Obama Administration Declares ‘National Security’ Secret

Do you remember when President Barack Obama came into office in January promising a new era of openness? Do you remember him slamming previous administration for there secret deals? President Barack Obama is playing the national security card to hide details of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement being negotiated across the globe. The text of this proposed treaty has been “properly classified” as a national security secret. The treaty negotiations have included the 27 member states of the European Union, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Switzerland, and New Zealand, all of whom presumably have access to the “classified” information. The proposed trade accord would criminalize peer-to-peer file sharing, subject iPods to border searches and allow internet service providers to monitor their customers’ communications. President Barack Obama publicly committed himself to transparency, instructing government agencies to err on the side of public access and divulge information whenever possible under the Freedom of Information Act. Obama recently released documents relating to the Bush administration’s rationale for torture of enemy combatants and other abuses. There are many questions here, what does any of this have to do with National Security? Do you hear the Who song, meet the new boss same as the old boss? Is this President Barack Obama keeping big media happy for getting him where is today?

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