“OH MY GOD. I CANNOT BELIEVE WE DID WHAT WE DID. BUT WE DID. DR. WILLIAM THOMPSON, CDC SENIOR SCIENTIST & WHISTLEBLOWER
Much has been said about what Dr. William Thompson disclosed to Dr. Brian Hooker in a series of legally recorded phone conversations in 2014. The book, Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing Autism Research Fraud at the CDC by Kevin Barry and the film, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, by Andrew Wakefield, together lay out what amounts to a case of scientific fraud and corruption at the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
The federal government has taken no action.
On July 29, 2015, United States Congressman William Posey said the following on the floor of the House of Representatives:
Mr. Speaker, I respectfully request the following excerpts from the statement written by Dr. Thompson be entered into the record. Now quoting Dr. Thompson:
“My primary job duties while working in the Immunization Safety Branch from 2000 to ’06 were lead or co-lead three major vaccine safety studies—the MADDSP MMR Autism Cases Control study was being carried out in response to the Wakefield Lancet study that suggested an association between the MMR vaccine and an autism-like health outcome. There were several major concerns among scientists and consumer advocates outside the CDC in the fall of 2000 regarding the execution of the Verstraeten study.
One of the important goals that was determined up front in the spring of ’01 before any of these studies started, was to have all three protocols vetted outside the CDC prior to the start of the analyses so that consumer advocates could not claim that we were presenting analyses that presented our own goals and biases. We hypothesized that if we found statistically significant effects at either 18- or 36-month thresholds, we would conclude that vaccinating children early with MMR could lead to autism-like characteristics or features. We all met and finalized the study protocol and analysis plan. The goal was to not deviate from the analysis plan to avoid the debacle that occurred with the Verstraeten thimerosal study published in Pediatrics in ’03. At the September 5th meeting, we discussed in detail how to code race for both the sample and the birth certificate sample.
At the bottom of Table 7 it also shows that for the non-birth certificate sample, the adjusted race effect statistical significance was huge. All the authors and I met and decided sometime between August and September ’02 not to report any race effects for the paper. Sometime soon after the meeting, we decided to exclude reporting any race effects, the co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can. However, because I assumed it was illegal and would violate both FOIA and DOJ requests, I kept hard copies of all documents in my office and I retained all associated computer files. I believe we intentionally withheld controversial findings from the final draft of the Pediatrics paper.” “
End of quote of Dr. Thompson.
Mr. Speaker, I believe it’s our duty to ensure that the documents that Dr. Thompson provided are not ignored. Therefore I will provide them to members of Congress and the House Committees upon request. Considering the nature of the whistleblower’s documents, as well as the involvement of the CDC, a hearing and a thorough investigation is warranted. So I ask Mr. Speaker, I beg, I implore my colleagues on the Appropriations Committees to please, please take such action. Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.
Still, the federal government has done nothing.
It is time to bring the case.
Dr. William Thompson describes a pattern of conduct by federal employees that runs afoul of at least the following federal law (and likely many more):
18 U.S.C. §1519. Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy
“Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.”
Let’s be clear here – the actions of those around Dr. Thompson were not perpetrated because of a sincere disagreement about scientific protocol. These conspirators destroyed, altered and manipulated scientific data that they knew would be very, very important in federal judicial proceedings underway in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) and that could potentially create billions of dollars of liability. Over five thousand cases were filed against the Secretary of Health and Human Services – the agency that administers the CDC - on behalf of children in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP) alleging that vaccine injuries led to the children’s autism.
The 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act removed virtually all product liability from vaccine manufacturers. With the pharmaceutical industry protected, the federal government was on the hook for billions of dollars in compensation payments to these children. Even worse, the reputation of the government’s vaccine program and the public health establishment would forever be tarnished, if not permanently destroyed.
The motive for the actions of Dr. Julie Gerbeding’s CDC employees is clear. And after leaving the CDC, Dr. Gerberding became the head of Merck’s vaccine division a year and a day later – the shortest possible legal time interval.
It is important to note that Dr. Thompson and the other researchers wanted to avoid a repeat of the earlier allegations of data manipulation that circulated around the earlier Verstraeten paper. “The goal was to not deviate from the analysis plan to avoid the debacle that occurred with the Verstraeten thimerosal study published in Pediatrics in ’03.” But the data revealed a problem: “…the adjusted race effect statistical significance was huge. All the authors and I met and decided sometime between August and September ’02 not to report any race effects for the paper.”
While the CDC Vaccine Safety Branch may have wanted to avoid another Verstraeten debacle, they slammed into a wall of statistical truth that showed an association between vaccines and autism. If they published the truth, the Secretary of Health and Human Services would have to get the checkbook out.
Instead, the CDC Vaccine Safety branch obstructed justice that should have been rendered in the Omnibus Autism Proceeding – its employees altered, manipulated, concealed, falsified and destroyed data that the Special Masters would have relied upon. Without this data, they dismissed the vast majority of cases without compensation.
The Special Masters primarily relied on the Thompson/CDC Vaccine Safety Branch research and the research of Poul Thorsen, who is still a fugitive hiding in plain sight in Denmark. He has yet to be extradited to the U.S. to face federal indictment for stealing CDC grant money. Dr. Thorsen was brought into the autism/vaccine research by the same CDC Vaccine Safety staff that produced the paper Dr. Thompson now says was fraudulent.
Like Dr. Thompson, Dr. Thorsen produced research that also played funny games with data. He excluded data showing that autism rates dropped in Denmark after thimerosal, a mercury-based vaccine preservative, was removed from vaccines, but published a paper saying the opposite.
Dr. Thorsen played the same game - manipulating, falsifying and altering data to serve a pre-determined outcome. He simply went one step further by stealing CDC grant money – and who knows what the real purpose for that money was or who enabled it to be stolen?
There is a pattern of conduct here – Drs. Verstraeten, Thorsen and now DeStefano, Bhasin, Thompson, Yeargin-Allsopp and Boyle - that puts Dr. William Thompson’s statements in the context of a larger criminal conspiracy to knowingly manipulate, alter, falsify, conceal and even destroy research that showed that vaccines are responsible for a significant proportion of the autism epidemic among America’s children and young adults.
Dr. Thompson’s statements have only gained more legitimacy from the growing rebellion at the CDC where other researchers have stepped forward to criticize the excessive influence of private industry over the agency. According to Carey Gillam at the Huffington Post, “A group calling itself CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research, or CDC SPIDER, put a list of complaints in writing in a letter to the CDC Chief of Staff and provided a copy of the letter to the public watchdog organization U.S. Right to Know (USRTK). The members of the group have elected to file the complaint anonymously for fear of retribution.”
Many industry enablers in the mainstream, pharmaceutical-supported media will argue that there is no case, no conspiracy and that no crimes have been committed. They will argue that people like us, the authors, are conspiracy theorists.
Ask the following questions:
Has the pharmaceutical industry manipulated data in the recent past?
Is the CDC under excessive industry influence and does that influence alter research outcomes?
Yes, according to CDC SPIDER.
Was there a significant motive at the CDC to obstruct justice on research related to vaccines and autism?
Has the CDC attempted to prevent Dr. Thompson from saying more on the record?
Yes. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden has blocked Dr. Thompson from testifying in a malpractice suit on vaccine-induced autism because “Dr. William Thompson’s deposition testimony would not substantially promote the objectives of CDC or HHS (Health and Human Services).”
If there was nothing here, wouldn’t the CDC want Dr. Thompson to testify, clarify his statements and put the whole matter to rest?
The criminal conduct of a few federal employees has denied tens of thousands of children and young adults and their families of simple justice, justice which federal law is meant to guarantee to them. This conduct has resulted in more autism, incalculable suffering and horrendous costs to families, local and state governments and ultimately to the federal government for healthcare and special education costs.
An apology and a few billion dollars in fines will not end this debacle in the way other pharmaceutical industry “missteps” have ended.
People need to be dragged out of their offices in handcuffs to court and then, after public trials revealing the truth and rendering guilty verdicts, packed away to prison. The suffering caused requires it. The government and the country must send the message that this may never happen again.
Question Authority. Ask the questions and seek the truth from our government. Hold them accountable for their actions.
We need now only a few honest prosecutors. It is time to bring the case.
Wayne Rohde, author of The Vaccine Court – Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
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