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IRmep files legal challenge to
AIPAC-sponsored US-Israel Free Trade Area
IRmep Legal Challenge to AIPAC Trade Deal cites Heavy Loss of American
Jobs and Trade Secrets
May 3, 2009
A legal filing to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) calls for
suspension of the US-Israel Free Trade Area.
The Institute for
Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) "Section 301 of the Trade Act of
1974" filing includes previously unreleased internal International Trade
Commission (ITC) files recently obtained under the Freedom of Information
Act and testimony from US counterintelligence agencies and concerned
A key legal exhibit reveals the ITC's early
response to formal complaints about intellectual property losses lodged by
the US Bromine Alliance. ITC confirmed that extremely sensitive company
information solicited under "business confidential" provisions was included
in a classified internal US government trade negotiation report. The FBI
investigated how this report was subsequently obtained by the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The Israeli government also
obtained the classified report according to the ITC. ITC further confirmed
that leaked data to AIPAC included "specific business confidential numbers
extracted from the Alliance's...production cost, raw material cost,
depreciation or manufacturing cost, by product cost, and shipping cost for
the compound TBBPA and...the length of time that sales of domestic TBBPA
could be supplied from inventory."
The IRmep's legal challenge,
representing concerned industries and associations from 37 states committed
to stamping out Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) violations quantifies how
ongoing trade secrets theft from US military, pharmaceutical, chemical and
agricultural industries directly translate into American jobs losses.
Input-output table exhibits derived from US Census Bureau data reveal
that American jobs losses caused by the trade pact widened from 50,000 in
1999 to 126,000 in 2008.
A comparative analysis against more beneficial bilateral trade agreements
shows that canceling the US-Israel FTA would produce an immediate net
economic benefit to the United States while fortifying rules based global
trade and intellectual property rights.
Downloadable copies of the
full 92 page USTR draft filing are available online at:
A summary may be found at:
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the Middle East.
IRmep's Center for Policy & Law Enforcement examines how balanced and
vigorous law enforcement can improve trade, economic development and
America's international standing.