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How Chevron Used the Law and the FBI to Target Whistle-Blowing Lawyer Steven Donziger

“I’m being prosecuted by a Chevron law firm that has locked me up, deprived me of my liberty,” Donziger says.

by Lee Camp


September 09th, 2021

By Lee Camp




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Human rights attorney Steven Donziger has now been under house arrest in his New York City apartment for two years. The reason for his detainment, as Lee Camp puts it in this clip from “Redacted Tonight,” is that Donziger made it his business to hold Chevron accountable for how the Big Oil megacorp “harmed, sickened and killed tens of thousands in Ecuador” and tried to avoid paying “billions of dollars” in restitutions.
Donziger’s battle against American oil companies and on behalf of indigenous communities and farmers in Ecuador spans nearly three decades. He was part of an international legal team that represented indigenous groups in Northern Ecuador where, as he tells Camp, from the 1960s to the ’90s Texaco (now Chevron) deliberately “dumped billions of gallons of cancer-causing toxic waste” into local waterways, costing thousands of people their health, livelihood—even their lives.
Though in 2011 the lawsuit culminated in a historic $9.5 billion pollution judgment, Chevron brass subsequently focused on going after Donziger rather than paying the fee. In late July, he was hit with a six counts of criminal contempt, a conviction stemming in part from his refusal to turn over his computer and other devices, which he fought last month with a request for a new trial. His ongoing pre-trial detainment for a misdemeanor offense is unprecedented for any person without a prior criminal record in federal court. (Click here to watch Chris Hedges’ interview with Donziger, and listen to Robert Scheer’s “Scheer Intelligence” podcast episode with Donziger here.)
“So, I’m being prosecuted by a Chevron law firm that has locked me up, deprived me of my liberty,” Donziger says . “I later found out that a prosecutor from the law firm who’s benefiting from her relationship to Chevron, Rita Glavin”—who, as Reuters notes, is also defending former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he faces multiple accusations of sexual harassment—”was using the FBI for various meetings with other Chevron lawyers who supposedly were the witnesses against me,” he says. “It’s totally unheard of.”
Donziger’s plight has sparked concern and drawn criticism from around the globe, as the embattled lawyer himself noted Tuesday afternoon on his Twitter feed:

68 Nobel laureates recently demanded the DOJ dismiss @Chevron's contempt prosecution and release me from 2 years of home detention. Corporate prosecutions are illegal in the U.S. or any rule-of-law country.
Calling for Attorney General Garland to act now.https://t.co/NVbldHuhGB
— Steven Donziger (@SDonziger) September 7, 2021
But as Donziger pointed out earlier that day on his Twitter feed, it’s not always easy to find accurate information about his case online:

Chevron is manipulating search engines again. Google "Donziger" and the company's ads come up.
Below is from a Tik Tok about the case. pic.twitter.com/L9SlZUf9eD
— Steven Donziger (@SDonziger) September 7, 2021
Donziger brings viewers up to date, and fills in those parts of his story that might not pop right up in a Google search, in his discussion with Camp.
Feature photo | Trudie Styler, co-founder of the Rainforest Foundation and wife of singer Sting, speaks to the press along with human rights lawyers Pablo Fajardo, center, and Steven Donziger at the Live Earth concert at Giants Stadium, July 7, 2007 in East Rutherford, NJ. Tim Larsen | AP
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How Chevron Used the Law and the FBI to Target Whistle-Blowing Lawyer Steven Donziger


Remember, these are the same Caucasian mass murdering psychopaths who claim Chinese investments are "bad" because they don't uphold "Western values". You got that right. China doesn't uphold Western values of lie, cheat, and steal. If you want your people to die from toxic waste, you should welcome Caucasian American investments from American thugs like Chevron.


Here are the past and present Caucasian CEOs of the mass murdering Chevron company.

According to American propaganda bots that spread lies on this forum and everywhere else, this is an evil Chinese man.


Credit to @zectech for pointing this out.
 

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U.S. regime controlled "Human Rights Watch" and similar fake rights activist groups meanwhile applauding Chevron for not paying their debts to "juntas" in Africa and Asia
 

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U.S. regime controlled "Human Rights Watch" and similar fake rights activist groups meanwhile applauding Chevron for not paying their debts to "juntas" in Africa and Asia
You can't believe the usa ngos, its propaganda.
 

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