Canary Party’s False Promises Led To Congressional Hearing Collapse

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By Jake Crosby

Above is a screenshot dated March 23rd of a Facebook post from Dr. Brian Hooker asking for people to call congressional staff and ask that the Congressional Committee on Oversight & Government Reform (COGR) specifically investigate data fraud committed by CDC to cover up the vaccine-autism link. Commenting beneath his Facebook post is none other than Jennifer Larson – President of the Canary Party:

“We are on it! Thanks Brian Hooker!”

But after weeks of planning a Canary Party Action Alert that was intended to support Brian Hooker’s investigation, suddenly Canary Party sent out an alert that did not represent what was promised to him:

“Chairman Issa stated there is nothing that is off-limits for what the OGR committee will continue to explore. Ask him to promptly schedule the next hearing to investigate government malfeasance in covering up the vaccine/autism connection including, as examples, the following areas:

• Evidence in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program showing clearly that vaccines can and do cause autism

• CDC’s cover-up of the thimerosal/autism connection

• CDC’s suppression of evidence of the autism epidemic”

This Action Alert reveals Canary Party’s strategy to shift the topic away from CDC’s cover-up of the thimerosal/autism connection. In the first bullet point, the Canary Party introduces NVICP as evidence that vaccines cause autism. Somehow, NVICP as evidence of vaccines’ link to autism later morphed into NVICP reform – the new topic for the next congressional hearing. But what happened to the topic promised to Dr. Hooker?

Not only was the CDC cover-up of thimerosal’s role in causing the autism epidemic buried in the middle of the Action Alert, but the wording was clearly favorable to the entirely different topic of NVICP. In fact, that was exactly what Canary Party’s Executive Director Patti Carroll asked for in a long letter she posted on the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform’s Facebook page. And now, Canary Party claims NVICP was Issa’s idea all along, even though we can trace its origin to the above Action Alert.

Brian Hooker was not pleased with this turn of events and wrote on Facebook, “COGR is not ready for that investigation and I’ve been told by their staff many times that they do not yet have energy for the NVICP. We are so close to a CDC investigation. That is why I approached Jennifer about the Action Alert. The message is now confused. I’m very discouraged…”

Regarding the action alert specifically, Dr. Hooker commented:

“not effective… not what I talked to Jennifer about… very discouraged…”

He then expressed regret about the action alert entirely:

“If I would have know [sic] this, I would have withdrawn my request for an action alert.”

Sure enough, the December-scheduled NVICP hearing Canary Party requested (in violation of its promise to Dr. Brian Hooker) was cancelled. Without providing any direct quotes from those who cancelled the hearing , Canary Party immediately shifted blame on everything from interference by the vaccine industry to simply “poor timing”. The below quote from a legal source in direct contact with COGR Chairman Issa’s counsel, previously disclosed on Autism Investigated, tells an entirely different story:

“I was just informed by the Counsel for Chairman Issa that due to ‘great deal of reluctance about participating or being drawn into what they, in their private candid discussions with us, say they see as an overly divisive issue’ they are canceling the hearing.”

Certainly it was divisive of Canary Party to promise one thing and then suddenly deliver something else that aims to avoid the CDC’s suppression of evidence thimerosal causes autism. Similarly, it was divisive of Canary Party to misrepresent a vaccine-injured child’s case at its congressional briefing and then when her mother complained in the comments of the Canary Party-sponsored/edited Age of Autism blog, approve a barrage of anonymous attacks from commenters including one from an organizer of the briefing. Put them both together and the result is an overly divisive issue Congress is reluctant to touch.

At least three questions remain unanswered: Why did Canary Party introduce a new hearing topic when Brian Hooker was so close to exposing CDC malfeasance that legislators were grilling a top CDC official about vaccine safety? Why did Canary Party instead push for a topic that COGR has stated many times it is not ready to pursue? Lastly, why are members of the autism community still following the Canary Party?

Jake Crosby is editor of Autism Investigated. He is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Health: Science, Society and Policy and a 2013 graduate of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. He currently attends the University of Texas School of Public Health where he is studying for a Ph.D. in Epidemiology.


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23 Thoughts on “Canary Party’s False Promises Led To Congressional Hearing Collapse

  1. White Rose on March 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm said:

    What does our resident comedian think of this ? Larry ?

    And any one of the collaborators over at AoA care to comment ?

    Remember keep up to date with all your vaccines Larry .

  2. Lujene G. Clark, MA, LMT on March 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm said:

    Thank you, Brian Hooker, for your dedication. Well done, Jake. Fine piece of reporting ~ our community needs to be informed about the behind-the-scenes machinations that impede our progress with Congress.

  3. Not an MD on March 7, 2014 at 2:48 pm said:

    Hi, Jake and others. I just wanted to state that we must move forward from this. We need to get a hearing involving Dr. Brian Hooker rescheduled. Why does Jennifer, or even The Canary Party, have to be involved with this task? These people/groups can be criticized to the Nth degree, however, how does that help us, in the end? Why can’t anyone work independently, and make it happen? What is stopping anyone from doing just that? I think the biggest impediment is that there is no consensus within the autism community as to how, exactly, to proceed. One group has never, and will never, represent all of us, in my humble opinion. Of course, industry will be watching and will do anything they can to cancel any kind of public meeting. Just look what happened to Katie Couric from a simple 15 minute segment on Gardasil. A well-orchestrated pushback is a given. What people do behind the scenes that is not obviously transparent to all will make the difference.

  4. Kelly on March 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm said:

    “Why are members of the autism community still following the Canary Party?”
    That’s what I’d like to know.

  5. Larry on March 7, 2014 at 6:52 pm said:

    This should probably make you all very happy:

    Looks like the Canary Party is not long for this world…with all of $700.00 in the bank.

  6. White Rose on March 7, 2014 at 8:18 pm said:

    I was a little lost at first when I got kicked off AoA by John Dan Stone . But upon reflection it was the best thing ever happened . Clearly there is smthg really very wrong over at AoA .
    They continually hide away all the most significant news events , run nonsense stories all the time , stupid competitions , and now we know all about Mark Blaxill .

    If you do want to post , you can always go to their facebook page , they don’t seem to police that very well .

    Jake , basically they fear you , you are an uncompromised true fighter for vaccine justice .
    How did you ever get dragged into this unholy mess anyway ? I’m just another angry parent , one of the many millions caught up in this criminal holocaust . At least I know what happened , so many of the stupid parents think Autism is a genetic disorder , or whatever other military dis-information the governments want to perpetuate .

  7. White Rose on March 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm said:

    A book I’m currently reading , & I feel is well worth all the effort :
    “Flouride : The Freedom Fight” by Dr Hans Moolenburgh .

    I’m half way through so far but it tells the story of the Dutch resistance at attempts to fluoridate the public water supply by powerful dark forces . He tells of black ops , infiltration , dirty tricks and how they eventually won the battle against it . The parallels to this experience are obvious .
    There might be lessons to learn from it . He mentions how the opposition set up the resistance groups to fluoride themselves so they could control the pattern of the protests (just exactly like AoA) .

  8. Doug Troutman on March 10, 2014 at 1:23 am said:

    The truth can be divisive and the Canary Party just can’t get the job done. The politicians get paid the big corporations and they just can’t get the job done. I listened to the Political panel at AO and walked out feeling like the won’t get the job done. Is Bobby Kennedy Jr. going to publish his book? Big Mark testifies at the first hearing and says ” he is not very hopeful”. Mark, I would have been more hopeful if Dr. Hooker would have testified instead of you. Mark always gets in the right spots and proceeds to sabotage the event every time.

    • He’s not very hopeful yet did not “kick ass enough.” He wants to lower peoples’ expectations to be for the failure he’s trying to set the hearings up to become.

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