On Wednesday, August 24, federal agents conducted a Gestapo-style raid, complete with automatic weapons and bulletproof vests, on Gibson Guitars manufacturing facilities in Nashville and Memphis. The reason for all the firepower and spent taxpayer money to fly in agents from New Orleans, Albuquerque, and Washington, DC to take part in the raid? The federal government executed search warrants to seize wood – yes, wood – from Gibson that they allege was imported illegally.
What were the feds expecting Gibson employees to do that required SWAT gear, make the federal agents cringe by playing out of tune guitars at them?
According to statements by Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz at apress conference following the raids, Gibson was never informed by the federal government as to the charges leveled against the company.
“What is more troubling is that the Justice Department’s position is that any guitar that we ship out of this facility is potentially an obstruction of justice, and to be followed with criminal charges,” Juszkiewicz said.
In other words, to add insult to the injury inflicted when the federal government took Gibson’s property without informing them of the charges – a violation of the Sixth Amendment right of the accused “to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation,” they have also attempted to shut down Gibson’s business by preventing them from
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