The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest trade agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the United States has been engaged in discussion with eight Pacific nations to come to an agreement on the terms of the TPP. It is a free trade contract that would allow for a more open system of exchange between the United States and less developed nations, apparently, and it’s wrapped in secrecy since discussions began within the Bush administration in 2005.
Why is it wrapped in secrecy? Because it’s not really about trade. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either put restrictions on domestic governments, limit food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy, climate policy and more. It’s basically an agreement for establishing new and enhanced powers for the multinational corporations that seem to own all of the worlds resources. It will affect everything, and all industries we choose to allow to govern our planet and the way that we live.
A portion of the proposed partnership was leaked (1) and it already managed to cause quite a stir. Details about the negotiations have been so hidden from the public that some members of the US Congress have called on the President to come forward with new information. According to the leak, the Obama administration has been considering TPP provisions that would allow foreign corporations operating within the United States to appeal regulations on both the environment and banking that would be forced on American-owned businesses with no chance of reprieve. Again, it is a long agreement that touches on all industries, from health all the way to energy, food and finance.
This isn’t all, there is a great deal of concern with regards to internet freedom. This negotiation could create rules that give media companies new power over the internet. The TPP could make internet service providers act as a copyright cop, policing what information we share. Many have suggested that this is a fast track towards internet censorship. The fact that this agreement would tighten controls over the internet is no secret.