So much is happening around my new book with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION, that I’m having trouble keeping up.
Dr. Judy Mikovits did not intend to become one of the most controversial scientists of the twenty-first century.
But when you uncover inconvenient truths which threaten big money, you can expect to be attacked. However, when you’ve lived a life in science since 1980 you expect the attack to come from other scientists.
In late October of 2011, Dr. Mikovits was riding her bike down Harbor Boulevard and through the sand dunes of McGrath State Park in Oxnard, California when a white pickup truck with Nevada plates pulled in front of her and parked by the side of the road. The driver was a large man with a beard, brown hair under a baseball cap, a tan, and a rifle mounted in the back window. As Judy passed him, he was holding up his cell phone, as if taking pictures.
The man did this several more times, pulling ahead of her, parking, letting her ride past him, in what seemed to be some sort of bizarre dance, before finally driving away.
When Dr. Mikovits arrived at the Pierpont Bay Yacht Club and told the story to her friends, they were terrified for her.
“You could disappear,” said her friend.. “All he has to do is make sure it’s you, grab you, throw your bike in the dunes, and throw your cell phone in the water. Then when they find your body someday, people will say you killed yourself because things weren’t working out in the XMRV study. So help me God, if you ever ride that bike again I will personally kill you.”
Judy knew that billions of dollars were on the line, and when such amounts are involved, people get desperate. XMRV (xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus) was a retrovirus, like HIV, but potentially infecting ten to twenty million people in the country.
At its height, HIV, infected only about a million people.
I have a confession.
Opinion by Kent Heckenlively, JD
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was not my first choice to write the foreword to my new book with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION.
Instead, I’d asked a long-time autism activist and friend of mine, known to his friends as the “King of Ruckus.”
The King of Ruckus was happy to write the foreword, but then said, “You should really get Bobby Kennedy to do it.”
I responded that Kennedy seemed to be about the busiest man on the planet, saving the Earth’s air, water, animals, and children, and probably wouldn’t have time to read the book.
“I’ll send him an email,” said the King of Ruckus. “I’m sure he’d be happy to do it.”
I agreed but had additional reservations I did not share with my friend.
You should know I’m one of those political history geeks and Kennedy’s father, Senator Robert Kennedy is one of my heroes. I’ve probably read around three thousand pages in various books about the late senator. Let’s be honest. I just love Senator Robert Kennedy. A picture of him hangs in my science classroom. It’s from the 1968 campaign, he’s in Oregon, and walking along an empty road with his dog, Freckles.
One may think the activist circle is rather small…
…but the first time I’d had the opportunity to interact with Kennedy is when I’d apparently done something wrong in trying to get out a breaking story and was angrily chewed-out by a member of his staff. And I gave it back to that staff member just as good as he tried to give it to me. (I have a Sicilian mother, so you really don’t want to tangle with me!)
Yes, later I did an interview with Kennedy when his group won their case against Monsanto and Round-Up weed-killer, and reviewed several of his books on Amazon, but it’s not like we were close. I suspected he viewed me warily, not certain if I was a friend or foe.
And there is little doubt we have different temperaments.
One of my favorite figures in the Conservative Movement is, without a doubt, Michelle Malkin…
Seriously, how can you not love somebody who has for her Twitter description, “Little brown woman. Big mouth. Wife. Mom. Entrepreneur. Geek.”
For those of you not familiar with her, Malkin is a conservative author, working first as a columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News, then the Seattle Times, founded the website Hot Air, then published several New York Times best-selling books with titles such as Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Crimnals, and Other Foreign Menaces in 2002, and her most recent book, Open Borders Inc.: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction in 2019.
For years she was a frequent commentator for Fox News, and often hosted for The O’Reilly Factor. In 2007 she got into a dispute over comments made about her by Geraldo Rivera, and in the years since has made few appearances on Fox, with the exception of Sean Hannity’s show or Fox and Friends.
For many years I’d heard that she was very sympathetic to our cause because of her own experiences with vaccines, and indeed she’d published several fearless articles about Big Pharma. Still it seemed like it might be something of a jump to talk to such an incendiary figure as myself, but I thought it was worth a shot.