Why Autism is Like Watergate
June 18, 2012
This week’s 40th anniversary of Watergate is a reminder of how quickly good governance can get away from us. The hodgepodge of criminality, cover-up, and sheer paranoid mendacity that came to be known by the name of the building where the break-in occurred is still breathtaking to consider.
But you don’t have to look far for a contemporary analogy – the way the feds have hidden, lied about, deflected and delayed the day of reckoning about the cause of the autism epidemic, and the way the lazy, conflicted “access media” has aided and abetted them, is fully comparable to Watergate. (The two reporters who did dog the story were covering local news at the time and had no access to lose.)
I can hear the skeptics screaming. Well, scream on. A repeated pattern of overlapping cover-ups is amply demonstrated by the record – from the CDC-Verstraeten “Generation Zero” data, to the IOM-Marie McCormick “line we will not cross” minutes, from the Simpsonwood hush-up to the Vaccine Court’s “unanswered questions,” from the Brick Township “zero to 1 in 150 in a decade is not a trend” study to the “fishy” Hannah Poling ruling in which something happened that wasn’t caused by the thing that did it, to the study that showed autism kept going up when thimerosal was removed, when it actually went down, and now, when all else is failing, to the ongoing obliteration of the entire disaster by redoing the DSM-V.
The main objection we always hear – “So you’re saying that all the pediatricians in the United States have decided to harm the children in their care by giving them an injection they know will cause autism?”
No, not saying that. Saying this: Even as it became clear that the CDC-recommended vaccine schedule -- including multiple neurotoxic live viruses injected at once, shots against diseases not worth preventing, and toxins like mercury that were removed from pesticides decades ago -- was likely causing catastrophic sickness in children, self-interested parties played with the numbers, privatized the databases, commissioned conflicted and worthless studies, kept piling on the same calamitous policies, then hunkered down and said, essentially, catch us if you can before we retire to Hilton Head.
How many people knew, how many should have known, how many simply ducked and covered will be sorted out another day (and that day is coming). For now, on this anniversary of the previously biggest scandal in American history, it’s enough to remind ourselves this is what we’re dealing with, and why it’s worth the fight.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism