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31 AUGUST 2002

CARBIDE'S WARREN ANDERSON MAKES IT ONTO ROTTEN.COM
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rotten.com is a website dedicated to exposing all that is vilest and most loathsome in human behaviour. It features pictures that turn the stomach, stories of utter evil. It is not easy to do something bad enough to gain a place in that company but Mr Warren Anderson has managed it. For 11 years he, and his company Union Carbide, have refused to return to Bhopal to stand trial in an Indian court. In doing so Mr Anderson has abandoned not only his responsibility as a leader of industry, but any pretence of morality. His company's victims are among the poorest, most helpless people on earth. More than 120,000 of them are still very ill and struggling to sustain life on "compensation" that amounts to 7¢ a day. The survivors' testimony has never been heard. There has been no chance to cross examine the company executives, or to re-open the question of just compensation. Warren Anderson and Union Carbide have prolonged their agony for 11 years. In Indian, as in US and British law, Anderson and Carbide are innocent until proven guilty. If they are blameless, they have nothing to fear from appearing before the court. But until they do, the survivors of "that night" have little hope of justice.

Anderson and Carbide cannot evade the law forever. Newspaper after newspaper, TV report after TV report, even though the language is restrained, have conveyed a sense of anger and outrage. Small wonder Mr Anderson is in rotten.com. Carbide and its new owners Dow Chemical should be there with him.

We have not made a link to rotten.com. But if you want to see pictures from hell, extreme human agony, people tortured not only by illness but injustice, you are already in the right place. Look at these pictures by two great Indian photographers, each of whom has won the World Press Photography Award.

Pablo Bartholomew's pictures, shot 18 years ago.
Raghu Rai's pictures
, some of which were shot this year.

Thanks to Paulo and Raghu for permission to show their work on this webite.


30 AUGUST 2002

HELICOPTER BUZZES DIANE WILSON'S HOUSE IN ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE HER INTO SILENCE

We have to take this very seriously because after a 1992 action against Formosa Plastics, shots were fired from a helicopter at her house, narrowly missing a relative and killing her dog. Full story at the foot of this page.

URGENT ACTION ALERT - PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY TO FRIENDS, ACTIVISTS AND MEDIA

PLEASE READ THE FULL STORY BELOW AND CALL KATHY HUNT, DOW PR LEADER AT SEADRIFT

A lot of people have written to John Musser of Dow about this. Thank you. Here is a sample reply.

Just for the record, we neither own nor have we hired any helicopters to do any "buzzing" of Ms. Wilson's home. As you may know we were very courteous to her throughout her demonstration at our site in Texas - At least until she decided to break the law and then the authorities took charge. We disagree with the allegations made by Diane (since they are not based in fact), but we have always respected her right to voice her opinion. If asked what we think about the alleged harassment of Diane Wilson we would certainly speak against anyone taking action such as that, for any reason.

Thanks to John Musser for his replies. We are glad to note that Dow Chemical would speak out against harassing Diane. Her allegations about Dow-Carbide can be checked against the facts on this website. If she is really as confused as John believes, then perhaps what she and her neighbours really saw was not a helicopter but something like the following:

TEXAS LARGE UFO FLEW OVER HOUSE
BRAZORIA -- The witness related, "We heard it go over the house, you could hear a huge rushing sound of air." There was a loud continuous sound that sounded like a zip gun or reverberating siren sound. The thing had to be very large and traveling just above the treetops. It was very low. There was the rushing sound of air, but no motor sound. We live under a flight path and know what aircraft sound like. This was nothing like anything we ever heard. Please advise.

Source MUFON

We are watching the skies.

29 AUGUST 2002

WOO HOO!!! WE JUST GOT THIS!
WARREN ANDERSON FOUND BY DAILY MIRROR, VIDEOTAPED AND SERVED ARREST WARRANT BY GREENPEACE IN NEW YORK

Warren Anderson at his luxury home at
The Hamptons, New York. His local golf
club subscription costs $2700 a year,
more than five times what Union Carbide's victims in Bhopal got for a lifetime of illness and suffering.

DAILY MIRROR UK STORY HERE

Friends,
I am happy to say that a few weeks ago I was able, with help from my Greenpeace Colleagues, to track down #1 Corporate Criminal Warren Anderson at his house in New York. Needless to say Warren was not happy to see me, be videotaped or served a warrant for his arrest. But he was.

In the wake of yesterday's gigantic victory in the Bhopal Courts, Greenpeace is using this recent Anderson sighting to push both the Indian Government and the US State Department to find this man (who I have on tape), arrest him and send him to trial in India.Action alerts pressuring both governments will appear on the Greenpeace Website soon. www.greenpeaceusa.org/bhopal

I've attached our US press release and our International release is below! Help spread the word -- let's get this crook!
Call me with questions!

Casey Harrell
Greenpeace USA -- Toxics Campaigner

casey.harrell@wdc.greenpeace.org
702 H Street NW Suite 300 Wash DC 20001
1 202 319 2497 phone 1 202 462 4607 fax

Want to help those still suffering from the world's worst industrial tragedy?
Take Action at www.greenpeaceusa.org/bhopal


"Warren Anderson, the environmental lobby's most wanted man"
CHANNEL 4 TV NEWS


Casey Harrell of Greenpeace on Channel 4 TV News last night,on the hunt for Warren Anderson.

CLICK PICTURE TO HEAR CASEY. THE BHOPAL REPORT COMES HALFWAY THROUGH THE NEWS.

 
 
JUST IN FROM JO'BURG; BHOPAL SURVIVORS INVOLVED IN DIRECT ACTION AGAINST DOW CHEMICAL - STORY HERE



28 AUGUST 2002

BHOPAL COURT REJECTS APPLICATION TO DILUTE CHARGES AGAINST CARBIDE CEO ANDERSON.



We have just had a phone call from Bhopal to tell us that the criminal charges against former Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson are not to be diluted. "The women are literally dancing in the streets," said our caller.

Speaking from Johannesburg where Bhopal supporters have been protesting against the presence of Dow Chemicals at the Earth Summit, Satinath Sarangi of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action, which opposed the application to dilute, said "The Indian Government must now pursue extradition proceedings against Warren Anderson without delay."

Meanwhile we have had a report that Mr Anderson has been sighted and photographed in the USA, where the law enforcement agencies have apparently been unable to trace him. Anyone who knows anything about this please contact us with more information.(But please, no Elvis-type sightings and no need to spy on your neighbours.)

Find key excerpts of the judgement,
translated from Hindi here.

Full Hindi text of the judgement available shortly.

LEFT: Click to hear Tim Edwards, of the
UK Campaign
on BBC TV.

Other Realmedia clips in the full BBC TV News report

       

CLICK IMAGE TO HEAR JON IN BHOPAL
SPEAKING FROM INSIDE THE FACTORY

Jon Snow of Channel 4 TV News reports on 18 years of Carbide pollution and its side effects - thousands of birth defects: "No certainty as to where Union Carbide ends and nature begins"

THE PRESSURE GAUGE FOR TANK 610
IS STILL JAMMED ON OVERLOAD

OTHER STORIES: DIANE WILSON HARRASSED BY HELICOPTER -
LATEST UPDATES ADDED AT FOOT OF STORY

 

Diane on the tower. She was eventually brought down after a SWAT team was sent up after her. She was roughly handled and was bleeding where they dragged her forcibly out of the chains. They took her shoes, banner and cell phone, which has apparently been handed to the FBI.

Read Diane's own account here.

Carbide officials say they may press federal charges against Diane.

We ask, if Diane appears in court to stand trial, will Union Carbide and its ex-CEO Warren Anderson also appear in the Bhopal court to stand trial?

Or will the prosecution of Diane Wilson, who has caused no harm to a living soul, be another example of Dirty Dow's Double Standards?

For previous examples, look here.

Read on for the story as it unfolded.

Diane Wilson chains herself to 70 foot tower at Dow plant to demand justice for Bhopal victims. (May face federal charge.)

26 August 2002

At 0545 am this morning Central Time, Diane Wilson, a shrimp boat captain and environmentalist from Seadrift, Texas, scaled a 90 foot tower at Dow Chemical's Seadrift plant, unfurled a 12 foot banner stating DOW - RESPONSIBLE FOR BHOPAL and chained herself to the tower. An eyewitness reported, "Dawn is breaking. she's hanging the banner. Will be spotted any minute now. It's windy and bloody loud up there next to all the compressors. She can't hear a word on her phone, she says. Flames shooting up around her."

KPFT 90.1 HOUSTON reporter Jackson Allers has been arrested by the Sheriff's office for "criminal trespass" after taking pictures of Diane on the tower. He was outside Dow at the time. Kathy Hunt, Dow-Carbide's PR Leader at Seadrift explained to KPFT News that it was necessary to arrest Jackson because he was taking pictures of Dow-Carbide plant, which is "proprietory technology" and that Dow-Carbide needed to protect its "trade secrets". This is the same reason the company has given for 18 years for not releasing medical information about the lethal gases that leaked from its plant in Bhopal, killing thousands of innocent men, women and children as they lay sleeping in their beds. (Jackson has now been released.)

Full press release here
. Listen to KPFT Radio live on the web.

This is the same tower that was implicated in a l991 explosion that killed 1 worker, injured 34 others, including 6 citizens after the plant had been declared the safest one in the state by the Texas Chemical Council. Shrapnel the size of cars flew into the countryside.

UPDATE: Well, Diane has been arrested. Dow employees sent a basket up the tower asking her to come down. When she refused, law officers of Brazoria County mounted the tower and presumably cut the chain. We expect her to be out on bond tonight.

The Houston Chronicle covered the story but got the number of Union Carbide's victims seriously wrong. They quote 3,849 dead. Where did you get this figure, guys? The Madhya Pradesh Government's own figures put the death toll to date at over 20,000 and it is still mounting. Here's our letter explaining the figures we use.

Dow-Carbide's PR supremo at Seadrift, Kathy Hunt, was not answering her phone to us today. Call her and say hello on + 1 361 553 3058 and politely reiterate the demands of the Bhopal survivors that Dow Chemical assume full liability for the actions of its subsidiary Union Carbide in Bhopal, and that it act speedily to clean up the toxic mess left by Carbide. See here for details, figures and facts about the toxic chemicals involved.

UPDATE: Diane is out. Lots to tell but her cell phone has been confiscated and handed over to the FBI. All our numbers are now presumably being analysed by the same hot shot agents who just cannot trace Warren Anderson anywhere. He is the ex-Carbide CEO wanted on criminal charges in India and by Interpol. The Indian government's recent move to reduce criminal charges against him sparked the present wave of hunger strikes. Read all about it inside the site.

Anyway, if you were planning to call Diane and congratulate on her bravery, and a gruff voice asks who the hell you are, you will know it's not her dear old mom taking messages.

By the way, Diane, we are proud of you. Lots of love, and big Bhopali hug.

UPDATE: Read Diane's own account of her adventure on the tower and how the men in black brought her down.

Please call Jim Smith, the Calhoun County Jail Administrator and thank him for treating Diane so well when she was in custody. His number is +1 361 553 4646.

UPDATE, 28 AUG: Union Carbide officials are considering a federal charge against Diane which carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison, says Kathy Hunt, Dow-Carbide's PR leader at Seadrift. Richly ironic, considering that Diane caused no damage by her action whereas Union Carbide, which has caused 20,000 deaths to date in Bhopal, is still refusing to appear in court in India to answer criminal charges against it and has been declared an official "absconder from justice".

The luckless Kathy Hunt, who seems to put her foot in her mouth every time she opens it, told the Victoria Advocate newspaper today that the Indian courts have ruled that Union Carbide's actions after the accident were morally and financially satisfactory. "That chapter is closed," Hunt said.

Er, not quite, Kath.

Union Carbide still faces criminal charges in the Bhopal court as a result of which its ex-Chairman Warren Anderson has an Interpol warrant out for his arrest. This morning the Bhopal Court rejected an application to reduce outstanding criminal charges against Mr Anderson and called on the Indian Government in the sternest language to move immediately for the extradition of Anderson from the USA, where he is in hiding. Please call Kathy on + 1 361 553 3058 and politely explain this to her. You might suggest she reads this rather better informed article on the legal issues before committing further gaffes.

WHEN YOU CALL KATHY HUNT, ASK: "IF DIANE STANDS TRIAL, WILL MR WARREN ANDERSON AND UNION CARBIDE ALSO TURN UP TO STAND TRIAL IN BHOPAL? OR WILL IT BE YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF DOW'S DOUBLE STANDARDS?"

UPDATE, AUG 28, 2200GMT+1: Diane reports that her house has just been buzzed by a helicopter, which circled it at tree top level twice before disappearing. We are taking this very seriously because after a 1992 action against Formosa Plastics, shots were fired from a helicopter at her house, narrowly missing a relative and killing her dog.

We are publishing Diane's email to us in order to focus international attention on these attempts to silence her.

Wed, 28 Aug 2002 17:53:57 EDT

just a few minutes ago a helicopter came out of the north from nowhere and
circled my house very low, almost on a level with the trees. it was a green and white
helicopter. it did it twice and i thought it was going to land.

back in l992 when i was on a hungerstrike against formosa, i had a helicopter
land in my front yard. a sniper from the helicopter shot at my mother-in-
law and killed my dog. i still have the bullets, cops didn't want to do
anything. said if i ever got locked up, they were sending me to the looney
bin. also my shrimp boat was sabastoged twice and i nearly drowned on the
bay. in this mornings paper of Port Lavaca Wave, the article said there was a
plane that circled the tower i was on and the plane was in carbide's air
space. they suspected it was friends of mine.

i think someone or somebodies is trying to harrass and frighten me.

Diane doesn't frighten easily. Check the following for background about her extraordinary life as an activist, including the 1992 helicopter attack and how the US Coastguard prevented her from sinking her own shrimp trawler over a source of pollution.

"Clean Water, What's It Worth?" An overview of Diane's environmental campaigning
Diane's struggle against Formosa Plastics
Lifetime TV's Heroes
The War Against The Greens - Book Review

The small town of Seadrift is almost entirely dependent for employment on the giant chemical plants that dominate the countryside nearby. Calhoun County politics and infrastructure is so tied in to the companies that a perceived threat to one is considered a threat to all. Diane has protested against the toxic discharges of most of these companies. Economic papers have been presented to the local commissioners court about the real danger on the horizon - environmental activism. Congressman Ron Paul even presented a paper to Congress saying pretty much the same thing.

We ask Bhopal supporters and friends of Diane from all around the world to contact John Musser in Dow's Corporate Public Affairs Department on (+1) 989 636-5663 (or e-mail: jmusser@dow.com) and demand that the Dow Chemical Corporation publicly disown and condemn these attempts to intimidate Diane Wilson. Please copy emails to Kathy Hunt at Seadrift. Her email address is huntke@dow.com

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