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.
And even other researchers, such as Ben Berkout in the January edition of Frontiers in Microbiology had written:
One of the most widely distributed biological products that frequently involved mice or mouse tissue, at least up until recent years, are vaccines, especially vaccines against viruses . . . It is possible that XMRV particles were present in virus stocks cultured in mice or mouse cells for vaccine production and that the virus was transferred to the human population by vaccination.
On November 9, 2011 there was a pounding on the door of the home Judy shared with her husband, David at 5:00 a.m. David answered the door and was confronted by a man claiming to have a legal document to serve on Dr. Mikovits.
David thought Judy had already left and told the man to come back later. When David went back upstairs, he was surprised to see Judy coming out of the bathroom, almost ready to leave.
After the incident with the man in the white pickup truck they’d become suspicious of other events. A long unoccupied home had recently been rented and they angled their floodlights, so they went focused directly onto Judy’s house. Judy’s attorney, Mike Hugo, was later able to get an admission that during this time Judy was under active surveillance by Nevada and California law enforcement.
At the time, Judy had been fired by her previous employers, the powerful Whittemore family of Nevada, who first claimed insubordination on Judy’s part, then simply a parting of the ways. Judy had already answered one legal claim they’d made against her and didn’t know what was happening with this recent action.
Judy claimed in the press she’d been fired because she refused to falsify government documents…
…claiming another researcher had worked on her grant when in fact that researcher hadn’t done a single day of work on the project.
Suspecting more than just harassment, she slipped out on a boat, using the time to find an attorney who could practice in both Nevada and California.
Once that was done, Judy returned to her home on Sunday, November 13.
The following Friday afternoon, November 18, as she was returning from a walk on the beach with her husband, three police cars descended on her house to arrest her and search her house. Her alleged crime was taking her own notebooks, for which she was the principal investigator. By law, a principal investigator is supposed to retain all notebooks. However, Judy did not have them. Another researcher had secured them in Nevada.
Although she was arrested and her house searched from top to bottom, Judy has never seen an arrest or search warrant…
As it was a Friday afternoon, no bail could be made, and as a result, Judy languished in jail until the following Tuesday.
No charges have ever been brought against Dr. Mikovits in a court of law. In fact, she has turned all her files over to the FBI, alleging false imprisonment and misuse of government funds, but nothing has been done. In fact, the case was mysteriously held under seal for more than three years by the Attorney General of Nevada.
Dr. Mikovits has spent more than half a million dollars trying to get her case into a courtroom but has not been able to get her day in court.
It’s no wonder that Dr. Mikovits often feels adrift, a scientist who cannot get her case heard in the legal system and must instead plead her case in the court of public opinion with her original book, PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION.
Okay, and because you asked for it, here’s Episode #6 of DANGEROUS SCIENCE with Kent Heckenlively:
Opinion by Kent Heckenlively, JD