A number of conspiracy theorists have suggested that AIDS is actually a man-made disease. These theories often state that the disease was meant to deliberately wipe out a certain segment of the population in an act of genocide.
Dr. Boyd E. Graves postulates that AIDS was the culmination of biowarfare research conducted by the U.S. Government (and later, by the Soviet government) throughout the 20th century. He believes AIDS was developed and proliferated for the primary purpose of wiping out blacks, gays, and other social groups considered to be "excess population." Dr. Graves has also suggested that Gulf War syndrome may be related to AIDS, and that an effective cure for AIDS has already been developed and patented (United States Patent 5,676,977) by a company called Antelman Technologies Ltd., but is being withheld.
Dr. Alan Cantwell, author of AIDS and the Doctors of Death: An Inquiry into the Origin of the AIDS Epidemic and Queer Blood: The Secret AIDS Genocide Plot, believes that HIV is a genetically modified organism developed by US Government scientists; that it was introduced into the population through hepatitis B experiments performed on gay and bisexual men between 1978-1981 in Manhattan, Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis, Denver, and Chicago (these experiments were directed by Dr. Wolf Szmuness); and that there is an ongoing government and media cover-up regarding the origin of the AIDS epidemic. Similar theories have been advanced by Dr. Robert B. Strecker and by Milton William Cooper, author of Behold A Pale Horse.
Matilde Krim, a cancer virologist, AIDS expert, and the co-chairperson of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, has also suggested that Dr. Wolf Szmuness' hepatitis B vaccination experiments of the late 70's caused the AIDS epidemic. Unlike Cantwell, however, she attributes this to accident rather than conspiracy.
Several conspiracy theorists, among them Dr. William C. Douglas, believe that the World Health Organization created the AIDS epidemic by administering contaminated smallpox vaccines to people in third world countries (including Africa) between 1966 and 1977. Dr. Robert Gallo, famous for discovering HIV, lent credence to this theory when he said, "the link between the World Health Organization [vaccination] program and the [AIDS] epidemic in Africa is an interesting and important hypothesis. I cannot say that it actually happened, but I have been saying for some years that the use of live vaccines such as that used for smallpox can activate a dormant infection such as HIV".
Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, author of Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola. Nature, Accident or Intentional? and Death in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism and Toxic Warfare, has advanced the theory that the AIDS virus was engineered by such US Government defense contractors as Litton Bionetics for the purposes of bio-warfare and "population control." Dr. Horowitz believes that Jews, blacks, and hispanics are prime targets in these attempts at "population control." He cites the historical preoccupation with eugenics on the part of the American medical establishment as evidence of a greater conspiracy to commit genocide.
Jakob Segal, a biology professor at Humboldt University in the former East Germany, believes that HIV was engineered at a US military laboratory in Fort Detrick, Maryland by splicing together two other viruses, Visna and HTLV-1. According to his theory, the new virus, created between 1977 and 1978, was tested on prison inmates who had volunteered for the experiment in exchange for early release. It was through these prisoners that the virus was spread to the population at large, starting with the gay community. Segal has been accused of being a Soviet disinformation agent.
Some conspiracy theories on the origins of AIDS carry anti-Semitic overtones. Some African-Americans in the US believe that HIV was invented by Jews as a way to destroy the black race. Such theories have been propagated for years, first by Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam, and by the New Black Panther Party, as well as by a number of professors in various small colleges. Conspiracy theorist Steve Cokely has made allegations that Jewish doctors have injected black babies with HIV.
Some conspiracy theorists believe the claim that AIDS was created by scientists to be false and to have originated from a communist Cold War plot to destabilize the Western world. They believe this claim was originally disseminated in the West by KGB agents seeking to undermine the faith of citizens in their own government (see: propaganda, disinformation). Mikhail Gorbachev once purportedly said that he felt sorry the KGB had planted and actively supported such stories in the Western world.
On the other hand, the US Government has an established history of performing atrocious experiments on its own citizens without their knowledge or consent. Between 1932 and 1972, the United States Public Health Service conducted a covert experiment called the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male. In this experiment, the Public Health Service deliberately deprived black, syphilis-infected residents of Tuskegee, Alabama of treatment in order to see what would happen to them. Between 1953 and 1972, the CIA conducted secret experiments on unwitting human subjects under the umbrella of project MK Ultra. The full nature and scope of these experiments may never be known, since most of the records on MK Ultra were deliberately destroyed by the CIA in 1972. What is known, however, is that some of these experiments involved: electro-shock treatment, sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, administration of psychoactive drugs, psychosurgery, the effects of radiation, the testing of chemical and biological weapons on American city streets, "brainwashing" and "mind control", interrogation and torture techniques. The US Army has admitted to conducting similar experiments.
Whether the conpiracy theories are valid or not, it is certain is that the military-industrial complex has an interest in the development of biological weapons that can target genetically similar groups of people. From the September 2000 white paper Rebuilding America's Defenses, published by the Project for the New American Century, comes the statement: "[...]advanced forms of biological warfare that can "target" specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool."
A contributor claiming to be Harry Pasternak asserts that "There is not one research piece published in a scholarly scientific journal with peer review that states that "HIV Is The Probable Cause Of AIDS". Even the Frenchman who discovered this so-called dis-ease can't point to one published research piece."
Pasternak is just the messenger here - his main claim to fame is that he can read! He is simply the messenger for Dr. Kary Mullis - the Nobel Laureate For Chemistry. Dr. Mullis asked the Frenchman Luc Montagier (the discoverer of HIV) to cite: one research piece published in a scholarly scientific journal with peer review that states that "HIV Is The Probable Cause Of AIDS". Montagier could not!! By the way Gallo was branded a liar by a USA senate investigation committee!
- Did The Pentagon Manufacture AIDS As A Biological Weapon?, by David Guyatt
- AIDS: Biowarfare Experiment Out Of Control?, by Sean MacKenzie
- The AIDS Conspiracy
- Dr. Boyd E. Graves
- True Origin of AIDS
- The Kissinger and Rockefeller links to the CIA and the origins of AIDS and Ebola, by Leonard G. Horowitz