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Manifest Injustice – the End Result of Scientific Fraud

The endBy Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde

“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.”

William W. Thompson, CDC Scientist

The revelations of CDC scientist William Thompson are stunning. Thompson has admitted that he and the other co-authors of a 2004 study removed data that showed a 340% increase in African-American children who received the MMR vaccine. This conduct violated the study’s original design and was clearly done to bury the link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

If the staff at the CDC’s Division of Vaccine Safety altered data in this study to conceal connections between autism and vaccine injury, one must question the integrity of all the research that the CDC has produced and sponsored. A pattern of altering data in vaccine safety studies to maintain the government’s policy that “vaccines don’t cause autism” is now becoming obvious to anyone who objectively looks past the press releases describing government sponsored research. Many have pointed to a similar pattern of data manipulation in the Verstraaten study. Papers submitted by Price et al feature flawed designs that renders them virtually useless.

The research of Poul Thorsen’s Denmark team also featured questionable use of data. Poul Thorsen (see below) continues to be a wanted man - a fugitive from justice – indicted in 2011 for stealing over 1 million dollars from the CDC[1].

OIG Fugitive: Poul Thorsen

I work as an administrator in a criminal justice agency and I’ve managed federal grants. I find it remarkable that Thorsen could have spent federal money the way he did – purchasing a home, a motor cycle and expensive cars. The federal employees I’ve worked with have always been responsible professionals, active partners who stayed involved in the way the grant money was utilized. I couldn’t image deceiving federal grant administrators the way Thorsen did. No one at the CDC noticed what was going on?

What went on with the CDC’s supervision of Thorsen doesn’t add up. Could he really have committed so much grant fraud without someone inside CDC noticing?

Where did Poul Thorsen come from? Who brought him into the CDC?

From: Yeargin-Alisopp, Marshalyn -
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 2:36 PM
To: Cordero, Jose
Cc: Schende~, Diana; Murphy, Catherine; Boyle, Coleen; Decoufle, Pierre; Thorsen, Poul; Yeargin-Allsopp, Marshalyn; Sinks, Tom
Subject: Proposal for study of MMR vaccine and autism in Denmark

Jose, As we discussed on Friday, we have become aware through Poul Thorsen of an exciting opportunity to study the role of MMR vaccine and autism using several registries/existing studies and the repository of biologic specimens and laboratory capabilities in Denmark. Attached below is a proposal for such a study. Poul will be leaving on Thursday to travel to Denmark where he will be meeting with the PIs for the proposed study on June 6th. We would like to be able to have Poul say whether it is likely that CDC(NIP) can fund the study, if NIP is interested. The proposed budget is included; there may be additional sources of funding (in addition to NIP) but we are not certain at this time. Unfortunately, the DD Branch does not have much (if any) $$ to fund the study, but we do have the expertise that we have developed due to the autism surveillance in Atlanta and the MMR/autism case-control study. I will be out of the office tomorrow, but you may contact Diana or Poul if you have questions. Thank you so much for considering this proposal.

It was Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, copying Coleen Boyle – two of the authors on the fraudulent MMR paper. Allsopp refers to the “expertise that we have developed due to the autism surveillance in Atlanta and the MMR/autism case-control study.”

Thanks to Thompson’s admissions, we now have a different perspective on the nature of the “expertise” these researchers possessed. And it’s an “expertise” that has been rolled out in other studies influenced by this group. The foundation of the statement “it is the consensus of science that vaccines don’t cause autism” has collapsed and the science put forth by this group must be openly questioned.

On 9/11/14, Focus Autism revealed that Thompson was scheduled to present the relationship between the MMR and autism at the 2004 Institute of Medicine (IOM) meeting on autism and vaccines. Thompson was prevented from presenting. Who stopped him? According to Focus Autism, it was Julie Gerbeding, the CDC Director who took a job at MERCK one year after leaving government service. MERCK is the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine.

The 2004 ruling by the IOM that vaccines do not cause autism has often been cited as the final word in the controversy. We now know that the science that the IOM relied on was fraudulent. Gerbeding’s action to prevent Thompson from presenting the real findings to the IOM devastated thousands of families who filed good faith petitions alleging that their children suffered vaccine injuries that caused autism in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). In the Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP), thousands of families saw their cases dismissed by Special Masters who ruled on a handful of test cases that vaccines don’t cause autism.

The respondent – the person being sued - in the all NVICP cases is the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), which runs the CDC and the Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation (DVIC). The DVIC is the government agency responsible for assessing vaccine injury in cases that come before the NVICP. The decisions rendered by the Special Masters relied heavily on the research of Boyle, DeStefano, Yeargin-Alsopp and their friend, Poul Thorsen. The Special Masters cite the IOM to this day.

With the Thompson revelations and the on-going investigation of Thorsen, the foundation of the decisions of the Special Masters in the OAP has now also collapsed.

The recent comments of Dr. DeStefano to investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shed further light. DeStefano admitted removing a subset of African American cases because they didn’t have a birth certificate - altering the outcome of the research. He then admitted that vaccines could – albeit “rarely” - cause autism. DeStefano stated further It’s hard to predict who those children might be, but certainly, individual cases can be studied to look at those possibilities.”

Studying those who regressed into autism is what Dr. Bernadine Healy called for in an interview with Sharyl Attkisson in 2008. It is what Holland, Krakow, Colin and I recommended in Unanswered Questions From the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury (28 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 480 (2011). Available at: Digital Commons.).

In Unanswered Questions, we found that many cases compensated by the NVICP for vaccine induced brain injury (encephalopathy) also featured autism. We recommended Congressional Hearings and an independent assessment of the health outcomes of the cases compensated by the NVICP.

As the government agency responsible for assessing vaccine injury in cases before the NVICP, the DVIC knows what vaccine injury looks like. However, the DVIC has never revealed detailed information about vaccine injuries. And the men who led the DVIC during this time period – Drs. Geoffrey Evans and Vito Caserta - worked regularly with the DeStefano team in the CDC Division of Vaccine Safety.  DeStefano, Geoffrey Evans and Vito Caserta worked together on the Vaccine Safety Datalink Project in 2001[2] (see below). Members of these groups have published articles together[3] (see below), contributed on books (Vaccines – Sixth Edition by Stanley Plotkin, Walter Orenstein and Paul Offit, Foreword by Bill Gates) and participated in professional organizations and their conferences such as the Clinical Vaccinology Course offered by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Is it possible that DeStefano knew that vaccines “rarely” triggered autism through his relationship with DVIC leadership?

If information about actual cases of vaccine injury held by the Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation had been made public, we might all have a better understanding of how and why vaccine injury triggers autism and how rare it really is. The federal government officials under the Secretary of Health and Human Services involved in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings never disclosed that autism had been a common result of so many compensated vaccine injury cases.

Thousands of families are the victims of manifest injustice by the federal government in Omnibus Autism Proceedings. The papers published by the CDC Vaccine Safety group – now all under question – were instruments of that injustice.

Why should America care about the Thompson revelations of scientific fraud at the CDC? Because the impact goes far beyond the Omnibus Autism Proceedings.  

Consider Dr. Thompson’s statement to Dr. Brian Hooker:

“We’ve missed ten years of research because the CDC is so paralyzed right now by anything related to autism. They’re not doing what they should be doing because they’re afraid to look for things that might be associated.”

People afflicted with autism might have benefited from therapies, medications and treatments that could have been developed had the truth been known. New cases of autism could have been prevented. The cost to people with autism is incalculable.

But the damage of the fraud is not limited to families with loved ones afflicted by autism. Consider the costs of the autism epidemic to schools, communities, local and state governments. Hundreds of thousands of human beings with autism need to be cared for. Their parents will not live forever. Ultimately, the bill for the autism epidemic will be paid by the rest of the country.

An incredible injustice has been perpetrated by a small group of people who are protected by a powerful industry. It is time for the Congress to investigate and the President to act. Vaccine safety research must be taken from the CDC and the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program must be removed from the control of those who value the vaccine program more than those injured by it.

Louis Conte is the father of two children with autism and serves on the boards of the Elizabeth Birt Center For Autism Law and Advocacy and Health Choice. He is the author of The Autism War and the soon to be released Vaccine Injuries 2013

Wayne Rohde is the father of twin boys, one with autism.  Wayne is the author of The Vaccine Court – The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.


We wish to thank Kevin Barry and Mark Blaxill for information provided for this article as well as Dr. Brian Hooker and Focus Autism.


1)   OIG Press Release regarding Poul Thorsen
  • From approximately February 2004 until February 2010, Poul Thorsen executed a scheme to steal grant money awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC had awarded grant money to Denmark for research involving infant disabilities, autism, genetic disorders, and fetal alcohol syndrome. CDC awarded the grant to fund studies of the relationship between autism and the exposure to vaccines, the relationship between cerebral palsy and infection during pregnancy, and the relationship between developmental outcomes and fetal alcohol exposure.
  • Thorsen worked as a visiting scientist at CDC, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, before the grant was awarded.
  • The initial grant was awarded to the Danish Medical Research Council. In approximately 2007, a second grant was awarded to the Danish Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation. Both agencies are governmental agencies in Denmark. The research was done by the Aarhaus University and Odense University Hospital in Denmark.
  • Thorsen allegedly diverted over $1 million of the CDC grant money to his own personal bank account. Thorsen submitted fraudulent invoices on CDC letterhead to medical facilities assisting in the research for reimbursement of work allegedly covered by the grants. The invoices were addressed to Aarhaus University and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The fact that the invoices were on CDC letterhead made it appear that CDC was requesting the money from Aarhaus University and Sahlgrenska University Hospital although the bank account listed on the invoices belonged to Thorsen.
  • In April 2011, Thorsen was indicted on 22 counts of Wire Fraud and Money Laundering.
  • According to bank account records, Thorsen purchased a home in Atlanta, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, an Audi automobile, and a Honda SUV with funds that he received from the CDC grants.
  • Thorsen is currently in Denmark and is awaiting extradition to the United States.



2)    Childhood Vaccinations, Vaccination Timing, and Risk of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus

  1. 1.    Frank DeStefano, MD*,
  2. 2.    John P. Mullooly, PhD,
  3. 3.    Catherine A. Okoro, MS*,
  4. 4.    Robert T. Chen, MD*,
  5. 5.    S. Michael Marcy, MD§,
  6. 6.    Joel I. Ward, MD,
  7. 7.    Constance M. Vadheim, PhD,
  8. 8.    Steve B. Black, MD,
  9. 9.    Henry R. Shinefield, MD,
  10. 10.  Robert L. Davis, MD#,
  11. 11.  Kari Bohlke, ScD#,
  12. 12.  the Vaccine Safety Datalink Team

Members of the Vaccine Safety Datalink project include (by site): Frank DeStefano, MD, MPH, Robert T. Chen, MD, MA, John Glasser, PhD, MPH, Philip H. Rhodes, PhD, Piotr Kramarz, MD, Thomas Verstraeten, MD, David Walker, MPH, and Catherine Okoro (National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia); Robert S. Thompson, MD, Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, Robert L. Davis, MD, MPH, William E. Barlow, PhD, Kari Bohlke, ScD, Patti Benson, MPH, Barbara Carste, MPH, Jo Ann Habakangas, BA, Christi Hanson, BA, Minqi Jiang, MS, Paula Lee Poy, BA, Darren Malais, BS, Viviana Rebolledo, BS, Wendy Rogers, BA, David Rubanowice, BS, Dennis Sheeran, MS, Onchee Yu, MS, and Ann Zavitkovsky, MPH, MPA (Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, Washington); John P. Mullooly, PhD, Julie E. Maher, PhD, MS, Sheila Weinman, PhD, Lois Drew, BA, Jill Mesa, Kim Olson, Heather Houston, RN, Colleen Chun, MD, Steven Gancher, MD, John A. Pearson, MD, Jerry Slepak, MD, Alan Bauck, BS, Teresa Kimes, MS, Joseph Murphy, BA, Nadia Redmond, MSPH, Karen Riedlinger, BS, Roberleigh Schuler, MS, Carol Sullivan, and Gayle Thomas-Monk (Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region, Portland, Oregon); Steve B. Black, MD, Henry R. Shinefield, MD, Paula Ray, MPH, Edwin Lewis, MPH, Bruce H. Fireman, MA, Joan Schwalbe, Ajit De Silva, and Patti Hallam (Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, Oakland, California); Joel I. Ward, MD, Connie M. Vadheim, PhD, Hang Lee, PhD, Ken Zangwill, MD, Eileen Eriksen, MPH, Tracy Zhang, MS, Jennifer Lee, MS, Jennie Jing, MA, Nancy Goff, and Jeffrey Perlman, MD (Center for Vaccine Research Harbor-University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, Torrance, California); S. Michael Marcy, MD, and Marlene Lugg, DrPH (Southern California Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, California); M. Miles Braun, MD, MPH, Robert P. Wise, MD, MPH, and Robert Ball, MD, MPH (Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Maryland); Vito Caserta, MD, MPH, and Geoffrey Evans, MD (Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, Health Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, Maryland).


Vito Caserta, Nasrin Sorock, Frank DeStefano





John Stone

An Autism Mother

I checked the websites of Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com. Amazon.co.uk say they have three copies of Lou's book in stock, so I don't know why they can't send you one of them. Wayne's is not published till 4 November, so it less surprising if they are little vague about prescise timing for when they will have a copy in the UK, but probably a little afterwards.

An Autism Mother

Gentlemen, On 2nd August I ordered copies of your two books from Amazon.co.uk. Delivery dates were originally for late October but were delayed either once or twice. On 20th September I received two standard e-mails informing me that:- "We don't have an estimated delivery date for the items below. We'll provide you with periodic updates on your delivery date, and notify you as soon as the items are ready to dispatch."

Amazon.co.uk acknowledges that "... we've fallen short" and apologises to me.

What is going on?

Denise Anderstrom Douglass

Thank you so much for posting the names of the people involved in some of these studies. Their names are now "out." Perhaps they should start thinking. I urge everyone to repost this article.

Angus Files

"manifest injustice" is defined as obviously unfair,

Fairness' would be had if Al Capone were to investigate the Mafia ...



The legal term "manifest injustice" is defined as obviously unfair, shocking to the conscience. An online search also produces links to a book about a convicted murderer whose case review was taken on by nonprofit justice project attorneys.

Where is our justice project group if Congress fails to investigate? I hope that in the future, law students will read about the prosecution of CDC corruption as a cautionary tale against a passive populace.

Cherry Sperlin Misra

Why study autism in Denmark???? I think it was Dr. Boyd Haley who said that this was like going to Alaska to study malaria.


"I have a boss who's asking me to lie. ...If I were forced to testify... If it comes through legitimate channels and I'm forced to answer questions, I'm not going to lie. I basically have stopped lying."

Two words stated by Thompson, above, bother me: "forced" and "basically."

Why does he have to be 'forced' to testify? Why not OFFER to testify (not that they'll take him up on it, but still...). Also, why not COMPLETELY STOP lying, rather than 'basically' have stopped lying.

On the one hand, I am glad to see he's coming out with the truth, but if TRUTH be told, he didn't exactly muster enough courage to come out on his own. He was outed - big difference. And he admitted as such, in his public statement via his attorneys.

He needs to come entirely clean. He should have come out with the entire truth WHEN he knew it. He kept it to himself for at least a decade.

Anne McElroy Dachel

On their website the CDC states the following:
"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."

These noble sounding words are a pretense. Under the guise of protecting our health, this agency is all about promoting the aims of the industry they're supposed to be overseeing. The CDC has become the greatest threat to the health of our nation.

This minute and a half of commentary by Thompson should be cause to shut down the whole infectious disease division at CDC. Nothing they say can be trusted.


Dr. William Thompson to Dr. Brian Hooker:

"CDC is, they're paralyzed. The whole system is paralyzed right now. The whole branch is paralyzed and it's becoming more paralyzed, so there's less and less and less being done as the place just comes to a grinding halt.

"The CDC has put the research ten years behind. Because the CDC has not been transparent, we've missed ten years of research because the CDC is so paralyzed right now by anything related to autism. Really what they need is for Congress to come in and say, give us the data and we're going to have an independent contractor do it, and bring in the autism advocates and have them intimately involved in the study.

"I have a boss who's asking me to lie. ...If I were forced to testify... If it comes through legitimate channels and I'm forced to answer questions, I'm not going to lie. I basically have stopped lying."


Did Thompson also reveal a romantic relationship between a CDC scientist and Poul Thorsen? Inquiring minds want to know!


Thank you so much for showing that DeStefano and others with clear conflicts of interest from the Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation were involved in the diabetes-vaccine link study.

Laura Hayes

Excellent article. Thank you for this factual and horrifying summary.

Sharing with CA Congressman Tom McClintock's staffer right now, and with someone who has a connection to IL Congressman Aaron Shock.

Christina Waldman

Interesting at 1:33:20. http://www.c-span.org/video/?309672-1/federal-response-rise-autism-rates

Rep. Danny Davis, Illinois, specifically asks if rates are comparable between whites and blacks, Latinos, etc. CDC's Boyle answers: rates between whites and blacks "fairly comparable, Latinos lower., Davis asks CDC's Guttmacher if he is in agreement. He says he is: "in agreement with the expertise of the CDC" with perhaps a facial contortion. "Expertise."


Isn't the CDC conducting another autism study called Study to Explore Early Development (SEED)? The Colorado segment's FAQ, if I recall correctly, says the study includes vaccination history. But that's not mentioned here: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/documents/seed-fact-sheet_508.pdf

mary w maxwell

I don’t agree that “An incredible injustice has been perpetrated by a small group of people who are protected by a powerful industry.”
I say the injustice against autistic children is being perpetrated by all of us, every day, year after year, so long as we refuse to face the fact that vax injuries are deliberately caused. Why is it so hard to see this? It has been known since at least 1875 when Charles Creighton, MD, wrote the Encyclopedia Britannica article “Vaccination,” showing Edward Jenner to be a total fraud. (All of those documents are at website: whale.to)
It’s time to stop worrying about a particular fraudulent article from the CDC.
Doctors, wake up! Your behavior is outrageous, and you know it.

John Stone


Yes, there is also a Polish study I seem to remember which shows that MMR prevents 75% of autism cases. In Madsen (Thorsen paper) it prevented 8% of autism cases. Statistics are magic. This paper by Ed Yazbak documents among other things how the number of children in the study group from Danish national records in the "Thorsen paper" varied from one paper to another.


Another question is why they needed to study in Denmark when the prime responsibility was to American children. From my own article of three weeks ago:

"In an email from Coleen Boyle to Frank DeStefano regarding thimerosal and autism (reported in AoA in 2012) Boyle poses the question:

"... "2. Since most of the dx's are generally not picked up until the 2nd or 3rd year of life had you considered eligibility criteria of at least 18 months or 2 years?? What happens if you do this?" ....

"It is interesting to note that this is exactly what they did with the Madsen (MMR) paper which was well into the planning stage when Yeargin-Allsopp wrote to Cordero just five weeks later. It looks as if this had already been identified as a way of hiding the effect. An advantage of carrying out such a study in Denmark was that diagnosis was generally much later than in the United States."


Did not one of the Thorsen studies conclude that Autism rates in Denmark "went up by a factor of 20" after the removal of Thimerosal from the vaccines in 1992 ???

He must have some very charming data.

Therefore... Thimerosal should have been put back into the vaccines to help prevent Autism.

John Stone

It looks like whoever assisted Thorsen at the CDC in his wire fraud has already been let off. According to an AOL news report of last October:

"The first sign of suspicious activity came in 2009 when DASTI contacted the CDC over a letter it received with an official CDC letterhead asking for reimbursement for ongoing research. The letter purported that there was a remaining balance of $894,000 in the grant, according to HHS Office of Inspector General Special Agent Derrick Jackson. After confirming that the grant had already been spent, the CDC launched an investigation. It found that the letter and several prior invoices sent to the Danish agency were fraudulent and contained forged signatures of CDC employees.

""What better way to make it appear legit than to make it look like [the money] was wired directly to CDC?" Jackson said. However, anyone can set up an account with the credit union.

"An unnamed CDC official, who was later exonerated, helped Thorsen wire the money that was deposited in Thorsen's credit union account while under the impression that the funds came from donations, Jackson said. The money was sent to Thorsen, his wife and others in Denmark."


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