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Autism Investigated Renews Call to Extradite Poul Thorsen to the US

Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services

A study was just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by some of Danish fugitive Poul Thorsen’s former research fraud co-conspirators. Autism Investigated is re-running this post from 2017 to renew its call to President Trump to extradite Thorsen to the United States and stand trial.

Last year, Autism Investigated’s editor publicly spoke out at the annual AutismOne conference in favor of renewed efforts to push for extradition of vaccine-autism link “debunker” Poul Thorsen. This year, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is leading the push to do just that:

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and World Mercury Project Issue Report Regarding New Evidence of Ongoing Corruption and Scientific Misconduct at CDC

Kennedy hopes new evidence and a fresh look at criminal misconduct will result in law enforcement action, rigorous and transparent vaccine safety science, and safer vaccines.

In a new report released September 18, 2017, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his team outlined various criminal acts on the part of employees and consultants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose questionable ethics and scientific fraud have resulted in untrustworthy vaccine safety science.

Among other information, Kennedy has found additional evidence of criminal activity by the CDC consultant, Poul Thorsen, the author and principal coordinator of multiple CDC studies exonerating the mercury-based preservative thimerosal in the development of autism.

The new evidence, recently uncovered World Mercury Project, shows that Thorsen and his collaborators did not obtain permission from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to conduct their research, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 and Pediatrics in 2003. In 2011, The Department of Justice indicted Thorsen on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering for stealing over $1 million in CDC grant money earmarked for autism research. The product of Thorsen’s work for CDC was a series of fraud-tainted articles on Danish autism rates that, today, form the backbone of the popular orthodoxy that vaccines don’t cause autism.

In 2009, when CDC discovered that Thorsen never applied for the IRB approvals, staff did not report the errors and retract the studies. Rather, FOIA documents show that CDC supervisors ignored the missteps and covered up the illegal activity.

This misconduct, undermines the legitimacy of these studies, which were used to refute vaccine injury claims in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). The studies were also used in the NVICP’s “Omnibus” to dismiss 5000 petitions by families who claimed that their children had developed autism from vaccines. These claims, if settled in the claimants’ favor, would have resulted in payouts totaling an estimated $10 billion.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman, stated, “World Mercury Project calls upon Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to extradite Thorsen back to the U.S. to face prosecution. We also call upon Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, to retract the Thorsen-affiliated autism research papers that are the fruit of illegally conducted research.”

Originally published at World Mercury Project

Jake Crosby Brings The Curtains Down on Gardiner Harris’ NYT Career

The New York Times‘ original pro-vaccine propagandist Gardiner Harris is out of a job. Were it not for Autism Investigated’s editor, Harris would still be cranking out vaccine propaganda at the newspaper. Now after a retracted story about a Trump appointee’s expensive curtains, Harris is gone. It was nine years in the making.

In 2010 Harris portrayed The Lancet‘s fraudulent censorship of the original autism-vaccine research as a scientific retraction. Autism Investigated’s editor launched a series of complaints to NYT. Two public editors, the standards editor and even the newspaper company’s chairman were informed about Harris’ distortions, conflicts of interest and appalling behavior towards parents. Then-public editor Clark Hoyt was forced to investigate after complaints were forwarded to the chairman Arthur Ochs-Sulzberger Jr. Then the standards editor Greg Brock got involved. After another slanted piece by Harris the following year, Autism Investigated’s editor sent complaints to public editor Arthur Brisbane that were forwarded again to Sulzberger. Harris’ vaccine defenses ended there.

Gardiner Harris was then sent to India as the paper’s “New Delhi Correspondent.” In 2015, he returned to the US as the newspaper’s White House Correspondent. It seemed to go well until Donald Trump was elected president.

The newspaper revealed a remarkable display of bias against Trump by Harris the month before the election. Harris credited his late journalist father with starting the tradition of making presidential candidates release their tax returns, something Trump declined to do. While Harris’ piece seemed like good propaganda to pump Hillary, it also meant that Harris could never remain White House Correspondent under a Trump Presidency. As soon as Trump was inaugurated, NYT reassigned Harris its “State Department Correspondent.” That didn’t help matters.

In 2017, Harris sent an email full of loaded questions to a foreign policy PAC founded by former UN Ambassador John Bolton. Harris accused Bolton of being willing to sacrifice millions of people for North Korean De-Nuclearization because he had expressed openness to preemptive action. In a great act of poetic justice, Bolton preemptively published Harris’ email for all to see. It wasn’t just the former UN ambassador Harris would misrepresent, but the one who President Trump appointed.

In September, Harris published an article titled, Nikki Haley’s View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701. Unfortunately for Harris, those curtains were purchased under the previous presidential administration before Haley was ever appointed. The New York Times was forced to issue a retraction. Harris’ days at the paper became truly numbered.

Now Harris describes himself on Twitter as “Former health, South Asia, White House and diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times.” If he wasn’t taken off his original beat of spreading vaccine propaganda, he’d still be a current health correspondent. Autism Investigated’s editor has brought the curtains down on Gardiner Harris’ NYT career.

Trump Pharma Lawyer Michael Cohen Sentanced to Three Years in Prison

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen who was secretly selling White House access to drug company Novartis was just sentenced to three years in prison. Just before the inauguration, he shared a vaccine troll’s blog post about FDA candidates with Novartis’ CEO. The blog clearly favored now-FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, a committee member of GlaxoSmithKline for seven years until he was sworn into office.

Cohen then publicly turned on Trump after his office was raided by the FBI at the order of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, brother of CDC’s vaccine chief. Rosenstein likely hoped to find dirt on President Trump, but probably ended up helping him by disposing of his two-faced lawyer.

Then the day after the 2018 congressional election, the US Attorney General was replaced with an acting attorney general. Rosenstein was subsequently stripped of his authority to oversee 2016 election cycle-related investigations, since the former attorney general had recused himself.

Now with Cohen sentenced to such a stiff prison term, it’s apparent he provided nothing useful to the Deep State. He did apparently help GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis get their man in FDA’s top office. Big pharma might well hire him again, when he gets out of prison that is.

CDC Vaccine Chief’s Brother No Longer Heads 2016-Related Investigations

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein announcing the indictments of 13 Russians, July 13, 2018

Ironically, the big news the week of the election isn’t about any elected office. It’s about an appointed one. Jeff Sessions has just resigned as attorney general. His tenure was defined by his recusal from any investigations related to the 2016 election cycle. Even more ironic, the deputy attorney general who subsequently assumed that role had a much greater conflict than Sessions may have had by any reasonable measure. With Sessions now gone, oversight of 2016-related investigations including the Russia investigation has been passed to his former chief of staff and acting replacement.

But before Sessions resigned, oversight fell on the brother of CDC’s vaccine chief. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s sister is Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

President Trump’s criticism of toxic vaccines goes back a decade, long before he ran for office. He repeated those criticisms as a candidate on the campaign trial. His election reportedly caused employees at Messonnier’s workplace to cry in the hallways. How ironic that the election would also cause her brother to hold an appointment one rung below a cabinet member?

Throughout the course of Rosenstein’s tenure, he has wielded his unprecedented power with strong authority. He appointed the special counsel that continues to run the Russia investigation and ordered the FBI raid on the office of a now-former lawyer of Trump’s. Most recently, Rosenstein announced the indictments of 13 Russians who will never even stand trial.

Now the power that enabled him to do all that has been stripped away as he appears frozen in his position, if he keeps it. He will not even assume the title of acting attorney general. The reason for Jeff Sessions’ removal may not be about Jeff Sessions so much as it is about Rod Rosenstein.

Lawsuit May Force Richard Pan to Unblock Autism Investigated

Autism Investigated blocked from Senator Pan’s Twitter account

Earlier this year, left-wing activists won a lawsuit against the president that forced him to unblock critics on Twitter. A similar lawsuit was just filed against California Senator Richard Pan, who stripped California of its mandatory vaccination exemptions. Pan has blocked both Autism Investigated and its editor’s personal account on Twitter. Should the lawsuit be successful, Autism Investigated may not be blocked for much longer.

Sacramento Bee has more:

Suzanne Rummel and Marlene Burkitt, who declined to comment, are the two anti-vaccine activists who filed suit. Marian Tone, their lawyer, released a statement on their behalf outlining the case they plan to make against Pan.

“These social media venues are modern day public forums, and our rights to express ourselves and to petition our government must be protected,” Tone said. “When one speaker is silenced with an invisible gag order, we all lose a little bit of our liberties. These tactics, whether by President Trump or Senator Pan, cannot be tolerated in our modern society.”

Richard Pan has tried to avoid critics both online and in person. This lawsuit, whatever its outcome, is yet another reminder that he cannot keep doing either.

Lawyer Selling Trump Access Shares Vaccine Troll’s Blog with Pharma CEO

Michael Cohen at the Trump Tower, Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A blog by vaccine troll David Gorski was shared with Novartis’ CEO by then-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. According to a Senate minority report, Cohen was trying to sell White House access to his then-client Novartis.

As would be expected, Gorski feigned surprise at the news.

Yet he appears to have already known who would be appointed to run FDA. The blog’s sharing was followed by a meeting between the President, Trump and pharmaceutical executives. S&P Market Intelligence says what happened next:

the Novartis CEO arranged a phone call with Cohen, where the lawyer said he was knowledgeable about the individuals the president was likely to appoint and could provide the company with information about how those people would approach the healthcare-related issues the drugmaker was focused on.

Industry-friendly appointments were subsequently made to top posts at FDA (Scott Gottlieb), HHS (Alex Azar), NIH (Francis Collins) and at CDC (Brenda Fitzgerald, then Robert Redfield). The vaccine safety commission President Trump promised remains unformed. Cohen was also trying to get Novartis to invest in an autism therapy developed by a Russian pharmaceutical oligarch.

After Michael Cohen proved no longer useful to the vaccine industry, the vaccine chief’s brother ordered the FBI to raid Cohen’s office. He is now under federal investigation and has turned against President Trump.

The Charles Krauthammering of Vaccination Skepticism

Recently dead political commentator Charles Krauthammer wrote in 2017:

…what was [Trump] doing meeting with Robert Kennedy Jr., an anti-vaccine activist pushing the thoroughly discredited idea that vaccines cause autism? We know from way back during the Republican debates that Trump himself has dabbled in this dubious territory. One could, however, write it off as one of many campaign oddities that would surely fade away. Not so, apparently. This is not good. The idea that vaccines cause autism originally arose in a 1998 paper in the medical journal The Lancet that was later found to be fraudulent and had to be retracted. Indeed, the lead researcher acted so egregiously that he was stripped of his medical license. Kennedy says that Trump asked him to chair a commission about vaccine safety. While denying that, the transition team does say that the commission idea remains open. Either way, the damage is done. The anti-vaccine fanatics seek any validation. This indirect endorsement from Trump is immensely harmful. Vaccination has prevented more childhood suffering and death than any other measure in history. With so many issues pressing, why even go there?

News has just broke that Charles Krauthammer has died. Is Autism Investigated sad? Not at all.

Pediatricians Pushing Toxic Vaccinations Hypocritically Demand Open Borders to Prevent “Child Abuse”

Dr. Colleen Kraft, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics

It’s official – pediatricians are the dumbest profession on earth! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) led the medical community’s opposition to a vaccine safety commission under President Trump. Now AAP is leading opposition to curbing illegal immigration. AAP calls separating illegal immigrant children from illegal immigrant parents “child abuse.” Pediatricians don’t even want families of illegal immigrant children to be detained! That’ll encourage child trafficking!

Never mind that AAP members poison children everyday with toxic vaccinations and lie about it. They say research on adverse vaccine outcomes should be censored to protect public health. Like vaccination, mass illegal immigration also threatens public health. Yet the medical and public health community promotes both!

 

FDA Commissioner Cites Measles Importation Advocate Peter Hotez

Farmer Scott

SKINNY JEANS: Dr. Scott Gottlieb visiting farms and dressing the part. Twitter of FDA Commissioner

The FDA commissioner who told Congress that Danish fugitive Poul Thorsen definitively debunked the vaccine-autism link is at it again. Scott Gottlieb is now citing the work of measles importation advocate Peter Hotez.

We are already at a dangerous tipping point, thanks to toxic vaccinations. Gottlieb cited propaganda of vaccine developer Peter Hotez, who has encouraged the importation of measles by opposing President Trump’s immigration policies. Hotez called vaccine skeptics and anti-vaccinationists a “hate group” and has written in favor of compulsory vaccination. He is in denial of his daughter’s vaccine injury.

Even Scott Gottlieb knows immigration can spread disease. Here is what Gottlieb wrote in 2008 (despite wrongly saying mercury is in the MMR vaccine):

…measles can still be imported from countries where its incidence is widespread. (The Brooklyn strain was probably introduced by immigrants.)

Gottlieb cites a man who wants to eliminate American borders to spread measles and scare people into poisoning their kids. Meanwhile, look who Gottlieb is seated next to: the former Maryland Secretary of Health who led attacks against vaccine scientists. Gottlieb said he “made transparency a priority at #FDA under his leadership.”

Read that again:

We’re fully committed to continuing to embrace and promote transparency at #FDA.

No, you’re not.

Major Opponent of Vaccine Safety Commission Conspired Against Scientists

Former Maryland Secretary of Health Joshua Sharfstein left, with FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Twitter of FDA Commissioner

Last year, Joshua Sharfstein wrote an article in JAMA vocally opposing the creation of a vaccine safety commission under President Trump. Entirely undisclosed in his article was the conspiracy Sharfstein led against two scientists for their views on vaccine safety while he was Maryland Secretary of Health. Autism Investigated subsequently contacted JAMA‘s editor-in-chief. JAMA‘s legal counsel responded instead.

From: Jake Crosby
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 4:41 PM
To: Howard Bauchner
Subject: Joshua Sharfstein’s Undisclosed Conflict of Interest and Conspiracy Against Scientists
Dear Dr. Bauchner,

Last year, you ran an article by Joshua Sharfstein that opposed the Trump Administration’s commitment to vaccine safety.(1) Dr. Sharfstein omitted that as Maryland Secretary of Health, he led state government attacks on two vaccine researchers for their opposition to thimerosal in vaccines.(2)(3) By the time of Sharfstein’s article, a court ruled that the department he led violated their confidentiality by posting public their medical information.(4) Just last February, that same board Sharfstein was in charge of was ordered to pay them $2.5 million for its actions under Sharfstein’s leadership. The ruling judge even compared the actions of Sharfstein’s board members and staff to Watergate:

“If their testimony were to be believed, which the court does not, it is the worst case of collective amnesia in the history of Maryland government and on par with the collective memory failure on display at the Watergate hearings.”(5)

Sharfstein acknowledges in his article that a vaccine safety commission under Trump would also concentrate on scientific integrity. He has much to lose professionally and personally from the formation of such a commission due to his department’s conspiracy against two scientists for their views on vaccines. Given AMA’s organizational stance against the commission, it is all the more pressing for Dr. Sharfstein to disclose his department’s attacks on two scientists for their vaccine skepticism when he defends the existing public health system that he is a part of in JAMA.

Sincerely,

Jake Crosby, MPH

Disclosure: I have done my epidemiology thesis on vaccine safety with the Geiers in 2013 and received funding from Autism Media Channel and Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute. I was also a paid campaign field representative and a volunteer for President Trump and other Republican candidates during the 2016 election cycle. I edit AutismInvestigated.com.

1. Vaccines and the Trump Administration https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2614172

2. In the Matter of Mark R. Geier, M.D.: Order for Summary Suspension of License to Practice Medicine, P. 5, Clause 8. April 27, 2011. https://www.mbp.state.md.us/bpqapp/Orders/D2425004.271.PDF

3. “O’Malley Ousts David Geier from autism commission,” by Frank D. Roylance Baltimore Sun, May 20, 2011.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-geier-autism-commission-20110520-story.html

4. “Court rebukes board for publicizing doctor’s confidential info,” Professional Licensing Report, February 11, 2016.
http://www.professionallicensingreport.org/board-in-trouble-for-public-release-of-doctors-confidential-info/

5. “Regulators who targeted anti-vaccine doctor may pay millions for humiliating him,” by Fenit Nirappil. Washington Post, February 3, 2018.

From: Joseph Thornton <Joseph.Thornton@jamanetwork.org>
To: Jake Crosby
Cc: Howard Bauchner <Howard.Bauchner@jamanetwork.org>
Sent: Fri, Jun 8, 2018 7:23 am
Subject: RE Joshua Sharfstein’s Undisclosed Conflict of Interest

Dear Mr. Crosby,

The Maryland Board of Physicians [MBOP] includes 22 members who are appointed by the Governor, not the state’s secretary of health. Complaints regarding Dr. Geier were filed with the MBOP years before Dr. Sharfstein was appointed Secretary. The documents you submitted and the timelines within them do not support the allegation that Dr. Sharfstein “led state government attacks on two vaccine researchers for their opposition to thimerosal in vaccines.”

Sincerely,

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Joseph P. Thornton, JD
Editorial Counsel
AMA Plaza, Suite 39300
330 N. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-5885
312-464-4609
joseph.thornton@jamanetwork.org

________________________________

From: Jake Crosby
To: Joseph.Thornton <Joseph.Thornton@jamanetwork.org>
Cc: Howard.Bauchner <Howard.Bauchner@jamanetwork.org>
Sent: Fri, Jun 8, 2018 5:53 pm
Subject: Re: Joshua Sharfstein’s Undisclosed Conflict of Interest

Dear Atty. Thornton,
 

Maryland’s Secretary of Health plays a direct role in the appointment of the majority of board members (boldface mine):

“11 practicing licensed physicians, including 1 Doctor of Osteopathy, appointed by the Governor with the advice of the Secretary of the Department of Health (MDH)”

“1 physician representative of MDH nominated by the Secretary(1)

 
A vaccine activist filed a complaint against the board in 2006, but the board suspended Dr. Geier’s license in 2011 only months after Sharfstein’s appointment. That timeline absolutely implicates Sharfstein’s role. The suspension also cites the Institute of Medicine’s 2004 report that attacked Dr. Geier’s research. Sharfstein writes about IOM in his JAMA article:
 
These reports blunted national concern and were one reason why the major outbreaks that occurred in Europe around that time (and since) have not been seen in the United States.
 
Sharfstein also leaves out of the article, his JAMA bio and disclosure statement that he was elected a fellow of IOM in 2014. 
 
Not only does the timeline of Sharfstein’s appointment correlate with Dr. Geier’s suspension, but Sharfstein’s resignation correlates with court decisions against the board. He announced in July 2014 that he would step down at the end of the year. According to the Professional Licensing Report article I cited, a board representative stood up a deposition by the Geiers’ attorney in June of 2014. The court would then grant the “ultimate sanction” in favor of the Geiers in December 2014, two weeks before Sharfstein actually stepped down.(2)
 
Joshua Sharfstein is completely conflicted. The kind of behavior his department engaged in and the fact that AMA’s and other physician groups’ positions are influenced by people like him is exactly why we need an independent commission to look into vaccines. Until that happens, I think the public should oppose them entirely. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Jake Crosby, MPH
 
1. About the Board, Maryland Board of Physicians, Maryland Department of Health. Accessed June 8, 2018.
 
2. Anne Geier et al. v. Maryland Board of Physicians et al. Md. 371761-V, 1-11 (Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD 2014)