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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 06:58 PM
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Chiquita to pay $25 million to settle terrorism probe

WASHINGTON - Cincinnati-based banana company Chiquita Brands International said Wednesday it has agreed to pay a $25 million fine and admit paying a Colombian terrorist group for protection in a volatile farming part of the country.

The settlement resolves a lengthy Justice Department investigation into the company's financial dealings with terrorist organizations in Colombia.

In court documents filed Wednesday, federal prosecutors said the company and several unnamed high-ranking corporate officers paid about $1.7 million between 1997 and 2004 to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, or AUC.

The AUC has been responsible for some of the worst massacres in Colombia's civil conflict and is responsible for a sizable percentage of the country's cocaine exports. The right-wing group was designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization in September 2001.
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http://www.examiner.com/a-619099~Chiquita_to_pay__25_mi...

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All efforts are made in news reports designed for American readers to juxtapose the leftist rebels with the incredibly violent right-wing paramilitaries, which have PROVEN connections going all the way up to at least as high as President Alaro Uribe's Foreign Minister, her retired Congressman father, her brother, who has been the head of Uribe's secret police, who is also on the run, a host of lower officials, like a governor, also related to these beanbags, who is on the run, and a TON of Senators.

These right-wing politicians have had their political enemies zapped, had human rights workers killed, etc.,etc. Colombian reporters have the highest rate of murdered writers IN THE WORLD, and labor /union workers are slaughtered, assassinated with no protection whatsoever.

The reason our right-wing government wants to squash publicity to these right-wing monsters is because of the political entanlement
with Uribe, as Bush's puppet in a rapidly leftist leaning Western Hemisphere, and the investment of American soldiers and specialists who are there for reasons not shared with the U.S. public. Bush recently increased the number of soldiers to be stationed in Colombia very significantly, not to mention contractors, etc.

As long as they can get shills in the "news" business to claim "but the FARC" kill people, too, all Americans who can't be bothered to keep up, to research will simply gulp it all own indiscriminantly, imagining they are very well informed. Yeah, well-informed on a steady diet of bogus news! They will learn only later how misled they've been unless they get off their asses and start paying attention, and go ape, and lower themselves long enough to RESEARCH this crap!
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