This extends far beyond the safety of vaccination and the wisdom of the current U.S. childhood vaccine policy. These recordings do not, in and of themselves, constitute proof of wrong-doing. They do, however, raise shattering questions about a breach of the social contract; a broken and corrupt government agency; a pediatric health catastrophe; misuse of taxpayer funds; structural and institutionalized conflicts of interest; the overwhelming influence of corporations and other powerful interests; groupthink; the silencing of much needed contrarian voices in a democracy; and, always, the pivotal role of a small number of individuals.It also raises a deeply personal question, as we listen to Dr. Thompson’s plea for us to bring political (and other) pressure to bear. What can we do?
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