TTP and TTIP Trade Agreements: Enough Of The Secrecy

TN Note: The trade Agreements TPP and TTIP cover virtually 100% of the world’s GDP, and are the regulatory morass that will ‘legalize’ sustainable development and the Green Economy. They harmonize regulations between all the countries involved, effectively breaking down national sovereignty. It’s no wonder that they have keep negotiations secret. 

It’s amazing how just a little transparency forced onto the free trade deals theObama administration been negotiating in secret totally turns the public against them.

After the contents of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the European Union was leaked andpublished by Greenpeace a few days ago, the negotiations – already in turmoil – have been thrown into further doubt now that the public has actually gotten to see what is being proposed by both sides.

As usual with US-negotiated trade deals, the contents were kept completely secret from both ordinary Europeans and Americans, yet was easily accessible if you’re a giant corporation. So naturally, the terms are heavily tilted toward big business at the expense of the environment, health and safety standards.

The Guardian reported on a lot of controversial provisions in detail on Sunday, butthe Independent summed it up nicely: “The documents show that US corporations will be granted unprecedented powers over any new public health or safety regulations to be introduced in future. If any European government does dare to bring in laws to raise social or environmental standards, TTIP will grant US investors the right to sue for loss of profits.”

Despite the Obama administration’s concerted push to finish both TTIP and its Asian counterpart, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), before the presidential election in November, support for trade deals are plummeting in the US: a recent poll showed that only 18% of the public support TTIP, compared to 53% in 2014.

One can only assume that the presidential race has drastically increased the number of people with a negative opinion of free trade deals. Both parties’ potential nominees actively campaigning against them, after all. Republican nominee Donald Trump has been vocal in his opposition to TPP since the start of his candidacy, and Democratic contender Bernie Sanders hit frontrunner Hillary Clinton so hard on supporting past trade deals for costing the US manufacturing jobs and weakening environment standards that she came out against TPP as well – despitesupporting it while at the state department.

But what has mattered more is merely the ability for the public to see what’s in these agreements. While there were many civil society groups protesting the deals from the start, it wasn’t until WikiLeaks published draft versions of TPP that public sentiment turned against it. The US trade representative even admitted at the time that the administration knew if the public found out what is in these trade deals, public opposition would be significant.

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Cal
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First thing here in the USA is that if a treaty does not follow the US Constitution it is not lawful and binding. It is important that those who SERVE WITHIN our governments are under “contracts” called the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution. Then they are REQUIRED to take and keep a lawfully Oath binding them, and making them PERSONALLY responsible to keep that contract. The authority they use is NOT delegated to the person, but to the branch of government or an office within that branch of government. The person serving is ALLOWED to use that authority, and… Read more »
James
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Didn’t some guy (who’s country of origin is dubious at best) promise “transparency in government” before he was elected and deliver nothing but the opposite with fast tracking and “you have to pass it to read it” legislation? This person is supposedly a constitutional scholar as well but he is selling out the country to his owners interests while ignoring the constitution. Cal’s post demonstrates more constitutional knowledge in a few lines than the person I am referring to has done in two terms as president. All of these trade agreements do not support the people. NAFTA and GATT were… Read more »
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Side note: I never thought I would ever agree with one thing Greenpeace has ever said and they are not even on my list of respectable organizations but it is said that politics makes strange bedfellows so kudo’s to them.

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