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Friday, June 12, 2015

Wikileaks releases text of secret trade agreement

Dear Friends,

I cannot see how this is not truly urgent.  Please do your part by emailing (5 seconds) or calling your representative to stop the TPP and the TISA.

And Thank You for everything you do to make this a better world,

Fran Shure

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015 7:55 AM, Evan from FFTF <info@list.fightforthefuture.org> wrote:

Dear Fight for the Future member,
Wikileaks just released the text of a trade agreement that’s even more secretive than the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and poses just as great a risk to our Internet freedom.
You’ve probably never heard of the agreement that Wikileaks just exposed, because like the TPP it’s been negotiated in almost complete secrecy. It’s so secret, in fact, that the text is intended to be classified for five years after the agreement goes into effect.1
It’s called the Trade in Services Agreement, or TISA, and the leaked texts show why governments are working so hard to keep it quiet: like the TPP, TISA could have devastating effects on Internet freedom and privacy, and could even be abused by monopolistic cable companies to undermine global net neutrality.2
Based on what we’ve heard, the vote is scheduled for this Thursday, and there are still a large number of lawmakers who are undecided.
Unlike most issues, “Fast Track” is not playing out like a partisan circus. Both Democrats and Republicans oppose it for their own reasons (many Democrats are concerned that these secret trade agreements could lead to offshoring American jobs and undermining environmental standards, while Republicans are hesitant to give President Obama additional authority to conduct negotiations in secret.)
No matter what your political persuasion is, we can all agree that decisions that affect the future of the Internet and our most basic rights should never be made behind closed doors without public debate.
The bad news about Fast Track is also the good news. If we lose on this vote and Fast Track passes, it almost certainly means that the TPP and TISA (and any other agreement that this President or the next one cooks up) will become law. But if we win, we REALLY win, and it’s likely that we can stop these anti-democratic agreements once and for all, and protect the Internet for generations to come.
Thanks team. We’re on the brink of another huge victory for the net. I can almost taste it. But we’ll need to remain vigilant this week.
More soon. Thanks for all you do.
-Evan Greer at Fight for the Future
P.S. Industry lobbyists are pouring into DC right now to do everything they can to buy more votes for Fast Track. Will you chip in $5 to help us fight them with our creative campaigns?


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