What could be “More Dangerous Than Islam!” you ask?
The no-longer-so-nascent TPP “trade agreement” of course!
Their oil-bankster sales-master owners paid them to pass it, not read it.
This permanently shifts power from ALL governments to unelected corporations.
It bypasses all sovereign governments in favor of CORPORATE interests.
There will be no more “politics” allowed after this gets passed.
It’s a “Corporate Constitution” listing their rights over “our” governments.
That’s why it’s ‘secret,’ – because them selling off the country is TREASON.
“Our Leaders” know what’s best for us better than we do. That’s why we defer our responsibilities (and rights) to think for our selves by paying them to do our thinking “for us.” By which act we also told them we don’t consider our selves to be worth thinking about at all anyway! So we gave them the order to screw us!
They know what they’re doing – this gives them rights to their salaries authority and perks without any responsibility at all to we the people.
Having rights without responsibility is that “Progress!” which all criminals dream of: a right to our stuff without having to earn or otherwise pay for it!
Re: “Why is the Obamatrade deal being kept secret?”!
How about BECAUSE IT’S TREASON!?
It’s a “Corporate Constitution!” It lists their rights over all of “our” governments.
Globalization is obviously treason to all sovereign national governments. Period.
So: anyone who signs this is a traitor. Period.
I actually know what’s in it (or what used to be in it). I have a rough-draft copy from a few years ago, when it was called “CETA.” Here it is:
Just check out the Union Farmer Quarterly Spring 2011/ Vol. 17 Issue 1 edition, pages 13 & 14 (Article by NFU president Terry Boehm). And/or you can see contact them or see them at firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.nfu.ca
Here’s what it says (or used to say, anyway):
CETA must be stopped (because it’s treason, plain & simple!)
– by National Farmer’s Union President Terry Boehm
The NFU received a more recent draft of the CETA after the October round of negotiations. On reading this document it is clear that our earlier analysis of the agreement was accurate and if anything, we see European positions hardening as the negotiation process continues.
The only bright spot in this process is that the specific reference to UPOV’91 has been dropped in this later version. I believe that the NFU ringing the alarm on this last summer played a huge part in getting this removed. However, the agreement still references working to advance UPOV, so we remain vigilant.
This agreement, while characterized as a trade agreement, is really about limiting the role of government to act in the public interest. It essentially penalizes governments if they do anything that could impact the profits of the largest corporations in the world.
What we have is a scenario where monopoly rents can be extracted indefinitely, and where governments are to create the conditions that perpetuate this by enforcing legislation like patents and other intellectual property rights as an example.
The courts are to become a vehicle of the corporations to threaten people with the precautionary seizure of their property if they are alleged to have infringed on an intellectual property right.
THAT MEANS GOVERNMENTS ARE TO JUDGE CITIZENS GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT WHEN CORPORATE GANGS SAY TO!
Intellectual property rights are to supersede all other property rights.
i.e: CORPORATE GANGS WILL BE ABLE TO HOARD ALL BENEFICIAL NEEDED KNOWLEDGE – THUS ENABLING ADDICTIONS INDUSTRIES!
Governments are also to compensate corporations for lost profits in times of civil strife (strikes), war etc.
WHICH MEANS IF AN ENEMY ATTACKS, OR ANYONE STRIKES, OUR TAXES (AGAIN) BAIL OUT CORPORATE GANGS – BY LAW!
This is an additional clause to the equivalent provisions of the NAFTA Chapter 11 investor protection measures that this agreement is to include as well.
Governments can subsidize in very specific instances and sectors, for example the insurance sector. This will of course become increasingly important as natural disasters are to become more frequent with global warming. Coal is also to be freely subsidized.
I.E: WE WILL *HAVE TO* PAY OUR TAXES DIRECTLY TO CORPORATE GANGS TO SUBSIDIZE ALL THEIR LOSSES! IT MEANS THAT “LEGALLY” FROM NOW ON, WE WILL BE PAYING FOR-PROFIT TAXES!!!
What is particularly vexing is that the Europeans, or more accurately the European Commission is negotiating with these positions while the Canadians are seeking miniscule adjustments in Europe to increase acceptable GM contamination levels from 0.01 % to 0.1 % and to allow this for unapproved events as well.
Canadians are also hoping to gain access for hormone-treated beef products. European press and politicians including many members of the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament unequivocally state that this is not going to happen and that Canadian agricultural production will not gain significant inroads in Europe if we continue to insist on production methods that are unacceptable in Europe. Indeed Appendix 1 b of the draft exempts all European GM regulations from the provisions of this agreement.
What we must keep in mind is that the Europeans are able to generate surpluses in most agricultural commodities anyway and that they have east and central European neighbours right next door who can supply agricultural goods with much lower transport costs than we have.
The tariff levels between Europe and Canada are very low already – averaging about 4% – so this agreement can hardly open trade any further.
Unfortunately, the Government of Canada is selling this to Canadians as a free trade agreement (and our press is accepting this as well) when it really is a mechanism to redesign the function of government.
i.e: TO FORCE US TO PAY FOR-PROFIT TAXES TO ALL CORPORATE GANGS; IT IS TREASON BECAUSE IT ENABLES THESE GANGS TO NOT ONLY RIVAL OUR GOVERNMENT IN ULTIMATE CONTROL OF OUR COLLECTIVE NATURAL RESOURCES, BUT ALSO IN CONTROL OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM, OUR OWN INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP RIGHTS, SECURITY OF OUR PERSONS, AND IT ALSO ENABLES THEM TO DIRECTLY SUPPLANT OUR OWN ELECTED GOVERNMENTS ENTIRELY! GLOBAL CORPORATIONS – NOT NATIONAL DEMOCRACIES – WILL RULE “BY FORCE OF LAW”!
This can be the only rationale on behalf of the Canadian government as the actual economic benefits are so minimal when you carefully read the text.
The European Commission has the same neoliberal ambitions as the Canadian government but they are seeking to essentially re-colonize Canada for its natural resources and to open up government procurement at all levels to European companies.
WE WILL BE FORCED TO SELL OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AT ANY AND ALL GIVEN TIMES TO THE SITUATIONALLY HIGHEST BIDDERS (CHINA)!
WE WILL ALSO HAVE TO BUY THEIR GOODS AND SERVICES ON THEIR DEMAND!
THIS FALSE AGREEMENT SELLS OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY OUT TO ANY AND ALL GLOBAL CORPORATIONS – AND ALL ON ONLY THEIR TERMS – FOREVER!
THIS IS OBVIOUS TREASON TO ALL CANADIANS!
It states that governments cannot favour local goods and service providers for any covered procurement subject to thresholds of the Government procurement agreement at the WTO. These are set at $135,000 for goods and services at the federal level and $355,000 at the provincial level and at $5,000,000 for construction projects.
The information I received from Canadian provincial negotiators in Brussels in January is that the three far western provinces are willing to reduce this to $25,000.
What this procurement covers under CETA is government activities but also municipal, hospital, school and university procurement.
One of the realities of this shift for agriculture is that it would be very difficult for any of these entities to establish local food systems.
IN OTHER WORDS, OUR OWN GOVERNMENTS ARE FORFEITING THEIR RIGHTS TO ACT ON BEHALF OF US CITIZENS!
THEY ARE AGREEING THAT THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO BUY OUR FARMERS’ FOOD AT GOOD PRICES (FOR THE FARMERS) ON BEHALF OF CANADIAN CITIZENS IF THERE’S EVER A FOOD SHORTAGE (LIKE IF AND WHEN OIL PRICES GO SKY-HIGH BECAUSE OF PERPETUALLY WARRING MUSLIMS)!
The further danger in all of this is that governments trying to nurture local or domestic businesses would be disallowed from doing so.
Actions to favour disadvantaged areas or populations for, economic development would be subjected to the investor protection provisions if they impacted corporate profits negatively.
Environmental regulation would again be subject to these provisions.
Returning to the intellectual property rights (IPR) issues, one of the areas that will affect all Canadians is the effect these provisions will have on the cost of health care.
LET’S NOT FORGET MONSANTO: THIS WOULD ENSHRINE IN “LAW” THEIR “RIGHTS” NOT ONLY TO SUE, BUT TO STEAL ENTIRE FARMS AND EQUIPMENT IF THEY ONLY “SUSPECTED” A FARMER MAY HAVE (ACCIDENTALLY HAD SOME CONTAMINATION OF THEIR WIND-BLOWN) SEEDS ON HIS PROPERTY!
ALL FARMERS WILL BE PRE-JUDGED AS GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!
The Europeans are calling for extending drug patents by the length of time it takes a regulatory body to test and approve a product. This will both increase costs but will also pressure our regulators to make hasty approvals. If a minor use is found for the drug during the term of the patent it is extended again. In addition, the data supplied by the pharmaceutical or chemical company to the regulator is to remain exclusive to the companies for 10 to 13 years. It cannot be used for other studies or a base for creating alternatives.
THIS “AGREEMENT” TAKES AWAY EVEN OUR RIGHTS TO THINK AT ALL!
Pharmaceuticals comprise one of the largest expenses of our healthcare system and this will add to their cost and transfer even more of our healthcare tax dollars to big pharmaceutical companies.
The precautionary seizure provisions remain in the new draft and extend to third parties accused of assisting in an ALLEGED infringement.
THIS MEANS “OUR” GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO ATTACK US ALL FIRST “JUST TO BE SAFE, TO DEFEND THE CORPORATIONS” AND SO IT ALSO ENSHRINES IN LAW THAT FROM NOW ON WE ARE ALL TO BE JUDGED “GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT!”
Interlocutory injunctions also are to be used to enforce patents or other IPR’s. The precautionary seizure of movable and immovable property and the freezing of bank accounts and communication of financial data of alleged infringers by the courts on behalf of corporations is an affront to democracy.
Farmers could be confronted with losing their farms, equipment, crops, and cash for being accused of having a patented gene in their crop.
In addition, a third party deemed to have assisted in the so-called infringement could be subjected to the same seizure provisions. This would include seed cleaners, for example.
The crops could be ordered to be destroyed or you could have an injunction placed on you to prevent you from planting your own seed.
THIS IS DESIGNED BY CORPORATIONS TO MAKE OUR GOVERNMENT FORCE US TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS – OR ELSE!
IT’S A FORM OF ENFORCED FOR-PROFIT COMMUNISM!
IT’S TOTALITARIAN CONFORMITY AND IS COMPLETELY UNDEMOCRATIC AS WELL AS ILLEGAL – FOR NOW, ANYWAY!
It is clear that the culture of fear that flows out of these measures would cause most farmers to comply to corporate demands and pay the price for seeds or whatever input the corporations controlled, and produce in their deemed manner.
Farming as an autonomous occupation would evaporate. Those who farm accepting low returns because “I am my own boss” will be sorely surprised if this agreement comes to fruition.
THIS FORCES THE SALES BY CORPORATION TO FARMERS “BY LAW”! AND AT WHATEVER PRICES THE CORPORATIONS CHOOSE TO SET!
IT “LEGALLY” MAKES ALL FARMERS INTO SLAVES!
Just as important, if not more, is what this agreement will do to our ability to govern autonomously. As you read the 361 pages of the CETA text, it is apparent that all of the advances made by our democracies are threatened and perverted by the real power behind this agreement and our governments are duplicitous pawns in a game of power not just over our food (via seeds) but over people as part of functioning democracies.
We have until the end of 2011 at best to stop this and we need to make this an issue wherever we can. The NFU has been protesting and lobbying both in Canada and in Europe but the level of knowledge is low among ordinary citizens and our government representatives.
We all need to challenge our politicians to look at this carefully and not just have them cheerlead for another trade agreement.
This is certainly not just another trade agreement but goes after the heart of our societies.
Also, Wikileaks proved this is still going on today as part of Obama’s SPP/TPP “deal:”
“OUR” LEADERS ARE LITERALLY SELLING OFF OUR COUNTRIES.
THIS IS THE BILL OF SALE.