On June 24, foreign oil company TransCanada filed a lawsuit against the U.S. under NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that the U.S. rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline violated NAFTA’s broad rights for foreign investors by thwarting the company’s “expectations.” As compensation, TransCanada is demanding more than $15 billion from U.S.
C'mon folks, it's just the price of Free Trade, only $50 per capita. /s
So long as Big Money determines the legal argument; and that legal argument grants to profit primacy over public health and environmental preservation, the twisted logic expresses as ridiculously inverted lawsuits. This is the trend that will predominate under TIPP and TPP.
Think of that town Port MacArthur burning to the tune of thousands of homes burnt to a crisp. Then think about the various "oil trains" that either exploded, or somehow lost containment of their toxic cargo.
The more harm the Big Oil/Big Fracking entities do, the more they DEMAND that citizens cover their would-be losses. But do they really cover the losses they cause to others? Much that they break in fact cannot BE fixed. Areas that have been contaminated by oil take decades to regenerate. Meanwhile, home values, livelihoods, and public health bear the costs; and those costs are redundant in their recurrence.
The "First do no harm" clause should apply. These monetary behemoths have managed to invert law to protect THEIR wrongdoing under the guise that it's their presumption of innocence.
In the same way that Monsanto's products are ruining human digestive systems so that Big Pharma can run up a profit toll in offering drugs for "leaky gut syndrome" and other Shock Doctrine inspired disorders; these entities push their products under FALSE safety claims.
That a sitting "Democratic" President would push for yet MORE leniency towards corporations or allowing THEM and THEIR ILK to determine the lawfulness of products that have a track record of doing inestimable harm is Criminal! Period!
High Crimes in High Places passing under the radar as inverted law... much in the tradition of reverting to Torture by calling it something else, or using horrific false triggers to start already planned wars.
It's all diabolical!
What passes for today's leadership has utterly and totally betrayed the citizens it's in place to SERVE!!!!!
Expect a lot more of the same after a President Madam Slick signs off on TPP/TTIP/TISA.
Forget about emails, supporting NAFTA/GATT/WTO were acts of treason.
File under advice not taken:
"Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it - It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it ? Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue ? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?
In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations, has been the victim.
So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.
As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils. Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.
Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.
The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities."
---from George Washington's Farewell Address 1796
Remember that under NAFTA a Corporation can sue a foreign government but not its own under those provisions. The TPP and other such deals seek to expand on that. What this will lead to is mutable Corporations moving from Country to Country so as to be able to exploit this law and generate revenues through lawsuits.
The sheer stupidity of such laws , which is apparent to the vast majority of the people demonstrates clearly how our Politicians have been co-opted by big money. There is simply no defense for these provisions outside the fact it lines the pockets of a few with taxpayer dollars.
OK, everyone, can you spell O_D_I_O_U_S___D_E_B_T__?
I couldn't recite the definition off the top of my head so here's a wiki page on it in case anyone else wants to commit the concept to memory:
"In international law, odious debt, also known as illegitimate debt, is a legal theory that holds that the national debt incurred by a regime for purposes that do not serve the best interests of the nation, should not be enforceable. Such debts are, thus, considered by this doctrine to be personal debts of the regime that incurred them and not debts of the state. In some respects, the concept is analogous to the invalidity of contracts signed under coercion." (emphasis added)
... come to think of it, wouldn't this make advocacy for anti-constitutional 'trade agreements' that codify this kind of inversion - IN SECRET - a potentially treasonous action?
TransCanada and the KXL can go to hell
The US has never lost a NAFTA lawsuit but you never know, this could be the first. If the TPP is put up for a congressional vote in the lame duck session a major lobbying effort will be needed to defeat it.
Yeah, I'd accept the word treason here.
During a speech in Seattle on 6/24/16 promoting Washington Governor Inslee's re-election, Obama laughed at the activists protesting oil trains and TPP.
Instead of sending them cash, let's send them cruise missiles. How about we build a wall to keep the Canadian looters and thieves out of America!
..... and IF the courts decide in the "oil giants" favor... WHAT WILL WE DO .... about it?............................................
And you can rest assured that a President Clinton would never hesitate to use the police forces that her husband militarized to make sure you pay YOUR share to TransCanada,