TPP signed Monday, agreement promises to kill democracy.
Global leaders convened Monday in order to negotiate the draconian Trans-Pacific Partnership which many believe will eradicate civil liberties.
Leaked documents released by Wikileaks contain vital information on the deal that ought to cause some concern:
“The TPP’s intellectual property regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.” _Julian Assange
“The documents revealed by WikiLeaks make it clear why the US government has worked so hard to keep the TPP negotiations secret. While claiming to champion an open Internet, the Obama administration is quietly pushing for extreme, SOPA-like copyright policies that benefit Hollywood and giant pharmaceutical companies at the expense of our most basic rights to freedom of expression online.” _Evan Greer
The documents exposed pages of the deal containing hidden elements of the “trade” agreement. Leaked provisions reveal new regulations designed to stifle free speech, silence whistle-blowers, bypass congress and aid in transitioning the world to global government.
Another hidden provision is the “Investor-State Dispute Settlement” or ISDS which would reportedly allow foreign companies to challenge U.S laws without the discretion of a U.S court.
Imagine that the United States bans a toxic chemical that is often added to gasoline because of its health and environmental consequences. If a foreign company that makes the toxic chemical opposes the law, it would normally have to challenge it in a U.S. court. But with ISDS, the company could skip the U.S. courts and go before an international panel of arbitrators. If the company won, the ruling couldn’t be challenged in U.S. courts, and the arbitration panel could require American taxpayers to cough up millions – and even billions – of dollars in damages. (Washington Post Op-Ed)
This “trade” deal masquerading as a job creator promises to hurt everyday Americans and greatly favor corporate moguls. It’s a manifestation of crony capitalism which will further enslave the middle class.
Common Dreams reports:
The “disastrous” pro-corporate trade deal finalized Monday could kill the Internet as we know it, campaigners are warning, as they vow to keep up the fight against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement between the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim nations.
“Internet users around the world should be very concerned about this ultra-secret pact, what we’re talking about here is global Internet censorship. It will criminalize our online activities, censor the Web, and cost everyday users money. This deal would never pass with the whole world watching—that’s why they’ve negotiated it in total secrecy.” (OpenMedia’s digital rights specialist Meghan Sali.)
Furthermore, under the new agreement internet service providers could be required to “police” user activity (aka: you), take down internet content based on overly-stringent copyright regulations and introduce dictatorial bylaws designed to punish journalists for disseminating the truth. Source
The leaked documents provide enough information to assert that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is everything our country should be avoiding.
Wikileaks revealed factual information about hidden provisions drafted specifically to bring in global government and suppress freedom. If passed, the corporate trade deal would be the biggest blow to U.S. sovereignty in history.