Corruption Dooms DC Whistleblowers

May 21, 2010

Next week, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) will host the 2010 Whistleblower Assembly in Washington DC .  According to their latest release, the event is co-sponsored by Semmelweis Society International (SSI) – this despite receiving proof that their alleged connection to SSI is a pharmaceutically-funded fraud.

by Saundra Counce RN
Vice President –


James Murtagh MD

Although cited and fined for perjury, poor patient care, issuing false and defamatory emails in other people’s names, altering evidence, identity theft and tax fraud, James Murtagh MD is not the first fraud GAP has knowingly promoted, which is why SSI has distanced itself from GAP and its cohorts since 2008.

During their 2008 events, GAP promoted Adam Kokesh as a whistleblower who claimed to have endured retaliation from the Bush Administration.  Although GAP knew that the Marine Corps had discharged Kokesh for protesting in uniform after being demoted for numerous UCMJ violations (including illegal weapons charges), GAP Director Tom Devine promoted Kokesh as an anti-war protestor for donors like George Soros at the expense of real champions like Jeffrey Wigand,  Marsha Coleman Adebayo, medical professionals (SSI) and supporters like US Senator Charles Grassley.

Along with doctors who killed and assaulted patients or molested children, the pharmaceutical industry recruited Murtagh’s motley crew to pervert the name of Ignaz Semmelweis.  For an industry that has paid more than $7 billion in criminal and civil fines since 2004, laundering a few million through Soros and TAC to screw with “disgruntled employees” is nothing more than Grisham’s Law of corruption replacing honesty.

This week, SSI received this message from one of many confused physician:

“I understand there is a meeting coming up in the DC area.  I’d like to attend, but I don’t see anything on the website about it.”

In response, I issued this response:

Hi Barbara:

I received your message and understand your confusion.

First of all, SSI’s annual report and website establishes that these confederates are not members or officers of our organization.  SSI’s official meeting is being planned for July or August 2010.  We will post information about that meeting on our website when we have firm dates.

The meeting next week was coordinated by James Murtagh MD and members of the Government Accountability Project (GAP).  If you have paid membership dues or any other fees to them, you may be a victim of fraud..”


Like the Free Press and other pro-Marxist organizations, GAP is funded by George Soros in what appears to be an effort by Soros to control and suppress whistleblowers under the pretext of supporting them.  While GAP may benefit some whistleblowers, Soros’ record is well documented.  GAP appears to attract and exploit bona fide whistleblowers in an effort to give credibility to its efforts to suppress them.


According to James Murtagh, his confederate SSI organization is funded and controlled by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).  TAC is a South African pharmaceutical front group whose funding comes indirectly from the pharmaceutical industry and pro-Marxist groups.  The linkages are posted here:


Murtagh has incorporated numerous failed organizations (including IAW) and nothing prevents him or his cohorts from incorporating another Semmelweis organization in another state.  But Murtagh/TAC attacks SSI specifically to overtake and control our organization in an effort to destroy it and exploit its membership much as GAP appears to be doing for Soros.

Consider also what TAG’s Richard Jefferys (Murtagh’s co-defendant) wrote in 2008 a few weeks before Murtagh left SSI for TAC:

12 May (2008) 23:29:

I think the simplest talking points are that Farber and Duesberg aren’t whistleblowers, they’re liars. The examples are many… However, it’s probably too late to affect things tomorrow, the better strategy may just to be to target each of the co-sponsoring organizations & endorsers afterward in order to ensure that Semmelweis is disinvited from next year’s event. (2009)

Reporter Diana Scholl picked up the story on Critpath and posted this story on several pharmaceutical propaganda websites:

“D.C. Fights Back member and Whitman-Walker client Mark Fischer (TAG/Critpath/pharma) says the only time he got an opportunistic infection was when he stopped taking his meds.  “These aren’t whistleblowers. They’re divergent thinkers who are 21st century snake oil salesmen. And especially in D.C., where there are so many reasons why people don’t get treatment, we don’t need this,” Fischer said.

Jefferys is thankful Duesberg and Farber didn’t get near Congressional leaders. “It would have given them PR,” Jefferys said. “We have no way of knowing how many people could have suffered as a result. Often those who work in the AIDS field just think of denialism is silly and that no one believes it. But a newly diagnosed person who went to a doctor who only gave him five minutes, then decided to do a web search and saw ‘AIDS Myth Exposed’ is who I am concerned about.”

Based upon these documents, it’s clear that Murtagh’s confederates have nothing to do with SSI’S mission, website or membership.  If they did, Murtagh’s group would be attacked by GAP and Jefferys as our organization continues to be.

That GAP, TAG and TAC associate with goons like Murtagh is nothing new.  Shortly after assuming office in 1803, US Senator John Q. Adams complained to his father that:

“This is now in general the great art of legislation: To do a thing by assuming the appearance of preventing it… (and) …to prevent a thing by assuming that of doing it.”

To their credit, the financial and pharmaceutical industries have learned much from the tobacco industry debacle.   Had Brown & Williamson controlled the media, legislators, regulators, academics, universities and whistleblower organizations as well as the pharmaceutical and financial industries do today, Jeffrey Wigand would be working minimum wage in obscurity as a disgraced tobacco-denialist.  The fact that champions like Wigand and Semmelweis who risked everything are exploited to control and compromise whistleblowers is a tragedy in the making – and probably explains whyGAP has been unable to pass meaningful whistleblower protections since GAP began assisting whistleblowers in 1978.

GAP also proves James Carville’s observation – “If you drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.”

Read what peers have reported about Dr. Murtagh:

I felt that the combination of these statements coupled with a very unusual affect and repeated accusations of conspiracies against him could be symptomatic of unstable mental disorder. It was apparent that some medical care was indicated to assist Dr. Murtagh.

Prior to this situation I had never met Dr. Murtagh or his colleagues in pulmonary medicine at the VA or Crawford Long.  Therefore, I am not in a position to determine if his mental status had changed.  However, in 30 years in academic medicine, I have never witnessed such bizarre behavior.  I was uncomfortable in returning him to the ICU service before a thorough medical evaluation.

R Wayne Alexander MD

I am now genuinely concerned for my safety as well as the safety of my family.  Dr. Murtagh has been menacing and persistent in his harassment of my colleagues and me.

Furthermore, there is no doubt in my mind that he is profoundly impaired by mental illness, whether it is bipolar disorder or a severe personality disorder.   I am extremely uncomfortable in his presence, and am concerned that he has mentioned “socializing with my family” in a recent email communication.  There can be no doubt of his visible hatred for me, and he knows full well that any such contact with him, particularly with my wife or children in attendance, would be completely unwelcome.  It is unconscionable to me that he is still supervising patient care in our institution, and that he continues to disrupt every facet of our activities as a professional faculty.  Furthermore, if he mentions my family again in any context, I will contact the police and seek a restraining order against him.

David M. Guidot MD

While we had suspected he was having problems clinically, the broader picture emerging is a disaster in the making.  Delusions, clinical mishaps, interpersonal abuse, and abject neglect of duty do not make a pretty picture.  Within our own lab he had maintained an atmosphere of fear and anxiety which had somewhat prevented us from comparing notes.  Now everything is in the open and we are quite worried how to prop up Jim’s house of cards with real bricks when so much time has been lost and he is essentially out of the picture and/or a real obstacle to further success


I am not sure I know all the steps that have been taken to avoid further escalation of this problem. I fear for Dr. Murtagh’s mental state and most importantly, I fear he may harm a member of the Division or himself.  How can we prevent such catastrophe?

Jesse Roman MD

His abrupt entrance, loud salutations, and accusatory tone of voice when he was not greeted in kind was unusual. The tension grew when he displayed a large red plastic cup with the letters CNN and continued to assail the group for not wanting to be “collegial” with him.   I noticed he was tremulous, his movements jerky, and his speech pressured.    Attempts by the group to calmly “talk him down” were met by increasing protest from Dr. Murtagh. I was very uncomfortable and sensed the same from others in the room… this episode raises serious doubts about Dr. Murtagh’s ability to function as a faculty member in our division,  but most importantly, as a physician who has to make sound clinical decisions.

Rafael L. Perez, MD

(Murtagh) came into the MICU and saw me enter the call room.  He entered the call room and again exhibited odd behavior and I felt threatened and anxious.  He started asking questions about what I knew about his lawsuits and preceded to close the call room door. At that time I got very nervous, my heart started beating fast so I rushed out while telling him never to speak to me again or to come near me.   Never before have I felt so uncomfortable.

Christine Lallos MD

In this video, James Murtagh falsely identifies himself as the President of Semmelweis Society International.

Saundra Counce RN was elected as SSI’s Vice President in 2008.  Her two-year term ends in 2010.  SSI’s 2010 meeting is being scheduled for this summer.  SSI accepts applications from those who support whistleblower protection and the end of sham peer review.  More information is found at

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