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Congressman Wants CDC Investigated for Tampering With MMR Study

CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson

“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.” — Dr. William Thompson, CDC

The following is a transcript of a statement read on the floor of the United States House of Representatives on July 29, 2015 by U.S. Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) of Florida’s 8th District.

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 to 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 matters 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 vaccine and autism. In a statement released in August 2014, Dr. Thompson stated:

I regret that my co-authors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Mr. Speaker, I respectfully request the following excerpts from the statement written by Dr. Thompson be entered into the [Congressional] Record. Now quoting Dr. Thompson:

My primary job duties while working in the Immunization Safety branch from 2000 to 2006 were to lead or co-lead three major vaccine safety studies. The MADDSP MMR autism cases control 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 consumer advocates outside the CDC in the fall of 2000 regarding the execution of the Verstraeten study.

One of the important goals that was determined upfront in the spring of 2001 before any of these studies started was to have all three protocols vetted outside the CDC prior to the start of the analyses so that consumer advocates could not claim that we were presenting an analysis 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 the Pediatrics in 2003. 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 showed 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 2002 not to report any race effects for the paper. Sometime soon after the meeting, we decided to exclude reporting any race effects. The co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to this 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 (Freedom of Information Act) and DOJ (Department of Justice) requests, I kept hard copies of all documents in my office and 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 ensure 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.

39 Responses to Congressman Wants CDC Investigated for Tampering With MMR Study

  1. John Fries Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 8:37 am

    God Bless Bill Posey for having the conscience to bring this information out to Congress. I guess that will eliminate any Big Pharma contributions to his campaign.
    Now let’s see if Congress, with all their Big Pharma lobbyist, have the same convictions and work “for the common good of the people” they like to talk about. I will pray for Mr. Posey’s safety.

    • JH Reply

      August 4, 2015 at 10:07 am

      I will pray for Rep. Posey’s safety too. Opposing the power brokers in our government is very risky. And for the second commentor’s jab, yes, there are many conservatives, including me and my family who are for informed consent. Vaccine safety should always be a bipartisan issue. (Notice it is the Democratic Party the majority of the time that claims to know better than parents, citizens and anyone else that opposes them. You might want to think about that…)

  2. J Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Wow. A republican who gives a sh*t. I think I just saw a pig fly by…..
    I hope this is investigated and not ignored.

    • B Reply

      August 4, 2015 at 8:52 am

      Actually, as a long time Democrat, I hate to admit this is one issue more Republicans than Democrats have right. Also hate to admit it, but I think the Trumpster is one of them that has this issue right. Unfortunately, I would be more surprised if it was a Dem who brought this issue to the floor.

  3. Debra Danielson Corbo Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Sadly, this was not in the national news, perhaps overshadowed by the more sensationalistic stories of recent days. I sincerely hope someone of note will take up this story and wake people up before it is too late.

    The financial and emotional toll that autism will take on society in terms of tearing families and communties apart are at the front end of a tsunami. Wake up, wake up, wake up my friends, before it is too late.

    • Ellen Reply

      August 4, 2015 at 11:04 am

      It isn’t in the “news” because the criminals who own the “news” don’t want it there, just as anything of real importance never has any air time or print time. Those who watch or read those sources of misinformation and lies, expecting to get truth, are sorely deluded. It’s long past time to ignore the news rags and turn off the god-box and stop their programming of the sheeple. Become educated; go to National Liberty Alliance and learn (for free) what was withheld from all of us in our public fool systems. Let’s take back America. Only the people can do this…….are you one of the People or a citizen with privileges instead of rights?

    • jill red Reply

      August 16, 2015 at 1:27 am

      I keep wondering why the pubic is not up in arms about the autism epidemic. I just brought this up with some older people the other night. They were shocked when I told them that autism went from 1 in 10,000 in 1980 to 1/50 today. I suspect it may be approaching 1/40. I work in the schools and the public has no idea how widespread these health problems are. I started 20 some years ago and I had never heard of these disorders. I have a huge family and not one person ever had this. I attended 4 schools in my life and had friends at 2 other high schools and never knew anyone autism. Now in each classroom there are often 1-3 full-time aides who stay with the students full-time. The “experts” keep diverting attention by focusing on genetics which is a red herring. I am afraid of what will happen when we have 1 in 10 kids with autism. What will take for people to finally stop putting blind faith in our government and big pharma?

  4. S Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:33 am

    In the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, scientists using data provided by the US, British, Danish, and Australian governments clearly indicate a drastic increase in autism and cancer cases the years the MMR II, Hep A and Varicella vaccines were first given to children.

    I wish Barbara Fisher knew about this study and widely publicized it.

  5. GD Johnson Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:36 am

    As long as there will be members of the 535 political leaders of our government taking money from corporations in order to pass bills that become law to further erode our freedoms, then there will never be such a thing as Liberty.

    If you follow the money, then you’ll find out who’s being paid off in order to make these laws in the first place.

    An investigation should be done on those members of the House and Senate that accept such pay offs and push new laws that bind our choices in parenting, food additives, fluoride in our water supply and much more.

    Having to plead to his cause is a disgrace to the leadership in office. The best way to affect change in our way of political office is to vote everyone of these 535 members out of representing those corporations that put them in office and have them stepping into a new house where they belong…behind bars in an 8 x 10 cell.

    • Ellen Reply

      August 4, 2015 at 11:10 am

      If voting made any difference, it would have been stopped long ago. Every level of our illegitimate government is owned; the few who resist that treason are not enough to make a difference. That must be why they are allowed to live, IMHO.

      The only way this is going to change is if and when we, the People, learn who we really are, what our rights really are, and what the duties and responsibilities of the government are supposed to be. If you don’t know your rights, you have none and you are easily pushed aside, robbed, victimized, and lied to by every piece of filth at every level of government.

      PLEASE, go to National Liberty Alliance and learn these things and join us in taking back OUR courts that are constitutionally supposed to be common law. When we regain access to those courts and put back our citizens’ common law grand juries, you will see things change quickly.

  6. HJG Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I thank God daily that my mother was astute enough to stop my vaccinations at the first polio sugar cube. I also thank God that my son is grown and was never vaccinated. He is healthy, has no allergies, and blessed to be old enough to make his own decisions for his children, when the time comes. Shame on the politicians who caved to Big Pharma’s lies and approved SB277! I won’t vote for any of them again!

  7. Nancy Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I hope that there is follow thru with this. Lobbying is bribery and should be illegal,
    Politics is corrupt and this is all disgusting. I am glad he spoke up.. Maybe more people with conscience will have the courage.

  8. Kay Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:49 am

    It’s only a matter of time before truth will prevail, for the good of all! Unconscionable.

  9. Donna Marquart Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I wonder if more people heard about this reporting about the CDC whistleblower, and the MMR thing and keep the discussion alive yet the mandatory push for more vaccines with the industry definition of “safe and effective, even with the legal definition of “unavoidably unsafe”.

    Thank you Bill Posey for bringing the issue to Congress – I do worry about those who speak out. I saw a home-made video of a woman in California who used to work for MERCK, has spoken out during the rallies against SB277 and now her home has been “stalked” and she is being “threatened” so subtly. I worry for her safety as the safety of others who are speaking out.

  10. Terry Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    thank you and God bless you. Stay safe, seems people who try to spread the truth suddenly disappear.

  11. Hope Smith Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I feel that no one cares enough to say NO, when it comes to immunizations. The general public is blindly following, a very deadly path. I am convinced that more and more people will suffer from immunizations and the CDC knows dangerous outcomes and fails to inform the doctors or public
    I pray that more people will ask questions and find out about the drugs and immunizations, BEFORE. THEY AGREE TO THE SHOTS.
    I will keep praying for more people to learn the Truth.

  12. Melody Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Yes, God bless this gentleman for having the ethics to come forward. Vaccine providers are protected by our government and our kids are sometimes being harmed. Our kids are the future. We need to protect them, not the big companies who only care about making money and not our health. It frightens me how much we are shooting into our children in the name of “health” now as compared with before and I say that as a retired nurse who worked in pediatrics as well as general medicine and administered vaccines. I am not an expert but I wonder if it is perhaps some of the ingredients besides the actual germ or virus that is causing the adverse effects. Frankly not enough valid study is done by someone outside the manufacturers before these things are being given to us and it is after many things go wrong that it is finally looked at. How on earth the vaccine issue can come before Congress however without looking at the money paid out for harm done, is beyond me… Good work by a good man! We need more like him.

  13. geraldine wyman Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Nice to see a good decision by a person who has nothing to gain. May God bless an investigation.

  14. geraldine wyman Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Good decision. On with the investigation.

  15. jim Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Can you imagine if a whistle blower showed proof that the white house destroyed documents? There would be republican hearings twice a day for next 2 years.
    If you don’t think Big Pharma owns most congressman, watch how little attention this gets.

  16. Watchmom Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I just praise God that there still is SOMEBODY who cares about truth in our government! There may be more…but, it will take real courage to stand up to this BIG PHARMA/GOVT monster! “Goliath!” you say! Well, may God strengthen those who would stand against this giant! God bless and save America!

  17. Num Guy Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Sadly, vaccine makers have no incentive to change their ways. They make huge profits but are totally protected from lawsuits because Congress granted them immunity in 1986. Families are paying for the damages vaccines are causing.

    Protect kids, not drug makers!The law is corrupt and immoral.

    • Ellen Reply

      August 4, 2015 at 11:14 am

      And yet, congress cannot grant such immunity…..None of them are behaving lawfully. In fact, they are all committing treason, from top to bottom and bottom to top at all levels of our illegitimate government.

  18. Barbara R. Jackson Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Thank you for publishing this! I am so thankful that Mr. Posey has the integrity to expose this to Congress. Unfortunately, most Congressmen are ignorant of the harmfulness of vaccines. When I contacted my congressional representative to request that he do something to stop the deception, he wrote back reassuring me that vaccines are the most reliable way to prevent disease and that he advocates them for his own children! I want to share this on my Facebook page!! We need to get the word out to everyone, especially the parents of young children and their pediatricians!

    Barbara R. Jackson

  19. Carol C. Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Kudos to Congressman Posey. Unfortunately, the mainstream media will never cover the story because they rely on advertising dollars from Big Pharma. Those of us who are in the know, need to get the word out.

  20. John Vermeulen Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 11:13 am

    You know people who opt to make such glaring omissions in the push for Mandatory Immunization are nothing less than Sociopathic Criminals whose ethos is Communistic in that the ends justifies the means.

    Perhaps some Doctor will tell someone like Tony Soprano that the Immunizations are “Safe” and when his child is harmed and he finds out the Doctor was less than Truthful…there will be justice.

    Clearly holding the irresponsible, responsible is not happening in our Courts. Our legislators need to Investigate and re examine the Liability shield Vaccine Makers have enshrined in law. It is the height of Criminal Irresponsibilty.

  21. Jeane Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 11:35 am

    How about making a connection between withholding the information about the threat vaccines pose to children and Big Pharma fight for eliminating religious exemptions in the country?

  22. Dr. Elizabeth Martin Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    The only way any of this poisoning of the human bodies of ourselves and our children will stop is when we DO NOT CONSENT. That’s it – no more, no how : the science is available, and it is irrefutable that vaccines are an unforgivable scam. I say this as an integrative physician who has been studying this for decades and seeing the massive suffering caused. DO NOT CONSENT – period. Cheers!

  23. Gary Ogden Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Guts are clearly in short supply in Congress, and nonexistent in newspaper editorial boards and among broadcast executives. The medical industry is so powerful that it has captured not only the media and Congress, but the regulatory agencies (CDC and FDA) as well, and has had an inordinate influence upon public opinion. But where is the Justice Department in all this? Bill Posey clearly described a federal crime on the floor of the House that was perpetrated by federal employees. I have emailed them a request to open an investigation (I suspect they already have), and I urge everyone else to do so. Most importantly, mail or email Congressman Posey your heartfelt thanks (I have done both). The addresses are
    email: Patricia.Febro@mail.house.gov
    snail mail: The Honorable Bill Posey
    United States House of Representatives
    120 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515-0908
    Also get in touch with the office of Representative Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, which has been tasked with holding hearings on Dr. Thompsons allegations.
    email: fred.ferguson@mail.house.gov
    snail mail: The Honorable Jason Chaffetz
    United States House of Representatives
    2236 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, D.C. 20515-4403

  24. david h tousant sr Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    open an investigation soon as possible on cdc cover-up on autism an vaccines.

  25. Mike Quinn Reply

    August 4, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    If people all over the country wrote Letters To the Editor quoting this, it would help to get the word out to some, if the newspapers would print it. Just a thought.

  26. Debra Danielson Corbo Reply

    August 5, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Thank you, Congressman Bill Posey, for doing the right thing, in asking for an investigation.

  27. Richard Vogel Reply

    August 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Can anyone actually verify this story? It has been circulating for a long time, at least since February. Check out what snopes found: http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/cdcimmunity.asp

    • Jack Corran Reply

      August 6, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Are you kindding? Snopes is the top disinfo site on
      the internet. Mr. Vogel, do your own research. Spend
      the 40 hours that most of us do in our spare time
      researching a story while we’re trying to earn a living.

    • Redpill1 Reply

      August 7, 2015 at 8:44 am

      Why do people think Snopes is a legitimate source of verifiable information?

      I have found over the last year since Dr. Thompson made is admission regarding the fraudulent & criminal behavior of the researchers at the CDC that government trolls, with using Snopes as a source first tried to convince the public that Thompson didn’t exist. That Dr. Hooker made him up. When that failed they continued to try and distract by saying the statement wasn’t true and Thompson doesn’t have whistleblower status. Once the audio tapes were put online the industry paid trolls continue to say the tapes were altered yet when others demanded to see substantiating information that confirms the tapes were altered-nothing. The text message Thompson’s wife sent to Dr. Wakefield’s wife was also said to be a fake but when challenged again the vaccine industry trolls could not discredit them:http://truthbarrier.com/2014/09/08/cdc-whistleblower-thompson-text-exchange-with-mrs-wakefield-your-husbands-career-was-unjustly-damaged/ & http://truthbarrier.com/2014/11/04/challenging-orac-to-determine-authenticity-of-wakefieldthompson-exchange-were-the-texts-fake/.

      Now the new strategy is to question the status of Dr. Thompson. I would think by Thompson hiring the most powerful whistleblower attorney’s in the country they would make sure he has protection under the whistleblower law although they nor Thompson are not legally required to confirm this or provide any information to the MSM about it. Not that they would cover it anyway.

  28. Linwood Leitzel Reply

    September 1, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Now holding my breath, crossing my fingers, giving it heavy prayer tonight. Hmmmmm; Do you all think it is bad of me to want more — more — like some at the CDC to wear orange suits?

  29. J. L. Reply

    March 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Great article and much support for Mr. Posey and Dr. Thompson.

    But… All of you praying to your made up god isn’t going to accomplish one single thing. Forget your fairy-tale, and actually do something.

    “Prayer, how to think you’re helping, without doing a dam% thing.”

  30. eve lowey Reply

    May 2, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I just saw the movie Vaxxed. I am stunned and appalled that nothing has happened with congress investigating this claim that the safety study was altered to show no causal relationship with the MMR vaccine and
    With the expediential growth of the autism diagnosis in less than 15 years one in two kids will have the diagnosis and 80% of the boys. This is a very serious situation. I am angry and afraid.
    I am compelled to do what was asked in the movie: email congress to subpoena Dr. William Thompson and investigate the CDC Fraud. ask congress to repeal the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and hold manufacturers liable for injury caused by their vaccines. demand that single does of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine be made available immediately. that all vaccines be classified as pharmaceutical drugs and be tested accordingly.

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