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.
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.