Since When Did We Give Lobbyists From The Tech, Entertainment And Pharma Industries Security Clearance?

from the the-RIAA-gets-national-security-clearance? dept

With the new administration sticking by the old one in declaring negotiations over the ACTA treaty somehow a matter of national security as a way of avoiding revealing any info about the proposed treaty or its ongoing negotiations, the folks over at KEI have pointed out the long list of corporate lobbyists who have been involved in the negotiations, including those from the RIAA, MPAA, ESA and a long list of tech, telco and pharma companies. So... can anyone let us know if these folks have security clearance? After all, if they're a part of such sensitive matters concerning national security that are so touchy the public can't know about them, then, surely, the administration is being careful about who it provides that info, right? Or is the national security issue the fact that these folks don't want anyone to know they're writing the rules that will bind Congress (and legislatures in dozens of other countries) to adjust copyright law without any real leeway. And, just watch, these will be the same lobbyists who will spout off about how we have to make these changes to meet our treaty obligations. leaving out the fact that they wrote the treaties themselves to force through exactly this type of legislation.
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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Mar 2009 @ 6:17pm

    I'd like to note that the discussions of ACTA began in 2007... a full two years (okay, probably year and a half-ish) before Obama became president. And the last negotiations took place in December 2008 (or as I like to call it "before January 20, 2009"). It's possible that there are a few bigger things going on that the administration is focusing on that any ACTA decisions that have been made (perhaps those regarding its secrecy) have not worked their way up to anyone's attention.

    This probably is not something to get your panties in a bunch about regarding Obama. Maybe (duh, probably) regarding the negotiators, but not Obama. In fact, perhaps all countries involved in discussing the treaty ave an agreement not to talk about it. That's not right, but also not something to pin on Obama.

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