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How Government Treated Those For Whom We Now Celebrate Holidays

March 2014

By William Faloon,

Senate Committee Findings Regarding FBI Counter Intelligence Program

The Select Senate Committee uncovered all kinds of wrongdoings committed under the FBI’s guise of protecting “national security.” In the Final Report of the Select Committee, the FBI Counter Intelligence Program was castigated as follows:

The Committee finds that the domestic activities of the intelligence community at times violated specific statutory prohibitions and infringed on the constitutional rights of American citizens. The legal questions involved in intelligence programs were often not considered. On other occasions, they were intentionally disregarded in the belief that because the programs served “national security” the law did not apply. 13

While intelligence officers on occasion failed to disclose to their superiors programs which were illegal or of questionable legality, the Committee finds that the most serious breaches of duty were those of senior officials, who were responsible for controlling intelligence activities and generally failed to assure compliance with the law…13

...the Bureau conducted a sophisticated vigilante operation aimed squarely at preventing the exercise of First Amendment rights of speech and association, on the theory that preventing the growth of dangerous groups and the propagation of dangerous ideas would protect national security and deter violence.16

This FBI campaign is all the more ironic when you realize that Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for his steadfast non-violent approach to gaining civil rights.

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

– Einstein25

Signers Of The Declaration Of Independence

The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were British subjects who fought against their own government.20

Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the other founding fathers did not merely ascribe their names to a philosophical document. They signed their own death warrant.21

While these men are revered each July 4th, the government authorities at the time considered them traitors. Punishment for treason included torture and execution along with forfeiture of property.21

As Benjamin Franklin adroitly stated on July 4, 1776, “ We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall hang separately.”22

History books often gloss over significant details about the Revolutionary War. Most of us recall a few sound bytes, but not the cruel realities. A rational review of the historical record reveals that victory against the British was seemingly hopeless, but it nonetheless occurred.23

Those who led the American Revolution suffered horrific hardships, many losing their lives and property. While fireworks are seen throughout the United States each July 4th, overlooked is the fact that signers of the Declaration of Independence, and all others who supported the revolution, were viewed as criminals. Some were captured, tortured, and killed seeking to acquire the liberty we nowadays take for granted.

John Hancock knew this risk quite well when he signed the Declaration of Independence in large letters and stated, “ John Bull can read my name without spectacles. Now let him double the price on my head.24

Martin Luther King On The Duty To Break Unjust Laws

Dr. King was repeatedly arrested for civil disobedience, all in relation to protests for the civil rights movement. In his famous “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King called on all Americans to actively but peacefully oppose laws that were morally wrong. King wrote:

“You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court’s decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.—Letter from Birmingham Jail19

What Does This Have To Do With Anti-Aging Research?

The public looks at government persecution against past visionaries and mistakenly thinks it does not occur in modern society. Even when national holidays are dedicated to persecuted individuals, the message about their heroism is not accurately portrayed.

If you are wondering what this has to do with anti-aging medicine, my response is it is highly relevant. At medical conferences I attend, the focus too often is how innovative doctors can stay out of jail.

At these conferences, attorneys give lectures to physicians about how to avoid becoming targets of modern day witch hunts initiated by overzealous regulators. The fear instilled by these spurious investigations is causing physicians to think twice before using novel approaches to save humans lives.

Even worse, scientific discoveries that could be translated into curative treatments are shackled by regulatory barriers that can take years, decades, or forever to overcome. That means creative ways of keeping us alive today are being repressed by government authorities. I have chronicled in past issues of this magazine and my books, shocking incidences of life-saving therapies being denied to Americans by uncaring bureaucrats.26-31

When I attend scientific conferences, doctors sometimes recognize me and extend their gratitude for protecting them and their patients from the FDA. I promise these progressive physicians that our battle to expose governmental abuses that suppress medical progress will not abate, despite risks to our personal liberty.

This month we feature an article that discusses the slow pace at which lifesaving therapeutic improvements are recognized. Even the simplest medical advances were opposed by those in positions of authority who felt compelled to guard the ignorance of the past.

Your support of Life Extension empowers a crusade to liberate scientific discoveries from the deadly impact of bureaucratic oppression. 

For longer life,

For Longer Life

William Faloon

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.-1963

Danger of Government-Controlled Science
Danger of Government-Controlled Science

Dr. Randy W. Schekman on the value of curiosity-driven inquiry. Excerpt from the Wall Street Journal, December 27, 2013

“The work in my laboratory probed the molecular basis of protein secretion in baker’s yeast. We had no notion of any practical application of this work, and yet after we learned that yeast cells use a pathway fundamentally the same as in human cells, the biotechnology industry applied this knowledge to engineer the production of commercially useful quantities of human proteins. One-third of the world supply of recombinant human insulin is produced in yeast.

Many of you can recount similar stories where an investment in basic science has resulted in a direct application to medicine and technology. And yet we find a growing tendency for government to want to manage discovery with expansive so-called strategic science initiatives at the expense of the individual creative exercise we celebrate today.”

(Randy W. Schekman is one of the three 2013 winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded in Stockholm on December 10, 2013.)


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