Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Comments by Ron Kavanagh

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  • Mikaika,

    Things can always seem dark. We have to have hope and persevere. Even if there are changes that come about because of this eventually they will be forgotten and chipped away at. We can see that with so many other things.

    Just because you haven’t seen results yet does not mean we should give up. In fact I was just contacted by Congress they didn’t tell me anything but normally I never hear anything and so I have believe that the people who have written Congress are making a difference. What we are need are more people to say things and to petition their representatives and to tell others and to not let this die on the vine.

    For as John Philpot Curran said “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.”

    When I decided to whistleblow I thought of the admonition by Hillel:

    “If I’m not for myself, then who will be for me.
    If I am only for myself, what I am I.
    If not now, when?”

    These issues and the larger issues with the corruption in the FDA endangered my own life and my child’s and so I needed to protect us. I could have just avoided certain drugs but there were so many that I hadn’t worked on and so knew I had no clue as to what had been covered up. Plus what about everyone else. I couldn’t protect ourselves and not others. There are so many acts of corruption that occur in the FDA but people will often just not listen and so often times it’s the better part of valor to try to do what you can internally to fight knowing that you will fail and be overridden. So most of the time I felt it wasn’t worth falling on my sword over things. However in the face of I what I saw as mass murder I felt that if I wasn’t willing to stand up and risk everything then when would I ever stand up.

    Similarly with all the corruption that I saw in the FDA in the 2000’s and especially with psychiatry (both inside and outside the FDA) it made me think of the famous saying by Martin Niemöller regarding the Holocaust where there are various versions but where I was especially aware of the one where he said:

    “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the incurables (i.e. mentally ill), and I did not speak out— because I was not an incurable.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

    Consequently I believed that what I was seeing was just the canary in the coal mine and that government attacks on citizens could grow worse.

    So please everyone, please continue to write and don’t let up. Write Congress. Write newspapers with op-ed pieces. Don’t let up. It’s draining and I know it appears hopeless at times and it’s going to be a never ending battle to have integrity in the system but we can’t give up.

  • I appreciate the comments but have to ask readers, so what are you going to do about it.

    The article in my view really doesn’t communicate the seriousness of this.

    I suggest people read the actual whistleblowing disclosures that are linked to in the article. One at the front under “members of Congress” and one near the end under “Congressman Jamie Raskin”.

    The disclosures noted that I reported this as murder to the FBI and elsewhere including in the latest disclosures. (Under Federal law murder is the unlawful killing of someone with malice aforethought and any murder by poisoning is murder in the first degree. Federal jury instructions include depraved indifference to the consequences as fulfilling the criteria for malice aforethought and as the most highly trained clinical pharmacologist at the FDA with the FDA having the largest concentration of clinical pharmacologists in the world it is my professional opinion that causing people to take a drug (where FDA officials admit it doesn’t work and where it’s also documented that they know it will kill people) is poisoning. In addition the FBI uniform crime reports includes poisoning by prescription medications as a method of murder that they track. Plus mass murder is defined as four or more murders as a result of a single act without a cooling off period which signing documents used for approval seems to me to be a single act.

    I literally put my life on the line knowing full well what the likely outcomes might be in order to protect people who might take these drugs. Yet if people don’t do something to protect their own lives like start calling Raskin, Grassley, and their own representatives including President Trump and insist they do something. As well as call other news outlets such as the Washington Post, Foxnews etc. and ask why they aren’t reporting on it. Then this article is a failure and you shouldn’t expect anything different in the face of the pharmaceutical industry paying politicians $300 million per year since 1998. For that’s what your lives are worth, less than a dollar a piece. Not to mention all the advertising dollars, payments to physicians etc.