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    Corporations Push to Overrule National Laws

    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”


    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].
    ***
    I will be fighting this agreement with everything I’ve got. And I know you’ll be there every step of the way.
    ***
    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.
    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” Washington's Blog

    "actually destroy the sovereignty " That's what we heard in Europe for years, the corporate power is taking world power.

    You can call that conspiracy theory, coup d'etat, or whatever you like, the corporate fascism is right at the corner!
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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    I would find this more credible if the announcement had not been made by Alan Grayson. He is one of the most bloodthirsty liberal politicians in the country and well known for grandstanding and dishonest positions that misrepresent his opponents. This guy is a complete moron and the best example of the worst the Democrats have to offer.

    It would be interesting to see more info about this treaty. I suspect it is not what Alan Grayson says it is.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I would find this more credible if the announcement had not been made by Alan Grayson. He is one of the most bloodthirsty liberal politicians in the country and well known for grandstanding and dishonest positions that misrepresent his opponents. This guy is a complete moron and the best example of the worst the Democrats have to offer.

    It would be interesting to see more info about this treaty. I suspect it is not what Alan Grayson says it is.
    Congressman Alan Greyson just joint the other Democrats to protest against the secretive Trans Pacific treaty along with some Republicans. Let's not fall into a partisan game, this treaty need to be addressed publicly to the Americans and the congress, because this treaty overrule sovereign law.

    Take a look at this article:
    Trans-Pacific Partnership: Key Senate Democrat Joins Bipartisan Trade Revolt Against Obama
    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

    Voltaire


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    Agreed. But anything that Alan Grayson is involved in smacks of political games. There never has been a bi-partisan thought in his head. If he is jumping on something in opposition to Obama, it is only because he must think he can gain some personal political ground. This guy goes way beyond the word buffoon. I am really surprised that he got re-elected.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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