REQUEST INVESTIGATION AND SUBPOENA CDC WHISTLEBLOWER WILLIAM THOMPSON TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS
On July 29, 2015, US Congressman Bill Posey spoke on the floor of the US House quoting CDC whistleblower Dr. Bill Thompson. Dr. Thompson is quoted as stating that CDC DESTROYED DOCUMENTS to conceal their tracks when they covered up their own study’s findings that MMR vaccine caused a huge risk of autism in black boys when given before 3 years of age. A link to the unofficial transcript of Rep. Posey’s speech as well as a link to the C-SPAN video can be found below.
Please ACT NOW to preserve our rights or they WILL be taken away.
ACTION TO TAKE:
Please send an email to Congressman Posey AND your own Congressperson. The email does not have to be long, just say:
I support Rep. Bill Posey and thank him for his testimony today regarding the CDC’s intentional destruction of documents. I am grateful William Thompson, MD retained hard copies documenting the truth and as a US citizen I am requesting a full investigation into this issue.
Remember to include your name and address.
1) PLEASE EMAIL CONGRESSMAN POSEY:
Send EMAILS of support directly to Bill Posey’s assistant Patricia Febro at Patricia.Febro@mail.house.gov.
2) PLEASE ALSO EMAIL or CALL YOUR OWN CONGRESSPERSON. Include the link to the C-SPAN video. Find your Representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Emails become permanent records, unlike faxes or postal mail, which might become ‘lost’. Emails do NOT have to be long, just say “I support Bill Posey and thank him for his testimony today regarding the CDC’s intentional destruction of documents. I am grateful William Thompson retained hard copies documenting the truth and as a parent of a vaccine injured child, <or insert whatever> I am requesting a full investigation into this issue.” or something like this. Request that Congress subpoena Dr. Thompson to testify in front of Congress.
Please ask your mom, your grandma, your uncle, and all of your friends to email TODAY. PLEASE Take 2 minutes of your day.
Below is the unofficial transcript of Rep. Posey’s comments as well as a link to his speech from C-SPAN beginning at 1:02:25.
MR. POSEY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY ON MATTERS OF RESEARCH AND SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY. TO BEGIN WITH, I AM ABSOLUTELY, RESOLUTEY PRO-VACCINE. Advancements in medical immunization have saved countless lives and greatly benefitted public health.
That being said, 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 three billion dollars through a vaccine injury compensation program for children who have been injured by vaccinations. Regardless of the subject matter, parents making decisions about their children’s health deserve to have the best information available to them. They should be able to count on federal agencies to tell them the truth. For these reasons I bring the following matter to the House floor:
In August 2014, Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worked with a whistleblower attorney to provide my office with documents related to a 2004 CDC study that examined the possibility of a relationship between mumps, measles, rubella vaccines and autism. In a statement released in August 2014, Dr. Thompson stated, “I regret that my co-authors and I omitted,” OMITTED, “statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the Journal of Pediatrics.” [end quote]
Mr. Speaker, I respectfully request the following excerpts from the statement written by Dr. Thompson be entered into the record. Now quoting Dr. Thompson:
“My primary job duties while working in the immunization safety branch from 2000-06 were to lead or co-lead three major vaccine safety studies. The MADDSP MMR Autism Cases controlled 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 consumers 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 ’01 before any of these studies started was to have all three protocols vetted outside the CDC prior to start of the analyses so that 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 ’03. At the September 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 was huge. All the authors and I met and decided sometime between August and September ’02 not to report any race effects for the paper. Some time 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 hard-copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can. However, because I assumed it was illegal and would violate both FOIA and DOJ requests, I kept hard copies 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.” [end of quote of the doctor]
Mr. Speaker, I believe it’s our duty to insure that the documents Dr. Thompson provided are not ignored. Therefore, I will provide them to members of Congress and the House committees upon request. Considering the nature of the whistleblower’s documents, as well as the involvement of the CDC, a hearing and a thorough investigation is warranted. So I ask, Mr. Speaker, I beg, I implore my colleagues on the appropriations committees to please, please take such action. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I yield back.