Deposition details include NIH officials embracing of China’s authoritarian pandemic control policies and Fauci’s daughter worked at Twitter.
Last week, Professor Jacobson reported on the deposition of White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, which took place as a result of a lawsuit commenced by Louisiana and Missouri. The suit alleges that numerous Biden administration officials colluded with and directed big tech and social media giants to censor dissenting scientific and medical voices about covid.
Professor Jacobson noted that Fauci couldn’t seem to recall anything related to records associated with calls and emails he made. According to Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, the deposition records show that Fauci couldn’t “couldn’t recall” over 170 times.
According to the transcript, Dr. Fauci said “I don’t recall” 174 times, including when asked about emails that he sent, interviews that he gave, and other important information.
— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) December 5, 2022
One of the most disturbing elements of the testimony, especially given the current unrest in China, was correspondence with the National Institutes of Health Dr. Clifford Lane. Lane was “very impressed” with how China was managing the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Eventually, Fauci and Lane created policies that led to economy-crushing and liberty-destroying policies such as social distancing.
…Missouri Solicitor General John Sauer conducted the deposition with Fauci. According to the transcript, Sauer pressed Facui on a quote from an email from Dr. Lane.
“And he goes on in that last sentence on that page to say, ‘From what I saw in China, we may have to go to as extreme a degree of social distancing to help bring our outbreak under control,’ correct?”
“Correct,” Fauci replied.
“So he drew the conclusion that there might have to be extreme, in his word, measures to mandate social distancing to bring the outbreak under control, correct?” Sauer asked.
“That’s what this is implying, yes,” Fauci said.
Sauer went on to reference an email from Dr. Lane dated Feb. 23, 2020 which, according to the transcript, read, “China has demonstrated this infection can be controlled, albeit at great cost.”
“Did you think that social distancing – I’m talking about this time frame of around February 20 of 2020 – did you think that social distancing would have to include only high-risk individuals or would it apply to society as a whole?” Sauer asked.
“When you’re dealing with a respiratory illness that has the potential to kill a lot of people – we’ve lost over one million people in this country – in order to have an effective interruption, which would almost certainly be on a temporary basis, but to interrupt this enormous explosion of infections that we were seeing, you would have to involve essentially the entire community,” Fauci responded.
Sadly, Lane and Fauci completely ignored Sweden’s approach, which seems to be the winner in the covid response effectiveness pageant.
Sauer also asked about Fauci’s daughter, who worked as a software engineer at Twitter.
“Well, right now, no, but when my daughter worked at Twitter, I was on a first-name basis with her,” Fauci said.
Sauer asked for Fauci’s opinion “about whether people should be allowed to post on social media opinions” that might be dangerous or lead to a loss of life.
“You know, again, you say allowed, I don’t know what the legal or other First Amendment issues are associated with that,” Fauci said. “That’s not my lane or my area of expertise. As a physician and a scientist and a public health person, I’m very sensitive to the fact that disinformation, including some of the disinformation that we discussed that, for example, has people avoid lifesaving interventions, is dangerous to health.
“… how you counter that I think is open to question. My way of countering false information, and I’ve been on the record multiple times as saying that … my approach is to try to … flood the system with the correct information as opposed to interfering with other people’s ability to say what they want to say.
And I’ve said, I think, if you, in your investigations and your discovery, you looked into how many times I’ve often said the best way to counter misinformation and disinformation is to flood the system with correct information.”
Fauci drenched social media with Noah’s-Ark-Levels of disinformation, which I and many others have spent much time refuting, countering, and challenging. Eventually, he agreed with me that we must learn to live with the virus.
However, that was only after the implementation of lockdowns, masking, and vaccine mandates, the consequences of which we will be dealing with for many years.
Likely, even more, disturbing details from the 359-page transcript will be revealed. One can only hope Missouri’s and Louisiana’s attorneys general will obtain some justice for their citizens and those in the rest of the country.
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