The Chiquita company, worldwide purveyor of bananas, fruits, and paramilitary groups, has spent $780,000 over the past year and a half to lobby against a 9/11 Victims' Bill, according to a report from The Daily Beast.
Chiquita's lobbying is centered on combatting the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a piece of legislation sponsored by families of 9/11 victims. The bill would seek to impose civil liabilities on people that aided and abetted terrorist groups in foreign countries. The main purpose of that bill would be to implicate Saudi financiers of the World Trade Center attacks in American civil courts, and allow the families of terrorist victims to seek damages.
But in writing wider legislation to implicate those that aided terrorism, Chiquita could be found liable for its past terrorist-funding actions in Colombia. Back in 2007, Chiquita was found to have given $1.7 million in a series of payments from 1997 to 2004 to a paramilitary group in Colombia, one designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization. The company was forced to pay a $25 million fine in a guilty plea with the federal government. Chiquita claims the company was being extorted for funds by the group, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia.