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Professional musician’s flutes destroyed as ‘agricultural products’ by US Customs

BREAKING: This hasn't made it into mainstream news yet. Maybe we can help it break into the news cycle today? I studied harpsichord and have friends who know the man in question and can vouch for the story being true. - Aaron

Boujemaa Razgui, a flute virtuoso who lives in New York and works with many US ensembles, was returning to Mexico over the holiday when Customs officials at Kennedy Airport asked to see his instruments. Bourjemaa carries a variety of flutes of varying ethnicity, each made by himself over years for specific types of ancient and modern performance. He is a regular guest with the Boston Camerata and other ensembles. At JFK, the officials removed and smashed each and every one of his instruments.

"I told them I had these instruments for many years and flew with them in and out. There were 11 instruments in all. They told me they were agricultural products and they had to be destroyed. There was nothing I could do. The ney flute can be made with bamboo. Is that agricultural?"

Bouzemaa was both upset and unwilling to risk a confrontation with the US authorities. We did not press him for further particulars. He does not know what to do next. But he does appear to be the victim of state injustice. Fellow musicians are looking for advice on how he should respond.

More: http://iroots.org/2013/12/31/professional-musicians-flutes-d...

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understandable.....

they just mistook him for Kokopelli.

"In his domain over agriculture, Kokopelli's flute-playing chases away the winter and brings about spring. Many tribes, such as the Zuni, also associate Kokopelli with the rains.[2] He frequently appears with Paiyatamu, another flutist, in depictions of maize-grinding ceremonies. Some tribes say he carries seeds and babies on his back.[2][3]"

At least Blaze picked the story up

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/01/they-didnt-give-a...

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That's so outrageous

Prosecute these people for damages plus. We need some very strong examples of legal action against official corruption soon.

Get rid of Department of Customs and Agriculture

I don't understand why we have so many of these giant corrupt departments, or any departments. Get rid of it and abolish it.

Krugman's economy. Break other's expensive things to stimulate.

Federal officials are prohibited from seizing or vandalizing private property without due process.

Treaties approved by the Senate do not have priority over the Constitution. That would require amendment by sufficient state legislatures.

Why does Congress borrow money to pay vandals?

Taxes only pay the interest and for social safety nets.

Free includes debt-free!

Blow Back

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