What I found was that the Obama Administration, the European Union, Jordan, Mexico, and other countries are working on a treaty that would allow the search of computer harddrives, Ipods, and other media devices supposedly just for suspected pirated content. These searches could be done without a warrant and without a reason. All of your personal information that you might have would be right there for the government to see. It gets better. ACTA's scope is very broad and far reaching. It also includes counterfeit physical goods, but also "internet distribution and information technology". According to an article on Canada.com entitled, COPYRIGHT DEAL COULD TOUGHEN RULES GOVERNING INFO ON IPODS, COMPUTERS, "The leaked ACTA document states officials should be given the 'authority to take action against infringers (i.e., authority to act WITHOUT complaint by rights holders).' "
Now these negotiations did not start with the current administration. This started in October 2007 through the OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE. These negotiations have never been made public. The government only acknowledges that the United States is participating in the negotiations. Bits and pieces of the content and nature of this agreement have been leaked, but all requests for information have been denied here in the United States and Canada.
Even though this did not start this year, one of the campaign promises Obama made concerned transparency in government. He never qualified that statement as applying to some areas and not others. Since this is not a matter of national security, but supposedly a "trade agreement", why all the secrecy? Why is this particular "trade agreement" guarded so closely? Why isn't the news media all over this? When known terrorists' telephone conversations were monitored by the Bush administration, the liberal left including the news media went absolutely bananas. This was an infringement on the rights and liberties of law-abiding American citizens. THAT sure made a lot of sense. Watching known terrorists REALLY infringed on MY rights. Whatever. But, have you heard ANYTHING at all in the news about this? Not exactly 6:00 material, and absolutely NO ONE has called Obama out on this one in response to his major emphasis on and promise of transparency.
Since transparency seemed to be a problem on this issue, I, as a good American, decided to assist the President. Glad to be of service.