“Music Monday” Gibson Guitar being persecuted?

Aerosmith – Dream On (performed on Gibson Guitar)

Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven Live (HD) (performed on Gibson Guitar)

Uploaded on Aug 7, 2009

The footage is from the concert film “The Song Remains the Same”.
The concert took place in Madison Square Garden, New York City.
© Warner Brothers

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We have a government that has tried to weigh down businesses with regulations and the government has acted in a heavy handed way with Gibson Guitars Company.

Forgotten Scandal: Gibson Guitars Still Being Persecuted for Doing No Wrong

Gibson Guitar CEO Speaks Out

Uploaded on Oct 20, 2011

Gibson Guitar is an American icon. Musicians ranging from blues legend B.B. King to rock stars with Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith have used its guitars.

Today, however, the guitar maker is facing a high-profile persecution from its own government. The U.S. Justice Department is pursuing a case that smacks of overcriminalization.

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Almost two years after Gibson Guitars was raided for violating an obscure law, Representative Marsha Blackburn (R–TN) is demanding a full explanation:

The recent scandals surrounding this administration raise a number of questions about who they choose to target and why. The arrogance and lack of transparency displayed by this President and his cabinet officials in events such as the raids on Gibson Guitar and the IRS targeting of conservative groups show a complete disregard for the rule of law.

In 2011, Gibson’s Tennessee factories were raided for allegedly violating the Lacey Act, a federal statute that makes it a crime to import tropical hardwoods in violation of foreign law.

Imagine 30 heavily armed federal officers storming into your business, seizing your goods and providing no reason why. A nightmare for any business—and a reality for Gibson Guitars.

“Our business has been injured to the tune of millions of dollars,” Gibson chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told Heritage in 2011 after $1 million of ebony, rosewood, and finished guitars from the factories were seized.

In September 2011, Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee requested answers from the Departments of Justice and Interior, but the Obama Administration responded with no real information about the raid itself.

With recent scandals surrounding the Administration, a series of excessive government overreach has been unveiled. It’s no surprise Blackburn is revisiting the Gibson raids in an effort to keep President Obama accountable. Let’s hope this time he has some answers.

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