Sunday, January 15, 2012

Chevron Tries To Make Its Victims The Enemy

"This is how it's done. When people are sittin' on shit that you want, you make 'em your enemy. Then you're justified in taking it."

Jack Sully in the James Cameron movie Avatar, the U.S. Marine who works for an energy company but later sides with the indigenous peoples living on top of precious minerals company officials are willing to kill for.

Avatar's Jack Sully

"In thirty years of practice and as a former prosecutor, I've never seen a record so shocking of illegal and improper conduct .... (The Ecuadorians want) to try and shake down a settlement .... By their own words they intend to extort, to coerce ... to cause the maximum harm to Chevron."

Randy Mastro, the Chevron lawyer whose law firm is being paid hundreds of millions of dollars to take from Ecuadorian indigenous tribes an $18 billion judgment against the oil giant for the world's largest oil-related environmental disaster.

Chevron's Randy Mastro

For more information about Chevron's deliberate contamination of the Ecuadorian rainforest, see here and here.