Vaccine debate – FULL MEASURE – Sharyl Attkisson (01/06/2019)
Today we are investigating one of the greatest medical controversies of our time: vaccines. There is no doubt about it – vaccines save many lives, but also cause damage [NOPs] or kill. A special federal vaccine court has paid billions for vaccine-related health damage ranging from brain damage to death. [$ 4.2 billion – October 2019] But not for the form of brain damage we call autism. Noteworthy new information has now emerged. A respected pro-vaccine medical expert used by the federal government to debunk the link between vaccines and autism, says vaccines can cause autism after all. He claims he told government officials a long time ago, but they kept it a secret.
Yates Hazlehurst was born on February 11, 2000. Everything was normal according to his medical records until he had serious adverse reactions to vaccines. Rolf Hazlehurst is Yates’ father.
Rolf Hazlehurst: I didn’t believe it at first. I didn’t think vaccines could cause autism. I did not believe it.
Sharyl Attkisson: This is the current difficult reality for Yates.
Distinctive brain disease, pain, and an inability to communicate are common symptoms of severe autism. In 2007, Yates’s father filed a lawsuit for his son’s personal injury in a little-known federal vaccine court. It was one of more than 5,000 claims against vaccine-induced autism. Congress created a vaccine court in 1988, in consultation with the pharmaceutical industry. In a special court, vaccine manufacturers do not defend their products, the federal government does it for them, with lawyers from the Department of Justice. The money for the victims comes from us, not the pharmaceutical industry, through customer fees added to each vaccine administered.
Denise Vowell: Our auditions are closed to the public. And it is statutory.
Sharyl Attkisson: In 2007, the Yates case and nearly all other vaccine-induced autism claims were dropped. This decision was largely based on the expert opinion of this man, Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, the world-renowned pediatric neurologist shown in this material during his lecture.
Dr. Zimmerman was the government’s chief forensic expert and testified that vaccines did not cause autism. The debate was considered closed. But now Dr. Zimmerman has provided pertinent new information. He said that during vaccine hearings held many years ago, he unofficially told government lawyers that vaccines can and do cause autism in some children. This twist from the government’s chief medical expert changed everything about the vaccination debate – autism. If only the public found out about it.
Rolf Hazlehurst: He came out and explained how he told the US government that vaccines could cause autism in a group of children, and the US government, the Department of Justice, withheld his true opinions.
Sharyl Attkisson: Hazlehurst found out later when Dr. Zimmerman assessed Yates as a teenager. It was then that he teamed up with vaccine safety attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Junior, who has voice problems.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr .: It was one of the most consistent deceptions, possibly in all human history.
Sharyl Attkisson: Kennedy was instrumental in persuading Dr. Zimmerman to document his remarkable claim that the government was hiding its true expert opinion on vaccines and autism.
Dr. Zimmerman declined our request for an interview and referred us to his affidavit. It says that on June 15, 2007, he took aside representatives / lawyers from the Department of Justice [DOJ] for whom he worked in vaccine defense in a vaccine court. He then told them that he had discovered ” exceptions where vaccinations could cause autism.”
“I explained that in a subset of children, vaccine-induced fever and immune stimulation resulted in regressive brain disease with features of the autistic spectrum disorder.”
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr .: This panicked two Justice Department lawyers and they immediately fired Zimmerman. It was Friday and the weekend they called Zimmerman and said his services would no longer be needed. They wanted to silence him.
Sharyl Attkisson: A few days after Justice Department lawyers fired Dr. Zimmerman as their expert witness, Dr. Zimmerman says they misrepresented his opinion to continue to refute autism claims.
The file shows that on June 18, 2007, a DOJ attorney interviewed by Dr. Zimmerman told the vaccine court:
“We know [Dr. Zimmerman’s] views on this … There is no scientific basis for a link between vaccines and autism.”
Dr. Zimmerman calls it “highly confusing.” The former Justice Department [DOJ] lawyer did not answer our calls and emails. Kennedy filed a fraud complaint with the Inspector General of the Department of Justice who told us that they were not “commenting on investigations or potential investigations.”
Meanwhile, the CDC, which promotes vaccines and monitors their safety, has never revealed that a former government medical expert said vaccines could cause autism. To this day, public health officials deny that this is the case.
Dr. Anne Schuchat: Based on dozens of studies and all I know as a doctor and scientist, there is no link between autism and vaccines.
Sharyl Attkisson: The CDC rejected our request for an interview. In addition to filing a fraud complaint, Kennedy provided Dr. Zimmerman’s affidavit to leaders on the Capitol Hill. But there, he says, is another key part of the story – blockades created by the pharmaceutical industry or Pharma.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. : Everyone takes money from the Pharmacy, so everyone got corrupt. And it’s almost impossible to do anything on the Capitol.
Sharyl Attkisson: Kennedy, a Democrat, isn’t the only one to say the vaccine industry’s money rules these days. We have spoken to 11 current and former members of Congress and employees who say they have faced pressure, intimidation or threats when raising vaccine safety issues. Several of them agreed to appear in front of the camera.
Dan Burton: I have no doubt that the pharmaceutical industry has had a great influence on the people of the CDC and the FDA. I have no doubts about it.
Sharyl Attkisson: Republican Dan Burton, former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has an autistic grandson.
Dan Burton : I’m not against immunization.
Sharyl Attkisson : He conducted a vaccine investigation in the early 2000s. Beth Clay was one of his associates.
Beth Clay: There was a lot of pressure from the people at Capitol Hill.
Sharyl Attkisson: When you say the people on Capitol Hill were putting pressure on you, which people do you mean? Colleagues from work?
Beth Clay: Colleagues, there were lobbyists from the pharmaceutical industry. The pharmaceutical lobbyists had, you know, the same people who had a strong position. They can enter any office on the Capitol, talk to staff, talk to members and encourage them to postpone our investigation.
Sharyl Attkisson: Risking the obvious, why were they so free to access members?
Beth Clay: It’s money. And if you look at the subsidies of the last 20 years, the pharmaceutical industry, the Republicans and the Democrats, they are not party parties. They are pumping money everywhere.
Sharyl Attkisson: Former Congressman Dr. Dave Weldon, a Republican, says he understood the message loud and clear.
If you wanted to conduct an interview on vaccines and autism, your leaders might be fighting you because of your financial impact, the pharmaceutical industry …
Dr. Dave Weldon: They wouldn’t fight you. They kill. It is dead. They don’t even want to talk about it. It’s dead at the start. If you, as a single member, want to get into the pharmaceutical industry then this is it … Forget it.
Sharyl Attkisson: Can you describe any incident or what it would look like?
Dr. Dave Weldon: Usually it would be in the hallway or on the street and people would come up to you and say, “ You know, you really need to, you know, back down on this. It could be, it could be bad for the community or it could be bad for the country or it could be bad for you . “
Sharyl Attkisson: Weldon says he is generally an advocate of vaccination, depending on the patient and the injection. Gives flu vaccines to adults.
We asked him to review Dr. Zimmerman’s new statement.
Dr. Dave Weldon: I have found that his statement and the testimony contained in this statement are in line with my views. That some children may develop an autism spectrum disorder following the vaccine.
Sharyl Attkisson: Republican Bill Posey is a current member of Congress.
Bill Posey: Needless to say, the industry is very, very powerful. To tell the truth, I don’t know anything more powerful than this industry.
Sharyl Attkisson: Bill Posey says his own party leaders have twice promised to conduct hearings on the subject, only to avoid doing anything about it in the end.
Hazlehurst, who happens to be a criminal prosecutor, was to be a witness at one of these Congressional hearings. Two weeks before the 2013 hearing, he summarized the matters to Congress staff.
Rolf Hazlehurst: I presented this at this Congressional briefing and explained at this hearing that if I had done to a criminal in a criminal court what the US Department of Justice had done to vaccinated child victims, I would be disqualified from practicing and facing criminal charges. I think that frightened them not to joke.
Sharyl Attkisson: The hearing was suddenly canceled. Meanwhile, Dr. Zimmerman, once an expert who debunked claims about autism after vaccinations, now says that several of his own patients have developed autism after vaccines. Yates Hazlehurst is one of them. Now, with intensive treatment, Yates is doing better. His dad hopes new testimony from the most unlikely source will attract new attention.
Rolf Hazlehurst: This is a child who has been sacrificed unnecessarily. Let us hope that something good will be born of his suffering.
Sharyl Attkisson: A group of pharmaceutical industry lobbyists would not have agreed to the interview, but told us they were working with Congress and other stakeholders on the importance and safety of vaccines for the health and safety of individuals and communities.
Source: The Vaccination Debate
Vaccine and Autism Debate – Subtitles PL [Sharyl Attkisson]