by WorldTribune Staff, August 25, 2022
A medical Army officer said he is facing involuntary separation for disobeying Covid protocol after he raised concerns over an “alarming” increase in non-infectious diseases in the ranks, a report said.
First Lt. Mark Bashaw, a preventive medicine officer at the Army, said he first noticed the increase in diseases, many of which are listed in FDA documentation as potential adverse reactions associated with Covid vaccines, in January of this year.
Bashaw told EpochTV’s “Crossroads” program that he found the data within the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED), which tracks disease and injuries of 1.3 million active component U.S. service members.
Bashaw said he discovered a sudden increase in disease coinciding with reports of side effects alongside Covid vaccines, which the Army has dismissed as a “data glitch.” Bashaw said he faces involuntary separation after being convicted but not punished for disobeying the Pentagon’s Covid-19 protocol.
Bashaw said the data he found on the DMED showed during the pandemic a significant increase in reports of cancers, myocarditis, and pericarditis; as well as some other diseases like male infertility, tumors, a lung disease caused by blood clots, and HIV. Several of these illnesses are listed in FDA documentation as potential adverse reactions to the Covid vaccines, The Epoch Times report said.
After discovering the increases in cases of these illnesses as high as 50 percent or 100 percent in some situations, Bashaw said he stepped forward as a whistleblower to raise concerns about his findings.
Bashaw’s whistleblower declaration, submitted to Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson who is facilitating the sharing of information from early investigations of Covid products with Congress, said he saw the increasing incidence of these disorders observed in DMED as “very troubling.”
Specifically, the number of cancer cases among active service members in 2021 nearly tripled in comparison with the average number of cancer instances per year from 2016 to 2020, Bashaw said in his declaration.
A week after this information was brought out in January in a “COVID-19: Second Opinion” roundtable organized by Johnson, the data in DMED changed, Bashaw said, and all of the increases in diseases and injuries “seemed to have disappeared and been realigned with previous years.”
Curiously, the glitch didn’t affect the data from 2021, which remained the same. Instead, the corrected data saw the data for prior years increased, which made the 2021 data look normal and in line with the running average, Bashaw said.
In response to the whistleblower claims, Peter Graves, a spokesperson for the health agency of the Department of Defense, told The Epoch Times that the data in DMED “was incorrect for the years 2016-2020,” so the system was taken offline to correct the root cause of the data corruption, which didn’t impact data from 2021.
Bashaw said that, after the so-called “glitch,” he pulled data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) for injuries related to viral vaccines to compare to his findings on DMED. He compared the average of the last 24 years to data for 2021 and found an eleven-fold increase in the number of suspected adverse incidents reported in 2021.
“I compared it to the average of the last 24 years, it’s a 1,100 percent increase in 2021. And the only difference we had in 2021 was the rollout of these experimental emergency use authorized Covid-19 vaccines,” Bashaw said.