Reams has been written here about the evil twins of ‘free’ trade agreements (free in the sense they will relieve global corporations from the tiresome obligation to obey national law), sometimes we think we are winning then the bureaucracies pushing global fascism hit back.
Perhaps the creepiest thing about TPP and TTIP is that they have been negotiated in secret by EU and US bureaucrats and lawyers and even our elected representatives have not been allowed to read the draft versions.
It is uplifting however to hear of a politician who has not only defied his government by reading on of the treaties but has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged the Obama administration to prosecute him by defying an order that the contents must in no circumstances be made known to the public.
Senator Reads the TPP and Exposes Its Contents
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is one of the few members of Congress who has taken the time to jump through the hoops and read the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But, he has gone a step farther than other members – he told members of Congress what he read. He told the truth about what the TPP says and why Congress should oppose it in a five page letter to his colleagues.
Sessions’ action flies in the face of the threats made by the US Trade Representative to prosecute elected officials who tell people what is in the trade agreement. Others should follow his example and get out the truth about the TPP.
The debate in the Senate begins on Tuesday, May 19. This is an opportunity for Senators to tell their colleagues the truth about what is in the TPP. Sessions’ “Dear Colleague” letter was leaked and reported in Breitbart. Senators from both parties may want to take a similar approach. Even better, during the debate on the Senate floor there will be an opportunity for amendments that expose problems with the TPP. Senators can tell their colleagues and, through C-SPAN, their constituents the truth about what is in the TPP.
How Senator Sessions Exposed the Truth About TPP
Breitbart has written two articles on Sessions’ revelations. In “Critical Alert: Jeff Sessions Warns America Against Potentially Disastrous Obama Trade Deal,” they report: READ FULL ARTICLE
US Government Advisor Warned He Could Be Jailed For Revealing Content Of TPP.
via Zero Hedge
From Michael Wessel, first posted in Politico:
Ive Read Obamas Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned.
“You need to tell me whats wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago, a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Hes right. The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. Thats by designanyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents. Ive actually read the TPP text provided to the governments own advisors, and Ive given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I cant share my criticisms with you.
I can tell you that Elizabeth Warren is right about her criticism of the trade deal. We should be very concerned about what’s hidden in this trade dealand particularly how the Obama administration is keeping information secret even from those of us who are supposed to provide advice.
So-called cleared advisors like me are prohibited from sharing publicly the criticisms weve lodged about specific proposals and approaches. The government has created a perfect Catch 22: The law prohibits us from talking about the specifics of what weve seen, allowing the president to criticize us for not being specific. Instead of simply admitting that he disagrees with meand with many other cleared advisorsabout the merits of the TPP, the president instead pretends that our specific, pointed criticisms dont exist. READ ALL
How Congressional Republicans Lie to Approve Obama Trade Deals
With opposition to Obama’s ‘anything-but-free’ trade treaties Trans Pacific Partnership and Trans-Atlantic Trade And Investment Partnership strengthening both in the USA and Europe, it is interesting to observe how support for Obama’s neo – con inititiative which would grant corporate lawyers the power to overturn national law, is not falling according to the usual political party lines. Billionaires and those on the payroll of global corporations are broadly in support, others are recognising the threat to democracy and personal liberty.
How TTIP will open way for American corporations to take over NHS
TTIP establishes a global corporate cartel
Canada trade deal paves way for global fascism
Germany kills Canada trade deal
Europe Bureaucratic empire
Extending Europes bureaucratic Empire
Julian Assange On The TPP: “Deal Isn’t About Trade, It’s About Corporate Control”
Obama Goes Full – On Nazi: “US Accused of Forcing EU to Accept Tar Sands Oil Trade
Germany Axes Canada-EU Trade Agreement, This Will End TTIP Stitch Up Too
France’s President Hollande Says ‘Non’ To Obama’s Demand for Corporate Global Oligarchy
The Death Of Democracy – Lobbying For TTIP
Syriza Official Vows to Kill EU-US Trade Deal as ‘Gift to All European People’
Now We Know Why Huge TPP Trade Deal Is Kept Secret From the Public
Leaked EU – TTIP document: Destruction of Democracy planned
Massive Protests In Europe Against TTIP – Mainstream Media Blackout
US Senators Block Obama’s Fast Track For Corporate Friendly Trade Deals
Controversial TTIP (Global Tyranny) Legislation Held in ‘Secure’ Room to Avoid Leaks
EU Bureaucrats To Push TTIP Through Before Obama Leaves Office?
TTIP on the Brink of Failure: EU ‘Frustrated’ By US Refusal To Accept Conditions It Insists Europe Must Accept
Will TTIP Make Europe A Colony Of The USA?
Opposite of Transparency: Germany’s TTIP Room ‘Smacks of Totalitarianism’
German Judges Rule: EU-U.S. ‘Trade’ Deal (TTIP) Would Undermine National Courts.
Could Corrupt EU-US ‘Free Trade’ Deal Be Extended To Israel?