Widespread Corruption Reported at the CDC
Conflicts of interest are not the only factors standing in the way of the US Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) purported mission, corruption is also widespread.
In Y 2015, Dr. William Thompson, a research scientist at the CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases (NCIR), claimed the CDC covered up a vaccine-autism connection in relation to the MMR vaccine.
The study discovered that African-American boys who received the MMR vaccine before the age of 36 months had an increased risk for Autism. Dr. Thompson stated the study co-authors then “scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study.”
He said the remaining 4 co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room, “and reviewed and went through all the hardcopy documents that we had thought we should discard, and put them into a huge garbage can.”
The book “Vaccine Whistleblower” contains the unedited transcripts of four legally recorded phone conversations between Thompson and Dr. Brian Hooker, a scientist investigating Autism and vaccine research.
The transcripts reveal the confession of the alteration of data that showed a significant link between vaccines and autism.
The CDC claims it does not accept commercial support, but in an article published in the British Medical Journal, Jeanne Lenzer, the journal’s associate editor, wrote: “The CDC’s image as an independent watchdog over the public health has given it enormous prestige, and its recommendations are occasionally enforced by law.
Despite the agency’s disclaimer, the CDC does receive millions of dollars in industry gifts and funding, both directly and indirectly, and several recent CDC actions and recommendations have raised questions about the science it cites, the clinical guidelines it promotes, and the money it is taking.”
A Y 2009 investigation by the Office of the Inspector General concluded the CDC has “a systemic lack of oversight of the ethics program,” noting 97% of disclosure forms filed by the organization’s advisers were incomplete, and 13% of advisers did not file one.
Some other concerning findings revealed by the investigation are, as follows:
- CDC did not identify or resolve potential conflicts of interest for 64% of special government employees
- CDC did not ensure that 41% of special government employees received required ethics training
- 15% of special government employees did not comply with ethics requirements during committee meetings
The CDC’s longtime support of water fluoridation is also questionable, considering no toxicologist has ever been directly involved in the decision process. Instead, dental health professionals have been the sole body of experts directing the agency’s stance on water fluoridation.
Even when the CDC is not embroiled in data falsification or rampant conflicts of interest, serious oversights in safety have occurred.
In Y 2014, for instance, as many as 84 scientists and staff members at a CDC bio-lab were exposed to live anthrax. The live pathogen had been sent from a higher-security facility, and bio-safety protocols were apparently not followed at either of the facilities.
The anthrax sample was supposed to have been inactivated prior to transfer, but due to multiple protocol breaches, it was still “live” upon arrival.
In addition to failing to properly inactivate the pathogen, samples were also found to have been transferred in Ziploc bags, and stored in unlocked storage refrigerators in an area where unauthorized personnel were not restricted.
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, head of the CDC, issued a report that admitted to sloppy work ethics at the lab.
The report also revealed 2 additional anthrax incidents, both of which occurred in Y 2006. Neither of these incidents had previously been disclosed to the public.
In both instances, the CDC “accidentally” shipped live anthrax to two different labs. A 3rd erroneous shipment involved live botulism bacteria. It seems we can all count ourselves lucky that the CDC has not killed large numbers of people yet through all the grevious mistakes
Also in Y 2014, the CDC shipped deadly H5N1 avian influenza samples to a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) poultry research lab. They were supposed to send a far more benign variety for study. The error appears to have been discovered when all of the exposed chickens died.
The US Agriculture Department reported the frightful mix-up on 23 May 2014, but CDC staffers did not report the error to senior management at the CDC until July.
Then there was yet another mix-up in December, when employees in a CDC Ebola lab were potentially exposed to the virus after a technician mistakenly moved the wrong specimens from a high-level to a lower-level lab.
Other safety breaches have been reported, for example:
- A door to a lab containing Coxiella Burnetti that was sealed with duct tape after a ventilation system malfunction
- Security doors leading to areas with dangerous pathogens left unlocked
- Backup generators failing to keep airflow systems moving at CDC labs during a power outage
An external group of 11 experts in bio-safety, laboratory science and research was called to form an advisory group to evaluate the CDC’s lab practices, and it concluded its commitment to safety is “inconsistent and insufficient” and “laboratory safety training is inadequate.”
It is important to be aware of safety blunders, corruption and conflicts of interest at federal agencies like the CDC so that you can take their health recommendations with a “Grain of Salt”.
Far from the independent public watchdog it supposed to be, the CDC is closely tied to industry and may protect their interests over those of the general public.
It is clear that we are in need of independent oversight of the CDC and other federal agencies, but until that happens, the US population is on its own to discern which health decisions make the most sense to live with and by.
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