Despite much protest by those who claim they are public servants, little information on the secret anti-consumer bill is reaching the public and its on purpose. http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081106-european-group-tries-to-get-secret-acta-documents.html
Europe's Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) tried to get access this week to 12 secret EU documents on the treaty.
Groups concerned about the treaty, and about the fact that all the negotiation will be complete before it is presented for public viewing, have resorted to similar tactics to dig up information. In the US, the Freedom of Information Act has been used to request access to internal negotiation documents, while Canada's Access to Information Act has been successfully used to unearth at least a few pages of data.
In Europe, FFII hopes that its requests will meet with more success. FFII analyst Ante Wessels says that "parliaments cannot build an informed opinion about ACTA and therefore will not be well prepared to use their power."
In order to get the information it wants, the group hopes that a recent European Court of Justice ruling will support is position. That ruling found that the public has broad rights to preliminary legislative texts, since the "considerations underpinning legislative action is a precondition for the effective exercise of their democratic rights."
Of course those groups pushing this bill on behalf of fat cat commercial interests have no wish for the like of you and I to block their efforts to hide their villany under a cloud of legislation, in thier view overcharging for medicines and dvds is par for the course and of course not so good for the consumer, hence their reluctance to act in a democratic manner.