Atlanta, GA. – On Friday, October 23, activists will hold a rally for “Truth, Transparency and Freedom” outside of the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
The event calls for “concerned individuals from all across the nation” to gather outside the CDC Headquarters and “demand truth, transparency and freedom-to-choose which medical procedures are right for themselves and their families.” The event states that the demonstration will be aimed at exposing “the corruption within the CDC’s vaccine division.”
The organizers of the event write, “It has been over a year (August 2014) since a Senior Research Scientist within the CDC has come-forward with allegations of falsified safety data…the very data upon which vaccine public policy is made.”
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Truth In Media has followed the story of that research scientist, Dr. William Thompson, since August 2014 when Thompson alleged that a study he worked on “fudged numbers” to lower the number of black children who were adversely affected by a certain type of vaccine. Thompson is a senior scientist at the CDC and has been with the agency since 1998.
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A statement was released on August 27, 2014 by Dr. Thompson in response to reports that he and co-authors from a 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics did in fact omit important information from a study on the link between vaccines and autism. Below is an excerpt from Thompson’s statement.
Dr. Thompson was originally not intending to be so forthcoming about his involvement until it was revealed that conversations he had with Dr. Brian Hooker had been recorded. Dr. Thompson’s statement claimed that documents had been handed over to Congressman Bill Posey’s office for review. Posey serves on the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Ben Swann later confirmed with Posey’s office that they had indeed received documents from Dr. Thompson:
“According to Congressman Posey’s spokesman, George Cecala, ‘I can confirm that we have received a very large number of documents and we are going through those documents now. There are a lot of them, so it will take some time.’ Cecala could not say exactly how many documents are in possession of the Congressman’s staff though sources tell me that as many as 100,000 documents have been handed over.”
There was very little chatter about the CDC whistleblower for quite some time until July 29th, when Congressman Bill Posey took to the floor of the House to discuss Dr. William Thompson and his documents. The organizers of the rally also mention the recent testimony of Congressman Posey, stating “Posey has urged Congress to investigate these claims and to date, no investigation has begun. Parents demand answers and accountability.” (For the full details on Congressman Posey’s speech and efforts see this report.)
On Saturday, October 24th, the rally will host a speaking event featuring researchers discussing corruption at the CDC and dangers of vaccinations. Dr. Brian Hooker, the doctor who recorded conversations with CDC scientist William Thompson, will be speaking about his efforts to expose fraud at the center.
The organizers of the event also discuss the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 which eliminated any liability for pharmaceutical manufacturers, stating, “the number of recommended childhood vaccines has more than tripled and we have seen a decline in the health and vitality of our children with among the worst infant mortality rate in the developed world.”
Although pharmaceutical manufactures cannot be held liable for problems associated with vaccinations, the U.S. government does have a fund for victims of vaccines. During Congressman Posey’s speech on the House floor he mentioned the controversial Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
“It’s troubling to me that in a recent Senate hearing on childhood vaccinations, it was never mentioned that our government has paid out over 3 Billion Dollars through a Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for children who have been injured by vaccinations.”
Funds awarded through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program are first processed through a special vaccine court. In December 2014, Ben Swann examined a report by the Associated Press which revealed that thousands of families with claims with the vaccine court are left to wait for years, sometimes decades before receiving help.
The AP examined hundreds of court decisions, performed more than 100 interviews, and studied a database containing more than 14,500 cases. The database was last updated in January 2013 with the government refusing to release any new updates.
Officially known as the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the so-called vaccine court is a little-known system that is intended to address claims of Americans who believe their children have been harmed by vaccinations. The court is an established part of the federal judiciary system however the authorities over the cases are not called judges but rather “special masters.”
The AP investigation found several issues with the court. These include tens of millions of taxpayer dollars that has been paid to private attorneys who often practice “churning,” a practice described as filing a large number of claims regardless of the quality of the claims. In the private court attorneys are paid out whether or not they succeed in convincing the court. That fact has led to questionable billing practices and an increase in court claims.
The AP report also found that “expert” witnesses for the families and the government often have a lack of credibility or conflicts of interest. The report says that some of the experts are also involved in setting up nonprofits that question vaccine safety. Meanwhile doctors hired by the government to testify in defense of vaccines have ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
For more details on this court please watch Ben Swann’s report on the Vaccine Court and Autism.