The CDC has refused to release the contact information for its chief FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) officer after two of its FOIA analysts were caught giving out false information on one FOIA and declining to fulfill another.
The initial FOIA, filed in February of 2020, asked for a racial breakdown of Covid deaths. After some online hemming and hawing, the CDC analyst told this reporter that the CDC had not accumulated this data at that time.
As it eventuated, the CDC had in fact published the data the week prior to this communication. Both CDC analyst Paula Thomas and her workstream leader, Carolyn Opkewho, promoted the false response.
After being informed that the CDC had indeed published the data, the CDC subsequently released it to this reporter.
This reporter has a longevity of contact with the CDC and its parent agency, HHS, which has resulted in articles revealing that these agencies have a history of putting out false information. In 2011, this reporter interviewed Lori Bane, Associate Director for Policy with the CDC Division of Select Agents and Toxins and Von Roebuck, CDC Public Affairs officer regarding the numbers of BSL-4s up and running in the US. BSLs—Biosafety labs—are enumerated as running from level one to level four. BSL-4s handle the most dangerous of all germs, for which there is generally no known countermeasure or cure.
In the interview, Bane and Roebuck attempted to persuade this reporter that there were only six BSL-4 labs in the United States. In fact (quoting from the article),
…a number of other BSL-4’s appear to be now operational. Biosecurity.org lists eleven. The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) has counted thirteen, with some questions as to whether all the labs are operational at this point in time. The University of North Carolina has counted fifteen.”
The CDC was again caught making false statements at the Biological Weapons Convention in Geneva in 2011. Following a presentation by Dr. George Korch of HHS and Dr. Scott Dowell of CDC, this reporter queried them as to triage plans, discussed in an article in CHEST, which revealed that decisions had been made, in a pandemic scenario, to let certain people die should there be a scarcity of equipment, such as ventilators.
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