made this country. i havea bussiness for thirty years never took no aid i am proud to be an independent. and dont need obama tell how to regulate. if it wasnt for the indepents where would you be a government employee to harp on gibson get a lifetim

    • Scarlet says:

      Clearly you are a DOJ or Obama czar writing such crap. That is the only way to describe it. Please give all your worldly goods to Obama so he can spread your wealth to others and you can go on the welfare dole. His goal is to dumb down as much Americans as he can so he can have their votes just by promising more taxpayers dollars for sitting at home and doing nothing but leaching off our productive society. We will continue to see a violation of our Constitutional rights and abuses of government like this as long as he is in there. This is corruption at its finest and you are a lame brain for thinking that there was justification. When you think the government can control what businesses will or will not be in this country and apply laws from other countries when they aren't even involved to abuse your "cause" then you should be arrested for treason.

    • Tiger Tail says:

      Changeback is coming. You can make shoes for the poor yourself. Hitler made toy factories into weapons factories. You propose the same ideals. I will come and confiscate your MP3 and CD players since you are not a music lover. And how many vacations has YOUR president taken in MY AF1 this year? He is a rock star president. We need a real one.

    • montanan says:

      Tell me this was sarcasm…you can't be that stupid and still type.

  18. [...] of them gives to Republicans and the other to Democrats, you have a the government acting as King These Democrats of 2011 Are Shameless And Disgusting The fact that the government would issue warrants based on their interpretation of another [...]

  19. They can take my Gibson from my cold dead hands (Video)…
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  20. [...] to Democrats and uses the same wood but Martin won't even get an angry letter from the feds. CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood – Landmark Report Just another day in the United States of Chicago. They do this day in and day out in Chicago, [...]

  21. [...] Apparently the answer to the last question is yes. Should other non-union businesses whose executives donate to Republicans (and compete with [...]

  22. Northhawk says:

    Hmm, maybe I missed it in the article, where does it say that C.F. Martin & Company are also flouting the same rules and processing the wood from India in the United States? Otherwise this just comes across as a whining piece of drivel that looks to shift blame for a failure in procedure to an evil politician prosecuting people politically for polling profit.

    • Uncommon Sense says:

      Just click the links Northhawk. It's in their own words. It's the same damn wood.

    • @mzmadmike says:

      If you look at Martin's site, they extol their American craftsmanship. Even if the fretboards/fingerboards were roughed out in India, the finish work would have to be done here. It's a hand operation.

      Next time, try to know what you're talking about, lest you look like a moron.

      This does not mean it's politically motivated. It could be misinterpretation and an easy target. I doubt anyone at DoJ (even assuming they're literate enough) would know which makers use which products.

      But, your statement was still stupid.

      • Northhawk says:

        Same wood, yes, but same processing done? Who knows? It's pretty obvious that the article above does not state that the other company also breaks the rules. It also doesn't help that Gibson got busted for the same thing using illegally harvested wood from Madagascar in 2009 and thus would be under increased scrutiny for repeat offenses under the Lacey act (which is over a century old, and named after a Republican senator)

        The Lacey act was also updated in 2008 and the update signed into law by GWB on December 15, 2008. It originally was vetoed by Bush, but it was re-passed through the house by a 2/3 vote which required bi-partisan cooperation to do so.

        Also the CEO of Gibson gave what, less than $15,000 to the Republicans? If Evil Obama is going after republican donors, why haven't the Koch Brothers or Rupert Murdoch been sent to GTMO yet? These pitiful conservative fantasies of always being under assault by the liberals, left wing media, mooselums, et all get really tiring.

        The sky is falling! The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

        • japesmcfarland says:

          "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"

          Oh come on, you lefties are the biggest chicken littles there are! What with global warming (or cooling) DDT (40,000,000 dead of malaria since you've banned it) second hand smoke (lol) heterosexual aides epidemic (never happened, genius) overpopulation (didn't happen) running out of oil by the year 2000 (umm, wrong again) The only things you don't care about are real threats like Comminism (only murdered 100 million people in the 20th century…oh no, they're not an evil empire!!oh no!! Reagan was evil for saying it lol..) 

          Anyway, this all happened because of Union issues…(hint, Gibson is a private, non-union company) and yes, as a leftist, it is your fault and Obama's by proxy. Just a bunch of creepy thugs that want more and more and more power over and away from the individual by capitalizing on compassion and demonizing decent people. sick.

          "The bigger the government the smaller the citizen"
          Dennis Prager

    • Dogbyte says:

      spoken like a true DRONE! When you stock the justice department and EPA and HUD with radical activists then this is what you are going to get! It is just starting!

    • Martin Fender says:

      The "rules" Gibson is supposedly "flouting" are not US laws. Gibson is not breaking any US laws. Why is the federal gub'mint sticking its nose in this issue? Because the Obama administration is hassling a non-Union company at the behest of its Union buddies.

      I play Fender electrics and Martin acoustics. I now may have to buy a nice hollowbody Gibson – to remind me of the hollowness of this administration's principles.

    • Chuck says:

      so that you won't miss it again, here's an excerpt from article:

      One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of election cycles. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood.” In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars.

  23. Whippersnapper says:

    In addition to the political contributions of their respective CEOs being considered, it's important for us to all realize that, in Obama's Thugocracy, a company that is is located in a clearly Red State (such as Gibson in Tennessee) will be subject to oppression and harassment whereas a competitor that is located in a Blue State or battleground state (such as C.F. Martin in Pennsylvania) will not be similarly harassed. When January 2013 brings a liberating new administration and firm control of ALL of Congress, I hope that things such as this will be properly investigated. And I hope that the Obama Regime officials who directed activities such as this and the career civil service employees who carried these actions out receive their just "rewards".

    Come on November 2012 —- De Oppresso Liber!!

  24. RJH says:

    Does ANYONE think China, who makes roughly half of the worlds guitars, cares about India internal laws when purchasing their East Indian Rosewood ??????

  25. [...] What a coincidence! CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican Donor. And their Democratic-donating competitor, Martin, uses the same wood but wasn’t raided. Well, [...]

  26. guest says:

    Obumma and his minions HAVE GOT TO GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Edgar says:

    Warrants are issued by judges. The judge who signed-off on this warrant is a Republican. Your argument is moot.

    • japesmcfarland says:

      Perhaps he was threatened by union thugs, or similar? In other words you don't have enough info. to call it "moot". It just smells fishy to people who are already suspicious of an over-reaching State. People are going "eww, what's that smell!" and you lefties are calling them names. Same ol same old.

    • Sue Stricker says:

      Dumb argument. The judge (assuming he is Republican) had nothing to do with the call to investigate Gibson, the call to build a case, the call to send in armed thugs to seize material and computer files that shut down the company. Hardly the same thing. Moot? Try Webster.

    • America 2.0 enroute says:

      District Judge William J. Haynes, Jr . Republican? Really?
      Debra Teufel Phillips and Jerry E. Martin – DOJ attorneys? Republicans, really? Google them and you see Obama appointments. Court dockets are public record. Oops, somebody just got caught in a moot rebuttal.

  28. [...] there was more to this story. It is illegal for the DOJ to be used as a political weapon. CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood Giving Obama $2 trillion just before the elections is the damn dumbest thing I have seen [...]

  29. Snorkeldorf says:

    I love it. The warrant was issued by a Repub Judge. You are a bunch of momo's.

    • Northhawk says:

      And they are enforcing the Lacey act in this case which is named after a Republican senator and was updated while Bush was in office and passed through bipartisan agreement.

      Maybe Obama used his evil liberal time machine to go back a century to get the Law passed initially, then back to 2008 where he put on his GWB mask and signed the bill to become a law.

      Or, we could go for the most simple solution that Gibson got caught with their hand in the cookie jar again (last time was 2009 with illegal wood from Madagascar) and now are whining about it.

      • Stratman says:

        Selective prosecution is wrong, no matter who signs the warrant or writes the law. You are the morons. The judge is given a 'warrant' by the DoJ that says what THEY think the subject did. It doesn't lay out the political motivations of the DoJ, or who the subject contributes to. It lays out ONLY the supportive evidence, not the exculpatory. I seriously doubt that the DoJ has many warrants that DON'T get signed by the judge, whatever his or her politics. Gibson got 'caught' running a successful, non-union shop by an administration that is wholly owned and operated by socialist union thugs. Read the article, dip sh-t! Martin Guitars (union, dem-backing CEO) uses the exact same wood, but faces NO persecution. IF Gibson was "caught" in '09, where are the charges? None have been filed. So take your nice little theory and stick it. You Obots are completely oblivious to reality and truth.

      • SuperPat says:

        Gibson proved they didn't do anything illegally in 2009 for starters. And Obama didn't have to go back in a time machine. GWB was a progressive and made the government bigger, giving it more power that it never should have had. The Lacy Act was wrtten by a progressive. Now Obama (who is also a progressive) is using this law to do what he will with it. Its not Left vs Right…. it's Progressives vs America and they are playing us all against each other and they will continue to do so until this country is destroyed.

  30. Mike says:

    While this appears to be a miscarriage of justice, the fact that you seem to believe that American companies should not be investigated by the DoJ at all leads me to question your objectivity. Do you really think the DoJ is solely to investigate foreign matters? That's not even within their purview. Also, I've never even heard of your competitor, so maybe you're just a bigger fish. (I don't know a lot about guitars however, so that may not be the case). It does seem odd that the law you claim they are enforcing would be illegal for you to comply with. "Seeking guitar assembler, must be Indian." would be a tough sell.

  31. Mike again says:

    http://nashvillepost.com/blogs/postbusiness/2010/

    Oops, looks like you're a lying douchebag.

    • Toronto Greg says:

      What does that year-old article have to do with anything?

    • canuckmoose says:

      • Nearly two years later, no charges have been filed
      In 2009, more than a dozen agents with automatic weapons invaded the Gibson factory in Nashville. The Government seized guitars and a substantial amount of ebony fingerboard blanks from Madagascar. To date, 1 year and 9 months later, criminal charges have NOT been filed, yet the Government still holds Gibson’s property. Gibson has obtained sworn statements and documents from the Madagascar government and these materials, which have been filed in federal court, show that the wood seized in 2009 was legally exported under Madagascar law and that no law has been violated. Gibson is attempting to have its property returned in a civil proceeding that is pending in federal court. (http://www.gibson.com/absolutenm/templates/FeatureTemplatePressRelease.aspx?articleid=1340&zoneid=6)

    • Stratman says:

      Gee, you managed to find an article that lays out the DoJ case. Wow, you are one HELL of an investigator. Too bad that's ALL it does. Where's Gibson's side? Wheres the fact that the Madagascar gov't supports Gibson in the '09 matter? More one sided drivel, displayed as "truth" by people who wouldn't know truth if it smacked 'em in the face.

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  33. Andy says:

    Hey, good work!  If not for this, let’s say “reporting,” I’d never have known how desperately paranoid and thoughtless people can be about partisan politics, how hard they’ll try to force unrelated facts to support their own prejudices, or that Gibson actually uses illegally imported ebony in their guitars.  So thanks for the education!

    Seriously, if you believe as much in justice as you suggest, you won’t even have to think about it before you do the decent thing and publish a follow-up and apology about what the searches were actually for.  I hope you will.

    • ohmercy says:

      good luck with that Andy… 
      These people are out of control, they don't think, they are fed "information" and they react in exactly the way their "controllers" want them to. They spew out half baked BS rather than actually taking the time to investigate, research and make well informed decisions and arguments. The people who they  think so much of do not have their best interest at heart and they are too ignorant to know this. The oligarchy- (which is who now rules us-) wants us divided. History shows it. Time and time again when the atmosphere is so ugly someone behind the scenes is reaping the benefits.

      It is in the best interest of the rich and powerful elite for those of us at the bottom of the heap to be kept angry, divided, blaming each other. If we are so busy focusing our wrath, frustration and despair on each other than we aren't seeing  that they are getting richer and more powerful year in and year out while the middle class shrinks and the poor become even more so. And if that doesn't keep you occupied and distracted than consumerism and needing to have the newest "thing" will. What a bunch of selfish, whining, unthinking, despicable excuses for Americans these people are.

      OH-   and don't kid yourself, you may be middle class (for now) or even upper middle class- but you are still the bottom of the heap as far as these treacherous dogs are concerned.  if you think Obama is so bad then why does he capitulate to most if not all of the Republican demands? How come he never draws a line in the sand in favor of Progressive ideals and morality? Please, He is more republican than you people are. If you took the time to actually research, even a cursory study would show you that the Democratic party is now more conservative than Republicans were in the Nixon era!
      The republican party has just lost its mind it has gone so far off the reservation… and unfortunately taken a bunch of well meaning, hard working (but essentially ignorant) slobs with them. 

      Sorry Andy, I switched from talking to you to ranting at and about them. LOL

      • ohmercy says:

        Oh- One more thing- If Obama is so bad and so progressive and such a thug and blah blah blah- and if his Justice Department is so  vile and are just goons bending to Obamas will and are going to change th democracy (which is really a corporatocracy) to a fascist state why the hell didn't he let Holder investigate and prosecute the very real war-crimes and treason that took place from within the Bush administration?

        Anybody? Or is that too logical for you?

        • Stratman says:

          "Its all Bush's fault, it's all Bush's fault!" One note music. If you can't see the truth when it smacks you in the face there's just no hope for any of you. No charges filed, 2 years later. All this dingbats article does is point out the DoJ's justification, it gives no attention to Gibsons defense, or the fact that the Madagascar gov't supports Gibson in the '09 matter. Whose not paying attention??

        • Tim says:

          So this is Bush's fault too?

    • Chuck says:

      Unrelated facts?

      Fact:
      IF Gibson is importing illegal wood, then so are Martin & other guitar companies.

      Fact:
      Martin, the Democratic donor & a Union Shop was not raided.

      Fact:
      Equal justice under the law for guitar companies does not appear to be priority for Eric Holder & the Obama Admin.

      Fact:
      It is not unreasonable or paranoid to question why there's a raid on non Union Republican Gibson CEO's shop & not on Democrat donor Martin CEO's shop.

      Fact:
      Those who believe in freedom of expression & liberty should be concerned about this kind selective law enforcement.

      Seriously, if you believe as much in your superior intellect as you suggest, you won't even have to think twice b4 apologizing for your undeserved condescension.

  34. @NoBigGovDuh says:

    You GOP halfwits created the out of control DOJ.

    This is more a result of the WTO treaties. When we ratify a treaty it becomes part of the constitution.

    • MudShark says:

      No, a treaty becomes law, subject to subsequent amendment by Congress. And do tell: how did the GOP create the DOJ? Never mind, I don't give a fuck what you think.

    • mgd says:

      "When we ratify a treaty it becomes part of the constitution. "
      Wow, good one. Do you frequently just make shit up?

    • ohmercy says:

      well- I see you got 6 thumbs down- I negated one of them- but it is to be expected, eh? sigh- what a waste.

  35. [...] CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood [...]

  36. basspig says:

    To the CEO of Gibson Guitars, in the name of the best within you, destroy the remaining inventory, plans, drawings, any physical manifestations of your products. Close your factories and escape this hell hole of a formerly free nation. Deprive the beaurocrats of your sacrificial body; deprive them of your assets, your products, your ideas. Starve them and find a more friendly nation to set up shop in. America has been expropriated by Communists. The only way to kill the beast is to starve the beast. They can't tax a nonexistent company.

    • Muffler says:

      So your response is to ruin the entire company because they got caught buying illegal wood.  I collect guitars and have been avid player for 40 years. Theca" wood" issue has been getting more desperate for decades.  The woods used in building a guitar affects it's construction, marketability and value.  Some of the iconic woods which are standard in guitars have been over logged in the countries that it grows in order to feed the guitar industry.   The cost of this will eventually be no wood and fewer guitars.   If everyone did a little conservation there may be fewer guitars, but we would have a steady supply of good ones for a long time.   So the idea that gibson would buy wood illegally to meet demand now over supporting conservation of it's own supply is short sighted.  Anyone screaming about political contributions being the cause is wrong.  Martin guitars doesn't do nearly the vole of business as gibson. Not even the same ball park.  It's about the fact they purposely bought illegally. 

      • hstad says:

        You're a moron! Did you read the article? Gibson could have the same wood imported legally if processed by Indian workers! How does that support conservation? How is that illegal wood? CF Martin the #2 in the industry also imports the same wood! The DOJ's interpretation is based on foreign law! Man your mother must be proud of the education you got?

      • basspig says:

        Not my intention to ruin the company. What I am recommending is shutting it complete down in the US so it won't benefit the government greed that is expanding like a cancer all over this country. Once every producer leaves the US, the government will implode from lack of tax revenue and then we can rebuild a just and moral nation. But first we have to STARVE THE MONKEYS (in Washington DC).

  37. mjay says:

    Thanks, Obama. We don’t have anything more important that requires government attention…

  38. [...] like it is a party thang. The dems vs gop thang. Check it here: http://landmarkreport.com/andrew/2011/08/ceo-of-gibson-guitar-a-republican-donor/ AKPC_IDS += "725,";Popularity: unranked [...]

  39. Scott says:

    There has always been a double standard with the libs in this country. If you don't kneel down at the Obama altar, the One is going to sic his rabid dog dept. of JUST-US on you. Hitler, Himmler and Göbbels would be so proud!

  40. RDT410 says:

    Airplanes, Guitars, Milk, Guns, SUVs, Lightbulbs, on-line Poker and Lemmon-aide stands. Who's Next G-Man ? We know for sure it's not going to be the Black Panthers or the Cartels. Seem's odd thr Feds can't find 1.5 millon illegals but can pin-point two pallets of wood.

  41. [...] tree huggers.  It was revealed yesterday, by Andrew Lawton, of landmarkreport.com, that the reason for the raids has about a much to do with wood as a buffalo nickel: …It’s [...]

  42. [...] Feds don’t mind the Democrat donors use of the now banned at Gibson wood. See how crony capitalism works? [...]

  43. dshutts says:

    Glad we have this enforcement, this is a lot more important than the illegal alien invasion we have from Mexico.

  44. Danny Hooley says:

    So Andrew: Are you going to call the CF Martin company and the DOJ, and ask them to respond to your scurrilous allegations? Do you have concrete proof of your ridiculous little contrived "plot?" (Obama to Holder: "Let's go after Gibson guitars, mah brutha!")

    Or is this going to be just another rightwing-media "some-say" attack? A conspiracy theory designed to over-stimulate the typical Foxtard brain?

    Facts? We don't need no steenking facts!

    • hstad says:

      Hey Einstein, you wanna bet that if Gibson's CEO was on Obama's Economic Council like GE's(pay no U.S. Taxes) Immelt, no raid would have occurred?

      • Danny Hooley says:

        More "what-if" speculation — weak, EINSTEIN.

        • hstad says:

          What do you think Einstein did for a living "theory speculation", that's how you get to the truth! But you "feel good" liberals avoid the truth!

          • Danny Hooley says:

            OK, then, I'll stop with the "Einstein" crap and get straight to the point. You're a paranoid idiot. A Foxtard.

          • japesmcfarland says:

            Calling people names and getting personal isn't "getting to the point". It is acting like a typical leftist or Statist. …bow down to your sacred State, but leave us out of it.

    • Greg says:

      Even if no conspiracy is occuring, why do the feds have this kind of power?  Why can the government go in and raid a company that failed to "file paperwork properly" or is using "illegal wood."  Why the hell is any type of wood illegal?  Is this Cuba?  

      Gibson will get a good legal defense team, and the DoJ will eventually be forced to drop the charges.  The Tea Party is way too strong; Obama will get blamed regardless of his involvement in the ordeal.  Sucks to be you.

  45. Brett says:

    In the long run every business Obama endorses fails.  I have a Martin.  I'm gonna buy a Gibson next.

  46. Alex says:

    An actual news article on the subject:
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c993759c-d01f-11e0-81e2

    To quote from the article: "…But in an affidavit used to obtain the search warrants, US Fish and Wildlife Service agent John Rayfield said the investigation began after a shipment of Indian ebony was detained by customs officers in Dallas, Texas, in June.

    According to the affidavit, the ebony included in the shipment was illegal under a US law that bars the transport or sale of endangered woods and plants. "

    Which is to say, Gibson is being "singled out" and Martin isn't because, in the course of customs inspections, they were found to be importing illegal materials. Perhaps the trouble here is that every damned time a Republican gets a traffic ticket they concoct some story about Obama's private army conspiring to make America socialist, one parking ticket at a time.

  47. canuckmoose says:

    Let me get this straight: The same government that supplies weapons to Mexican drug cartels is now conducting armed raids on a legitimate and successful business that hired more than 500 people over the past two years. Good to see they have their priorities straight. (/sarc)

    Who is John Galt?

  48. [...] Why?  Because Gibson is a largely a Republican contributor, while Martin, its main competitor, is a big De…, yet uses the same kind of wood.  Because Obama is trying to intimidate people and businesses away [...]

  49. JWalke991 says:

    I don't get it. Is the U.S. under some international treaty obligation to enforce Indian law?

  50. [...] It’s like they don’t want to see the economy recover or something. UPDATE: What a coincidence! CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican Donor. And their Democratic-donating competitor, Martin, uses the same wood but wasn’t raided. Well, [...]

  51. [...] If enforcing a foreign law to the determent of an American manufacturing business isn’t enough, we now learn that Gibson’s CEO is a Republican donor and that Feds seem to have given a pass to a rival operation following the same practice that is owned by a Democrat donor [...]

  52. [...] CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood http://landmarkreport.com/andrew/2011/08/ceo-of-gibson-guitar-a-republican-donor/ [...]

  53. [...] CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood CommentsPowered by Facebook Comments [...]

  54. Reader says:

    The line of argument in this article includes a few incomplete and/or incorrect claims.

     As has been noted in the comments already, that the manner in which the wood was imported was illegal under USA laws. Moreover, the customs forms filed were wrong – they claimed the wood to be something somewhat different than what it was, something that would have been legal to import. It could be fraud, or just an honest mistake; either way, they violated the laws of USA.

    The wood in question is NOT East Indian Rosewood, the wood that the article notes is used by Martin as well as by Gibson. Furthermore, a company can legally import the wood in question – an Indian ebony. So there would be nothing illegal if Martin were to use the same wood.
    Gibson's CEO, Juszkiewicz, donates to Democrats, too (http://www.campaignmoney.com/ceo.asp?pg=349). The offices held by the two Republicans and the Democrat there in the link are shoo-in seats for their respective parties. Juszkiewicz appears to donate sure-thing candidates of any stripe in order to be in their good graces.

    Since a) Gibson's alleged infraction was indeed against USA law, a law which is no less obscure and no less enforced than the next, and b) there is no evidence at all the Martin committed this or any similar infraction, so there's nothing extraordinary about this raid, and there are no grounds to believe Martin has received preferential treatment, or has anything to do with this at all. Furthermore, Juszkiewicz is a donor to both Democratic and Republican candidates. Regardless, it seems a little silly to suggest that Obama is furious with some guy who donated just a few thousand bucks to candidates in shoo-in races that Obama had no personal involvement as a candidate or campaigner.

    • Danny Hooley says:

      Oh my gawd — a thinking human among all the Foxtards. Thank you for injecting some sanity into this virtual insane asylum.

    • ohmercy says:

      Logic? we don't need no stinkin' logic.
      Facts? we don't need no stinkin' facts.
      Truth? why bother?

  55. Stretch says:

    Elect a Chicago politician get Chicago politics

  56. [...] CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood http://landmarkreport.com/andrew/2011/08/ceo-of-gibson-guitar-a-republican-donor/ Federal Agents raided Gibson Guitar…again…without a charge. Still no charge from that [...]

  57. [...] CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this [...]

  58. Brad Pearson says:

    I wonder if people here could have a decent conversation about conflicting political, ideological, or even meteorological ideas while using decent spelling, punctuation, and grammar?  I also wonder if that conversation could take place, in it's entirety, without either side resorting base insults and name calling more suited to some unsupervised playground than an adult conversation.  READER, fom five hour previou, did this quite well.  When EVERYONE can move past the "you're stupid because you don't think like I do" mania that is sweeping our country maybe EVERYONE could support the constitution and the duly elected head of the government, whomever that may be at the time.  That is the greatest strength of our government; if you don't like it you have the POSSIBILITY to change it every four years.  In the mean time, could we all just try to be good neighbors and try a little courtesy?

    • howardtlewisiii says:

      Don't be an idiot. Supporting organized crime and genocide is the work of swine. no matter how crisp your uniform or the swale of your syntax.

  59. Steve says:

    Um, the law that is being 'broken' here is the Lacey Act- passed by a Republican Congress, and signed into law by a Republican president.

    If "Obama" was NOT going after them, you'd cry foul, lax laws, muslin sochulisms, and so on.

    So, which is it? Are you for big government?

    Or do you not like the system of laws that our founding fathers put forth?

    So strange, how the "rugged individualists" of this nation are the first to post blubbering screeds about Democrats making them feel bad.

    • Bruce says:

      Actually, the system of laws that our founding fathers put forth were awesome. What has happened to them in the intervening years is incredibly depressing.

    • Russ says:

      The amendment concerning wood imports was proposed by Ron Wyden; enough said!

    • japesmcfarland says:

      You probably can't find any law that hasn't been abused. you're not making sense, from that perspective. Perhaps the Lacey act was needed, I don't know. If it was an over-reach of the State for power and money than it was surely by a leftist; Repub or Dem. It's about values, not party. Putting individual liberty over our decent instinct for equality (which needs the backing of an exponentially growing State) just happens to reside more w/ the R party now; obviously. 

      "The bigger the government the smaller the citizen" 
      Dennis Prager

    • Sue Stricker says:

      Doesn't matter that the law was signed by a Republican congress. We've seen more important documents "reinterpreted" into something unholy. Check how the Dems have trampled the Constitution by reinterpreting it. The Feds chasing Gibson under the guise of the Lacey act is intimidation. I'm sure Putin is smiling reading this story.

  60. [...] week’s armed Federal commando raid on Gibson Guitars, over imported rosewood, left a couple of intersting questions (with emphasis bolded): The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that [...]

  61. [...] feds raiding Gibson Guitar Co., and this morning Locker Room’s George Leef passes along the story: Putting aside the presumably misguided motivation to enforce another sovereign nation’s laws, why [...]

  62. [...] of Gibson Guitar. It isn’t about building guitars from oppressed wood; it’s about politics: One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, [...]

  63. melissatx says:

    Thuggery by this administration is not new. Sue the bastards.

  64. [...] of Gibson Guitar. It isn’t about building guitars from oppressed wood; it’s about politics: One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, [...]

  65. R Brown says:

    This makes me want a Gibson guitar more than ever…

  66. Anonymous says:

    [...] enough to say "The DoJ is doing this because they're political attack dogs.", well… CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood [...]

  67. WC1 says:

    Looks like I'll be using Martin & Co. guitars from now on! Everyone on here sounds like a little p*ss pants baby! LOL

    • japesmcfarland says:

      Sounds like you're sticking up for your Mommy, I mean, Nanny…. State! lol :) 

      "The bigger the government the smaller the citizen" 
      Dennis Prager

  68. Mike says:

    First, Gibson and Martin aren't competitors. Gibson sells 95% electric guitars compared to their acoustic sales. Martin sells exclusively acoustic instruments. Fender or Paul Reed Smith are more direct competitors to Gibson than Martin ever would be. Gibson is always doing something stupid like this. They sued Paul Reed Smith years ago claiming copyright infringement, which they eventually lost.

    Second, Gibson has gotten heat in the past for illegal imported woods so they are going to be subject to more scrutiny than Martin. It's not about the woods being used, it's about how they are imported. And Gibson broke the law. Yes, it may be an obscure law, but I thought you people are all about respecting the laws of this nation, right? So it's ok if some laws are skirted? Your logic makes zero sense here.

    Third, Gibson has a terrible reputation in the industry with their tyrant CEO Henry Juskewicz. He's there to do one thing, increase production at ANY cost, and if that means trying to skirt the rules or cutting costs in any manner, he'll do it. He doesn't even play guitar. Gibson is run by suits and MBA's who view it as another widget like a Big Mac, not realizing their actions are sullying the strong brand name that is Gibson guitars. Right now Gibson is not doing well financially. They put out crap with $4000 price tags constantly that need adjustment and repairs right out of the box. I work at a major guitar dealer in the US, I've seen it first hand. They churn out crap and they know it, but they really don't care.

    Fourth, are you people so paranoid and so gullible as to believe that Eric Holder and Obama have nothing better to do than to examine the list of donors to a guitar company, and then harass the ones who give to Republicans? Seriously? No wonder Glen Beck was so popular, because of people like you who see some evil conspiracy behind every corner. In case you weren't aware, Juskewicz also gave money to Democrats in past election cycles.

    • howardtlewisiii says:

      Yay, Mike.

    • Osamas_Pajamas says:

      Phony baloney, jumping all over Juskewicz — the tyrant in this little war is Uncle Scum.

    • Osamas_Pajamas says:

      Right, like when OhBummer and the OhBummer Wrecking Crew put a bunch of car dealerships out of business when OhBummer was in the car-company hijacking business a few years ago — and coincidentally, all of the ones they shut down were owned by Republicans and had donated to Republican candidates and causes. This is a gangster government and this is a dictatorship. Re-elect these bxstards and we'll be a frkn Third World banana republic in short order. GET RID OF THEM.

    • ohmercy says:

      nooooo- they are not all about respecting the laws of this nation… they are about hating- whether it be Obama or Hillary or Gore or anyone that they deem evil. They have been told and sold their keepers "truth" and they mindlessly parrot the talking points to bring down anyone who "might" make a dent into any unscrupulous fat cat's bottom line. I say "might" because I don't see Obama doing any damage to the far right in this country-

      In other words they are the unwitting, foolish tools of the oligarchy who it seems have finally taken over the country once again.

      The internet is a wonderful tool. All anyone needs to do is research actual facts and the truth is out there. Instead most of these "patriots" are satisfied with soundbite factoids and truthiness. You can lead a republican to water but you can't make him think.

    • japesmcfarland says:

      "I  thought you people are all about respecting the laws of this nation, right?"

      No, us people are all about prioritizing individual liberty over our decent instinct for egalitarianism, or, better said, "The bigger the government the smaller the citizen"
      Dennis Prager
      The bigger the State the more laws, the more lawyers, the more cops, the more cameras, the more fear, the less community, the less family, the less good art. Believe me I could go on and on to justify where I'm coming from. Your naivete was just so striking I had to say something. 

    • japesmcfarland says:

      And P.S.., at least for many acoustic guitar buyers you are wrong about them not being competitors.  When I bought my Gibson recently the *only* other guitars that came close that I considered were Martins. The same for two of my oldest friends when they bought their acoustics. So I don't know what you're talking about there, either.

    • Jim says:

      Wow….do you work at the White House….or should we call it the new Kremlin. You are obviously a supporter of the socialistic agenda of the current regime or you would see that this is just one more part of the effort to destroy all that is good in this country!

    • Chuck says:

      From what I've heard, this latest raid is because the wood used for Gibson guitar necks according to Indian law is supposed to have the finish work done in India, but that work was done in America & therefore Indian law has supposedly been broken.
      Doesn't Martin do the same thing? Doesn't Martin import the wood & have the work done in America?
      And if Martin is doing the same thing as Gibson concerning this guitar neck wood, wouldn't that mean Martin is breaking the law too, if Gibson is?
      From what I've heard there is no explanation why Gibson would be singled out for having the work done in America on this imported Indian wood & not Martin who, it is my understanding, does the same thing.
      Where am I going wrong?
      Whether some laws should be skirted or not could make for interesting conversation, but shouldn't there be equal justice under the law whether the law is skirted or not? And if Martin is doing the same thing with this Indian guitar neck wood as Gibson, shouldn't Martin be raided?

  69. [...] Andrew Lawton reports on the surprising raid by armed Federal Department of Justice agents of the Gibson Guitar Corporation where they confiscated several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars.  The impetus of their complaint – an obscure Indian law that frowns upon processing of this protected wood (East Indian Rosewood) by non Indian workers. Seriously, if Gibson hired Indian workers to work on the wood used in their guitars, the wood would not be considered illegal by the Federal Department of Justice. [...]

  70. Jim says:

    I don't even play guitar, but there are several points that strike me as curious. Regardless of who Gibson's direct competitors are, Martin or Fender, the question I ask is why only Gibson? I think Henry Juskewicz did make a strong point when he said that it isn't like you can just put slabs of wood in a container and ship it to the U.S. There are very stringent import/export laws in place. If the container load of wood made it through Indian customs passing all necessary paperwork and likewise on the U.S. side, and it was signed off by U.S .Customs, then why come after them after the fact?

    Now I'm not screaming Obama's a thief or anything and I'm not naive enough to assume hat Obama and crew are directly or even indirectly involved. But to raid only Gibson and no other competitor seems a little suspect to me. Regardless of the perceived quality of their product or how big a jerk Henry Juskewicz is.

    It's simple, where there's smoke, there's fire and there's definitely smoke here. Don't know who's lighting it but they need to be brought to justice, whether it's Gibson or the Feds.

  71. [...] don’t think the raid on Gibson might have something to do with this, do ya? “It’s worth pointing out that Henry E. Juszkiewicz, Gibson’s Chief Executive [...]

  72. Osamas_Pajamas says:

    Foreign laws should carry "zero" weight in America — including Muslim sharia law. Anyone who doesn't like this — including Democrats who were born here — should GET OUT or GET THROWN OUT. It takes a lunatic to seize upon a Hindi law promulgated in India to send armed raiders against an American manufacturer of guitars — and if the CEO of Martin Guitars — Chris Martin IV — had any honor — and any cojones — he would publicly slam OhBummer and the Democrats for this insane raid. Martin guitars are wonderful, but c'mon, sport, open your yap and give it to the bad guys with both barrels.

  73. [...] this week the federal government executed its second major raid of Gibson Guitars in just two years. Armed agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stopped production at the company’s [...]

  74. [...] the neck” of Gibson Guitar. It isn’t about building guitars from oppressed wood; it’s about politics: One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, [...]

  75. [...] — in the USA — in a right to work state — etc…?… & the political leanings…?… CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood – Landmark Report http://getliberty.org/content.asp?pl…&contentid=747 __________________ "Free people [...]

  76. [...] all of the assorted details and intrigue here at the Landmark Report. Share [...]

  77. LPcruncher says:

    I love my Les Paul…. I would love even Less Obama.

  78. [...] CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood [...]

  79. [...] the Obama-goons raid on Gibson guitars (which are entirely made in the US) may have a partisan motive. It’s worth pointing out that Henry E. Juszkiewicz, Gibson’s Chief Executive Officer, is a donor [...]

  80. Bill says:

    Apparently,  EVERYTHING is Obama's fault.  What bunch of petty whiners.  I own both Gibson and Martin guitars and don'f give a crap what the politics of the company is.  That being said,  I'll take 1966 D-28 over a 1966 J-200 any day of the week.

  81. aprilnovember says:

    When will they start breaking into homes?  It's hard to feel safe in America anymore.   I'm waiting for the sound of cleats marching up and down the streets.

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist.Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

  82. Dave B says:

    I became a Democrat a few days after obama's election. I am not stupid! If I lived in germany in the 1930's I would not have been the last to join the nazi party! So while the rest of you are in concentration/re-education camps I will be applying for a green job. I sure hope they let democrats get hair transplants under obamacare. Also I need a $10,000 operation on my hand. I have a bible-cyst that interfers with my golf game….er I mean it hurts when I type on the computer.

  83. ohmercy says:

    Don't you think you're reaching just a little?
    What is this conspiracy theory 101?
    Please….
    Talk about Jumping the Shark… You all have just lost any and all credibility.

  84. gkg says:

    The Feds are just jealous that they cant afford les pauls :-) 

  85. [...] blogger, Andrew Lawton, even went further and claimed this raid is actually a result of political persecution because Gibson’s CEO is a donor to a couple of Republican politicians. To prove his point, [...]

  86. [...] Other conservative websites have suggested a nefarious political motivation behind the raid, pointing to the fact that the Gibson CEO donated to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in 2007. According to campaign finance data on Open Secrets, Juszkiewicz donated $2000 to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN07) last year, as well as $1500 to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Juszkiewicz also has donated $10,000 to the Consumer Electronics Association, a PAC that contributed $92.5k to Republican candidates last year, as opposed to $72k to Democrats. (The CEA did, however, contribute more to Democrats in the 2008 election cycle.) [...]

  87. JAQUEBAUER says:

    Nazi Gestapo style tactics, harassment of an American company because it uses a certain kind of wood. You are witness to an out of control government of the same kind that the Founders of this once great nation despised.
    This is one of a thousand reasons American companies are not hiring new employees.

    Outragous government regulation, a president who may be a Communist, or an Islamic Radical in disguise, or just an idiot who pulled off the biggest fraud in the history of the world.

    Even more concerning is that he was elected in the first place. That fact escapes most Americans, and that is even more troubling. It says to me that a majority of Americans that voted are babbling idiots, who know little more than what they want to eat at dinner, and if the toilet seat is big enough. It says the education system is not only broken, but broken beyond repair. But thats another problem for another day.

    Right now, Gibson Guitar needs the support of all Americans that believe our Government has been hijacked by a radical and possible fraudulent President who hates business, the American way, white people, and those who are wealthy.

  88. [...] AT&T/T-Mobile example is weak, and this business deal actually is bad for consumers. And maybe Gibson Guitars did deserve to be raided by armed federal agents. After all, the government must know best, right? [...]

  89. [...] of funds, or embezzlement.  Nor, presumably, were the items seized merely because Gibson’s CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, is a prominent conservative (although that is a curious [...]

  90. japesmcfarland says:

    I have suddenly fallen more in love with my dear Gibson. :) 

  91. [...] Andrew Lawton and Landmark Report note that Juszkiewicz has donated to GOP candidates, while one of his leading competitors “is a long-time Democratic supporter, [...]

  92. [...] Andrew Lawton and Landmark Report note that Juszkiewicz has donated to GOP candidates, while one of his leading competitors “is a long-time Democratic supporter, [...]

  93. [...] same kind of wood from the same places but they have not been raided. The suggested motive is that Gibson is a big Republican donor while Martin is a Democratic donor, or that Gibson’s factories are in a right-to-work [...]

  94. [...] As Landmark Report notes: Putting aside the presumably misguided motivation to enforce another sovereign nation’s laws, why would a homegrown American company be the target of the Department of Justice in the first place? [...]

  95. [...] Andrew Lawton and Landmark Report note that Juszkiewicz has donated to GOP candidates, while one of his leading competitors “is a long-time Democratic supporter, [...]

  96. [...] to Democrat candidates and the DNC over the past couple of election cycles. (Source: see Landmark Report, August 26, [...]

  97. [...] to the Consumer Electronics Association, a PAC that contributed $92.5k to Republican candidates CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood – Landmark Report Martin uses the same wood. But their CEO is a Dem. Apparently they've been told it would be [...]

  98. Rick Jordan says:

    The actions of the Obama/Holder justice dept are becoming more and more like Nazi Germany. Our country is in grave crisis, if Obama is reelected, the country will be gone, if can even survive an other year and a half of with Obama
    as president. I now understand what liberal facism is all about. GOD help the USA!!

  99. [...] It is comforting to know that while the economy is collapsing, that unemployment is at record levels and drug gangs are flooding across the southern border, the Obama-Fuhrer is busy with the critical business of punishing companies that might not be sending… [...]

  100. [...] Lawton and Landmark Report note that Juszkiewicz has donated to GOP candidates, while one of his leading competitors “is a long-time Democratic supporter, [...]

  101. [...] Conservative bloggers and radio hosts have suggested that this is political retribution for Juszkiewicz’s support of conservative candidates. Gibson appears to be fueling the political allegation with Twitter postings to conservatives. [...]

  102. [...] thousands in the past two election cycles. On the other hand, Gibson’s Juszkiewicz has donated  considerable sums  to Republican [...]

  103. Bet-z says:

    All this nonsense by the government to control anyone or anything they don't agree with leaves my head spinning and old before my time. Makes you want to pick up the American Flag and yell, "Charge." Enough is enough. Stop trying to kill competition. Both Gibson and Martin are fine guitars … just that Country people prefer Gibson and Bluegrassers prefer Martin. The government needs to get off everybody's back and stick to what they are supposed to be doing according to their Constitutional duties … not sticking their noses into something that isn't even their business !! God Bless America and R E A L Americans.

  104. Arthur Burke says:

    I encourage any guitarist, in fact, citizen of these United States to stand firmly with Gibson.
    This has to be the last damned straw before all hell breaks loose. This is injustice and unlawful.

    Any politician that turns their head to the atrocity of knuckleheads sending in armed agents and raiding a singled-out manufacturer deserves to be thrown out of office.

    This is tyranny, pure and simple.

  105. [...] FBI raids Gibson Guitar over wood law. Is it fretting over nothing? Is it political? Henry Juszkiewicz seems to feel that the raids were motivated by political considerations. [...]

  106. [...] :: Paste Guns vs. Guitars Gibson: Feds Want Guitar Woodwork Done By Foreign Labor | FoxNews.com CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood – Landmark Report The last article puts everything together. __________________ Become a CF [...]

  107. Greg says:

    Obama probably isn't behind the raid, although you never know.  But remember what this company is being raided for.  Filling out incorrect paperwork and importing wood that comes from "endangered" trees.  The government has grown too big if bureaucrats have this kind of authority.  Whether or not Obama orchestrated this is irrelevant.  The buck stops at the White House.  He could put a stop to this type of tyranny, but I'm afraid he supports it instead.

    The libs on here defending the raids against a private business don't deserve the liberty their forefathers fought for. In a sane world, they would be deported to Cuba along with Obama.

  108. [...] to break the law with no responsibility for their actions? It was political payback……CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood – Landmark Report The gov't should be concentrating on getting ourselves out of debt and not raiding a company over [...]

  109. [...] has already shown a propensity to go after companies, like Boeing, in right-to-work states. Also, C.F. Martin tends to support Democrats while Gibson’s CEO supported Republicans. One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, [...]

  110. guest says:

    The DOJ has the time and resources to raid and shut down a US manufacturer which alledgedly imported wood for an endangered species. (Alledgedly because no charges have been made, and no one has been indicted in over 2 years.)  And yet they don't seem to have the time of resources to protect our borders and stop the flow of illegal aliens, or to go after the billions of tax refunds fraudulently claimed by illegals??? 

  111. [...] One thing we all can learn from the attack on GIBSON – the administration's selective prosecution is partisan. Only Gibson was targeted – not any other American manufacturer that imports rosewood blanks from India. And it is no coincidence that Gibson's CEO is a staunch Republican. Which means that the Obama administration is using the executive branch as a weapon of the Democratic party, and is failing in his duty to impartially enforce the laws of the land. WAKE UP. CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood – Landmark Report [...]

  112. [...] One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of election cycles. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood.” In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars. http://landmarkreport.com/andrew/2011/08/ceo-of-gibson-guitar-a-republican-donor/ [...]

  113. [...] is a Republican, and the CEO of Fender is a Democrat? And Gibson is non-union. You be the judge. CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood – Landmark Report __________________ "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."- Earl [...]

  114. Steve Brown says:

    This isn't the first time Gibson has broken the law.They were raided in 2009 for importing Madagascar rosewood that is considered a endangered species which was against the law.This time they were raided for importing wood that has to be fretted and completed in India, again against the law. Gibson's CEO is a humongous prick who has treated loyal Gibson dealers for over 40 years like shit.I know this personally as i seen him to do it to a dealer in the Philadelphia area.
    They (gibson ) force you to buy 80,000 dollars of product at a time and they choose what you receive as the dealer is not allowed to pick what he wants until he has paid off the 80,000 dollars.They force strings and accessories on you and garbage epiphone guitars that no one wants.Only after that can you get what your customer might want.Their quality control is shit and their guitars overpriced.They make 500,000 guitars a year compared to Carvin guitars which makes only 5,000 custom instruments a year.Carvins are way superior to Gibson and cost half the price.Gibson slaps together their crap as fast as they can and put it out the door.

  115. volvoe says:

    Sounds like they were wrongfully busted. they sell a bunch of chineese crap too epiphone. The government should put a stop to all imports from Mexico and china. You cant help buy the stuff when you cant afford anything else and an American made one costs twice as much.

  116. [...] Gibson Guitar raid by the federal government More details have now surfaced about the Gibson Guitar raid by the federal government, which now says that it's illegal to work wood in the United States if that wood was purchased from India. So now the U.S. government is demanding that Gibson Guitar fire its U.S. workers and ship its jobs overseas! Incredible! We are witnessing the planned, deliberate destruction of the U.S. economy at the hands of the globalist environmental police who now apparently enforce India's laws in America: CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood – Landmark Report [...]

  117. [...] Main Competitor is a Huge Democrat Donor; Also Uses Same Wood Without Any Complaint From Feds CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican Donor; Democrat Competitor Uses Same Wood – Landmark Report Guitar Frets: Environmental Enforcement Leaves Musicians in [...]

  118. [...] CF Martin  uses the same wood in some of its guitars, but the company was never investigated. The Landmark Report thinks that’s fishy, given that Martin’s CEO is a Democratic donor and Gibson’s [...]

  119. [...] this week the federal government executed its second major raid of Gibson Guitars in just two years. Armed agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stopped production at the company’s [...]

  120. [...] to Republican candidates and causes such as Congressman Marsha Blackburn and Sen. Lamar Alexander. One of Gibson’s chief competitors on the other hand prefers Democrat candidates. I hope this is simple coincidence and not something [...]

  121. [...] that many supporters of the administration’s actions. (Other than Gibson’s competitors, who are big donors to the Democrats – who would have guessed [...]

  122. [...] this week the federal government executed its second major raid of Gibson Guitars in just two years. Armed agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stopped production at the company’s [...]

  123. Southpause says:

    If this is a Gibson versus Martin issue, there's no contest.  Gibson acoustic guitars are heavy, toneless, dead, overbuilt, and overpriced instruments whose biggest selling point is their well deserved, legendary imprint in American popular music.
    Martin, owned by the same family since 1833 in Nazareth, Pa., has a reputation  for an obsessive focus on quality, and more recently, cutting edge technology which continues to produce   some of the finest acoustic guitars in the world.
    Dig deeper and you'll find the Indian rosewood used by Martin was acquired under different circumstances, as well as that used by Taylor and other manufacturers.  Martin and other major American guitar makers have announced they have no problem with the Lacy act.  Gibson and it's CEO it seems, are outliers in this industry.  If this company wants to ally itself with a small but vocal wing of the Republican party, it does so at it's own peril.

  124. [...] it, according to some American bureaucrat’s interpretation of Indian laws. And, of course, being a Republican donor, but never mind [...]

  125. [...] Andrew Lawton and Landmark Report note that Juszkiewicz has donated to GOP candidates, while one of his leading competitors “is a long-time Democratic supporter, [...]

  126. [...] laws and pervert one of our own when the other country did not think it was a problem.  Gee, I wonder why. One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is [...]

  127. [...] this week the federal government executed its second major raid of Gibson Guitars in just two years. Armed agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stopped production at the company’s [...]

  128. [...] the U.S. if those goods were obtained in a way that breaks the laws of another country. The regime claims Gibson violated the Lacey Act through the manner in which they utilized exotic ebony and rosewood fingerboards from India in the [...]

  129. [...] in August of 2011, Gibson Guitar was singled out and raided by the Federal Department of Justice on behalf of sovereign laws involving another country that [...]

  130. musicmoney21 says:

    GOP Guitar CZar Chris Holly makes statement concerning GIBSON raid w/ Hermna Cain and all other GOP hopefuls http://www.chrishollymusic.com

  131. [...] Posted by mrjarrell Union shopped competitors. Honestly, you really want to know? CEO of Gibson Guitar a Republican donor; Democrat competitor uses same wood*|*Landmark Report __________________ And what is a Tory? Good God! What is he? I should not be afraid to go with a [...]

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  133. marketing says:

    Disgusting. It’s like the Obamunists are not every TRYING to exercise due process now.

  134. muc in says:

    FBI raids Gibson Guitar over wood law. Is it fretting over nothing? Is it political? Henry Juszkiewicz seems to feel that the raids were motivated by political considerations

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  136. [...] our best interests.  We’ve seen that the Obama administration has given preferential treatment to its donors already; with big donors getting more access, more federal funds, and even escaping [...]

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  139. [...] tree huggers.  It was revealed yesterday, by Andrew Lawton, of landmarkreport.com, that the reason for the raids has about a much to do with wood as a buffalo nickel: …It’s [...]

  140. [...] guitars are made with the same wood as Gibson instruments. Yet Martin has not been the subject of federal raids or the confiscation of [...]

  141. [...] blogger, Andrew Lawton, even went further and claimed this raid is actually a result of political persecution because Gibson’s CEO is a donor to a couple of Republican politicians. To prove his point, Lawton [...]

  142. [...] Oh, did I mention that Gibson’s CEO Juszkiewicz is a Republican supporter, while Martin’s CEO, Chris Martin, is a long-time donor to the Democrat party? [...]

  143. Real American says:

    Federal agents raided Gibson last fall and seized an estimated $1 million worth of wood. The raid sparked a political controversy, with Republicans saying that the investigation exemplified government overreach and costly regulatory policies.

    The debate centers on an amendment to the Lacey Act that prohibits illegal wildlife, fish and plant tracking and was signed in 2008 by President George W. Bush. Under the amendment, companies must obtain confirmation from exporting countries that certain plant products were obtained legally. “The Lacey Act’s illegal logging provisions were enacted with bipartisan support in Congress,” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said in a statement.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79410.html#ixzz22pYMbr47

  144. [...] from the factory – and all of this happened without any charges being filed. It was later reported that Gibson had not broken any U.S. laws, and that the Obama administration’s so-called [...]

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