Whatever the specifics of what Gibson Guitar Corp. knew and when it knew it -- and considering who was being raided and the nature of the assumed offense -- the armed intrusion into the Gibson workspace seems totally inappropriate, over-the-top and just plain wrong ("Gibson axed up by Lacey Act," Comment & Analysis, Wednesday).
This raid appears to reflect a clear and present inability to make decisions on appropriate law enforcement response on the part of those in the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department who ordered, authorized and planned the raid.
Should those who ordered this assault say something like "We are just enforcing the law," we should note that the Obama administration has made clear that just because a law is a law doesn't mean it inherently merits enforcement, and vice versa. (For example, the Defense of Marriage Act is a law that the administration has chosen not to enforce.) Therefore, by choosing to so visibly and forcefully enforce the law that Gibson may have violated, the administration is saying that it considers this law to be very important to enforce to the letter, a position with which others clearly and strongly disagree.
Bottom line: If those with the responsibility to enforce import restrictions cannot see why a raid appropriate for contraband such as drugs and weapons is unacceptable in addressing the open importing of wood 4 millimeters too thick, those people need to be replaced.
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