Because it’s all a secret.
Several websites are screaming that the Obama administration is negotiating a trade treaty called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
They can’t tell you more about it because they say the entire treaty is classified.
The treaty is so secret that the fact that it is secret – is itself secret.
In fact, it is so secret that Senator Ron Wyden, who chairs the Senate subcommittee on international trade, doesn’t know everything that is in it.
But now, Congressman Alan Grayson has been allowed to read the entire treaty, and he says it looks bad.
According to Grayson:
1) There is no national security purpose in keeping this text secret.
2) This agreement hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests.
3) What they can’t afford to tell the American public is that [the rest of this sentence is classified].
We really are laughing so hard our eyes are watering.
No one can say why this trade agreement is so bad, because it is secret.
They say all we can do is trust people like Grayson who have seen it and say that we need to fight it.
Over 40 years ago Congress passed legislation requiring the president to notify Congress of any executive agreements that are formed.
And, while the President does have the power to negotiate treaties, they have to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate.
Let’s see them keep that secret.