Forum Post: MAP Of Planned European anti-ACTA Rallies As Of Febuary 4th /// End ACTA & Protect Our Right to Privacy on the Internet in America /// ACTA: “Would Usurp Congressional Authority”, "Threatens Numerous Public Interests", a "Backroom Special Interest Deal"
Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 26, 2012, 9:34 a.m. EST by MonetizingDiscontent
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MAP Of Planned European anti-ACTA Rallies As Of Febuary 4th:
(MaxKeiser) "Just look at this map. I’ve never seen anything like it in terms of people all across Europe demanding their freedom of speech and being angry against backroom corporativist deals that steals their most basic civil liberties"
-February 4, 2012-
ACTA: “Would Usurp Congressional Authority”, "Threatens Numerous Public Interests", a "Backroom Special Interest Deal", “Masquerade”
by Washington’s Blog -01/30/2012-
SOPA, PIPA, ACTA ... WHAT'S NEXT?
We just beat back SOPA and PIPA with the web blackout.
Now everyone is talking about ACTA. But - because ACTA is complicated, and is just starting to receive coverage - most are not sure exactly what ACTA really is, or why we should be concerned about it.
We'll give you an executive summary of what you need to know.
Instead of giving you the specifics about what's actually in the bill (we provide links at the end for those who want to know), we'll explain why the procedure used is a recipe for disaster.
Why are we stressing procedure over substance?
Because, as awful as ACTA is, there are other horrible bills such as the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement... https://www.eff.org/pages/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement ...waiting in the wings ...which may be even worse than ACTA. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/12/2011-review-developments-acta
Unless we understand the rotten, anti-democratic process which is causing these bad bills to be introduced, we will be caught off-guard by the introduction of one draconian bill after another ...and we will lose the fight for Internet freedom.
(The problem is that powerful men are making laws in secret to protect their interests.) http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/05/weve-gone-from-nation-of-laws-to-nation.html
HOLLYWOOD TRIES TO RAM U.S. IP POLICIES DOWN THE THROAT OF EUROPE
On the most superficial level, ACTA is an attempt to ram American intellectual property policies down Europe's throat. http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110506/03173114181/hollywood-pushing-eu-to-sign-acta-before-it-has-chance-to-study-legal-implications.shtml
As the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Eva Galperin told me: http://occupywallst.org/forum/moderating-policies-will-be-reposted-somewhere-pro/
The United States will continue to use multi-national treaties negotiated in secret without the consultation of civil society or other key stakeholders as a way of ramming US IP policy down the throats of other countries.
But this is a superficial analysis. Specifically, it is also an attempt to ram Hollywood’s interests down the throats of the American people and Congress......
A Handful of Powerful Men Are Trying to Railroad Democracy and the Constitution to Protect Their Interests
The fastest way to understand ACTA... http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/assets/pdfs/acta-crc_apr15-2011_eng.pdf ...is to look at the way in which its backers have tried to trample the normal democratic processes in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere in order to railroad it through.
As an international treaty, ACTA is supposed to be ratified by the American Senate and other appropriate government legislatures. But this is not at all what has happened.
Instead, ACTA has been negotiated for years in secret, without disclosing its contents – let alone seeking approval from – Congress or other legislatures.
In the United States, for example, President Bush and President Obama hid ACTA negotiations under the veil... http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20004450-38.html ...of “National Security”, thus keeping it away from prying eyes … including Congress.
Republican Congressman Darrell Issa says that ACTA is more dangerous than SOPA:
As a member of Congress, it’s more dangerous than SOPA. It’s not coming to me for a vote. It purports that it does not change existing laws. But once implemented, it creates a whole new enforcement system and will virtually tie the hands of Congress to undo it.
Democratic Senator Wyden has argued for years – in letters to USTR ambassador Ron Kirk... https://www.eff.org/node/57075 ...President Obama... http://wyden.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=12a5b1cb-ccb8-4e14-bb84-a11b35b4ec53 ...and the administration’s top international law expert Harold Koh... http://infojustice.org/archives/7031 – that adoption of ACTA is unconstitutional unless without Senate approval.
For example, Wyden (D) wrote last October: http://wyden.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=12a5b1cb-ccb8-4e14-bb84-a11b35b4ec53
Regardless of whether the agreement requires changes in U.S. law, the executive branch lacks constitutional authority to enter a binding international agreement covering issues delegated by the Constitution to Congress’ authority, absent congressional approval.
The Member of the European Parliament who was appointed to be the rapporteur for ACTA in the European Parliament (Kader-Arif) quit... http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/communication-breakdown-10000030/mep-quits-acta-charade-in-protest-at-eu-signing-10025297/ ...last week in protest. Arif said: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120126/11014317553/european-parliament-official-charge-acta-quits-denounces-masquerade-behind-acta.shtml
I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement: no inclusion of civil society organisations, a lack of transparency from the start of the negotiations, repeated postponing of the signature of the text without an explanation being ever given, exclusion of the EU Parliament’s demands that were expressed on several occasions in our assembly.
(((Continue Reading this article Here))) http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/01/acta-would-usurp-congressional-authority-threatens-numerous-public-interests-a-backroom-special-interest-deal.html
(((Or Here))) http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/acta-%E2%80%9Cwould-usurp-congressional-authority%E2%80%9D-threatens-numerous-public-interests-backroom-
End ACTA and Protect our right to privacy on the Internet
(((Petition Here))) https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/end-acta-and-protect-our-right-privacy-internet/MwfSVNBK (Created: Jan 21, 2012)
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, is a 'plurilateral' trade agreement, currently being negotiated between the US, Canada, Japan, the European Union, South Korea, Mexico, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. It is somewhat similar to SOPA/PIPA, however ACTA is an executive agreement between countries besides the United States, and it can be passed without the approval from Congress and the Supreme Court. It is potentially hazardous to the Internet we know and how it works.
We need to stop ACTA before it is finally approved by all countries involved. If you value your privacy and you don't want "Big Brother" watching over you, sign this petition and spread the word. Research ACTA and see just how dangerous it is to the Internet, our privacy, and our liberties.
The Guardian, mouthpiece for copyright cartel, doesn’t mention the massive protests in Poland against ACTA
Posted on January 26, 2012 by stacyherbert
Massive protests in Poland against ACTA. UK and US mainstream media not covering, by their own measure this would be considered being a mouthpiece for some sort of power . . . namely, the Hollywood cartel. And while the Guardian didn’t cover the ACTA protests, they did feel it important to let their audience know about the untouchable Rebekah Brooks becoming a mother.