American Guitar manufacturer Gibson, who’s guitars are held in very high regard by the music community worldwide, was just subject to a federal raid on August 24, 2011. S.W.A.T. teams with automatic machine guns entered the company’s facilities in Nashville and Memphis and shut down operations without any explanations.
Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO is now speaking out and saying the company has fully operated under the law and done nothing wrong. Juszkiewicz is calling this raid and an initial one that took place in 2009, unwarranted attacks on his business and also talks about how he is currently suing the government and fighting for due legal process to present his case but is having a hard time even finding out what law the company has supposedly violated.
From Gibson Guitar Corp:
Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responded to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government. In a press release, Juszkiewicz said: “Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence.”
The raids forced Gibson to cease manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day while armed agents executed the search warrants. “Agents seized wood that was Forest Stewardship Council controlled,” Juszkiewicz said. “Gibson has a long history of supporting sustainable and responsible sources of wood and has worked diligently with entities such as the Rainforest Alliance and Greenpeace to secure FSC-certified supplies. The wood seized on August 24 satisfied FSC standards.”
Juszkiewicz believes that the Justice Department is bullying Gibson without filing charges.
“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.”
Check out the press release, NY Times coverage and interview with company CEO Henry Juszkiewicz below for more info and ways you can support this company and spread the word on this covert event.