An international trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership between nine countries is stirring up a lot of controversy. Some US lawmakers are wondering what the TPP is doing behind closed doors. The trade agreement has provoked a Senator to propose legislation that would require the US trade representative to consult with lawmakers, but according to some reports the Obama administration is refusing to release the details.
Obama is very secretive about his negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership. One section, the one about intellectual property rights has some worried that this is a backdoor way of pushing through SOPA, internet off switches, etc…
Melinda St. Louis, the International Campaigns Director of Public Citizen said on an interview to RTAmerica:
The secret is that there are negotiations happening behind closed doors between our trade representatives and their SIX HUNDRED corporate advisers that are writing the text, reading the text, and have access to it and the US Congress and the public and the press have absolutely no voice in the process.
Darrell Issa is pushing for these negotiations to be transparent. Issa posted this on KeepTheWebOpen.com:
Closed-door negotiations are continuing on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which could potentially impact the way the Internet works for American taxpayers, innovators and the global Internet community. Because the Obama Administration has kept citizens, many-stakeholders and Congress in the dark, little is known about the intellectual property (IP) rights chapter of TPP beyond rumors and a February 2011 U.S. draft proposal. While we share the agreements stated goal of strengthening IP rights protections, the process should be done openly and collaboratively, with any outcome protecting individual rights and the expanding vibrancy and growth of the Internet. To date, we believe that TPP falls short.