Unintended Harm – – or Deliberate Cover-up?
Last August of 2014, Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hired Morgan VerKamp, (reported to be one of the top whistle blower attorneys in the United States), to aid him in supplying the office of Congressman Bill Posey with documents related to a 2004 CDC study that examined the possibility of a relationship between the mumps, measles, rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. The study when published, showed that there was no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. However, Dr. Thompson came forward last year with an unprecedented admission: he and his colleagues –he said – committed scientific misconduct to cover up a significant link between vaccines and autism in black boys. Thompson has since then been federally granted whistleblower status and immunity. In a statement released in August, 2014, Dr. Thompson stated, “I regret that my co-authors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics.”
Congressman Bill Posey, in August of 2015 on CSPAN, read allegations from CDC senior scientist, Dr. William Thompson, to the House Floor. From the testimonies Posey received, Dr. Thompson stated, “My primary job duties while working in the immunization safety branch from 2000 to 2006, were to co-lead three major vaccine safety studies. The MADDSP, MMR autism cases control study was being carried out in response to the Wakefield-Lancet study that suggested an association between the MMR vaccine and an autism-like health outcome. There were several major concerns among scientists and consumer advocates outside the CDC in the fall of 2000, regarding the execution of the Verstraeten Study. One of the important goals that was determined up front, in the spring of 2001, before any of these studies started, was to have all three protocols vetted outside the CDC prior to the start of the analyses so consumer advocates could not claim that we were presenting analyses that suited our own goals and biases. We hypothesized that if we found statistically significant effects at either 18 or 36 month thresholds, we would conclude that vaccinating children early with MMR vaccine could lead to autism-like characteristics or features. We all met and finalized the study protocol and analysis plan. The goal was to not deviate from the analysis plan to avoid the debacle that occurred with the Verstraeten thimerosal study published in Pediatrics in 2003. At the Sept 5th meeting we discussed in detail how to code race for both the sample and the birth certificate sample. At the bottom of table 7, it also shows that for the non-birth certificate sample, the adjusted race effect statistical significance (black boys) was huge. All the authors and I met and decided sometime between August and September 2002, not to report any race effects from the paper. Sometime soon after the meeting, we decided to exclude reporting any race effects. The co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room, and reviewed and went through all the hardcopy documents that we had thought we should discard, and put them into a huge garbage can. However, because I assumed it was illegal and would violate both FOIA and DOJ requests, I kept hardcopies of all documents in my office, and I retained all associated computer files. I believe we intentionally withheld controversial findings from the final draft of the Pediatrics paper.”
Why was science able to be thrown out and not reported? The omitted data, after being analyzed, showed that black boys had a 240% increased risk of regressing into Autism after administration of the MMR vaccine. This information was never brought forth to the public.
Why wasn’t the general public made aware of this and why hasn’t this been in the mainstream media? Does it have something to do with the fact that Big Pharma spends $3.8 billion in direct marketing to TV, radio, newspapers, etc in 2013, and $5.4 billion in 2005? A top television executive told Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that, in non-election years, 70% of TV advertising comes from pharmaceutical companies. Yet, #CDCWhistleblower has reach over a billion impressions on Twitter? Is this because the CDC doesn’t believe black lives matter or is it because the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry within Congress and the media is more important than the lives of black boys?
This is a huge problem because this 2004 study in question, has been cited in over 90 studies and is currently listed among peer-reviewed medical literature on PubMed debunking the Vaccine-Autism Link. Many of the studies in other peer-reviewed literature concerning the relationship of vaccines and the autism epidemic have also been authored by the same researchers that were involved in this study in 2004.
In 2008, the Office of the Inspector General of HHS found that 97% of special government advisors on committees in the CDC vaccine program failed to disclose their conflicts of interest. In March 2014, the director of the U.S. Office of Research Integrity, David Wright, resigned and issued a scathing letter stating there was pervasive scientific misconduct in biomedical research at the CDC, the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Public Health Service, all part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.)
The issue with this whole dilemma is that the same people who are telling us that there is no link between Vaccines and Autism, also are the ones behind the fraudulent studies. As shocking as this may seem, this isn’t the first time medical experimentations have been used on minority populations. In 1989, a government-sponsored study of two different measles vaccines was administered on approximately 1,500 minority infants in Los Angeles. The fact that these vaccines were experimental and was never disclosed to the parents, is truly horrifying.
This leaves me with this question, was this unintended harm or was this a deliberate cover-up? If Dr. Thompson’s allegations are indeed true, this is a million times worse than the Syphilis Experiment on black men in Tuskegee. For those who believe that Dr. Thompson is lying, if he indeed was lying about the fraud committed, why is he still employed by the CDC? Under the Whistleblower Protection Act, which Georgia adheres to for government employees, he is actually protected from being fired for blowing the whistle on unethical practices.
No matter your stance on vaccines, this isn’t a pro or anti vaccine debate, this is about truth and transparency with scientific research to not be fraudulent and discriminatory towards certain races. That is why on October 23rd, you will see thousands upon thousands of medical professionals, teachers, lawyers, parents, students and humans lead by Minister Louis Farrakhan and Student Minister Tony Muhammad, will be rallying at the CDC and on October 24th at Grant Park in Atlanta to demand that truth and transparency be brought forth and that Dr. William Thompson be subpoenaed so we can learn the truth about what really happened in that meeting room in 2002.
Dr. William Thompson’s Press Release: http://www.morganverkamp.com/august-27-2014-press-release-statement-of-william-w-thompson-ph-d-regarding-the-2004-article-examining-the-possibility-of-a-relationship-between-mmr-vaccine-and-autism/