Global Governance vs. American Sovereignty

Empires have been built through­out his­to­ry and most even­tu­al­ly fell when the empire got too large or too tyran­ni­cal. There has always been, and prob­a­bly always will be, a ten­sion between con­sol­i­dat­ing pow­er at the top or decen­tral­iz­ing pow­er to the peo­ple. Our Found­ing Fathers gave us a high­ly decen­tral­ized Repub­lic with most pow­er vest­ed […]

We Need to Stop the White House From Putting TPP and TTIP on the Fast Track To Ratification

Sen­a­tors are now work­ing around the clock to re-intro­­duce a bill that would put trade agree­ments on the fast track to pas­sage in the US after those deals are final­ized. Deals like the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Invest­ment Part­ner­ship (TTIP) have been nego­ti­at­ed in almost com­plete secre­cy, except for pri­vate indus­try […]

It Doesn’t Matter Who Does the Lobbying: Trade Agreements Aren’t the Place for Internet Regulations

The Asso­ci­at­ed Whistle­blow­ing Press released por­tions of draft text pro­posed by the Unit­ed States for the Trade in Ser­vices Agree­ment (TISA) this week, reveal­ing some alarm­ing pro­vi­sions that indi­cate how tech com­pa­nies have been involved in influ­enc­ing a secret inter­na­tion­al deal. The lan­guage of the leaked treaty shows pro­vi­sions that could impact pri­va­cy online, and […]

Sen. Sessions: ‘Super-Elites in Washington and Wall Street Dream of World Without Borders’

FA Sum­ma­ry: Agen­da 21 seeks the abo­li­tion of bor­ders and the eco­nom­ic equal­iza­tion of peo­ple across the world. After twen­ty years of imple­men­ta­tion the plan is work­ing! In a speech deliv­ered on the Sen­ate floor Fri­day as the Sen­ate was debat­ing a 1,603-page gov­ern­ment fund­ing bill that will per­mit Pres­i­dent Oba­ma to spend tax dol­lars […]

EFF Demands US Trade Negotiators Publish Their Public Records

It’s no secret that the US Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (USTR) has approached the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP) nego­ti­a­tions with a dis­ap­point­ing lack of trans­paren­cy. For years now, leaks have been an inad­e­quate sub­sti­tute to rea­son­able pub­lic pol­i­cy, and non-cor­po­rate groups have resort­ed to read­ing between the lines of press state­ments even as the stat­ed time­line of the […]

The Disappearing States

Excerpts from a recent news arti­cle from McClatchy News­pa­pers: Rise in trade spurs U.S. to pro­tect tur­tles 1.       “The U.S. gov­ern­ment is propos­ing a new lev­el of pro­tec­tion for cer­tain fresh­wa­ter tur­tles, con­cerned that a mas­sive increase in over­seas demand for the rep­tiles could hurt their long-term prospects.” 2.       “While none of the four species […]

Cells of Insurrection

In what kind of twist­ed world would Oath Keep­ers – Oath Keep­ers to the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Unit­ed States, be con­sid­ered domes­tic ter­ror­ists? That’s the ques­tion that was asked last week in an inter­view with Stew­art Rhodes, Founder and Pres­i­dent of Oath Keep­ers. After lis­ten­ing to the inter­view, I thought I should check to see […]

When the Time Comes We’ll Need to Step Up the Fight Against TPP’s Secret, Anti-User Agenda

If you missed our live teach-in yes­ter­day on the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP) agree­ment and its restric­tive, anti-user pro­vi­sions, you can still check out the video of our dis­cus­sion. It’s embed­ded below. We invit­ed experts from dig­i­tal rights groups from sev­er­al TPP countries—all mem­bers of the Fair Deal Coali­tion—and we dis­cussed the var­i­ous ways this mas­sive, […]