Raids have been conducted on Gibson Guitar Company by Fish and Wildlife “Service” agents coming in with guns drawn and seizing pallets of wood, electronic records, and guitars. Manufacturing facilities have had manufacturing disrupted and their cash flow diminished, and the employees frightened. The claim by the Department of “Justice” under the auspices of Eric Holder, is that some of the parts of the guitars being made at these facilities contain the “wrong kind of wood”.
No matter that this is the exact same wood that is being used to make guitars by almost every guitar manufacturer in the country. No matter that no US laws have been broken. The DOJ believes that the wood imported may not have been “finished” by Indian workers. Which means that the wood would have sat in an Indian warehouse and an extra fee collected before the pallet was stamped “finished” and then exported, per the newest laws in India.
Seems that 100 years ago, in the progressive era, under progressive McKinley, the US Congress passed something called the Lacey act, which made it a crime for a US company to violate laws of other countries. The intent was to limit the illegal trade in protected wildlife, not to make sure that everyone gets a cut of anything that is exported.
Even if Gibson wasn’t the only American guitar manufacturer that gave a big campaign donation to Huckkabee and has advocated support of the Repubs, we still have far too many real problems in this country for the DOJ to be playing around harrassing folks who are not FOB(Friends of Barack). They are the Department of Justice, not the Department of Social Justice. If the DOJ wants to be spending their time enforcing Indian laws, they should be doing it in India, and we should NOT be having to pay them a salary from American tax dollars for them to do it.