TPP And How It's Going To Affect You


After the pro-transparency group WikiLeaks released the intellectual property chapter of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "trade" regime, the outcry around the world and across the political spectrum was swift and brutal.
~ Alex Newman - Videos

Among the many problems highlighted by critics of the scheme: the assault on national sovereignty and self-government; the threat to free expression, privacy, whistleblowers, and freedom of information; the generous handouts to Big Business cronies in everything from pharmaceuticals to Hollywood; conscripting Internet Service Providers (ISPs) into serving as agents of the transnational TPP regime; and much more.

Opponents say there are so many radical, lobbyist-inspired dangers lurking in the leaked text that passing it will be tough, even despite the GOP selling out their base and handing Obama "Trade Promotion Authority," restricting Congress' ability to stop the scheme.

Still, with the text of what opponents are ridiculing as "ObamaTrade" set to remain officially secret until after it is imposed, the Obama administration is apparently hoping to ram through what it calls the "most progressive" trade regime in history with the help of establishment Republicans - all while keeping Americans in the dark about it.

Virtually everything that is known about the controversial scheme thus far has come from leaks.

The latest shoe to drop in the saga came late last week when WikiLeaks leaked what it said was the TPP chapter governing intellectual property as of October 5, just days before the negotiations among the 12 governments behind the scheme were reportedly concluded in Atlanta.

The New American has featured extensive coverage of other TPP provisions leaked previously.

Those chapters outline, among other elements, radical immigration provisions, the establishment of international kangaroo courts purporting to have the power to overrule state and federal laws and courts in the United States, the push for empowering regional and international governance, the creation of unaccountable transnational regulatory bureaucracies, and much more.

The latest chapter to leak is likely to pour fuel on the fire as opposition to the scheme grows around the world.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which champions privacy, free expression, and innovation and describes itself as the "leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world," was among the many groups to lambaste the relevant section of the TPP agreement.

It said the new leak "confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn't survive to the end of the negotiations."

Acknowledging that the chapter might come across as "quite balanced" to the untrained observer, the group said "that's how it's meant to look, and taking this at face value would be a big mistake."

Upon digging deeper, EFF said, the rights of the public are all "non-binding," while almost everything that benefits owners of intellectual property is binding.

In some cases, EFF continued, the penalties for copyright infringement under the TPP regime can even include jail time. That has traditionally been the case where infringing parties are operating a business of commercial piracy.

"But under the TPP, any act of willful copyright infringement on a commercial scale renders the infringer liable to criminal penalties, even if they were not carried out for financial gain, provided that they have a substantial prejudicial impact on the rightsholder," EFF explained, blasting the lack of "fair use" protections.

"The TPP regime would also criminalize anyone who gains unauthorized access to a trade secret in a computer system - without any mandatory exceptions when the information is accessed or disclosed in the public interest by whistleblowers or journalists.

"The EFF said that provision mirrors U.S. statutes used to "persecute hackers for offenses that would otherwise have been considered much more minor."

Unfortunately, it is all bad news, the group said.

"The TPP is the archetype of an agreement that exists only for the benefit of the entitled, politically powerfully lobbyists who have pushed it through to completion over the last eight years," EFF explained in its wide-ranging critique of the latest leaked chapter.

In fact, the deal is so bad when it comes to intellectual property, the EFF found "nothing" for users and innovators to support, but plenty to fear - "the ratcheting up of the copyright term across the Pacific rim, the punitive sanctions for [Digital Rights Management] circumvention, and the full frontal attack on hackers and journalists in the trade secrets provision, just to mention three."

However, while the leak confirmed EFF's "greatest fears," it also strengthened the groups resolve to "kill this agreement for good once it reaches Congress."

The far-left U.K. Guardian, which absurdly characterized conservative opposition to the scheme as centering on it not doing "enough for business," highlighted another major problem that could harm whistleblowers and give greater powers to governments to stop embarrassing information going public.

According the the British paper, the treaty purports to grant signatory governments the authority to curtail legal proceedings if the information that would be disclosed might be "detrimental to a party's economic interests, international relations, or national defense or national security."

In other words, The Guardian reported, "if a trial would cause the information to spread."

The paper also quoted Evan Greer, campaign director of an Internet activist group called "Fight for the Future," who said the TPP's intellectual property regime "poses a grave threat to global freedom of expression and basic access to things like medicine and information."

"But the sad part is that no one should be surprised by this," he added. "It should have been obvious to anyone observing the process, where appointed government bureaucrats and monopolistic companies were given more access to the text than elected officials and journalists, that this would be the result."

Another source quoted in the article, Michael Wessel, who reportedly served as a U.S. government advisor on portions of the TPP, added that the TPP does nothing for Americans and would threaten U.S. jobs.

A major concern among elements of the opposition surrounds intellectual property protections for Big Pharma, which critics say are far too generous and will threaten the ability of people worldwide to access affordable drugs far into the future.

"Many harmful provisions still remain in the final chapter, bearing out the concerns of public health advocates," wrote public health expert Dr. Deborah Gleeson with La Trobe Universtity, highlighting a number of provisions in the leaked text that she said were alarming.

"The outcome of this suite of obligations will be delayed competition from follow-on generics and biosimilars - which means delayed access to affordable medicines, placing them out of reach altogether for many people in developing countries."

"If the TPP countries [governments] ratify the deal, Big Pharma will have succeeded in cementing intellectual property standards that will stymie access to medicines for up to 800 million people in the short term, and more if additional countries sign up in future," she added.

"Furthermore, the TPP's intellectual property chapter sets a new norm that is likely to become the template for future trade agreements: its implications are global as well as regional...

"The governments of TPP countries have been complicit in a global health disaster of unimaginable proportions - a deal that will prevent untold numbers of people from obtaining medicines that those in many developed countries take for granted."

Perhaps even more important than all of the criticism outlined above, however, is the full-blown frontal assault on American independence and self-government.

John F. McManus, president of The John Birch Society, the constitutionalist group credited by the architect of the North American Union with killing the anti-sovereignty scheme (the parent organization of The New American), noted in a recent column that the TPP has been marketed as a "trade" agreement that would help the U.S. economy, protect the environment, and more.

"But a close examination of what is known about this pact (no copies have been made available, other than what has leaked out) reveals that it is far more than a mere trade pact," McManus said.

"Instead, it should be viewed as the beginning of a process similar to the one employed to create the European Union."

Despite the establishment media's careful efforts to conceal the facts, with each new leak of information, the TPP suffers another major blow. Whether the intellectual property segment will serve as the straw that breaks the camel's back remains to be seen.

If Americans hope to retain their rights and independence, it is crucial that they educate their elected representatives on the threat so that it can be quashed when the TPP is presented to Congress for approval. ~ Alex Newman Source


The following are 5 specific ways the TPP will affect you as an average citizen in the US, Australia, New Zealand or any other TPP nation. ~ Makia Freeman


TPP Effect #1: Weakening of the Minimum Wage

The most obvious way the TPP will hurt lower or middle class Americans is through the outsourcing of jobs. We have already seen the disastrous effect of NAFTA in this area.

Now, American workers will have to compete with those in Vietnam (who get a minimum wage of around 52 cents an hour) and Mexico (who get a minimum wage of around 62 cents an hour) according to this source.

Did you know that Brunei does not even have a minimum wage? Why would a corporation pay $15, $10 or even $7.25 when it could pay its workers less than 70 cents per hour?

How this will affect you: the TPP could well mean that many people working minimum wage jobs will have to work for less, or lose their job outright.


TPP Effect #2: More Censorship, Less Freedom of Expression

The internet has been a 2-edged sword in the battle for freedom. It has allowed the elite to conduct mass surveillance on the populace in an unprecedented amount; however, it has also allowed for fantastic freedom of expression and the swift sharing of information.

Now, more than ever before, you can get real news and analysis about events as they break, rather than the usual mainstream media spin and propaganda.

To counter this, the elite have bringing in their cherished tactic of "copyright" as a stealthy method to enact censorship and stifle freedom of expression. The less freedom of expression there is, of course, the more they can get away with their schemes of centralization of power.

The TPP's chapter on IP (Intellectual Property) Rights shows the emphasis on extending copyright terms. As the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) wrote in its piece The TPP Copyright Trap:

"The ratcheting upward of copyright terms comes at a time when Internet and other digital technologies have spurred a revitalization of the world's public domain: the treasury of works that has passed out of copyright.

Thanks to digital distribution, public domain material is now globally available for almost zero cost for study, enjoyment and re-use ...

The additional 20 years of copyright protection amounts to a misappropriation from the public domain. It inhibits the creation of new works that build upon the past and exacerbates the orphan works problem.

Even the U.S. Copyright Office has indicated that the copyright term may be too long, and proposed options for mitigating its deleterious effects."

Even bloggers, authors, documentary makers and others who want to use excerpts of copyrighted work for purposes of criticism may be limited by the proposed "Three-Step Test" language which puts restrictions on fair use.

This chapter of the TPP will also place new demands on your ISP (Internet Service Provider), requiring them to become digital police. They will be expected to surveil what their users access on the Internet and to enforce copyright law!

How this will affect you: the TPP will require the signing nations to adopt criminal sanctions for those found guilty of copyright infringement, meaning you could end up in prison for sharing music, videos or other things online.


TPP Effect #3: Private Corporate Courts

The ISDS tribunal of the TPP would create corporate courts above national sovereignty.

Another disturbing feature of the TPP is the pushing of IDIS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) tribunals as a replacement to the legal judicial courts of nations. It's another stepping stone to the One World Government.

The IDIS mechanism is essentially a private corporate court, an international tribunal of private lawyers, who would have the power to award compensation money to big corporations if they found that a TPP nation's laws prevented that corporation from making money.

In other words, big corporations would get "lost profit" dollars and the taxpayer of that nation would have to foot the bill!

ISDS poses a grave danger to the law. As US Senator Elizabeth Warren points out in this video, ISDS allowed the following things to happen:

- A French company sued Egypt because Egypt raised its minim wage;

- A Swedish company sued Germany because Germany tried to phase out nuclear energy after the Fukushima disaster;

- A Dutch company sued the Czech Republic because it didn't bail out a bank that the Dutch company partially owned; and

- Philip Morris is trying to use ISDS to stop Ecuador introducting new laws to protect its consumer from cigarettes/tobacco.

How will this affect you: the TPP will mandate that your nation will no longer be able to make laws banning toxic products (e.g. pharmaceutical drugs, GMO-laden food, etc.) and that you will have little or no legal recourse if you are hurt, damaged or poisoned by them.


TPP Effect #4: Stronger Patents, More Control for Big Pharma

John D. Rockefeller, the instigator of the Rockefeller Empire, is reported to have said the competition is sin. His oil empire became the backing for Big Pharma, still owned by the Rockefellers to this day.

It is no surprise that the game is still the same: try to eliminate competition and gain a monopoly.

The TPP's chapter on Transparency (Transparency and procedural fairness for pharmaceutical products and medical devices), according to this analysis by Deborah Gleeson, is about more power for Big Pharma:

"The purported aim of the Annex is to facilitate 'high-quality healthcare' but the Annex does nothing to achieve this. It is clearly intended to cater to the interests of the pharmaceutical industry.

Nor does this do anything to promote "free trade": rather it tightly specifies the operation of countries' schemes for subsidizing pharmaceuticals and medical devices with the aim of providing greater disclosure, more avenues for pharmaceutical industry influence and greater opportunities for industry contestation of pharmaceutical decision making".

She later states that the TPP "is clearly intended to target New Zealand's Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC)" while others have discussed how other nations in the TPP like Australia may be forced to adopt US-style healthcare - a system which kills around 225,000 per year (including 106,000 from adverse effects of Big Pharma drugs) according to Dr. Starfield's study.

This provisions also aims to make it very difficult for makers of generic drugs to compete with Big Pharma's brand-name drugs. The idea is to force all the other TPP nations outside the US to use only brand-name drugs.

Additionally, did you know that Big Pharma through the TPP is pushing for patents on animals and patents on surgical methods? How can Big Pharma possibly claim any basis for being able to patent an animal given the longstanding tradition of patents not been granted for things in and of Nature?

How this will affect you: How would you like it if your surgeon told you he/she could not operate on you because a particular surgical technique was copyrighted and private property?

How would like having to pay more for "brand-name" medicine because the exact same kind (the generic kind) is deliberately unavailable?


TPP Effect #5: Less Environmental Protection

The TPP's Environment Chapter functions more as a PR exercise than anything else. There are little or no enforcement mechanisms contained within it.

The Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund and National Resources Defense Council released a joint analysis which concluded the TPP was a step backward from a 2007 agreement under the Bush administration. As they write:

"Instead of committing TPP countries to "adopt, maintain, and implement" the laws, regulations, and all other measures to fulfill its obligations under MEAs and subject those obligations to dispute settlement, each TPP country is merely committed to "affirm its commitment" to implement the MEAs to which it is a Party (Article SS.4.1).

So the benchmark has been changed from being legally required to adopt and implement environmental policy - and facing court and fines if they don't - to merely affirming commitment.

Do you think soulless corporations and their sociopathic CEOs are honorable enough to uphold environmental standards without being legally and financially forced to? If you do I have some oceanfront property for you in Colorado and Switzerland.

Reminds me of how the supposed constitutional lawyer Barack Hussein Obama swore to uphold the US Constitutioon and then proceeded to form Kill Lists to extrajudicially assassinate people (including US citizens abroad) and sign laws like the NDAA which allows the US Government to indefinitely detain Americans without charge or trial (4th Amendment anyone?).

How this will affect you: Expect less environmental safeguards and more ways the corporatocracy can poison the environment without having to face any legal or financial consequence.

The Trans Pacific Partnership is another stepping stone to the totalitarian New World Order, by the gradual creation and merging of economic unions and free trade agreements. Spread the word about it. Source ~ Makia Freeman












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