USTR Releases Openness Plan, While Celebrating That It's In The Pocket Of Industry Lobbyists
from the see?-people-like-us! dept
So it should come as no surprise that the USTR is gleefully hyping up two more letters from lobbying groups in favor of ACTA. But why won't it put forth the letters against ACTA or worried about the process? And, of course, as Jamie Love points out, isn't it weird that these lobbyists are proudly supporting an agreement when, technically, they're not even supposed to know what's in the agreement?
What's even stranger is that all of this comes on the same day that the USTR has released its plan on being more open. How about, for a start, you open up ACTA, stop hiding behind lobbyists, and allow for a real open discussion involving the real stakeholders? Or is that too much to ask? Well, included in the openness plan is the following:
During the building of this plan, recommendations centered around two issues: the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations and all other trade-related meetings. There was a desire to make all advisory committee, negotiating, and policy development meetings, and texts available to the public in "real time."And yet, rather than any sort of real time release of information, we get the USTR still hiding the documents behind a bogus claim of "national security" and then showing off the fact that it's in the pocket of lobbyists who aren't even supposed to know what's in the document.