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Old 06-20-2013, 02:29 PM  
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First Congress Member Allowed to Read Secret Treaty

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/...ry-over-t.html

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 Push to Overrule National Laws

We reported last year:

Democratic Senator Wyden – the head of the committee which is supposed to oversee it – 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.

What is everyone so furious about?

An international treaty 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 is called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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:

(I have also received a tip from a credible inside source that TPP contains provisions which would severely harm America’s national security. Specifically, like some previous, ill-conceived treaties, TPP would allow foreign companies to buy sensitive American assets which could subject us to terror attacks or economic blackmail.)

Yesterday, Congressman Alan Grayson (who knows how to read legislation … he was a successful lawyer before he was elected to Congress, and has written and co-sponsored numerous bills himself including the bill to audit the Federal Reserve and – most recently – the “Mind Your Own Business Act” to stop NSA spying) announced that he had been allowed to read the text of TPP – and that it is an anti-American power grab by big corporations:

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 [anyone who's seen Grayson in action knows that he is formidable] – 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.

3) What they can’t afford to tell the American public is that [the rest of this sentence is classified].

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I will be fighting this agreement with everything I’ve got. And I know you’ll be there every step of the way.

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Courage,

Congressman Alan Grayson

Grayson also noted:

It is ironic in a way that the government thinks it’s alright to have a record of every single call that an American makes, but not alright for an American citizen to know what sovereign powers the government is negotiating away.

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Having seen what I’ve seen, I would characterize this as a gross abrogation of American sovereignty. And I would further characterize it as a punch in the face to the middle class of America. I think that’s fair to say from what I’ve seen so far. But I’m not allowed to tell you why!

Remember that one of the best definitions of fascism – the one used by Mussolini – is the “merger of state and corporate power”. Our nation has been moving in that direction for a number of years, where government and giant corporations are becoming more and more intertwined in a malignant, symbiotic relationship. TPP would be the nail in the coffin for free market economics and democracy.

Note to progressives who support public banking: This is a key battle.

Note to those who oppose to what they call “one world government” or a “new world order”: This is the big fight.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:16 PM   #3
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:11 PM   #4
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:31 AM   #5
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It's a shame people didn't listen to the kooks. We are near the point of no return.

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Old 06-21-2013, 12:48 AM   #6
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OMG, Alan Grayson?!??!...

Grayson is one of the biggest insanos to ever get elected to Congress...

He's Florida's answer to Minnesota electing Jesse Ventura to the governorship...
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:49 AM   #7
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It will be okay, mikey1324125234625 the government will make everything alright. Grayson is a kook... but we can trust the other congressmen.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:01 AM   #8
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OMG, Alan Grayson?!??!...

Grayson is one of the biggest insanos to ever get elected to Congress...

He's Florida's answer to Minnesota electing Jesse Ventura to the governorship...
And that was a bad thing?
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:58 AM   #9
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So who is negotiating this secret treaty?

Members of Congress, or somebody in the Obama administration, or both?
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:53 AM   #10
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It's a shame people didn't listen to the kooks. We are near the point of no return.

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oh, I'm pretty sure america is past the point of no return. Grayson explains;

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BTW- with this internationally recognized legislation it is possible with the right leadership in key areas of the private sector, that the majority of americans will be disarmed through their employee policy.

this legislation may or may not open the door to publicly shared gun reg records, but that is where this is headed, folks.

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So who is negotiating this secret treaty?

Members of Congress, or somebody in the Obama administration, or both?
There is nothing secret about it, Obama announced it in his last State of the Union speech. The details havent been released, of course, because its still being negotiated, they shouldn't until its closer to being finalized.

Its being negotiated primarily by the US Trade Representative's office, with input from Congress.
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