to make the supporting text of the ACTA public
  • Petitioned United States Trade Representative's Freedom of Information office

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United States Trade Representative's Freedom of Information office

to make the supporting text of the ACTA public

    1. mark warwick
    2. Petition by

      mark warwick

      Tregarth, United Kingdom

According to the "Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 1969"

Article 32 Supplementary means of interpretation
Recourse may be had to supplementary means of interpretation, including the preparatory work of the treaty and the circumstances of its conclusion, in order to confirm the meaning resulting from the application of article 31, or to determine the meaning when the interpretation according to article 31:
(a) leaves the meaning ambiguous or obscure; or
(b) leads to a result which is manifestly absurd or unreasonable.


Imagine all the arguments, rebuttals, motions for and against ACTA, what do they really mean when we don't know the true intention behind the treaty. All of the preparatory work of the treaty are sealed by the United States Trade Representative's Freedom of Information office, siting national security as the reason they are not available to the public.  So any argument for or against cannot be substantiated.  We can only guess the true intent of the treaty by what has come before and what is planned post ACTA.  Do you want to put your money on a treaty that was penned by the entertainment stake holders, and would you trust a country who trusts the entertainment leaders over their own citizens with their national security?

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    • Typhon Mind NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      "Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed--and no republic can survive." JFK The President and The Press

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    • Christopher Green PASADENA, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      This bill is going to invade public privacy. The public has a RIGHT, not just a need, to know.

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    • Graham Irwin MAYSVILLE, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      Where SOPA and PIPA threatened even the simple, daily freedoms in American life, ACTA threatens it on a global scale. We are entitled to many things as American citizens, including Privacy and a Right to Free Speech and Expression. The United States isn't the only Democratic government on this planet, but it's certainly the most powerful. Trying to enforce such rules upon the world...you're on your way to the rule of a Fascist. Or worse, a tyrant. If you wish to be compared to the likes of Late Han Dynasty's Dong Zhuo, Hitler, or brutal monsters such as Vlad the Impaler or Countess Bathory, stay on this road. Because this will be a massive step towards a Totalitarian rule. I thought you were a man of change, Obama. I guess my initials mistrust of you was well-founded.

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    • Seth Bevard MAYSVILLE, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition to make my stance on internet freedom clear to our nations representatives and leaders.

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    • Lenz Grimmer HAMBURG, GERMANY
      • over 2 years ago

      Deeply concerned about the influence the (mostly US-based) content industry has over the law-making process in other countries. This has to stop!

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