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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 19 Mar 2009 @ 9:09am

    From the post you linked to in post 27, here's an interesting response:

    "Guess what, Obama probably wasn't even aware of the request or its refusal, Peter Allgeier, the Deputy US Trade Rep, appointed by Former President Bush would have been the one to receive and act on the FOIA request, and that he acted totally in line with the Bush administration's policies is about as shocking as being told water is wet.

    Obama has yet to shake up the USTO, so relax, and stop blaming a man for actions that staff appointed by the old boss made. Obama is not omniscient, unless there's evidence that Obama knew about this FOIA request and did nothing to stop it being blocked, you people need to stop tossing around red herrings."

    The Bush dig isn't necessary, but there you have it: this isn't under Obama's nose yet and it wasn't his staff hiding the info. I'm not saying this isn't an important issue (Would I be reading Techdirt if I didn't somewhat agree with the positions posted? answer: no).

    Re transparency: it's been 8 weeks. Give him some time before the cynicism kicks in. If in 3 or 4 more months this isn't addressed, then I'll be on the other side of the argument. Until then, people need to make sure the issue is brought up repeatedly (but unnecessary pointing of fingers isn't exactly constructive).

    "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."

    I'm obviously making a generalization. Yes, agreements with other countries are treaties. Yes, this is an agreement with other countries... as in the very wording that could possibly be responsible for the hiding of the agreement could be hidden in ACTA... the thing we can't read. That's why I used a conditional word like "probably." To obviously disclaim any factual evidence I don't have. So internet-sue me. I'm going to go back to being a nerd now.

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