Last week it was reported in the Washington Post that six current and former employees of the Food and Drug Administration filed a complaint against the FDA to stop the agency from illegally spying on employees’ private communications to Congress and other oversight agencies.
The FDA targeted its employees with a covert spying campaign for two years after learning that the employees wrote a letter to President Obama detailing government misconduct in approving unsafe medical devices.
The Agency installed spyware on their workplace computers and monitored their password-protected Gmail-to-Gmail communications.
The National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) claims the FDA also intercepted email communications to and from staff members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee.
“The managers who spearheaded the surveillance efforts were the same managers involved with the wrongdoing and corruption that the whistleblowers were seeking to report.
“Lawyers at the FDA and HHS Offices of General Counsel, who should have understood that the program breached the employees’ confidentiality, helped FDA managers with their obstruction and retaliation.”
Unsafe Medical Devices
The unsafe medical devices in question involved at least a dozen radiological devices that posed risks to millions of patients. “Three of the devices risked missing signs of breast cancer, the scientists and doctors warned, according to documents and interviews.
“Another risked falsely diagnosing osteoporosis, leading to unnecessary treatments; one ultrasound device could malfunction while monitoring pregnant women in labor, risking harm to the fetus; and several devices for colon cancer screening used such heavy doses of radiation that they risked causing cancer in otherwise healthy people,” the FDA scientists and doctors said.
As a federal regulating agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is a complete failure.
The FDA is inherently biased against the public and almost exclusively serves the interest of powerful global corporations in furthering their corporate interests with flagrant and blatant disregard for the public the agency was designed to protect and serve.
The FDA continues to be involved in food and product safety covered-ups, lies, willful deception, intimidation, and through deliberate neglect, the agency is responsible for the needless deaths and illnesses of tens of thousands of American citizens.
The agency has knowingly withheld significant information from the public, including the test results confirming Nestle, Mead Johnson and Enfamil infant baby formula products were all contaminated with the deadly toxin melamine.
In Seeds of Deception, author Jeffrey M. Smith notes that Henry Miller was in charge of biotechnology issues at the FDA from 1979 to 1994. According to Miller, “U.S. government agencies have done exactly what big agribusiness has asked them to do and told them to do.”
Smith explains in his book that the FDA ignored the recommendations by the majority of their own scientists by approving GM foods without requiring safety tests.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has warned the FDA critically endangers our food supply.
In its report, HHS charged the FDA with not only failing to conduct comprehensive reviews of companies’ food recalls, but also of not supervising how companies disposed of their recalled products.
In short, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should be completely disbanded.
February 3rd, 2012