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2636 Grand Avenue # 310
San Diego, CA 921109
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3 September 1999
Vice-President Albert Gore
Mrs. Tipper Gore
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Vice-President Gore and Mrs. Gore,
Please find enclosed a copy of my letter with enclosures to Dr. Harold Varmus, Director, National Institutes of Health, concerning a long history of betrayal of the abused and neglected infants of this nation which began when the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) abandoned its agency responsibility to support accelerated research programs on child abuse and neglect, as directed by then former DHEW Secretary Caspar Weinberger on June 22, 1973.
This action resulted in the denial and suppression of vital scientific breakthroughs on the origins of violence, particularly against children and women, and the need to establish national health programs for their prevention. As a nation, we have lost, unnecessarily, the lives of many children and other victims of violence because of the failure of the National Institutes of Health. These scientific breakthroughs provide insight as to the probable causes of the Littleton, CO High School massacres and to why homicides and suicides are the second and third leading causes of death in 15-24 age group in this country.
When I was Health Scientist Administrator, Developmental Behavioral Biology Program, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, I defended the directive of Secretary Caspar Weinberger which resulted in my unlawful termination of some 17 years of government service which has had devastating consequences upon myself, family and the children of this nation.
I am requesting your personal review of the enclosed and to assist me in the correction of this grave injustice which has had such harmful effects to this nation's children. I have been unsuccessful in enlisting the interest or concern of Democratic or Republican administrations and Congress's over the years on this matter and we have now paid the price of this indifference and neglect--the Littleton, CO High School massacre, which no one can explain, and the many other acts of violence which have deluged this nation.
My attempts to Interest President Clinton in this history and the need to take corrective actions for the health of our children and nation have failed and, thus, this letter to you. As we approach the coming millennium, there is a great national need to clarify our national priorities, particularly, with respect to our children and families. There appears to be a great dearth of attention to our children and families by the various candidates for Presidency.
Knowing of your high personal interests and commitment to the well being of our children and families, you will undoubtedly make this more clear in your Presidential campaign. If we, as a nation, cannot support mothers being nurturing mothers (and fathers), then we will continue to experience the epidemics of depression, violence and substance abuse that has been afflicting this nation over the past quarter of a century.
Your attention to this letter is most appreciated and I would be pleased to provide you with additional information, if desired. Many of the documents on this matter have been posted at: <www.violence.de", and these may be of help to you.
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.