Trans Pacific Partnership: Why So Secret?

Activists gathered Sunday in Leesburg, Virginia, to protest covert negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership. "People think Citizens United was bad?" one demonstrator said. "You ain't seen nothing yet. The TPP is the most dystopian agreement that could possibly exist."

The TPP, a so-called "free trade" agreement, represents a threat even greater than the Citizens United ruling. Of the agreement's 30-something chapters, only two have to do with trade and the rest are a list of corporate giveaways. The TPP is being negotiated in secret and not even members of Congress and the Senate have access to the text. If implemented, this agreement will hardcode corporate dominance over sovereign governments into international law that will supercede any federal, state, or local laws of any member country. This document should set alarm bells ringing.

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