I know everyone is upset at Obama over the NSA spying on our phone calls and emails, but personally, I’m much more upset about this. Widespread outrage was able to block SOPA, but now the Obama administration is negotiating a trade treaty called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that looks to be far worse. How are they avoiding internet outrage this time? By making the entire treaty classified. The treaty is so secret that the fact that it is secret is itself secret!
In fact, it is so secret that Senator Ron Wyden, who chairs the Senate subcommittee on international trade, doesn’t know everything that is in it (Wyden is also on the Senate Intelligence committee, so he has a very high security clearance).
But now, Congressman Alan Grayson has been allowed to read the entire treaty, and it looks bad. According to Grayson:
1) There is no national security purpose in keeping this text secret.
2) This agreement hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests.
3) What they can’t afford to tell the American public is that [the rest of this sentence is classified].
I’d like to be able to tell you why this trade agreement is so bad, but I can’t because it is secret. All I can do is trust people like Grayson who have seen it and say that we need to fight it.
Is this really what a democracy is supposed to look like? Where corporate interests become national security interests? Isn’t that the definition of fascism?