Chilling facts related to Gibson Guitar case

Published Jul 26, 2013 at 05:00AM

There are some chilling facts not initially thought to play a part in the conviction of Gibson Guitar by the Justice Department back in July 2012 for importing endangered wood.

Considering Internal Revenue Service’s choice of exclusively targeting conservative groups in its brewing 501(c)4 scandal, here’s a similar story in the Justice Department of Attorney General Eric Holder.

The owner of Gibson, a large donor to conservative causes, lost millions in production and legal fees fighting the Department of Justice charge of illegally importing an endangered species of wood from Madagascar. After the phony and flawed “form 302, Finding if Fact” interrogation method (allowing two FBI agents to edit their own narrative of the interrogation; no video or audio record), Gibson pled out. This though Gibson held legal documentation proving righteous import practices. (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 20, 2012: Gibson is off the hook. Who’s next?) In addition, he is barred from talking about it. Contradicting form 302 publicly produces an immediate charge of lying to a federal agent; a five-year sentence.

It’s just been reported that a large liberal donor, Martin Guitar, using identical wood, wasn’t charged.

All fair-minded people must agree. This needs to be examined.

Wayne Mayo

Scappoose

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