Friday, January 29, 2010

Gardasil: Dangerous Affects , Questions Go Unanswered And Merck Pushes Expansion!


Gardasil: Dangerous Affects , Questions Go Unanswered And Merck Pushes Expansion!

 

No vaccine is without peril and no vaccine in today's world is without immense profit. The idea of somehow rationalizing a balance between peril and profit, benefit and harm is obscene. 

We, as advanced as we like to pretend to be, are really infants in understanding the true, full and long range impact(s) of any vaccine. A set of extant theories dictates the formulation and production of vaccines that undeniably in the moment appear beneficial to society, however, the long term cellular changes in humans and later life-consequences have only begun to be explored.

We will one day look back, I am sure, and recognize the most primitive nature of our understanding and current science of immunization. It is with that thought in mind, that I am given over to caution that demands that any vaccine be subject to severe and in-depth testing and thought and that every vaccine should be monitored into the centuries ahead.

We administer Flu vaccines like we were popping aspirins for pain. Do we really know the long reaching accumulated affects of such actions, and the long range impact on humanity of any vaccine? Just think about it.

With that caution and curiosity in mind one should keep a close eye on the industry that promotes new vaccines and their test data. A rush to profit might just prove to your rush to an early grave or a crippled life of anguish. Do these words seem inflammatory? They are meant to be. They are meant to motivate you to think and ask questions and act accordingly. That is the essence of this site in all things.

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GSK, Sanofi lobby Irish for HPV shots

Study: Gardasil for boys works, too

CDC: Side effects not linked to Gardasil

HPV vaccine makes inroads, CDC says

Will Gardasil special help Merck?

Merck hasn't given up on broader use of its HPV vaccine in women. The company has delivered a new batch of info to the FDA in support of Gardasil use in women aged 27 to 45. The vaccine--which wards off two strains of the virus that cause cervical cancer and two others that spawn genital warts--is already OK'd for marketing to females from 9 years to 26 years.

Merck recently won another indication for Gardasil: For use in boys and young men to prevent genital warts. That's a nice expansion, but lacks the urgency that cancer prevention lends to use in females. Limited to marketing to women under 26--and now young males--Merck has seen Gardasil sales drop. Globally, revenues from the vaccine fell 22 percent, Reuters reports, to $311 million in Q3 of 2009.

Meanwhile, Merck has been trying to stay one step ahead of GlaxoSmithKline and its Cervarix shot, which won the FDA nod last year. Competition from Cervarix is one reason why Gardasil sales have slipped.

All of this is why Merck is so doggedly pursuing the chance to market Gardasil to more adult women. It's been turned down twice; most recently, FDA said it wouldn't approve the new indication without data from a 48-month study. And that's the trial data Merck delivered, before the end of 2009. News could come around midyear, because FDA tends to take around six months to review supplemental data, the company said. - read the Reuters piece

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Read more: http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/merck-tries-again-gardasil-expansion/2010-01-14#ixzz0e1ILFykY

 

NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Merck & Co (MRK.N) on Wednesday said it had provided U.S. regulators with new information needed for approval to market its Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine to women between the ages of 27 to 45.

Gardasil, one of Merck's biggest products, was approved in 2006 for preventing cervical cancer and genital warts in females between the ages of 9 and 26. It works by preventing infection with the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration early last year again withheld approval for its use by women aged 27 to 45, asking the drugmaker to submit data when a 48-month study on a test group has been completed.

Merck, in a statement on its Web site, said it had provided the completed trial data to the FDA before the end of 2009. The company said the FDA typically takes six months to review such responses.

Global sales of Gardasil fell 22 percent to $311 million in the third quarter, hurt by overseas competition from GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK.L) rival Cervarix vaccine and continuing delays in winning expanded approval for the product. (Reporting by Ransdell Pierson; editing by Carol Bishopric)

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(CBS)  Amid questions about the safety of the HPV vaccine Gardasil one of the lead researchers for the Merck drug is speaking out about its risks, benefits and aggressive marketing.

Dr. Diane Harper says young girls and their parents should receive more complete warnings before receiving the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Dr. Harper helped design and carry out the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies to get Gardasil approved, and authored many of the published, scholarly papers about it. She has been a paid speaker and consultant to Merck. It’s highly unusual for a researcher to publicly criticize a medicine or vaccine she helped get approved.

Dr. Harper joins a number of consumer watchdogs, vaccine safety advocates, and parents who question the vaccine’s risk-versus-benefit profile. She says data available for Gardasil shows that it lasts five years; there is no data showing that it remains effective beyond five years.

This raises questions about the CDC’s recommendation that the series of shots be given to girls as young as 11-years old. “If we vaccinate 11 year olds and the protection doesn’t last... we’ve put them at harm from side effects, small but real, for no benefit,” says Dr. Harper. “The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated.” She also says that enough serious side effects have been reported after Gardasil use that the vaccine could prove riskier than the cervical cancer it purports to prevent. Cervical cancer is usually entirely curable when detected early through normal Pap screenings.

Dr. Scott Ratner and his wife, who’s also a physician, expressed similar concerns as Dr. Harper in an interview with CBS News last year. One of their teenage daughters became severely ill after her first dose of Gardasil. Dr. Ratner says she’d have been better off getting cervical cancer than the vaccination. “My daughter went from a varsity lacrosse player at Choate to a chronically ill, steroid-dependent patient with autoimmune myofasciitis. I’ve had to ask myself why I let my eldest of three daughters get an unproven vaccine against a few strains of a nonlethal virus that can be dealt with in more effective ways.”

Merck and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain Gardasil is safe and effective, and that adequate warnings are provided, cautioning about soreness at the injection site and risk of fainting after vaccination. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found while the overall risk of side effects appears to be comparable to other vaccines, Gardasil has a higher incidence of blood clots reported. Merck says it continues to have confidence in Gardasil’s safety profile. Merck also says it’s looking into cases of ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, reported after vaccination. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Merck and the CDC say there is currently no evidence that Gardasil caused ALS in the cases reported. Merck is also monitoring the number of deaths reported after Gardasil: at least 32. Merck and CDC says it’s unclear whether the deaths were related to the vaccine, and that just because patients died after the shots doesn’t mean the shots were necessarily to blame.

According to Dr. Harper, assessing the true adverse event risk of Gardasil, and comparing it to the risk of cervical cancer can be tricky and complex. "The number of women who die from cervical cancer in the US every year is small but real. It is small because of the success of the Pap screening program."

"The risks of serious adverse events including death reported after Gardasil use in (the JAMA article by CDC’s Dr. Barbara Slade) were 3.4/100,000 doses distributed. The rate of serious adverse events on par with the death rate of cervical cancer. Gardasil has been associated with at least as many serious adverse events as there are deaths from cervical cancer developing each year. Indeed, the risks of vaccination are underreported in Slade's article, as they are based on a denominator of doses distributed from Merck's warehouse. Up to a third of those doses may be in refrigerators waiting to be dispensed as the autumn onslaught of vaccine messages is sent home to parents the first day of school. Should the denominator in Dr. Slade's work be adjusted to account for this, and then divided by three for the number of women who would receive all three doses, the incidence rate of serious adverse events increases up to five fold. How does a parent value that information," said Harper.

Dr. Harper agrees with Merck and the CDC that Gardasil is safe for most girls and women. But she says the side effects reported so far call for more complete disclosure to patients. She says they should be told that protection from the vaccination might not last long enough to provide a cancer protection benefit, and that its risks - “small but real” - could occur more often than the cervical cancer itself would.

"Parents and women must know that deaths occurred. Not all deaths that have been reported were represented in Dr. Slade's work, one-third of the death reports were unavailable to the CDC, leaving the parents of the deceased teenagers in despair that the CDC is ignoring the very rare but real occurrences that need not have happened if parents were given information stating that there are real, but small risks of death surrounding the administration of Gardasil."

She also worries that Merck’s aggressive marketing of the vaccine may have given women a false sense of security. "The future expectations women hold because they have received free doses of Gardasil purchased by philanthropic foundations, by public health agencies or covered by insurance is the true threat to cervical cancer in the future. Should women stop Pap screening after vaccination, the cervical cancer rate will actually increase per year. Should women believe this is preventive for all cancers - something never stated, but often inferred by many in the population-- a reduction in all health care will compound our current health crisis. Should Gardasil not be effective for more than 15 years, the most costly public health experiment in cancer control will have failed miserably."

CDC continues to recommend Gardasil for girls and young women. The agency says the vaccine’s benefits outweigh its risks and that it is an important tool in fighting a serious cancer.

Dr. Harper says the risk-benefit analysis for Gardasil in other countries may shape up differently than what she believes is true in the US. “Of course, in developing countries where there is no safety Pap screening for women repeatedly over their lifetimes, the risks of s erious adverse events may be acceptable as the incidence rate of cervical cancer is five to 12 times higher than in the US, dwarfing the risk of death reported after Gardasil.”


Read Judicial Watch reports on Gardasil


Dr. LaPook’s Story on HPV


Attkisson's Exclusive Report on Gardasil

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/NVICGardasilvsMenactraVAERSReportFeb2009.pdf

 

"The FDA adverse event reports on the HPV vaccine read like a catalog of horrors. Any state or local government now beset by Merck’s lobbying campaigns to mandate this HPV vaccine for young girls ought to take a look at these adverse health reports."
-Tom Fitton

On June 8, 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug Gardasil. Gardasil is a vaccine against certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) which is the primary cause of cervical cancer in women.

Several state and local governments have proposed requiring the vaccine for school girls entering the 6th grade.

Gardasil is approved for girls as young as nine years old, despite the fact that the youngest girls participating in clinical trials were 11-12 years old.

A recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, also questioned the general effectiveness of Gardasil. Additionally, there has not been a chance to study long term side effects of the vaccine.

Judicial Watch, concerned about the rush to market and mandate a drug with possible serious adverse effects, filed its first Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on May 9, 2007, and received 1,637 adverse event reports on May 15, 2007. These reports are submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and used by the FDA to monitor the safety of vaccines.

On August 20, 2007 Judicial Watch filed a request for updated adverse event reports and received 1,824 reports on September, 13 2007. Judicial Watch then filed a complaint against the FDA on October 3, 2007 for failing to fully respond to the May 9, 2007 FOIA request.

Judicial Watch has posted links to the adverse event reports below and continues to monitor VAERS reports submitted to the FDA in relation to Gardasil.

Special Reports

Documents Uncovered

Litigation Documents

Press Releases

News Stories, Reports and Informational Links

New England Journal of Medicine

 Quadrivalent Vaccine against Human Papillomavirus to Prevent High-Grade   Cervical Lesions

Guide to State Legislation About Mandatory HPV Vaccination

FDA

FOIA

Gardasil

Legal Documents

Public Documents

VAERS

 

An Interview with Dr. Diane M. Harper, HPV Expert

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcia-g-yerman/an-interview-with-dr-dian_b_405472.html

Previous Gardasil Issue Posts

 A Public Service Post: NewWeb Site Launched For Gardasil Victims : The Problem Continues

http://lecafpolitiquedecamusdecaf.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-web-site-launched-for-gardasil.html

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http://thebulletin.us/articles/2010/01/23/news/nation/doc4b5b52b50fd80963422141.txt 

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/23484073/Gardasil-Internal-Report 

http://lecafpolitiquedecamusdecaf.blogspot.com/2009/09/gardasil-and-how-it-has-affected-lives.html 

http://lecafpolitiquedecamusdecaf.blogspot.com/2009/09/gardasil-and-how-it-has-affected-lives_14.html 

http://lecafpolitiquedecamusdecaf.blogspot.com/2009/09/health-dominates-domestic-concerns.html 

http://lecafpolitiquedecamusdecaf.blogspot.com/2009/10/gardasil-story-continued-controversy.html


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

View The State Of The Union Address Here

View The State Of The Union Address Here



There Is No Statute Of Limitations On The Prosecution Of War Criminals!


There Is No Statute Of Limitations On The Prosecution Of War Criminals!

As the heat is being turned up on Tony Blair in the UK, and Frank Boyle is moving the issue to The Hague Forum there has never been a better open door to move against the Bush Administration for the War Crimes they committed. Excuse me, but; there is not a snow ball’s chance in hell of any prosecution taking place in this nation and we best all stop spinning those wheels and get behind the international efforts to bring the War Criminals of Iraq to justice.

It is incumbent upon all who sincerely believe in Justice and the principle that: “No one is above the law”, to labor as long as we draw breath, to explore every avenue of legal process to bring to final account those who would commit and/or sanction with the perverse indifference of socio-psychopaths, the most unjustified and barbarous acts against humanity in the name of their agendas, their world vision’s and their dominion over this planet in rivers of blood, torture chambers and the rubble and ruins of nations and our brothers and sisters in humanity.

They must be haunted and hunted for the duration of their existence, allowed to know no peace, no security, no sanctuary for despite their every attempt to justify their derangements; they are killers no better than a common street criminal. Though I do not support capital punishment; those who choose to live by the tools of war shall perish by the rules of war, and if their end shall be on a hangman’s scaffold; so be it; they made their choice. They have sent others to the gallows and in cliché terms: “what goes around comes around”.

Legal Case Filed Against 4 US Presidents & 4 UK Prime Ministers ...

For Justice For Iraq: Legal Case Filed Against Four US Presidents and Four UK Prime Ministers for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide in Iraq ...
www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/47748

http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/news/40-recent-news/305-10-8-09-legal-case-filed-against-4-us-presidents-and-4-uk-prime-ministers

http://www.brusselstribunal.org/Genocide070909.htm

Intellibriefs: Complaint Against George Bush & Others In The ...
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The KL War Crimes Commission heard harrowing testimonies about the atrocities committed against the Guantanamo Bay detainees, which included psychological torture and routine humiliation. A total of seven detainees including Sudanese ...
IntelliBriefs - http://intellibriefs.blogspot.com/

Solomon's Mindfield: War Crimes, Blair And The Iraq Inquiry
By Solomon's Mindfield
War crimes, Blair and the Iraq inquiry. Copy left from http://luna17activist.blogspot.com Thanks to Alex for this lively reminder if why, where and when to demonstrate against Bliar Blair this Friday. It's all happening at the Iraq ...
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Informed Comment: Iraq War Was Illegal, Dutch Panel Rules
By noreply@blogger.com (Juan Cole)
well, we hope they do go to Europe - specifically to The Hague to be put on trial for their murderous War Crimes. At 5:44 PM, Anonymous said... I said all this in my first blog posting here at Informed Comment in April of 2002. ...Informed Comment - http://www.juancole.com/

Dutch Commision Of Inquiry Finds Iraq War Illegal -- Signs Of The ...
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Universal jurisdiction is the well established legal principle that some crimes can be tried outside of the boundaries of the country in which they were committed, if they can be considered crimes against humanity or war crimes. ...
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Luna17: Reporting The Resistance: War Crimes, Blair And The Iraq ...
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War crimes, Blair and the Iraq Inquiry. It's all happening at the Iraq Inquiry, isn't it? Jonathan Powell, Geoff Hoon and Jack Straw appeared this week, with Straw admitting that if he had resigned in early 2003 the Blair government ...
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Lawyer Evidence At Chilcot Inquiry Will Turn Heat On Tony Blair
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Without legal justification, the war with Iraq was an act of mass murder: those who died were unlawfully killed by the people who commissioned it. Crimes of ...See all stories on this topic

Wanted: Tony Blair For War Crimes. Arrest Him And Claim Your ...
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Wanted: Tony Blair for war crimes. Arrest him and claim your reward | George. Chilcot and the courts won't do it, so it is up to us to show that we won't let an illegal act of mass murder go unpunished. The only question that counts is ...World BB News - http://worldbbnews.com/

Iraq inquiry hears Blair and Straw were told attack 'unlawful'

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FORMER BRITISH prime minister Tony Blair and former foreign secretary Jack Straw were warned by foreign office lawyers that the 2003 Iraq invasion was ...

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Below is Prof. Francis Boyle's message and initial filing. He is looking for endorsements. Please respond if you'd like your group named as endorsing the arrest of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Tenet and Gonzales for the international war-crimes.

[From Prof. $. Boyle]:

Thanks. I want to set up a worldwide grassroots campaign: BUSH TO THE HAGUE!

The basis would be the Complaint I have filed with the ICC. I want everyone in the world to contact the ICC prosecutor as indicated and demand Bush’s prosecution. Once that is set up we use it to pressure all governments in the world to investigate, extradite and prosecute Bush et al., including our own The principles of international criminal law that they have violated apply everywhere in the world. We need grassroots activists whom I can work with to put this together with experience doing it. We also get as many endorsements from NGOs as we can. I already got my first, as indicated below.

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT COMPLAINT FILED

AGAINST BUSH, CHENEY, RUMSFELD, TENET, RICE AND GONZALES; INTERNATIONAL ARREST WARRANTS REQUESTED

Demonstrate Your Support for this Complaint by Contacting the I.C.C. Prosecutor by Letter, Fax, or email as Indicated Below

Champaign, U.S.A./The Hague, Netherlands (19 Jan 2010). -- Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, U.S.A. has filed a Complaint with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.) in The Hague against U.S. citizens George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, and Alberto Gonzales (the “Accused”) for their criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition” perpetrated upon about 100 human beings. This term is really their euphemism for the enforced disappearance of persons and their consequent torture. This criminal policy and practice by the Accused constitute Crimes against Humanity in violation of the Rome Statute establishing the I.C.C.

The United States is not a party to the Rome Statute. Nevertheless the Accused have ordered and been responsible for the commission of I.C.C. statutory crimes within the respective territories of many I.C.C. member states, including several in Europe. Consequently, the I.C.C. has jurisdiction to prosecute the Accused for their I.C.C. statutory crimes under Rome Statute article 12(2)(a) that affords the I.C.C. jurisdiction to prosecute for I.C.C. statutory crimes committed in I.C.C. member states.

The Complaint requests (1) that the I.C.C. Prosecutor open an investigation of the Accused on his own accord under Rome Statute article 15(1); and (2) that the I.C.C. Prosecutor also formally “submit to the [I.C.C.] Pre-Trial Chamber a request for authorization of an investigation” of the Accused under Rome Statute article 15(3).

For similar reasons, the Highest Level Officials of the Obama administration risk the filing of a follow-up Complaint with the I.C.C. if they do not immediately terminate the Accused’s criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition,” which the Obama administration has continued to implement.

The Complaint concludes with a request that the I.C.C. Prosecutor obtain International Arrest Warrants for the Accused from the I.C.C. in accordance with Rome Statute articles 58(1)(a), 58(1)(b)(i), 58(1)(b)(ii), and 58(1)(b)(iii).

In order to demonstrate your support for this Complaint you can contact the I.C.C. Prosecutor by letter, fax, or email as indicated below.

Francis A. Boyle

Professor of International Law

Law Building

504 East Pennsylvania Avenue

Champaign, Illinois 61820

Phone: 217-333-7954

Fax: 217-244-1478

The Honorable Luis Moreno-Ocampo

Office of the Prosecutor

International Criminal Court

Post Office Box 19519

2500 CM, The Hague

The Netherlands

Fax No.: 31-70-515-8555

Email: OTP.InformationDesk@icc-cpi.int

January 19, 2010

Dear Sir:

Please accept my personal compliments. I have the honor hereby to file with you and the International Criminal Court this Complaint against U.S. citizens George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice , and Alberto Gonzales (hereinafter referred to as the “Accused”) for their criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition.” This term is really a euphemism for the enforced disappearances of persons, their torture, severe deprivation of their liberty, their violent sexual abuse, and other inhumane acts perpetrated upon these Victims. The Accused have inflicted this criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition” upon about one hundred (100) human beings, almost all of whom are Muslims/Arabs/Asians and People of Color. I doubt very seriously that the Accused would have inflicted these criminal practices upon 100 White Judeo-Christian men.

The Accused’s criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition” are both “widespread” and “systematic” within the meaning of Rome Statute article 7(1). Therefore the Accused have committed numerous “Crimes against Humanity” in flagrant and repeated and longstanding violation of Rome Statute articles 5(1)(b), 7(1)(a), 7(1)(e), 7(1)(f), 7(1)(g), 7(1)(h), 7(1)(i), and 7(1)(k). Furthermore, the Accused’s Rome Statute Crimes Against Humanity of enforced disappearances of persons constitutes ongoing criminal activity that continues even as of today.

The United States is not a contracting party to the Rome Statute. Nevertheless, the Accused ordered and were responsible for the commission of these I.C.C. statutory crimes on, in, and over the respective territories of several I.C.C. member states, including many located in Europe. Therefore, the I.C.C. has jurisdiction over the Accused for their I.C.C. statutory crimes in accordance with Rome Statute article 12(2)(a), which provides as follows:

Article 12

Preconditions to the Exercise of Jurisdiction…

2. In the case of article 13, paragraph (a) or (c), the Court may exercise its jurisdiction if one or more of the following States are Parties to this Statute or have accepted the jurisdiction of the Court in accordance with paragraph 3:

(a) The State on the territory of which the conduct in question occurred …

So the fact that United States is not a contracting party to the Rome Statute is no bar to the I.C.C.’s prosecution of the Accused because they have ordered and been responsible for the commission of Rome Statute Crimes against Humanity on, in, and over the respective territories of several I.C.C. member states.

Consequently, I hereby respectfully request that the Court exercise its jurisdiction over the Accused for these Crimes against Humanity in accordance with Rome Statute article 13(c), which provides as follows:

Article 13

Exercise of Jurisdiction

The Court may exercise its jurisdiction with respect to a crime referred to in article 5 in accordance with the provisions of this Statute if:

(c) The Prosecutor has initiated an investigation in respect of such a crime in accordance with article 15.

Pursuant to Rome Statute article 13(c), I hereby respectfully request that you initiate an investigation proprio motu against the Accused in accordance with Rome Statute article 15(1): “The Prosecutor may initiate investigations proprio motu on the basis of information on crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court.” My detailed Complaint against the Accused constitutes the sufficient “information” required by article 15(1).

Furthermore, I respectfully submit that this Complaint by itself constitutes “a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation” under Rome Statute article 15(3). Hence, I also respectfully request that you formally “submit to the Pre-Trial Chamber a request for authorization of an investigation” of the Accused under Rome Statute article 15(3) at this time. Please inform me at your earliest convenience about the status and disposition of my two requests set forth immediately above.

Based upon your extensive human rights work in Argentina, you know full well from direct personal experience the terrors and the horrors of enforced disappearances of persons and their consequent torture. According to reputable news media sources here in the United States, about 100 human beings have been subjected to enforced disappearances and subsequent torture by the Accused. We still have no accounting for these Victims. In other words, many of these Victims of enforced disappearances and torture by the Accused could still be alive today. Their very lives are at stake right now as we communicate. You could very well save some of their lives by publicly stating that you are opening an investigation of my Complaint.

As for those Victims of enforced disappearances by the Accused who have died, your opening an investigation of my Complaint is the only means by which we might be able to obtain some explanation and accounting for their whereabouts and the location of their remains in order to communicate this critical information to their next-of-kin and loved-ones. Based upon your extensive experience combating enforced disappearances of persons and their consequent torture in Argentina, you know full well how important that objective is. The next-of-kin, loved-ones, and friends of “disappeared” human beings can never benefit from psychological “closure” unless and until there is an accounting for the fates, if not the remains, of the Victims. In part that is precisely why the Accused’s enforced disappearances of about 100 human beings constitutes ongoing criminal activity that continues as of today and will continue until the fates of all their Victims have been officially determined by you opening an investigation into my Complaint.

Let us mutually suppose that during the so-called “dirty war” in Argentina the International Criminal Court had been in existence. I submit that as an Argentinean human rights lawyer you would have moved heaven and earth and done everything in your power to get the I.C.C. and its Prosecutor to assume jurisdiction over the Argentine Junta in order to terminate and prosecute their enforced disappearances and torture of your fellow Argentinean citizens. I would have done the same. Unfortunately, the I.C.C. did not exist during those darkest of days for the Argentine Republic when we could have so acted. But today as the I.C.C. Prosecutor, you have both the opportunity and the legal power to do something to rectify this mass and total human rights annihilation, and to resolve and to terminate and to prosecute the “widespread” and “systematic” policy and practice of enforced disappearances and consequent torture of about 100 human beings by the Accused.

Unfortunately, the new Obama administration in the United States has made it perfectly clear by means of public statements by President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder that they are not going to open any criminal investigation of any of the Accused for these aforementioned Crimes against Humanity. Hence an I.C.C. “case” against the Accused is “admissible” under Rome Statute article 1(complementarity) and article 17. As of right now you and the I.C.C. Judges are the only people in the entire world who can bring some degree of Justice, Closure, and Healing into this dire, tragic, and deplorable situation for the lives and well-being of about one hundred “disappeared” and tortured human beings as well as for their loved-ones and next-of-kin, who are also Victims of the Accused’s Crimes against Humanity. On behalf of them all, as a fellow human rights lawyer I implore you to open an investigation into my Complaint and to issue a public statement to that effect.

Also, most regretfully, the new Obama administration has publicly stated that it will continue the Accused’s policy and practice of "extraordinary rendition," which is really their euphemism for enforced disappearances of human beings and consequent torture by other States. Hence the Highest Level Officials of the Obama administration fully intend to commit their own Crimes against Humanity under the I.C.C. Rome Statute – unless you stop them! Your opening an investigation of my Complaint will undoubtedly deter the Obama administration from engaging in any more “extraordinary renditions” -- enforced disappearances of human beings and having them tortured by other States. Indeed your opening of an investigation into my Complaint might encourage the Obama administration to terminate its criminal “extraordinary rendition” program immediately and thoroughly by means of issuing a public statement to that effect. In other words, your opening an investigation of my Complaint could very well save the lives of a large number of additional human beings who otherwise will be subjected by the Obama administration to the Rome Statute Crimes against Humanity of enforced disappearances of persons and their consequent torture by other States, inter alia.

The lives and well-being of countless human beings are now at risk, hanging in the balance, waiting for you to act promptly, effectively, and immediately to save them from becoming Victims of Rome Statute Crimes against Humanity perpetrated by the Highest Level Officials of the Obama administration as successors-in-law to the Accused by opening an investigation of my Complaint. Otherwise, I shall be forced to file with you and the I.C.C. a follow-up Complaint against the Highest Level Officials of the Obama administration. I certainly hope it will not come to that. Please make it so.

Finally, for reasons more fully explained in the Conclusion to my Complaint, I respectfully request that you obtain I.C.C. arrest warrants for the Accused in accordance with Rome Statute articles 58(1)(a), article 58(1)(b)(i), article 58(1)(b)(ii), and article 58(1)(b)(iii). The sooner, the better for all humankind.

I respectfully request that you schedule a meeting with me at our earliest mutual convenience in order to discuss this Complaint. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

This transmission letter is an integral part of my Complaint against the Accused and is hereby incorporated by reference into the attached Complaint dated as of today as well.

Please accept, Sir, the assurance of my highest consideration.

Francis A. Boyle

Professor of International Law

Francis A. Boyle

Law Building

504 E. Pennsylvania Ave.

Champaign, IL 61820 USA

217-333-7954 (voice)

217-244-1478 (fax)

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