Washington DC Yard sale
Nearly two dozen public interest groups, trade pacts and library groups urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to quit filling his administration with insiders plucked from the Recording Industry Association of America.
The demands came a week after the Justice Department, fresh with two RIAA attorneys in its No. 2 and No. 3 positions, announced the administration's support of $150,000 in damages for each music track purloined on a peer-to-peer file sharing program.
President Barack Obama came into office in January promising a new era of openness.
But now, like Bush before him, Obama is playing the national security card to hide details of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement being negotiated across the globe.
The White House this week declared (.pdf) the text of the proposed treaty a "properly classified" national security secret, in rejecting a Freedom of Information Act request by Knowledge Ecology International.
"Please be advised the documents you seek are being withheld in full," wrote Carmen Suro-Bredie, chief FOIA officer in the White House's Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
...the treaty negotiations have included the 27 member states of the European Union, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand, all of whom presumably have access to the "classified" information...
So RIAA can get a law through protecting Hollywood movies and music, and a Secret Trade Agreement
But they can't get agreements for ID theft or prosecuting Internet criminals.
RIAA is able to buy legistators and some of the Executive branch to protect their movies.
Is everything for sale in Washington DC?
The stimilus packsge is saving jobs.
The Post office is laying off 1,500
employees, to save $4 million dollars.
Why not just sell 4 of the Million dollar
houses the Post office bought their
Oh.... I forgot the Banks screwed the Post Office too.
Now the houses are only worth $250,000 LOL rof.