Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

I know. I’m just as shocked as you are. No doubt Mitt Romney will be quick to turn this into an anti-Obama attack ad. Writes Zach Carter at the Huffington Post:

A critical document from President Barack Obama’s free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday morning, revealing that the administration intends to bestow radical new political powers upon multinational corporations, contradicting prior promises.

The leaked document has been posted on the website of Public Citizen, a long-time critic of the administration’s trade objectives. The new leak follows substantial controversy surrounding the secrecy of the talks, in which some members of Congress have complained they are not being given the same access to trade documents that corporate officials receive.

“The outrageous stuff in this leaked text may well be why U.S. trade officials have been so extremely secretive about these past two years of [trade] negotiations,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch in a written statement…

Read More: Huffington Post

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  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    What is the legality of getting the Military to glass inside the beltway and starting over?

    • Nunzio X

      I’m not sure legality ever enters into any decision the US government makes….

  • Andrew

    Goddammit, this is the kind of bullshit that makes National Socialism look necessary.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.lobotomy Mike Lobotomy

       I’m not seeing how becoming a Nazi would help this situation.

      • Jarad

        I’ve never understood the “Government is corrupt, we need more government” mindset.
        Cause these corporations wouldn’t be able to get away with ANY of this shit with out the approval of the current crop of assholes in DC.

        • Andrew

          How does allowing corporations to overrule US law help?

        • MoralDrift

          Once this goes through, they wont need approval of government just the approval of unaccountable, unelected tribunals. 

    • Andrew sucks

      you are dumb as shit, more government –> more corruption

      • Andrew

        Political corruption isn’t the only kind, by far.

        • Sarcasmo

          What other entity besides government has a monopoly on violence?

          • Andrew

            Government may claim a monopoly on violence, but the Mafia, Al Qaeda, corporal punishment of children, etc. prove there is no such monopoly.

    • dinkster

      foot in mouf

      You should google search the term “National Socialism” :o
      I miss the “I feel lucky” button

      • Andrew

        I know what it means.  Letting multinational corporations overrule American environmental and labor regulations makes Nazism/fascism look (and I only said look) good.

        • TapMeYouFascists

          With their spit-shined knee high boots, how could they do anything less? They always were snappy dressers. The problem with our present day lackies like TSA is that they buy their velcro loffers at Walmart. No class!

        • TapMeYouFascists

          With their spit-shined knee high boots, how could they do anything less? They always were snappy dressers. The problem with our present day lackies like TSA is that they buy their velcro loffers at Walmart. No class!

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      Well, at least one person understands what you’re saying, even if it is just me.

      And you’re right.

    • MoralDrift

      I know what you are trying to say, but really we just need to take a look at the longstanding and under siege principle of Sovereignty. I’ve got no problem with tribunals deciding trade law, as long as those tribunals are a function of Sovereignty emanating from the individual to the local, to the national and then to the international. 

      The tragedy of the early 21st Century is the erasure of the concept of sovereignty from the peoples minds, and the concept of governing by the consent of the governed. At the national level we no longer have consent just the facade, and this thin veneer is being used to sell out what is left and transfer authority to unaccountable bodies…which virtually erases our concepts of democracy and sovereignty, and rights.

  • JaceD

    I come from one of the countries involved in this trade agreement, our PM has been trying to sneak this through for awhile. No one here is buying it, well the ones who aren’t fooled by the snake anyway, and if we had any sense we’d do what the Aussies did, tell the master minds of this agreement to go fuck themselves. It doesn’t serve anyone other than the corporations who will have gained higher authority than sovereign states. I suppose it is only a matter of time before the man behind the curtain reveals himself for the coup d’etat, we know he’s there, he knows we know, so why keep pretending it’s any other way?

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