The problem, it seems, is that most Americans don’t know what socialism is. On the other hand, as John Nicols wrote for The Nation this week, more Americans trust socialism than capitalism – by 12 points.
A federal watchdog told Congress on Tuesday that a recent covert audit of U.S. airports found layers of security were “simply missing,” in the latest undercover investigation to expose gaps in Transportation Security Administration procedures.
The findings were revealed by Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth during a House hearing on TSA problems where new Administrator Peter Neffenger also testified on what he’s doing to fix them.
Roth said the tests by federal auditors found “troubling” problems related to technology, procedures and human error at security checkpoints. He said the findings were “consistent across every airport.”
The inspections were conducted at eight airports. Roth said he was limited in talking about specifics because the findings of the report, which he gave to Congress in September, are classified.
“The TPP is a disaster for jobs, and environment and our democracy. It is the latest stage in the corporate capture of our society,” said Nick Dearden, executive director of Global Justice Now, in response to the full text.
The enormous so-called “free trade” deal between 12 Pacific Rim nations, he continued, “has less to do with selling more goods, than with rewriting the rules of the global economy is favor of big business. Like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 20 years ago, it will be very good for the very richest, and a disaster for everything and everyone else. NAFTA entrenched inequality and caused massive job losses in the USA, and TPP is turbo-charged NAFTA.”
Based on its initial assessment of the text, Sierra Club said—just as predicted—the TPP would threaten the health of communities, the environment, and global climate.
“We now have concrete evidence,” said Michael Brune, the group’s executive director, “that the Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens our families, our communities, and our environment. It’s no surprise that the deal is rife with polluter giveaways that would undermine decades of environmental progress, threaten our climate, and fail to adequately protect wildlife because big polluters helped write the deal.”
While the “brain damage” claim certainly feels (perhaps intentionally) hyperbolic, she’s actually making a really important point in calling it that: she notes that the entire mechanism of copyright is to cut off the flow of information, and analogizes that to a brain, noting that when information flow is cut off between sections of the brain, it’s a form of brain damage. That’s a somewhat extreme view to take, and I’m not sure it’s one that I think is a truly fair analogy, but damn if it’s not thought provoking.