TPP: Corporate Power Tool of the 1%
Have you heard? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)free trade agreement is a stealthy policy being pressed by corporate America, a dream of the 1 percent, that in one blow could:
offshore millions of American jobs,
free the banksters from oversight,
ban Buy America policies needed to create green jobs and rebuild our economy,
decrease access to medicine,
flood the U.S. with unsafe food and products,
and empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards.
Closed-door talks are on-going between the U.S. and Australia,
Brunei, Canada, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore,
Malaysia and Vietnam; with countries like Japan and China potentially
joining later. 600 corporate advisors have access to the text, while the public,
Members of Congress, journalists, and civil society are excluded.
And so far what we know about what's in there is very scary!
participatory digital policy.
Have you heard about the TPP?-- it could criminalize your online activity, invade your privacy, and cost you money
The 18th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations began in Malaysia this week.
Known to many as the Internet Trap, the TPP is a secretive and extreme trade agreement being
negotiated behind closed doors by Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico,
New Zealand, the United States, Singapore, and Vietnam. Negotiations for this round are set to conclude on July 24, 2013.
The TPP is being negotiated in near-total secrecy - unless you are one of 600 Big Industry lobbyist advisors and un-elected
bureaucrats invited to participate in the process. Leaked drafts of the agreement obtained by public interest organizations
show that the TPP would end the open Internet as we know it and would break out digital future. Specifically, the agreement
includes an Intellectual Property chapter that would criminalize your online activity, invade your privacy, and cost you money.
According to experts at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, normal online activities could lead you to be cut off from the Internet,
have your computer seized, be fined up to $150,000, or even land you in prison.
The truth is, the TPP would never pass with the whole world watching - thats why theyre negotiating it in secret. Those few public
representatives who have seen the text are sounding the alarm - U.S. Congressman Alan Grayson is one of the few public officials who has
seen the draft negotiating text. Rep. Grayson commented:
"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!"
Reflecting on the current U.S. National Security Agency spying revelations, he also said:
"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."