The major negotiations on the TPP continue into round 14 and will take place behind closed doors in Leesburg, Va. from Sept. 6 – 15. For background on this alarming trade agreement, see my earlier article:
The group that brought this trade pact to the public spotlight is Public Citizen; they managed to obtain a few pages of the highly secret agreement that the Obama administration has been working on for several years, concealed from all public oversight or knowledge – even Congress has been barred from the talks. You may find out more about Public Citizen in general here – their home page: http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=183
For their specific information page on the TPP, see: http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=3129
An excerpt from the above link (all information in this excerpt Copyright © 2012 Public Citizen. All rights reserved.):
Threats posed by TPP
More Power to Corporations to Attack Nations
Read how foreign corporations would be empowered to attack our health, environmental and other laws before foreign tribunals to demand taxpayer compensation for policies they think undermine their expected future profits.
Threats to Public Health
U.S. negotiators are pushing the agenda of Big PhaRMA – longer monopoly control on drugs for the big firms. This would mean millions in developing countries are cut off from life-saving medicines & higher prices for the rest of us.
Bye Buy America & Jobs
Read how special investor protections incentivize offshoring by providing special benefits for companies that leave. Plus, TPP would impose limits on how our elected officials can use tax dollars – banning Buy America or Buy Local preferences.
Undermining Food Safety
TPP would require us to import food that does not meet U.S. safety standards. It would limit food labeling.
Son of SOPA: Curtailing Internet Freedom
Thought SOPA was bad? Read how TPP would require internet service providers to “police” user-activity and treat individual violators as large-scale for-profit violators. Plus, TPP would stifle innovation.
Financial Deregulation: Banksters’ Delight
TPP would rollback reregulation of Wall Street. It would prohibit bans on risky financial services and undermine “too big to fail” regulations.
Public Citizen offers tips and talking points on writing a letter to the editor to the newspapers. [See: http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11398 ] This is especially important since the negotiations are resuming in just a few weeks and the major media outlets refuse to cover the topic at all. It only takes a few moments to write a letter to the editor of your local paper or better yet, to the major papers, and Public Citizen lists the email addresses of the major papers in this action link, making it even easier for you.
It is not alarmist, but merely fact, to say that this trade agreement will completely change our democracy as we understand it. Please take a few minutes to read up on the TPP and let others know what is going on.