President Obama is in Asia holding meetings in a desperate bid to finalize this agreement. But his negotiating partners won’t come to an agreement until they have assurances that the TPP’s most controversial elements won’t be made public and will be passed with Fast Track authority. They know if their plans to censor the Internet, kill jobs, undermine environmental protections and cede more political power to corporations are uncovered the plan will have no chance of making it into law.
This is not how trade agreements should be made in a democracy. It’s time to stop the secrecy surrounding the TPP. FDL activists are joining an international campaign to demand the president immediately release the full text of the TPP so that it can be debated democratically by the public.
Corporations and their allies in the government are pulling out all the stops to finalize this deal in secret talks, but people around the world are putting up a real fight.
Congress has been reluctant to support this deal, but D.C. corporate lobbyists are working around the clock to convince lawmakers to approve fast track trade promotion authority, forcing the TPP through the U.S. Congress with severely limited public debate.
It is wholly unacceptable that the few terrifying details we know about the TPP are the result of disclosures made by Wikileaks. This is an agreement that will have wide ranging implications across the globe — the pact encompasses 12 nations and 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product — yet its text remains secret.
For more than a year activists have been able to stop this pernicious free trade agreement from becoming a reality, but this new push to finalize the TPP means we need to step up our efforts once again.