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Aidsproblem Essay, Research Paper

AIDS: A U.S.- Made Monster?

PREFACE

In an extensive article in the Summer-Autumn 1990 issue of “Top Secret”, Prof J. Segal and Dr.

L. Segal outline their theory that AIDS is a man-made disease, originating at Pentagon

bacteriological warfare labs at Fort Detrick, Maryland. “Top Secret” is the international edition

of the German magazine Geheim and is considered by many to be a sister publication to the

American Covert Action Information Bulletin (CAIB). In fact, Top Secret carries the Naming

Names column, which CAIB is prevented from doing by the American government, and which

names CIA agents in different locations in the world. The article, named “AIDS: US-Made

Monster” and subtitled “AIDS – its Nature and its Origins,” is lengthy, has a lot of

professional terminology and is dotted with footnotes.

AIDS FACTS

“The fatal weakening of the immune system which has given AIDS its name (Acquired

Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome),” write the Segals, “has been traced back to a destruction or a

functional failure of the T4-lymphocytes, also called helper cells , which play a regulatory role

in the production of antibodies in the immune system.” In the course of the illness, the

number of functional T4-cells is reduced greatly so that new anti-bodies cannot be produced

and the defenceless patient remains exposed to a range of infections that under other

circumstances would have been harmless. Most AIDS patients die from opportunistic

infections rather than from the AIDS virus itself. The initial infection is characterized by

diarrhea, erysipelas and intermittent fever. An apparent recovery follows after 2-3 weeks, and

in many cases the patient remains without symptoms and functions normally for years.

Occasionally a swelling of the lymph glands, which does not affect the patient s well-being,

can be observed.

After several years, the pre-AIDS stage, known as ARC (Aids- Related Complex) sets in. This

stage includes disorders in the digestive tract, kidneys and lungs. In most cases it develops

into full-blown AIDS in about a year, at which point opportunistic illnesses occur. Parallel to

this syndrome, disorders in various organ systems occur, the most severe in the brain, the

symptoms of which range from motoric disorders to severe dementia and death. This set of

symptoms, say the Segals, is identical in every detail with the Visna sickness which occurs in

sheep, mainly in Iceland. (Visna means tiredness in Icelandic). However, the visna virus is not

pathogenic for human beings. The Segals note that despite the fact that AIDS is transmitted

only through sexual intercourse, blood transfusions and non- sterile hypodermic needles, the

infection has spread dramatically. During the first few years after its discovery, the number of

AIDS patients doubled every six months, and is still doubling every 12 months now though

numerous measures have been taken against it. Based on these figures, it is estimated that in

the US, which had 120,000 cases of AIDS at the end of 1988, 900,000 people will have AIDS or

will have died of it by the end of 1991. It is also estimated that the number of people infected is

at least ten times the number of those suffering from an acute case of AIDS. That in the year

1995 there will be between 10-14 million cases of AIDS and an additional 100 million people

infected, 80 percent of them in the US, while a possible vaccination will not be available before

1995 by the most optimistic estimates. Even when such vaccination becomes available, it will

not help those already infected. These and following figures have been reached at by several

different mainstream sources, such as the US Surgeon General and the Chief of the medical

services of the US Army.

“AIDS does not merely bring certain dangers with it; it is clearly a programmed catastrophe

for the human race, whose magnitude is comparable only with that of a nuclear war”, say the

Segals. ” They later explain what they mean by “programmed,” showing that the virus was

produced by humans, namely Dr. Robert Gallo of the Bethesda Cancer Research Center in

Maryland. When proceeding to prove their claims, the Segals are careful to note that:

“We have given preference to the investigative results of highly renowned laboratories,

whose objective contents cannot be doubted. We must emphasize, in this connection, that we

do not know of any findings that have been published in professional journals that contradict

our hypotheses.”

DISCOVERING AIDS

The first KNOWN cases of AIDS occurred in New York in 1979. The first DESCRIBED cases

were in California in 1979. The virus was isolated in Paris in May 1983, taken from a French

homosexual who had returned home ill from a trip to the East Coast of the US. One year later,

Robert Gallo and his co-workers at the Bethesda Cancer Research Center published their

discovery of the same virus, which is cytotoxic. ( i.e poisonous to cells ) Shortly after

publishing his discovery, Gallo stated to newspapers that the virus had developed by a

natural process from the Human Adult Leukemia virus, HTLV-1, which he had previously

discovered. However, this claim was not published in professional publications, and soon

after, Alizon and Montagnier, two researchers of the Pasteur Institute in Paris published

charts of HTLV-1 and HIV, showing that the viruses had basically different structures. They

also declared categorically that they knew of no natural process by which one of these two

forms could have evolved into the other.

According to the professional “science” magazine, the fall 1984 annual meeting of the

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), was almost entirely devoted

to the question of: to what extent new pathogenic agents could be produced via human

manipulation of genes. According to the Segals, AIDS was practically the sole topic of

discussion.

THE AIDS VIRUS

The Segals discuss the findings of Gonda et al, who compared the HIV, visna and other

closely-related viruses and found that the visna virus is the most similar to HIV. The two were,

in fact, 60% identical in 1986. According to findings of the Hahn group, the mutation rate of

the HIV virus was about a million times higher than that of similar viruses, and that on the

average a 10% alteration took place every two years. That would mean that in 1984, the

difference between HIV and visna would have been only 30%, in 1982- 20%, 10% in 1980 and

zero in 1978. “This means,” say the Segals, “that at this time visna viruses changed into HIV,

receiving at the same time the ability to become parasites in human T4-cells and the high

genetic instability that is not known in other retroviruses. This is also consistent with the fact

that the first cases of AIDS appeared about one year later, in the spring of 1979.” “In his

comparison of the genomes of visna and HIV,” add the Segals, “Coffin hit upon a remarkable

feature. The env (envelope) area of the HIV genome, which encodes the envelope proteins

which help the virus to attach itself to the host cell, is about 300 nucleotides longer than the

same area in visna. This behaviour suggests that an additional piece has been inserted into

the genomes of the visna virus, a piece that alters the envelope proteins and enables them to

bind themselves to the T4-receptors. BUT THIS SECTION BEHAVES LIKE A

BIOLOGICALLY ALIEN BODY, which does not match the rest of the system biochemically.

The above mentioned work by Gonda et al shows that the HIV virus has a section of about

300 nucleotides, which does not exist in the visna virus. That length corresponds with what

Coffin described. That section is particularly unstable, which indicates that it is an alien

object. According to the Segals, it “originates in an HTLV-1 genome, (discovered by

Gallo-ED) for the likelihood of an accidental occurrence in HIV of a genome sequence 60%

identical with a section of the HTLV-1 that is 300 nucleotides in length is zero.” Since the

visna virus is incapable of attaching itself to human T4 receptors, it must have been the

transfer of the HTLV-1 genome section which gave visna the capability to do so. In other

words, the addition of HTLV-1 to visna made the HIV virus. In addition, the high mutation rate

of the HIV genome has been explained by another scientific team, Chandra et al, by the fact

that it is “a combination of two genome parts which are alien to each other BY ARTIFICIAL

MEANS rather than by a natural process of evolution, because this process would have

immediately eliminated, through natural selection, systems that are so replete with disorders.”

“These are the facts of the case,” say the Segals. “HIV is essentially a visna virus which

carries an additional protein monomer of HTLV-1 that has an epitope capable of bonding with

T4 receptors. Neither Alizon and Montagnier nor any other biologist know of any natural

mechanism that would make it possible for the epitope to be transferred from HTLV-1 to the

visna virus. For this reason we can come to only one conclusion: that this gene combination

arose by artificial means, through gene manipulation.”

THE CONSTRUCTION OF HIV

“The construction of a recombinant virus by means of gene manipulation is extraordinarily

expensive, and it requires a large number of highly qualified personnel, complicated equipment

and expensive high security laboratories. Moreover, the product would have no commercial

value. Who, then,” ask the Segals, “would have provided the resources for a type of research

that was aimed solely at the production of a new disease that would be deadly to human

beings?”

The English sociologist Allistair Hay (as well as Paxman et al in “A Higher Form of

Killing”-ED), published a document whose authenticity has been confirmed by the US

Congress, showing that a representative of the Pentagon requested in 1969 additional funding

for biological warfare research. The intention was to create, within the next ten years, a new

virus that would not be susceptible to the immune system, so that the afflicted patient would

not be able to develop any defense against it. Ten years later, in the spring of 1979, the first

cases of AIDS appeared in New York. “Thus began a phase of frantic experimentation,” say

the Segals. One group was working on trying to cause animal pathogens to adapt themselves

to life in human beings. This was done under the cover of searching for a cure for cancer. The

race was won by Gallo, who described his findings in 1975. A year later, Gallo described gene

manipulations he was conducting. In 1980 he published his discovery of HTLV.

In the fall of 1977, a P4 (highest security category of laboratory, in which human pathogens

are subjected to genetic manipulations) laboratory was officially opened in building 550 of

Fort Detrick, MD, the Pentagon s main biological warfare research center. “In an article in Der

Spiegel , Prof. Mollings point out that this type of gene manipulation was still extremely

difficult in 1977. One would have had to have a genius as great as Robert Gallo for this

purpose, note the Segals.”

Lo and behold. In a supposed compliance with the international accord banning the research,

production and storage of biological weapons, part of Fort Detrick was “demilitarized” and the

virus section renamed the “Frederick Cancer Research Facility”. It was put under the direction

of the Cancer Research Institute in neighbouring Bethesda, whose director was no other than

Robert Gallo. This happened in 1975, the year Gallo discovered HTLV. Explaining how the

virus escaped, the Segals note that in the US, biological agents are traditionally tested on

prisoners who are incarcerated for long periods, and who are promised freedom if they survive

the test. However, the initial HIV infection symptoms are mild and followed by a seemingly

healthy patient.

“Those who conducted the research must have concluded that the new virus was…not so

virulent that it could be considered for military use, and the test patients, who had seemingly

recovered, were given their freedom. Most of the patients were professional criminals and

New York City, which is relatively close, offered them a suitable milieu. Moreover, the patients

were exclusively men, many of them having a history of homosexuality and drug abuse, as is

often the case in American prisons.

It is understandable why AIDS broke out precisely in 1979, precisely among men and among

drug users, and precisely in New York City,” assert the Segals. They go on to explain that

whereas in cases of infection by means of sexual contact, incubation periods are two years

and more, while in cases of massive infection via blood transfusions, as must have been the

case with prisoners, incubation periods are shorter than a year. “Thus, if the new virus was

ready at the beginning of 1978 and if the experiments began without too much delay, then the

first cases of full-blown AIDS in 1979 were exactly the resultthat could have been expected.”

In the next three lengthy chapters, the Segals examine other theories, “legends” as they call

them, of the origins of AIDS. Dissecting each claim, they show that they have no scientific

standing, providing also the findings of other scientists. They also bring up the arguments of

scientists and popular writers who have been at the task of discounting them as “conspiracy

theorists” and show these writers shortcomings. Interested readers will have to read the

original article to follow those debates. I will only quote two more paragraphs:

“We often heard the argument that experiments with human volunteers are part of a barbaric

past, and that they would be impossible in the US today… We wish to present one single

document whose authenticity is beyond doubt. An investigative commission of the US House

of Representatives presented in October 1986 a final report concerning the Manhattan Project.

According to this document, between 1945 and 1975 at least 695 American citizens were

exposed to dangerous doses of radioactivity. Some of them were prisoners who had

volunteered, but they also included residents of old-age homes, inmates of insane asylums,

handicapped people in nursing homes, and even normal patients in public hospitals; most of

them were subjected to these experiments without their permission. Thus the barbaric past is

not really a thing of the past.” “It is remarkable that most of these experiments were carried out

in university institutes and federal hospitals, all of which are named in the report.

Nonetheless, these facts remained secret until 1984, and even then a Congressional committee

that was equipped with all the necessary authorization needed two years in order to bring



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