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American Whistleblowers: The Peril and Promise of Science

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By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

I have to admit that being compared to whistle blowers like Edward Snowden who revealed the creation of a vast surveillance state in our country, or Daniel Ellsberg, whose revelation of how the United States was waging a tragically flawed war in Vietnam and led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, has left me a little overwhelmed.  But that's exactly how I'm being described in the advertising for a panel discussion in which I'm participating in on April 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.

For those of you not familiar with the Commonwealth Club, it's the nation's oldest and largest Commonwealth Club truthpublic affairs forum, sponsoring more than 400 annual events on subjects ranging across the economy, politics, culture, and society.  Previous speakers have included Teddy Roosevelt, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.  Another illustrious name must now be added to this prestigious list, Kent Heckenlively.  The Commonwealth Club has as its mission to be "the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues."  Doesn't that sound great?  For those of us who have watched as our voices of concern about vaccines and other common medical practices have been silenced for decades, isn't this what America is supposed to be about?

One of my two fellow speakers is Dr. Judy Mikovits, the former director of the Antiviral Drug Mechanisms Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute and co-author with me of our book, "PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS, Autism, and Other Diseases."  The other is Dr. Brian Hooker, an associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Science and Mathematics Division at Simpson University, and probably best known to this community as the man who revealed the shocking information about CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson.  Thompson is the CDC scientist who claims the CDC has concealed vital information about the link between vaccines and autism and who has turned over thousands of documents to Congress regarding this massive cover-up.  I am honored to be in their company.

Okay, here's how they describe the event in their publicity materials:  Whistleblowers from Daniel Ellsberg in the 70s to Edward Snowden in recent years, have always received pointed public attention for exposing the internal dealings of our powerful political and military institutions.  But who shines a light on the convoluted realm of health care, a massive industry that brought in over 1.6 trillion dollars in revenue over the past year?  With health care choice at the nexus of our constitutional rights, and scares like Ebola and measles grabbing international headlines, how do we know the information we're getting is truthful?  Come hear about the scientists, lauded by some and maligned by others, who decide to go public with information that many in the industry don't want us to see.

 Yes, I am a little scared and my voice will probably tremble as I begin to speak, but there can be no other course of action.  We will either redeem the promise of an America in which we are free to discuss the issues of the day, or we will sink into an age of darkness.  I hope that some Bay Area patriots will join me in this struggle.  Tickets for Commonwealth Club members are $8 and $20 for non-members.  However, if you put in the special promo code: specialwhistleblowers, you will get the $8 price, just like a member!

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Kent Book PlagueKent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and author of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases.   Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can order the book HERE.


Tracy Ligtenberg

I just received a cancellation notice from the Commonwealth Club event on the American Whistleblowers and I am wondering why it has been cancelled? This is disappointing and I am wondering if it is due to speaker availability or something political--given the current climate?


"AIDS is caused when HIV invades and destroys the Helper T-Cells."

IMO this may be the largest myth being sold in the AIDS world. There is a wonderful document on the net that will allow the layman to gain insight into AIDS and the simple man made pathogen used to create it.

AIDS and its pathogen are important almost beyond belief as whole families of diseases are based on this pathogen. AIDS itself is being used as a prototype for a plague orders of magnitude more deadly. We MUST understand AIDS to exist as a free people IMO. So far what we believe is the AIDS Myth.

“There are two things about the biological agent field I would like to mention. One is the possibility of technological surprise. Molecular biology is a field that is advancing very rapidly, and eminent biologists believe that within a period of 5 to 10 years it would be possible to produce a synthetic biological agent, an agent that does not naturally exist and for which no natural immunity could have been acquired.” Dr. Donald MacArthur U.S. Military biowar research to Congressmen monitoring US biological weapons development June 9 1969, Note that agent is weaponized mycoplasma

Kevin O'Malley

Kent -- looking forward to hosting you at the Commonwealth Club. Please let your network know that we have created a special discount code for them to use, to receive $12 off the regular non-members price of $20 -- which will give them a ticket for $8. USE SPECIAL DISCOUNT: specialwhistleblowers

Denise Anderstrom Douglass

I am happy to read this, and hope someone can somehow video or record it. I have read the book, and posted my review on Amazon. You guys are our heroes.

Birgit Calhoun

Congratulations for having been invited! I believe that your (Heckenlively's, Mikovitz's, and Hooker's) stories are in many ways more important that Snowden's. Snowden's story, to my knowledge, did not affect anyone's health. I am right in the middle of reading "Plague". It's riveting. I am going to comment on Amazon when I am done. It is imperative that people take seriously what all of you have to say regarding CFS, vaccines and the science behind it as well as the shenanigans that are making today's science less and less respected. The Commonwealth Club is a great place to spread the word. Have a great day! I wished I could be there.


God bless all three of the speakers. Is there a recording going to be available online. Wish i could hear the presentation.

Tim Lundeen

Looking forward to it, I already had my ticket :-)

Jeannette Bishop

Well wishes, prayers, and thanks from me also for you and all those presenting their message with you.

Concerned momma

You will do great and thank you.

Louis Conte

I would encourage everyone to read Plague and reflect on what Judy Mikovitz has been through.

Angus Files

We salute you.

Well done


Who is William Thompson ?

The Edward Snowden story may not be all it seems :

Bob Moffitt

When truth is on your side ... it makes public speaking much easier. Good luck .. as Harry would say .. "give em hell".

John Stone

Hi Kent,

Nothing could be more well-deserved. A general reflection on this is the way the mainstream media have diminished and excluded everything we have tried to tell them. It couldn't be more pointful when you consider the heroism of Judy Mikovits. Snowden and Ellsberg became cause celebre, while our issues continue to be swept under the carpet. For you and Judy and Brian to gain recognition from such a venerable institution suggests that the tide is just beginning to turn.


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