Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Village Voice Wants to Know if I am Happy with the Results of the ICC Story

This is (maybe!) the final in a long line of letters for an interview process by Village Voice reporter, Elizabeth Dwoskin, who says we can read her story today.

From Elizabeth Dwoskin, Village Voice, to Liam Scheff; subject: “deadline question”; sent 3/30/2009, received 3/31/2009

Hi Liam:

I am going to press tomorrow. You have asked me to submit correspondence in writing. I’d like to know, looking back, how you feel your work has been considered by the public and by the press. Has it had the effect you hoped it would have?

Thank you.

Elizabeth Dwoskin
Staff Writer
The Village Voice
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What is AIDS Denialism?

The following essay was originally a letter in a series for a long interview process for the Village Voice. Find the earlier exchanges and context [Here].

Denialism: The inability to ask questions; the suppression of investigation; an attack and silencing of critical thinking.

This letter refers to many things, but most of all the drugging of orphans in New York City in government clinical trials. Read that story [Here].
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My Interviews for the Village Voice on the Orphans-in-Drug-Trials – Will The Mainstream Covers AIDS Critically? (29% of ICC Children Have Died)

This has been updated, please see letter dated 3/16/2009

I was contacted in January, 2009, by a young reporter for the Village Voice called Elizabeth Dwoskin, who asked me to help her investigate the ICC story, and provide sources for her investigation. She told me her interest was in helping the children affected by the drug studies. I offered help by email and telephone, by providing material and sources for her work.

At present, Columbia Presbyterian is holding patients’ medical records hostage. They will not release medical records, neither to any investigating body, nor to the young adults who were put through medical experiments under the auspices of Columbia/Presbyterian and the National Institutes of Health.

These children can’t get their own medical records. The question I hope you will be asking throughout is:

  • What can we do to get Columbia Presbyterian to release medical records to the ICC trial participants?
  • Who can we write, petition or legally pressure, so that young people who were used in studies, or their families (because at least 200 children died in and after the studies), can read their own medical records?

According to the VERA Institute report, twenty-five children died in the drug studies, an additional fifty-five children died following the studies (in foster care), and, according to Tim Ross, Director of the Child Welfare program at VERA, 29% of the remaining 417 children who were used in drug studies are now dead (out of a total 532 children that are admitted to have been used. [AHRP on VERA report | VERA interview]

WBAI New York Covers the Story:

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