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 public 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!
Kent 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.