Wikileaks 100.000 Euro reward:
12 Oct 2015
Europe‘s most wanted secret must be laid open
WikiLeaks is raising 100,000 Euro reward for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership‚ TTIP
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Transcript by Ismar Ramsi

Once signed, it will cement a key part of the US government‘s plan to create a new global bloc, that will ensure the dominance of its largest companies. And to understand why, we need to go back to the 1950s. After the Second World War the United States accounted for half of the world‘s economy. Its influence was unmatched by any country and it was able to write the early rules of international trade to its advantage. The World Trade Organization was created in this context, and the US dictated rules that favored American business.But as economies like China and India joined the WTO, it became a more democratized arena, and the US found it harder to control its decision making. The US lost control John Pilger, Investigative Journalist: „At the WTO, at its Doha Round, India spoke up, and Brazil spoke up, and the US lost control.“ Pascal Lamy, World Trade Organization Chief said: „I think it‘s no use beating around the bush. This meeting has collapsed.“ The US felt it needed a new strategy, to maintain its global dominance, so in the classical American style, they went big. To bypass the WTO they’re creating the biggest international agreements that the world has ever seen. They’re called the “Three Big T‘s” The „Trans-Pacific Partnership“ or „TPP“, the „Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership“ or „TTIP“, and the „Trade in Services Agreement“ or „TISA“. And they’re all being negotiated in secret right now. John Pilger, Investigative Journalist: „We only found out when WikiLeaks was able to leak parts of them.“ John Hilary, Executive Director -War on Want: „What‘s interesting is when you look across all of these deals whether it be TTIP, TPP or TISA China is excluded, but also Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa. They‘re all excluded because those are the emerging economies.“ Matt Kennard, Centre for Investigative Journalism: „What is not often understood is that these agreements are part of a geopolitical war. This is a new war which is taking place between the United States and China. The United States is very scared of the rise of China so it has moved to militarily encircle it through what is called the „Pivot to Asia“, and now it is moving on to doing that economically.“ A new ‚Grand Enclosure‘ Julian Assange, Editor in Chief - WikiLeaks: „The basic idea which comes across from reading US strategy papers is the construction of a new „Grand Enclosure“, and to put inside this „Grand Enclosure“ the United States, 51 other countries, 1.6 billion people, and two thirds of global GDP. To integrate Latin America away from Brazil and towards the United States. To integrate South East Asia away from China and towards the United States. And to integrate Western Europe, pulling it away from Eurasia as a whole, and towards the Atlantic.“ Of the “Three Big T‘s”, WikiLeaks has revealed four chapters of the TPP, which affects twelve countries in the Americas and South East Asia. We also obtained and released the „Core Text“ of TISA, which affects 52 countries including the EU. But nearly all of TTIP is still secret. When signed, TTIP will cover half of global GDP, and will affect every European member state. Yet EU parliamentarians have serious restrictions in accessing the proposed agreement. Can’t even make notes Jean Lambert, Member of the European Parliament - Green Party: „Yeah, I found it incredible as well. That for something which is a trade agreement, not a matter of life and death in terms of security, where maybe you can understand some restrictions, and we don‘t even like those very much, but for a trade agreement? You know, that we can‘t actually make notes about what it is we‘re reading? Issues that we might want to take away, to look into, which actually might reassure us. You know, if we really were able to sort of take this away and look at it in depth.“ John Hilary, Executive Director - War on Want:„We don‘t have access to the key documents, the most important ones. Because the devil is in the detail. When it comes to trade agreements, you need to know exactly what‘s in the text so that you can assess what the impact‘s going to be.“ Only at the US embassy Julian Assange, Editor in Chief - WikiLeaks: „If EU parliamentarians want to see the TTIP they have to call the US embassy and make an appointment. The appointments are only available two days a week for two hour time slots. Only two parliamentarians are permitted at once. They go to the US embassy, they have to hand in every electronic device, so they cannot possibly make a copy, they must agree to keep everything confidential and then they are led to a secure reading room where two US embassy guards watch everything that they do. How can EU parliamentarians possibly understand what they are negotiating for Europe under these circumstances?“ Corporations had VIP access from day one The world‘s biggest corporations don‘t have the same problem. They have been receiving VIP access from day one, and have had abundant influence in the negotiations. John Pilger, Investigative Journalist: „People, the likes of you and I, are excluded. Governments, to a great extent, are excluded. Those who are included are the multinational corporations.“ Matt Kennard, Centre for Investigative Journalism: „These agreements are basically corporate ownership agreements. The funny thing about „free trade agreements“ as we understand them is they often have nothing to do with trade in the sense of the mutual lowering of tariffs. What they are about is enshrining an investor rights regime in the respective countries and ensuring that corporations can run wild in the respective economies with very, very little regulation, or impingement by government or authorities.“ Claire Provost, Centre for Investigative Journalism:„These treaties will have huge, huge implications for literally almost every critical issue, that an individual citizen or community would care about: health, education, the environment, privacy, access to medicine. I mean the list could go on.“ Companies can sue states over anything One of the most criticized aspects of TTIP is a system called the „International State Dispute Settlement“ or „ISDS“. It’s a secretive international tribunal that allows companies to sue states over virtually anything that they can claim affects their investment. Claire Provost, Centre for Investigative Journalism: „If a protest affects their profits they can sue. If laws affect their profits they can sue. If new regulations might impact where or what they want to do with their money they can sue.“ John Hilary, Executive Director - War on Want: „This is a new power which will be handed over to US corporations to sue the governments of Europe in a parallel judicial system, which is available to them alone. So people have no access to it, domestic firms have no access to it, governments have no access to it, it‘s just there for foreign investors: in this case, US corporations.“ European state sovereignty at risk Based on ISDS history, critics argue that European state sovereignty and democracy are at serious risk. Previous lawsuits include Swedish company Vattenfal suing the German state for $3.7 billion for phasing out nuclear energy. British-American Tobacco sued Australia for passing a law limiting cigarette advertising. The French company Veolia sued Egypt for raising minimum wage. Recognize US safety standards TTIP advocates say that in order for the EU and US to become a single market “regulatory barriers” need to be eliminated. This way for example, a US seatbelt manufacturer already selling seatbelts domestically wouldn’t need to test for safety a second time as the EU would agree to recognize the US safety standards. They argue that this would save costs, create jobs and lower prices for consumers. But just how safe are US standards? John Hilary, Executive Director - War on Want: „So in the USA 70% of all processed food sold in supermarkets contains genetically modified ingredients, whereas in the European Union we‘ve said quite clearly „we don‘t want GM...ingredients in our food chain.“ Similarly, in the US 90% of all beef is produced using growth hormones which have been found to be carcinogenic in humans. So they‘re banned in the European Union. And what the US government is saying is that under TTIP, under the „free trade“ rules that they want to bring in European consumers don‘t get the right to choose.“ Includes all the most important public sectors TTIP includes all the most important public sectors in Europe including education, water, railways, postal services and most controversially it also includes public health services. Matt Kennard, Centre for Investigative Journalism: „What is so scary about this is that corporations want to lock in their power so they not only want increased power but they want to make it impossible for sovereign governments to reverse the changes which are going to give them power. So for example, with TTIP, if it passes, with ISDS in it, the privatisation of the National Health Service, which is happening in the UK can never be reversed.“ John Pilger, Investigative Journalist: „What is democratic about an enormous imposition of power on countries whose citizens have no way of knowing what‘s going on, of debating it, or influencing their government in its decision? That‘s anti-democratic.“ Generates opposision Julian Assange, Editor in Chief - WikiLeaks: „The history of these agreements shows that they‘re very difficult to change unless people can see what‘s in them. And that‘s why they‘re kept secret. Because when the contents are revealed it generates an opposition.“ WikiLeaks has had considerable success delaying the TPP and opening up the debate around it. And the TISA by releasing the secret draft texts. Our publication of an earlier proposed US-EU agreement the ACTA, killed it entirely. WikiLeaks is raising a €100,000 reward for Europe’s most wanted secret: the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Help the world become a more transparent place. Go to
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