The cynically named Autism Science Foundation -- created to exclude scientific examination of the root cause of the autism epidemic, namely excessive vaccinations -- has been forced to apologize to the Devil himself.
Its Web site now says: "On a previous version of this page, the allegations contained in a lawsuit brought by Andrew Wakefield were inadvertently mischaracterized as conclusions of the court. We regret this error."
ASF factotum Alison Singer also sent Andy an e-mail this week: "As you know, we previously removed the content about which you complained. We have also posted a statement on our website apologizing for the error. We trust this brings the matter to a close. Alison"
The backstory is explained HERE. Needless to say, anything that makes Andy look bad is good for the Singer/Offit crowd. Unfortunately for them, the truth is a different matter.
And the truth is this: The bloated U.S. vaccine schedule harms kids far worse than the diseases it purports to prevent. That includes the MMR, as Andy has demonstrated.
Another bit of good news this week: Army Special Operations has finally pulled the plug on a drug the Army invented that has caused its soldiers to kill civilians -- right before they kill themselves.
The document, USASOC Mefloquine Instruction, orders its medical personnel to "immediately cease the prescribing and use" of Lariam for malaria prevention. The order cites recent changes from the FDA in the drug's product label that warn of long-term psychiatric and nerve problems. It also tells personnel to be on the lookout for such long-lasting problems, which can be mistaken for PTSD. (In other words, a significant percentage of "PTSD" is actually longterm Lariam toxicity, a manmade problem from hell if there ever was one.)
This is unalloyed good news, another day of reckoning for what retired Army Major Dr. Remington Nevin warned could be "the Agent Orange of our Generation." . But it also represents a systemic and deliberate failure by the FDA, CDC and military to respond to more than a decade of convincing evidence that the drug was doing that and much worse, including triggering homicidal behavior and suicide.
In September 2004, Mark Benjamin and I at UPI wrote an article about Special Operations soldiers titled, "Malaria drug links elite soldier suicides." It began: "A startling pattern of violence and suicide by America's most elite soldiers has followed their use of a controversial anti-malaria drug," an investigation by United Press International and CNN has found.
Based on our reporting, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said: "The Department of Defense, and all other agencies that give this drug, should immediately reassess their decision to use this drug and look for alternatives."
"Immediately." The same word the military has now used -- nine years and many, many casualties later.
At the time, it droned on about "no data" linking the drug to severe adverse events and blamed suicides on "failed personal relationships, financial crises, legal difficulties, and mental problems like depression and psychoses" -- in other words, they blamed their own soldiers rather than truly supporting our troops.
It was always clear to me that this drug would have to go. The only question was how long, and, for Special Operations -- Rangers, Green Berets, Delta, psyops, etc. -- the answer was a decade or so after the truth was obvious.
Based on that, I give the vaccine-autism coverup another decade -- although we should all work to hasten the day.
Anyone trying to hasten the day had better expect a sound thrashing. Just ask Bobby Kennedy, whose personal diary from a decade or so ago was stolen and parts were published in the execrable Murdoch id outlet, the New York Post.
The real measure of all this is evident on the cover of People this week. There are three cover blurbs. One is about Bobby, and another is "Autism, Violence and Despair -- A Mother's Breaking Point."
I'm sure no one at the mag made the connection.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.