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The Times editorial board in “Give Obama fast-track authority in trade deal” [Opinion, April 21] fails to even mention the most dangerous provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: the “investor-state dispute resolution” system that threatens the will of the people as expressed through local, state and national legislation. This international “court” operates in secrecy and its decisions cannot be appealed by any government.

How might this trade agreement be a problem for residents of Seattle or Washington state? For example: suppose international corporation “Happy1Percent” bought 100 fast-food restaurants in Washington state. Subsequently, voters approve a $15-an-hour state minimum wage. Then, Happy1Percent sues for X billions in “anticipated” lost profits because it will have to pay its workers higher wages. The international “court” then rules in the corporation’s favor. No appeal. Washington then either has to compensate X billions in taxpayer dollars to Happy1Percent investors or rescind the minimum-wage law.

This process would be repeated whenever a multinational corporation determines that a new law or regulation to protect environmental safety, health-care reform, workers rights or any other public policy threatens its “expected future profits.”

David McLanahan, Seattle