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- Emails Show TPP ‘Collusion’ Between Big Banks & Obama Administration
A series of emails released Friday show what activists describe as “collusion” between U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Wall Street executives to push for the passage the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The emails (pdf), obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the group Rootstrikers, which organizes against money in politics, include a message to Froman from a managing director at Goldman Sachs urging him to push for “robust commitments” on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions—which allow private corporations to sue governments for perceived loss of profits—to be included in the divisive trade deal.
“I wanted to underscore how important it is for the financial services industry to get robust commitments on ISDS in the agreement… denying our industry the same rights as enjoyed by every other sector would be terribly unfortunate,” the email states.
Another mentions it would be “good for the U.S.” if lawmakers in U.S. Congress passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “fast track,” which would allow the president to send trade deals to the House and Senate for a yes-or-no vote, rather than allowing them to make amendments to the agreements.
“Will do what I can to assist,” reads the email from the Goldman Sachs lobbyist, sent in February 2015—just a few months before the Senate passed TPA in what opponents called a “great day for corporate America.”
Froman responded that he would assign a staff member to be in contact with Goldman Sachs’ lobbyist team, and that he would “welcome the chance to pick your brain” on the equally controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Rootstrikers—which is part of a newly launched financial reform coalition called Take On Wall Street—also noted that Froman, then chief of staff to the Treasury Secretary, was “instrumental” in the 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which created a firewall between the investment and commercial banking sectors, and has maintained a friendly relationship with the financial industry during his time as trade rep.
As the American Prospect reported in June 2015, under Froman’s leadership, “more ex-lobbyists have funneled through USTR, practically no enforcement of prior trade violations has taken place, and new agreements like TPP are dubiously sold as progressive achievements, laced with condescension for anyone who disagrees.”
Kurt Walters, campaign director at Rootstrikers, said Friday, “Wall Street knows it can get favors in closed door negotiations that could never survive the light of day in Congress. One thing has been consistent during Michael Froman’s frequent trips through the Wall Street-to-Washington revolving door: He’s repeatedly used his official positions to deliver for his friends at the biggest banks on Wall Street.”
“It’s fair to ask whether Froman is negotiating on behalf of the American public or to benefit the financial sector that gave him a massive golden parachute bonus upon his shift from Citigroup executive to U.S. Trade Representative,” Walters added, noting that Froman received more than $4 million upon leaving Citigroup in 2013.
- The Latest: Clinton wins Washington’s Democratic primary
The Latest on Washington state’s presidential primaries (all times local):
Hillary Clinton has won Washington state’s Democratic presidential primary, however the results don’t affect the allocation of delegates.
The former secretary of state was leading Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in early returns Tuesday.
Washington has both a presidential primary and a caucus system. But Democrats will ignore the results of Tuesday’s primary, having chosen to continue to use the party caucus system to allocate their national convention delegates. Sanders handily won the Democratic caucuses in March.
Eating Their Own
- 9/11 ISIS An Inside Job: Saudi Press; U.S. Blew Up World Trade Center To Create ‘War On Terror’
The article, written by Saudi legal expert Katib al-Shammari and translated by MEMRI, claims that American threats to expose documents that prove Saudi involvement in the attacks are part of a long-standing U.S. policy that he calls “victory by means of archives.”
Al-Shammari claims that the U.S. chooses to keep some cards close to its chest in order to use them at a later date. One example is choosing not to invade Iraq in the 1990s and keeping its leader, Saddam Hussein, alive to use as “a bargaining chip” against other Gulf States. Only once Shi’ism threatened to sweep the region did America act to get rid of Hussein “since they no longer saw him as an ace up their sleeve.”
He claims that the 9/11 attacks were another such card, enabling the U.S. to blame whoever suited its needs at a particular time; first it blamed Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, then Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, and now Saudi Arabia.
September 11 is one of winning cards in the American archives, because all the wise people in the world who are experts on American policy and who analyze the images and the videos [of 9/11] agree unanimously that what happened in the [Twin] Towers was a purely American action, planned and carried out within the U.S. Proof of this is the sequence of continuous explosions that dramatically ripped through both buildings. … Expert structural engineers demolished them with explosives, while the planes crashing [into them] only gave the green light for the detonation – they were not the reason for the collapse. But the U.S. still spreads blame in all directions.
The intention of the attacks, writes al-Shammari in his conspiracy article, was to create “an obscure enemy – terrorism – which became what American presidents blamed for all their mistakes” and that would provide justification for any “dirty operation” in other countries.
Radioactive Radionuclides Found !
- Radioactive materials found in West Lake runoff area
Radioactive material has been discovered in a drainage area located in the northwest portion of the West Lake Landfill.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency ordered landfill owner Republic Services and the Cotter Corporation to collect sediment samples in March in response to heavy rains that occurred in late December and early January.
EPA officials have determined that the radionuclides found in one sample taken from the area are consistent with the radioactive materials found at the West Lake Landfill, according to a news release sent out Thursday afternoon. The detected levels of thorium are low enough that they don’t pose a concern to outdoor workers, the EPA said.
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