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Rule-breakers will face TPP tribunal lawsuits and sanctions. Corporations will be empowered to sue countries outside their domestic courts. Private sector attorneys will become judges and juries. 

TPP is an anti-fair trade measure. Trade is its least important feature. Washington has plenty of deals with other countries. TPP is about raw, unchallenged, supranational corporate power.

Obama entered office promising transparency. Instead, he exceeded the worst of Bush and then some. His administration is America's most secretive ever. 

He's done more harm to more people in more ways than any of his predecessors in a comparable time period. Imagine what he plans in a second term.

He wanted TPP completed this year. Opposition to extreme provisions slowed things down. Australia said it won't accept a parallel court system. 

Along with New Zealand, it also rejected Washington's drug giants empowerment provision. If enacted, it'll let them challenge sovereign "medicine formularies' pricing decisions." They let other countries charge much lower prices.

Every country rejected extending drug patents. Many others won't accept Washington's proposal to forbid countries from using "capital controls, taxes, or other macro-prudential measures to limit" destructive financial speculation.

Nonetheless, most TPP provisions were accepted. Corporations want total empowerment. National sovereignty and democratic freedoms are on the chopping block for elimination. The stakes are that high.

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On August 21, the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) asked "What Is Wrong With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)." Nothing's right about it. That's what's wrong.

EFF has been fighting it since introduced in 2008. "This agreement," it says, "poses a great risk to users' freedoms and access to information on a global scale" plus a whole lot more.

If enacted, its secret provisions assure destruction of freedoms most people take for granted. On August 24, EFF headlined, "TPP Creates Legal Incentives for ISPs to Police the Internet. What Is At Risk? Your Rights," saying:

What's known about TPP was leaked. What's also worrisome is what remains secret and how much more damage is being secretly negotiated or already agreed on.

Besides what was discussed above, TPP wants ISPs to become online copyright protection enforcement cops. In the process, it wants Internet freedom and innovation destroyed. Its framework exceeds destructive ACTA provisions. It permits:

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(1) "Three-strikes policies and laws." They'll require "Internet intermediaries to terminate their users' Internet access on repeat allegations of copyright infringement."

(2) Internet intermediary empowerment "to filter all Internet communications for potentially copyright-infringing material."

(3) ISPs to "block access to websites that allegedly infringe or facilitate copyright infringement."

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Here's a link to the EFF summary and action page.&... by Jack Flanders on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 9:28:39 AM
Why would any country sign on to this ridiculous d... by Tommy Wright on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 4:53:57 PM
The provisions summarized above are in the agreeme... by Laura Stein on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 9:45:16 PM
People are still planning to protest this weekend-... by Laura Stein on Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012 at 10:20:09 PM
Perhaps not - perhaps we just love the idea of fre... by Marika on Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 at 2:30:25 AM
Don't assume you know my situation. Most of the "g... by Tommy Wright on Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 at 12:54:30 PM
You do know we're on the same side, right?... by Laura Stein on Friday, Sep 7, 2012 at 9:28:47 PM
Of course. I read what you write. ... by Tommy Wright on Saturday, Sep 8, 2012 at 3:38:36 AM
to most of us retired folk and disabled people--th... by Laura Stein on Thursday, Sep 6, 2012 at 11:47:00 AM