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TISA, More USA Spying & Manipulation

By Karl W. B. Schwarz

WikiLeaks has just released information about yet another secret trade agreement being put forth by the USA and EU. The secret trade agreement is Trade in Services Agreement (“TISA”) Financial Services Annex.

The follow are two links and excerpts from each on this subject matter:

The draft Financial Services Annex sets rules which would assist the expansion of financial multi-nationals ­ mainly headquartered in New York, London, Paris and Frankfurt ­ into other nations by preventing regulatory barriers,” WikiLeaks said in a statement. “The leaked draft also shows that the US is particularly keen on boosting cross-border data flow, which would allow uninhibited exchange of personal and financial data.”

Additionally, the current draft also includes language inferring that, upon the finishing of negotiations, the document will be kept classified for five full years.


TISA negotiations are currently taking place outside of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) framework. However, the Agreement is being crafted to be compatible with GATS so that a critical mass of participants will be able to pressure remaining WTO members to sign on in the future. Conspicuously absent from the 50 countries covered by the negotiations are the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The exclusive nature of TISA will weaken their position in future services negotiations.

The draft text comes from the April 2014 negotiation round - the sixth round since the first held in April 2013. The next round of negotiations will take place on 23-27 June in Geneva, Switzerland.

Current WTO parties negotiating TISA are: Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States, and the European Union, which includes its 28 member states Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

China and Uruguay have expressed interest in joining the negotiations but so far are not included.

When they get caught spying like NSA, or caught being terrorists like USA training ISIS, or get exposed like the new FATCA law has done, just dream up another way to get their way in Washington DC. That is exactly what this new secret trade agreement is all about. This is Fascist Zionist Neocon deceit at its best.

This is anti-democracy, anti-self-determination to the maximum and throwing the flood gates open to government deceit and control at any level they wish.

Key buzz words and weasel-word phrases are a tip off as to what this Secret Treaty is all about. The additional ‘flashing red light’ is that the agreement is ‘CLASSIFIED’ and is to remain so for five years after it is implemented, if any nation is stupid enough to fall for the siren song.

Where the nations have tried to implement tough financial markets regulation and transparency to clean up the corruption and fraud, this secret and classified agreement attempts to unravel that into a new world order of cross-border snooping and government monopoly manipulation.

It is apparent that these weasel-document drafters see the future and they cannot compete with the BRICS, so try to figure out a way to create an exclusive little club of insiders and re-write the book so they can keep the status quo moving forward.

Of particular interest to me is how this TISA agreement attempts to break up pension funds and defines them as monopolies. That is another warning sign that the intent of such an agreement is one of subjugation. The use of the phrase ‘to eliminate any potential trade barriers’ is yet another supranational attempt by the USA to push dominance into every facet of every participating nation and its citizens.

The USA as the lead proponent of this put in the weasel-language of ‘most favored nation status’ on financial services. That of course would help to head off a complete collapse of the US petrodollar by changing the game to one of intelligent economics to being one of Most Favored Nation. Folks, that is desperation in what they are trying to sneak through.

Of course, the Most Favored Nation for services (and note that EU is involved in this and proposed headquarters for this lunacy are to be US, London, Frankfurt and Paris) may well include ‘Most Favored Status’ for more US military bases, NATO bases, US and EU made war toys, private mercenary armies, and just about anything they dream up as ‘financial services’.

Most Favored Nation status could easily include laundering of illegal money from weapons and drugs.

As the peoples of this world are rejecting the USA, NATO, EU global empire, this TISA move makes it clear to me that this is an attempt to go around what is growing public dissent and rejection of such policies.

The Most Favored Nation on currency and choking down more US debt could be mandatory, compulsory, not an intelligent investment decision in sight. Even the attempt to take over the pension funds would be a convenient way to take away Prudent Man options and force people to hold national debt in their pension funds and bank and savings accounts.

This new agreement would throw open the doors on cross-border information that is personal, medical, financial, etc. and is an attempt to take over control of everything regarding a person’s life and privacy.

Many of these same governments listed above as being part of this are already mumbling about bail-ins that would include forcing depositors to convert their cash into bank stock or into National Debt bonds. Be wary; be very wary of such attempts to shift the blame of government fiscal irresponsibility to your balance sheets and net worth.

As time moves forward on this you can be assured this is yet another TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) as another secret agreement that conveniently leaves out Ecuador and China along the entire frontage property around the Pacific Ocean. That is a feeble attempt to hem in China and compete with China. That game is so far gone and over it is not worth writing about it more here. This is yet another chess game lost by DC where they are challenged in beating a 10-year old at checkers.

By denying Most Favored Nation status to the BRIC’s as being Brazil, Russia, India and China, this is yet another attempt by a failing Superpower to force its will on the rest of the world.

This type of deceit by governments is an attempt to take away self-determination all the way down to the investment level and handing over to governments the rights to your financial future.

This TISA deceit is fundamentally a declaration of Economic War on any nation that does not sign off on it. That is why they have to keep it so secret and exclude just the right parties.


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