By Anne Dachel
This past November I did a series of interviews with Minister Tony Muhammad on the failure of Congress to investigate the claims of CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson, that his agency had destroyed evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism, including what was specifically found in a population of African American males under the age of 36 months.
Min. Tony talked about reaching out to African American members of Congress who should be especially concerned about Thompson's claims.
Min. Tony: "Then I went to a friend of mine that I knew when I lived in Baltimore years back, … Congressman Elijah Cummings. Bobby Kennedy knew him as well. I gave him a call, and I was talking to him about the MMR vaccine and I said, ‘Are you aware that Dr. William Thompson, who is the senior lead scientist for the Center for Disease Control, works in the vaccine division, …he has admitted that he lied. And Mr. Cummings said, ‘Wait a minute, we just had him here.’
“I said, ‘Yeah, and he has hired the number one whistleblower attorney in this country.’
“And he was like, ‘Really?’
“’Elijah, we need you to look into this. And the Hon. Min. Louis Farrakhan and those of us who are concerned about what’s happening with these vaccines and our children. The American public deserves to know what lies Dr. William Thompson [told] in front of you and your committee.’
“And he said, ‘Oh brother, I’m going to get right on this.’
“…Two days later, he called me back with a crackling sound in his voice, saying, ‘Ah, ah, ah, Minister Tony, look, I’m pro-vaccine.’
“I said, ‘Okay, so what does that have to do with Dr. William Thompson and the lie he told?’
[Cummings:] ‘Well, I don’t know if I want to deal with that. There’s science out there that’s debunking what he said.’
“I said, ‘No, no one—there is no science out there against what Dr. Thompson has said. Dr. Thompson needs to talk himself, since they’re using what he's saying.’
[Cummings:] “‘I don’t know if I want to deal with this. …”
Min. Tony asked Rep Cummings if he was a sellout.
“’I’m not a sellout.’ And he hung up the phone.’
Min. Tony said that he had someone investigating Cummings' ties to the pharmaceutical industry. He was astonished at the response from Cummings.
“These people are so powerful. He ran into something that’s backing him down from even bringing Dr. Thompson who lied to his committee.
“I said, ‘Then we’ve got to move the people....’
“I tell you, not just African American politicians. There are many white politicians, Latino politicians, who are bought and paid for, and this needs to be brought to the American people’s attention....”
Min. Tony went on to describe the liability protection given to the vaccine makers as “heinous.” He said, “That is a crime against the American people. …If these vaccines are so safe, why doesn’t the vaccine maker who’s making billions of dollars stand behind his product? …”
Min. Tony ended by saying that our elected officials are selling us out to special interest groups. He called for “truth and transparency.”
Here's what Minister Tony Muhammad said about Cummings in Atlanta in Oct.
"And when I went to Congress, Elijah Cummings, I gotta tell you the truth. Elijah Cummings is over the Oversight Committee and both Bobby Kennedy and myself went to this Negro and this Negro...excuse me I'm getting a little touched...I have him the information from the honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and said, 'Brother Elijah we need you to look into this.' He said, 'Brother I'll look into that, we just had him [William Thompson] up here ten years ago.' And I said, 'Yeah Dr. Thompson lied to you.' He said, 'Well I'm going to look into this.' I said, 'If you look into this Brother we will stand behind you, the whole Nation will stand with you.'
"Two days later, I did not know that in two days he learned how to moonwalk. He called me back with a crackling sound in his voice. He said, 'Brother Tony look I...I...I just want you to know I'm pro-vaccine.' I said, 'I don't care about you being pro-vaccine I asked you to call Dr. Thompson and subpoena him.' 'I don't know if I can do that...I just think you hooked up with some crazy people I think your information is wrong.' I said, 'Brother are you punking out?' 'I'm not a punk Brother I'm just telling you [unintelligible] I ain't got time to talk.' I said, 'That's okay, Minister Farrakhan likes bad news fast.' And he hung up. Guess who I called? Minister Farrakhan. He said, 'That's all right Brother. I told you Pharaoh has some magicians.' He said, 'Not only have our Black politicians been bought but over 95% of our White politicians have been bought.'"
Here's the big disconnect in the ethics of Rep Cummings.
On Feb 2, 2016, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a story involving Rep Cummings and the drug industry.
Two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions including heart disease, AIDS and cancer, according to excerpts from thousands of documents released by federal lawmakers.
A congressional review of more than 300,000 pages from Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals reveals how executives planned to maximize profits while fending off negative publicity over the price hikes.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, released the information Tuesday ahead of a hearing Thursday to examine exorbitant price spikes. Cummings has used his position atop the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate several companies that have bought previously low-cost drugs and jacked up their prices many times over.
The Democrat said in a statement that the documents show "that many drug companies are lining their pockets at the expense of some of the most vulnerable families in our nation."
The same Elijah Cummings who went after drug makers for illegal price gouging by the pharmaceutical industry does not have the same concern over actions by the vaccine division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This egregious double standard needs to be exposed for what it is. The idea that the government's vaccination program could be behind massive damage to a generation of children is the unthinkable to many of our politicians. The consequences are too terrible to consider. Elected officials like Cummings seem to lack any courage when it comes protecting the most vulnerable among us.
Most recently Cummings went on the record expressing his outrage over the officials who allowed the people of Flint, MI to be exposed to lead in their drinking water.
Feb 3, 2016, C-Span: Rep. Elijah Cummings' Passionate Remarks About Flint Water Crisis http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4578881/rep-elijah-cummings-passionate-remarks-flint-water-crisis
Cummings: "...I want everybody who is responsible for this fiasco to be held accountable. I'm not protecting anybody, because that's not our job. We are the last line of defense. And if we don't do it, nobody's going to do it."
It left me speechless. He is not willing to hold anyone responsible for harming children through a mandated vaccination program.
He is protecting everyone involved in the controversy at the CDC. He's right. Congress is the last defense for our children, and it obvious that nobody's going to do it.
FOOTNOTE--Here is Rep Cummings questioning vaccine safety four years ago.
Nov 29, 2012 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing on vaccines
8:45 Elijah Cummings: "I'm sitting here and I'm listening to all of this. There's something wrong with this picture. ...When you've got this combination of shots, and you go from one in 10,000 to one in 88, it seems to me, somebody would say, wait a minute, let's put the brakes on this and at least let's try to figure out whether if I'm giving a baby nine shots in a day, ...how much impact that's having. ...It just seems logical. If they gave me nine shots, ...It just seems to me somebody oughta say, wait a minute, let's put some brakes on this. ...I wish you could see the people behind you. There are grown men that have been crying behind you. And women, crying. ...You can feel the frustration coming from here. ...Is there something maybe there's an issue here? And if we're going to err, let's err on the side of keeping children safe, even if we have to do a pause and give one shot a day. ..."
Back four years ago, Cummings expressed disbelief and frustration over what he had learned about the vaccine schedule. He was worried that there were too many shots, too soon. He was not happy with the assurances from health officials.
So what has changed? The latest 2016 childhood schedule has added two new vaccines to the recommended list.
The autism rate is now one in every 45 children in the U.S., including one in every 28 boys.
In 2012 Cummings wanted answers. That was BEFORE he learned about a whistleblower at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who had been ordered to destroy evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism---especially if the child was African American. Now Cummings hangs up the phone on people who bring him uncomfortable information about the ever-expanding vaccination schedule.
It's clear from the what was said by lawmakers who expressed serious concerns about vaccine safety in 2012, that our government will do nothing when faced with the power and control of the pharmaceutical industry. The vaccine makers have bought the legislators along with the regulators.