Posted originally on the conservative tree house on December 19, 2021 | Sundance | 385 Comments
The people who benefit from the weaponization of a virus to attain ideological political objectives are losing control over the COVID narrative. The over-the-top proclamations of danger from the Omicron variant are their visible reaction. The people who need the control that COVID provides fear losing that control, thus, they need Omicron.
Dr. Francis Collins made several media appearances today, but only one of them is hidden from public view and difficult to find in order to share, the Collin’s appearance on FOX News Sunday. Why is that interview hidden? Because NIH Director Francis Collins was challenged to explain the email he wrote demanding a “quick and devastating takedown” of three renowned scientists whose opinion ran counter to Collins and Fauci lockdown and pro-vaccine agenda.
The critiquing scientists wrote: “We have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of prevailing COVID-19 policies. Continuing current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long term public health.” Collins responded to that criticism by demanding the scientists be targeted.
I cannot provide the video, but if you find it – watch it for his physical discomfort. However, I can share the transcript: UPDATE: Found it, see below
COLLINS: […] How did we get all of this so mixed up with social media, misinformation, and political insertion into the discussion? This is the thing for me on my last day as NIH director that I find particularly frustrating.
BAIER: Yes. Dr. Collins, we always hear follow the science and, you know, science is observation, description, experimentation and explanation, but it seems that a lot of health policymakers have been trying to silence opposing views.
In a newly released set of emails received from Freedom of Information Act between you and Dr. Fauci in October 2020, you reference the Great Barrington Declaration, that was a group of epidemiologists and public health scientists who wrote, quote, “We have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of prevailing COVID-19 policies. Continuing current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long term public health.“
In this email to Dr. Fauci and Cliff Lane at NAH, you write, quote, “Hi Tony and Cliff, see” — and you connected the Great Barrington Declaration link. “This proposal from three fringe epidemiologists who met with the Secretary seems to be getting a lot of attention — and even a co-signature from a Nobel Prize winner Michael Leavitt at Stanford. There needs to be a quick and devastating public takedown of its premises. I don’t see anything like that online yet. Is it underway? Francis.”
Did you write that?
COLLINS: I did write that, and I will stand by that. Let me explain. What was being proposed there was basically saying, let’s not worry about mitigation, let’s just let this virus rip. This is, of course, before we had vaccines and, basically, these — I will call them fringe epidemiologists who really did not have the credentials to be making such a grand sweeping statement — were saying, just let the virus run through the population and eventually then everybody will have had it and we’ll be OK. Hundreds of thousands of people would have died if we had followed that strategy, so I’m sorry, I was opposed to that, I still am and I am not going to apologize for it. There are times when people make crazy proposals on the basis of pseudoscience, and that needs to be called out.
BAIER: Right. But I guess it just follows this track with the early days downplaying or try to discredit the lab leak theory from Wuhan, why spend the time doing that when we’re talking about observation, description, extermination, and explanation? I mean, now it seems like the lab leak is a real possibility.
COLLINS: Well, Bret, I’m really sorry that the lab leak has become such a distraction for so many people, because, frankly, we still don’t know. There is no evidence really to say. Most of the scientific community, myself included, think that is a possibility but far more likely this was a natural way in which a virus left a bat, maybe traveled through some other species and got to humans, and there was no lab leak involved. We won’t know until — unless China decides to open up about this, which they have not done, and shame on them for that.
BAIER: Dr. Collins —
COLLINS: But this has been a huge distraction.
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Francis Collins is making a strawman argument as to the justification for his political demand to undermine scientific opposition. The three scientists were not advocating to put vulnerable people at risk, or letting the virus just run through the population. They were arguing the severity of the NIH and CDC response. The lockdowns and mitigation effort, was disproportionate to the risk the virus presented.
The scale of overreaction -not only in the email- from the medical and scientific establishment to any counter opinion or criticism only points out how those who made these decisions were/are incapable of accepting criticism. That is a dangerous personality trait.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins are thin-skinned, unstable ideologues with visions of grandiosity. They have wreaked havoc on our nation and permeated a major crisis on the global stage. These are not mentally or emotionally stable people, and it shows.
These are people who needed a career operating in government systems and institutions, because they could never be successful in the private sector. They are devoid of skills needed outside academia and institutional structure. These are very disturbed minds who have allowed their power to influence their narcissistic self-image.
History will not look well upon Collins or Fauci any more than history reflects well upon Josef Mengele.