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AutismOne: Don’t snark on me…we’ve got security and police!

Posted May 28 2011 6:02pm

Remember Jamie Bernstein? Her site, hug me, I’m vaccinated, should give you an idea of her stance. She’s the woman who took a picture with Andrew Wakefield at his big rally last year, and slipped him a note that said

Dear Andrew Wakefield,

I know that you truly believe that what you are doing is helping people and that the ends justify the means, but I just want you to know that the things you are doing –- the actions you have taken in the past have hurt people –- killed people. Your work has scared and manipulated parents into not vaccinating their children, putting them and their entire community at risk, all in the name of safety. Children have died because of you. I just want to make sure that you fully understand that.


It turns out that Ms. Bernstein attended AutismOne this year. AutismOne is a parent conference that promotes, amongst other things, the vaccine-injury model of autism. Last year they gave Andrew Wakefield an award—after he was struck off the register in the UK for ethics violations. This year they are hosting talks by Mark and David Geier, the father-son team that has recently run afoul of the medical authorities in their home state of Maryland. To be clear, the Geiers are frequent annual speakers at AutismOne.

Ms. Bernstein was live tweeting the conference. Yes, she has a viewpoint different than the conference organizers. And, she was with Ken Reibel, a journalist who was ejected a few years back for asking a question of Terry Poling (mother of Hannah Poling).

The response by AutismOne?

It apparently takes 3 security guards and 4 police officers to kick me out. Did I mention I did nothing wrong? #antivaxcon

Yep. 3 security guards and 4 police officers.

Why did they stop there? She is obviously a very imposing figure. She’s the one on the left:

OK, they hooked me. I decided to check out the live stream. I joined 39 other people watching Mark Blaxill tell us the same old mercury story.

The hotel security had no comment, but forwarded me to the Lombard police. Lombard police would not comment either.

The message is clear: don’t show up to AutismOne if you aren’t on board with their message. They will not ask you to leave, they will call in the police.

  1. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E.:
    Paranoid set of delusional shits. They know full well that they're in the wrong with their ideas if they're chucking people out!
  2. Ken Reibel:
    The conference organizer was at a loss to explain to the police why I was being asked to leave. I made sure to ask the officers to get a statement from her for the police report. If she is honest, she will say "We asked those two to leave because they write critical things about us." If she says we were breaking conference rules, then she will be lying to the police. I heard today that a Trib reporter was kicked out of the conference yesterday. It wasn't Trine.
  3. Stuart Duncan:
    Just sickening. Truly disgusted by that.
  4. Ken Reibel:
    There were two Lombard squad cars parked in front of the hotel when we arrived at 10 am. They were on call all morning. How many officers does Lombard, Illinois have for a weekend day shift?
  5. Jamie:
    Just out of clarity, Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated! isn't so much my website, but it does belong to the Women Thinking Free Foundation, of which I'm Vice President. So, I'm affiliated with the site, even if it's not mine alone. =)

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