August 21, 2011

SO THEY HAVE PLENTY OF ENERGY WHEN THEY WANT TO, HUH?:

Chronic fatigue syndrome researchers face death threats from militants: Scientists are subjected to a campaign of abuse and violence (Robin McKie, 8/20/11, The Observer)

The full extent of the campaign of intimidation, attacks and death threats made against scientists by activists who claim researchers are suppressing the real cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is revealed today by the Observer. According to the police, the militants are now considered to be as dangerous and uncompromising as animal rights extremists.

One researcher told the Observer that a woman protester who had turned up at one of his lectures was found to be carrying a knife. Another scientist had to abandon a collaboration with American doctors after being told she risked being shot, while another was punched in the street. All said they had received death threats and vitriolic abuse.

In addition, activists - who attack scientists who suggest the syndrome has any kind of psychological association - have bombarded researchers with freedom of information requests, made rounds of complaints to university ethical committees about scientists' behaviour, and sent letters falsely alleging that individual scientists are in the pay of drug and insurance companies.

"I published a study which these extremists did not like and was subjected to a staggering volley of horrible abuse," said Professor Myra McClure, head of infectious diseases at Imperial College London. "One man wrote he was having pleasure imagining that he was watching me drown. He sent that every day for months."


Which merely confirms that they're mentally ill, not physically.


Posted by at August 21, 2011 2:19 AM
  

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