International Treaty Negotiated In Secret – Hidden Even from Congressmen Who Oversee Treaties – Threatens to Destroy National Sovereignty

Treaty Threatens Global Government … Run by Giant Corporations

The normally-reserved Yves Smith asks whether Obama should be impeached over it.

Democratic Senator Wyden – the head of the committee which is supposed to oversee it – is so furious about the lack of access that he has introduced legislation to force disclosure.

Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is so upset by it that he has leaked a document on his website to show what’s going on.

What is everyone so furious about?

An international treaty being negotiated in secret which would not only crack down on Internet privacy much more than SOPA or ACTA, but would actually destroy the sovereignty of the U.S. and all other signatories.

It is called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Wyden is the chairman of the trade committee in the Senate … the committee which is supposed to have jurisdiction over the TPP. Wyden is also on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and so he and his staff have high security clearances and are normally able to look at classified documents.

And yet Wyden and his staff have been denied access to the TPP’s text.

This is similar to other recent incidences showing that we’ve gone from a nation of laws to a nation of powerful men making laws in secret.

For example,  in the summer 2007, Congressman Peter DeFazio – who is on the Homeland Security Committee (and so has proper security access to be briefed on so-called “Continuity of Government” issues) – inquired about continuity of government plans, and was refused access. Indeed, DeFazio told Congress that the entire Homeland Security Committee of the U.S. Congress has been denied access to the plans by the White House (video; or here is the transcript). The Homeland Security Committee has full clearance to view all information about COG plans. DeFazio concluded: “Maybe the people who think there’s a conspiracy out there are right”.

As University of California Berkeley Professor Emeritus Peter Dale Scott warned:

If members of the Homeland Security Committee cannot enforce their right to read secret plans of the Executive Branch, then the systems of checks and balances established by the U.S. Constitution would seem to be failing.

To put it another way, if the White House is successful in frustrating DeFazio, then Continuity of Government planning has arguably already superseded the Constitution as a higher authority.

Watch this interview from today explaining why TPP is so dangerous to America … and the rest of the world:

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  • rbm411

    Of course, if congress really wanted to get the information they would just with hold all funding for the executive branch. That is congresses real power.

    • David

      Except congress has no money. What they get is borrowed from the the feds and that isn’t even real. At this point the feds 1) control America’s money supply, 2) control most major industry, 3) own most media and use it to shape our opinions, and control the politicians because of: 1,2,3 above. It’s the same time worn story that we have thousands of years of history to look back on and it’s repeating. The question is how far do we allow it to progress this time before we stop allowing it?

      • David

        It’s as simple as “Just Say No” Then the few have no control of the many. Keep in mind the extent that the power-mongers are outnumbered. Their biggest fear is that the masses get wise to their money/power game and rise up against them.

        • David

          By rising up I mean a passive rising (the ones that control the military are too hard to defeat aggressively). The key is to exclude them from our day to day business dealings. E.G. Quit using their services and their finished.

  • Michael Abbott

    Thank-you Dick Cheney for the imperial presidency.

    • CJinSD

      Obama voters have only themselves to thank.

      • B C Myndphunghous

        And there’s no way to get through to the willfully deaf dumb & blind who feel perfectly self-justified in their Utopian insanity, and always believe it’s the rest of the world who’s misinterpreting reality.

    • charles

      If you think that Dick Cheney is responsible for the imperial presidency you are blinded by your own excuses for one of the 2 phoney sides. It is not a question of R vs D, nor of Communism vs Nazism, not of liberal vs conservative. It is a question of Liberty vs tyranny.

      Cheney is one of the puppets, so is W, so is Obama, so is Romney.

      Who supports all of these clownish puppets? Let’s see now, who is it that gets rich by “monetizing the debt”? That means that they are the govt (Congress) created monopoly on the creation of the currency. Do you think this might give this entity (the Fed) the power to support whatever tyranny they wanted? Especially since their very existence depends upon tyranny (any central bank is totally unconstitutional), that is what they promote. Let’s see now, their goons own all of the major media (including Fox, along with the “progressive” outlets.) Do you think that has anything to do with “public opinion”?

      Do you think that if we got rid of Cheney, that the pseudo-opposite Democrats wouldn’t do the same, and more of it? Oh, I see, that is exactly what Obama and his buddies are doing…

      Let’s cut the partisan BS. NO ONE will become president (or VP) without Fed approval, not directly but under the table.

      Liberty or tyranny?

      • pearson

        You are probably right about who rules the US. I have always thought it was Wall St and the Pentagon. What do you think? Also who runs Wall St? Could it be Israel and itd supporters?

      • David

        Very accurate, Americans need to continue communicating with each other in venues outside mainstream control and get educated. Especially about monetary policies. That is the key to how the feds have taken America, and understanding that, how the Americans can take it back. The old cliche ‘Wake up’ actually takes effort and determination of purpose. This is our country. If power hungry men have undermined our Constitution (which they have) then it’s our fault for letting them get away with it. That’s the beauty of the U.S. It belongs to the people but we have to continually fight for it. History shows it’s never an east battle. The greedy are relentless.

  • David Meader

    This is another example of Obama and his band of Chicago type thugs abusing the constitution, they all should be arrested for treason. How any person could vote for this president is beyond me.

    • Jack Bootedgauleiter

      It would be healthy for the whole of the western world for a political leader to be personally held to account, prosecuted and imprisoned. It would set a precedent which would affect the commisars of the EU, and prime ministers around the globe. The US is the leader of the “free world”, let it be they who light the way.

    • MVP

      Yes, and ditto fore the last one (and the next one.)

      GIGO on display every election any more.

  • http://earthlink Robert chase

    This all started under Roman rule, hasn’t changed a bit,the same greedy bastards doing the crap.

    • charles

      It may have started even earlier. As you mentioned it’s the same (type of) greedy bastards doing the crap. It all starts with debasing the currency …

  • http://rehmat1.com/ Rehmat

    The Congressional Committee on Homeland Security is not there to check the anti-US individuals and groups – but to protect them. Not long ago, Michael Chertoff, an Israel-Firster Ashkenazi Jew with dual citizenship was head of the DHS. Then we have Rep. Peter King, a former IRA terrorist supporter as Chair of the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. King is a welknown ‘Islamophobe’ who believe American Muslim citizen pose the greatest threat to the US.

    http://rehmat1.com/2011/08/13/rep-king-thou-shalt-not-make-movie-on-obl/

    • Mensat

      What does any of that have to do with the subject of this blog? Do you spew your hatred of Jews at every opportunity?

      Get a grip.

      • Sadie

        Mensat: Are you kidding, the “rehmat” has an entire blog devoted to being antisemitic.

        • Mensat

          Sorry Sadie, this is my first time here. I am not familiar with any of you.

    • lighteredknot

      Iagree with Rep King. islam IS AN IDEAOLOGY NOT A RELIGION. RELIGON IS TOLERANT AND ISLAM IS NOT. muslims want sahria law in USA and I say to Hell with that.

  • Goldfinger

    Say the hell with the Constitution and bill of right now add to this the amnesty. Hold on to your gun boys this gets a bit closer everyday.

  • http://evolutionofdemocracy-johnnyl.blogspot.com John Liparelli

    You should list my blog among your group, since we’re both on the same wavelength. JFL

  • windcatcher

    There have been plenty of other secret trade agreements over the last 20 years that were signed on an international level and has never been reported in the main stream media.

    The Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission plots TREASON every day in the open and no one says a word.

    The criminals are in charge, the sheep are afraid, not believing their obvious fate. The Fascist N.W.O is out in the open now; there is no deigning it any longer; your life is about to drastically change.

  • http://N/A Jeff T L

    I am from New Zealand and am worried about this but I understand Australia will not sign this part of the the agreement,

  • Jack

    “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” – Aesop
    Yes Robert chase, nothing has changed.

  • windcatcher

    Carl Rove, Joseph Goebbels reborn, is the evil mastermind who sits behind the scene with his super pack with billions in propaganda, bribery funds.

    You know this whole homosexual thing, immigration, global warming, environmentalism, right to life and globalization vs. “isolationist” are all co-opted and orchestrated by Rove and his evil mind.

    Rove smugly sits back and controls the public dialogue as the back room Fascist sign secret multinational binding trade agreements.

  • Michael Vechell

    This is the same pattern used to bring about the European Union, North American Union, African Union and Asian Union whereby corporations and plutocrats are trying to merge Canada, USA, and Mexico into a super state of the New World Order. Compare for yourself at: http://www.stopthenorthamericanunion.com/E.U.,NAU~Two Peas in a Pod
    Bush sr. spoke often during his presidency of a “New World Order”. This is what he meant. Check out his speeches on YouTube. Search: George H. Bush, New World Order I fear that the order of sovereign nations is over. We will experience what George Orwell talked about in “1984″ or Nazi Germany on a world wide scale with no place to run.

  • John

    Obama’s socialist totalitarian police state tightens the screws yet another turn.

  • Charles Fox

    A giant step toward world government. People who are not knowledgeable will say it’s a “conspiracy theory,” or maybe it’s the best thing. What it really amounts to is that we (the people’s of the world) have been conquered. In order to have government over a territory (in this case, the world), it will control the territory. It’s a conquest through the back door – not by armies but by bureaucrats – not directly, but through the back door. The final results are the same.

  • SKEETER

    The answer to challenging this legislation and failure to our National Security, is for the “elected representatives” to come out of their shells and YELL to the public and White House, that this is NOT how it is done. Until congress grown spines and as individuals actually does something like that, we are kaput. NOW….what don’t you see as Conspiracy Theories? Crazy thought,huh?

  • http://yahoo fredh

    Treaties and the Constitution
    One of the most outlandish ploys being used to break down our Constitutional government is the promotion of the false notion that treaties ,when confirmed by the Senate , are more powerful then the Constitution, and can actually override our national charter in both foreign and domestic matters. Of course, this notion is ridiculous. America’s founders would never have worked so wisely to limit and contain government powers and then hold American freedom hostage to some to some future unwritten treaty with a foreign power. Let’s take a look at the second paragraph in Article V1 and consider its meaning: This Constitution and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance there-of and all treaties made or which shall be made, ,under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and judges in every state shall be bound thereby , any thing in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

    The clause, ‘supreme law of the land” does not mean that a treaty is somehow superior to the Constitution; it means that treaties made in pursuance of ( in conformance with ) the U.S. Constitution are the only U.S. treaties.

    Almost as if he were responding to modern schemers who view treaties as a method of overriding the Constitution , James Madison stated :
    ” I do not conceive that { treaty- making } power is given to the President and the Senate to dismantle the empire, or to alienate any great , essential right. I do not think the whole legislative authority have this power. The exercise of the power must be consistent with the object of the
    delegation”

    That is ,the treaty power must be consistent with the government’s delegated powers.

    Madison further said of the treaty clause : “Here the supremacy of a treaty is contrasted with the supremacy of the laws of the States. It cannot otherwise be supreme.” And Alexander Hamilton said, ” A treaty cannot be made which alters the Constitution of the country, or which infringes any express exceptions to the power of the Constitution of the United States.”

  • bryant palmer

    our congress is a cesspool of corruption, this was said by a former C I A member and the fed. controls it and obama. we need to kick out the entire congress because it is allowing all of this mess to happen

  • marcia

    I love Ron Wyden, and I’m alarmed at the secrecy around all kinds of issues, including trade negotiations. However, the article simply isn’t right: there is no “trade committee” in the Senate, so Wyden can’t be on it. He’s also not on either the Commerce Committee or the Foreign Relations Committee, one of which may or may not — I don’t know — have jurisdiction over trade. Could we please have the facts right so we know whether we can trust the reportage.

    • fyzzics

      He’s on the Finance Committee, and is the chair of the Subcommittee on international trade. You would find that out if you followed the link to the Huffpost article.

  • Krony the phony

    enforceable corporate global governance

  • Sickofit

    Then my first question we should be looking into is. How or What do we need to do to remove ourselves from this pact once the current Dictator is gone. We need to prepare now so we can be ready to jump into action and dissolve it the same hour he’s gone. Or do we just violate and ignore it leaving those companies wanting to leave America.

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