Gibson Guitar Raid: In Context
In 2011, agents with the U.S. Department of Justice raided Gibson guitar manufacturing facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee – ostensibly to enforce some obscure wood importation law the company was allegedly violating in the manufacture of its fretboards.
At the time, the government raids against Gibson were viewed as random and overreaching … but not anymore. In light of the recently exposed scandal at U.S. President Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service, there now seems to be some context for the action. Remember, Gibson’s CEO Henry Juszkiewicz was a big donor to Republican elected officials – so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Obama’s Thugocracy would go after him.
“The Obama Administration has forfeited the benefit of the doubt, and the only reasonable assumption is that they engaged in politically motivated targeting of Gibson Guitars,” said Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government.
Damn right …
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) is also demanding answers from the Obama administration.
“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,” Blackburn said. “President Obama owes the American people a full explanation as to why these decisions were made, and anyone responsible for plotting these politically motivated attacks should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
As for Gibson’s Juszkiewicz, he told Fox News this week “I clearly believe that someone targeted our company inappropriately.”
“We were not high on the list of people you would go after, so clearly there was something else there,” he told the network. “I think there is a system problem. And I’ve committed myself to fighting back for years to come.”
Again, damn right …
All of us need to fight this persecution … before we wind up on the list of the persecuted.