Congressman gets a look at secret Trans-Pacific Partnership draft: "This agreement hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests"

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43 Responses to “Congressman gets a look at secret Trans-Pacific Partnership draft: "This agreement hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests"”

  1. Antinous / Moderator says:

    So it codifies existing practices.

  2. Boundegar says:

    Note to entertainment industry: we are no longer entertained.

  3. SedanChair says:

    It’s good to know the most principled of our elected officials occasionally drop in to say “Hi, the rule of law is dead. I can’t tell you why, but whooooa Nellie”

    • TacoChuck says:

       Rep. Grayson is the only Congress person I trust 100%. I do not think there is a better champion of the people in the US Congress. He is the most fearless and straight talking politician I have ever seen.

      • millie fink says:

        Yes, so good to have him back!

      • Navin_Johnson says:

         His “Don’t get sick, and if you do, die quickly” presentation was a classic! And completely unapologetic after congress and the media’s crocodile tears and butthurt over it.

        http://youtu.be/-usmvYOPfco

      • Bill Russell says:

          Alan Grayson is as unprincipled as the worst of ambulance chasing
        lawyers.  He loves to pose as the watch dog on government contractors.
        But in reality he simply uses that pose to rake in millions of dollars
        in legal fees by suing them. He is just as much a war profiteer as the
        contractors. But unlike the contractors who at least provide services
        for the prices they charge, Grayson is a complete parasite and returns no value for the huge profits he makes. 

        • Finnagain says:

           He’s also just about the only Congressperson who actually speaks the truth. I’ve never heard of your charges, so, citation please.

          • Bill Russell says:

             Here is the Vanity Fair Article which glowingly details Grayson’s pose as and anti-contractor crusader and his out lay of “$10M” in “legal expenses” in pursuing his case against a contractor.  In the full version of his Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board sit-down/ debate with Todd Long, Grayson brags about being paid his “legal expenses” from the law suit.  Unfortunately, the full version of the Editorial Board has been removed, but five minutes of the snippy exchange between Grayson and Long are still up on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcoOXMFZ4Go).  But notice how at the end of this exchange, Grayson brings up a false charge of domestic violence against Long to deflect (and gets shut down by the editorial board) from his own calling a woman a “K Street whore.”  His actions in Congress and in the press repeatedly follows this pattern. He is an untrustworthy hater.

          • Navin_Johnson says:

            Several pages in and it says nothing of what you’re suggesting, in fact it makes Grayson look very good, if not a bit of a rascal with an ego.

            Did you think we wouldn’t click through? 

          • Bill Russell says:

               Navin, You have to read through the second page:  Here is the  quote on his “legal costs:” 

            “So far, Alan Grayson estimates, his efforts to pursue qui tam cases
            against contractors in Iraq have cost him about $10 million. The severe
            terms of the False Claims Act mean that he cannot even reveal how many
            fraud whistle-blowers he represents, but there are dozens…….”(Sorry for the double posting on this…just wanted to make sure I put this in the correct place following Navin’s comment.)

          • SedanChair says:

            He is an untrustworthy hater

            Guess who it’s OK to hate on

          • Bill Russell says:

            Sedan Chair, watch the video link above and see who is spewing the hate….I am just pointing out a fact pronounced by Grayson himself with the hate and lies he pontificates with just about every breath he has……Also take a look at some of the other posts on this site. They look pretty hateful to me.

        • Navin_Johnson says:

           Citations please.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            Check his FB page.

          • Bill Russell says:

             Antinous, I note that three of my posts which have specifically countered the arguments posted by you and SedanChair have been removed without comment.  I have not called anyone names, and have only pointed out the lies and hate spewed by Grayson as his normal operating procedure. Was this a glitch, or  does someone on this site fear spirited debate?

          • Bill Russell says:

             Navin, You have to read through the second page:  Here is the  quote on his “legal costs:” 

            “So far, Alan Grayson estimates, his efforts to pursue qui tam cases against contractors in Iraq have cost him about $10 million. The severe terms of the False Claims Act mean that he cannot even reveal how many fraud whistle-blowers he represents, but there are dozens…….”

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            That says that it cost him $10 million. Which is exactly the opposite of what your bizarre rant implies.

          • Bill Russell says:

             Actually, Antinous, those were the legal costs he bragged about being paid in his sit down with the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board.  They were a cost (that is another word for expense) to him until he recovered legal fees from the case he won. You do not have to believe a word I say about Grayson…just listen to what the man says and does with a discerning mind and any thinking person will come to the conclusion that he is just another slick salesman telling you what you want to hear…Everyone is also invited to checkout my website, http://www.williamrussell,net, in addition to my FB Page.

          • Navin_Johnson says:

             I read through page 4. It doesn’t say what you think it does. The opposite in fact.

  4. Shashwath T.R. says:

    Is it too much to ask for members of Congress to leak a draft? I mean, if low-level intelligence operators can do it, why not your leaders?

    I mean, what’s the executive going to do? Launch a manhunt?

  5. macrumpton says:

    When I read stuff like this it makes me think that we should organize a conference for all the corporate puppetmasters and their congressional lackeys on a cruise ship, and then sink it far far out to sea.

    Either that or make the punishment for corruption and corporate tax evasion to be death of the entire board of the corporations involved.

  6. Lemoutan says:

    It says ‘draft’. And we all know that why they leak terrifying drafts is to sneak in the merely horrifying actuality.

    • sdmikev says:

      Signed, thank you for posting!

      And thank you to rep Greyson.  One of the few actually doing something..

  7. Ernst Gruengast says:

    Given this and so many other warnings, the light of day is required on the TPP. Snowden, Manning and Assange have already laid the groundwork for a public interest defence of much more “sensitive” information – there is no national security argument that can be substantially made here. The chattering elites and their media parrots will resort to the same techniques to deride such a leak – but less and less people are listening.
    If someone as dubious in the eyes of the the inner circle as Alan Grayson has seen this then so have MANY others. Whoever hacks or leaks this document can rely on enormous support for defending the public’s interest in seeing this.

  8. ldobe says:

    Hey now, that would be “akin to corporate sodomy”
    And we all know how that works out.

    There simply is no longer popular representation in the US for long term goals. I can’t think of anything to do but despair in our horrid situation.

    Sure the SOPA/PIPA protests worked for a week or two, but there isn’t any way for popular opinion to work within the system to enact changes for the longterm good of the people. The two partt system is a force of corruption and evil.

    • millie fink says:

      Sign a petition!

      Surely there’s one online, somewhere about this . . . probably a dozen. I’m sure they’ll all be listened to carefully by the ranchers who herd us, their cattle and sheep.

  9. peregrinus says:

    Given the difficulties inherent in taking on the commercial power structure in a democratic way, may I suggest we create a ranked list of the ne’er-do-wells pushing this, and simply stop buying their products and services.

    Sure, we might miss out on Zombie World War Zzzz this summer, but corporations listen to their investors who listen to one thing:  the bottom line.  As in profit, not bottoms (hehe).

    If any such list exists, please post – and I will post haste put my money away from these people.

    Free trade is just that – free, unburdened.  It needs a watchful eye, to make sure that it doesn’t get twisted and warped, distorted and screwed, molded purely to enriching a layer of individuals who control more than any person deserves.

  10. IronEdithKidd says:

    Punishment fit for a sociopath, indeed.  Too bad the clowns in congress who temporarily made it illegal for themselves to engage in insider trading would never inflict that much damage to their own self-interests.   

  11. I’d love to see Rand Paul filibuster th–oh wait, it’s in the best interest of his wallet.

  12. strophariad says:

    If curbing corporate rule is among your top priorities, show some love to the only party that puts it among theirs: http://gp.org/

    See especially the TPP articles at http://greenshadowcabinet.us/

  13. embryoconcepts says:

    I am not down with TPP.

  14. oldman67 says:

    The Council on Foreign Relations runs America and the Zionist dictate our foreign policy.

  15. How does a story manage to say so little?

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