On 7 October, Greenpeace filed a lawsuit in Superior Court for the District of Columbia against Dow Chemical, Sasol North America (owned by the South African State Oil Company), two public relations firms – Dezenhall Resources and Ketchum – and four individuals. The suit is the result of the companies’ efforts to stop Greenpeace from exposing the effects of their pollution.
The charges in the complaint were triggered by corporate espionage directed at Greenpeace and our grassroots allies by the individuals – they styled themselves as “security professionals” – working on behalf of the chemical companies. The public relations firms were the go-betweens and in all likelihood, the chemical companies may have thought the PR firms would provide insulation and deniability.
This sounds like it fits in well with the news of the day. Wall Street is occupied by citizens outraged over the perversion of our economy and body politic by greedy corporations, the Murdoch media empire is being investigated on at least two continents for its black-bag operations and the Chamber of Commerce was recently caught hiring law firms and more “security professionals” to go after its critics.
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