Jun. 1, 2005

Doctor Charged/Imprisoned By Criminal FBI Investigators

Once again, we have a case of overzealous LEO's ruining the lives of decent Americans. They appear to do this for no other reason than career advancement.

You will notice that contained on the link to the rest of the information (below), that two other nations are doing the same thing to their doctors....China and Cuba. This is not by chance. Cuba and China are also two countries among several other extremist nations (Iran, Sudan etc.) that violate human rights on a regular basis according to every human rights watch organization in existence.

I encourage people to write the university in question, as well as the leaders of their countries to explain that you are unhappy with US government actions in this and other matters, and that you would support a boycott or some other form of sanction against the university or the country as a whole.

Thomas Butler, Physician- Scientist, prisoner
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The paragraphs below are the abstract and edited summary of an article in Clinical Infectious Diseases 2005; 40:1644-8, entitled 'Destroying the Life and career a Valued Physician-Scientist Who Tried to Protect Us From Plague: Was It Really Necessary?'

Thomas Campbell Butler, at 63 years of age, is completing the 1st year of a 2-year sentence in federal prison, following an investigation and trial that was initiated after he voluntarily reported that he believed vials containing _Yersinia pestis_ were missing from his laboratory at Texas Tech University. We take this opportunity to remind the infectious diseases community of the plight of our esteemed colleague, whose career and family have, as a result of his efforts to protect us from infection by this organism, paid a price from which they will never recover.

Dr. Thomas C. Butler has had a long and successful career that has focused on problems and illnesses of underprivileged persons, including those in the developing world and indigent patients in this country. His curriculum vitae lists 170 published peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters, with his most important contributions being made in the areas of diarrheal diseases, typhoid fever, plague, and relapsing fever, as well as investigations of therapeutic modalities for other infectious diseases. His work in the late 1960s on oral rehydration therapy in Dhaka and Calcutta, India, resulted in one of the earliest articles describing the important clinical applications of basic physiologic studies of patients with cholera and led to the 1st use of oral rehydration solution in a refugee camp in Calcutta in 1971."

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