jackiejay, everything you wrote is so true.
This may help make my thinking below more plausible...as reported in the Montreal Gazette, one Board member e-mailed members and potential members urging them to register their vote to re-elect the current Board members and prevent CCSVI supporters from getting on the Board. They wanted only the current people that obviously reflect their views and opinions on CCSVI..not people who are pro-CCSVI.
My thinking (and it may be faulty) is this...if the MSSC/NMSS Board selected the international review panel...they probably consistently chose members whose views were aligned with theirs. If this is the case, the whole thing was/is a farce.