“We’ve got a counter-government here and we’ve got to fight it. I don’t give a damn how it’s done. Do whatever has to be done to stop those leaks.… I don’t want to be told why it can’t be done.”
Our pursuit of the identities of mysterious members of the Immunization Action Coalition Listserv continues.
From: Wayne Rohde
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2016 11:27 AM
To: Admin (At the Immunization Action Coalition)
Subject: IAC List Serv in The Guardian article
After reading in The Guardian from March 29, 2016, I am very intrigued about the existence of the below mentioned IAC coordinated List Serv. Alison Singer, of the Autism Science Foundation, and a close associate of yours, stated the following in an interview with the Guardian:
“At the center of the network was a listserv group email list of more than 100 prominent individuals and science research bodies run out of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) based in St Paul, Minnesota. The listserv acts as an early warning system that sounds the alarm whenever the potent conspiracy theory that autism can be caused by vaccination surfaces. Through the listserv, conference calls were quickly organized among top scientists across the country to discuss how to respond to the news that what was seen as a scurrilous and misleading film was to be given a high-profile airing. Leading figures in the documentary world were also enlisted to add their objections to the showing of Vaxxed, the film directed by the disgraced former British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who was struck off from medical practice in 2010 for serious professional misconduct.
Having learned lessons the hard way in the past, this time the scientific community was ready for the fight. "Four or five years ago we weren't as well organized and people didn't realize the importance of responding quickly and strongly," said Alison Singer, the president of the Autism Science Foundation and a member of the IAC listserv. "Today, we know that we have to respond to every incident however large or small, because if you leave any of these discredited theories unchallenged, it allows people to think that there's something still to be discussed," she said.”
I am asking for the opportunity to review the List Serv either in person at your offices or via email.
From: Teresa A. Anderson
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2016 9:25 AM
To: Wayne Rohde
Subject: RE: IAC List Serv in The Guardian article
For the record, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) neither conceived nor conducted any campaign regarding the Tribeca Film Festival.
As part of carrying out our mission, IAC manages several email listservs which enable discussion about vaccine-related topics.
IAC does not control activities conducted by listserv members who may wish to work together or with others.
We appreciate your interest in IAC but we are unable to accommodate your request to inspect our operations.
Teresa A. Anderson, DDS, MPH
Immunization Action Coalition
2550 University Avenue West
STE 415 North
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Like an apparition, the IAC Listserv is vanishing into the shadows. According to IAC representatives, Alison Singer, the president of the Autism Science Foundation was either lying, delusional or misrepresenting the facts when she spoke to the Guardian in March.
According to IAC’s Teresa Anderson, the IAC never sought to promote the censorship of Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Castrophe even though Alison Singer says that the organization and its’ members did exactly that.
Let’s be clear about what Alison Singer told the Guardian:
- The IAC runs Listserv
- The IAC Listserv is an early warning system designed to detect and respond “whenever the potent conspiracy theory that autism can be caused by vaccination surfaces”
- The IAC Listserv quickly organized conference calls among top scientists across the country to discuss how to respond to Vaxxed
- “Leading figures in the documentary world” were enlisted to object to the showing of Vaxxed at the Tribeca Film Festival
The Listserv also appears to be the group who pressured the Mayor of Houston to pressure the Worldfest Film Festival to remove Vaxxed from their lineup in April.
Philippe Diaz, the distributor of Vaxxed penned a 4/20/16 Op Ed in MovieMaker Magazine - The Tribeca Precedent and the Framing of Vaxxed - describing what it was like to be the recipient of the Listserv’s attention.
According to Diaz, one of the “leading figures in the documentary world” was a film maker named Penny Lane who has made just two films. Lane is best known for the documentary built around home movies of President Richard M. Nixon called Our Nixon. The home movies were taken into custody by prosecutors as the Nixon Presidency collapsed under the weight of the Watergate scandal that drove him from office.
Forty years after Watergate, Penny Lane was able to get a hold of the material and used it in Our Nixon.
The Listserv’s selection of Ms. Lane is more than a little ironic.
Del Bigtree, the producer of Vaxxed recently stated what has gone on at the CDC is “bigger than Watergate.”
He may be correct.
Some may recall that President Nixon authorized the creation of the “Dirty Tricks Squad” and the “White House Plumbers” to attack those he deemed opponents.
Nixon’s use of “Dirty Tricks” included unethical, duplicitous, slanderous and even illegal tactics to damage political or business opponents. The "dirty tricks" also included underhanded techniques to get ahead of opponents.
Nixon’s “White House Plumbers”, were responsible for breaking into the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist to steal information to discredit the journalist who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the media .
Robert De Niro expressed regret for pulling Vaxxed from the Tribeca Film Festival and expressed concern over the pressure to pull the film. “I think the movie is something that people should see. There was a backlash which I haven't fully explored, and I will,” De Niro said on the Today Show.
Hunter Todd, the director of the Houston Worldfest Film Festival said that he was the victim of censorship. "The powers that be told me we would lose all our grants," Todd said. “City and County officials called.” We asked if he knew who called the local government leaders, and he indicated that state health authorities seemed to be making calls along with federal government officials.
Todd added, “No one’s called me like this in the forty-nine years that I’ve been doing this.” The callers were not pleasant. "It was amazing the force they used."
The IAC now disavows any responsibility for Listserv and has thrown Alison Singer under the bus.
Because the IAC’s biggest funder is the Centers for Disease Control. The vast majority of their Advisory Commission members have direct financial connections to the CDC.
Vaxxed has been running for a month now. Even members of the main stream media are acknowledging that Vaxxed is not an anti-vaccination film.
It’s an anti-corruption film.
Vaxxed reveals corruption at the CDC that is so profound that the agency’s autism research can no longer be trusted.
Corruption that involved CDC scientists manipulating and destroying data that associated vaccines with autism; Corruption that lead to obstruction of justice in federal judicial proceedings (The Omnibus Autism Proceedings in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) and may well be responsible for the autism epidemic.
The CDC has a lot of motivation to keep Vaxxed from being seen.
Are members of the Listserv CDC employees? Have they received CDC money or contracts or grants? Were they working for the CDC during the hours that they made the telephone calls pressuring Robert De Niro and Tribeca Film Festival staff? Were they working for the CDC when they called the Mayor of Houston?
Singer spoke proudly about her activities as a member of the Listserv. We know that Alison Singer serves on the external advisory board of the CDC’s Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
The other members of the Listserv have not stepped out of shadows.
It is profoundly disturbing that members of the “scientific community” are willing to engage in a strategy, as described by Ms. Singer, that involves surveillance of Americans and suppression of speech through the intimidation of artists and film makers. It is even more disturbing when these individuals remain anonymous.
Are they doing so because they were working for the CDC? Is the Listserv a CDC version of Nixon’s “White House Plumbers” or “Dirty Tricks Squad”?
The censorship of Vaxxed is not simply annoying behavior. If the members of the Listserv were agents of the United States government, they may have violated the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
If members of the Listserv were members of the government acting to prevent Vaxxed from being shown, then they may have engaged in the law as Prior Restraint, defined as “government action that prohibits speech or other expression before it can take place. There are two common forms of prior restraints. The first is a statute or regulation that requires a speaker to acquire a permit or license before speaking, and the second is a judicial injunction that prohibits certain speech. Both types of prior restraint are strongly disfavored, and, with some exceptions, generally unconstitutional.”
Alison Singer knows who is on the Listserv. She knows who made the calls.
Congress has an obligation to provide oversight of the CDC.
Did the CDC censor Vaxxed through surrogates on the Listserv?
Alison Singer knows and Congress should ask her.
Wayne Rohde, author of The Vaccine Court – Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
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