We’ve gotten used to TV and movies depicting armed police and FBI bursting into dens of iniquity and crime, shouting out the name of their agency and that timeless phrase: “You’re under arrest!”
Photo at left: hat tip to Urbano411 blog.
We’ve heard of the ATF, or BATF, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms doing armed raids and worse.
But armed U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents??? Raiding guitar factories? We imagine most of our readers have heard this news of agents looking for illegal wood parts. How business-friendly is that?
There are no actual charges yet, but the linked article says the issue has to do with who finishes the wood – the exporters (India and Madagascar) or the importer (Gibson). For this they do an armed raid????
Boy, we bet those USFW guys looked really tough going in to the factory, not like the little wimpy guys we always picture when we think of them tracking down dangerous, oh, excuse us, endangered, butterflies.
But enviros say rain forests are in danger and some news reports linked the raids to this and ignored the little detail about whose workers finish the wood. Even if that’s so (and since so many charges by enviros turn out to be exaggerated or outright lies, we reserve judgment on that allegation), there is a better solution than raiding customers’ places.
Wait. Customers? Who else has been raided? Surely one little guitar company couldn’t be responsible for destroying an entire rain forest, could it? After a cursory Internet search, the only other USFW raids we read about were seizures of eagle feathers a long time ago. Eagles and all their parts are protected by U.S. Laws. Protected means no one can use them. But we digress.
Anyway, the solution is to guarantee that the forests are privately owned and ownership rights are protected by the rule of law. If you had a plantation of valuable trees, you’d make darn sure they lasted forever, wouldn’t you? That’s why we have so many trees on private lands here in the PNW.
However, we weren’t referring to that matter. We don’t even know whether anyone has been charged with any kind of crime. To the best of our knowledge, so far, no one has.
Isn’t it time for the govt to stop attacking its citizens?