Saturday, March 17, 2007

Banana Republican

Devout Republican financier and crazed Christianist Carl Lindner's company, Chiquita Brands International, has agreed to pay a $25 million fine for hiring various terrorists in Colombia to provide "protection" to company employees.
Banana company Chiquita Brands International said Wednesday it has agreed to a $25 million fine after admitting it paid terrorists for protection in a volatile farming region of Colombia.

The settlement resolves a lengthy Justice Department investigation into the company’s financial dealings with right-wing paramilitaries and leftist rebels the U.S. government deems terrorist groups.

In court documents filed Wednesday, federal prosecutors said the Cincinnati-based 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, known as AUC for its Spanish initials.
The AUC are a charming lot:
The AUC has been responsible for some of the worst massacres in Colombia’s civil conflict and for a sizable percentage of the country’s cocaine exports. The U.S. government designated the right-wing militia a terrorist organization in September 2001.
All of which proves just how wrong George Bush has been. For a fee, you can be with us and the terrorists.


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