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NAFTA's Chapter 11

Chapter 11 is a tribunal process corporations use to rip off NAFTA governments and taxpayers.

Documentary Exposing How NAFTA's Chapter Eleven 
Has Become Private Justice For Foreign Companies

     Three years after a Mississippi jury found a Canadian-based conglomerate guilty of fraud in attempting to put a family-owned Biloxi funeral home out of business, the Canadian company filed a claim against the United States, demanding $725 million in compensation.

     When California banned a gasoline additive that had contaminated drinking water throughout the state, another Canadian firm sued the US government to force citizens to pay nearly one billion dollars for its potential lost profits.

     In what one attorney called "an end-run around the Constitution," corporations are using a little-known provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to challenge public laws, regulations and jury verdicts not only in the United States, but in Canada and Mexico as well.  And they are arguing those cases not in courts of law, but before secret trade tribunals.

     How can this be happening?  And why do so few people know about it?

homepage: homepage: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB65/
address: address: Corvallis, OR

NAFTA SHAFTA 08.Feb.2002 11:56

Midnight Rambler

How? Well, first of all you had that now ellusive Green, I mean, Reform Party presidential nominee with the big ears going around saying that NAFTA would pull jobs from American workers (but NOT mentioning Chapter 12). Then you had a massive trade agreement (NAFTA) that undercuts American democracy and law being passed in the new found spirit of "bi-partisinship" without a REAL vote. Oh fuck it, you KNOW how these things get passed...it's a BIG con.

Where are the REAL GREEN's/American's Lawyers? What about our rights against the corpers?

There's a halfway decent story on this playing on PBS now by Bill MOyers. Like everything on PBS it's halfass (like the Green Party...what kind of liberal political party makes you PAY to hear them speak anyway? They probably sell Starbuck's Coffee too).


naftalaw.org 09.Feb.2002 00:52

aml drew@entropy.net

there's a good site at  http://www.naftalaw.org that chronicles what public documents are released regarding every chapter 11 nafta claim. the moyers show was pretty good.