Rep. Marcy Kaptur calls into the secure room in the basement of the U.S. Capitol where Members of Congress are allowed to read the nearly 1000-page Trans-Pacific Partnership draft agreement. She had to leave her cell phone in the lockers on the left and was not allowed to take away any notes, photos, or copies. She is not allowed to talk about what she read with anyone unless they have Top Secret clearance.
~ Marcy Kaptur
By Catherine Austin Fitts
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur represents Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District and is currently serving her sixteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congresswoman ranks among the most senior Members of the 114th Congress and serves on the all-important House Appropriations committee. Her consistent efforts to defend the interests of her constituents and all Americans underscores a record of excellence in public service.
Our interview with Congresswoman Kaptur is being made available to the public due to the importance of this week’s vote in the House on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Also because of the timely nature in which we would like to release this, it is still the rough audio – we will update the recording when the final edits have come in.
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During our discussion, a number of points came to light which you may find disturbing:
- The contents of the roughly 1000-page Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement are top-secret
- Members of Congress were not invited to draft this agreement – it was drafted by corporate interests
- Members of the House of Representatives are not allowed to discuss the TPP agreement with staff-members or constituents
- Members of the House are subject to criminal prosecution if they talk about what they have read in the agreement
My analysis of the ramifications of the TPP agreement is available for Solari Report subscribers in the June 11, 2015 Money & Markets segment here. It covers:
- Whether or not the TPP agreement represents a trade agreement or something much more far-reaching
- The timing of the bill – why now?
- How will international legal authority and the sovereignty of nations be affected by this agreement?
To gain a better understanding of what the TPP involves, I also recommend our Special Report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur encourages all Americans who have concerns about this bill to call, write, or e-mail their representatives in the House and the Senate to OPPOSE:
Update: While the vote to fast track the TPP was defeated in the House last Friday, the House passed a revised version on Thursday. The bill now goes back to the Senate.
To help you communicate with Congress, here is the EFF link:
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