The Washington Times - September 1, 2011, 10:27AM

U.S. authorities raided Gibson Guitars recently over the instrument maker’s use of allegedly illegal imports of wood. According to a Wall Street Journal interview, though, Henry Juszkiewicz, chief executive officer of Gibson contends, “a broker probably made a mistake in labeling the goods but that the sale was legal and approved by Indian authorities.”

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Mr. Juszkiewicz also told KMJ Radio host Chris Daniel on Wednesday that the Obama administration sent his company a letter that if the guitar maker used Madagascar labor instead of an American work force, their “problems would go away.” (h/t Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit):

CHRIS DANIEL: Mr. Juszkiewicz, did an agent of the US government suggest to you that your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of American labor?

HENRY JUSZKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that in a pleading.

CHRIS DANIEL: Excuse me?

HENRY JUSKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that it a pleading.

CHRIS DANIEL: That your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor?

HENRY JUSKIEWICZ: Yes. They said that explicitly.