On June 23, 2010, I sent a letter to Mr. Roger Dodd of the American Red Cross asking him to clarify his statement at a May 11th meeting in light of his presence at the IPFA/PEI 17th Workshop on Surveillance and Screening of Blood Borne Pathogens where Dr. Alter's presented at least portions of his now suppressed XMRV paper. Many of you are aware of the May 11th remarks by Mr. Dodd. I thought you might find his response to my letter illuminating. My strong response is that while I appreciate Mr. Dodd's very quick response to my e-mail (within two hours of sending my original query) and his expression of sympathy, WE DO NOT NEED ANYONE'S SYMPATHY! ALL WE NEED (AND ALL WE HAVE EVER ASKED FOR) IS A GOOD FAITH EFFORT, SOUND SCIENCE AND AN ABSENCE OF BUREAUCRATS COVERING THEIR OWN "BACK SIDES" (can I say "ASSES"?) AT THE EXPENSE OF PATIENTS AROUND THE GLOBE. As for whether or not the last phrase of this statement applies to any one scientist or agency, only they know their underlying motivations. Here is my e-mail and his response.