firedoglake.com/.../eric-holder-lawyer-for-the-death-squad-terrorists-22 Nov 2008 – Gosh, why would Chiquita pay $1.7 Million to fund terrorist death squads? Obama's rumored AG pick Eric Holder chose to work for Chiquita ...
1 day ago by Tim Brown
Funny Obama is going after law biding America`s guns, after Eric Holder and Obama where caught red handed selling these same weapons to the Mexican Drug Cartels. I guess the HUNDREDS of murdered Mexicans, killed with these weapons do not count for much. I mean after all it was Obama and Holder`s gun running that cost all theseMexican`s their lives. Obama and his group of very sick, very poor excuses of being human beings is using the murder of these ...
www.counterpunch.org/2008/11/19/holder-chiquita-and-colombia/19 Nov 2008 – Holder, Chiquita and Colombia. ... President-elect's transition team has signaled to Eric H. Holder Jr., .... "in order to assist with the process of ending the ties between the Colombian government and paramilitary death squads, ...
By Mort Amsel
I found this extremely interesting and thought I’d share for conversation. I searched several terms and names and could not find another post on this – so if there is another please forgive – I did make effort to search.
Eric Holder and Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy met on November 27th to unveil ‘Project Longevity’. “The initiative, known as Project Longevity, will send new federal grant money to Connecticut and involve agents, academics and social workers working for or with the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.”
This particular phrase really caught my attention: “The community needs to show a little more outrage on these things and demand that it be a top priority,” Pinciaro said. “That will be more useful than another law right now.”
If anyone was wondering why Eric Holder met with first responders – Project Longevity might just be the answer to that question. [Link 3]
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54 posts - 14 authors - 9 Nov 2008He got Chiquita execs off with a hand slap for paying $1.7 million to rightwing death squads in Colombia, to slaughter 4,000 union leaders and ...
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2008
ERIC HOLDER, CHIQUITA & THE AND COLOMBIA DEATH SQUADSKevin Gray, Portfolio, October 2007 - For years, Chiquita Brands secretly paid off death squads in Colombia. Now the U.S. Congress is asking questions. . .
In northern Colombia's lush banana-growing region. . . Chiquita Brands International, the $655 million fruit giant, slipped into a blood-soaked scandal. Between 1997 and 2004, Chiquita gave $1.7 million to the A.U.C., whose death squads destroyed unions, terrorized workers, and killed thousands of civilians. Chiquita's top officials admit approving the payments but say they thought that if they didn't pay up, the A.U.C. would kill its employees and attack its facilities. Because the U.S. State Department has labeled the A.U.C. a terrorist organization, federal prosecutors charged Chiquita in March with engaging in transactions with terrorists. In an agreement with the Justice Department, Chiquita pleaded guilty and will pay a $25 million fine. . .
The firm's lawyers have struggled to explain publicly that Chiquita had to make a choice between "life and law" and that it chose the "humanitarian" route of protecting its workers. "This company was in a bad position dealing with bad guys," says Eric Holder, a Washingtonattorney representing Chiquita. "There's absolutely no suggestion of any personal gain here. It's not a case like Tyco, where someone is squirreling money away. No one is out buying great shower curtains."
As a corporation, though, Chiquita stood to benefit greatly from the lethal cleansing that Castano delivered. At the time, the Marxist guerrillas routinely kidnapped U.S. executives, blew up railroads, and sabotaged oil pipelines. Chiquita says it became increasingly difficult to protect its workers and their families. Castano's death squads, however, were squarely pro-business. They were not just ridding Uraba of guerrillas; they were killing leftists and eradicating unions. . .
During the A.U.C.'s reign of terror, according to the federal complaint, the region would become Chiquita's most profitable farming operation in the world.
While the A.U.C. was murdering thousands of Colombians, "to our knowledge, the paramilitaries never touched a hair on the head of aU.S. citizen or company," says Adam Isacson, director of the Colombiaprogram at the Center for International Policy, in Washington. In fact, Isacson says, the A.U.C.'s stranglehold brought "a strange form of peace to the region through terror. It created a much more friendly business environment."
But for Eric Holder, Chiquita's lawyer, that argument falls flat. "It's like saying a shopkeeper feels safe because the Mob is extorting him for protection payments," Holder says. "You're not paying these guys to protect you from someone else; you're paying them to protect you from them."
Scott Creighton - Barack Obama, the man who spoke so eloquently in the last debate about not passing the Columbia Free Trade Agreement until more was done to bring the killers of the union workers to justice, has just announced that he is going to make the lawyer for one of the companies responsible for these killings, his Attorney General. You can't make this stuff up.
There are also allegations from a French NGO that Chiquita is exposing it's workers to a dangerous pesticide. So the workers that don't get killed by their Chiquita Death Squads, will slowly wither away from horrible illnesses.
There are also criminal charges pending facing some Chiquita executives, in Columbia.
I'm Chiquita Banana and I'm here to stay,
South of the border down past Mexico way,
Shipped up north to the United States,
Hope you find a tarantula when you open the crates,
Uncle Sam we thank you for your foreign aid,
Just like in Viet Nam you're just trying to establish fair trade.