Chevron Found Guilty in Ecuador – Again!

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Chevron Found Guilty in Ecuador – Again!

Huge Victory for Plaintiffs as Appeals Court
Affirms $18 Billion Pollution Judgment

Humberto Piaguaje“We’ve lost so many people in the community, and it’s a shame they couldn’t be with us to hear the good news.”
– Humberto Piaguaje, community representative

Did you hear the stellar news ringing in 2012? The 18-year legal battle over Chevron’s horrific legacy of pollution in the Ecuadorian Amazon has just taken a major step toward justice, as an appeals court ratified an earlier court levying an $18 billion judgment against the company.

The decision gives hope to some 30,000 indigenous people and farmers who have been seeking a cleanup of toxic waste sites, clean drinking water and adequate health care.

Ecuadorians have won a big victory, but the campaign is far from over.

Chevron has made clear what its response will be – more legal stonewalling. The company is mustering ever-larger armies of international lawyers to try to drag the case out in as many legal forums as possible. In the Ecuadorian case alone, Chevron submitted 220,000 pages of documents and 64,000 chemical samples, in what the judges complained was an attempt to physically overwhelm the legal process.

And of course the company is still waging a public-relations offensive in the United States, with its spokespeople spinning the story in a desperate attempt to make the company seem like the victim of greedy Ecuadorians and their U.S. supporters.

ChevronThinksWereStupid.orgUnfortunately for Chevron’s flacks and lawyers, such excuses are pretty lame.

Amazon Watch has been helping lead the campaign for justice in Ecuador for years, but we must admit we do feel for Chevron at such a fraught moment. So much so that we’ve teamed up with our friends at Rainforest Action Network to help the company be a bit more imaginatively shameless and callous. Won’t you join us?

Here’s your challenge: Go to this page, pick your favorite Chevron spokesperson, enter the most deliciously outrageous excuse you can conjure up, and we’ll post it to our “Excuse Gallery” on

While your creative juices are flowing, Amazon Watch is on the ground in Ecuador, and in the weeks ahead we’ll be bringing you more news from the 30,000 rainforest dwellers who just won this historic victory. As always, thanks for your continued support and stay tuned…

In Solidarity,

Robert Collier
Robert Collier
Corporate Campaigns Director

CPJ – 30th Anniversary – Protecting Journalists Worldwide!

Defending Press Freedom for 30 Years

Dear Mark:

This year CPJ celebrated 30 years of fighting for press freedom. We have never been more active, more needed — or more effective.

Please take a few minutes to watch an excerpt from this inspiring documentary about CPJ’s history of impact. (If you’ve got more than a few minutes, click here to watch the full-length version).

You’ll see that while the world of journalism has changed tremendously, our core mission has remained remarkably constant. CPJ began with the idea that journalists around the world should come together to defend the rights of our colleagues working in repressive and dangerous environments.

In 2011, Al-Jazeera journalists covering the revolution in Egypt tweeted at CPJ to alert us that police were at their door. We used all media – old, new, and social — to mobilize a global response. The police backed down.

I hope you’ll consider a year-end gift to support CPJ as we celebrate 30 years of fighting for press freedom. Your support has allowed us to adapt to new challenges and expand our work to keep journalists safe. However, we will need all your help to meet the growing threats to media freedom, both online and off.

Please use this secure link to give as generously as you can. Your tax-deductible donation will help support brave journalists who risk their lives to pursue stories that matter.

Thank you and all the best for the holidays.

Joel Simon
Executive Director

Committee to Protect Journalists
330 7th Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, New York, 10001, United States 


2011 Arab Israel War?

The signs are ominous.

Egyptians protesting and attacking Israeli Embassy; the deposed President Hosni Mubarak was ‘helped’ by Israel in the past.

Palestine Authority to raise Statehood issue in the UN on September 20, 2011.

Syria on the verge of collapse; right wingers are sure to surface from the debris and this is not good for Israel.

Turkey and Israel spate that appears to have become sticky…

Could these developments converge into one purpose – the destruction of Israel?

If politicians and peace makers don’t stand together to negotiate, talk, and compromise or whatever, we will witness an Arab Israeli War in 2011.

And this time it will be a different kind of war as Mujaheddin fighters from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan with help from Iran would cause untold misery for all because these people don’t abide by the ‘rules’ of war.

We are on the precipice of war. 

Let us pray no one jumps the gun.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

FBI breaking news – Bulletin on Terrorism


Table of Contents
Focus on TerrorismThe Evolution of Terrorism Since 9/11
By Lauren B. O’Brien
Understanding how terrorism trends have evolved can help agencies face today’s current threat environment.Leadership Spotlight
Tuesdays with Terry

Case Study
The Hosam Smadi Case

Bulletin Honors
Hazardous Device School Bomb Technician Memorial

Sovereign Citizens
By the FBI’s Counterterrorism Analysis Section
Law enforcement must become knowledgeable and aware of sovereign-citizen extremists.

Radicalization of Islamist Terrorists in the Western World

Wanted: Notable Speeches

Bulletin Reports

Bulletin Notes

Patch Call

LEB Home




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Latest news from FBI – Civil Rights Program Update

We Take Our Role Very Seriously


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Last month, a Tennessee man received a life sentence for the racially motivated killing 10 years earlier of a county code enforcement officer who had simply been doing his job.

The investigation of this murder was one of hundreds of civil rights cases the FBI opens each year. It’s a responsibility that—according to Eric Thomas, chief of our Civil Rights Unit at FBI Headquarters—“we take very seriously.”

During fiscal year 2010, said Thomas, we initiated more than 750 civil rights cases that fell into one of four categories—hate crimes, color of law violations, human trafficking, and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act violations.

Thomas discussed each category in more detail:

“…Hate crimes, almost a quarter of our 2010 civil rights caseload, are motivated by a particular bias against the victim—like skin color, religion, ethnicity, or country of origin—and includes such things as threats, cross burnings, assaults, and murder. In 2009, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act added sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disabilities to the list of biases. That law also allows us to prosecute violent hate crimes federally. Before that law, many violent hate crimes were prosecuted at the state level as traditional assaults, murders, etc.…”

Recent Case Highlights

Hate Crime
Two Arkansas men plead guilty to a federal hate crime for a cross burning.

Color of Law
Four California police officers are charged with assaulting a man in their custody.

Human Trafficking
Ten people are indicted in Houston for trafficking female Mexican nationals to the U.S. for prostitution.

Two New York men are found guilty of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

“…Color of law violations, more than half of our civil rights investigations last year, involve actions taken by someone acting under the authority of the law—local, state, or federal. Most of these cases are initiated based on allegations of excessive force by law enforcement or correctional officers. However, there are others that involve allegations of sexual assault, theft, or deprivation of property…”

“…Human trafficking, just over 20 percent of our 2010 civil rights caseload, is a form of human slavery that cannot be tolerated. It’s a growing problem that includes forced physical labor, forced household service, and sex trafficking involving international victims or adult U.S. citizens. [Note: Sex trafficking of U.S. children is handled by the FBI’s Crimes Against Children program.] In early 2013, the FBI’s uniform crime reporting program will begin collecting data from our law enforcement partners on human trafficking offenses… ”

“…FACE Act violations account for a smaller percentage of our workload—just over 2 percent last year. These crimes—committed against those who seek to obtain or provide reproductive health care services—include threatening phone calls and mail, property damage, blockades, assaults, and murders. In recent years, we’ve also seen a rise in bio-terrorism threats, especially hoax anthrax letters…”

Intelligence plays an important role in our civil rights program. “For example,” explained Thomas, “we’ve established risk indicators for each of our subprogram areas to help field office agents and analysts better identify, assess, and ultimately address the civil rights threats within their regions.”

Collaboration plays a vital role as well, said Thomas. “Many of our civil rights investigations—in particular, hate crimes and human trafficking—are enhanced by joint efforts with law enforcement partners. Many field offices participate in task forces and/or working groups focused on major civil rights threats.” He also said the Bureau works closely with community and civic organizations at the local and national levels.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of or a witness to a civil rights crime, contact your local police department or FBI office.

More on our civil rights program
Cold case initiative
U.S. Attorney’s Briefing Room

Are good times really over for good – Obama and Boehner?

President Obama and Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner you can now sing this song to the American people.

I wish a buck was still silver.
It was back when the country was strong.
Back before Elvis; before the Vietnam war came along.
Before The Beatles and “Yesterday”,
When a man could still work, and still would.
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
Are the good times really over for good?
Are we rolling down hill like a snowball headed for hell?
With no kind of chance for the Flag or the Liberty bell.
Wish a Ford and a Chevy,
Could still last ten years, like they should.
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
Are the good times really over for good?

I wish coke was still cola,
And a joint was a bad place to be.
And it was back before Nixon lied to us all on TV.
Before microwave ovens,
When a girl could still cook and still would.
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
Are the good times really over for good?

Are we rolling down hill like a snowball headed for hell?
With no kind of chance for the Flag or the Liberty bell.
Wish a Ford and a Chevy,
Could still last ten years, like they should.
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
Are the good times really over for good?

Stop rolling down hill like a snowball headed for hell.
Stand up for the Flag and let’s all ring the Liberty bell.
Let’s make a Ford and a Chevy,
Still last ten years, like they should.
The best of the free life is still yet to come,
The good times ain’t over for good.

Merle Haggard, the Great Country Western Singer, who first sang this song nearly 30 years ago.