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June 2008 speech at the Green Our Vaccines rally
In front of the Sylvan Theatre on Washington Monument grounds, Washington, D.C.
Transcribed by Rady Ananda
On June 4, 2008, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr spoke before 8,500 activists from every state and from Mexico, Canada and the Philippines on the dangers of vaccines, and the government cover-up of the vaccine-autism link.
18-min video (in three parts) and transcription follow.
Thank you very much. I’m so happy to see all of you out here today finally telling the truth to this Congress which needs to hear the truth for the first time. And as ___ says, the press isn’t telling it to them. We have, you know, the one exception is UPI that has done a great job and they need, we need to give them an applause for what they’ve done. They’re the only media outlet that is telling the truth on this issue.
I didn’t want to get involved in this issue. I got dragged into this issue because I – the truth became undeniable to me. I was working on environmental issues from an environmental standpoint, on power plants which discharge, enormous coal-burning power plants which discharge enormous amounts of mercury.
About eight years ago, the EPA said that in nineteen states, because of mercury discharged from power plants, it is now unsafe to eat any freshwater fish in the state. In 49 states, at least some of the fish are unsafe to eat because of mercury. In fact, the only state where all the fish are still safe to eat is Wyoming, Dick Cheney’s home state, where the Republican-controlled legislature has refused to appropriate the money to test the fish.
In all the other states, at least some, most or all the fish are unsafe to eat. The Atlantic coast – every state on the Atlantic coast has fish advisories. Every state in the Gulf coast. Every fish caught in the Gulf now has – the Gulf of Mexico – now has fish advisories. If you eat tuna fish, the FDA will warn you not to eat too much of it. Swordfish. All these fish, and why? Because it causes neurological injury in children.
So the government scientists are acknowledging that even tiny, infinitesimal amounts of mercury – at parts per billion – will cause profound neurological injury in children.
And I was working on these issues, and mothers started coming up to me and said, you know, “The biggest exposure is not coming from power plants or old mining claims, as you might think. It’s coming from our own vaccines.” And they asked me to work on it and just to look into it.
They were not hysterical people. They were scientists. They were doctors. They were psychiatrists. They were pharmacists. They were people who had their feet on the ground. They had attended the conferences. They had read the scientific literature. They had calmly, and deliberately gone thru this and they had reached a conclusion. And the conclusion was that the vaccines were destroying the health, were making the sickest generation of American children in the history of our country.
I started looking into it and somebody provided me with the Simpsonwood memo, which I then published in Rolling Stones. Simpsonwood was the transcripts of a secret meeting that was held between CDC and 75 representatives of the vaccine industry in which they reviewed a report that CDC had ordered – the Verstraeten study – where, of the hundred, of the hundred thousand children in the United States vaccine safety database, and when they looked at it themselves, they said it is impossible – this is a quote – “to massage this data to make the signal go away.”
There is no denying that there is a connection between autism and thimerosal in the vaccines.
And they said – and this is what they said; I didn’t say this. This is what they and their own scientists and their own conclusion of the best doctors, the top people at CDC, the top people of the pharmaceutical industry.
And, you know, when they had this meeting, they had it not in Atlanta, which was the headquarters of the CDC, but in Simpsonwood at a private conference center because they believed that that would make them able to insulate themselves from a court request under the Freedom of Information law, and they would not have to disclose the, the transcripts of these meetings to the public.
Somebody transcribed the meetings and we were able to get ahold of it. You have them talking about the Verstraeten study and saying there’s a clear link – not just with autism, but with a whole range of neurological disorders. Speech delay, language delay, all kinds of learning disorders – HDD, hyperactivity disorder and the injection of these vaccines. And they could tell because, you know, the vaccine protocols were dramatically increased.
When I was a little boy we only got three vaccines. But my children – five of my six children – got 22 vaccines beginning in 1989. That’s the thimerosal generation. That’s the vaccine generation, and it’s the sickest generation in the history of this country.
I was astonished because I have, I have worked on environmental issues for 25 years. I know what “captive agency phenomena” is. It’s the dynamic by which the regulatory agencies become captured by the industries they’re supposed to regulate. There’s all kinds of mechanisms that encourage that or promote that or provoke that to happen, but I was shocked because I know many of these people in CDC. And I know the people in the FDA and I know that when they entered those agencies, they entered it with a good heart, intending to do the right thing.
But something had corrupted them. They got sucked into a vortex because they made decisions that were wrong and then instead of admitting it to the public, they covered it up to protect themselves. And it was very clear.
And then I got ahold of the correspondence between the doctors and between CDC, rebuking each other and saying, ‘Why didn’t we look at this? Why didn’t somebody do a mass loading before we did these, approved these protocols with 22 vaccines to these children? Who? What? Why didn’t we do this?’ Rebuking themselves. Rebuking each other.
And then the Simpsonwood transcripts, after the first maybe two hours in which they are talking about the undeniability of the connection between autism and thimerosal, the impossibility of messaging the data further in order to try to eliminate those signals – that’s what they spend those first two hours. The rest of the meeting they spend talking about how do we hide this from the press, from the public and what they called the “predatory bar” – all the lawyers out there who may represent people who were injured by their negligence.
At the end of that meeting, they make a few decisions. One is Verstraeten, the man who designed the – who, who conducted the study, is hired the next day by GlaxoSmithKline and shipped off to Switzerland. And six months later, he sends in a redesigned study that includes cohorts that are predictably, who are too young to have been diagnosed as autistic. So he loads the study down, the data down. And they tell the public that they’ve lost all the original data. This is what CDC says to this day – that it does not know what happened to the original data in the Verstraeten study.
And they publish this other study that is, that is, it’s a corrupt and crooked – what we call tobacco science, done by a bunch of biostitutes of crooked scientists that are trying to fool the American public.
Then, Kathleen Stratton from CDC and IOM says, ‘what we need is we need some studies that will disprove the link. So, they work with the vaccine industry to gin up the four phony European studies that are done by vaccine industry employees, funded by the vaccine industry, and published in the American Academy of Pediatrics magazine, which receives 80% of its revenue from the vaccine industry.
And none of these scientists disclose any of their myriad conflicts, which conventional ethics rules require them to do. It’s not disclosed.
And these studies, and you know I’ve made a profession of reading phony science, of junk science, of tobacco science, because I see it every day. I sued over 400 polluters and this is how they defend themselves. They hire these phony scientists – the tobacco scientists. They produce these phony reports. So, I know how to read ’em.
So I did something that not a single member… You see the press here? And over there? Not a single member of this press corps, I can guarantee you, has ever read any of those studies. It has not happened. What they read was the CDC’s description of those studies, which has nothing to do with what’s in the study.
And you need to read these studies and I’m talking to you guys, and you need to read them critically. And that woman – I called that woman who wrote that Time Magazine article. And I called the editor of the Washington Post when they said, ‘oh, this is the newest mythology. They’ve removed the thimerosal from the vaccines and autism rates have not gone down.’
How many times have you read that repeated by these people from the press? That is an industry talking point that the industry knows is a lie. Everybody knows that’s a lie. The amount of thimerosal today in the flu vaccines is about 60% of what they claimed to have removed from all the other pediatric vaccines.
So, I looked at these. I read these studies and I saw studies that weren’t even good fra– It wasn’t even high-quality fraud. It is low qua– these are low quality, the worse kind. I mean, anybody, you don’t even need a scientist to advise you and tell you where the fraud is.
And I’ll tell you what they– I’ll just tell you what one of them, the big one that they all rely on, the Danish study, where they said, ‘okay, in 1992 Denmark banned thimerosal. And after that, autism rates continued to climb. Therefore, there is no association between autism and thimerosal.’ That’s the study.
What they didn’t tell you is that in 1992, Denmark was concerned about the connection between thimerosal and autism and about this huge rise in autism, and it began, for the first time, requiring registering autism as a reported illness in Denmark. So all the people who had autistic children suddenly had to register them for the first time. Plus, in Copenhagen, they founded a new clinic to treat autistic kids, which gave people a huge financial incentive and a health incentive to register their children.
So, it was the registry that went up, not the incidence of autism that went up. But they didn’t’ say that in the study. They never mentioned the Copenhagen clinic. They never mentioned the change in rules in Denmark. They just show you the graphs of thimerosal is banned here and autism continues to go up. Well, the reason the autism rates rose was an artifact of their data collected processes. It had nothing to do with the reality on the ground of the occurrence of autism.
So, and you’ve heard all their other studies. You know, they all have this guy, Paul Offit. You guys know him? He is the poster child for the term “biostitute.” This is a man that has made himself the spokesperson for the vaccine industry. He portrays himself as an independent scientist. He hasn’t disclosed the millions of dollars that he – he does not disclose the millions of dollars of transactions…
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Let me just close up by saying this – that, that, and I started out by saying this, that they, these people, one of the worst crimes that they, that they’ve done, and you know I told the New York Times. I said, “You know you guys had Judith Miller, you know, for a year talking about the Iraq war and saying how what a great thing it is and covering up all the truth from the government spokespeople.” And I said, “There’s no difference in what you’re doing. And then you had to come out and apologize.” The Times publicly apologized for that.
And I said, “You’re gonna have to apologize for this some day, for what you’ve done here, because what you’ve done here. That war is gonna cost us three trillion dollars, but the treatment of these children and the cost to our society from what you have done, what you are doing to this generation of children is gonna far exceed the cost of the Iraq war.”
And somebody’s gonna have to come to terms with that. Ultimately the American press has completely let down our democracy. And one of the things you see repeated again and again is that these are, that the women who claim that their children – and I’ve got now hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of letters. That’s not hyperbole. It’s not an exaggeration. From women who have the exact same experience.
They bring a perfectly healthy two-year-old, who’s exceeded all of their milestones, to the doctor to get – who they trust – to get their pediatric flu shots and their MMR vaccines at the age of two. They get that shot. The child goes into seizure, develops a fever that night and over the next three months loses her or his ability to speak, to interact with his brothers and sisters, engages in stereotypical behavior – head banging, screaming, biting, and lose all capacity for social interaction. And they’ve lost this child and they watched this happen.
And it’s happened thousands and thousands of times. And you hear that story once or twice and you say, ‘maybe it’s an anomaly.’ You hear it a hundred times and you have to say, ‘we gotta start looking at this.’
The CDC has said, no, we’re not gonna look at this. We’re gonna shut, cut off all funds to anybody who wants to look at it. Why isn’t the press asking that question? Why aren’t they asking… CDC, why don’t you study the Amish, like UPI did. You know, why don’t you study these home-school kids?
Thirty thousand home-school kids studied by the UPI and no autism in that group. They studied all the Amish in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. There’s only – there should be 130 autistic kids. There’re four, and three of them were adopted after receiving their vaccines and the fourth one lived downwind of a coal-burning power plant.
So, we know what the truth is and what we gotta stop doing is blaming the mothers, which is what they’ve done. These are not hysterical women. These are people…
You know, I have a child who has allergies – profound allergies, life-threatening anaphylactic allergies and asthma. My wife knows better than any doctor. She can put her hands on that boy and she knows what’s wrong with him. She knows if his chest is tightening up. She knows exactly what allergen triggered his allergy. She knows what’s going wrong with that child.
And these mothers know what made their child sick.
Anyway, keep fighting and ultimately we’ll get these people to move, too. You gotta not just show up here. This is a really important rally. You’ve gotta contact your Congress people and make sure that they understand this issue, and that they’re going to operate. And let’s not let them go one more day without some legislation banning this stuff and getting it out.
Any errors in transcription are mine.
The October 2009 issue of National Geographic carries a story about the recovery of a 16th century shipwreck. One of the items pictured is a five-inch mercury syringe which, NatGeo reports, “would have been used to administer doses of mercury to travelers plagued by syphilis, epidemic in 16th-century Europe.” The photo below is of a similar syringe from VintageMedical.com: