12 Countries Sign TPP! No ‘Debate’

By Mike Masnick

About an hour ago, representatives from 12 different nations officially signed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement in Auckland, New Zealand. The date, February 4th (New Zealand time) is noteworthy, because it’s 90 days after the official text was released. There was a 90 day clock that was required between releasing the text and before the US could actually sign onto the agreement. The stated purpose of this 90 day clock was in order to allow “debate” about the agreement. Remember, the entire agreement was negotiated in secret, with US officials treating the text of the document as if it were a national security secret (unless you were an industry lobbyist, of course). So as a nod to pretend “transparency” there was a promise that nothing would be signed for 90 days after the text was actually released.

So… uh… what happened to that “debate”? It didn’t happen at all. The TPP was barely mentioned at all by the administration in the last 90 days. Even during the State of the Union, Obama breezed past the TPP with a quick comment, even though it’s supposedly a defining part of his “legacy.” But there’s been no debate. Because there was never any intent for an actual debate. The 90 day clock was just something that was put into the process so that the USTR and the White House could pretendthat there was more “transparency” and that they wouldn’t sign the agreement until after it had been looked at and understood by the public.

Of course, the signing is a totally meaningless bit of theater. The real fight is over ratification. The various countries need to ratify the TPP for the agreement to go into effect. Technically, the TPP will enter into force 60 days after all signers ratify it… or, if that doesn’t happen, within two years if at least six of the 12 participant countries ratify it and those six countries account for 85% of the combined gross domestic product of the 12 countries. Got that? In short, this means that if the US doesn’t ratify it, the TPP is effectively dead. The US needs a majority of both houses of Congress to approve it, similar to a typical bill. And that’s no sure thing right now. Unfortunately, that’s mainly because a group of our elected officials are upset that the TPP doesn’t go far enough in helping big businesses block competition, but it’s still worth following.

Inevitably, there will be some debate during the ratification process, though there are enough rumors suggesting that no one really wants to do it until after the Presidential election, because people running for President don’t want to reveal that they’re happy to sell out the public’s interest to support a legacy business lobbyist agenda. But, even that debate will likely be fairly limited and almost certainly will avoid the real issues, and real problems, with the TPP.

Either way, today’s symbolic signing should really be an exclamation point on the near total lack of transparency and debate in this process. The 90 day window was a perfect opportunity to have an actual discussion about what’s in the TPP and why there are problems with it, but the administration showed absolutely no interest in doing so. And why should it? It already got the deal it wanted behind closed doors. But, at least it can pretend it used these 90 days to be “transparent.”

Articles by: Mike Masnick
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US, Japan, Canada, Australia and 8 Other Countries Sign Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be horrible for Americans and the people of the world.

But most politicians are thoroughly corruptNeither the Democratic or Republican parties represent the interests of the American people. Elections have become nothing but scripted beauty contests, with both parties ignoring the desires of their own bases.

So today, 12 countries – Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia      Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, United States and Vietnam – signed the TPP.

They never followed through on their promise of an open and lively debate.

TPP still can be stopped … if the legislative bodies of the signatory nations refuse to ratify it. Can we stop this frankenstein monster?

US, Japan, Canada, Australia and 8 Other Countries Sign Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement was originally published on Washington’s Blog

Big Pharma Is Puppetmaster Behind TPP

Big Pharma Revealed As Puppetmaster Behind TPP Secrecy

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/10/2015 22:13 -0400

It is no secret that US healthcare corporations have been among, if not the biggest beneficiaries of Obamacare: by “socializing” costs and spreading the reimbursement pool over the entire population in the form of a tax, pharmaceutical companies have been able to boost medical product and service costs to unprecedented levels with the help of complicit insurance companies who have subsequently passed through these costs to the consumer, in the process sending the price of biotech and pharma stocks to levels not seen since the dot com bubble.

But when it came to the highly confidential TPP, it was unclear just which corporations were dominant in pulling the strings.

Now thanks to more documents published by Wikileaks, and analyzed by the NYT, it appears that “big pharma” is once again pulling the strings, this time of the Trans Pacific Partnership, which if passed will “empower big pharmaceutical firms to command higher reimbursement rates in the United States and abroad, at the expense of consumers” according to “public health professionals, generic-drug makers and activists opposed to the trade deal.”

In other words, just like the narrowly-passed Obamacare was a gift for big Pharma, so America’s legal drug dealers are now trying to go for another price boosting catalyst, one which however will involve not just the US but some 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Worst of all, the negotiations for the next price increase is taking place in utmost secrecy where “American negotiators are still pressing participating governments to open the process that sets reimbursement rates for drugs and medical devices.”

As RT notes, the latest disclosure links the Healthcare Annex to the secret draft of the quite aptly-named “Transparency” Chapter of the TPP, along with each country’s negotiating position. The leaked “Annex on transparency and procedural fairness for pharmaceutical products and medical devices” is dated from December 2014, with the draft being restricted from release for four years after the passage of the TPP into law.

RELEASE: TPP Transparency Chapter Healthcare Annex https://t.co/jc4hYqh06V #TPP #TTIP#TISA pic.twitter.com/xIlO4QCUu6

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 10, 2015

Worse, while in the US the rising healthcare costs are at least spread across a broader social safety net, the TPP is targeting countries where the potential jump in drug prices will have dramatic effects. As the NYT notes, “foreign governments and health care activists have accused pharmaceutical giants, mostly based in the United States, of protecting profits over public health, especially in poor countries where neither the government nor consumers can afford to pay rates anywhere close to those charged in wealthier nations.”

That fight re-emerged in the Pacific trade negotiations, which involve countries with strong cost-containment policies, like New Zealand, as well as poor countries like Peru and Vietnam.

The agreement “will increase the cost of medicines worldwide, starting with the 12 countries that are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said Judit Rius Sanjuan, a lawyer at Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian organization that provides medical care in more than 60 countries.

None other than the CEO of Mylan explained in the simplest possible way what is going on: a government mandated monopoly under the guise of a trade pact: “Heather Bresch, the chief executive of Mylan, one of the largest generic-drug makers, said the brand-name pharmaceutical industry was “establishing, through U.S. trade policy, an international system designed to maximize its monopolies.”

But where the alarm bells truly go off is when someone, anyone, uses the word “fair” to justify policy, such as surging drug costs. To wit: “drug companies, however, say they need to be able to charge fair prices to compensate for the billions of dollars and decades of research that go into their medicines.”

What is amusing is that the true motive behind the TPP’s secrecy have been quite clear to virtually everyone but the population of the TPP’s host nation:

“It was very clear to everyone except the U.S. that the initial proposal wasn’t about transparency. It was about getting market access for the pharmaceutical industry by giving them greater access to and influence over decision-making processes around pricing and reimbursement,” said Deborah Gleeson, a lecturer at the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in Australia. And even though the section, known as the transparency annex, has been toned down, she said, “I think it’s a shame that the annex is still being considered at all for the T.P.P.”

RT adds that one country that should be in arms over the TPP is Australia:

The secret negotiations now allegedly reveal that Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme might be undermined, pushing up the cost of medicines in the country.

“United States trade negotiators have aggressively pushed for provisions favoring multinational pharmaceutical manufacturers at the expense of national governments and public healthcare systems,” the Sydney Morning Herald wrote.

But the one place where the biggest price shock may be unleashed is, not surprisingly, the US itself :

The leaked TPP document “shows that the pact could expose Medicare to pharmaceutical company attacks and constrain future policy reforms, including the ability of the US government to curb rising and unsustainable drug prices,” the US consumer rights advocacy group and think tank Public Citizen said in its Wednesday statement.

The group says president Obama’s administration has been “acting at the behest of pharmaceutical companies,” and the secret negotiations it has been holding within the partnership might affect Medicare, limiting “Congress’ ability to enact policy reforms that would reduce prescription drug costs for Americans.”

The same Congress, incidentally, which gladly washed its hands of any discussion of the TPP when the Senate “fast-tracked” its passage and as the NYT further notes, “a House vote on final passage of the bill, now expected on Friday, appears extremely close.”

In other words, in exchange for a few million in lobby spending, aka bribes, by Big Pharma, the US Congress has once again sold out the US population, and this time it even voluntarily bypassed even the mock democratic process of debating the law it will pass.

Why? Just so shareholders of pharmaceutical companies could reap even greater profits at the expense of not just the US population, but of the populations of some of the biggest US trading partners, all of whom are about to see the prices of medical care skyrocket.

And since nothing is confirmed until it is officially denied, here is the punchline:

“The transparency annex in T.P.P. is not subject to Investor-State Dispute Settlement, and nothing in its provisions will undermine our ability to pursue the best health care policy for Americans, including any future action on health care expenditures and cost containment,” a trade representative spokesman said.

Those Americans who may wish to challenge the claim well, they are out of luck: Congress is about to make sure there is no way anyone can have a say into what big corporations have in store for the US population.

The full Transparency Chapter Healthcare Annex below:

Wiki Leaks Annex

EC Credit Control

ABC/ACN # CIK#:  
Respondent T&C Ref: Other
Alison Gordon
courtesy notice EC CREDIT
Tanya Uriarau courtesy notice EC CREDIT
EC CREDIT_NZTA

(Hello Tanya Uriarau, 

You are in ignorance of what is LAW. What the legal fiction is amounts to no thing in Law.
Please study the attached documents which we provide for your education and enlightenment, if you so choose.
With respect, 
I am not “Lost at Sea”, flesh and blood I be.
Thank you for the oppt unity to engage.
Please note, documents in open office template can be provided in pdf format if your it system is primitive.)

On 12/09/2014 4:45 PM, “Alison Gordon” <Alison.Gordon@eccreditcontrol.com> wrote:

Good Afternoon Mr XXXX,

Thank you for the update.

Please be advised this debt relates to unpaid registration regarding XXX XXX with plate # 123456, we do require payment in full no later than Friday 16/09/14 to our trust account details as follows:-

02 0700 0110577 000 quoting reference # 101xxxx

We have no contact details for you so if you require any further assistance don’t hesitate to contact us on 06 835 1800 reference # 1017024 or alternatively call our client New Zealand Transport Agency on 0800 108 809 who can assist with legislative advice.

KIND REGARDS REF # 101xxxx

Alison Gordon (06 835 1800 / 1300 961 916) | Team Leader / Credit Controller | Alison.Gordon@eccreditcontrol.com |

EC Credit Control | www.eccreditcontrol.com |

Reply:

Please refer to documents provided.
Notice to Agent is Notice to Principle.
I have no Lawful agreement with you so my Courtesy Notice is the basis for our Lawful interaction.
Thank you for agreeing to my terms, action is acceptance.
My invoices will follow thank you all again.

18/09/2014 4:23 PM, “Alison Gordon” <Alison.Gordon@eccreditcontrol.com> wrote:

Good Afternoon XXXXX,

Thank you for your email.

Please be advised we have been notified by our client as at 18/09/14 that the fees remain payable.  They have advised they have written to yourself confirming the responsibilities of a registered owner.

To reiterate the debt remains payable.

REGARDS ref # 101xxxx

Alison Gordon (06 835 1800 / 1300 961 916) | Team Leader / Credit Controller | Alison.Gordon@eccreditcontrol.com |

EC Credit Control | www.eccreditcontrol.com |

Reply: Hello Alison, 

Again please allow me to inform you that legal is not Lawful. (Refer documents provided you).
Your communication is made on behalf of a foreclosed Legal  Fiction.
We have now an agreement that stands in Law your action is acceptance of this agreement, I have no other binding agreement made with you or the corporate fiction we also know as The Queen by Right of New Zealand. Your action is acceptance of my terms of engagement.
Attached are my invoices for your immediate action.
Thank you

 

Commercial Collector – Dean Hunter

Dear Dean Hunter,

We know where we stand for the land in these times of great change. Thank you for corresponding with me and accepting our terms of engagement. It appears you have neglected to study the documents we provided. We exist in a state of Global Legal Anarchy, whereby the holders of title in and to trusts have failed to rebut the extremely serious charges of Corruption and the deliberate enslavement of the peoples of the planet through a debt based ecconomy.

The referenced filings and documentation of the OPPT stand and are the only valid deeds and all trusts have been dissolved. We have called upon council to cooperate in the acknowledgement of these facts in the public arena. We intend to fully cooperate with current council to transition the existing organization to that of CVAC as per the OPPT documents provided.

Action equals acceptance. You are perpetuating a claim on behalf of a foreclosed organization. You are continuing to support the actions of “Private” Debt Based and foreclosed Global Banking and Corporate governance systems.

I am very well aware of the farce involving the Crown and the Just Us systems in place in this Country. I am in dispute with Council you have engaged as a private individual and there is no longer International Legal backing for this stance. We have no binding contract.

In 1835 The real people signed an agreement with a real Monarch in the United Kingdom. In 1840 a treaty was signed by CROWN AGENTS and the Real people as represented by their Traditional Chiefs. I stand under the Sovereignty which is granted within the former document and  inform you that it has not been extinguished.

Please find attached an invoice for your immediate attention.

I AM

XXXXXX

On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM, xxxxxxx. <xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Dear xxxxx

Thank you for your email and your earlier correspondence. As you are aware, we act for the Far North District Council.

We clarify the following points for you;

You are a registered owner of the property at XXXXXx being XXXXX ha. Other registered owners to this property are XXXXX and XXXXXXX.  The property status is general land and is classified as a rating unit.

Under statute, namely the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, which binds The Crown.  Section 12 of the Act provides Local Authorities namely Councils to set, assess and collect rates and the owner(s)/ratepayer for a rating unit are liable to pay the rates that are due on the unit.  A person must not refuse to pay rates unless they bring proceedings in the High Court to challenge the validity of the rates on the ground that the Council is not empowered to set or assess those rates on the particular rating unit as per Section 60..

If the rates are not paid, the Council may commence proceedings with the District Court to recover rates as a debt and obtain Judgment.  If the rates remain unpaid, application can be made to the registrar to Enforce the Judgment by sale or lease of the rating unit.

The rating unit of which you are a registered owner, has rates outstanding of $XXXX to 30 June 2013 and also rates owing for the 2013-2014 year.  We recommend that you pay your rates as soon as possible or set up an acceptable payment arrangement. As you quoted in your previous email, ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Please be advised that if your rates are not paid, our client will take further action.

Kind Regards

Dean

Dean Hunter

Commercial Collector

Receivables Management (NZ) Ltd

Freephone  0800 00 44 11

Cell             + 64 0274 417 611

Fax             + 64 3 578 7145

www.rmlgroup.co.nz

~~~~~Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:10 AM~~~~~~~~~

Hello Dean,

Further to our previous correspondence, you continue to make claims on behalf of a foreclosed entity with which I have NO CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT.

Please provide the written contract I have with you to support this commercial claim.

I am spokesperson for the trust which holds TITLE to a piece of land in the Far North. Neither the Trust nor the Trustees are “OWNERS” of this land and this is an aspect of the composite FRAUD’S being addressed at this time through many actions such as my own.. Refer to the OPPT filings already referenced for you in our courtesy notice.

Beyond this, the Letters and Proclamations of Pope Francis of the last year very clearly indicate that there is no obligation to a Corporate Fiction, on behalf of a flesh and blood being, unless it is agreed to by all parties and has been done in transparency.

I notice that you are using a capitalized name.in addressing me, this is copyright of the CROWN CORPORATION and is at the very CORE of the FRAUD we are addressing at this time. Your action is further engagement under the binding terms and condition’s we have provided you in our courtesy notice. All previous invoices issued you are now overdue and further liability through your current actions will be addressed with a new invoice to follow. 

Ministry of Justice – New Zealand

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Detective Sergeant Robyn Burnett
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Yvonne Snowden - The Deputy-Registrar for the Taranaki district
Mark Poppelwell - The Registrar for the Taranaki district