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They do not qualify…

Leviticus 20:13 (NIV)
“‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads…

Carrie Underwood And The Lost Church

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By Joseph Farah    June 19, 2012

Pop star Carrie Underwood should take her own advice, which she provided in one of her top hits, and let “Jesus Take the Wheel.”

In an interview with the London Independent, Underwood, an “American Idol” winner who professes to be a follower of Jesus, expressed her passionate support for same-sex marriage.

Here’s some of what she had to say about that:

•“I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love, and want to marry. … I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.”

•She said she attends a “gay friendly” church and doesn’t believe she has the right to judge anyone.

•“Above all, God wanted us to love others. It’s not about setting rules, or [saying] ‘everyone has to be like me.’ No. We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.”

Now, I don’t mean to pick on a young celebrity who has obviously devoted most of her life to music and may have missed out on some key Bible studies.

In fact, what Underwood has to say here is actually indicative of a growing biblical illiteracy within what passes for the Body of Christ in America today – even among the clergy.

Here’s the bottom line: You can’t be a follower of Jesus and condone what He Himself describes as sin.

Neither can you truly love others by purposely not confronting their sin – and allowing them to be comfortable with their sin.

That’s not love.

It’s not about feelings, because, as the Bible explains, “every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart is only evil continually.” The Bible doesn’t make this point once or twice – it’s a recurrent theme!

Followers of Jesus are not to be governed by their feelings. They are to be governed by the teachings of their Lord.

As far as “loving” others, we are commanded to do it – even our enemies. But the biblical view of love is not having sex with them – it’s sharing the gospel.

What is a “gay friendly” church? Is it one that affirms people in their sin? Or is it one that welcomes sinners and confronts them with it to bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus? I suspect Carrie Underwood attends a church that does the former rather than the latter.

We’re all sinners, and we all need to be confronted with our sin to bring about repentance. To make people comfortable with their sin is the least loving thing we can do for them because we are facilitating their descent into hell for an eternity. How is that loving?

Carrie Underwood suggests God did not set rules. Yes, He did. The Ten Commandments are not suggestions. They represent the difference between life and death.

She says, “It’s not up to me to judge anybody.” This has become something of a mantra in the apostate church. But it is a misunderstanding of what Jesus meant when He said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” The context of that sermon makes it clear that Jesus meant to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Others are not to be judged unfairly. He didn’t mean we aren’t supposed to confront people with their sin so they could be brought to repentance, because He Himself commanded us to do just that.

God did warn us not to profane His holy name.

I don’t think that just means misusing His name as a curse word. I think we do that when we represent ourselves as followers of God but betray His Word.

That’s blasphemy – and there’s just too much of it coming from people claiming to be Christians

Romans 1:27 (NIV)
In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion…

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Exodus 34:14 (NIV)
… Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God…

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Bureau rats are just cogs in an evil machine…

Woman Sues City of Tulsa For Cutting Down Her Edible Garden

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By Lori Fullbright, News On 6
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 6:39 PM CDT Updated: Jun 16, 2012 7:27 AM CDT

A Tulsa woman is suing the city’s code enforcement officers after she said they cut down her garden with no cause.

Denise Morrison said she has more than 100 plant varieties in her front and back yards and all of them are edible and have a purpose.

She knows which ones will treat arthritis, which will make your food spicy, which ones keep mosquitoes away and treat bug bites, but she said none of that matter to city inspectors.

Last August, Morrison’s front and back yards were filled with flowers in bloom, lemon, stevia, garlic chives, grapes, strawberries, apple mint, spearmint, peppermint, an apple tree, walnut tree, pecan trees and much more.

She got a letter from the city saying there had been a complaint about her yard.

She said she took pictures to meet with city inspectors, but they wouldn’t listen, so she invited them to her home so they could point out the problem areas.

“Everything, everything needs to go,” Morrison said they told her.

When she heard they wanted to cut it all down, she called police. The officer issued her a citation so it could be worked out in court.

She said she went to court on August 15, and the judge told them to come back in October. But the very next day, men were cutting down most of her plants.

They even cut down some of her trees -– ones that bore fruit and nuts -– and went up next to her house and basically removed everything in her front flower bed.

“I came back three days later, sat in my driveway, cried and left,” Morrison said.

Morrison said she had a problem at her last property with code enforcement, so this time, she read the ordinance, which says plants can’t be over 12-inches tall unless they’re used for human consumption. She made sure everything she grew could be eaten, which she told the inspectors.

“Every word out of their mouth was, ‘we don’t care,'” Morrison said.

Morrison said she used many of the plants that were destroyed to treat her diabetes, high-blood pressure and arthritis.

“Not only are the plants my livelihood, they’re my food and I was unemployed at the time and had no food left, no medicine left, and I didn’t have insurance,” Morrison said. “They took away my life and livelihood.”

Morrison finally went to court last week for the citation she got last August at another property. The garden portion of the citation was dismissed and she pleaded no contest to having an inoperable truck in her driveway.

She filed a civil rights lawsuit this week, accusing the inspectors of overstepping their authority.

The City of Tulsa said it hasn’t received the lawsuit yet, so it couldn’t comment.

Many others have tried to live free without God…

II Corinthians 3:17 (NASV)
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

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“I thought I would be one of many agents to come forward”

John 10:13 (GWT)
The hired hand is concerned about what he’s going to get paid and not about the sheep…

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Fast and Furious’ whistleblower says he’s ‘disappointed’ one year later

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By William La Jeunesse

Published June 18, 2012    FoxNews.com

GREENVILLE, SC –  More than a year after ATF Special Agent John Dodson first blew the whistle on the scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, Dodson says he is “disheartened and disappointed” by the congressional investigation and Attorney General Eric Holder’s handling of the botched gunrunning probe.

“I am here today because it’s been a year since the first hearing and Brian Terry’s family still doesn’t have answers,” Dodson said from his living room in Greenville, S.C.

In his first interview since February 2011, when he first revealed the U.S. government was helping run guns to Mexican cartels, Dodson exclusively told Fox News he has no regrets.

“We did it. I was there. I was part of it. You don’t get to lie about it. That is not who we are,” Dodson said.

According to records, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation sent some 2,500 guns to the Sinaloa Cartel from September 2009 to January 2011. Agents asked American gun dealers to sell the weapons and report the transactions immediately to the ATF. Despite their misgivings, most firearms dealers went along. When the guns began showing up immediately at crime scenes in Mexico, Dodson warned his supervisors their operation was going to kill an American law enforcement officer, not to mention hundreds of Mexicans.

“I asked them if they were prepared to go to the funeral of a Border Patrol agent over this or Cochise County deputy – if they were prepared to watch that widow accept that folded flag because that’s exactly what was going to happen. So they can’t claim that was an unforeseen consequence,” he said.

While Dodson’s offhand warning in May 2010 in the office lunchroom may seem inconsequential, legally it’s not. The Terry family is preparing to sue the U.S. government for wrongful death. In similar cases, government agencies often argue accidental deaths or injuries are an “unforeseen consequence” of their actions. Dodson’s warning makes that defense problematic.

“I don’t feel vindicated at all,” Dodson explained. “It’s not a matter of me feeling vindicated. … Maybe the truth will come out — ultimately that’s what this is supposed to be about … to get the truth.”

After internal emails revealed Fast and Furious guns were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Dodson said he complained repeatedly to the ATF Office of Professional Responsibility. Twice he was directed to voicemail. Eventually, he went outside the agency to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

“Do I regret it? No. To me, there wasn’t a choice. But I thought I would be one of many agents to come forward,” he said. Dodson was wrong.

Dodson says Grassley’s staff warned, “going public will probably not end well for you.” But he went ahead, knowing he could lose his job. Other agents considered it, but were urged not to.

“Other agents were held back because of their families,” said Dodson’s wife Keri. “When you have a family and spouse who wants and expects certain things, the thought of losing that is incomprehensible.”

Dodson and his wife say they were raised in the rural South by families with strong values but limited means.

After Terry’s shooting,”John had to come forward,” Keri Dodson said. “The way we were both brought up, truth is the ultimate. Truth may hurt. It may sting. It may be hard to deal with. To lie or not tell truth because you are worried about money is just not something that we do.”

Dodson paid a high price for the truth. Moving to Arizona had been a dream come true. But after he blew the whistle, he was ostracized and told to leave Phoenix. Agent-in-Charge Tom Brandon knew the boss in South Carolina and felt Dodson would feel less retribution there.

“It was hard leaving Phoenix,” Keri Dodson said.

Even though Attorney General Eric Holder admitted Fast and Furious was a mistake and ordered the agency to stop walking guns, Dodson says the ATF never acknowledged it did anything wrong. His former chain of command filed a complaint against Dodson for lying. Despite a mountain of evidence and testimony to the contrary, he remains on leave, rendered ineffective by the claims against him.

“I can’t do my job. Every time I help another agent, I endanger his case by being there under this cloud of accusation,” Dodson said.

The attorney general has asked the inspector general to investigate Fast and Furious and determine who is responsible for its mistakes. More than a year later, Dodson finds it incredible no one has been punished and held accountable.

“The Secret Service scandal that just happened. Did we have to wait on an OIG report? No. In three weeks 10 guys were gone,” he said. “The GSA scandal? Dealt with and gone. We shouldn’t have to wait a year on a OIG report.”

As for the current congressional investigation, Dodson says lawmakers should stop playing politics.

“I don’t care if you’re on the right or left. No one has ever asked me my political affiliation. To say this is all party games, not for me. Not for Brian Terry’s family, I assure you.”

As for holding Holder in contempt of Congress — which some lawmakers are pushing for with a committee vote as early as this week — Dodson says: “We either do it or we don’t. Either you think he is in contempt or you don’t. If you do, then you vote. Give it the floor time. You play your cards.”

John 10:11 (NIV)
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

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The solar calendar and 91st days for 2012 to 2013…

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Psalm 91    King James Version
    
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

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Psalm 1:4 (NIV)
Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away…

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Those acting outside of their authority deserve no honor…

Psalm 18:26 (KJV)
With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward…

VIDEO: Obama Heckled By Daily Caller Reporter During Immigration Speech In Rose Garden

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By Elizabeth Flock    June 15, 2012

President Barack Obama announces that his administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives, during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2012.

President Barack Obama announces that his administration will stop deporting and begin granting work permits to younger illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives, during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2012.

In what may be a first for the White House Rose Garden, President Obama was heckled by a reporter during his speech on immigration Friday.

Obama made the speech hours after his administration announced that the U.S. would stop deporting some young illegal immigrants.

The heckler, who challenged the president about how unemployed Americans could be affected, visibly upset the president, who said: “This is the right thing to do for the American people.”

When interrupted by the heckler again, Obama got heated, saying: “It’s not time for questions, not while I’m speaking,” and “I didn’t ask for an argument.”

Before walking out of the Rose Garden, the heckler yelled out that he was an immigrant himself.

According to Talking Points Memo’s Brian Beutler, the heckler has identified himself as Neil Munro, a White House reporter at the conservative news site the Daily Caller.

Munro’s Twitter bio reads, in part: “Born Irish, then became a Cold War bridegroom.”

Update, 2:59 p.m.:

Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has emailed him asking to talk, the Washington Post’s David Nakamura reports.

Update, 3:12 p.m.:

The Daily Caller tweets:

The Daily Caller @DailyCaller

We are very proud of, @NeilMunroDC for doing his job
15 Jun 12

Update, 3:45 p.m.:

The Daily Caller has several statements up on its site on “the exchange” in the Rose Garden.

Neil Munro said he went to the White House with questions and had “no intention of interrupting the president.” Munro says Obama “turned his back” on reporters after finishing the speech.

Tucker Carlson said “a reporter’s job is to ask questions and get answers.”

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Fire seen from Colorado County Road 80C in Larimer County, northwest of Fort Collins… 9 June 2012

Chickens coming home to roost…

Numbers 32:23 (KJV)
… be sure your sin will find you out…

Excerpt…

“U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., was on his way to the area Saturday to meet with fire managers. He said decades of mismanagement, forests packed full of trees and persistent drought conditions have resulted in an explosive situation.”

Western wildfires forcing evacuations

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By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Associated Press –  10 June 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters in Colorado and New Mexico are battling wind-fueled wildfires that are moving fast through parched forests, forcing scores of evacuations and destroying or damaging numerous structures.

A blaze in northern Colorado was first reported Saturday morning and had grown to about 8,000 acres by mid-evening, while a fire in southern New Mexico was small for a few days until it began growing Friday, reaching about 10,000 acres.

Both fires have damaged property and forced numerous evacuations, but officials haven’t yet released specific figures on the numbers who fled.

The wildfire in the mountainous Paradise Park area, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins, prompted several dozen evacuation orders.

Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Schulz said the fire expanded rapidly during the late afternoon and evening and by Saturday night, residents living along several roads in the region had been ordered to evacuate and many more were warned that they might have to flee. An evacuation center has been set up at a Laporte middle school.

Officials didn’t specify how many residents had evacuated but said they had sent out 800 emergency notifications urging people to be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

Law officers went door to door to alert people in the evacuation area, but officials were worried that not everyone got the word.

“Right now we’re just trying to get these evacuations done and get people safe,” Schulz told Denver-based KMGH-TV, adding that “given the extreme heat in the area, it makes it a difficult time for (the firefighters).”

Ten structures have been damaged, although authorities were unsure if they were homes or some other kind of buildings. No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Aerial footage from KMGH-TV showed flames coming dangerously close to what appeared to be several outbuildings and at least one home in the area, as well as consuming trees and sending a large plume of smoke into the air.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was authorizing federal funds to help pay for firefighting efforts.

Two heavy air tankers, five single-engine air tankers and four helicopters were on the scene to help fight the blaze, which appeared to be burning on private and U.S. Forest Service land and was being fueled by sustained winds of between 20 and 25 mph.

“It was just good conditions to grow,” National Weather Service meteorologist Chad Gimmestad told The Associated Press. “The conditions today were really favorable for it to take off.”

Wind was also playing a major role in the expansion of a lightning-sparked blaze in New Mexico’s Lincoln National Forest that jumped its containment lines and raced through thick conifer forests. Fire managers said 20 structures were damaged or destroyed.

Spanning only a few acres on Wednesday, the Little Bear fire began to grow Friday and by Saturday afternoon about 10,000 acres had been charred northwest of the mountain community of Ruidoso.

“It’s nerve-racking right now,” Mayor Ray Alborn said in a telephone interview Saturday, as he watched what he described as “real heavy smoke” rise from the Sierra Blanca mountain range.

The mix of timber, dry grass and the steepness of the slopes were making the firefighting efforts more difficult. Windy conditions were also limiting what could be done from the air by helicopters and air tankers, Alborn said.

“Today all we see is smoke,” he said. “Last night, we saw the flames too and it was an awesome expression of power. It was red, red and we could see it going across the top.”

Fire information officers said summer homes in a few subdivisions and several campgrounds were evacuated late Friday, and more on homes on Saturday. Roads throughout the area were closed, said forest spokeswoman Peg Crim.

The fire was burning in steep, rocky, inaccessible terrain in the White Mountain Wilderness of the Lincoln National Forest, which is home to Smokey Bear, the little black cub that became the nation’s symbol of fire prevention in the 1940s.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., was on his way to the area Saturday to meet with fire managers. He said decades of mismanagement, forests packed full of trees and persistent drought conditions have resulted in an explosive situation.

“We just can’t keep managing our forests this way. It’s not a question of if our forests in the West are going to burn, it’s a matter of when. This is just one more demonstration of that,” he said.

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Update… Poudre river fire jumps river…

Poudre Canyon fire in Larimer county Colorado, Thursday 14 June 2012

Colorado wildfire: High Park fire jumps Poudre River; 80 homes ordered evacuated

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By Joey Bunch and Tom McGhee
The Denver Post

Posted:   06/15/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated:   06/15/2012 05:25:05 AM MDT

LARIMER COUNTY —The raging High Park fire jumped the Cache la Poudre River at Stevens Gulch on Thursday afternoon and began racing north toward the Glacier View Meadows neighborhood.

Resources were quickly refocused in the hope of keeping in check the blaze that started when a thunderstorm parked over the southwest corner of the fire kicked up winds about 4:30 p.m., causing trees to flame and spreading embers past the northern perimeter established by the river and Colorado 14 in Poudre Canyon.

It was exactly what incident commander Bill Hahnenberg said he hoped would not happen.

At a morning briefing, Hahnenberg said he worried that high winds and low humidity would allow the troublesome west flank to
“make a several-mile run. And it could do that. If it does, it could go across the river and then we have a whole different fire to deal with.”

It was also something fire managers had been planning to combat for days.

Brett Haberstick, incident command spokesman, said four Type 1 hot-shot teams, structure-protection specialists and air resources were hitting the 60- to 100-acre spot fire burning on Sheep Mountain.

“All of this was preplanned on the possibility this would happen,” Haberstick said. “We have resources responding in a way to keep the spot fire at its smallest possible size.”

About 80 homes in the neighborhood were evacuated. The rest of Glacier View Meadows remains on pre-evacuation notice.

“We are taking this very seriously,” said Larimer County sheriff’s executive officer Nick Christensen as helicopters rumbled past carrying buckets of water. “It looks like we can get a handle on it, but it is concerning when fire gets out of a perimeter you would like to keep.”

Christensen said the official tally of burned homes has increased to 48 as structure assessment teams make their way through the burn zone.

“It is clear that we will find out we have lost additional homes,” he said.

By 8 p.m. Thursday, the fire had chewed through more than 52,000 acres of mostly federal forest land. It is about 15 percent contained.

“We are managing this fire with patience and the right amount of aggressiveness,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said at an earlier briefing, reiterating what Hahnenberg had told him. ” This fight is just beginning.”

Salazar, noting that members of the National Guard are on the fire lines, said the Department of Defense has “assets” on standby.

The fight against the fire from the air resumed about 1 p.m. Thursday. Tankers flying from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield had been grounded because of heavy smoke, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin.

Crews have been setting backburns to slow the fire’s progress, using pingpong balls filled with flammable chemicals that are shot from a helicopter and burst into flame when they hit the ground, lighting small fuels, such as pine needles, on fire, Haberstick said.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a ban on open burning and private use of fireworks. The ban does not apply to campfires in constructed, permanent fire pits in campground and recreation sites.

Professional fireworks shows are OK, Hickenlooper said.

“We’re not telling people not to go outside and enjoy the outdoors,” Hickenlooper said. “We’re going to celebrate the Fourth of July.”

Haberstick said the weather might aid the battle today. Humidity levels are expected to rise to about 60 percent in the valleys and 40 percent on ridge tops, up from 20 percent to 30 percent in the previous two days.

“This is extremely good news,” he said. “Humidity retards the fire’s ability to grow and ignite other fuels.”

By 7 p.m. Thursday, the Glacier View Meadows neighborhood was a ghost town.

Gassing up at the The Forks convenience store in Livermore, evacuee Jerry Walton said it is unlikely his home will burn.

“But I guess I don’t want to be the fool who stays and gets it,” he said.

Staff writers Kieran Nicholson, Tegan Hanlon and Erin Udell contributed to this report.

Revelation 11:18 (NIV)
The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great–and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

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Yes there is conspiracy…

And monkey business…

Ezekiel 22:25 (NLT)
Your princes plot conspiracies just as lions stalk their prey. They devour innocent people, seizing treasures and extorting wealth. They make many widows in the land…

Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

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By Zach Carter    zach.carter@huffingtonpost.com

Posted: 06/13/2012 9:17 am Updated: 06/13/2012 11:46 pm

WASHINGTON — A critical document from President Barack Obama’s free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday morning, revealing that the administration intends to bestow radical new political powers upon multinational corporations, contradicting prior promises.

The leaked document has been posted on the website of Public Citizen, a long-time critic of the administration’s trade objectives. The new leak follows substantial controversy surrounding the secrecy of the talks, in which some members of Congress have complained they are not being given the same access to trade documents that corporate officials receive.

“The outrageous stuff in this leaked text may well be why U.S. trade officials have been so extremely secretive about these past two years of [trade] negotiations,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch in a written statement.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has been so incensed by the lack of access as to introduce legislation requiring further disclosure. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has gone so far as to leak a separate document from the talks on his website. Other Senators are considering writing a letter to Ron Kirk, the top trade negotiator under Obama, demanding more disclosure.

The newly leaked document is one of the most controversial of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. It addresses a broad sweep of regulations governing international investment and reveals the Obama administration’s advocacy for policies that environmental activists, financial reform advocates and labor unions have long rejected for eroding key protections currently in domestic laws.

Under the agreement currently being advocated by the Obama administration, American corporations would continue to be subject to domestic laws and regulations on the environment, banking and other issues. But foreign corporations operating within the U.S. would be permitted to appeal key American legal or regulatory rulings to an international tribunal. That international tribunal would be granted the power to overrule American law and impose trade sanctions on the United States for failing to abide by its rulings.

The terms run contrary to campaign promises issued by Obama and the Democratic Party during the 2008 campaign.

“We will not negotiate bilateral trade agreements that stop the government from protecting the environment, food safety, or the health of its citizens; give greater rights to foreign investors than to U.S. investors; require the privatization of our vital public services; or prevent developing country governments from adopting humanitarian licensing policies to improve access to life-saving medications,” reads the campaign document.

Yet nearly all of those vows are violated by the leaked Trans-Pacific document. The one that is not contravened in the present document — regarding access to life-saving medication — is in conflict with a previously leaked document on intellectual property (IP) standards.

“Bush was better than Obama on this,” said Judit Rius, U.S. manager of Doctors Without Borders Access to Medicines Campaign, referring to the medication rules. “It’s pathetic, but it is what it is. The world’s upside-down.”

In a statement provided to HuffPost, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative downplayed the concerns.

“This administration is committed to ensuring strong environmental, public health and safety laws,” said USTR spokesperson Nkenge Harmon. “Nothing in our TPP investment proposal could impair our government’s ability to pursue legitimate, non-discriminatory public interest regulation, including measures to protect public health, public safety and the environment.”

Words like “legitimate” and “nondiscriminatory” can have flexible interpretations among international tribunals, however, which have recently ruled that U.S. dolphin-safe tuna labelling and anti-teen smoking efforts are unfair barriers to trade, according to prior trade pacts. The new investment rules, for instance, extend to government contracting negotiations, eliminating so-called “Buy American” preferences for domestic manufacturers.

USTR has previously stated that it does not comment on the terms of an allegedly leaked document.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative insists that while broad standards require many medical patents and IP rules that would increase the price of medications, the U.S. intends to work with countries involved in the Trans-Pacific talks to ensure that the agreement does not restrict access to life-saving drugs.

That statement is belied somewhat by recent American efforts in other international negotiations to establish controversial medical patents that grant companies long-term monopolies on life-saving medications. Those monopolies increase drug prices, which impede access to medications, particularly in developing nations. The World Health Organization and dozens of nonprofit public health groups have objected to the standards sought by the Obama administration. Two United Nations groups recently urged global governments not to agree to trade terms currently being advocated by the Obama administration, on the grounds that such rules would hurt public health.

Such foreign investment standards have also come under fire at home, from both conservative sovereignty purists and progressive activists for the potential to hamper domestic priorities implemented by democratically elected leaders. The North American Free Trade Agreement, passed by Congress in 1993, and a host of subsequent trade pacts granted corporations new powers that had previously been reserved for sovereign nations and that have allowed companies to sue nations directly over issues.

While the current trade deal could pose a challenge to American sovereignty, large corporations headquartered in the U.S. could potentially benefit from it by using the same terms to oppose the laws of foreign governments. If one of the eight Pacific nations involved in the talks passes a new rule to which an American firm objects, that U.S. company could take the country to court directly in international tribunals.

Public Citizen challenged the independence of these international tribunals, noting that “The tribunals would be staffed by private sector lawyers that rotate between acting as ‘judges’ and as advocates for the investors suing the governments,” according to the text of the agreement.

In early June, a tribunal at the World Bank agreed to hear a case involving similar foreign investment standards, in which El Salvador banned cyanide-based gold mining on the basis of objections from the Catholic Church and environmental activists. If the World Bank rules against El Salvador, it could overturn the nation’s domestic laws at the behest of a foreign corporation.

Speaking to the environmental concerns raised by the leaked document, Margrete Strand Rangnes, Labor and Trade Director for the Sierra Club, an environmental group said, “Our worst fears about the investment chapter have been confirmed by this leaked text … This investment chapter would severely undermine attempts to strengthen environmental law and policy.”

Basic public health and land-use rules would be subject to challenge before an international tribunal, as would bank regulations at capital levels that might be used to stymie bank runs or financial crises. The IMF has advocated the use of such capital controls, which would be prohibited under the current version of the leaked trade pact. Although several countries have proposed exceptions that would allow them to regulate speculative financial bets, the U.S. has resisted those proposals, according to Public Citizen.

Trans-Pacific negotiations have been taking place throughout the Obama presidency. The deal is strongly supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the top lobbying group for American corporations. Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2012 presidential elections, Mitt Romney, has urged the U.S. to finalize the deal as soon as possible.

This post has been updated to include comment from the USTR and the Sierra Club.

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