We all know that small victories herald the larger victories to come.
We also know that when we talk about “Medical Boards,” we’re really talking about the stalking horses for pharma. These are where the great battles are truly fought, among relatively small groups of people, having an enormous impact on the rest of us. The good things are killed in the dark, away from the prying eyes of the public.
From the work I did covering the Autism Omnibus Hearings, and my later work detailed in the book, INOCULATED: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism, it’s clear that if the CDC whistle-blower, Dr. William Thompson had just a little more courage, or if Dr. Frank De Stefano or the head of the CDC at that time, Dr. Julie Gerberding were really interested in public health, we would be living in a completely different world with much more hope for our children.
That’s why the recent news that Dr. Mark Geier, one of the truly courageous people involved in the Autism Omnibus Hearing who was unfairly sidelined, had won a $2.5 million dollar suit against the Maryland Board of Physicians, is so deeply satisfying.
As reported in The Washington Post, ““But the regulators who stripped Geier’s credentials are now in the hot seat, ordered to each personally pay tens of thousands of dollars in damages by a judge who says the board abused its power in an attempt to humiliate the doctor and his family.” (“Regulators Who Targeted Anti-Vaccine Doctor May Pay Million for Humiliating Him,” By Fenit Nirappil, The Washington Post, February 3, 2018)
That’s really got to annoy the “skeptics,” or the pharma-mafia cheiftans like Dr. Paul Offit or Tony Faucci. They never liked lawyers to begin with, which is why people like them spear-headed the removal of lawyers from vaccine liability with the passage of the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.
But justice is slowly finding its way back. Just ask all those sexually harassing Congressmen who are suddenly deciding not to run for re-election because they want to “spend more time with their families.” If you believe that explanation I’ve got a story to tell you about the Easter Bunny laying candy eggs.
How hard did the judge slap the Maryland Board of Physicians?
“But Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ronald B. Rubin sided with the Geiers, awarding them $2.5 million in damages. He called the order a significant breach of medical privacy and accused the board and its staff of failing to preserve emails related to the case and pleading ignorance about the order on the witness stand.”
“If their testimony were to be believed, which the court does not, it is the worst case of collective amnesia in the history of the Maryland government and on par with the collective memory failure on display at the Watergate hearings,” Rubin wrote in a December opinion.
“He ordered 14 board appointees, the board’s lead attorney and the lead investigator on the Geier case to pay half of the damages out of their own pockets, between $10,000 and $200,000 apiece, depending on their net worth.”