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Tell Secretary Pompeo to Oust Peter Hotez from Israel for “Hate Group” Lie

State Secretary Mike Pompeo, Israel National News

Mike Pompeo was sworn in as the 70th US Secretary of State last month. The US embassy in Israel was relocated to Jerusalem three weeks ago. The US-Israel Binational Science Foundation published a puff piece about board member Peter Hotez in its newsletter two weeks ago. In light of these developments, Autism Investigated renews its call for the State Department to oust him from the foundation’s board. Contact Secretary Pompeo and demand Hotez’s firing!

Honorable Secretary Mike Pompeo,

I am writing to ask that you remove Dr. Peter Hotez from the US Israel Binational Science Foundation. I have previously written the department under your predecessor Secretary Tillerson, but no one has addressed the substance of my complaint.

Peter Hotez has proven himself unfit to represent our country in any diplomatic capacity. At an academic keynote lecture he delivered in February, Dr. Hotez called organizations like Texans for Vaccine Choice and the National Vaccine Information Center “a hate group” and said “They are a hate group that hates [our] family and hates [our] children.”(1)

Whatever your opinion is of these specific groups, they are not hate groups. They seek to raise awareness for issues concerning vaccine safety and the right to opt out of school vaccine mandates for children.

Dr. Hotez is also extremely hypocritical to judge the intent of such groups when he is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). The IoM produced reports proclaiming vaccination safe that purported to be scientific. In reality, IoM report authors had already decided in secret meetings to produce that conclusion at the behest of their federal sponsors before looking at any scientific evidence.(2)

Regardless of one’s position on vaccine safety, however, Dr. Hotez disqualifies himself from being worthy of such a position of international diplomacy. His zealotry, disregard of other viewpoints and contempt for people who do not share his ideological commitment to vaccination is a disgrace to our wonderful country and everything that we stand for. His representation contradicts President Trump’s commitment to work on vaccine safety with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and is counter-intuitive to the historic relocation of our embassy to Jerusalem. We should not have Peter Hotez representing US interests to any foreign partner here or abroad.

Sincerely,

Jake Crosby, MPH

www.autisminvestigated.com

1. Source: http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2018/02/part-of-this-is-our-fault-global-health-expert-talks-anti-vaccine-movement-preventable-diseases

2. Deadly Immunity, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. https://worldmercuryproject.org/news/deadly-immunity-government-cover-mercuryautism-scandal-2/

Rick Perry – Shadow Secretary of Health and Human Services

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry salutes with officers of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps at the swearing-in of Rear Admiral Brett Giroir, Dept of HHS

While the president’s hands are tied by the CDC vaccine chief’s brother, who is behind HHS appointments? A big clue came in the form of Brett Giroir’s appointment to Assistant Secretary for Health. As CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Giroir was appointed Director of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response by then-Governor Perry. Guess who served on Giroir’s commission?

There he is!

Peter Hotez.

Hotez is the vaccine developer who has called Texans for Vaccine Choice “a hate group.” He is also coming out with a book denying his daughter’s vaccine injury. At the pediatricians’ annual legislative conference, he was praised by Giroir who said  “there are no [vaccine] safety issues, especially not autism.”

Governor Rick Perry has given that same opinion all the way back in 2011:

You heard the same arguments about giving our children protections from some of the childhood diseases, and they were.. autism was part of that. Now we’ve subsequently found out that was generated and not true.

That was all the way back when he was defending his decision to mandate the HPV vaccine Gardasil for Texas schoolgirls. That decision may very well explain the positions of other top officials at HHS. The Deputy FDA Commissioner during Gardasil’s FDA approval and the Deputy HHS Secretary who announced it are now the FDA Commissioner and the HHS Secretary.

TX OBSERVER: Anti-Vaxxers are Claiming Victory After Texas Primaries. Will Their Influence Grow?

Lisa Luby Ryan and State Representative Jason Villalba COURTESY FACEBOOK, JASON VILLALBA

At around midnight on primary night in Dallas, Lisa Luby Ryan was flanked by two leaders of Texans for Vaccine Choice, arms raised, cheering.

“We just got a call from Representative [Jason] Villalba, who conceded to us and wished us well,” said Ryan, the far-right challenger to the GOP incumbent. Jackie Schlegel, executive director of Texans for Vaccine Choice, and Rebecca Hardy, its state policy director, wore Ryan campaign shirts and huge grins. “Victory!” they shouted.

Schlegel’s feud with Villalba began in 2015, when the Dallas Republican led legislation, ultimately unsuccessful, to eliminate nonmedical “conscience exemptions” for vaccination in public schools. A mother who says one of her kids was injured by vaccines, Schlegel created the now-influential group, which she argues is not anti-vaccine but pro-parental rights. In the months before the primary, members of the group block-walked, raised funds and posted on social media in support of Ryan and other candidates.

“I am so proud of the work we have done here,” Schlegel said to Ryan, who noted that she couldn’t have won “without my amazing group of moms who believe in the power of family.”

Conscientious exemptions; Sophie Novack; vaccinations, mad moms in minivans
Data for school years beginning in 2004 and 2005 not available.  SOURCE: HTTPS://WWW.DSHS.TEXAS.GOV/IMMUNIZE/COVERAGE/SCHOOLS/

In February, the moderate-ish Villalba told the Observer the anti-vaxxers were “so insignificant to my campaign … they’re as important to me as the Flat Earth Society.” But he ended up losing his seat by about 6 percentage points — Texans for Vaccine Choice’s biggest win.

Whether the group was responsible for defeating Villalba may be less relevant than whether lawmakers believe it was. Representative Sarah Davis, another target of anti-vaxxers, said Texans for Vaccine Choice has “bullied and intimidated” many of her colleagues. She said she couldn’t get hearings on her pro-vaccine bills last session.

Davis defeated her own far-right primary challenger, Susanna Dokupil, and anti-vaccine activists’ bid to take down Representative J.D. Sheffield, a Republican doctor, also failed. But Schlegel called Ryan’s win “just the beginning.”

Villalba declined to file his vaccine bill again in 2017 after Texans for Vaccine Choice campaigned against him in 2016, saying he wasn’t interested in a “suicide mission.” Asked what his loss may mean for future vaccine legislation, Villalba wrote in a text, “I suspect [Davis] remains dedicated to ensuring that all Texans continue to receive the benefit of modern medical science, including proper and necessary vaccinations.”

Meanwhile, the number of vaccine exemptions for reasons of conscience in Texas schools has skyrocketed from about 2,300 — when they were first allowed in 2003 — to nearly 53,000 last year. “I’m worried about the increasing erosion of the number of kids who are vaccinated, and I continue to be worried about a new disease outbreak,” said Peter Hotez, director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. Six people, all unvaccinated, were infected in a measles outbreak in Ellis County in January, and Hotez warns that a larger outbreak could be around the corner.

Sophie is the public health reporting fellow at the Observer. She previously covered health care policy and politics at National Journal in Washington, D.C. You can contact her at novack@texasobserver.org
Originally published on Texas Observer
Since Texans for Vaccine Choice is not truly anti-vaccine, the editor will happily take credit for Villalba’s demise.

The State Department Non-Response To Complaint Against Peter Hotez

Weeks ago, Autism Investigated complained to the State Department about Peter Hotez’s diplomatic appointment to the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. After weeks of no reply, the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs finally responded with an unsigned email. They did so only to tell Autism Investigated that the email address they provided for contact on their own website should not have been contacted. They couldn’t even spell their own email address right. Very diplomatic…

Read the email, Autism Investigated has inserted bracketed comments throughout.

Department of State Banner

Dear Mr. Crosby,

Thank you for your message.  In order to officially register concerns, members of the public may send comments to the Secretary’s attention by entering them in the form [Autism Investigated did this over a week ago after no reply from the bureau.]

found here: https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform.  

Comments and concerns sent to the OES-PA@state.gov [actually OES-PA-DG@state.gov] email will not be registered with the Department of State.[From their website: “For further information, contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov“]

Thank you and best regards,

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Office of Policy and Public Outreach

ORIGINAL LETTER

Dear State Department Bureau of Oceans & International Environmental & Scientific Affairs,

I am writing to ask that you remove Dr. Peter Hotez from the US Israel Binational Science Foundation. He has proven himself unfit to represent our country in any diplomatic capacity. At an academic keynote lecture he just delivered, Dr. Hotez called organizations like Texans for Vaccine Choice and the National Vaccine Information Center “a hate group” and said “They are a hate group that hates [our] family and hates [our] children.”(1)

Whatever your opinion is of these specific groups, they are not hate groups. They seek to raise awareness for issues concerning vaccine safety and the right to opt out of school vaccine mandates for children.

Dr. Hotez is also extremely hypocritical to judge the intent of such groups when he is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). The IoM produced reports proclaiming vaccination safe that purported to be scientific. In reality, IoM report authors had already decided in secret meetings to produce that conclusion at the behest of their federal sponsors before looking at any scientific evidence.(2)

Regardless of one’s position on vaccine safety, however, Dr. Hotez disqualifies himself from being worthy of such a position of international diplomacy. His zealotry, disregard of other viewpoints and contempt for people who do not share his ideological commitment to vaccination is a disgrace to our wonderful country and everything that we stand for. We should not have him representing US interests to any foreign partner here or abroad.

Sincerely,

Jake Crosby, MPH

1. Source: http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2018/02/part-of-this-is-our-fault-global-health-expert-talks-anti-vaccine-movement-preventable-diseases

2. Deadly Immunity, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. https://worldmercuryproject.org/news/deadly-immunity-government-cover-mercuryautism-scandal-2/

LETTER: Expel Peter Hotez From State Diplomatic Position

Send the below letter about Peter Hotez to the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans & International Environmental & Scientific Affairs at OES-PA-DG@state.gov.

Dear State Department Bureau of Oceans & International Environmental & Scientific Affairs,

I am writing to ask that you remove Dr. Peter Hotez from the US Israel Binational Science Foundation. He has proven himself unfit to represent our country in any diplomatic capacity. At an academic keynote lecture he just delivered, Dr. Hotez called organizations like Texans for Vaccine Choice and the National Vaccine Information Center “a hate group” and said “They are a hate group that hates [our] family and hates [our] children.”(1)

Whatever your opinion is of these specific groups, they are not hate groups. They seek to raise awareness for issues concerning vaccine safety and the right to opt out of school vaccine mandates for children.

Dr. Hotez is also extremely hypocritical to judge the intent of such groups when he is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). The IoM produced reports proclaiming vaccination safe that purported to be scientific. In reality, IoM report authors had already decided in secret meetings to produce that conclusion at the behest of their federal sponsors before looking at any scientific evidence.(2)

Regardless of one’s position on vaccine safety, however, Dr. Hotez disqualifies himself from being worthy of such a position of international diplomacy. His zealotry, disregard of other viewpoints and contempt for people who do not share his ideological commitment to vaccination is a disgrace to our wonderful country and everything that we stand for. We should not have him representing US interests to any foreign partner here or abroad.

Sincerely,

[your name here]

1. Source: http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2018/02/part-of-this-is-our-fault-global-health-expert-talks-anti-vaccine-movement-preventable-diseases

2. Deadly Immunity, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. https://worldmercuryproject.org/news/deadly-immunity-government-cover-mercuryautism-scandal-2/