The TPP is shrouded in secrecy by the Obama administration because the more people know, the more they will oppose the agreement. From these documents we see what had been suspected, the Obama administration has been an advocate for transnational corporate interests in the negotiations. This is not surprising since we already knew that 600 corporate advisers were working with the US Trade Representative to draft the TPP. This means that for four years some of the top corporate lawyers have been inserting phrases, paragraphs and whole sections so they agreement suits the needs of corporate power, while undermining the people and planet. Now from these documents we see that the US is isolated in its aggressive advocacy for transnational interests and that there are scores of areas still unresolved between the US and Pacific nations. The conclusion: the TPP cannot be saved. It has been destroyed by secret corporate advocacy. It needs to be rejected. Trade needs to be negotiated with a new approach — transparency, participation of civil society throughout the process, full congressional review and participation, and a framework that starts with fair trade that puts people and profits before planet. The Congress needs to reject Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority as these documents show the Obama administration has been misleading the people and the Congress while trying to bully other nations. This flawed agreement and the secrecy essential to its becoming law needs to be rejected.
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