Thursday, April 19, 2007

Chiquita Pleads Guilty to Paying Colombian Terrorists

"The plea was entered at a hearing today before U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth in Washington. No Chiquita executives were charged. The company agreed to pay a $25 million
fine, to be levied at a sentencing hearing on June 1, and to cooperate in a Justice Department investigation of the payments." News

OK, so let's take a look at our legal system here. Chiquita, a corporation, not a U.S. citizen with all the rights bestowed upon him by the Constitution, but a corporation, is fined what amounts to maybe less than 1% of his salary for supporting terrorism...barely a slap on the wrist. No jail time for anyone. Now, if a citizen of the U.S., with full rights, was to do the same thing, the Bush Administration has the right, under the Patriot Act, to take him away, without telling anyone, do things to him that border on (come on, they are) torture, not give him a trial (maybe a military "trial"), and possibly jail him for life and/or execute him.

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