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Old June 9th, 2015, 10:07 AM   #1
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BREAKING: Wikileaks releases text of secret trade agreement

Wikileaks just released the text of a trade agreement that’s even more secretive than the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and poses just as great a risk to our Internet freedom.

You should read this entirely, but if you’re in a rush, please click here to take action. Congress is moving to “Fast Track” these agreements THIS WEEK, and the vote will be terrifyingly close. Your voice counts right now more than ever, use it before it’s too late!
https://www.battleforthenet.com/inte...lsaWQ9OTgyMg==

You’ve probably never heard of the agreement that Wikileaks just exposed, because like the TPP it’s been negotiated in almost complete secrecy. It’s so secret, in fact, that the text is intended to be classified for five years after the agreement goes into effect.

It’s called the Trade in Services Agreement, or TISA, and the leaked texts show why governments are working so hard to keep it quiet: like the TPP, TISA could have devastating effects on Internet freedom and privacy, and could even be abused by monopolistic cable companies to undermine global net neutrality.

Congress is voting this week! Click here to tell them not to “Fast Track” secret trade agreements that break the Internet.
https://www.battleforthenet.com/inte...lsaWQ9OTgyMg==

Based on what we’ve heard, the vote is scheduled for this Thursday, and there are still a large number of lawmakers who are undecided.

Unlike most issues, “Fast Track” is not playing out like a partisan circus. Both Democrats and Republicans oppose it for their own reasons (many Democrats are concerned that these secret trade agreements could lead to offshoring American jobs and undermining environmental standards, while Republicans are hesitant to give President Obama additional authority to conduct negotiations in secret.)

No matter what your political persuasion is, we can all agree that decisions that affect the future of the Internet and our most basic rights should never be made behind closed doors without public debate.

The bad news about Fast Track is also the good news. If we lose on this vote and Fast Track passes, it almost certainly means that the TPP and TISA (and any other agreement that this President or the next one cooks up) will become law. But if we win, we REALLY win, and it’s likely that we can stop these anti-democratic agreements once and for all, and protect the Internet for generations to come.

We have a once in a lifetime chance to stop Fast Track this week, but time is running out. Click link to take action right now!
https://www.battleforthenet.com/inte...lsaWQ9OTgyMg==

We’ve done the math, and if every person who reads this takes action, we would almost definitely drive enough contacts to Congress to stop this vote. Click below to do your part.
https://www.battleforthenet.com/inte...lsaWQ9OTgyMg==

Thanks team. We’re on the brink of another huge victory for the net. I can almost taste it. But we’ll need to remain vigilant this week.

More soon. Thanks for all you do.
-Evan Greer at Fight for the Future
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Old June 9th, 2015, 03:32 PM   #2
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Most people never heard of it. They’re not told how they’re systematically deceived, lied to and swindled. There’s nothing fair about US free trade agreements.
https://www.thesleuthjournal.com/sec....McBw7v9L.dpuf



If it sounds complicated, it is. The important point is that this trade agreement contains a crucial discussion of governments’ abilities to meaningfully protect civil liberties. And it is not being treated as a human rights discussion. It is being framed solely as an economic issue, ignoring the implications for human rights, and it is being held in a classified document that the public is now seeing months after it was negotiated, and only because it was released through WikiLeaks.

The process is also highly secretive—in fact, trade agreement texts are classified. While the executive branch does consult with members of Congress, even congressional staffers with security clearance have until recently been prevented from seeing the texts. Furthermore, certain trade industry advisers are allowed access to U.S. negotiating objectives and negotiators that the public and public interest groups do not have.

Forget the TPP ? Wikileaks Releases Documents from the Equally Shady ?Trade in Services Agreement,? or TISA | The Daily Sheeple

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Based on his heart-felt, passionate defense of TPP BHO is going to be very unhappy with WikiLeaks over this one. I'll bet he wishes drones could solve the whole WikiLeaks question. Releasing information to the public is unacceptable...until it is officially sanitized.
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Based on his heart-felt, passionate defense of TPP BHO is going to be very unhappy with WikiLeaks over this one. I'll bet he wishes drones could solve the whole WikiLeaks question. Releasing information to the public is unacceptable...until it is officially sanitized.
On Nov. 1, 2001, Bush signed Executive Order 13233. Prior to the order, presidential records were sealed for 12 years, after which they were reviewed for release by the National Archives. Under the new order, both the former and incumbent president must review the records before they are released by the archives, and either could block disclosure indefinitely.

A number of Bush's current advisors were also members of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush's administrations, and their actions could be detailed in the documents. Reagan's 12-year limit was to expire in 2001.

Presidential Records Remain Sealed By Bush | Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

HOPEFULLY WIKILEAKS EXPOSES THE REBLOODLICANS AND THE DEMOCRIPS!

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It is a fact that secrecy is toxic to freedom...and the truth. And it just gets worse everyday. I liked the world better when we weren't so very safe but a lot more free to express ourselves and live our lives unmolested for being unpopular.

We are so screwed.
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