Awareness of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Grows
One of the oldest tricks in the book for getting truly noxious legislation and regulations through is to give it an innocuous name. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a proposed agreement that makes great use of that trick. After all, who doesn’t like a partnership for trade and who doesn’t think that there’s a lot of business to be done between nations on both sides of the Pacific?
If only it were so innocent.
As more and more people are becoming aware, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement written by and for the corporations that has some truly frightening implications for people who live in the nations where it would take effect. In fact, one of the most obvious warning signs of just how bad this agreement could be is the fact that the text of the agreement is hidden from congressional members and from state legislators. The public hasn’t been able to see the text, but 600 corporate advisors have had their say its creation, according to the website Expose the TPP.
The partnership is another in a long line of agreements that are advertised as being ways to break down barriers for trade. Under the agreement, however, any signatory nation would have equal access to US procurement contracts, preventing the US from using its tax dollars to create jobs at home, according to Expose the TPP. It gets worse.
Watch Your Internet Usage!
Right now, there is a lot of controversy over Internet monitoring by ISPs and, as was recently revealed, by the NSA. Of course, the government denied that the NSA was monitoring communications until it was revealed in documents by leaker Edward Snowden. The TPP has similar provisions.
The TPP has provisions that force service providers to hand over information without any safeguards to your privacy, according to Stop the Trap. It also gives conglomerates the power to find you for using the Internet and to remove content off of the Internet. They could even take away your right to use the Internet.
What this means, in essence, is that corporations would assume powers that not even governments—at least in free societies—currently have. There is no oversight on the part of the public going into this bill, nor is there any oversight on the part of the public’s representatives in government.
As was said, awareness is growing. You can go to any of the following sites to learn more yourself:
In the meantime, a VPN is highly recommended because, at this point, there is no doubt that you’re being monitored and more people might be listening in very soon.