Thursday, August 2, 2007

Ay ay ay!

Chiquita Banana apparently approached the Justice Department for legal advice on paying protection money to death squads in Colombia. But Chiquita was getting much more than just non-interference from the ruthless AUC. A 2003 OAS report accused Chiquita of being actively involved in smuggling arms for the AUC into Colombia.

The Washington Post notes that the reaction in the White House has been more or less a yawn and a shrug:

For some high-level administration officials, Chiquita's payments were not aiding an obvious terrorism threat such as al-Qaeda; instead, the cash was going to a violent South American group helping a major U.S. company maintain a stabilizing presence in Colombia.

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