Issues analysis
The inconvenient truth about vaccines
by Stefani Williams
April 4, 2019

"Skepticism is the first step towards truth," Denis Diderot, 1746.

Has our government ever been wrong? Has it ever been deceptive? The answer of course, to anyone who knows our history, is yes! Here are a few examples:

Forced sterilization and eugenics

History is fraught with the horrors that eugenics inflicted on the world. The most prominent example is, of course, Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany, but what isn't well known is that Hitler was actually influenced by eugenics-inspired policies implemented in the United States during the early part of the 1900's. Eugenics is the belief that in order to "improve" the human species, only people with "desirable" traits should be allowed to reproduce. This philosophy was responsible for the forced sterilization, perpetuated by the U.S. government, of thousands of "unfit" or "socially inadequate" Americans.

Toxic chemicals in Vietnam

From 1962 to 1975, tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel were exposed to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange, while serving in Vietnam. Agent Orange was part of the U.S. military's warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, and was used to eliminate forest cover and crops of the North Vietnamese army. Contamination by this toxic mix of chemicals has been linked to dozens of serious health problems in Vietnam veterans and continues to pollute portions of Vietnam where the chemicals were sprayed.

It took the U.S. government decades to finally admit that exposure to the chemical poisoned thousands of U.S. military personnel, after initially vilifying those who claimed they had been harmed by the substance.

An "ethically unjustified" study

Beginning in 1932 and ending in 1972, the U.S. government, in conjunction with the Tuskegee Institute, conducted a study called The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male. The study involved 600 African American men, 399 of which had syphilis and 201 did not. The purpose of the study was not to treat these men, but to observe the natural course of untreated syphilis. The participants were not told the purpose of the study. "In fact, the men had been misled," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "and had not been given all the facts required to provide informed consent."

The study ended only when an Associated Press article, some 40 years after the study began, blew the whistle on what was going on. In 1973, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of the study participants and their families against the U.S. government, and in 1974, a $10 million out-of-court settlement was reached.

Living downwind

From 1945 to 1962, the U.S. military conducted nearly 200 atmospheric nuclear weapons development tests in or near Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Radioactive contamination or nuclear fallout from these tests has affected the health of tens of thousands, if not more, American citizens. Most of these Downwinders, as they're called, were never warned prior to the testing of the deadly bombs – some only miles from their homes. Victims of this nuclear exposure have numerous forms of cancer and birth defects. Declassified government documents from 1978 to 1980 show that scientists knew in 1947 that fissions from atomic bomb tests were deadly to humans and animals exposed during and after the tests.

In 1962, many of the people who worked in nuclear weapons development and uranium mining and processing filed class action lawsuits against the government for damages resulting from deliberate concealment of the truth. These suits were dismissed by the appellate courts. It wasn't until 1990, when the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act was passed, that the government acknowledged its fault in exposing American citizens to radiation poisoning.

As we can see, our government is not always on the side of facts and truth, or free from instances of coverup for grievous sins.

This leads us to the topic of vaccinations.

Inconvenient truth

The vast majority of Americans agree that vaccinations save lives, and most people choose to vaccinate their children. Vaccinations have been embedded into our cultural psyche. The medical establishment and the CDC vouch time and again for the safety, effectiveness, and need for doctors and parents to rigorously follow the CDC's vaccination schedule.

But despite these assurances and instructions, not all of the medical community has lined up behind the CDC's directives. In fact, thousands of physicians are raising red flags as to the safety, efficacy, and even necessity of several vaccines in the CDC's immunization program.

According to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons: "Vaccines are neither 100% safe nor 100% effective. Nor are they the only available means to control the spread of disease."

AAPS further states, "There are many theoretical mechanisms for adverse effects from vaccines, especially in children with developing brains and immune systems. Note the devastating effects of Zika or rubella virus on developing humans, even though adults may have mild or asymptomatic infections. Many vaccines contain live viruses intended to cause a mild infection. Children's brains are developing rapidly – any interference with the complex developmental symphony could be ruinous."

The truth is there are thousands of people who have been injured by, or have even died from, vaccines. This isn't fringe thinking, it's fact. Many Americans are unaware that in 1986, Congress created a court called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in the Department of Health and Human Services. Its sole purpose is to handle vaccine injury claims. The hearings are not open to the public, and Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers are tasked with defending the vaccine(s) in question (this is because Congress made the pharmaceutical companies that create vaccines exempt from litigation for faulty products).

To date, this court has awarded nearly $4 billion to vaccine injury victims.

It turns out, every vaccine administered sets aside a legal fee for anticipated damages. And it should also be pointed out that each vaccine has a disclaimer insert that lists risks and possible complications associated with the vaccine – although most people are never told this.

As we can see, vaccine injury occurs at an astounding rate. In fact, 1 in every 640 children given the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, for example, will suffer a seizure from it, compared to 1 of out every 3,200 children who contract measles itself. To further illustrate, from 2004 to 2015, more people died from MMR and other measles vaccines than died from the actual disease the vaccines are supposed to protect against. During this period, there was one death from measles (a woman in 2015, who was vaccinated). But in this same time interval, the MMR vaccine caused at least 108 (recorded) deaths.

The ramifications are shocking – and nearly hidden from public view. Consider that in a three month period alone, from November 2018 to February 2019, the U.S. government has awarded $110 million to vaccine injury victims. That's in the VICP's latest report, dated March 8, 2019 (source).

Forced vaccinations

With measles in the news again and with the media and CDC creating near hysteria over the disease "outbreak" (for a disease that used to be referred to as a "mild childhood infection" that almost everyone caught and recovered from), there is a nationwide push to completely do away with all but medical vaccine exemptions and also forcibly inoculate everyone, including adults, who have not already been vaccinated.

In early March, Congress held hearings on the subject called "Vaccines Save Lives: What is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?" These hearings were one-sided in favor of the CDC and mandated vaccination. Not one dissenting voice was allowed to testify.

It is a form of censorship that scientifically-based dialogue about immunization hazards is being ignored and stifled in congressional hearings (as well as in state legislatures) – which should be a cause of great concern to all Americans.

Apprehension over the safety of vaccines is the overriding reason cited by those who don't vaccinate – or who vaccinate selectively. Another concern is the fact several vaccines are derived from the cultured cells of aborted fetuses – including the MMR and chickenpox vaccines.

But regardless of where you stand on vaccinations, we all ought to agree that no person should be forced to have a substance injected into his body or his child's body that he believes is harmful or morally objectionable.

Government-mandated vaccines are a grave concern to those of us who believe coerced vaccinations violate basic human rights and are therefore unconstitutional. "Serving the greater good" does not justify trampling on individual rights. Furthermore, mandating vaccines will open a pandora's box to a host of future infringements on our liberties; "then there will be no limit on which individual freedoms the State can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow," said Barbara Loe Fisher, Co-Founder and President, National Vaccine Information Center.

The first principle of the Nuremberg Code is: "The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential." The Nuremberg Trials, of course, were conducted in the aftermath of World War II when prominent members of the medical, political, military, judicial, and economic leadership of Hitler's Germany were tried for their participation in the Holocaust and other horrendous war crimes like forced experimentation on prisoners.

What we do about the safety, effectiveness, and need for vaccines should be open to national debate, not forced on us by the faceless few in the "Medical-Industrial Complex."

Corruption and lies

Because Congress has granted pharmaceutical companies complete legal immunity from lawsuits by vaccine injury victims, these companies have no incentive to improve their products – they have no accountability. Another problem with our current system is the enormous profit many employees within the CDC stand to make by increased vaccination production and distribution. Many members of the CDC own or share vaccine patents, a clear violation of ethics.

In December 2018, Congressman Mark Green (R-TN), who is also a doctor, raised the question of vaccine safety and dishonest practices within the CDC in a townhall meeting. He said:

"I have committed to people in my stand on the CDC's desk and get the real data on vaccines, because there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines. As a physician, I can make that argument. There appears to be some evidence that as vaccine numbers increase, rates of autism increase. We need better research, and we need it fast. We also need complete transparency of any data. Vaccines are essential to good population health. But that does not mean we should not look closely at the correlation for any causation."

He also said it appears that some of the CDC's data has been "fraudulently managed," and it looks like he's right.

Recently, highly acclaimed pediatric neurologist Dr. Andrew Zimmerman signed a sworn affidavit in which he states that while working for the CDC in 2007, he told DOJ lawyers that he had found "exceptions in which vaccinations could cause autism. I explained that in a subset of children, vaccine-induced fever and immune stimulation did cause regressive brain disease with features of autism spectrum disorder." According to Zimmerman, the CDC and DOJ ignored him and misrepresented his position on the autism / vaccine link.

Unconscionably, a 2004 CDC study that initially linked the MMR vaccine to the astronomical rate of autism among America's youth was intentionally altered to show that no significant connection exists. In 2013, the CDC's lead scientist involved in this study, Senior Scientist Dr. William Thompson, contacted biologist Dr. Brian Hooker, whose son is severely autistic, and "confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism." Thompson then told Hooker that the CDC destroyed key data linking MMR to autism.

Why isn't this headline news and one of the biggest scandals of the century? Dr. Thompson is willing to testify before Congress but must first be subpoenaed in order to legally divulge the information he has since it comes from classified material. Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) called on Congress to do just that in 2017, but his demand has fallen on deaf ears. You'd think that news of a CDC whistleblower claiming the CDC "cooked the books" regarding the MMR / autism link would be blasted from post to pillar in the media, but it hasn't received a sneeze.

It should be noted that, in an obvious conflict of interest, former CDC Chairman Julie L. Gerberding (2002-2009), who was Dr. Thompson's boss and who evidently played a role in the CDC coverup between autism and the MMR vaccine, upon leaving the CDC secured a high-level job in Merek – one of the nation's leading vaccine manufacturers and the producer of the MMR vaccine.

The bottom line

The science is not settled on vaccines, and it should surprise most of us to know that there has yet to be a full-scale, unbiased, double-blind placebo study conducted on the safety of any of the vaccines on the children's CDC schedule. Additionally, there has never been a full-scale study of vaccinated versus unvaccinated people.

Why? Could it be that vaccines are not the "cure-all" that they are purported to be?

Could it also be that "Congress is owned by pharma [vaccine manufacturers]," as Dr. Raeford Brown, a pediatric anesthesia specialist at the UK Kentucky Children's Hospital and chair of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Committee on Analgesics and Anesthetics, said recently?

He told Yahoo Finance in an article published March 13, 2019, that "the pharmaceutical industry pours millions of dollars into the legislative branch every single year. In 2016, they put $100 million into the elections. That's a ton of money.... Congress is getting paid to not hold pharma accountable."

Call your Congressman and demand answers. Nothing will change until Congress feels public pressure to clean up its act and offer greater oversight of the pharmaceutical industry and the CDC.

Just as importantly, contact your local legislators and encourage them to support vaccine measures that will protect individual liberties and conscience. Educate yourself on the dangers of the MMR and other vaccines and then provide the information you have to your legislators. If you are respectful and informed, they will be more likely to listen to you.

Do all you can to stop forced vaccinations and shed light on vaccine hazards. Our children's health and lives hang in the balance.

Stefani Williams is Deputy Chief of Staff of RenewAmerica


They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. —Isaiah 40:31