Weapons of mass distraction ...
Forget all about the trillions spent on illegal wars, the SEC destroying thousands of documents concerning Wall St. corruptions, the Israel first Congress and the myriad of crimes consuming our society. We've got wood to worry about.
For the second time in less than two years the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service goes fishing in Nashville and raids the Gibson Guitar headquarters and manufacturing facility. This time they also cast their lines in Memphis looking for a catch of illegal imported tonewood.
The raid in 2009 allegedly reeled in some unlawful Rosewood from Madagascar but no criminal charges were ever filed and Gibson has had to sue in Federal court to try and get back their material. This time the hidden allegations are that Gibson did not follow Indian laws and bought some ebony fretboard blanks that were not finished. The blanks, Les Pauls and other accessories to the 'crimes' were confiscated.
Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz has denied any wrongdoing and fired back at the feds in a press conference claiming he is a victim of "class warfare."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.
There's no argument here that in the hierarchy of things important to the environmental protection of endangered forests and their wildlife there needs to be some guidelines. I won't yet give Juszkiewicz a pass until all the facts are known. CEO's often want to dance around laws to further the bottom line but maybe there are bigger fish to fry.
Gibson has some fairly major Asian operations but they do maintain their world class American manufacturing employing several hundred people. In a world of disposable junk their products become heirlooms and can last for many generations. There's not a lot of things still made here in the U.S. you can say that about.
Our Justice Department has a hard time defining murder, mayhem and war crimes done in our name in foreign countries. They are dragging their feet in prosecuting a federal agency, the BATF, for blatant gun running to drug cartels. They give a pass to Israeli spying in most cases and have never bullied anyone actually connected with the false flag of 9/11 like they are bullying Gibson. We could go on and on but everyone knows that our injustice system is crumbing and our priorities are perverted. We spend billions a year building bombs to kill brown skinned women and children but build a guitar from unfinished Indian wood and the SWAT teams come a knocking. Someone else will have to sort that out and create a justification. I can't.
While we wait and see how Irene is going to effect the east coast, a good soundtrack comes from Ry Cooder doing an old Leadbelly tune. Another is Neil Young's Like a Hurricane. Good luck to all those in Irene's path but to be honest maybe some need a smack in the face and mother nature may be the only one to do it.