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, 18 Mar 2009 @ 8:44pm

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    Executive order 12958 was signed in 1995? By a different President?
    And is being used on ACTA by the Obama administration. Yes, this president.

    And like I said the negotiators probably have an agreement with the other countries to hide the info?
    Like you said? Do you have some source for that or are you just making stuff up? Do you know what agreements with other countries are called? Treaties. Show me the treaty that makes the negotiations for this one "secret". And hide it from whom? They don't seem to be hiding it from entertainment industry lobbyists.

    Now Obama did have an agreement. It was with with the American people. To be open and transparent. That's the agreement that's being broken.

    I also said it's "not right, but also not something to pin on Obama." And I stand by that.
    And I hold the administration responsible for their own actions and stand by that.

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