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2 Protestors were killed in anti CAFTA demonstrations in Guatamala on March 15th, while 10 were severely injured and 3 were imprisoned by police http://chiapas.mediosindependientes.org/display.php3?article_id=112246
The US Congress will hold a Senate Hearing on CAFTA on April 6th, chaired by Senator Grassly of Iowa http://ilfb.aghost.net/index.cfm?show=4&id=13824
WHAT THIS HAS TO DO WITH YOUR ACCESS TO DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) threatens to expand NAFTA to Central America as a prelude to imposing the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) on our hemisphere, a vehicle by which all the laws would be harmonized (made the same) between the Arctic Circle and Tierra Del Fuego.
The FTAA would be a vehicle similar to the European Common Market which spawned the subsequent creation of the EU Dictatorship which is presently attempting to destroy consumer access to dietary supplements all over Europe (and by virtue of the influence the EU wields at Codex) THE WORLD.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
I was on the US Codex Delegation in '96 and '98 prior to being kicked off as a whistleblower prior to the Codex meeting in Berlin in 2000, and I have no illusions regarding what is coming at the 28th General Session of Codex between July 4-9th in Rome.
We don't have any leverage over the unelected bureaucrats at Codex who (like WTO delegates) don't represent the PEOPLE of any of the countries they come from, they represent the MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS that are CONTROLLING their countries FDA.
The only country fully in our corner at Codex is South Africa. Sure, maybe some other African countries such as Tanzania might join them in opposition to ratification of the Codex vitamin standard in Rome in July, but I'm not counting on it, and the way these Codex meetings are run, the Chair can define "consensus" as having been reached any way they want- the meetings are rigged heavily against us.
Congress whitewashed the oversight hearing on this issue that I pushed for for 5 years on March 20, 2001.
SO. WHAT _CAN_ WE DO? WHAT _IS_ OUR POLITICAL REALITY?
I'm not sugar coating any of this folks, because we all need to know where we stand in order to fight back effectively in those venues where we still exercise SOME CONTROL.
In the US, that would be in our state legislatures and with Congress.
In Canada, that would be in your provencial governments and with Parliament.
The FIRST STEP is education. Many people aren't even FAMILIAR with terms like CAFTA and FTAA. Please go to http://www.stoptheftaa.org and educate yourself.
Download information to help you alert others to this threat to destroy the US, Canada, Mexico, and all the Central and South American nations as a prelude to a bureaucratic nightmare similar to the one they're having in Europe via the EU.
I have been to England and rubbed elbows with pissed off vitamin consumers who are incensed that the ruling Labor Party has TOTALLY IGNORED the more than ONE MILLION vitamin consumers who signed petitions against harmonizing English vitamin law to the draconian EU Food Supplement Directive.
Do we want to be plunged down the SAME slippery slope England and the rest of Europe have been via the EU?
We don't HAVE to be, its our CHOICE.
Please, call Congress via the US Capital Switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators Offices. Tell each of your Senators that you totally oppose CAFTA and the FTAA, and your main concern is Codex- you don't want US vitamin laws harmonized to a mindlessly restrictive international standard, and you don't want our country to be destroyed by this bureaucratic monstrosity the way England is being destroyed as its being subsumed into the EU.
If you need more info before you call your Senators offices, please go to http://www.stoptheftaa.org and also read this article of mine
Want an image to convince yourself that we're at WAR to defend our country?
Check this out from the Battle of Seattle, the anti WTO Protest in '99 http://www.louisbeam.com/seattle.htm I was there. I was shot with rubber bullets and threw teargas cannisters back at the cops. I helped block intersections so that WTO delegates could not get to where they were trying to go. When they tried breaking through our lines, we told them to walk back to the airport and fly back to whatever country they came from because they didn't represent the PEOPLE of ANY country.
The price of FREEDOM is eternal vigilance.
Don't allow yourself to feel overwhelmed by all of this. Accept it as our political reality and ask yourself what you CAN do. You CAN pick up your phone and make some phone calls, and you CAN FORWARD THIS WIDELY. So please just DO IT. Think of FUTURE GENERATIONS. THINK of yourself and your family.
Value your access to supplements, and to ALL of your most cherished FREEDOMS?
We're at WAR people, please WAKE UP and TAKE ACTION! Let me know what you are doing to alert more people. Can you write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper? Sure you can!! Can you organize local meetings to alert more people? Damn right you can!
Please know that we're NOT dead in the water either. The word IS spreading! Kevin Miller is hard at work on an anti Codex documentary thats going to air to some 25 Millions people over Dish TV and via other means and I'm helping him. He's already interviewed Rob Verkerk, Scott Tips, myself and many others and this is the guy who's award winning documentary helped us pass DSHEA in '94.
I and others are catalyzing MORE AND MORE people every day on this issue, and we ARE breaking past ALL the spin. Its not over til HELL freezes over and when THAT happens we will fight on ICE.