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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sen. Warren on TPP evils, specifically secrecy of what's being proposed, "I have been able to go to a special, secured room. I can't take any electronic devices, no computer, no iPhone. I can't even walk out with paper notes. I can go and read about the agreement but I cannot come out in public and talk about any of the specifics. The press can't see it; the public can't see it. But I will tell you this, there are some folks who have seen it. There are 28 working groups that have helped shape the trade deal and in those 28 working groups there are more than 500 people. It turns out that 85 percent of them are either corporate executives — senior corporate executives — or lobbyists for the industries that are being affected. The way I see this, that's a tilted process, and a tilted process yields a tilted result."

TPP -- JUST DO IT?  (photo from here)

The headlined quote is reported by NPR, online here.

If you accept sunshine as the best disinfectant; TPP is a cesspool that needs to be disinfected, big-time. There are no two ways about that.

It is an offense to the public to see the federal government deliberately saying:

JUST DO IT. Keeping people in the dark is NOW federal policy beyond any arguably justifiable "national security" basis. Citizens may feel that International Commerce and how it proceeds seems ripe for citizens' right to know; but WE know better .

If not that, what do we have a right to know? What Big Brother feels proper, or is there something Constitutional about Senate ratification of treaties meaning something beside secret deals, like it, love it?

Trojanische Pferd, some in Germany say about yet another in secret trade boondoggles for plutocrats. The accompanying story, here, with this excerpt:

In August 2007, then–presidential candidate Barack Obama vowed that, if elected, he would “immediately” amend the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which the U.S. signed with Mexico and Canada 13 years earlier.

“Our trade agreements should not just be good for Wall Street. It should also be good for Main Street,” he said, objecting to the influence of corporate lobbyists over labor unions and other groups in negotiating trade agreements.

Six years later, with NAFTA still untouched, Obama faced the decision to appoint the chief U.S. negotiators for the two largest trade agreements in history.

And he picked Wall Street bankers for the job.

Michael Froman, the current U.S. trade representative, received over $4 million in 2009 from his previous employer, CitiGroup, when he joined the government. Stefan Selig, the undersecretary of commerce for international trade and a former Bank of America banker, received more than $14.1 million in bonus pay when he left his old job.

For the past four years, Froman and Selig have headed the U.S. team of unelected representatives secretly negotiating history’s two biggest trade agreements. If both treaties — drafted on behalf of 1.6 billion people — are approved, they will regulate almost three-quarters of all trade and investment in the world. The deals would void national legislation on environmental policy, labor rights, financial regulation and intellectual property.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) includes the U.S., Canada and 10 countries in South America and the Asia-Pacific region. Negotiators hope to reach a final pact by the end of this year, after 21 rounds of negotiations that began in 2009. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), in its seventh round of negotiations this week, would include the U.S. and the 28 member countries of the European Union. Both deals exclude the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

That is but a part of the coverage at the site; and if we truly have a new one-world order, why are these two negotiations both interrelated (intertwined in today's world) and procedurally artifically separated in presentation to the Senate?

As if provisions in one will not impact the other. And both are secret from citizens? That's galling.

Same item, later in the flow; and if this is reassuring to you that you are an important factor in things as a tax paying citizen of the US of A; my suggestion is to seek professional help IMMEDIATELY:

Industry lobbyists are present on the other side of the Atlantic too. Out of the 130 secret meetings the European Commission trade negotiators have had with stakeholders on the TTIP talks, at least 119 were with large corporations and their lobby groups.

The financial industry is not the only industry that makes use of the revolving door between government trade negotiators and those who stand to be affected by the regulations.

In March the Motion Picture Association hired Stan McCoy as a senior vice president and regional policy director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. McCoy, who had been an assistant U.S. trade representative and Obama’s highest-ranking negotiator on copyright issues, made a name for himself defending the pharmaceutical industry and Hollywood.

[links in the original have been omitted; please directly check out the reporting - and links]

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