Thanks to thenakedfacts for bringing this one to my attention. With an update below
“The Chiquita Papers” show for the first time that the banana giant actually benefited from years of illegal payments to Colombian guerrilla groups and right-wing death squads responsible for countless civilian killings. The new evidence contradicts Chiquita’s long-held position—set forth in a 2007 sentencing agreement with U.S. prosecutors—that it was the victim of extortion and had never received “any actual security services or actual security equipment in exchange for the payments.
Could someone explain to me how it is this company is encouraging terrorism and getting away with it? Seems Chiquita is a terrorist supporting organization.
I thought there was a "war on terror"?
Oh and one more rhetorical question... Where is the main stream media coverage on this story?
I know, I know all pointless questions, still they have to be asked!
For Chiquita, these payoffs to politicians, paramilitaries, and military officers were the “cost of doing business in Colombia,” but it remains to be seen what the true price tag will ultimately be. The paltry $25 million fine Chiquita paid to settle the Justice Department’s criminal investigation may seem a small amount of money to pay for knowingly financing a foreign terrorist group, but the company now also faces as much as a billion dollars in damages in civil suits brought by victims of guerrilla and AUC violence.
The cost of doing business? Nice excuse.
This paragraph brings me to the update I mentioned earlier. The civil suit brought by the victims against Chiquita
Just recently a judge in Florida ruled that case can move forward-
U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra ruled against the request for dismissal filed by Chiquita that had argued it was a victim of extortion by the paramilitary group AUC and had nothing to do with the crimes committed by the paramilitary AUC that received millions of dollars of the U.S. banana company.
The family members can now move forward with claims for damages against the company for torture and crimes against humanity. The judge did grant Chiquita that claims for damages related to terrorism were dropped. (they shouldn't have been)
"A company that pays a terrorist organization that kills thousands of people should get the capital punishment of civil liability and be put out of business by punitive damages," attorney Terry Collingsworth told AP earlier this week.
How do you like those bananas?
Link over to Twelfth Bough's for a related post. Helps to fill in the role of corporations in terrorism. Oh and of course, one can't forget the complicity of the Catholic Church