Kathleen Seidel and her excellent Neurodiversity blog have become victims of crude legal intimidation. Read about it here. This is a prime example of what Americans call a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Peoples’ Participation).
She has been subpoenaed to appear in the case of Sykes v. Bayer – a $20,000,000 personal injury case in New Hampshire – despite having no connection to either side in the case,
The Sykes’ lawyers have demanded not only her presence but also details of her links with numerous other bloggers listed on the sidebar of her blog, her personal financial details, and the religious affiliations of herself and the people with whom she has dealings.
So why has she come to the attention of these scum-sucking lawyers and why do they demand this irrelevant personal information? A clue might be found in the nature of her website http://neurodiversity.com/. It is a site for those on the Aspergers/autism spectrum but rejects the connection between autism and vaccines and thus has attracted the ire of the “mercury militia” – American anti-vaxxers.
It would thus appear to be the next stage in the anti-vaccination crowd’s attempts to silence those with whom they disagree. I have already pointed out how JABS censor their website and ban those who hope to inject a little rationality into their debates. Obviously the American anti-vaccination brigade cannot abide the fact that their arguments are being countered anywhere at all and are seeking to tie Ms Seidel up in legal knots. What other motivation can there be for this irrelevant and malicious subpoena?
JABS have been silent on this issue but if they had any sense they would be clamouring in Kathleen Seidel’s defence. The UK offers far less statutory protection of personal privacy and civil liberty than does the US so if the Sykes’ lawyers get away with this, the pharmaceutical industry will be most interested. How would Jackie Fletcher like Big Pharma trawling through her personal financial details?