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

Rep Alan Grayson (D-FL) is the first Congresscritter to get a look at the text of the super-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership, currently being negotiated by Obama's US Trade Representative (the Obama administration, like the Bush admin before it, claims that the President has the authority to negotiate and enter into trade agreements without Congress's approval). The TPP has been controversial, as several leaked drafts and discussion documents have shown that the entertainment industry has used it as a vehicle for attempting to win brutal Internet and PC rules, including hard-drive searches at the border, surveillance and censorship powers, and more.

Grayson was dismayed by what he saw in the current draft of the bill, and has affirmed Senator Warren's remark that "If transparency would lead to widespread public opposition to a trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not be the policy of the United States."

The TPP is nicknamed “NAFTA on steroids.” Now that I’ve read it, I can see why. I can’t tell you what’s in the agreement, because the U.S. Trade Representative calls it classified. But I can tell you two things about it.

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].

(Well, I did promise to tell you only two things about it.)

I will be fighting this agreement with everything I’ve got. And I know you’ll be there every step of the way.

For now, I’ve set up an e-mail address where you can ask me questions on this topic or other topics:

I Saw the Secret Trade Deal (via Reddit)


  1. 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”

    1.  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.

      1.   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. 

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

          1.  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 (  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.

          2. 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? 

          3.    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.)

          4. 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.

          1.  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?

          2.  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…….”

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

          4.  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.

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

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

    1. Signed, thank you for posting!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.   

    1.  It’s ok when private businesses impinge on your rights and liberty dontcha know.

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