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Gibson Guitar CEO Blasts Obama for Federal Raid, Persecution

Recorded on October 20, 2011

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Gibson Guitar is an American icon. Musicians ranging from blues legend B.B. King to rock stars with Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith have used its guitars.

Today, however, the guitar maker is facing a high-profile persecution from its own government. The U.S. Justice Department is pursuing a case that smacks of overcriminalization. Federal agents raided Gibson’s Nashville headquarters in August, the second raid on the company since 2009. The Justice Department has yet to press charges under the Lacey Act, but it also refuses to drop the case. It has left Gibson in legal limbo.

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