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Gucciardi writes: "As you probably know I do not play the political clown game of left verses right, and instead highlight corruption and wrongdoing wherever it is found - regardless of party affiliation. In the case of Senator Blunt, he admits to colluding with Monsanto, a corporation that has literally been caught running 'slave-like' working conditions in which workers are unable to leave or eat (among many worse misdeeds)."

(image: Occupy Monsanto)
(image: Occupy Monsanto)



Monsanto Wrote Monsanto Protection Act

By Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society

28 March 13

 

t should come as no surprise to many of you to find out that Monsanto actually authored the wording of its own Monsanto Protection Act hidden in the recently passed and signed Continuing Resolution spending bill. How could a major corporation write its own laws and regulations, you ask?

Quite frankly I think it's important to understand that the entire Senate passed the bill containing the Protection Act, but the politician who actually gave Monsanto the pen in order to write their very own legislation is no others than Roy Blunt - a Republican Senator from Missouri. As the latest IB Times article reveals, the Missouri politician worked with Monsanto to write the Monsanto Protection Act. This was confirmed by a New York news report I will get to shortly.

As you probably know I do not play the political clown game of left verses right, and instead highlight corruption and wrongdoing wherever it is found - regardless of party affiliation. In the case of Senator Blunt, he admits to colluding with Monsanto, a corporation that has literally been caught running 'slave-like' working conditions in which workers are unable to leave or eat (among many worse misdeeds).

This is one of the most blatant offenses against the citizens of the United States I've seen in a long time. A population that Blunt swore to serve. It's not for the United States public at all, and it's a serious matter that I don't think is properly understood. The passing of this bill into law means that Monsanto is now immune from federal courts regarding any suspension or action on their crops that have been deemed to be dangerous to the people (or the environment).

This means crops that were approved and later found to damage the environment or the public will be immune from United States government action. Theoretically, one million studies could find that Monsanto's latest creation was causing a massive cancer wave and under this law Monsanto could continue to peddle the crop to the public. The federal courts would (or will) be helpless to stop Monsanto, effectively giving Monsanto power over the entire branch of the United States government. Food Democracy Now, a major activist organization that organized signatures to fight the Monsanto Protection Act, described the rider:

"The Monsanto Protection Act would force the USDA to allow continued planting of any GMO crop under court review, essentially giving backdoor approval for any new genetically engineered crops that could be potentially harmful to human health or the environment."

Sounds like a great idea, right?

Serving Corporations, Not People

Senator Roy Blunt and those who knowingly passed the Monsanto Protection Act (including President Obama who signed it into law just last night) have chosen to serve corporations over people. Ironic, really, as corporations legally are people - a legal area commonly used to avoid real jail sentences for major CEOs and executives who knowingly were involved with the deaths of consumers around the world.

It's sad, really. I read up on Senator Blunt, and he does seem to constantly side with corporations over the public. Even on his Wikipedia page one line reads that Blunt "consistently sided with Big Oil and other dirty polluters over a cleaner, more sustainable future."I was even able to find a quote by Blunt defending his decision to allow Monsanto to write its own regulation through the Monsanto Protection Act. He told the NY Daily News in defense of the Monsanto Protection Act and his relationship with the company in writing the rider:

"What it says is if you plant a crop that is legal to plant when you plant it, you get to harvest it."

I think Blunt is confused over which 'people' he is serving. I created this image to call Blunt out on his open decision to side with Monsanto over the public:

You can contact Senator Blunt through his website and let him know what you think about his decision to let Monsanto write its own Protection Act. No longer can we sit idly by while corporate juggernauts like Monsanto triumph over the people through swindling and deceit. Share this article, the image, and publicly denounce all politicians willing to sell their souls to Monsanto.


See Also: Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act

 

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+67 # RnR 2013-03-28 12:56
Jeremy Scahill, Matt Taibi, Greg Palast ... please step forward
 
 
+26 # wantrealdemocracy 2013-03-28 20:29
We all must step forward!! It is starkly clear that our Congress is corrupted with 'donations' (bribes) from corporations. I don't mean some are corrupt---I mean ALL OF THEM. They vote to give trillions to the banksters and to take food away from poor women, infants and children. They approve funding to kill, maim and destroy all over the world, but can't maintain the infrastructure of our nation. They vote for austerity which means laying off workers when so much work needs to be done and so many people are out of work. Stop voting for these evil greedy people. They are devoid of any human sense of justice or empathy. Damn!! Not voting at all makes more sense than to vote to send these creeps back for another term to harm us and our children and to speed up the effect of climate change. We have to get rid of these people and attempt to get a good government that has some moral sense---some degree of integrity.
 
 
+8 # Smiley 2013-03-28 22:07
And so is our president!!
 
 
+8 # RnR 2013-03-29 06:42
I agree totally. Not voting, though, plays right into the hands of the leeches running the show. It's easier for them if we disengage.

The 2 problems I see at this point are: anyone attaining any measure of populace power seems to have an "accident" (Paul Wellstone, MLK, JFK, etc) and these *are* the very forces we are up against. And second, fascism has never been routed from a country peacefully - it has always required forceful revolution. We're living in a country loaded with ingnorant people thanks to the MSM as the communicative arm of the fascists. LINK TV is the only independent news source and I would love to be able to somehow get the word out.
 
 
+80 # Barbara K 2013-03-28 13:10
It's about time we rid ourselves of the people out to do us harm, whether it be in congress or these poison-spreadin g killers. They will push us until we push back with more than words. Don't vote for anyone who voted for this Bill.

..
 
 
+25 # RLF 2013-03-28 14:07
But Babs! You're the pres's biggest cheer leader! He signed it into law...the squid.
 
 
0 # RMDC 2013-03-29 05:19
The current occupant of the Whore House on Pennsylvania and all occupants of the Whore House will sign any legislation they are paid to sign. That is why it is called a Whore House.
 
 
+14 # Trueblue Democrat 2013-03-28 15:19
Why limit your criticsm to congress? What about the excrescence in the White House who signed the law?

I offer the following with apologies only to Martin Niemoller (1892-1984:

Obama's Lament

First they came for the brains, but I didn't speak out for I had no brain.

Then they came for the hearts, but I didn't speak out for I had no heart.

Then they came for the viscera, but I didn't speak out for I had no guts.

Then they came for the genitals, but I didn't speak out for I had no cojones.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for the [dorsal orifices).
 
 
+45 # Don Thomann 2013-03-28 13:13
Surely no one is surprised! That's how things are done in the Empire!
 
 
+66 # SJKaplan 2013-03-28 13:14
This is similar to what happened during the previous administration, when an insurance industry executive wrote the Prescription Reform Act that created the donut hole. The donut hole allows health insurers to recapture all the covered expenses they lay out below the donut hole threshold, the point at which seniors must pay full price for their prescription medications. This worst-of-all cooperation between government and industry happens more often than we know. This is, of course, not to say that it is okay. The real questions is: How can we find people to elect who will be immune to the blandishments of deep-pocketed industries?
 
 
+20 # Regina 2013-03-28 14:35
The only way we can get rid of legislative patsies and prostitutes is to establish a campaign system of civic-priced fees for TV ads over a much shorter (and saner) election campaign season. Then the obscene amounts of money will not need to be raised. The broadcasters get their channels free (via the FCC), and in return they owe the country reasonable access for elections. As long as the campaigns have to pay for air time as much as commercial advertisers, our elections will need tons of money -- hence the Citizens United/super-PA C whoppers and the desperate dependencies.
 
 
+14 # unocelestial 2013-03-28 16:54
I wish we could ban all political ads! Nobody wants to see that crao anyway!
 
 
+8 # Emily 2013-03-28 19:21
We need to adopt a series of policies that will end authoritarianis m as we see it, together. Meantime grow your own.
 
 
+9 # wantrealdemocracy 2013-03-28 20:31
Public finance of political campaigns. Equal for all qualified candidates with free time on the evening prime time on TV.
 
 
+5 # RHytonen 2013-03-28 20:55
Quoting SJKaplan:
The real questions is: How can we find people to elect who will be immune to the blandishments of deep-pocketed industries?


There was always an answer to that question, and it's appalling that Americans prefer to pretend they can get those answers from television and the two party corporate kabuki.

PLEASE READ jillstein.org/i ssues - all of it.

The Greens have the only platform (and the only independence from corporate rule) that agrees with ALL the issues poll results - and the agenda that would save this country by addressing the ROOT CAUSE - corporate greed and domination. This is REAL grassroots - not astroturf like the teabaggers and libertarians (corporatists all.)
 
 
+2 # Hacienda View 2013-03-29 04:10
Quoting SJKaplan:
This is similar to what happened during the previous administration, when an insurance industry executive wrote the Prescription Reform Act that created the donut hole. The donut hole allows health insurers to recapture all the covered expenses they lay out below the donut hole threshold, the point at which seniors must pay full price for their prescription medications. This worst-of-all cooperation between government and industry happens more often than we know. This is, of course, not to say that it is okay. The real questions is: How can we find people to elect who will be immune to the blandishments of deep-pocketed industries?

The answer to your final question is - We Won't. Big (and I mean BIG) industry has VERY deep pockets. in all honesty they, for the right price would buy me. Isn't that wrong? yes it is but they could.
 
 
+86 # PABLO DIABLO 2013-03-28 13:20
Boycott Monsanto, Bayer, Coke, Pepsi, etc. They are killing us.
 
 
+62 # tbcrawford 2013-03-28 13:37
It's not just in the US...but an aspect of Monsanto's global campaign to control food everywhere no matter how wrong the policies, pesticide pollution, and practices that promote a feudal system of farming. Wake up people. You won't survive without water and food! The tragedy of evil is that it appears so benign.
 
 
+52 # Street Level 2013-03-28 13:50
Monsanto is by far the most evil and hateful corporation and this poster child of corporate person-hood needs to go down.
 
 
+39 # jimsanta 2013-03-28 14:29
It is certainly not news that Monsanto's cash is as welcome by the members of the US Congress as the NRA's cash, the gas and oil industry's cash, banking's cash, the defense industry's cash and the cash so generously doled out by limitless selfish interest groups and corporations to the spineless, greedy and conscience-free senators and representatives who couldn't care less about the people who elected them. Yet these money grubbing leeches will perform admirably on maybe one or two small meaningless issues that they can brag about to their constituents, and most of them will continue to be elected with majorities of 70 or 80% to the disfunctional congress that that will continue to have approval ratings of less than 10%! And THIS they call Democracy!!!
 
 
+4 # cmp 2013-03-28 14:45
Mainstream media wanted us to believe that Obama was grassroots and transparent.. For, the 2012 Campaign, just 1.2% of his donations were of less than $250.

Talk about "Licensed to kill.."
 
 
+32 # jon 2013-03-28 15:19
This law is flagrantly unconstitutiona l.

Every American citizen has the right to his day in court. This is one of the most basic and sacrosanct aspects of the rule by law. It cannot be voted away by a group of hirelings.

A Supreme Court challenge seems inevitable - and the sooner, the better
 
 
+7 # NOMINAE 2013-03-29 06:13
Quoting jon:
This law is flagrantly unconstitutional.......

A Supreme Court challenge seems inevitable - and the sooner, the better


You are unassailably correct in your assessment.

However, can you really think that our present Corporate - Friendly Supreme Court would ever do anything OTHER than rubber stamp this outrage 5-4 ?

This is the same court that gave us the equally unconstitutiona l, and equally illogical and outrageous farce called Citizen's United, and the Bush V. Gore decision of 2000.

In the same way that we no longer have a *REAL* Congress, or a *REAL* Executive Branch, so the Constitutionall y established idea of a *REAL* Supreme Court has been fast fading into our National Rear View Mirror for some time as well.

The fact is, that there is NO ONE empowered to stop the Corporations now in control of the System. The only recourse remaining is to establish an entirely NEW system and walk away leaving the Banksters and fellow Greedsters with nothing but their D*#ks in their hands.

But the longer we pretend to "play along" with the current system, the harder it will become *ever* to walk away. We will NEVER "reform" a System that has been long ago bought, sold, and totally rigged against the commoner.

If they had wanted it "reformed", they would never have bought and paid for it the first place.

Check with OWS and others. We need to implement new ideas quite quickly, or the music will soon be over.
 
 
+1 # Gogojoe 2013-03-29 09:06
[quote name="NOMINAE"] [quote name="jon"]This law is flagrantly unconstitutional.......





This is the same court that gave us ..., and the Bush V. Gore decision of 2000.

Actually this court is not the same.
There are 4 new justices since that idiocy:
Roberts, Alito, Kagan, and Sotomayor.

I'm not saying that this bunch is not a pack of political hacks open to the highest bidder, just that they are different.
 
 
+2 # NOMINAE 2013-03-29 13:15
Quoting Gogojoe:
[quote name="NOMINAE"][quote name="jon"]This law is flagrantly unconstitutional.......

This is the same court that gave us ..., and the Bush V. Gore decision of 2000.

Actually this court is not the same.
There are 4 new justices since that idiocy:
Roberts, Alito, Kagan, and Sotomayor.

I'm not saying that this bunch is not a pack of political hacks open to the highest bidder, just that they are different.


Thank you for noting the difference. What I was attempting to convey, however, was more in terms of the same Corporate Controlled Supreme Court. As you indicate, the names of the felons may have changed, but the essence of the Court remains the same.

Thanks for the heads up !
 
 
+13 # DPM 2013-03-28 15:33
Words, here, may be self-soothing, but will not change things. Voting will not change things. Other forms of action are needed.
 
 
+18 # David Starr 2013-03-28 15:42
It's more evident that private monopoly is trying to control government, which I find virtually criminal. Government is for promoting public accountability, not the private dictatorship of the corporation.
 
 
+4 # RHytonen 2013-03-28 20:57
Quoting David Starr:
It's more evident that private monopoly is trying to control government, which I find virtually criminal. Government is for promoting public accountability, not the private dictatorship of the corporation.


"Trying?"
Are you really that ill informed?
 
 
-12 # Timaloha 2013-03-28 15:55
The relevant section (735) of HR 933 says basically that if crops are found to be out of regulation for any reason whatsoever, the FARMER can petition for their crops not to be immediately and summarily destroyed. Such a judgment of being out of regulation could happen for many different reasons, including bureaucratic failure, and this provision would allow the farmer to possibly not lose their crops to a tangle in the red tape. It doesn't mention Monsanto or GMOs or seeds or protection from lawsuits or any of the other panicky claims being thrown around. I recommend that everybody actually READ section 735 of H.R 933 before they freak out.
 
 
+1 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2013-03-29 08:59
I hate Monsanto, but I revere the truth:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr933/text

Sec. 735. In the event that a determination of non-regulated status made pursuant to section 411 of the Plant Protection Act is or has been invalidated or vacated, the Secretary of Agriculture shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon request by a farmer, grower, farm operator, or producer, immediately grant temporary permit(s) or temporary deregulation in part, subject to necessary and appropriate conditions consistent with section 411(a) or 412(c) of the Plant Protection Act, which interim conditions shall authorize the movement, introduction, continued cultivation, commercializati on and other specifically enumerated activities and requirements, including measures designed to mitigate or minimize potential adverse environmental effects, if any, relevant to the Secretary’s evaluation of the petition for non-regulated status, while ensuring that growers or other users are able to move, plant, cultivate, introduce into commerce and carry out other authorized activities in a timely manner: Provided, That all such conditions shall be applicable only for the interim period necessary for the Secretary to complete any required analyses or consultations related to the petition for non-regulated status: Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the Secretary’s authority under section 411, 412 and 414 of the Plant Protection Act.
 
 
0 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2013-03-29 09:07
iI don't know how much latitude the following phrase from section 735 gives the government: "...nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the Secretary’s authority under section 411, 412 and 414 of the Plant Protection Act," but if a spinach crop is deemed to have harmful bacteria — before, during or after harvesting — can not the government demand a recall? Can not the government demand that a non-GMO crop be destroyed if it presents the potential of harm to the public?
 
 
+2 # kochadoodledoo 2013-03-31 05:17
What chance do you think the farmer has against Monsanto? Not too much so far.
 
 
+16 # FLAK88 2013-03-28 17:18
What a coincidence; just before checking my email a moment ago I had responded to a DNC fundraising request. I referred to this Monsanto debacle and told them the next time I'm near my County offices I shall be changing my party registration to either 'Decline to State' or 'Green', depending on how much more I had learned between now and then. I also refreshed their memory on the 4 four figure total our household had contributed to the Obama/ Dem 2013 campaign. (Obama had pledged GMO labeling during the 2008 campaign and never delivered on it. Now
he's actually working for Monsanto. He's a pathetic.) If you REALLY want to understand how outrageous this whole thing is, read up on the European Unions regulation of GMO.
 
 
+9 # futhark 2013-03-28 20:26
I went over to being officially registered as Green a couple of months back. Obama Democrats are total lackeys of Wall Street, the military-indust rial complex, and the surveillance state apparatus.
 
 
+3 # FLAK88 2013-03-29 10:13
Here, here !
 
 
+10 # angelfish 2013-03-28 18:08
The President (?) has LOST any support I might have once had for him by signing this toxic piece of Excrement. SHAME on you, Mr. President. You have SH*T on your Presidency and everyone that has supported you.
 
 
+9 # futhark 2013-03-28 20:25
I'm just waiting, with much trepidation, to learn the official ruling of the Obama Administration on the issue of the Keystone XL pipeline. I'm hoping for the best, but expecting the worst, given Mr. Obama's track record thus far.
 
 
+5 # She Cee 2013-03-28 18:18
This president will go down as the worst, ever. He is a criminal and a traitor to the people. Worse than Bush and we were foolish enough to believe his smooth words.

I'm currently re-reading 1984 and the similarities are frightening.

As for Monsanto, the FDA and the government….mon ey rules and DAMN the people. Interesting tho, is the fact that these fools who allow the Monsantos of the world to do as they wish, will not escape the consequences of their own folly. Money and power will never protect them in the end.
 
 
+1 # kochadoodledoo 2013-03-31 05:03
Will the 111th and 112th Congresses also go down as the worst ever, criminals and traitors to the people, same as Bush?
 
 
+7 # Kayjay 2013-03-28 19:52
Grow your own food, if you have the space. People today have no idea of what they are putting in their stomachs. Monsanto and Blunt are the bane and focal point of our corrupt congress. Grab a hoe and watering can. Save your crops seeds for next year etc. Refuse to be helpless!!!
 
 
+2 # angelfish 2013-03-31 15:43
Quoting Kayjay:
Grow your own food, if you have the space. People today have no idea of what they are putting in their stomachs. Monsanto and Blunt are the bane and focal point of our corrupt congress. Grab a hoe and watering can. Save your crops seeds for next year etc. Refuse to be helpless!!!

WHERE are you going to get uncontaminated seeds? Just curious...
 
 
0 # maude316 2013-04-15 08:14
Monsantos lawyers will be knocking at your door if you save your own seeds.
 
 
+4 # futhark 2013-03-28 20:23
Some, mostly Republican, legislators are behind a new rule for Congress called "One Subject At A Time", which would put an end to omnibus bills with sneaky little riders in them allowing unethical and immoral things to be done that may never have passed if they had to stand alone on their own merits. The people would understand and have more confidence in government if such a rule was put into application.
 
 
+11 # Kootenay Coyote 2013-03-28 20:46
Here we see authentic Fascism: corporations controlling government & citizens through corrupted law.
 
 
+2 # NOMINAE 2013-03-29 06:19
Quoting Kootenay Coyote:
Here we see authentic Fascism: corporations controlling government & citizens through corrupted law.


Textbook Definition indeed ....... now what ? :)
This I ask of myself as well as others.
It is beyond time to stop "studying" the problem.
We are all Jonah in the gullet of The Whale.
 
 
+4 # tshobie 2013-03-28 22:37
"Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power."


Benito Mussolini (speaking of corporate fascism)
 
 
+5 # tm7devils 2013-03-28 23:06
I think it's time to nationalize Monsanto, fire the CEO and managers, and then put every aspect of the company under a microscope. This would not only save us, but the World.
In the meantime I'll wait for pigs to fly...
 
 
0 # mpb1967us 2013-03-30 01:42
To those who say not voting doesnt help If we dont vote these people have to put eachother in office and therefor are responsible for it! Not you and i fighting over who picked the loser, you and i coming together against the loser who picked the loser If your still kidding yourself that we live in a democracy wake up. dont be a part of the charade. we can all sit back and let those in charge run us into the ground, as they are doing, but in the end we will know who to hang for treason. The only reason they cant be hung now is because they were publicly elected. lets not continue to make that mistake...
 
 
+1 # tref 2013-03-30 13:47
Monsanto is despicable and they may well have “written” Section 735 to protect their profits but let's not use hyperbole, misleading remarks or lies to criticize this section which expires Sep-2013. Note that not one person has proposed a solution to the problem that this section purports to address: how to protect a farmer who is caught in the middle of a lawsuit, which may be procedural or even frivolous, regarding a USDA-approved crop he planted in good faith that he would be able to harvest and sell. This section does not grant anyone the right to grow, harvest or sell a crop that has been proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, to be dangerous to consumers. Thus the article’s, “The passing of this bill into law means that Monsanto is now immune from federal courts regarding any suspension or action on their crops that have been deemed to be dangerous to the people (or the environment)” is a lie. Not only are the crops in question NOT those of Monsanto (they are the farmer’s), but they are not crops conclusively proven to be harmful.

I get a lot of right-wing garbage from conservative friends. I keep telling them that whenever they get an email that gets them angry, THAT IS A RED FLAG that the sender is trying to get them to react emotionally without THINKING. These diatribes against Sec 735 are in the same ballpark. They provoke without substance. The problem that Section 735 addresses is real. If you don't like its wording, write a better one.
 
 
-3 # Aggie61 2013-03-30 14:03
Sorry, folks. The truly scary thing is how easily you are panicked by rabble rousers on the left as you are by those on the right. As others have said here, read the provision. It actually protects the farmer!
 
 
+1 # maude316 2013-04-15 08:16
I will believe that when I see the first farmer protected. If Monsanto wrote it , it is designed to protect Monsanto. Their lawsuits prove they need to be protected from the small farmers.
 
 
0 # kochadoodledoo 2013-03-31 04:56
Maybe Monsanto and BP will get married.
 

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