WHY ARE SOME SENATORS FURIOUS, WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, A 'SUPER-NAFTA' TREATY!
IT'S GOING TO CRACK DOWN ON THE INTERNET IN WAYS YOU JUST WON'T BELIEVE, AND IT'S GOING TO COST AMERICANS JOBS...AGAIN!
The US entered into negotiations for a regional trans-pacific trade
agreement in March 2008. As of mid-2012, there have been 13 rounds of
secretive negotiations, 5 leaks of proposed text, and very little
involvement of the public.
Everything we know about the TPP, we know from leaks.
have not once willingly given the public, or public interest
organizations, any information.
BECAUSE IT'S THAT BAD A DEAL FOR AMERICANS, THAT'S WHY!
<<First Congress Member Allowed to Read Secret Treaty Says “There Is No National Security Purpose In Keeping This Text Secret … This Agreement Hands The Sovereignty of Our Country Over to Corporate Interests.”
CORPORATIONS WIN BIG, AMERICANS LOSE...THE REPUBLICANS MUST BE IN PURE ECSTASY ON THIS ONE! THE LITTLE MAN LOSES, THE ELITE WIN...WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR THE GOP!
An international treaty IS NOW being negotiated IN SECRET which would not only crack down on Internet privacy much more than SOPA or ACTA, but would actually destroy the sovereignty of the U.S. and all other signatories.
It's called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Ron Wyden is the chairman of the trade committee in the Senate … the committee which is supposed to have jurisdiction over the TPP. Wyden is also on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and so he and his staff have high security clearances and are normally able to look at classified documents.
And yet Wyden and his staff have been denied access to the TPP’s text.
Indeed, the decision to keep the text of TPP secret was itself classified as secret.
Democratic Senator Ron Wyden – the head of the committee which is supposed to oversee TPP – is so furious about the lack of access that he has introduced legislation to force disclosure.
Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is so upset by it that he has leaked a document on his website to show what’s going on. [He obviously decided to pull that...I didn't find it on his site.]>>
Issa, who endeared himself to the tech community in 2011 by speaking out against the Stop Online Piracy Act, is again taking up Silicon Valley's cause in the talks surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral free trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States and eight Pacific nations. His move follows a barrage of criticism over U.S. demands in the talks, which have alarmed global health experts, domestic labor unions and government transparency advocates.
On Tuesday afternoon, Issa published the entire intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific agreement as drafted by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the White House agency responsible for negotiating trade deals. The document was previously available online through unofficial channels of questionable legality, but Issa's posting of the document dramatically increases the political pressure on USTR and the Obama administration.
But a common complaint from nearly every non-profit group monitoring the Trans-Pacific deal is the intense level of secrecy surrounding it. The governments of every nation involved in the talks can see the draft proposals offered by the Obama administration, as can American corporate officials serving on government advisory boards. But the proposals are shielded from the general public, with many nonprofits only made aware of the potential impact on jobs, health or technology through leaked texts.
NOTE: ISSA MUST HAVE TAKEN THAT IP DOWN...BUT HERE IS THE ENTIRE THING ANYWAY, FROM ANOTHER SITE, WITH AN INTRODUCTION TO ITS ACTUAL GOALS:
<<Closed-door negotiations are continuing on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which could potentially impact the way the Internet works for American taxpayers, innovators and the global Internet community. Because the Obama Administration has kept citizens, many-stakeholders and Congress in the dark, little is known about the intellectual property (IP) rights chapter of TPP beyond rumors and a February 2011 U.S. draft proposal. While we share the agreements stated goal of strengthening IP rights protections, the process should be done openly and collaboratively, with any outcome protecting individual rights and the expanding vibrancy and growth of the Internet. To date, we believe that TPP falls short.
With careful consideration, and in response to the Administration’s continued refusal to negotiate transparently and inclusively, we have opened the February 2011 United States TPP proposal for public comment, edits and improvements here in the Madison platform. We invite the Administration and other TPP negotiating countries to listen to your input, because we believe you deserve better than more back-room deal-making that could result in a legally-binding product that harms the Internet, does little to enhance IP protections, and further erodes your ability to freely access information. And as we have learned from SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, the public has a strong desire for the Federal government to engage in an open and collaborative process on matters impacting the Internet. Listening to your input and working with you can lead to better results for stakeholders, innovators and individual Internet users.>>
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement ("TPP") is a free trade
agreement currently being negotiated by nine countries: The United
States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand,
Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Although the TPP covers a wide range of
issues, this site focuses on the TPP's intellectual property (IP)
The TPP suffers from a serious lack of transparency, threatens to
impose more stringent copyright without public input, and pressures
foreign governments to adopt unbalanced laws.
The TPP needs public input.
The TPP intellectual
property chapter isn’t limited to provisions on trade and tariffs—it
would implement substantive provisions of copyright law, which affects
users, technology companies, and creators. Despite this, the US hasn’t
meaningfully tried to inform or engage the public. Only large
companies—not public interest advocates—are allowed to view and
influence the US’s negotiating positions.
The TPP should not kick people off the internet.
TPP would encourage ISPs to institute measures like “three
strikes”—which kicks users off their internet connection after three
infringement accusations—and deep packet inspection.
The negotiators are also holding off-the-record "intersessional" meetings between official sessions.
ON JUNE 18, FLORIDA REPRESENTATIVE, ALAN GRAYSON, ALSO BLEW THE LID OFF THIS SECRET DIRTY DEAL GOING DOWN:
<<Last month, 10,000 of us submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), in which we objected to new so-called free trade agreements. We asked that the government not sell out our democracy to corporate interests.
Because of this pressure, the USTR finally let a member of Congress – little ole me, Alan Grayson – actually see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a large, secret trade agreement that is being negotiated with many countries in East Asia and South America.
The TPP is nicknamed “NAFTA on steroids.” Now that I’ve read it, I can see why. I can’t tell you what’s in the agreement, because the U.S. Trade Representative calls it classified. But I can tell you two things about it.
1) There is no national security purpose in keeping this text secret.
2) This agreement hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests. >>
IN SPITE OF THESE OUTCRIES, IN SPITE OF KNOWING THIS WILL BRING AMERICA TO ITS KNEES FINANCIALLY, AGAIN, JUST LIKE NAFTA CLOSED BUSINESSES ALL ACROSS AMERICA, AND SAW MILLIONS OF JOBS GO OVERSEAS, CONGRESS JUST MAY PASS THIS THING!
THE REPUBLICANS WILL LIKE IT BECAUSE IT REDUCES COSTS FOR THEIR CORPORATE FINANCIERS, THOSE WHO FILL THEIR "WAR CHESTS" WITH MONEY
EVERY NEW ELECTION, THEIR PALS WHOSE NAMES THE STOCK MARKET LOVES.
DEMOCRATS MAY LOVE IT BECAUSE IT CONTINUES THE CHIPPING-AWAY AT THE INTERNET, SOMETHING THEIR BOSS IN THE OVAL OFFICE SEEMS DEDICATED TO CONTROLLING.
BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES WILL SELL AMERICANS OUT YET AGAIN, AND, AS USUAL, WE, THE PEOPLE WILL GET A ROYAL SCREWING-OVER.
THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS MUST REALLY ENJOY SUCH THINGS AS NO ONE MUCH DOES ANYTHING TO CHANGE IT....EVER.
"SECRET TREATIES"...NO WORRIES!
UNCLE SAM LOVES HIS BRAIN-DEAD, VOICELESS, CHILDREN, HIS COMPLACENT L'IL SHEEP.
WHEN THE FREE, UNFETTERED INTERNET IS A DISTANT MEMORY, DON'T COME CRYING HERE!
WHEN MORE JOBS SHIP OUT OF AMERICA, JUST EAT IT AND SMILE...UNLESS YOU DO SOMETHING TO STOP IT.