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Excerpt: "In the words of WikiLeaks; Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange, 'If instituted, the TPP's IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons."

Farmers from Miyagi prefecture raise their fists along with other farmers from across Japan during a rally against Japan participating in rule-making negotiations for the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Tokyo, October 26, 2011. (photo: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters)
Farmers from Miyagi prefecture raise their fists along with other farmers from across Japan during a rally against Japan participating in rule-making negotiations for the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Tokyo, October 26, 2011. (photo: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters)


Wikileaks Releases Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Text

By Wikileaks

13 November 13

oday, 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world's GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states.

The TPP is the forerunner to the equally secret US-EU pact TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), for which President Obama initiated US-EU negotiations in January 2013. Together, the TPP and TTIP will cover more than 60 per cent of global GDP. Both pacts exclude China.

Since the beginning of the TPP negotiations, the process of drafting and negotiating the treaty's chapters has been shrouded in an unprecedented level of secrecy. Access to drafts of the TPP chapters is shielded from the general public. Members of the US Congress are only able to view selected portions of treaty-related documents in highly restrictive conditions and under strict supervision. It has been previously revealed that only three individuals in each TPP nation have access to the full text of the agreement, while 600 'trade advisers' - lobbyists guarding the interests of large US corporations such as Chevron, Halliburton, Monsanto and Walmart - are granted privileged access to crucial sections of the treaty text.

The TPP negotiations are currently at a critical stage. The Obama administration is preparing to fast-track the TPP treaty in a manner that will prevent the US Congress from discussing or amending any parts of the treaty. Numerous TPP heads of state and senior government figures, including President Obama, have declared their intention to sign and ratify the TPP before the end of 2013.

WikiLeaks' Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange stated: "The US administration is aggressively pushing the TPP through the US legislative process on the sly." The advanced draft of the Intellectual Property Rights Chapter, published by WikiLeaks on 13 November 2013, provides the public with the fullest opportunity so far to familiarise themselves with the details and implications of the TPP.

The 95-page, 30,000-word IP Chapter lays out provisions for instituting a far-reaching, transnational legal and enforcement regime, modifying or replacing existing laws in TPP member states. The Chapter's subsections include agreements relating to patents (who may produce goods or drugs), copyright (who may transmit information), trademarks (who may describe information or goods as authentic) and industrial design.

The longest section of the Chapter - 'Enforcement' - is devoted to detailing new policing measures, with far-reaching implications for individual rights, civil liberties, publishers, internet service providers and internet privacy, as well as for the creative, intellectual, biological and environmental commons. Particular measures proposed include supranational litigation tribunals to which sovereign national courts are expected to defer, but which have no human rights safeguards. The TPP IP Chapter states that these courts can conduct hearings with secret evidence. The IP Chapter also replicates many of the surveillance and enforcement provisions from the shelved SOPA and ACTA treaties.

The consolidated text obtained by WikiLeaks after the 26-30 August 2013 TPP meeting in Brunei - unlike any other TPP-related documents previously released to the public - contains annotations detailing each country's positions on the issues under negotiation. Julian Assange emphasises that a "cringingly obsequious" Australia is the nation most likely to support the hardline position of US negotiators against other countries, while states including Vietnam, Chile and Malaysia are more likely to be in opposition. Numerous key Pacific Rim and nearby nations - including Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and, most significantly, Russia and China - have not been involved in the drafting of the treaty.

In the words of WikiLeaks' Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange, "If instituted, the TPP's IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you're ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs."

Current TPP negotiation member states are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei.

View the full TPP treaty IP Chapter here.

 

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+139 # Grout4cake 2013-11-13 07:55
omg-this is huge- thank you Julian Assange
' TPP heads of state and senior government figures, including President Obama, have declared their intention to sign and ratify the TPP before the end of 2013'

The people have officially been declared unworthy of input- democracy is officially dead .Previously at least the pretense was carried on.
 
 
+94 # Billy Bob 2013-11-13 08:05
Once again, Assange is a traitor against the shadowy powers that be, lurking behind the scenes and pulling the strings of our puppet governments.

He must hate America, after all, what could be more American than a shadow government we aren't even allowed to discuss?
 
 
+118 # Inspired Citizen 2013-11-13 09:02
Can we stop pretending now that Obama is one of the good guys. He talks like a progressive and governs like a corporate shill.

If you have not contacted Congress yet to oppose the fast tracking of this corporate wish list, now is the time.
 
 
+16 # Billy Bob 2013-11-13 18:30
Good comment. Great idea. It's something we can all do.
 
 
+15 # NOMINAE 2013-11-13 20:00
Quoting Inspired Citizen:
Can we stop pretending now that Obama is one of the good guys. He talks like a progressive and governs like a corporate shill.

If you have not contacted Congress yet to oppose the fast tracking of this corporate wish list, now is the time.


And this, gentle reader, is why voting on the National Level is the equivalent to standing in place waving your arms. (for one thing, just think "Electoral College")

Inspired Citizen has proof that voting still effects change at the local level, and indeed it does. But at the State Level and beyond, this article graphically illustrates the kind of fully illegal stuff that goes on behind closed doors.

Do you think the perpetrators of these two insane trade agreements give a care about the the citizen ? *ANY* citizen, in *any* country of the Globe ?

They not only do not care, they don't *have* to care.

Even as a concept, Nations are now made obsolete by the Global Takeover arrangements outlined in the TPP, and the TTIP.

And "Citizen" is 100% correct about Obama. However, it would not have mattered *who* got to "play the part of POTUS", since the people behind these trade agreements ensure that only "*their* boys & girls" are allowed to play on the National Stages to begin with.

So yeah, vote your hearts out people. Better yet, try to have the proponents of these trade agreements brought to account / justice in Court anywhere on the Globe.

And we will need justice.
 
 
+12 # Johnny 2013-11-14 09:03
As Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson said, "Congressmen do not represent the people in their district. They represent the contributors."
 
 
+8 # PGreen 2013-11-15 11:04
Citizen, I applaud your call to contact congress. This is what I wrote:

I would like to register my opposition to any "fast tracking of the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) international economic treaty. Not only is the legislation itself terrible, particularly in regard to intellectual property rights, but "fast tracking" is a usurpation of the authority of congress by the executive branch: do not give this authority away. The TTP purports to be a trade agreement, but in actuality is a disguised means of overriding democratically created US laws, environmental protections, consumer rights, by superseding them with international agreements that have no public input. At the very least the TTP deserves open airing in congress where it can hopefully be voted down.

Fortunately Wikileaks and the Guardian and others responsible media organizations are keeping us informed of the activities of our government. Responsible officials should be applauding their releases and encouraging other organizations to emulate them. In no way should the TTP negotiations be kept secret from the American people, especially, as Wikileaks tells us, when Chevron, Halliburton, Monsanto and Walmart are granted privileged access to crucial sections of the treaty text. This makes a mockery of Democracy.
 
 
0 # freelybe 2013-11-16 10:21
Thanks, P

I'm using it, k?
 
 
+89 # Skeptical1247 2013-11-13 09:17
The stench wafting off this document is the utter lack of transparency in its impenetrable language of legalese, and constant reference to other documents not included with the text.

In short... it is an abomination, even if it were not the product of sociopathic multi-national corporate asswipes bent on destroying the sovereignty of all the signatory nations and further removing human and civil rights of self-determinat ion from their unfortunate citizens.

This thing is putrid... merely the logical extension of the Fascist Corporate takeover that has already occurred within all three branches of the US Federal government... In all likelihood it is already too late to save the USA, but perhaps citizens of other nations are not quite as stupid or easily distracted as we.

We SHOULD be re-writing our own Constitution, reversing "Citizens United", removing money from the elections process, nationalizing banks, nationalizing "essential" weapons manufacture, and a hundred other Major Reforms of laws, of Congress, SCOTUS etc. INSTEAD of screwing around with this Treaty bullshit, which is totally written BY corporations FOR corporations. It is neither URGENT nor necessary to the running of this nation. This "treaty" needs to be stopped in its tracks. That is the truth.
 
 
+11 # Johnny 2013-11-14 09:06
Yes, but rewriting the Constitution will make no difference. Nothing in the Constitution supports the Citizens United decision making corporations "people" so they can buy elections. If our legislators, courts, and law enforcement disregard the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, there is no reason to think they would respect another amendment.
 
 
+41 # indian weaver 2013-11-13 09:28
The TPP is essentially the FTAs on sterioid, a genocidal fascist terrorist doctrine. The Free Trade Agreements are essentially genocidal agreements with other fascist nations to disempower their countrymen from earning livings as farmers / ranchers. FTAs disembowel individual rights and push the victims off their land, preventing them from earning a living. This is a major reason so many Mexicans are fleeing north to amerika. They are no longer able to earn a living since our corporate food companies are taking over all the Mexican farm land thru the FTA enforcement in Mexico. So these poor poverty stricken families flee north to try to earn a living in amerika. However, we mow them down as they run for their lives with their children across the AZ / NM / CA deserts, and / or imprison them for no legitimate reason other than to make the private prisons even richer. We mop them up, throw away the key and / or their lives, and look for the next victims with our incredibly corrupt vicious ICE. Now, with TPP, we will all be joining the ranks of the disenfranchised people in all these signatory countries. The TPP will re-classify us from being citizens with many individual freedoms and right into employees of the TPP with no rights, no judicial protection from the fascist Obama regime, as starters. Then watch your income really drop so that we all become disempowered slaves to Obama's fascism. Time to wipe out these criminals one way or another before they wipe We The People away
 
 
+16 # Douglas Jack 2013-11-13 10:15
There is something we must structurally do as individual/citi zens. Political democracy has no substance without Economic Democracy. Participatively invest as founder, worker, supplier & consumer stakeholders (time, expertise, labour, goods, services, patronage & money) in our multihome buildings, essential-servi ce businesses, industries & communities. As groups of people in proximity, its important to come & join together where we live & work, where intimate knowledge of each other allows us to establish a solid base for a world-wide system at all levels.

There is a huge vacuum in both capitalist & socialist fragments of humanity's once integrated fractal/meme world economy. Humanity's universal worldwide 'indigenous' (Latin 'self-generatin g') ancestors have the blueprints/oper ating-system for abundant sustainable economy & governance cultivated over millions of years. Systems of universal progressive ownership in Production-Soci ety / guilds, alignment with nature through the abundant Polyculture Orchard, collaborative research & conflict resolution through Both-sided, equal-time, recorded & published dialogues are needed more than ever amongst us again.

Its not a matter of protesting (giving our power & attention away) big dysfunctional vision-less war-mongers. It is strictly a matter of becoming the change which we want to see in the world.
https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/relational-economy/8-economic-democracy
 
 
+38 # slocan 2013-11-13 10:36
This agreement also means the establishment of a judicial body that in many ways is more powerful than national governments. I see this as the attempt to create the basis for what eventually would be a corporate world government. This I believe is the product of the Bildeberg group among others. Former world leaders, gazillionaires and narcissistic geniuses who all believe that they have divine right to establish a new world order to rule us, the rabble, are all part of this group. Some individuals will welcome this paternal development so that they might feel secure in their beds and have food to eat. It will be sold this way as life gets worse as climate change and ecological collapse worsen.
 
 
+4 # hoodwinkednomore 2013-11-14 10:51
Geniuses they are certainly NOT. Greedy, self-serving narcissists, definitely!
 
 
+37 # Archie1954 2013-11-13 11:00
Thank you Wikileaks. You have saved us from an out of control mob of corporate thieves and their paid flunkies in the Whitehouse and Congress.
 
 
+23 # karenvista 2013-11-13 20:44
Quoting Archie1954:
Thank you Wikileaks. You have saved us from an out of control mob of corporate thieves and their paid flunkies in the Whitehouse and Congress.



Unfortunately, no. We have not been saved. We have been informed. It's up to us to try to save ourselves. Are we up to the task?

But thanks to Wikileaks for informing us!
 
 
+13 # tigerlille 2013-11-14 08:35
Quoting Archie1954:
Thank you Wikileaks. You have saved us from an out of control mob of corporate thieves and their paid flunkies in the Whitehouse and Congress.


We haven't been saved from anything. We are just among the minority that are now more informed about our imminent demise.
 
 
+23 # Magginkat 2013-11-13 11:25
Send a copy or this article with link to your elected officials in Congress. They need to see this thing & to hear from us before allowing a vote on this monstrosity.
 
 
+34 # Ravencroak 2013-11-13 12:02
To an extent, all you need to know about TPP is that it has been negotiated in secret by unelected government officials and corporate representatives . By definition that makes it fundamentally un-democratic. It follows that it won't be in the public interest. We seem to think we're playing a game here, called 'democracy', and that we're on one team or another, and that the game follows certain rules, with 'elections' and so on to determine the 'winners'. The reality is that we are combatants and victims in an outright war for final control of...well, of earth, essentially, and of every living and non-living thing on it. Capitalism and the creatures of capitalism--cor porations and their wholly owned subsidiaries, governments--ar e converting us all into assets, and assets have neither rights nor self determination. The TPP will be another important victory for them. It's a treaty document, sure, but it will break real bodies, wipe out real species, impoverish and imprison real humans. It's an act of war and should be conceived of as such.
 
 
+16 # Anonymot 2013-11-13 12:13
All of our comments amuse us or disturb us, but we are not the people who make our national decisions or influence those who do. Unfortunately.

Does there exist a list of email addresses actually, really read by the elected & appointed officials who do make this nation's decisions. If so,it should be publishe so that items like this can be forwarded to them.

Not long ago I sent something to a congressman that generated an automatic reply that emails for people outside of his voting district were not read, thank you very much.

It seems to me that once his voters elect him and he steps onto the floor of the U.S. House, he makes decisions for the entire country - he's no longer just Tweedledumb from the land of Tweedledees.
 
 
+18 # MJnevetS 2013-11-13 12:31
The US opposes this clause suggested by Canada: 2. Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, the Parties shall interpret this Chapter in such a way as to be [complementary to / compatible with] their rights and obligations under multilateral treaties concluded or administered under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Health Organization (WHO)
and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to which they are party, especially with regards to measures aimed at protecting public health and protecting equal access to knowledge and food.

I read through this corporate smorgasbord of destruction to individual rights and the above is just one shocking example. The US OPPOSES any determination that the treaty should be interpreted to be compatible with our obligations under WTO, WHO, WIPO and UNESCO especially with regards to measures aimed at protecting public health and protecting equal access to knowledge and food. We as a country are opposing the protection of individual's health, knowledge and access to food. God bless America, because our politicians have forsaken it!
 
 
+7 # karenvista 2013-11-13 20:51
Shouldn't it be required to have a vote to in Congress to nullify our previous treaty obligations since a treaty is required to be approved by Congress to become valid?

This is an unconstitutiona l exception. But then look at SCOTUS, if they ever even accepted the case.
 
 
+5 # NOMINAE 2013-11-13 20:59
Quoting karenvista:
Shouldn't it be required to have a vote to in Congress to nullify our previous treaty obligations since a treaty is required to be approved by Congress to become valid?

This is an unconstitutional exception. But then look at SCOTUS, if they ever even accepted the case.


It *is* so required by present U.S. Law. This is precisely why Obama is salivating after "Fast Track" Authority, which was designed to have the result of *nullifying* the requirement to get the full Congress on Board.
 
 
+4 # NOMINAE 2013-11-13 21:02
@"karenvista" P.S.

So, you are absolutely correct. "Unconstitution al exception" indeed !
 
 
+14 # Innocent Victim 2013-11-13 15:02
Bring back EVIL ! The word "evil" is associated with the dark world of religious superstition, witchcraft, devil-worship, etc. It is applied to real people as well, people such as Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. But there are people in our midst, politicians, corporate leaders, who are truly evil people and deserve to be labeled as such without hesitation. Barack Obama is one. Others include the Koch brothers, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, a long list. There is really no other word in the English language that better describes them. "Evil" is a good word! It should be used more often.
 
 
+12 # Small Family Farmer 2013-11-13 17:35
Matthew Fox has a great definition for evil. He defines it as anything someone does that "causes unnecessary additional suffering in the world."

I like it, takes the emotion and ambiguity out, pins it right down. Conveniently enough everyone you listed in your post qualifies as "evil" by Fox's definition.
 
 
+3 # karenvista 2013-11-13 20:55
Quoting Small Family Farmer:
Matthew Fox has a great definition for evil. He defines it as anything someone does that "causes unnecessary additional suffering in the world."

I like it, takes the emotion and ambiguity out, pins it right down. Conveniently enough everyone you listed in your post qualifies as "evil" by Fox's definition.



Send us a quote where Fox designated the Koch Bros, as evil. That would be interesting. they would call the others evil because they weren't evil enough to fit their definition as divine.

Scalis determined "evil" for us recently. He said that atheists are "devil worshippers. Now that's evil!
 
 
+17 # PABLO DIABLO 2013-11-13 18:04
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Julian Assange.
Stop TPP.
 
 
+5 # Radscal 2013-11-14 18:09
These "free trade" acts are steps in our descent into fascism (the blending of government and corporations). TPP has been termed, "NAFTA on steroids." Current President Obama supports TPP, just as in 1992, both George HW Bush and Bill Clinton supported NAFTA, and Ms. Clinton voted for 3 more "free trade" acts while in the Senate.

We all know why our politicians back these laws: most are owned by the very corporations who benefit from these laws. We all know bribery is systemic, but how do we end it? How do we get the very politicians who got into office by taking bribes to ban the bribery?

Here's an idea some of us have been discussing.

We've seen Grover Norquist's "No Tax Pledge," and how "successful" it's been. He didn't need a third party or even to financially back candidates. He just presented his pledge to candidates and publicized those that signed it. Once those candidates were in office, he would publicize any who broke the pledge and often get them voted out.

Perhaps we could do the same with a pledge to end all forms of political bribery.

Citizens of all political flavors know this bribery undermines our Constitutional ideals. If enough of us decided to vote only for candidates who signed the pledge, we might be able to end the bribery in a matter of several election cycles. That is, we might salvage the ideal of a representative democracy.
 

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