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

George Washington's picture

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if the White House is successful in frustrating DeFazio, then Continuity of Government planning has arguably already superseded the Constitution as a higher authority.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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edmondantes's picture

this is exactly how the European Union was created by stealth and deceit... cloaked as a trade agreement... power elite clearly seeking to create the Pacific leg as predicted in 1984... world government in prospect no less

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Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Here's what I am doing about it.

1.) I wrote an email and sent it out to the folks I know, (about 50 people).

2.) I went to my congressperson's website annd cut and paste the email in, (with a few choice words).

Here's what I sent, which I titled "What the Other Hand Is Doing".

“More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” — Woody Allen.   It has been said that often with politicians what is important is to find out what else they are up to when they propose some outrageous legislation, or in our case, presidential edict via executive order or if such a thing is possible, worse. Today's Friday dump is no different, though the price continues to escalate, this time in a frighteningly serious manner. While the Legacy Media, (old Main-stream media), tries to distract us with the President's move for underage undocumented foreign-nationals, (itself a euphemism)), the real story is terrifying in its breadth. The President of the United States of America is negotiating off, in secret, away from both parties in Congress, the sovereignty of our country, not to another nation, but to multinational corporations. What is absolutely astounding is that for the first time, (in my memory at least), both the leftists and rightists agree that this is truly evil incarnate. Personally, that freaks the crap out of me. So what is this about? The name of the deal is called innocuously enough, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But to understand just how horrifyingly dangerous this treaty is, please, for now, put aside your political posturing and do your own legwork and see what groups, both left and right are saying about it. I have supplied links to what conservative and liberal folks are saying about it. Read/watch it all and then send this on.

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

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. (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.)

Quotes: 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.

TPP secrets: Obama covertly granting more power to multinational corporations

Quotes: Despite the White House’s efforts to keep a proposed free trade agreement concealed from the public — and even Congress — an excerpt from the TPP leaked Wednesday reveals that President Obama is prepared to bow to multinational corporations.

Leaked Doc Shows Obama Wants to Help Corporations Avoid Regulations

This video post is from the left's Democracy Now. Watch the whole thing. If you get a short intro there's a skip it button in the upper right.

Pacific trade deal could allow corporations to bypass domestic laws, leaked text says

Quotes: A leaked document from secret negotiations of a wide-ranging trade deal in the Pacific shows that countries are considering terms that would allow transnational corporations special authority to challenge countries’ laws in the event of a dispute.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Larger than NAFTA?

Quotes: President Obama campaigned in 2008 as a strong pro-labor candidate, and this year he will again. But for union activists who’ll be working hard for his reelection, a newly leaked document represents yet another bitter disappointment, (this from Salon!).

And if you think that Mitt Romney is against this, think again. He's FOR it, although he wants to exclude Japan! So here he goes...
Two days ago: Flip!

Auto group criticizes Romney adviser's support for Japan in trade talks

And Flop!

Romney: Ban Japan from free trade talks

Just wait until he comes out completely against it once you and your neighbors get in an uproar about this. Then it will be another flip to completely against it. Mark my words.

The problem with this is that we've seen just two out of 26 sections of this. As Democracy Now reports, the other sections have nothing to do with treaties regarding commerce, but allowing corporations to bypass sovereign laws. Personally I would think that even negotiating a treaty like this falls under "high crimes and misdemeanors" and an impeachable offense, but maybe I'm a "hothead". If this doesn't meet that standard, what does?

Lastly, what to do? What can you, a lowly citizen do about this? Plenty. Forward this to your congressperson. If they hide behind some php script thing on their website, cut and paste it in. Tell them 1) you want them to FORCE  the revelation of the treaty in its entirety and that maybe 2) it is now time to impeach the President for usurping the authority of Congress and for engaging in conspiracy to circumvent the Constitution of the United States.

Do it now. Hell hath no furry like our Constitutional rights threatened. Pass this on to the next countryman/woman. Let's kill this forever before the 4th of July. Then we'll have something more to celebrate. Us protecting our freedoms against presidents who wish to sell us out to merchants.

Be safe. Be wise. God Bless America.

~~ End of Email.

I did this because, you see, "We, the People", do still have the power and they, Congress, really are scared of us when we get pissed off. You are all welcome to cut and paste this and send it to your representatives, (if you live in America). It will also work for those who live in the other Pacific nations involved with slight modifications, which I grant permission to do. Go get them. Rock the boat while you can.



W10321303's picture

These are essentially the same terms imposed on China after the second Opium War, "Treaty Ports" for the empowerment of the British opium trade. Is the recent history of Afghanistan becoming more clear? Can we say money laundering and BIG Banks, boys and girls? (as in where did the cash flow come from in '08)

These are the same terms that the Sugar Monopoly and the MOB had in Cuba, pre-1960. Can we say El Presidente Obamtista?

To quote a very whacky Globalization Neo-Liberal Economist who gets reamed here all the time, "We are a banana Rupublic with nukes".

GREAT work GW!

groundedkiwi's picture

Prof Jane Kelsey has been fighting TPP  for several years now.  If one googles her name it will bring you up to date on the battle that is being waged on behalf of her fellow New Zealanders.

waterhorse's picture

CONgress uses the constitution like toilet paper to wipe their asses with.  If this TPP passes, citizens will have their own brand of TP - TPP.  Better to flush it now, though.

Skateboarder's picture

Is it just me or are we all being raped by giant dildos? I guess that's the "treat" part of the treaty.

sgt_doom's picture

Thanks for including that Democracy Now! clip --- that show the other day, first with Nomi Prins on Jamie Dimon, then Lori Wallach on that T-P P was the best piece of real news reportage in American media history.

And speaking of that vile Jamie Dimon....

Pure Propaganda

Jamie Dimon and the Rulers of Us All

I despise NPR.  My antipathy for BBC and CBC is unbounded.

You don’t want to be in my vicinity when I spew forth my venom of foul language concerning FoxFiction, CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and PBS --- it ain’t pretty!

So when I heard a BBC pure propaganda news brief, I went predictably apoplectic.

The Brit twit, the professional shill, claimed that Jamie Dimon was forced into his risky behavior ‘cause nobody wants to borrow from the banksters!

A close legal analysis of JP Morgan Chase, both before and during Jamie’s tenure there, indicates little has changed from the time the SEC cited JPMC for hiding billions of dollars in loans to Enron back in the 1990s.

Jamie Dimon is simply the perfect fit for that kleptocracy – they hired one of their own to lead them.  (Of course, we never really know who “they” are – it’s always the mysterious “they”?)

The BBC stooge claimed that the Federal Reserve was buying US Treasuries to keep interest rates down.

The Federal Reserve bought US Treasuries for exactly two reasons:  (1) nobody else wanted them, and (2) that’s the way the private banks lend money to the US government.

Over the past some years it’s been strictly a gravy train for the banksters and dealers; they buy Treasuries for practically free – and in many cases it is basically free – then they receive interest payments from the US government.

Good deal!

David Korten, in one of his many excellent books, summed it up most succinctly:

By controlling the creation and allocation of money, the ruling class maintains near total control over the lives of ordinary people and the resources of the planet.”

And then highly paid swine, those professional shills like that BBC twit, and shills from Harvard like Niall Ferguson and Farai Chideya, and that other classic shill, Thomas Friedman, want to rub our faces in it!

In a brilliant talk given by Daniel Pinchbeck a few years back, he mentioned a new currency structure proposed by Bernard Lietaer in his book, “The Future of Money” (, which is remarkably similar to what John Maynard Keynes proposed at those Bretton Woods gatherings at the end of World War II.  (About 90% of everything Keynes proposed was shot down --- a fact that so-called experts conveniently forget!)

Jamie Dimon and JPMorgan Chase’s $3 billion plus loss occurred in London, just as so much of that oil market speculation also took place in London over the past decade.

To understand why London is the global speculation capital, one has to go back to the 1700s and study how the City of London Corporation essentially purchased the monarchy.

This crap is truly obscure and obtuse – but the manner in which the ruling class wields financial control usually is, and that’s why people who live their lives according to a beer commercial philosophy always settle for voting for one of the two choices they present us – which perpetually extends their control!

The Republicans claim to be for small business while doing everything possible to destroy small business; awhile back they passed legislation giving small business loan preference to businesses invested in by private equity firms and hedge funds.  Now I don’t know any small business people with Bain Capital or the Blackstone Group as their financial backers --- DO YOU?

As a sane, average guy, I strongly dislike Mitt Romney, a scoundrel, a liar and a thief.

As a sane, average guy, I strongly dislike Barack Obama, a scoundrel, a liar and another shill for Wall Street.

The only way left us to nonviolently break free is to reject Brand Romney and Brand Obama and vote independently.

That’s why I support Jill Stein of the Green Party.


Simple Arithmetic

US households’ net worth plummeted by $17 trillion during 2007 to 2009.

From 2007 to 2009, the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury pumped $17 trillion to banks and corporations around the planet.

The math is really quite simple --- now ain’t it?


NuYawkFrankie's picture

JUst about says it all - very well writtn too ;

Only thing I disagree with is voting; it's time divorce youself from that system... time to walk away... that beast is going down - and if you're anywhere near it you'll be going down with it.

DosZap's picture

I think we are fooling ourselves,this is going down regardless if the Congress votes,or not.( if the Military goes along with this, its OVER).

We are now officially under total fascist rule.

The 2nd Gen Nazi's will be on the streets before you know it, and in a neighborhood near you.

Prepare to live as a citizen of the world,or prepare to die.

You are now being processed like poultry.

HAhyperion's picture

Everyone is toilet tissue - the new world order ---

AnAnonymous's picture

US citizens are true humanity.

US world order.

TSA gropee's picture

LMAO, you got balls, I'll give you that. You proceed to razz us about humanity when if we even take a cursory glance at your culture and its dog eat dog climb over your fellow man culture we see complete insensitive apathy towards other human beings even children. Try huffpo, or better yet, try fucking off.

akak's picture

Chinese citizenism citizens are true roadside defecators.

Chinese turd odor.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

The insanitation of AnAnonymous is quite plain for all to see, except for the viewing through his self cloaked eyes. He harbours despisement all of humanity, whole of world, but must denial this of himself for prevention of self indiction.

He masquerades from his viewing therefore by the fetish for disagreement, even over the littlest of thing to insignificance, US citizenism. The deliciousness of this fetish is too much goodness for him, so he do nothing which could precipitate relinquishing of it from himselfs, so he construction making fantasy world of US citizenism which is much disagreeability.

Self constructed fetish of infinite US citizen disagreement cloaking himself against self indiction is most fruitful gift he is to himselfs bestowing. This allowing him perpetually living in bedazzlement interior regions of tralala land with totality blamelessness. Self constucted exterior which regions onto he can project away from him source of his malice harbour of humanity.

Yes, of course being him will now in denial of it. To conjugate acceptance would result in loss of fetish deliciousness through dissipation of making disagreement.

Him confusionated very mixed up in head sickness of essential.

akak's picture

Making me laughism of your clevering blobbed-up postings that highlight the offuscating mettle of AnusAnonymous are causing the veritable roadside shitting of me here!

NotApplicable's picture

Silly statists, always believing that criminal cartels are the best way to manage society.

Keep voting though, as it's gonna get better any minute. All you've got to do is to give them a little more power over your life.

Burticus's picture

Our ball-less CONgress grovels & whimpers like toothless lapdawgs, rather than yanking funding or initiating impeachment proceedings, which they have the power to do.

So, spare me more reruns of the elepant-jackass puppet show.

Got rope?

The.Oracle's picture

'Breaking Obama's campaign promise....'

Who hasn't figured this trend out yet!

MFL8240's picture

What is the purpose of having a constitution?

1Inthebeginning's picture

The purpose of the constitution is to enumerate basic human rights and to simultaneously divide and limit the government.  

Investment strategy:  grow my own food and reduce house expenses to zero.  The epitome of a deflationary mindset.  Build wealth with enlarged disposable income.  

If people all over the world want to take back their freedom, then it is going to come from human beings taking back their ability to do for themselves and taking responsibility for their civilization.  


learn something, do something good.


Citxmech's picture

Apparently, to give the marks something to cling to while they get fleeced.

TrulyStupid's picture

"It's only a piece of paper" - George W Bush

Money 4 Nothing's picture

We haven't since 1871. We only have a Civil Constitution which the Government are not beholden too.

NDAA was signed Dec 31, 2011 and went live March 1, 2012.

The civil attachments in the Bill shredded the Bill of Right's thus suspending any form of Civil Constitution that was left.

We have been under soft Martial law since 9/11 which suspends alot of civil laws to begin with and we are now living in an outlaw regime.

RIP America.

1776 - 2011


Winston Smith 2009's picture

Only to give an aura of legitimacy if a government selectively ignores any part of it that it doesn't like.

spooz's picture

This reminds me of what Steven Keen spoke of in one of his interviews posted on ZH, The Theory of Second Best. 

He said that since neoclassical economic theory says free markets and competetive situations are best,  we should have a whole lot of small firms and a whole lot of disorganized labor.  So, he says second best is lots of large firms with marketing power faced with lots of labor with bargaining power.  If you abolish unions and leave the monopolies intact, the system will not be stable.  

The use of propaganda continues to work at dividing the working/unemployed class and in an attempt to turn them against each other where the anger more rightfully should be placed against the system that has been corrupted by power and money. A substandard educational system just makes the sheeple more easy to influence.  Like getting them to believe a fascist is a socialist.

AnAnonymous's picture

Sheeple? No. US citizens.


US citizens are fond of division because they have monetized every single conflict they could.

Division is money.

US citizen elite does the binding of their master, that is the US citizen middle class. US middle class is who governs the type of division that shall be monetized in order to transfer more wealth to the US citizen middle class.

DosZap's picture

US citizen elite does the binding of their master, that is the US citizen middle class. US middle class is who governs the type of division that shall be monetized in order to transfer more wealth to the US citizen middle class.

Evidently you haven't heard, the Middle Class is D_E_A_D.

akak's picture

You do not have even the slightest clue what the fuck you are talking about.

Your raging anti-American prejudice blinds you to logic and reason.

Bob's picture

There's a certain degree of coherence to his utterings that plays on the best of the ZH community, imo. 

He's cajoled like a brother rather than burned on sight like the average troll.

He had a couple recent outings in which he didn't use the term "us citizen" and actually received a nice talley of greenies. 

I hoped that either he had showed human characteristics or they had assigned better people to the case. 

He got greens without the "us citizen" shit.  Same points, different language. 

Seems fair to me to expect someone who is speaking to us in our language to fucking speak to us in our language.

People who make up their own language are either extraodinary geniuses or fucking nuts. 

Nuts like the guys who yell at imaginary passersby in the city. 

Winston of Oceania's picture

I would argue that we have in fact a National Socialist Democrat party facing off against the Fascist Republicans. The only real difference is that the National Socialists will create huge government institutions run by fellow members of the Party/Oligarchy while the Fascists will create huge private corporations owned by fellow Party/Oligarchy members. It's all in the verbage I suppose...

SAT 800's picture

More or less. It's really wonderful to contemplate all the millions of citizens who think we still have Habeus Corpus and "Individual Rights". It's the triumph of mass communication, ie. the media, that Hitler only dreamed about. We have already had the battle and the Propaganda won. Way it goes.

Bob's picture

Downsizing in news organizations following the rabid corporatization of mass media and wholesale monopolization of markets in the name of "free enterprise" ensured that.  Think what you like about journalism as a profession, but the great "invisible hand" of the omniscient markets myth dictated that trouble makers didn't keep jobs in this dollar and cents real world owned by people with the dollars and cents.

Hitler could only dream of having something so compelling as the stories about free enterprise and freedom.

janchup's picture

Governments main push world-wide is the destruction of individual freedom. Seriously. I must be channelling a tea-bagger in order to see the truth directly.


overmedicatedundersexed's picture

Jim the military has it's own court system, forces and police..they can move effectively with their own transports.

no other American organization has those qualities.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

the US military is the only entity that can restart the hope of a free America and world..the spooks know and have not acted..they most likely are coopted. the destruction of NWO's only enemy (military) has been on the US military has been infiltrated with those working towards the NWO..and new regs passed to weaken the military as fast asthey can.

Jim in MN's picture

Counting on the military in the USA is an admission of defeat.  Game over if that's your deal. 

To me there are many, many steps left in the dance.  The government has become delegitimized and is the object of open contempt by a large majority.  Thus the power vacuum already exists, the question being what potentially legitimate authority can arise to contest with the clearly illegitimate authority we are ruled by?  Both major parties having now abandoned any hope of serving as legitimate authorities.

The fact that the trappings of legitimacy are still seen as essential demonstrates the fundamental weakness of the fascist-statist order.  But we seem to lack the ability to construct a good old-fashioned political party or strong mass protest movement in the face of all the distractions and self-imposed division. 

Time will tell, and the changes will be swift indeed.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

"Time will tell, and the changes will be swift indeed."

I think you describe much of the problem correctly, but I'm not at all optimistic about the truth of that last statement.  Why? Because I agree with this:

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816.

The US is a bastion of ignorance that is either willful or induced by a mainstream "free press" that has become, for reasons of profit, nothing more than a mouthpiece for government and the wealthy.

Jim in MN's picture

I didn't mean that the changes would necessarily be positive.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

Ah!  With that I can fully agree.

MachoMan's picture

The power vacuum DOES NOT presently exist...  this is why "we seem to lack the ability to construct a good old-fashioned political party or strong mass protest movement."  The mechanism to create a power vacuum exists...  (public sentiment)...  but it has not yet been allowed to escape due to the existing control structure.

A power vacuum exists when the existing control structure is actually having to fight to retain its status.  The vacuum is then filled by the victor.  At this juncture, it's basically a tijuana donkey show.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

Agree.  What we have is a bunch of sheep being successfully herded by their masters, deluded by the ridiculous, multi-billion dollar "election show" into believing that they still have a voice in their direction. The problem is, most of them don't even realize they're sheep.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ace Ventura's picture

"But we seem to lack the ability to construct a good old-fashioned political party or strong mass protest movement in the face of all the distractions and self-imposed division."

Precisely. And this is not by coincidence, but rather by design. You can thank that brainchild of the elitist one-worlders known as 'multiculturalism'. What better way to fracture and divide a majority of soon-to-be-slaves, than to dilute the native culture through indoctrination, waves of illegal immigration, and government leverage on behalf of any and all cultural wedges which can serve the purpose of further dividing the peasantry, and get them fighting each other over the scraps occasionally tossed from the oligarchy's feast table.


AnAnonymous's picture

What better way to fracture and divide a majority of soon-to-be-slaves, than to dilute the native culture through indoctrination, waves of illegal immigration,


US citizenism at work, ask the Indians.

They were diluted through waves of illegal immigration and the native cultures in North America got diluting through indoctrination and coercion.