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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 05:58 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.


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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  -Chiquita charged in terror investigation MAGICBULLET  Mar-14-07 03:51 PM   #0 
  - Anyone why pays taxes could be accused of that.  olddad56   Mar-14-07 03:54 PM   #1 
  - LOL  sakabatou   Mar-14-07 05:53 PM   #7 
  - Terrorists have to eat, too.  Roland99   Mar-14-07 03:55 PM   #2 
  - seems to me they do business with both right and left organizations  Donnachaidh   Mar-14-07 04:00 PM   #3 
  - okay, now that we have caught the banana growers  olddad56   Mar-14-07 05:24 PM   #4 
  - Good. The banana republics have been a huge problem for democracy. (nt)  w4rma   Mar-14-07 05:28 PM   #5 
  - The POS* must have some stock in a rival banana plantation or something.  pinniped   Mar-14-07 05:39 PM   #6 
  - More:  Judi Lynn   Mar-14-07 05:58 PM   #8 
  - protection money nothing new in Colombia  Bacchus39   Mar-14-07 06:37 PM   #9 
  - Thanks Judi Lynn. I learn a lot from you  donkeyotay   Mar-15-07 02:26 PM   #33 
  - In case some DU'ers don't know, Chiquita Bananas used to be "United Fruit,"  Judi Lynn   Mar-14-07 06:50 PM   #11 
  - United Fruit= see Guatemala  Bacchus39   Mar-14-07 06:57 PM   #12 
  - United Fruit was a cover for all sorts of nasty  happydreams   Mar-15-07 05:07 PM   #36 
  - Chiquita to plead guilty in Colombia payment case  Judi Lynn   Mar-14-07 07:00 PM   #13 
  - More information already posted to DU on Colombia paramilitary trouble in the last 3 weeks:  Judi Lynn   Mar-14-07 07:04 PM   #14 
  - more FARC fun  Bacchus39   Mar-14-07 07:10 PM   #15 
  - Background on United Fruit/Chiquita Banana:  Judi Lynn   Mar-14-07 07:17 PM   #16 
  - great post!  PittPoliSci   Mar-15-07 03:05 PM   #35 
  - Chiquita to Pay $25M in Terror Case (AP update)  Omaha Steve   Mar-14-07 07:52 PM   #17 
  - United Fruit Gets Whats Coming To Them...  junofeb   Mar-14-07 07:53 PM   #18 
  - I'm actually more surprised that FARC  otherlander   Mar-14-07 09:36 PM   #19 
  - I ate a banana this morning...  twiceshy   Mar-15-07 10:02 AM   #20 
  - I just ate one, and the FBI are already in my driveway. Damm those guys are good.  olddad56   Mar-15-07 11:27 AM   #24 
  - business????? how about shake down?  Bacchus39   Mar-15-07 10:33 AM   #22 
  - doing "business" in Colombia  Bacchus39   Mar-15-07 11:07 AM   #23 
  - Murderous Colombian mercenaries tied to Chiquita Brands  Judi Lynn   Mar-15-07 10:30 AM   #21 
  - Did you ever hear about Bush's connection to Chiquita?  Judi Lynn   Mar-15-07 11:59 AM   #25 
  - Great post! This is a keeper.  happydreams   Mar-15-07 05:08 PM   #37 
  - Chiquita Paid Terrorist Group  Jeff In Milwaukee   Mar-15-07 01:11 PM   #26 
  - paying Colombian rebel and paramilitary organizations  Bacchus39   Mar-15-07 01:11 PM   #27 
  - doing "business" in Colombia  Bacchus39   Mar-15-07 01:11 PM   #28 
  - And let's not forget what they did in Cuba back in the day.  Sequoia   Mar-15-07 01:11 PM   #29 
  - They're still pretty horrid...  Jeff In Milwaukee   Mar-15-07 01:11 PM   #31 
     - I'd say paying extortion money was one of the more innocuous  Bacchus39   Mar-15-07 01:11 PM   #32 
     - Maybe I'd better stay away from their products.  Sequoia   Mar-15-07 05:37 PM   #38 
        - Hard to find bananas otherwise...  Jeff In Milwaukee   Mar-16-07 07:58 AM   #40 
           - Yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today.  Sequoia   Mar-16-07 11:47 AM   #41 
  - Chiquita Banana?  Seabiscuit   Mar-15-07 01:11 PM   #30 
  - boy some things never change.  PittPoliSci   Mar-15-07 03:05 PM   #34 
  - I deal with Chiquita products everyday  Cursive   Mar-15-07 07:21 PM   #39 
  - Is this what you call paying for "protection," Chiquita?  Judi Lynn   Mar-16-07 12:18 PM   #42 
  - More on Chiquita's record:  Judi Lynn   Mar-16-07 12:22 PM   #43 
  - Colombians seek extradition of U.S. banana executives who supported death squads  Judi Lynn   Mar-16-07 06:14 PM   #44 

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