Fast-track TPP thwarted, for now. But please TAKE ACTION.

TPP Won’t Wrap Up This Year, But Fast Track Remains a Threat

December 11, 2013

by Parker Higgins

Electronic Frontier Foundation via opednews

Despite the U.S. Trade Representative’s concerted efforts to push through a deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) will not be completed by the self-imposed deadline of the end of this year. That announcement, made in Singapore today at a closed press conference, is welcome: the U.S. Trade Representative’s accelerated timeline has served as yet another means of restricting transparency, and a key pressure point in its campaign to get the U.S. Congress to abdicate its oversight role by granting “fast track authority.” If you’re in the U.S., you can contact your legislators and tell them to oppose that effort.

Stop Secret Copyright Treaties

The closed press conference itself was representative of the needless secrecy surrounding the negotiation of this agreement. While the TPP ministers laid out the new timeline and opened the floor to questions, public interest groups were limited to the lobby of the building–not even allowed to stand in the back of the room and watch.

Of course, the announcement also comes just days after a leaked document showed major rifts in the positions of different countries and highlighted a number of substantive proposals where the United States has failed to secure international support for its stances. The TPP ministers announced “substantial progress” in the agreement, but no firm explanation of how the situation had changed since the release of those documents.

Without such an explanation, the public continues to rely on leaks to get important information about the agreement. And while they have been very helpful, leaks are no substitute for transparency. With both this most recent and earlier disclosures–such as the WikiLeaks publication last month of an entire draft proposal for the chapter titled “Intellectual Property”–the public gets just a snapshot, which may be out of date and incomplete.

There is one surefire way for negotiating countries to eliminate these leaks. They could simply release these documents, which are, after all, being negotiated in the public’s name. Instead, the public has gotten glances only through the efforts of whistleblowers and groups like WikiLeaks. Even absent substantive complaints about the text–which are many–the completely opaque negotiation process is enough to strip the agreement of its legitimacy.

For the U.S. Trade Representative to ask for fast track authority against that backdrop is audacious, and for Congress to even consider it is irresponsible. Even without public text, the pushback against this agreement has been overwhelming. In just the past week we’ve seen Chilean legislators demanding their government provide more transparency to negotiations, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz raise 12 “grave risks” presented by the leaked chapter, and even the Holy See take a stance against the policy-laundering associated with opaque multinational agreements.

Efforts to rush the agreement to completion despite those complaints are misguided at best, so it’s a good thing that those efforts have stalled for the time being. But any reprieve is likely to be short, and in the new year negotiators are likely to ramp up the pressure.

The U.S. Trade Representative has been negotiating as if it already had fast track authority; our best hope in the U.S. of getting some oversight for this agreement is to ensure it doesn’t get it. Contact your legislators today and tell them: no fast track authority for shady backroom deals.



This entry was posted in 2013, culture of secrecy, dark doo-doo, unity consciousness, visions of the future, waking up, zone zero zero. Bookmark the permalink.

0 Responses to Fast-track TPP thwarted, for now. But please TAKE ACTION.

  1. laurabruno says:

    Still doing purging magick — flushing the TPP down the toilet with intention. … It’s very satisfying to recognize just how fast all the corporate globalists and their political lackeys could swoosh out of our existence, and flow towards purification and treatment. I’ve been doing that at least several times per week, much more often if I remember.

      • laurabruno says:

        Good news on the delays.

        I’ve found that our Senators and Rep from Indiana are useless in protecting us against the TPP, which is why I’ve taking to flushing any and all globalists and corporate dictatorships down the toilet, along with the traitors who support them. It would be one thing is their letters back to me just admitted that they’re bought off weenies, but they claimed to “agree with my concerns” while the rest of their letters showed how completely out of touch they are. The funniest was our rep’s comments about the pork industry. LOL … pork barrel politics, anyone?

        Sometimes ya just gotta laugh. And flush.

        With authority.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *