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Posted by struggle4progress in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Feb 16th 2009, 11:55 PM
underscores a point often forgotten: some of the US bio-weapons scientists are really rather odd folk, whose fantasies make most of us cringe

I agree that it is unlikely that HIV/AIDS was designed in a government lab and then deliberately released into US minority communities -- because neither the pace of biological research in the 1970s, nor the currently-known epidemiological history of HIV/AIDS, lends plausibility to the theory

Nevertheless, although I disbelieve the theory myself, I find it easy to understand why a person, with a non-technical background and a certain knowledge of history, might regard the theory as plausible:

First, there is a long history of US officials experimenting with unwitting populations, including: a deliberate long-term non-treatment of African-American syphilitics so the US Public Health Service could determine by autopsy the effects of untreated syphilis, extensive experimentation (by the CIA) with the effects of LSD on unsuspecting persons, and deliberate exposure to radiation of large populations (by the Atomic Energy Commission)

Second, by the late 1960s, some bio-weapons researchers were considering the possibility of developing, within a decade, a new infectious disease that side-stepped existing immunological responses -- and HIV/AIDS was recognized approximately within that time frame

Thus, although Reverend Wright was probably completely wrong here, perhaps his beliefs do not prove him a total crack-pot but simply highlight his non-technical background

Links follow:

Aug 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – US Navy and Air Force officials recently reported a suspension of work in their biodefense laboratories to allow a thorough review of safety procedures, following the Army's announcement in early August that it would review security measures at the lab that housed the work of the late Bruce E. Ivins, whom federal officials believe played a role in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

The FBI's Aug 6 announcement of its conclusion that Ivins was responsible for the attacks came 9 days after he apparently committed suicide. Ivins had worked at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) for years, doing research that included work on anthrax vaccines. Shortly after the 2001 attacks he had also helped the FBI analyze anthrax samples, according to media reports.

The FBI's allegations about Ivins raised questions about how secure the USAMRIID facility was. , Reports of Ivins' past mental health problems also prompted questions about how well lab employees are screened before they are cleared to work with bioterror agents ...

Anthrax probe prompts concerns about military labs
Lisa Schnirring Staff Writer
http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/b...


The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
by Borgna Brunner

For forty years between 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) conducted an experiment on 399 black men in the late stages of syphilis. These men, for the most part illiterate sharecroppers from one of the poorest counties in Alabama, were never told what disease they were suffering from or of its seriousness. Informed that they were being treated for “bad blood,” their doctors had no intention of curing them of syphilis at all.

The data for the experiment was to be collected from autopsies of the men, and they were thus deliberately left to degenerate under the ravages of tertiary syphilis—which can include tumors, heart disease, paralysis, blindness, insanity, and death. “As I see it,” one of the doctors involved explained, “we have no further interest in these patients until they die” ...

http://www.tuskegee.edu/Global/Story.asp?s...
Inside Mind Control

... The CIA was fascinated by LSD, and thought it a wonder drug that could be used not only to create zombie-like armies, but to drive enemy leaders like Fidel Castro insane. There were few willing subjects in the research — often, LSD was secretly given to a range of people, from CIA employees to prostitutes and the mentally ill. Sometimes, agents even posed as prostitutes and secretly drugged their clients, while fellow agents watched in two-way mirrors ...

http://science.discovery.com/stories/mkult...
Selected Descriptions of AEC Experiments involving Human Subjects

LANL-3. Radiation Exposure of Aircrews in Mushroom Clouds
LBL-17. A Physiological Study in the Peruvian Andes Using Iron-59
LBL-42. X-Ray Irradiation of the Normal Pituitary Gland During Conventional Cancer Therapy
LBL-70. Studies on Protein-Bound Iodine-131 in Children
OR-9. Studies Using Cobalt-57 Labeled Vitamin (B)12
OT-3. Use of I131-Labeled Protein in the Study of Protein Digestion and Absorption in Children with and Without Cystic Fibrosis of the Pancreas
OT-7. Uptake of Iodine-131 in Normal Newborn Infants in Iowa City
OT-14. Testicular Irradiation of Washington State Prison Inmates
OT-19. Radioisotope Studies at the Fernald State School, Massachusetts
UC-12. Study of Hormone Conversion During Human Pregnancy Using Carbon-14

http://facstaff.gpc.edu/~shale/humanities/...


... On June 9, 1969, Dr. Donald M. MacArthur, Deputy Director, Research and Engineering, Department of Defense, testified before Congress:

Within the next 5 to 10 years, it would probably be possible to make a new infective microorganism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known disease-causing organisms. Most important of these is that it might be refractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectious disease.

Whether the United States actually developed such a microorganism and what it did with it has not been reported. AIDS was first identified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981 ...

May 3 / 4, 2008
Rev. Wright, the CIA and the AIDS Thing
By WILLIAM BLUM
http://www.counterpunch.org/blum05032008.h...



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