International Treaty Negotiated In Secret – Hidden Even from Congressmen Who Oversee Treaties – Threatens to Destroy National Sovereignty

The normally-reserved Yves Smith asks whether Obama should be impeached over it.

Democratic Senator Wyden – the head of the committee which is supposed to oversee it – is so furious about the lack of access that he has introduced legislation to force disclosure.

Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is so upset by it that he has leaked a document on his website to show what’s going on.

What is everyone so furious about?

An international treaty being negotiated in secret which would not only crack down on Internet privacy much more than SOPA or ACTA, but would actually destroy the sovereignty of the U.S. and all other signatories.

It is called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Wyden is the chairman of the trade committee in the Senate … the committee which is supposed to have jurisdiction over the TPP. Wyden is also on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and so he and his staff have high security clearances and are normally able to look at classified documents.

And yet Wyden and his staff have been denied access to the TPP’s text.

This is similar to other recent incidences showing that we’ve gone from a nation of laws to a nation of powerful men making laws in secret.

For example,  in the summer 2007, Congressman Peter DeFazio – who is on the Homeland Security Committee (and so has proper security access to be briefed on so-called “Continuity of Government” issues) – inquired about continuity of government plans, and was refused access. Indeed, DeFazio told Congress that the entire Homeland Security Committee of the U.S. Congress has been denied access to the plans by the White House (video; or here is the transcript). The Homeland Security Committee has full clearance to view all information about COG plans. DeFazio concluded: “Maybe the people who think there’s a conspiracy out there are right”.

As University of California Berkeley Professor Emeritus Peter Dale Scott warned:

If members of the Homeland Security Committee cannot enforce their right to read secret plans of the Executive Branch, then the systems of checks and balances established by the U.S. Constitution would seem to be failing.

To put it another way, if the White House is successful in frustrating DeFazio, then Continuity of Government planning has arguably already superseded the Constitution as a higher authority.

Watch this interview from today explaining why TPP is so dangerous to America … and the rest of the world:

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3 Responses to “Treaty Threatens Global Government … Run by Giant Corporations”

  1. wngoju says:

    Yves Smith “normally reserved”? …Oh! I get it – this is a joke!

  2. Marc P says:

    Can someone explain why this is a big deal? It appears the treaty is foolish, but let’s set that aside. The uproar is that a president has been negotiating a treaty without telling Congress. But if Congress must approve all treaties, at some point a president has to tell Congress. The only question is when. In the history of treaty negotiating, is this the first time a president hasn’t told Congress about the possibility of a treaty from the very instant the possibility pops into his brain? Or do presidents authorize exploratory meetings with the other countries, circulate a draft of two, then bring it to the Congressional committee? How is this instance different?

  3. Irwin Nobody says:

    I don’t think the nature of the “treaty” (if that’s what one wants to call it…of which title I find ludicrous) can’t be set aside from the method in which it’s being rammed through.

    The measure it self is constructed in order to divert freedoms and right away from people (which is already done on massive scales and has been for hundreds of years) and then strip the peoples voice through their (supposed) government representative and give omnipotent power to corporations.

    The fact that it’s being done secretly only underscores the slime factor in governments and the corporate system of capitalization and in this, we should all not only be concerned but should be aiming the cannons, dead center, at those who want to push it through.

    To trust that Congress has any ones best interests in mind and that “they” will do what’s right in the eventuality of it all, and after all the corruption and collusion we’ve witnessed in recent years including the attempts to subvert rights and freedoms in the name of “security”…is in my simple opinion, not only foolish but naive.

    That’s the big deal as I see it.