Obama Ratifies the ACTA Global Internet Censorship Agreement(W/O Senate)

snipe 2012/01/27 22:18:00
Aren't all Treaties required to be voted on and passed by the Senate before a President can sign them? Thought so! Too much info to post it all here; plenty more at link.

In another example of how little Barack Obama cares about the United States Constitution and the role of Congress -as bad as it can be- the current U.S. president ratified the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement or ACTA. President Obama had signed the first binding draft of ACTA last October 1, 2011, also in secret.

"If ACTA were categorized as a treaty, it would have to be ratified by the Senate. But the USTR and the Administration have consistently maintained that ACTA is a sole executive agreement negotiated under the President's power," the EFF said. "On that theory, it does not need Congressional approval and thus ACTA already became binding on the US government when Ambassador Ron Kirk signed it last October."

Although ACTA is being presented as a tool “to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies,” the truth is that it is an effort to further centralized Internet control. With ACTA IPS’s will be obligated to use invasive procedures to make sure no user infringes what corporations say is a violation of copyright laws. Failure to detect and denounce such breach will result in the IP and Internet user receiving massive fines, and after three warnings, individuals who are considered repetitive offenders will be sent to jail and banned from the Internet. The IP that fails to stop the supposed violation of corporate interests will be taken off the air. The outrageous part of this is that the party -corporation- whose property was supposedly used without permission doesn’t even have to prove that the user or the IP violated its intellectual property. It is enough to make three accusations.

As it has happened in most countries that signed ACTA, in the United States the President has issued an executive order to keep negotiations concerning Internet control legislation secret. Barack Obama has cited national security concerns. According to Michael Gist’s blog, as well as leaked documents from the agreement, the ACTA global legislation has seven main sections


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  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2012/01/30 14:05:29
    He has been going around Congress all along and Congress it too much Politically Correct to stop him and his Czars. We need to change this fast before we loose too much freedom.
  • Soundstorm 2012/01/29 23:59:34
    Awful lot of secretive behavior on the part of this president considering there's no national emergency or state of war.
  • snipe Soundstorm 2012/01/30 00:02:12
    I'm sure he'll think of something.
  • dogs voice 2012/01/29 17:34:33
    dogs voice
    Playing monarchy again are ya Obammy? What you say does not always go! Keep pushing and you will be removed from office now or maybe in the 2nd term. The American people will stand for only so much. VOTE NOBAMA IN 2012! SAVE AMERICA! Mr Oarrogant is trying to push his agenda again.
  • paul 2012/01/29 10:11:05 (edited)
    Once again folks. Sarah Palin gave us all a heads up with her closing speech during the Vice Presidential debate in 2008. Her words were,

    "It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don't pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that they shall do the same, or we're going to find ourselves spending our sunset years telling our children and our children's children about a time in America, back in the day, when men and women were free."
  • dallas 2012/01/29 04:58:14
  • thє вluє wαndєrєr 2012/01/29 02:18:59
  • MrsJJS thє вlu... 2012/01/29 06:53:48
    You're right there's not. But it's not about the parties its the individual members in those parties. George Jr. probably would have done the same thing but then there are other Republicans who wouldn't have even entertained the idea
  • Beat Ma... MrsJJS 2012/01/29 08:29:56
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    I wouldn't be so sure about that. Here and there maybe, but a lot of Republicans would tow that line I fear... so would Democrats.
  • thє вlu... MrsJJS 2012/01/29 20:54:19
  • MrsJJS thє вlu... 2012/01/30 15:29:58
    Yeah I know...Jason Altmire (Pennsylvania) is a decent Democrat...he has a very bipartisan voting record and he actually listens to his constituents.
  • Mark P. 2012/01/29 00:34:30
    Mark P.
    He tip toes right around the law,without breaking it. Typical thug lawyer. Don't call it what iti is but what you can to avoid the Congress.
  • cindy 2012/01/28 23:49:10
    He has to be voted out !
  • Beat Ma... cindy 2012/01/29 08:30:28
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    And replaced with whom? There is no viable alternative right now. Mitt would do the same thing, as would Gingrich.
  • jdemme 2012/01/28 23:18:22
    I might as well point out that Bush originally allowed this through, and it's been circulating throughout other Countries since. all Obama did was affirm the US's support of the bill.
  • snipe jdemme 2012/01/29 02:21:05
    We already know that, '07 to be exact. But, nothing's been signed til now and if Bush would have signed it I would have blasted him too. Just cause it might be your guy doing it doesn't make it right, something you obama folks need to learn.
  • jdemme snipe 2012/01/30 03:46:39
    Did I say it was right? No, all I said was that there was a consensus before Obama did anything. I'm completely against it.
  • snipe jdemme 2012/01/30 15:56:49
    Concensus of who?
  • jdemme snipe 2012/01/30 22:46:54
    Consensus from both republicans and Democrats. Let's face it, if the internet didn't give such a backlash to SOPA and PIPA, that would've passed. That had bi-partisan support as well.
  • Hannie 2012/01/28 23:11:51
    Censor this! middle finger
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/01/28 20:31:51
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    OMG, Obama must go!
  • Beat Ma... WhereIs... 2012/01/29 08:32:03
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    And be replaced with whom? Who is the true opposition to Obama?

    Mitt and Newt would do the same thing. Oh they'd give it a different name, wrap it up nice and pretty, but it would still be the same turd inside.
  • thє вlu... Beat Ma... 2012/01/29 21:07:40
  • Tea in the Harbor 2012/01/28 19:24:38
    Tea in the Harbor
    Obama hasn't been left any choice, the incompetence and malice emanating from the House mean that either he acts alone or nothing gets done, unless of course it involves regulating vaginal activities. That they have LOTS of time for.

    The House doesn't want to do anything other than act as drama queen in chief, whimpering worms whose vocabulary starts and ends with the word "no."

    They have placed their party above the interests of the nation since day one, and they will pay for it in November.
  • GINGERBREAD 2012/01/28 18:38:12
    Because we have an ineffectual congress and senate. If we had a congress and senate that will push back, we wouldn't be having this discussions. Tell our pussyfied elected politicians to grow a pair, and this FAKE MESSIAH wouldn't be doing these things.
  • whitebear62 2012/01/28 18:30:00
    Of course, as adults, we cannot be trusted to know what is good for us. Censorship is a parents job for their children, and their own damn job for themselves.
  • whitebe... whitebe... 2012/01/29 19:13:07
    Besides which, I thought the Internet was designed for the free exchange of information without censorship. The Soviet union may be gone but I'm feeling an Iron Curtain coming real close. The former Soviet leadership must be having one hell of a laugh.
  • gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/01/28 17:37:49
    gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F
    He just does what ever he wants. You want to control something how about our borders?
  • jere.chievres 2012/01/28 17:21:53
    The Senate is supposed to ratify it FIRST!
  • 9th of 9 2012/01/28 17:03:10
    9th of 9
    Free Country. Yeah right.
  • mal 2012/01/28 16:21:13
    Vote obama, the marxist, out......
  • bluelady 2012/01/28 15:47:09
    can anyone say IMPEACH!!
  • Lanikai 2012/01/28 15:23:10
    One more loss of freedom and liberty at the hands of obam.
  • Franklin 2012/01/28 14:29:53
    ...and there is the peoples great “Victory” over SOPA ! We can block bills in congress but it will do us no good and as an added bonus it give one man the power to make the rule with out any messy input from those pesky peasants ….
  • mal Franklin 2012/01/28 16:22:41
    and .during his state of the union address he sliped in eliminating more checks and balances being negated
  • Franklin mal 2012/01/28 16:48:39
    he mentioned creating 6 "new" departments of government ...to liberals america has way to much $$$$ and needs a lot more government- LOL
  • mal Franklin 2012/01/28 21:07:36
    Only problem being for them ,we are broke.
  • Franklin mal 2012/01/28 21:09:22
    that's not what Occupy+ Obama says there is lots of $$$$ out there we just have a few people who are not "sharing" like they should LOL
  • mal Franklin 2012/01/28 21:13:44
    we need some laughs, thanks
  • Franklin mal 2012/01/28 21:31:02
    ever ask to "share" time on the peoples mic at an occupy rally ? they get all bent about that and they go nuts when I bring my own .... the peoples mic

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