US DOJ Is Run By Criminals: The Obama administration charged more journalists and legitimate government whistle blowers with espionage than all other presidents combined

In a private meeting Attorney General Loretta Lynch told lawyers representing media organizations that the Justice Department will not send journalists to jail for doing their job. A commitment that previous Attorney General Eric Holder had made after The Obama administration charged more journalists and legitimate government whistle blowers with espionage than all other presidents combined since the passage of the 1917 Espionage Act.

Whether it was targeting CIA whistle blower John Kiriakou for exposing the agency’s torture program, seizing Associated Press phone records, prosecuting Chelsea Manning or going after journalists James Risen and James Rosen, Holder undoubtedly oversaw the largest attack on the First Amendment in modern history.

New Report on Secretive EU Trade Deals Highlights Corrupt Agenda for Mass Privatisation

‘Public services in the EU are under threat from transatlantic trade agreements that could endanger citizens’ rights to basic services like water, health, and energy for the sake of corporate profits, according to a new report released today by an international group of NGOs and trade unions.

The study shows how the EU’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) deal with Canada, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) under negotiation with the US, could lock public utilities into irreversible commercialisation and remove governments’ ability to regulate services.

TPP requests: Groser acted unlawfully

The whole fucking government is completely out of order and out of control at the moment. The cowards in the mainstream media wont point that out to everyone though.

The High Court in Wellington has found Trade Minister Tim Groser acted unlawfully in the way he rejected requests for information about Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations.

White Hat Hackers Would Have Their Devices Destroyed Under the TPP

Car hackers, farmers fixing their high-tech tractors, and teenage DVD rippers; all over the world, these digital tinkerers could have their devices seized and destroyed by the authorities thanks to provisions in the newly-minted Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The finalized copyright chapter of the TPP, leaked on Friday by Wikileaks, reveals that under the agreement, “judicial authorities shall, at least, have the authority to [...] order the destruction of devices and products found to be involved in" any activity that circumvents controls that manufacturers build into their software or devices, known as Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology.

List of Corporations That Backed and/or Funded the TPPA

3M Company, Abbott, ACE Group, Advanced Medical Technology Association, Aflac International, American Apparel & Footwear Association, American Automotive Policy Council, American Chemistry Council, American Council of Life Insurers

American Farm Bureau Federation, American Feed Industry, Association American Forest & Paper Association, American Insurance Association, American Legislative Exchange Council

American Meat Institute, American Soybean Association, Amway, APL, Apple

Applied Materials, Archer Daniels Midland Company, American Natural Soda, Ash Corporation

Association of Global Automakers

Biotechnology Industry Organization


Business Roundtable

BSA – The Software Alliance

CA Technologies




Chubb Corp.

Citigroup Inc

Coalition of Services Industries

The Coca Cola Company Inc

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

Conoco Phillips

Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA)

Imperilled by Unfree Trade

The estranged political classes continued their defiance of democratic practice by signing, again without the involvement of non-trade interests, a document that has been sold as a choice between the rash and the damned. The delegates at the Atlanta round of talks for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement came from twelve states, and some of them were acutely aware that domestic matters were pressing. The election cycle in the United States is starting to gain steam. Canada faces a close election on October 19. Australia’s new prime minister is hunkering down.

Wikileaks release of TPP deal text stokes 'freedom of expression' fears

Intellectual property rights chapter appears to give Trans-Pacific Partnership countries’ countries greater power to stop information from going public.

“The text of the TPP’s intellectual property chapter confirms advocates warnings that this deal poses a grave threat to global freedom of expression and basic access to things like medicine and information,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of internet activist group Fight for the Future. “But the sad part is that no one should be surprised by this. It should have been obvious to anyone observing the process, where appointed government bureaucrats and monopolistic companies were given more access to the text than elected officials and journalists, that this would be the result.”

Once More: The TPP Agreement Is Not A Free Trade Agreement, It's A Protectionist Anti-Free Trade Agreement

We've pointed out a few times in the past that while everyone refers to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as a "free trade" agreement, the reality is that there's very little in there that's actually about free trade. If it were truly a free trade agreement, then there would be plenty of reasons to support it. But the details show it's not, and yet, time and time again, we see people supporting the TPP because "well, free trade is good." The Washington Post, for example, pushed out a ridiculous editorial arguing that the TPP is cause for celebration because it will "slash tariffs and harmonize regulatory regimes."

We’ve sold out the environment and our jobs: The ugly truth about the “toxic” TPP

History was made this week: 12 nations representing 40 percent of the global economy finalized the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest regional trade agreement ever made. While multinational corporations and free-market aficionados are rejoicing, however, environmental and labor groups warn that this was bad history in the making.

“It’s a corporate dream but a nightmare for those of us on Main Street,” remarked Chris Shelton, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union. It’s “clear that the TPP remains a bad deal for working families and communities.”

How the TPP Could Lead to Worldwide Internet Censorship

On Monday, we learned that global “leaders” had come to an agreement on the infamous Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP. While discouraging, this doesn’t mean the game is over — far from it.

Although politicians have come to a secret agreement, this democracy killing, corporate monstrosity still has to pass the U.S. Congress. So it’s now up to all of us to create an insurmountable degree of opposition and make sure this thing is dead on arrival.

The more I learn about the TPP, the more horrified I become.

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