Friday, January 14, 2011

Call for Prosecution

It's good to hear that someone is calling things as they are in the mainstream media:
Finally, after 13 years of needless controversy, the British Medical Journal determined that Andrew Wakefield's vaccine-autism link constituted an "elaborate fraud."

Having already lost his medical license in the UK for unethical professional conduct, it is now time for him to be prosecuted.
I could not agree more. While, as the author pointed out, prosecuting scientists should not be undertaken lightly, this case is all about fraud, not about a scientist trying to uncover new truths. This is not prosecution of ideas, this is, pure and simple, prosecution of a crook, who designed an elaborate scheme to make money, without considering all of those he was hurting in the process.

Read more: Vaccine-autism researcher should be prosecuted