The ticket I purchased for the event, "Robert Kennedy, Jr: Thimerosal - Let the Science Speak" had on it the following words and promise: "You're on your way to an event at the nation's leading public affairs forum, The Commonwealth Club."
I knew the venue well, having been a member for several years when I lived in San Francisco. And the Club had recently extended a speaking invitation to me, my co-author, Dr. Judy Mikovits, and Dr. Brian Hooker, for an event entitled "American Whistleblowers" which for the moment remains "postponed." I have always supported the stated mission of the Commonwealth Club to be "the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community, and nation." As I have stated before, I believe the question of the epidemic of immune and neurological problems such as autism presents a watershed moment in our country's history. We will either redeem the promise of an America where we are free to discuss important issues or we will enter an age of darkness for which our children and grandchildren will curse us.
Kennedy began his talk to a crowded room of about 250 people by thanking the Commonwealth Club for being the first place in the country to allow him to have an open discussion about the question of mercury, vaccines, and autism. He stated that no network or newspaper in this country will allow him to engage in this debate. Kennedy pointed out that there were rare, honest journalists willing to take on this issue, like our own Dan Olmsted, formerly of UPI, Sharyl Attkisson, formerly of CBS, and Alison Camerotta, formerly of Fox News and just hanging on by her fingers at CNN. But they get shut down by their editorial bosses.
Kennedy talked about four scathing reports by federal agencies over the past couple years that paint the CDC and their relationship with vaccines as a "cesspool of corruption." There was a three year study by the House Oversight Committee in 2000, a follow-up study which said the conflicts of interest were "debilitating the agency," a 2004 study by Senator Tom Coburn, a 2008 study by the Inspector General of Health and Human Services, and a 2014 study by the Office of Research Integrity in which the head of the office, David Wright, resigned because he said the dysfunction at the CDC and FDA were "intractable."
In discussing how this came to happen, he cited the removal of vaccines from the civil justice system by the creation of the Vaccine Court in 1986, and the vast amount of money spent by the pharmaceutical industry in the political process (twice that of oil companies), and among the news networks (sometimes 70% of their advertising revenues). The lawyers have been taken out of the process, the regulatory agencies, the politicians, and the press neutralized.
Some interesting information was revealed by Kennedy about CDC whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson. Thompson invoked federal whistleblower status this summer and hired leading whistleblower attorney, Morgan VerKamp, to represent him on his claim that his superiors had required him to lie for the past ten years about the connection between vaccines and autism. He has turned over tens of thousands of pages of documents to Congress and has "asked" to be subpoenaed by Congress. The matter is currently before Congressman Jason Chaffetz's Oversight committee. Kennedy related how the chief of staff of Chaffetz's office had said that these documents, when they are released, "are not just a smoking gun, but a wildfire that will burn CDC to its foundations."
Kennedy talked of how he had been present when his family started what became known as "Special Olympics" and they never saw a child with autism. He talked about how the severe problems of these children cause their parents to essentially "disappear" from society and political discourse because they are just trying to get through the day managing their lives and their children. To say that this problem was missed in previous generations was 'like missing a train wreck." He recalled how he had been in Utah the previous night, which has both the highest vaccination rate and the highest autism rate, 1 out of every 39 kids.
Kennedy recalled how his father often wondered how normally good, decent human beings could be complicit in a holocaust. It seemed to Robert Kennedy, Sr. that such widespread injustice usually involved an authority figure who was getting undeserved reverence and a willingness on the part of the population to put their heads down and ignore what was happening around them.
Kennedy is deeply engaged in the fight against vaccine mandates in California. I encourage all who can attend to join Kennedy on the west steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento, TODAY, April 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. for a rally opposing this proposed law and attend the hearing at 1:30 p.m. before the Senate Health Committee. Those who attend are asked to wear red shirts for the rally. (Don't worry, it's not a Star Trek red shirt thing. You will be allowed to return home safely!)
I also encourage ALL of the people reading this post to send a respectful e-mail to the President of the Commonwealth Club, Dr. Gloria Duffy, expressing your appreciation that by allowing Robert Kennedy, Jr. to speak they are living up to the best traditions of an open society. If you would like to add an additional comment that you hope they will soon reschedule the "American Whistleblowers" talk for me, Dr. Mikovits, and Dr. Hooker, I would greatly appreciate it.
To my dear brothers and sisters in this fight, I believe we may be near a turning point. Do whatever you can, but do something.
The e-mail address for Dr. Duffy is firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent Heckenlively is a Founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism and co-author with Dr. Judy Mikovits of Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases. Visit his website at Plague The Book. You can order the book HERE.