A year on from the first revelations of the Thompson tapes we have the opportunity to get to grips with them at first hand, and perhaps understand their meaning better. A crucial aspect of this history is just what an angry man William Thompson is, a man frequently scathing about colleagues (and about the mainstream media) who had placed the incriminating documents in the hands of Congressman Posey before any of the recorded telephone calls had taken place, and had applied for whistleblower status to protect him from professional reprisal. Reading it you can only imagine how indifferent he probably was to his public “outing” by Brian Hooker and Andrew Wakefield – it would come sooner or later. It might have waited more than a year with Bill Posey despairing of any help from his political colleagues making an end of term speech in Congress. No timing is perfect: a year on we are potentially much better organized to support Thompson and Posey. Maybe we have lost some momentum but we will just have to gain it again.
One thing is clear, Thompson never expected any help from the mainstream media: he understood just how bought out and corrupt they were. Above all this is a tale of public negligence. The politicians sit there like the three wise monkeys with the lobbies on their backs, and leave it to the professionals. The agencies – in this case the Centers for Disease Control - gain no credit for telling it like it is, the incompetent and the deceitful get preferment: it would be the same with the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency. In the end the harms of the system just build up because no one wants to know about them: they have been marginalized so they are assumed to be marginal: this is what the bureaucratic machine is good at doing. The mantra goes out “vaccines are safe” or “the benefits greatly outweigh the risks” (two incompatible statements in themselves) but how can you ever corroborate it if you wage war on the dissenter victims.
You could no doubt draw a flow diagram: the lobby bears a carrot and stick to the politicians, the politicians defer to their advisors who would gain no benefit from telling the truth and anyhow have a revolving door relationship with the industry, not to mention direct professional relationship through such bodies as the CDC Foundation and Task Force for Global Health: the system is as completely dysfunctional as Eisenhower once warned: why should we be surprised?
The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded… in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific/ technological elite.
This is exactly of course the sort of thing that good government (not to mention the American Constitution) are supposed to protect citizens against even if it is hard to imagine Coleen Boyle as the member of an elite. Farcically, as we have heard Jason Chaffetz’s Oversight and Government Reform committee have responded favourably to the CDC’s request that it be allowed to investigate itself.
Of course, the dysfunctional state machine not only acts in a barbaric way to the individual; by now the costs of all this negligence threatens the state itself – a solemn warning comes in a new E-book by Ronald N Kostoff, Pervasive Causes of Disease has become available online Open Access. The overall theme of this book is preventing and reversing chronic diseases using the holistic medical principle: 'removal of cause is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for restorative treatment to be effective'. The specific focus of this book is identifying, categorizing, and analyzing the pervasive foundational causes of about 4000 diseases, allowing these actionable causes to then be eliminated.
There is a substantial section outlining the deficiencies and distortions of the premier biomedical literature on which this book is based. These inadequacies lead to:
1) concealment of the full extent of the pervasive foundational causes of chronic disease;
2) reduced perceptions of health risk among individuals and policy-makers;
3) inadequate regulation and public health policy at the national and global levels.
Kostoff addresses the financial fall-out the De Stefano paper cover-up in his chapter 9. Even on the most conservative estimate of 100,000 African Americans injured (as proposed by Robert F Kennedy Jnr) this would amount life time costs of at least $400 billion, but likely much more. How much is it going to cost if 1 in 58 young Americans have autism while mountebank officials shuffle around suspiciously pretending everything is normal?
Thompson is very much a man at the end of his tether: he’s seen too much corruption for too long. He warns not only about MMR, he warns about tics (thimerosal vaccines are associated strongly with tics and tics are four times more common in autistic people). He himself is a co-author of a paper on tics which the CDC was only partially successful in watering down (despite strenuous attempts) , and which was corroborated by the Tozzi paper. He is scathing not only about Verstraeten and about Thorsen and his alleged girl-friend Diane Schendel who decamped from the CDC on full pension to work at Aarhus University after Thorsen was indicted, but also about another couple, Ian Lipkin and Mady Hornig, whose measles RNA/MMR/ autism study was absurdly small and absurdly delayed. He is scathing about the Price study, of which he is co-author. The whole thing is sickening. It was long over time to blow the whistle.
John Stone is UK Editor for Age of Autism.
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