The Trans-Pacific Partnership is like NAFTA on steroids!

Courtesy of Wikimedia.org

Courtesy of Wikimedia.org

“The TPP was written in secret by industry insiders who care more about corporate profits than working Americans! Fast tracking the TPP would railroad this bad bill through Congress, with limited debate, before Congress can even read the fine print.”

– WorkingFamilies.org

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US House of Reps Set to Impose Restrictions on NSA Spying

From Justin Elliott of Propublica.org:

An amendment designed to bar the National Security Agency from undermining encryption standards was approved by the House last night.The measure was inserted into a defense appropriations bill and approved on a voice vote.

The move follows reporting last year by ProPublica, the Guardian, and the New York Times on the NSA’s efforts to weaken encryption, including by influencing the development of standards by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

The amendment is separate from another one the House adopted last night that is designed to block the NSA from conducting “backdoor” spying on Americans by querying databases of foreign intelligence.

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