One of the reasons BHO kept the government shutdown continuing could have been to keep the eyes off a secret free-trade agreement he is negotiating between the U.S. and Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
Little is known about the contents of this agreement, but what IS known is that it will create new guidelines for food safety, fracking, financial markets, medical pricing, copyright rules and even INTERNET access!
The White House recently released a vague statement that we're "on track" to complete the TPP negotiations. What negotiations? What's in this thing? And why won't the White House divulge anything at all?
The cloak of secrecy is raising eyebrows.
Groups like OpenTheGovernment.org, Project On Government Oversight and the "Global Campaign for Freedom of Expression and Information" signed a statement saying,
"Despite the fact the deal may significantly affect the way we live our lives by limiting our public protections, there has been no public access to even the most fundamental draft agreement texts and other documents"
Under every President before BO, international free-trade agreements were authorized by a majority of the House and Senate. And then only after close scrutiny and lengthy discussions. But the White House is seeking to have it "fast-tracked"...allowing BO to sign it before it's even been read, reviewed or voted on.
I remember then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's brazen response to complaints that they hadn't read the Affordable [sic] Health Care Act. She said: "You have to pass the bill so you can read it." That worked well. And they want to do the same thing again!
The few leaks that have come out regarding what's actually in the agreement have even some Democrats worried. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, wants the White House to disclose all the TPP documents. He said:
"The majority of Congress is being kept in the dark as to the substance of the TPP negotiations, while representatives of U.S. corporations--like Halliburton, Chevron, PHRMA, Comcast, and the Motion Picture Association of America--are being consulted and made privy to details of the agreement."
But BO won't budge. Wonder what he's up to this time? If his lips are moving.....
Lori Wallach of The New York Times wrote: "Only 5 of its 29 chapters cover traditional trade matters, like tariffs or quotas. The others impose parameters on non-trade policies. Existing and future American laws must be altered to conform with these terms, or trade sanctions can be imposed against American exports."
Alan West, former Congressman from Florida, said:"Obama wants fast track power so he can conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an expansive system of global governance that would deal a mortal blow to American sovereignty and our Constitution."
An area that makes Compass extremely nervous is anything changing or regulating the Internet, especially if BO is for it. If it weren't for conservative radio, television and the Internet, BO would be in a full-gallop at this point--even though he's moving quite rapidly, it could be worse!
Jim Hightower wrote on Buzzflash that the deal would:"transform Internet service providers into a private, Big Brother police force, empowered to monitor our 'user activity,' arbitrarily take down our content and cut off our access to the Internet."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation argued the TPP would:
"restrict the ability of Congress to engage in domestic law reform to meet the evolving IP needs of American citizens"
I can't imagine the government being in control of the Internet. They already openly punish their adversaries with IRS audits and penalties... imagine what they could do with control of the Internet! Blocked sites, fines, URLs denied and who knows what else.
So we know where this will end up. Without the mark/global ID, you can't get a driver's license, travel by plane or train, open a bank account or get a job.
Fortunately this comes together in the Tribulation, after the Church is removed via the Rapture. And Rapture MUST be getting close because we're sure seeing today all the final-days prophecies coming together--exactly as written!
Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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