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Michael Wessen of Politico after having read the Trans-Pacific Partnership details as they were provided to the government’s own advisors has come to the conclusion that Elizabeth Warren is right to be concerned about Obama’s secret trade deal:

So-called “cleared advisors” like me are prohibited from sharing publicly the criticisms we’ve lodged about specific proposals and approaches. The government has created a perfect Catch 22: The law prohibits us from talking about the specifics of what we’ve seen, allowing the president to criticize us for not being specific. Instead of simply admitting that he disagrees with me—and with many other cleared advisors—about the merits of the TPP, the president instead pretends that our specific, pointed criticisms don’t exist.

What I can tell you is that the administration is being unfair to those who are raising proper questions about the harms the TPP would do. To the administration, everyone who questions their approach is branded as a protectionist—or worse—dishonest. They broadly criticize organized labor, despite the fact that unions have been the primary force in America pushing for strong rules to promote opportunity and jobs. And they dismiss individuals like me who believe that, first and foremost, a trade agreement should promote the interests of domestic producers and their employees.

Everything I have read about the TPP makes it sound like one of the shadiest “trade” deals ever created. When Obama first took office back in 2008, he hired a number of Hollywood lawyers to high-ranking positions in his administration. The intellectual property portions of the TPP read like a dream sheet representing those lawyers, and their former employers, primary international interests. There is no good that will come from the TPP’s IP sections, much less the other damning aspects of the TPP.

The TPP needs to go away very quickly. Hopefully with Elizabeth Warren setting her sights on it she can kill this terrible agreement once and for all.

The Mainich reports that over 1,000 Japanese citizens are suing the Japanese government to halt involvement in the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

More than 1,000 people filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government Friday seeking to halt its involvement in the 12-country talks for a Pacific Rim free trade agreement as “unconstitutional.”

A total of 1,063 plaintiffs, including eight lawmakers, claimed in the case brought to the Tokyo District Court that the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact would undermine their basic human rights such as the right to live and know that are guaranteed under the Constitution.

The envisaged pact would not only benefit big corporations but jeopardize the country’s food safety and medical systems and destroy the domestic farm sector, according to their written complaint.

The U.S.-led TPP is aimed at setting new terms for trade and investment among the 12 countries bordering the Pacific, accounting for some 40 percent of global gross domestic product. Advocates have said the far-flung trade deal would boost economic growth and create new jobs.

The plaintiffs said, however, the TPP would change a number of rules and regulations concerning people’s lives “for the sake of the freedom and profits of global corporations.”

In my admittedly anecdotal experience, I have yet to meet a single Japanese citizen who has proclaimed any positive attitude towards the TPP. Everyone I have spoken to about the TPP expressed concerns over the potential for medical care, prescription medication, and agricultural products to dramatically increase in price. Nobody in Japan wants to see these things become more expensive than they are already.

Very few people realize the intellectual property aspect of the TPP is quite possibly the so-called trojan horse. This is the part that scares me the most.

Since the text of agreement is currently considered secret, it is no wonder Japanese citizens affected by this agreement are worried. Without the ability to read the details so they can hold their government accountable, the TPP just reeks of backroom political deals and outright corruption.

If this deal was beneficial for all parties involved there would be no reason to hide it from public consumption.

Smoke and mirrors.