From Sputnik News
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has accused the US of trying to universally apply its own laws and control other countries as part of a practice of “lawfare” – seen through Washington’s pursuit of people like himself, Edward Snowden and Kim Dotcom.
“This is something in academia… called ‘lawfare’ — getting access to territory by pushing your laws into this territory, instead of your military. It’s a very modern and sophisticated concept, and that’s partly what the TPP is about.“
It’s a larger version of economic warfare of using US Persons as Trojan horse to extract capital from other countries all under the guise of fighting tax evasion. When seen in connection with what is really happening in these so-called “free trade” deals, it is clear the United States is actively engaged in nothing less than complete global dominance enforced through extraterritorial law. The creation of intricate legal arrangements take the place of military occupation and allow the US to control countries and states that lie outside its jurisdiction.
Assange said the US was going to “most countries in the world, trying to get them to sign secret bilateral agreements — called Article 98 agreements — to promise that those countries would never extradite someone from the US government to the International Criminal Court.”
It’s thought that the US has concluded at least 100 of these agreements.
The Bush administration created these loopholes to protect government officials from prosecution after its disastrous interference in the affairs of Iraq. Assange says Obama, has attempted to “co-opt the ICC for broader geopolitical purposes, as opposed to the narrow view of trying to protect their own skins.”
Huge international trade deals such as the recently concluded TPP and the proposed TTIP have also been accused of being central to the US plans to exert legal influence over the world.
A clause in these deals allows multinational organizations to sue governments (ISDS) if legislation is introduced that will inhibit the investment opportunities of businesses.It is clear that such initiatives actively undermine the sovereignty of governments involved in the trade deals, allowing large multinational corporations to assert legal control and influence over foreign states. And of course, the emerging economies of not-yet-competitive states are not part of this US-created world order. Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa. Exactly the nations who perceive the need for the establishment of a new reserve currency as a way to usurp the U.S. dominance. Perhaps the U.S. realizes there is no way to repair its enormous deficit so a new way for it to remain at the top is being put into play. Above all, this is the defence for the enormous threat that China poses for the United States.
Makes one wonder what on earth is pushing countries to sign these “Article 98 agreements; as with FATCA, I susect there is something very unpleasant & threatening going on in these secret negotiations.