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The TPP – The End of NZ as a Sovereign Nation

The Trans Pacific Partnership – The End of NZ as a Sovereign Nation

What is the biggest threat that NZ as a nation has ever encountered in its relatively short history? Was it World War 1 which led to NZ losing 3% of it entire population at horrific battles such as Gallipoli? Was it World War 2 with the threat of the Nazi regime taking control of the world? Was it the Pacific nuclear testing by the French in the 1980's that led to the terrorist attack on the Rainbow Warrior? Or was it the attempts of the US military to bring their nuclear warships into NZ in the 1980's which led to NZ being the only country in the world to valiantly stand up to and repel this threat?

The answer is none of these, even though these examples represent the tremendous courage of the NZ people to stand up to the world for what they believe to be a just and necessary cause. The truth is that the biggest threat that NZ has ever faced is right now with the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). So secretive is this proposed 'trade deal' that not even the US Congress is allowed to know the details of it, let alone the NZ parliament who will be asked to sign it off as part of this proposed 12 nation agreement. But thanks to information now available to the public through Wikileaks from inside whistle-blowers, we now have confirmation of at least some of the details about what is contained in the TPP, and it deserves our very focussed attention.

The TPP, if signed off by US Congress and NZ parliament, will officially and legally be the end to any remnants of NZ as a sovereign, democratic, and free nation. For those who are sceptical of this claim, please watch this recent news item aired on the ‘Russia Today’ news network about the leaked information now available about the TPP and the incredible implications for the 12 participating nations http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bPIsjH25GHo. NZ, along with the other 11 nations, will become a nation that is under the legal control of huge global corporations rather than its own government and its own laws. The TPP means that if any of the 12 participating nations have laws in place which act to prevent or interfere with a potential profit making activity of a corporation, that corporation can challenge those laws in court and either have those laws changed to suit their corporate requirements, or they can sue that nation for their loss of potential profit as a result of that nation's laws. As a hypothetical example of this, if an oil giant such as Anadarko, which is currently setting up highly dangerous deep sea oil drilling operations around NZ, determines that there are substantial oil reserves in Milford Sound, if the NZ government refuses to allow them to set up an oil drilling operation in the middle of Milford Sound due to laws protecting the environment, then Anadarko could sue the NZ government for the billions or trillions of dollars that it will lose in profit from not being able to drill Milford Sound into environmental oblivion.

So much for clean, green NZ! Any environmental issues will become totally obsolete as the NZ government is forced to agree with whatever these profit obsessed mega corporations want. Likewise, if a major global pharmaceutical company has a drug or a vaccine that they want to distribute throughout the NZ population, the NZ government will have to allow it to be distributed and promoted no matter how potentially harmful it may be to the population. Alternative or supplemental health products are likely to be banned, and the NZ people's freedom to choose to eat natural organic food would come under great threat from Monsanto's highly controversial genetically modified food and seed banks. The bottom line of the TPP will be that the only thing that legally matters will be the profit margins of the giant corporations.

This is what the TPP truly means, and this is why President Obama, at the demand of the mega corporations who funded his Presidential campaign, is keeping this ‘trade deal’ top secret from absolutely everyone he can, including US Congress and the NZ parliament. President Obama and his global corporate masters know very well that if people understand the truth about what the TPP really represents then there is absolutely no way that it will ever get passed. Therefore he is trying very hard to have special fast tracking legislation approved so he can fast-track the TPP through US Congress and the partner governments with no opportunity for real questions to even be raised.

NZ is already in the process of being surrounded by extremely high risk deep sea oil drilling operations that have the genuine capacity to utterly destroy NZ as an environment. This incredible risk to NZ is being undertaken in return for what are very marginal potential economic benefits at best, other than the massive financial benefits that Anadarko will generate for itself. So we can already see the extremely dangerous influence that these global corporations can exert on NZ despite huge protests from the NZ people. How much worse will things get for NZ under a ‘trade agreement’ such as the TPP? The TPP is not a trade agreement, it is the attempted total corporate take-over of NZ and the other 11 participating nations. This is why it is the intention that not even the government officials of those 12 nations are allowed to know about the content of the TPP, nor allowed to influence its content. It is a truly remarkable state of affairs that beggars belief to normal human beings who believe in basic freedom and democracy, and the protection of our precious environment.

The NZ public, NZ MPs, and NZ media must do everything possible to prevent this absolutely heinous proposal from being authorised and NZ's sovereignty and freedom destroyed. This is the biggest threat that the nation of NZ has ever faced. Every NZ MP and every person in the NZ media needs to take a stand right now at this critical time in NZ’s history and help save our country from this global corporate take-over. This is exactly what our courageous countrymen were standing up for and fighting for at Gallipoli. It's time to forget about politics, time to forget about money, and time to forget about your own job security. It's time to stand up and do what you can to defend your country's future right now. Your children and your grandchildren have to live in this country as well.

ENDS

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