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AIDS: A US Made Monster?

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.

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“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.”
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

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 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 these facts to life. We are often asked how
the work on the AIDS virus could have been kept secret. Now, experiments
performed on a few dozen prisoners in a laboratory that is subject to military
security can be far more easily kept secret than could be the Manhattan


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