By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.
From Amazon: Vaccine Whistleblower is a gripping account of four legally recorded phone conversations between Dr. Brian Hooker, a scientist investigating autism and vaccine research, and Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist in the vaccine safety division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Thompson, who is still employed at the CDC under protection of the federal Whistleblower Protection Act, discloses a pattern of data manipulation, fraud, and corruption at the highest levels of the CDC, the federal agency in charge of protecting the health of Americans. Thompson states, “Senior people just do completely unethical, vile things and no one holds them accountable.”
This book nullifies the government’s claims that “vaccines are safe and effective,” and reveals that the government rigged research to cover up the link between vaccines and autism. Scientific truth and the health of American children have been compromised to protect the vaccine program and the pharmaceutical industry.
The financial cost of the CDC’s corruption is staggering. The human cost is incalculable. Vaccine Whistleblower provides context to the implications of Thompson’s revelations and directs the reader to political action.
How does a reviewer start to write about a book detailing one of the greatest crimes ever committed against humanity? How does one begin the narrative of the violation of the public trust by highly-educated scientists whose job is to protect the health of our nation and our children? This is a shame that will last a thousand years.
When author and attorney, Kevin Barry, confronted these questions in his book, Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing Autism Research Fraud at the CDC, (scheduled for release on August 25, 2015, but you can probably get it a little earlier if you order on Amazon) he came up with a simple solution, based no doubt on his legal training. Let the guilty party, Dr. William Thompson, speak for himself. A great deal of this book is simply a transcript of four conversations recorded by Dr. Brian Hooker in which Dr. Thompson details how CDC scientists systematically buried any evidence of a link between vaccines (like the MMR) and autism.
From the introduction by Dr. Boyd Haley: Omitting data to cover up an undesirable outcome in order to reach a predetermined result is research fraud. Dr. Thompson strongly suggests that the CDC staff involved in vaccine safety withheld data to bury a connection between vaccine injury and autism.
If Dr. Thompson is correct, scientific truth was placed second to policy interests. The health of children was compromised to protect the vaccine program. The American public has been lied to and children have been unnecessarily injured due to the corruption of the CDC. The financial cost of the corruption to tax payers is staggering. The human cost in incalculable.
There is no spin in this book. Just the words on the page as they were spoken by Dr. Thompson and what they mean in simple logic. I must confess that there were times when I read the words that I felt physically ill. These were American scientists, not some goose-stepping Nazi doctors. And yet the emotional and intellectual distance between the goal of protecting the public's health and not wanting to disturb the vaccine program was so vast I wondered, what had become of their humanity? How did they convince themselves that is was in the "public interest" to lie about the vaccine injuries that showed up in the data? I consider the scientific method to be one of the signature achievements of the human race. How could these scientists so blatantly disregard it, knowing the misery they would visit on millions of children and their families? If this is how the "best and the brightest" among us act, I question whether we as a species deserve to have a future.
This is Dr. Thompson in his own words on the guilt he carries for his participation in these acts: Dr. Thompson: Here's what I shoulder. I shoulder that 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. They're not doing what they should be doing because they're afraid to look for things that might be associated. So anyway, there's still a lot of shame with that. So when I talk to a person like you who has to live with this day in and day out, I say well, so I have to deal with a few months of hell if all this becomes public, um, no big deal. I'm not having to deal with a child who is suffering day in and day out. So that's the way I view all this. I'm completely ashamed of what I did. So that's that. (Page 37)
Dr. Thompson comes across as a man who realizes in the depths of his soul the unspeakable crimes in which he has taken part. He does not pardon himself for these actions and neither will I. Confession is good for the soul and it appears that Dr. Thompson wants to unburden his sins. That has the potential to help millions, and for that, I am grateful to Dr. Thompson. What jumps out to me in their conversations is that Dr. Thompson KNEW this information would eventually come out and he was ACTIVELY aiding Dr. Hooker in that effort. Dr. Hooker is reaching across the chasm of an unspeakable crime to aid Dr. Thompson in an attempt to recover some small part of his humanity and atone for his actions.
After the four transcripts, Barry sums up the importance of these revelations: The CDC and the Institute of Medicine went through a charade of investigating the vaccine schedule to see if vaccination had anything to do with the increase in autism. Rather than looking at all vaccines and the schedule as a whole, they purported to investigate ONE vaccine (MMR) and ONE vaccine component (thimerosal). Based on this superficial review, they declared in 2004 that the entire vaccine schedule was safe, and then thwarted additional research into vaccine safety going forward, as stated in the 2004 IOM Vaccine Safety Review. (P. 109)
Barry does an excellent job laying out the questions raised by these tapes. He first addresses the importance of the tapes, the potential next steps for policy makers, and how we can ever get the truth when those in public health openly state that protecting the vaccine program is their #1 priority? He talks about conflicts within groups like Autism Speaks and the CDC Foundation, and how the enormous amount of revenue given to the nightly news broadcasts by pharmaceutical companies (estimated to be 70% during non-election periods) can be trusted to honestly cover this issue. This is a slim, elegant book which can be read in a few hours and has the potential to change the minds of a lot of people.
I know there are those who believe our victory will arrive (and effective treatments) when we get the truth about what has happened to our children. The truth is necessary and no victory can come without it. But in addition to truth, we need understanding, compassion, and true engagement. I fully accept and embrace the idea that the worst offenders must face criminal charges and jail time. An example must be set for scientists who peddle lies, just as we would jail heroin dealers who traffic in death and misery.
But there is a larger group of individuals in the scientific community as well as the general public who must be engaged, because they will determine so much of our future. People will demand answers about how this terrible tragedy could have been allowed to take place. How is it that a small group of government researchers were able to completely shut down any real investigation of autism? Read this book to find out, then help spread the word. This is a book which I expect people to buy 5-10 copies and distribute them to your pediatricians, your school administrators, and friends or family who have doubted you. Pester them until they have finished. This is the time to be a nag.
In their search for truth, author Kevin Barry, and Dr. Brian Hooker show that our greatest weapon against the lies of pharma and the medical establishment is honest human compassion. The words of those who have helped perpetuate this tragedy are more damning than anything we could ever write.
You can purchase the book at Amazon and other bookstores.
Kent Heckenlively is a founding Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.