It's been a while since I've blogged about Elizabeth Holmes and her Silicon Valley start-up, Theranos, both of which were one-time darlings of the early morning coffee TV shows. The  story fascinates me because there's so much weirdness about it. In case you're unaware of the Holmes-Theranos story, Holmes founded her company to build a device that would test for an entire panoply of diseases, from one small drop of blood, and do analyses and diagnosis from that device. The trick was, she wanted that device to be no bigger than a computer printer, and put them in every home. Skeptics didn't get much time on those early morning shows, and Holmes' company, Theranos, began to get a lot of attention from the military and related defense contractors. My own personal view when I first read about the story after hearing about it from Catherine Austin Fitts, was that whatever Holmes was doing, it would have to involve optics and a healthy dose - not to coin a pun - of some cutting edge physics.  Eventually, the claims and lack of their fulfillment eventually caught up with Holmes, and she was indicted for fraud.

(For those interested, here are my previous blogs about this story:

Now, as the reader can tell from a glance at the previous blogs, I'm probably one of a very few - a definite minority - that is not dismissing either Holmes' claims nor the overall general concept. I am also definitely in the category of "there's something fishy not only about her and her company but about the government going after her" category. For one thing, Toshiba came out and announced a similar technology (again, without much in the way of detailed backup of the claims) shortly after the government indicted Holmes.

Well, there's yet another twist in the story according to this article shared by T.L. (thank you!), and this is quite a twist at that:

Elizabeth Holmes asks court to exclude certain evidence from upcoming fraud trial

The article,  written by Alexis Keenan, starts off with a stunner:

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is asking the federal judge overseeing her criminal fraud case to suppress evidence of customer complaints, test results, and findings from a 2016 regulatory agency report related to her now-defunct diagnostics startup because the company’s database containing its own test records was destroyed.

On Wednesday, attorneys for the former Silicon Valley entrepreneur filed a motion requesting a hearing to resolve disagreement over the failed preservation of a Theranos database that contained the information concerning the company’s consumer blood tests.

“Allowing the government to use customer complaints and testing results and the findings of the CMS Report as ‘evidence of the fraud’ after the government failed to gather and preserve the Laboratory Information System database would violate Ms. Holmes’ right to present a complete defense and to receive due process,” the filing states.

While Holmes’ lawyers blame prosecutors for failing to gather and preserve the database, prosecutors blame Theranos for the destruction. (Boldface emphasis added)

So there you have it: Theranos' own internal database is missing, and Holmes' defense team is alleging the government is at fault for not preserving it, and of course, the government is alleging that Theranos itself destroyed the database.

This is a problem for the whole Theranos fraud narrative, for what remains to be explained is how so many "top level" folks could be "taken in" by Theranos, from Riley Bechtel, to George Schultz, General Mattis, and so on, all once prominent members of Theranos' board. One has difficulty imagining that no data was presented to them and that they jumped on board merely on the basis of a claim, and that no effort was made to independently verify that claim. On the other hand, we are living in an upside-down crazy world, so it's not hard to imagine at all.  The problem there is that nasty little Toshiba story from 2019 which made similar claims to Holmes' Theranos.

All of this means that it could be a very interesting trial, if some of those prominent board members of Theranos are called to testify...

And the other thing that might emerge: what if Holmes' defense team is correct, and the government "failed to preserve" the Theranos database?

To put it country simple: it could get very messy...

See you on the flip side...

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Kevin Ryan on June 13, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Dr. Farrell, I don’t know that I’ve read all your articles on Theranos but I’ve read some. So, if Holmes developed a database that was used, basically, for “facial recognition” of viruses, bacteria, toxins, cancer cells, and spotting “unknowns” that could be checked online against a constantly updated database like cops and FBI use for fingerprints, the government is NOT going to want that device sitting on the desk of every Tom, Dick, and Mary in the US or world. People could use it to establish a baseline and monitor their exposure to all the crap in our air, food, workplaces, not to mention disease agents. Corporate liability for toxic exposures would be far more easily monitored and proven. So if I’m the judge in this case, I want to know who trashed the database. If the database was seized by the government and not preserved intact, I’m ruling in Holmes’ favor.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on June 13, 2021 at 9:35 pm

      A valid speculation, but it depends in part on her machines being DNA analysis, and she never claimed that.

  2. anakephalaiosis on June 10, 2021 at 5:31 am

    Non-invasive blood scan is optical recognition software, that only needs a single drop.

    Competing technology is invasive nanobots, injected into veins, and remote controlled.

    Military is chain of command, seeking further control, outside the uniformed rank.

    In propaganda war, an opponent is named fraud, by default.

  3. S Klein on June 9, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Is this the blood tester? Looks like it. DARPA

    At minute 1:02 self administer a blood draw and test


    A sensor that can tell you if you’re sick
    •Apr 9, 2021

  4. TheThinker101 on June 9, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Whoever took the database is taking a page from Dr Ronald Richter’s USAF interrogation. “The Argentines received none of my data and none of my measuring equipment.”
    For Richter’s case it’s the post war nazis who got it. In Elizabeth Holmes case, we don’t know. Who is the power behind the corporations? It’s probably one of the intelligence agencies that arranged this but which one? Well given the fact most people who are on the board of directors worked for the CIA. So there’s one possibility…but we all know that the CIA has that ugly connection via Reinhard Galen to the nazis. And it’s a connection that was in play at least until the Kennedy assassination and most likely is still there today.
    It’s a cutting edge health technology that is being hidden.

  5. Richard on June 9, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Database, database, and another database (stolen, tweaked, misplaced, and, of course, erased (in a pig’s eye, too)). Sort of like those not-so-missing emails of you-know-who’s. Compromised most likely.

    Yridians, by any other name (enter here ________), keepers of databases for sale, trade, and, of course, if you want it back, pay with that coin thing-of-bits through a favorite app. Such were those thumbless creatures of the Yridian home world, of “Star Trek: TNG,” the information merchants of the 24th Century who’ve seemed to have used “Mr Peabody’s Way-back machine” from the 20th Century and landed in Theranos’ laboratory of guesses by mistake in the 21st Century. Probably evading another dissatisfied customer who expected too much from these databases or rather, information from data smugglers they were trying to re-route.

    More like another information dot that has tendrils reaching into taxpayer funded obfuscations that probably lead to that now infamous lab of the east by going west among many.

    Rocky and Bullwinkle will, no doubt, show up when Sherman inputs the correct password some time in time. In the meantime, Mr Peabody with that WABAC (Wayback) Machine probably had an appointment with Snoopy and the Red Barron to see whether there were salvageable parts from that triplane after all. Pack hounds tend to stay together.

  6. marcos toledo on June 9, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Possible technology that has been sent to a warehouse thirteen or given the Ark Of The Covenant treatment ala Raiders Of The Lost Ark movie. But why would this technology be handed to the Japanese what gives?

  7. Laura on June 9, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Analysis of blood health is a good indicator of overall baseline health. Extent of one’s immunity depends on the bone marrow status which is not a home based test.

    • Richard on June 9, 2021 at 8:04 pm

      The technology to simplify home testing seems apparent, but not who’s to profit from it , . . yet.

      • FiatLux on June 10, 2021 at 2:39 am

        The would-be controllers are one group that would benefit from it, if they got their way. I can see it now: Upload your daily test results to see if you’re “infected” with the latest communicable disease before you’re allowed out of the house. Imagine the convenience!

    • Krista tiffy on June 10, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      After watching ‘the Inventor’, a documentary about Theranos
      It made me think, how strange , these old men backing clearly such an elegant young lady.
      It was like old Saturn winking at Helen of Troy.
      And she played the coquette seemingly flawlessly UNTIL……

  8. OrigensChild on June 9, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Good thing I am not on the jury. If the government cannot prove its case, and I don’t see how they can if they did recover the database but did not preserve the backups, the only way the jury should respond would be an acquittal. Perhaps the judge should dismiss. This loss of data means the government may just want the story to go away so they can steal and use the technology for themselves. This story has the hint of PROMIS, for in that situation, the government stole software, marketed it and persecuted the corporate owners mercilessly. As Shakespeare famously quipped in a totally different context: “Hot blood, hot thought, hot deeds. Why, they are vipers.”

    • Foglamp on June 9, 2021 at 5:06 pm

      Or is there a suggestion that Theranos’s data were sold to, or otherwise came into the possession of, Toshiba?

      • FiatLux on June 9, 2021 at 5:39 pm

        My thoughts exactly. I find it hard to believe the government (military or whoever) didn’t get its hands on a copy of the data before it “disappeared.” Maybe the project was covertly transferred to Toshiba for some reason? Maybe easier to keep things secret in a jurisdiction outside the U.S.?

        • Robert Barricklow on June 9, 2021 at 6:24 pm

          After all, on a One World Governance planet;
          it doesn’t really matter – since everything,
          falls ultimately, under their umbrella of “one ownership”/NWO.
          Which, their word smiths will re-set & refashion w/woke lingo;
          so it is nothing at all, like their woke lingos professes.
          [I must confess, I don’t even understand woke lingo.
          It’s like Bohr’s quantum physics;
          if you say you understand it, your a damn liar.]

        • Wu Wu on June 10, 2021 at 7:06 pm

          Related??? :

          Toshiba breaks quantum communication record with 600 km of optical fibers https://newatlas.com/quantum-computing/toshiba-quantum-communication-record-optical-fibers/

          What fresh scifi scenario is this?

  9. zendogbreath on June 9, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    Unrelated from someone who believes nada outta nasa:


    • zendogbreath on June 9, 2021 at 3:09 pm

      btw. That database or any other data collection is as destroyed as flight recorders from 9/11.

      • FiatLux on June 9, 2021 at 5:42 pm

        Especially if this database was ever connected to the internet!

    • Sandygirl on June 9, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      Zen, very nice!

  10. Allen S on June 9, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    At the rate the wheels of justice turn in this neck of the woods most would be witnesses will have died of old age. A jobs program for legal critters. Think back to the five year trial near Los Angeles 20 years ago when the operators of a child day care center were accused of touching kids unlawfully. Found not guilty. Five years! And this was related to a simple issue people can understsnd.

    • Foglamp on June 9, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      As a very senior government prosecutor once said to me, it’s a mistake to imagine that the “justice” system has much, if anything, to do with justice.
      The courts are part of the control-manipulate-harvest mechanism, not a system of justice.

      • Richard on June 9, 2021 at 8:09 pm

        No doubt through discovery processes.

  11. Robert Barricklow on June 9, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    As I remember that story;
    the usual suspects were heavily invested,
    having an inside-information-track.
    The medical technology was there[IMO];
    but “something” happened[the covid1984 op was changed?],
    and the CEO was thrown under the bus.

    An historical precedent to this phenomenon
    would be the “cold fusion chemist” from Utah in 1989.
    Something akin to a plunge protection team was sent in;
    to immediately cover-up the cold-fusion “real science”,
    that somehow escaped its from Breakaway Civilization cage,
    w/the Horse & Buggy public-face[fake] science[IMO].

    Both are technologies that the Breakaways have[plus countless others];
    but whose planned release, was in someway disrupted; and a cover-up op was initiated, to remove the “real science” from those
    Horse & Buggy dumbed-downs, on Main Street.

    Possible connections, not already mentioned:
    Rife, 5G, Aliens, transhumanism, health care systems’ extensive lab biz.

    To today’s post.
    Well, missing data base? And who lost it?
    Sounds like Promise software.
    Would Catherine Austin Fitts see through that smokescreen?

    I would have to reiterate,
    that this rhymes with the Fitts’ trial, on several parallels.

    Definitely one to watch!
    [Lots of action going on behind the scenes.]

    • Allen S on June 9, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      Well said Mr. Barricklow. Professors Pons and Fleishman not only had to leave the University of Utah, they had to relocate to France to continue their research. In the intervening decades their observations have been replicated by others.

  12. YM on June 9, 2021 at 11:14 am

    “All lost black boxes and other missing items (deleted databases, hard drive contents, voting ballots, etc.) could be found in one of our black holes” – UNIVERSE

  13. DanaThomas on June 9, 2021 at 6:36 am

    One small drop for man, one giant mess for mankind.

    • Richard on June 9, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      As if made from the “Spell Realm” where one drop yields the life experiences of the individual it is from.

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