Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gibson Guitar Raid - #3215 - VIDEO: Glenn Beck Interviews Henry Juskiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitar About Dept. of Justice Raid (2) Another Interesting Tidbit in the Gibson Guitar Saga - Hot Air


Glenn Beck Interviews Henry Juskiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitar, about Department of Justice Raid on his company. Juskiewicz joined Glenn Beck on radio Thursday to discuss more details about the raid — including how it went down — and about the investigations. He confirms and expounds upon his earlier comments as well as explains the implications of him moving his business: The tale of the Gibson guitar raid — the one focused on the legendary guitar maker’s alleged importation and use of illegal wood — has taken an odd turn. Now CEO Henry Juszkiewicz is claiming the Feds told him that some of his problems “would go away” if the company used Madagascar labor. In an interview with Beck radio affiliate KMJ 105.9 in Fresno, California, Juszkiewicz told host Chris Daniel that the government made the point “explicitly:” CHRIS DANIEL: Mr. Juszkiewicz, did an agent of the US government suggest to you that your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of American labor? ENRY JUSZKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that in a pleading.  CHRIS DANIEL: Excuse me? HENRY JUSKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that in a pleading.  CHRIS DANIEL: That your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor?  HENRY JUSKIEWICZ: Yes, yeah. They said that explicitly.    

So why the comments about Madagascar labor? The latest raid may offers some insight. In the most recent case, the Feds say Gibson violated the U.S. Lacey Act by importing wood from India not finished by Indian workers. But Gibson says the Lacey Act only applies if foreign law has been violated, and it hasn’t been in this case: 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.   That could then explain the alleged comments by the Feds that Gibson could avoid problems by outsourcing labor to Madagascar: if workers in Madagascar finished the wood then — considering the DOJ’s interpretation of the law — there would be no problem. Read entire article.......

Another Interesting Tidbit in the Gibson Guitar Saga - Hot Air - Commenters yesterday wondered whether Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz is a Republican donor. Yep, he is. It also turns out that Chris Martin IV, the CEO of Gibson competitor, C.F. Martin and Company, is a long-time donor to Democrats. C.F. Martin uses the same “questionable” Indian rosewood in its guitars, but has the federal government raided a C.F. Martin factory? Didn’t think so. Juszkiewicz said yesterday he feels like this is a personal attack. Could it be because it is?  John Hinderaker over at Power Line words it perfectly:  It has come out that Juszkiewicz is a Republican donor, while the CEO of one of his principal competitors, C.F. Martin & Company, is a Democratic donor. Martin reportedly uses the same wood, but DOJ hasn’t raided them, leading to speculation that the Obama administration is sending a warning to Republican businessmen that they had better not oppose his re-election, lest they face criminal investigations. Normally such speculation would not be credible, but Eric Holder has politicized the Department of Justice to a point where such questions must be taken seriously. … Read more.......

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