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ACTA is in violation of the Constitution, says critics
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In signing ACTA, President Barack Obama has again leapfrogged over the U.S. Constitution, critics charge. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was signed by the United States and several other countries on October 1 with little fanfare.
In wake of the recent uproar (and subsequent shelving) of the proposed United States’ bills SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), however, many Americans are now turning their fears toward ACTA.
This is not surprising, as critics say that ACTA would censor the Internet even more severely than either SOPA or PIPA would have done.
According to Forbes:

Few people have heard of ACTA… but the provisions in the agreement appear quite similar to – and more expansive than – anything we saw in SOPA. Worse, the agreement spans virtually all of the countries in the developed world, including all of the EU, the United States, Switzerland and Japan.

And this treaty would trump all local and national laws.
Which is part of the reason critics, constitutional scholars, and one Senator is challenging Obama’s constitutional right to sign this treaty.
Obama claims that he signed it as an “executive agreement” which does not require Congressional approval. However, everyone else categorizes it as a treaty, which does require such approval.
But even if we let Obama bask in his delusion of signing an “executive agreement,” Constitutional experts say that he still does not have a right to sign it in the matter of copyright and patent laws. In fact, U.S. Constitutional scholars Jack Goldsmith and Larry Lessig said:

The president has no independent constitutional authority over intellectual property or communications policy, and there is no long historical practice of making sole executive agreements in this area. To the contrary, the Constitution gives primary authority over these matters to Congress, which it charges with making laws that regulate foreign commerce and intellectual property.

Using this same argument, Senator Ron Wyden (D) from Oregon has been hammering the Obama administration for months for an explanation as to why he bypassed Congress. Finally, the administration issued a response saying, essentially, that the President could sign this treaty because it would not change U.S. law.
Wyden then requested a Congressional Research Service’s Analysis of ACTA and found that it may change U.S.law. (What a surprise). The problem with ACTA, like so many bills Obama signs, is that is is so riddled with vague language that its meaning hinges on one's interpretation.
As it stands now, I’m convinced that Obama knowingly bypassed Congress and the United States Constitution to sign a treaty that will help to destroy our First Amendment right of free speech. (Thus his "concern" over the problems with SOPA, earlier this month, was just a charade). How long are we going to let him get away with this?
Posted 1/31/12
Democracy needs capitalism to work, but capitalism eventually consumes democracy. And that's where the USA is atm.
Posted 1/31/12
Urggg =_= Can't these government people just decide to screw all these stupid things, to make people happy... People just won't shut up otherwise...
Posted 1/31/12
Yeah, just legalise prostitution and weed already.
Posted 1/31/12
^^ What he said. As soon as you give people what they actually want, they might actually let you get away with the odd crazy shit.
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Yeah, exactly. I don't see what's so fuckin' bad about piracy anyway. That's what the record companies & the movie distributors really want to stop for some reason, but tbh, they really don't lose that much money if people illegally download. I mean, they're still gonna get a shitload of money each year anyway.

If the CEO of Warner / Sony / Universal Music group can't buy a yacht made of pure gold I personally don't give a shit cause he's richer than most of the US middle class population, such as moi.
Posted 1/31/12
LOL Obama. Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahhahahahaahhahaahahahhahahahahahahahahahah
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^^
You can do that?!?!
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It's not like the government is looking at cr right now, lol. Or are they?!! MWAH HAHA.

Juuuuuuuust kidding. I highly doubt they give a shit about CR.

And now I will laugh at obama, who signed ACTA, even though it's almost the same thing as SOPA, which he openly opposed.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhAHAHAHAhAHAhAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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underlock wrote:

Yeah, just legalise prostitution and weed already.


This is relevant to my interests....
Posted 1/31/12
Oh really? Obama Bin Laden, the first legal black terrorist to govern the United States. Not that Bush did better anyway.
Posted 1/31/12
I liked bush He was funny...
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Yeah, but was he really anything else besides that? I mean, he kinda makes me ashamed to be from texas.
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Alll my exes live in texas.... Soz, I had to do that :(
And tbh, I'm really not a politics guy so I wouldn't know. All I know of him is from "Best Bush moments" which was on telly a while back
Posted 1/31/12
Oh my god she's from Texas. Must be a descendent of Chuck Norris in that case.
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