TISA another one of those you know little things they were trying to slip in while we were going about our own daily lives pretty much oblivious to their shenanigans. The one thing Im not 100% clear on is if we did actually sign this. Im hoping another member may know. If we didnt then we truly dodge a bullet here. If we did I hope someone has brought it to the Presidents attention.
The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a proposed international trade treaty between 23 Parties, including the European Union and the United States. The agreement aims at liberalizing the worldwide trade of services such as banking, healthcare, and transport.
Digital rights advocates have also brought attention to the fact that the agreement has provisions which would significantly weaken existing data protection provisions in signatory countries. In particular, the agreement would strip existing protections which aim to keep confidential or personally identifiable data within country borders or which prohibit its movement to other countries which do not have similar data protection laws in place.
The agreement bans government mandates for requiring access to software source code, stating "No Party may require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition of providing services related to such software in its territory."
The Public Services International (PSI) organization described TISA as:
a treaty that would further liberalize trade and investment in services, and expand "regulatory disciplines" on all services sectors, including many public services.The "disciplines," or treaty rules, would provide all foreign providers access to domestic markets at "no less favorable" conditions as domestic suppliers and would restrict governments' ability to regulate, purchase and provide services. This would essentially change the regulation of many public and privatized or commercial services from serving the public interest to serving the profit interests of private, foreign corporations.
Dr. Patricia Ranald, a research associate at the University of Sydney, said:
“Amendments from the US are seeking to end publicly provided services like public pension funds, which are referred to as 'monopolies' and to limit public regulation of all financial services … They want to freeze financial regulation at existing levels, which would mean that governments could not respond to new developments like another global financial crisis."
Since it is suppose to be classified (thanks wikileaks) as I mentioned above I can't tell whether the US actually signed the agreement. Obama heavily pushed the agreement forward in early 2016. We can only hope and pray Potus gets us out of it.
They wanted to change the regulation of many public and privatized or commercial services from serving the public interest to serving the profit interests of private, foreign corporations. Share our personal data worldwide. End public pension funds and freeze banking regulations. End public regulation of all financial services. This agreement would have given them total control over the US. They could have bankrupted us and left us with nothing.
Besides Obama, the guy really pushing this was Michael Froman, a member of the CFR. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_in_Services_Agreement