The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated with the European Union and the Transpacific Trade and Investment Partnership (TTP) being negotiated with perhaps a dozen or so separate Pacific nations are to be kept secret from the American public. If you are a US Congressperson or a US Senator, you may read these agreements in a room without any means of recording what you are reading.
These agreements, the US Government says, are for the good of the people of the US and for our trading partners. It is just that it is not good for us to know what is good for us until the goodness is codified in law.
It is a secret until then between special in-people.
On June 23, 2015 the Senate primarily by Republican support voted to clear the path for TPP to the president’s desk. That, for the moment, is that.
Wayne Gonzales, screen print, 2008: So Long Suckers at the Whitney Museum of (north) American Art.