CDC admits “goof” on C-19 VVV link to Heart Inflammation [Video]

CDC admits “goof” on C-19 VVV link to Heart Inflammation [Video]


CDC admits “goof” on COVID vax link to heart inflammation

Second recent FOIA botch

Contrary to open records response, CDC pointed to myocarditis risk from vaccines as early as June 2021

By Greg Piper

Federal public health bureaucracies are having a bad stretch in response to Freedom of Information Act requests related to COVID-19, first accidentally unmasking a National Institutes of Health official who deleted Chinese-submitted coronavirus data and now providing false information about the CDC’s knowledge of heart inflammation following vaccination.

The CDC admitted its goof after The Epoch Times reported that its FOIA response denied the agency had any reports from the “Myopericarditis abstraction team” in the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System between April 2 and Oct. 2, 2021.

During that period, “no abstractions were performed for myocarditis: an association between myocarditis and mRNA COVID-19 vaccination was not known at that time,” FOIA Officer Roger Andoh told reporter Zachary Stieber July 29. “Likewise, we have no reports during that period.”

CDC researchers highlighted the vaccine-heart inflammation link in a June 2021 “editorial” in the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology, citing the journal’s new published studies from Duke University Medical Center and the U.S. Military Health System and an earlier Pediatrics study led by Oregon Health and Science University researchers.

“During the clinical evaluations of these patients, alternative etiologies [causes] for myocarditis were not detected,” including COVID infection itself, the CDC researchers wrote. The typical presentation was “[a]cute onset of chest pain 3 to 5 days after vaccine administration, usually after a second dose,” a rare occurrence with other vaccines and “causally linked only with smallpox immunization.”

The editorial noted the CDC advisory committee met days earlier to discuss the observed post-vaccination myocarditis and discuss “a benefit-risk assessment of COVID-19 mRNA vaccination programs in adolescents and young adults.” The American Medical Association came out against mandates earlier that month, saying COVID vaccines should first receive “full approval.”

An agency spokeswoman conceded it needed to correct the FOIA response. “Additional data accumulated in subsequent months, ultimately leading to the conclusion that a causative association did indeed exist,” she told the Times. “However, such a conclusion required time to accumulate and analyze data.”

The agency didn’t respond to Just the News queries asking how common such errors are and whether they illustrate overworked FOIA officers or an understaffed operation.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) said the false response “raises even more questions about the agency’s honesty, transparency, and use, or lack thereof, of its safety surveillance systems” to detect vaccine-related adverse events. He told the Times the CDC has not responded to June 23 and July 25 letters asking about “the agency’s inability to find records demonstrating its use” of those systems.

The government asked a court last month to retroactively seal FOIA documents identifying NIH genetic sequencing database “curator” Rick Lapoint and Chinese researcher Kangpeng Xiao, who convinced him to delete March 2020 submitted sequences. Their identities had also been disclosed 19 months earlier in different litigation.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Anderson rubber-stamped its proposed order July 22. Whistleblower assistance group Empower Oversight, which is suing for further disclosures, filed an objection July 27 noting the judge approved the order “five minutes” before it filed its “timely” opposition.

The docket shows a hearing has been set for Aug. 12 to consider NIH’s motion for summary judgment and Empower’s motion to set aside the sealing order.

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Trump slate sweeps Top Arizona Primary Races

Trump slate sweeps Top Arizona Primary Races


Trump slate sweeps Top Arizona Primary Races

Kari Lake wins Arizona GOP governor primary and is expected to face off against Katie Hobbs, who is currently Arizona’s Secretary of State

The Arizona GOP governor primary on Thursday evening was called for candidate Kari Lake, giving former President Donald Trump a clean sweep in the state in Tuesday night’s primaries.

She is expected to face off against Katie Hobbs, who is currently Arizona’s Secretary of State, to replace Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

The Associated Press projected Lake as the winner with about 88.3% of the ballots counted. Lake came in with 46.8% of the vote. Lawyer Karrin Taylor Robson came in second to Lake with 44.0%.

Her victory is also a showdown between former President Trump and former Vice President Pence, the latter of whom endorsed Taylor Robson.

Lake celebrated her victory late Tuesday evening after a source told El American that she is the projected primary winner.

Lake, a former television news journalist, is known for her tough stance on the southern border.

“Kari will make her wonderful family, and the MAGA movement, very proud,” Trump said when he endorsed her.

Lake’s victory marked a perfect record for Trump-endorsed Republicans in the state’s major primary races. Venture capitalist Blake Masters claimed the party’s senatorial nomination while Mark Finchem won the secretary of state primary, and Abe Hamadeh won the attorney general primary contest.

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Twitter threatened with class-action suit for Censoring Doctors on C19 VVV issues


Twitter threatened with class-action suit for Censoring Doctors who question COVID Vax

No action by Twitter against medical professor who mocked Florida surgeon general for disclosing childhood molestation — although platform locked out genomics researcher for “abusive” tweet fact-checking COVID vaccine trial.

By Greg Piper

Twitter and COVID-19 vaccine makers have been peas in a pod for the past 18 months, with the former heavily policing claims about the latter’s products even when the source of evidence is the FDA.

But with federal acknowledgments that the vaccines play only a marginal role in mitigating COVID infection and transmission, and emerging evidence that their protections against hospitalization and death were oversold, the corporations are facing potential legal challenge, with repercussions for their bottom lines.

One Ivy League epidemiologist is predicting insurers will go after vaccine makers for misleading them about “all-cause mortality” in clinical trials, while another told Just the News his lawyer will soon threaten to file a class-action suit against Twitter.

Andrew Bostom, a longtime member of the Brown University medical faculty until last year, said he would be the named plaintiff in such a suit. He was suspended by Twitter twice in a month for sharing research on vaccine side effects.

Genomics researcher Kevin McKernan, who has endured repeated lockouts for questioning the evidence behind COVID vaccine claims, told Just the News he’s deciding between two attorneys, including former FDA Chief Counsel James Lawrence, who’s representing Bostom and previously got journalist Alex Berenson reinstated through litigation.

“Engaging [Twitter] before I’m actually banned will likely lack standing” to sue, McKernan wrote in an email. “Also keeping a close eye on Andrew Bostom.” Twitter didn’t respond to queries about the legal threats.

Twitter also recently suspended MIT senior research scientist Stephanie Seneff, who studies “the role of nutrition and environmental toxicants on human disease.” She’s the corresponding author on a new peer-reviewed paper on “innate immune suppression” by mRNA COVID vaccines.

In a July 19 notification Seneff showed Just the News, Twitter said she was being locked out for pointing followers to an essay by doctor Paul Alexander, also suspended by Twitter. The former Trump administration Health and Human Services official urged parents not to give their children COVID vaccines, which “subvert their innate immune system and can kill them.”

“I was probably a bit foolish” to share the article, Seneff wrote in an email, but “I am terrified of the future prospects of young children who are being injected with the COVID-19 experimental vaccines,” which she believes will “accelerate the rate of increase in autism over time.”

While she wrote an unsuccessful rebuttal challenging Twitter’s decisions, and called herself “frustrated” with Twitter’s “widespread censorship” of information about COVID vaccines, Seneff said she’s “not considering any legal steps at this time.”

This week, the company locked out vaccine researcher Jessica Rose for sharing a Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System report on a 13-year-old girl who died less than a month after receiving a Pfizer vaccine dose.

McKernan said the three of them “have all published/attempted to publish” with COVID contrarian cardiologist Peter McCullough, who coauthored Seneff’s paper. “Usually faced academic gate keeping at the journal level,” McKernan said.

YouTube removed an interview with mRNA vaccine pioneer-turned-critic Robert Malone, as he predicted it would, less than three days after the Dutch podcast De Nieuwe Wereld posted the interview. An archive shows it had 42,000 views as of early Aug. 1.

Malone was joined by Dutch vaccine developer Theo Schnett, who described his new study, not yet peer-reviewed, that tested “the possibility of correlation of the booster vaccine campaigns (in the 60+ year cohort) in the Netherlands to excess all-cause mortality.” According to Malone, who posted the hour-plus interview on his own website, the study used the government’s “regional vaccination waves” as a “form of internal controls in the data analysis approach.”

YouTube owner Google, recently ordered by a federal judge to turn over internal documents in an antitrust lawsuit by Rumble, didn’t respond to queries about the video’s removal.

McKernan is on his final “strike” before suspension for telling another user vaccine trials didn’t have hospitalization or death as “endpoints,” which Twitter first deemed misinformation and then surreptitiously revised as “abusive behavior.” He’s since taken to highlighting abusive behavior against COVID contrarians left untouched by Twitter.

“Let’s see what @TwitterSupport does with a physician that mocks another minority physician regarding his childhood molestation,” McKernan wrote Tuesday, pointing followers to a tweet by University of Alabama Birmingham clinical assistant professor Joy Henningsen.

“Florida’s ‘Surgeon General,’” the Twitter-verified doctor wrote, using scare quotes, to share an interview with Joseph Ladapo, a skeptic of one-size-fits-all COVID vaccination programs, where he alleged he was molested as a child and recovered from the trauma through “Chinese healing techniques.”

Henningsen, who describes herself on LinkedIn as a “Passionate medical news contributor for both national and local news outlets,” made her Twitter account private soon after Just the News asked her to clarify the meaning of her quote-tweet, and didn’t answer an email query.

Twitter didn’t answer how Henningsen’s tweet compared to McKernan’s under its “abusive” prohibition.

“UAB recognizes individuals’ constitutionally protected rights to free speech … even when speech is counter to the institution’s vision, mission and values,” university spokesperson Bob Shepard told Just the News when asked if Henningsen’s tweet violated any academic or professional code. “Personnel matters are handled between the institution and employees.”

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Senate witness cites ‘Dr. Tony’ for Lying to the Public [Video]

Senate witness cites ‘Dr. Tony’ for Lying to the Public [Video]


Senate witness cites Fauci for ‘repeated demonstrably false’ denials

Gain-of-function Research

Rutgers molecular biologist Richard Ebright has previously accused NIAID and NIH directors of lying to the public.

By Charlotte Hazard

In a Senate hearing on gain-of-function (GoF) research on viruses, which some scientists believe is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, longtime National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci came in for particular scorn.

Dr. Fauci has made “untruthful” statements on “repeated occasions to the public, to the press and to policymakers,” Rutgers University molecular biologist Richard Ebright told the Senate Homeland Security Emerging Threats Subcommittee at a hearing Wednesday chaired by ranking member Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), according to the Daily Caller.

“I do not understand why those statements are being made because they are demonstrably false,” Ebright continued, explaining that GoF research creates “new health threats … that did not exist previously and that might not have come to exist by natural means for tens, hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of years.”

At a May 2021 hearing of the Senate Health Committee, Fauci unequivocally denied a claim by Paul that the National Institutes of Health funded gain-of-function research at a Chinese lab widely suspected to be the source of SARS-CoV-2. NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Fauci declared. He further denied that University of North Carolina virologist Ralph Baric was doing GoF research, while at the same time allowing that if he was, “it is according to the guidelines and is being conducted in North Carolina, not in China.”

It’s at least the second time Ebright has accused Fauci of lying, though previously he included Fauci in a group of lying officials.

NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak told the House Oversight Committee last fall that NIH-funded research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology using a modified bat coronavirus made mice “sicker” than the original virus, an “unexpected result of the research.”

Ebright said at the time this showed Fauci and NIH Director Francis Collins made “untruthful assertions” about not funding GoF research. 

“The NIH received the relevant documents in 2018 and reviewed the documents in 2020 and again in 2021,” his tweet stated. “The NIH — specifically, Collins, Fauci, and Tabak — lied to Congress, lied to the press, and lied to the public. Knowingly. Willfully. Brazenly.”

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DOJ official named in FBI politicization allegations played role in Lois Lerner IRS scandal

DOJ official named in FBI politicization allegations played role in Lois Lerner IRS scandal


DOJ official named in FBI politicization allegations played role in Lois Lerner IRS scandal

Richard Pilger pushed idea of criminal prosecution of Tea Party groups’ political speech, congressional evidence shows.

By John Solomon

A senior Justice Department official recently flagged by a U.S. senator in an FBI whistleblower probe into alleged politicization of prosecutions played a key role in the Lois Lerner IRS scandal a decade ago in which conservative Tea Party groups were improperly targeted for scrutiny, government emails and congressional evidence shows.

Richard Pilger, the current chief of the DOJ Elections Crime Branch of the department’s Public Integrity Section, engaged in discussions in 2010 and 2013 with Lerner and other IRS officials about ways to pursue criminal prosecutions of conservative nonprofits, the records show.

The discussion led the FBI, with Pilger’s direct help, to obtain and review 1.1 million pages of documents from conservative groups and even ponder charging the groups with making false statements on their IRS applications as nonprofits because they had engaged in political speech activities, according to congressional investigators.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired then by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), concluded in 2014 that Pilger’s discussions were part of a larger effort by the Obama administration to criminalize political speech by conservative groups that opposed the administration’s agenda.

“These documents suggest that the Department actively considered prosecuting non-profit groups for their political activities,” the final report concluded. “The Department went so far as to meet with the IRS about the investigation and to gather a 1.1 million-page database of information as potential evidentiary material. Even more astounding, the Department considered prosecuting non-profit groups for actions that are legal for 501(c)(4) groups under federal tax law — that is, for engaging in political speech.”

The committee made public emails showing that in spring 2013 Pilger and Lerner discussed an idea Pilger had heard raised by a Democrat in Congress of bringing false statement cases against the conservative groups for the ways they filled out their IRS applications as 501c3 and 501c4 nonprofits.

“I got a call today from Richard Pilger, Director Election Crimes Branch at DOJ,” Lerner wrote IRS colleagues in a May 8, 2013 email obtained by congressional investigators and Just the News. “I know him from contacts from my days there. He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folks could talk to about Sen. [Sheldon] Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who ‘lied’ on their 1024s — saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures.

“DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage, this may do to IRS programs.”

The emails were first brought to light by a lawsuit a decade ago by Judicial Watch.

A DOJ spokesperson did not immediately respond to a call Thursday seeking comment on behalf of Pilger.

But in an interview with congressional investigators in 2014, Pilger revealed he actually began discussing strategies with Lerner for pursuing the conservative nonprofits for prosecution back in fall 2010, a few months after the Supreme Court opened up political spending through its landmark Citizens United ruling, the final report stated.

Pilger sent an email in October 2010 asking for a “good IRS contact re criminal tax enforcement against tax exempt organizations,” the emails show.

Nancy Marks, an IRS criminal investigator, wrote an email back identifying a contact Pilger’s team could use, but she also cautioned that there was no evidence of criminality known to the agency.

“Let him know that because this has not been an area which we’ve seen activity that rises to the level of criminal investigation it is pretty unfamiliar ground for anyone in the criminal tax enforcement area,” Marks wrote in response to Pilger’s inquiry.

Eventually, according to the congressional report and FBI emails, Pilger asked the IRS to provide him copies of the groups’ tax filings and worked with Lerner to forward the evidence to the FBI.

“Thanks Lois. FBI says Raw format is best because they can put it into their systems like Excel,” Pilger wrote Lerner in early October 2010.

Emails showed Pilger’s boss in the Public Integrity Section, Jack Smith, started the entire process when he reacted to a New York Times article.

“Check out [the] article on front page of ny times [sic] regarding misuse of non-profits for indirectly funding campaigns,” Smith wrote. “This seems egregious to me — could we ever charge a [18 U.S.C. §] 371 conspiracy to violate laws of the USA for misuse of such nonprofits to get around existing campaign finance laws + limits? I know 501s are legal but if they are knowingly using them beyond what they are allowed to use them for (and we could prove that factually)? IRS Commissioner sarah ingram [sic] oversees these groups. Let’s discuss tomorrow but maybe we should try to set up a meeting this week.”

The House committee sharply criticized the IRS-DOJ collaboration, concluding it wasn’t driven by evidence of wrongdoing but rather by President Barack Obama’s anger over the Citizens United court decision and bureaucrats’ desire to show the president they could take some form of action.

“The Committee has uncovered evidence that the IRS sought to use its tremendous power to unilaterally rein in politically active non-profits soon after Citizens United,” the final report stated. “From 2010 until 2013, the IRS planned and even attempted several methods of measuring and curbing the political activities of tax-exempt groups. These plans and attempts went beyond the IRS’s duties as a neutral administrator of tax law, amounting to the informal regulation of non-profit political activity. Succumbing to the political pressure it faced, the IRS sought ways to make its actions public — in essence, to show that it was cracking down.”

The committee’s conclusions were backed up by numerous emails showing what the IRS and DOJ talked about during the time of Pilger’s approach to Lerner. The emails referenced the “practicalities of criminally enforcing non-profit political speech” and the possibility that prosecutors might go “6103 fishing,” a term meaning reviewing privacy-protected tax documents in hopes of finding evidence of wrongdoing, the congressional report concluded.

Jason Foster, a former Senate investigator who investigated the IRS scandal a decade ago and now heads the Empower Oversight whistleblower group, said the “fishing” reference was one of the more damaging pieces of evidence to emerge in the congressional investigations.

“So 6103 is this section of the tax code that’s supposed to make sure that your tax records are protected from political abuse by bureaucrats like this,” Foster told the “Just the News, Not Noise” television show Thursday night. “But that’s exactly what they sort of explicitly talk about. That’s what they were doing: fishing.”

In the end, the Obama administration repudiated the efforts of its own IRS to target conservative nonprofits as “inexcusable,” and Lerner invoked her 5th amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid testifying before Congress.

The House also voted to find her in contempt of Congress. But the Obama DOJ chose not to pursue criminal charges against Lerner, unlike the prosecution the department recently completed of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

And while the IRS scandal has now mostly been relegated to the history books, Pilger’s name resurfaced Monday when Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Foster’s old boss in the Senate, revealed in a letter to FBI Director Chris Way and Attorney General Merrick Garland that multiple FBI whistleblowers have raised concerns that agents and DOJ officials are politically tampering with investigations.

Grassley’s letter did not mention Pilger, but he cited the DOJ official in an official statement from his Senate office.

“Whistleblowers allege that Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault disregarded agency guidelines requiring substantial factual predication to trigger investigations, while declining to move forward with other investigations despite proper predication,” the senator wrote.

“Thibault and Richard Pilger, director of the election crimes branch within the FBI’s public integrity section, reportedly were instrumental in the opening of an investigation into the Trump campaign and its associates based in substantial part on information from left-aligned organization,” he added. “Whistleblowers claim that Thibault, Pilger and others didn’t always adhere to agency policies in their supervision of various election-related matters, including campaign finance investigations across multiple presidential election cycles.”

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Trump easily Wins Straw Poll at Turning Point USA summit



Trump easily Wins Straw Poll at Turning Point USA summit

Trump outdistanced Ron DeSantis by a 4-to-1 margin

By John Solomon

Former President Donald Trump on Sunday easily won the Turning Point USA straw poll, outdistancing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by a 4-to-1 margin among young conservatives attending the event.

Trump showed his continued strength for a possible 2024 presidential campaign, capturing 78.7% of the support from the millennial and GenZ attendees at the Florida event.

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About 19% said they would vote for DeSantis if he were to run in 2024, 1% said they’d vote for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, 0.5% preferred former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; while 0.3% each endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, former Ambassador Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence.

Both DeSantis and Trump gave keynote speeches at the summit, with the former president sending a clear signal he may run for a second term in 2024.

“We’re going to take back our liberty. We’re going to take back our destiny. We’re going to take back, very soon, our country,” Trump said to cheers.

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Trump easily Wins Straw Poll at Turning Point USA summit

Trump easily Wins Straw Poll at Turning Point USA summit


Trump easily Wins Straw Poll at Turning Point USA summit

Trump outdistanced Ron DeSantis by a 4-to-1 margin

By John Solomon

Former President Donald Trump on Sunday easily won the Turning Point USA straw poll, outdistancing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis by a 4-to-1 margin among young conservatives attending the event.

Trump showed his continued strength for a possible 2024 presidential campaign, capturing 78.7% of the support from the millennial and GenZ attendees at the Florida event.

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About 19% said they would vote for DeSantis if he were to run in 2024, 1% said they’d vote for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, 0.5% preferred former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; while 0.3% each endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, former Ambassador Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence.

Both DeSantis and Trump gave keynote speeches at the summit, with the former president sending a clear signal he may run for a second term in 2024.

“We’re going to take back our liberty. We’re going to take back our destiny. We’re going to take back, very soon, our country,” Trump said to cheers.

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NIH accidentally Unmasks Official who hid Chinese C-19 Data [A John Solomon Pod-Cast]

NIH accidentally Unmasks Official who hid Chinese C-19 Data [A John Solomon Pod-Cast]


NIH accidentally Unmasks Official who hid Chinese-submitted Coronavirus Data

Agency asks court to seal records related to FOIA lawsuit that name NIH “curator” who approved removal request and Chinese researcher who submitted it. Whistleblower support activist says names were publicly available to researchers, not “classified information.”

By Greg Piper

The National Institutes of Health deleted two “sequencing runs” of pangolin coronavirus from its National Library of Medicine (NLM) at a Chinese researcher’s request on the eve of U.S. COVID-19 lockdowns, months before a previously known removal requested by a different Chinese researcher, according to newly disclosed records.

Now the agency is trying to convince a federal court to seal portions of those records and a litigant’s filing that name the earlier Chinese researcher and his NIH handler, claiming it “inadvertently failed” to redact them in responding to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit.

The government is trying to “put the toothpaste back in the tube,” said Empower Oversight founder Jason Foster, whose whistleblower support group filed the lawsuit last fall.

The former Senate Judiciary Committee investigator told the John Solomon Reports podcast the feds are suddenly “moving heaven and earth” when it comes to the privacy of a researcher “associated with the Chinese government” and information that could shed light on “the origins of the pandemic.”

This is “a huge contrast to what we see them doing” with U.S. government whistleblowers, including a case he’s working on, Foster said.

The first emails obtained by Empower in the lawsuit showed an NIH staffer agreeing to remove a genetic sequence from public view in June 2020 upon the request of a Wuhan University researcher and asking for clarification on whether to remove another sequence. Both names were redacted.

The new batch of emails show NIH staffers deliberating how to respond to questions last fall from Jesse Bloom, who runs a virus and protein evolution lab at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

His preprint paper on NIH’s sequence removal at the Wuhan researcher’s request prompted a tense meeting months earlier with scientists, including then-NIH Director Francis Collins and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthonyo Fauci. Bloom recounted both officials saying they weren’t asking him to withdraw the paper from public view.

“I’m writing to inquire about some more deleted deep sequencing runs from China on the SRA,” Bloom wrote Oct. 12 to Steve Sherry, acting director of NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which hosts the Sequence Read Archive.

He noticed “curator” Rick Lapoint deleted the two pangolin coronavirus sequences March 16, 2020 at the request of the Chinese scientist who submitted them, Kangpeng Xiao of South China Agricultural University, “under the stated rationale that they were accidental uploads unrelated to the project.”

What puzzled Bloom was that the sequences “re-appeared on the SRA over a year later,” he said. At that point an unidentified “investigative entity” asked NLM and NIH for “all correspondence related to these accessions” March 2020-June 2021. (Bloom later clarified the entity was not the FBI and told Just the News it was nongovernmental.)

Their document dump “did not indicate any further correspondence” regarding the two samples after March 2020, Bloom told Sherry. Since NIH has previously said removed sequences are “only restored if the submitter requests that,” he asked whether the feds left out the Chinese university’s request or NCBI restored them without a request, and the “rationale and process” if the latter.

NIH news media chief Amanda Fine forwarded Bloom’s questions to NIH officials, including Collins and Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak. She shared the proposed response written by NLM, which is redacted.

Her email is dated Nov. 16, more than a month after Bloom’s. Fine didn’t answer Just the News queries, including why the proposed response took so long. No further responses are recorded in the documents posted by Foster’s group.

NIH filed a motion for summary judgment last month, claiming it had fulfilled Empower’s FOIA requests but also invoking an exemption from disclosure “because of the amount of misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its origin.”

Empower responded July 11 by noting media reporting that while only 0.19% of 2.4 million SRA submissions of DNA sequencing data had been withdrawn from March 2020-March 2021, more than 200 entries for “early COVID-19 cases” were removed in summer 2020.

It said the agency violated FOIA by first responding “months too late” to both its requests, hiding responsive records that are not “deliberative” because they lack “give-and-take consultation,” and failing to conduct “searches reasonably calculated to lead to responsive records.”

NIH’s FOIA production included references to previous communication with Bloom and a “last set” of questions and answers regarding the Wuhan University sequences, neither of which were provided. The court also previously noted “almost all” the records NIH turned over in its “final” production in February came from a single “subagency,” Empower said.

The agency misused an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” exception to hide the names of the curator and Chinese researcher associated with the June 2020 SRA removal, the group argued. It noted NIH didn’t redact the curator and researcher from the March 2020 sequence removal even though its FOIA officer claims to have vetted the production.

The inclusion of the two names apparently caught NIH by surprise. It filed a motion to seal July 15, arguing there is “no public interest in learning these names” and that they could face “harassment or media scrutiny.” The agency did not waive the privacy exemption through this “inadvertent disclosure.”

Foster offered an alternate explanation to the John Solomon Reports podcast. The March 2020 revelation shows NIH made “multiple deletions” of “public information that Jesse Bloom had access to” and brought to the agency’s attention, he said. “It’s not some kind of private government information or classified information.”

The irony of the Privacy Act is that “the government almost exclusively uses it not to protect you and me, but to protect themselves,” Foster said.

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