Next year, a “special master” in an obscure secret Federal court will preside over a highly urgent matter of national importance. The Bush Administration has stated its intention to hold the hearings in a sealed courtroom, off limits to any outsider. In fact, outsiders attempting to gain unauthorized access to the secretive proceedings will be sanctioned.
The trials revolve around vaccines. Roughly 4,750 autism-related cases have been pending for years. Claimants are charging that the mercury-based vaccine preservative contributed to their children’s autism and are seeking compensation from a special vaccine injury fund administered by the federal government.
The Claimants do not want privacy. The only parties wishing for privacy are the Department of Justice and probably the vaccine makers. The entire creation of this upcoming secret court shows that the DOJ and vaccine makers have something to hide.
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