Here is a interview with the Gibson CEO by youtube user lesleyblooddotcom
Transcribed first minutes of video:
lesleyblooddotcom: How did this start, how did the problems with the federal government start here. You're awareness of them.
CEO: Well the first, we knew we had a problem was in November 2009. When we were having a key executive retreat and we got a call that homeland security was raiding our guitar factory. And at first we thought it was a practical joke, but the panic in peoples vioces told me that, you know it was for real. So I immediately jumped in my car and went down to the factory. And sure enough there were, you know. Several dussin of SWAT attired people with automatic weapons and bullet proof wests. And they had evacuated the plant made all the employees stand out in the parking lot. They had grabbed several of the employees, put them in small interrogation rooms with 4-5 armed people and were verbally, you know intimidating them. And then they went about and confiscated, you know almost a half million dollars of worth of wood and some guitars. And you know they wouldn't tell us why. I personally went up to agents and said what is this about, why are you here and what do you want. And their response is we cant tell you that is sealed. And so that's the most we knew for months. We still...
lesleyblooddotcom: You had no communication this was, this just came out of the blue??
CEO: No warning, no we are doing something wrong, no we are having a problem. You know it was just an ordinary day and all of a sudden we are treated like drug criminals..
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News of interest today is this story. Gibson Guitars have been raided by federal agents. And it's not the first time either. It turns out this is the second time in less than two years that Gibson have gotten a unsuspected visit from the law.
Well what could Gibson have done to get this kind of treatment you might ask. It turns out that in order to make a guitar like Gibson do, you need good quality wood. That wood part is pretty obviouse. However some woods are illegal to use, and the sad thing is. Woods that make for great acoustics in guitars are illegal to use.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents had suspected Gibson of smuggling some of these illegal woods from India in order to make the fretboards for their guitars. The agents seized stock from Gibson's Nashville factory, woods seized included rosewood, and ebony. But that's not all they seized as well as other items travel records, shipping documents, guitars and hard drives.
On August 24, 2011, around 8:45 a.m. CDT, agents for the federal government executed four search warrants on Gibson’s facilities in Nashville and Memphis and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. Gibson had to cease its manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day, while armed agents executed the search warrants. Gibson has fully cooperated with the execution of the search warrants.
Well that might not be what happened but we all have seen the movies, reality shows with these kinds of raids. I would not like having guns pointed at me. And I don't care if it's federal agents.