For years now, those who suggest that vaccines could be behind the increase in autism have been called everything from crackpots to conspiracy theorists. The main stream media continually reminds the public that “there is no link” between vaccines and autism and the “theory has been debunked.”
These messages are often inspired and sometimes directly authored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHR). The mission of the CDC is:
“CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.”
Recently, a series of articles have revealed the CDC to be an agency mired in dysfunction and ethical crisis; reckless procedures at labs handling dangerous pathogens, a whistleblower calling out the mishandling the Zika Virus situation, the emergence of an anonymous employee group, SPIDERS, calling attention to the issues of excessive industry influence over science. Here, Here, Here.
These revelations stand in stark, shocking contrast to the mission of the CDC. They also call into question the integrity of the agency that tells us “vaccines do not cause autism.”
And now this
On 10/19/16, Eco Watch reported that CDC Director Thomas Frieden signed a letter to avoid the order of Tennessee Senior Circuit Court Judge William Acree. The letter is an attempt to block CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson, from testifying on his assertions of scientific fraud and destruction of evidence by senior CDC officials in critical research regarding the causative relationship between childhood vaccines and autism.
Judge Acree ordered that William Thompson be deposed on February 5, 2016 in a civil suit alleging medical malpractice brought by the parents of Yates Hazelhurst against the doctor who allegedly administered vaccines incorrectly to the child.
“I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics.”
The reason Judge Acree issued the order? On August 27, 2014, William Thompson, Ph.D., released the following statement through his attorney regarding the 2004 article examining the possibility of a relationship between the MMR Vaccine and autism:
“My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998.
I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed…” (Please read the entire statement here)
CDC Director Frieden responded on September 22, 2016 in a letter stating that Thompson’s testimony “would not substantially promote the objectives of CDC or HHS.”
If you want to read Director Frieden’s letter, please read Dorit Reiss’ weekend post on the Skeptical Raptor Blog. With remarkable speed, Ms. Reiss was given a copy of Frieden’s letter so she could write articles supportive of the CDC Director’s position. We mention Frieden’s quick courting of pharmaceutical industry writers because many who have asked for information from the CDC have often waited years on Freedom of Information Requests. Some have even had to go to court.
If you are Dorit Reiss, (see photo above) your phone calls to the CDC get answered.
“Basically, I have stopped lying.”
Dr. William Thompson a senior scientist at the CDC who co-authored the 2004 MMR vaccine study revealed in legally taped conversations with Dr. Brian Hooker that he is willing to provide testimony even though his agency doesn’t want him to. Thompson wants to tell what he knows about fraudulent research despite the risk to his career stating, “Basically, I have stopped lying.”
In other words, the Director of the CDC is obstructing an employee from testifying to the truth about scientific fraud that may well have resulted in the un-necessary vaccine injury of thousands of children.
Conflicts of Interests - CDC’s Role in the Production of Science used in Omnibus Autism Proceedings
The study that Thompson says was fraudulent, was relied on heavily by Special Masters in dismissing thousands of vaccine-induced autism claims filed in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP). As Hazlehurst’s attorneys, Robert F. Kennedy and W. Bryan Smith, point out, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who administers the CDC, could have been on the hook for a trillion dollars in compensation to children who developed autism due to vaccine injury. Due to the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and the 2011 Supreme Court decision on Brusewitz, the NVICP is the only justice venue for those who believe they were injured by a vaccine. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is the Respondent, the person/agency being sued for vaccine injury claims.
Few in the main stream media have noted the fact that the CDC was responsible for the production of the science which would ultimately be used to exonerate the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the OAP.
The conflict of interest is glaringly obvious.
Frieden claims the authority to block Thompson testimony due to a 1951 case United States ex rel. Touhy v. Ragen, claiming that the Hazelhurst case is a civil suit to which the United States is not a party. Therefore, a government employee should not be required to participate in it.
Kennedy and Smith expected Frieden’s response and are filing an appeal. William Thompson may still have an opportunity to tell his story on the record in a court of law.
Thompson has given statements to Congressman William Posey informing that CDC administrators conspired to destroy government owned scientific data and threw it in a garbage can. If true, these actions may amount to obstruction of justice in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings.
The CDC employees who engaged in this behavior could be charged criminally. It is illegal to destroy government data and records. It is obstruction of justice to destroy information that could be used in federal court proceedings.
Would Thompson’s testimony result in an action to revive the claims dismissed by the Special Masters in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings? If Thompson is telling the truth, is it possible that the Secretary of Health and Human Services could be directed to compensate the families?
Over ninety published scientific papers claiming to show that vaccines “do not cause autism” have relied on the 2004 study. These papers would have to be retracted because the science produced by the CDC was fraudulent.
The government claims that “vaccines don’t cause autism” would crumble.
Given what Thompson has claimed and the other significant revelations about ethical and management issues at the CDC, what science produced by the agency could be trusted?
A pattern of conduct – bad conduct – at the CDC is coming into focus.
Director Frieden is preventing William Thompson from saying what he knows about vaccines and autism on the record. Thompson’s statements raise the possibility that thousands of families who sought justice in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings had their cases dismissed because some of Frieden’s employees threw science in the garbage. Even worse, Thompson raises the awful possibility that the government agency responsible for the health of the American public could have prevented the vaccine injury of thousands of children and simply chose not to.
There is a compelling public health concern – the autism epidemic - that requires that William Thompson testify under oath.
There is a compelling ethical reason – the safety of the nation’s children – that requires that Thompson testify under oath.
It's time for Director Frieden to read his agency’s mission statement.
Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde.
Wayne Rohde, author of The Vaccine Court – Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
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