The Secret Origin of AIDS & HIV
by ALAN CANTWELL JR.,
Many people have heard the theory that AIDS is man-made.
Thirty percent of New York City blacks polled by The New York Times
(October 29, 1990) actually believe AIDS is an "ethnic weapon" designed
in a laboratory to infect and kill black people.
Some people even think the AIDS conspiracy theory is more plausible
than the African Green monkey theory promoted by the leading AIDS
Actually, the monkey theory was proven wrong by researchers as far
back as 1988, but most AIDS educators continued to promote it to
the public until recently.
In a media blitz in 1999, the green monkey theory was totally replaced
by the chimpanzee "out of Africa" theory, and the chimp origin of
AIDS was fully accepted by the scientific community.
A phylogenetic "family tree" of primate viruses (which few people
could understand) was presented to prove that HIV was descended
from a primate virus in the African bush.
Analysis of virus genetic data performed by the "supercomputer"
at Los Alamos in New Mexico indicated that HIV had "jumped species"
from a chimp to a human around the year 1930 in Africa.
Alamos is the official home of nuclear bomb-building, alleged Chinese
spies, and the laboratory which directed secret human radiation
experiments on unsuspecting civilians from the 1940s up to the beginning
of the AIDS epidemic.)
At the international AIDS conference held in 2000 in South Africa,
one scientist claimed the chimpanzee virus (SIVcpz) was "ancient"
and jumped species as early as 1675 but didn't establish itself
in the human population until 1930. This was dutifully reported
by science writer Laurie Garrett, who give all the time-honored
reasons for the rapid spread of AIDS in Africa: non-sterile needles,
non-sterile blood products and widespread promiscuous sexual behavior.
The Special Virus Cancer Program (1962-1977)
Conveniently forgotten by scientists and medical journalists was
the fact that surgeons had been transplanting chimpanzee parts into
human beings for decades.
When Keith Reemtsma died in June 2000, at age 74, he was hailed
as a pioneer in cross-species organ transplants (now known as xenotransplantation).
By 1964 he had already placed six chimpanzee kidneys into six patients.
All his patients died, but eventually Reemtsma succeeded in many
successful human-to-human organ transplants.
Much more likely to have spread animal viruses to human beings is
the largely forgotten Special Virus Cancer Program (SVCP). This
research program was responsible for the development, the seeding,
and the deployment of various animal viruses, which were capable
of producing cancer and immune system damage when transferred between
animal species and into human cells and tissue.
The SVCP began in 1964 as a government-funded program of the National
Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland. Originally designed
to study leukemia and lymphoma forms of cancer, the program was
soon enlarged to study all forms of cancer.
The SVCP marshalled many of the nation's finest virologists, biochemists,
immunologists, molecular biologists, and epidemiologists, at the
most prestigious institutions in a coordinated attempt to assess
the role of viruses in causing human cancer. Many of the top AIDS
scientists, including Dr. Robert Gallo (the co-discoverer of HIV),
Myron (Max) Essex (of "cat AIDS" fame), and Peter Duesberg (who
claims HIV is not the cause of AIDS), were connected with the Program.
The scope of the program was international and included scientists
from Japan, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, Israel, and even Uganda,
Africa. A main mission of the SVCP was to collect various human
and animal cancers from around the world and to grow large amounts
of cancer-causing viruses. In the process, many animal viruses were
adapted to human cells. These cultured viruses would then be shipped
to researchers throughout the world.
An annual report of the accomplishments of the SVCP was published
by the NCI. The 1971 SVCR report indicates a mouse leukemia virus
had been adapted to grow in human cells. A hybrid virus a mixture
of a mouse sarcoma and a cat (feline) leukemia virus was engineered
and grown in cat cells. Chicken and feline retroviruses produced
cancer in monkeys. Mouse-cat virus hybrids and feline leukemia virus
were adapted to human cells in tissue culture. Thus, species jumping
was a common occurrence in these experiments. Biological Warfare,
Primate Research and the SVCP. Also joining forces with the SVCP
at the NCI were the miltary's biological warfare researchers.
On October 18, 1971, President Richard Nixon announced that the
army's biowarfare laboratories at nearby Fort Detrick, Maryland,
would be converted to research on the cause, prevention, and treatment
As part of Nixon's so-called War on Cancer, the military biowarfare
unit was retitled the new Frederick Cancer Research Center.
Litton Bionetics was named as the military's prime contractor for
The 1971 annual report noted that one of the primary tasks of the
now jointly connected National Cancer Institute-Frederick Cancer
Research Center was "the large scale production of oncogenic (cancer-causing)
and suspected oncogenic viruses to meet research needs on a continuing
basis." Special attention was given to primate viruses (the alleged
African source of HIV) and "the successful propagation of significant
amounts of human candidate viruses."
Candidate viruses were animal or human viruses that might be capable
of intiating human cancers. And primate cancer-causing viruses were
adapted to 'normal' human cells.
A steady supply of research animals (monkeys, chimpanzees, mice,
and cats) was necessary, which resulted in the establishment of
breeding colonies for the SVCP. Healthy animals were shipped in
from various parts of the world for breeding purposes and experimentation;
and virus-infected animals were shipped out again to various labs.
By 1971, a total of 2,274 primates had been inoculated at Bionetics
Research Laboratories, under contract to Fort Detrick. Over 1000
of these monkeys had already died or had been transferred to other
primate centers. (Some animals were eventually released back into
the wild). By this time, experimenters had spread lymphoma-producing
viruses into several species of monkeys, and had also isolated a
monkey virus (Herpesvirus saimiri) that would have a close genetic
relationship to a new Kaposi's sarcoma virus that produced the "gay
cancer" of AIDS a few years later.
In order to prime primates and other research animals to acquire
cancer, their immune system was deliberately suppressed by drugs,
radiation, or cancer-causing chemicals or substances. The thymus
gland and/or the spleen was removed, and viruses were injected into
newborn animals or into the womb of pregnant animals. Some animals
were also injected with malaria to keep them chronically sick and
Primates (especially newborn and baby chimpanzees) were the most
favored lab animals because they were most similar biochemically
and immunologically to human beings, and because there would be
no official testing of these lab viruses on humans. An irradiated
rhesus monkey colony supplied animals for transplantation experiments.
Robert Gallo was a project officer of a primate study contracted
by Bionetics that pumped cancerous human tissue, as well as a variety
of chicken and monkeys viruses into newborn macaques (a small species
of monkey). This 1971 SVCP report (NIH-71-2025) declared: "Inasmuch
as tests for the biological activity of candidate human viruses
will not be tested in the human species, it is imperative that another
system be developed for these determinations and, subsequently for
the evaluation of vaccines or other measure of control. The close
phylogenetic relationship of the lower primates of man justifies
utilization of these animals for these purposes."
Researchers at Bionetics evaluated the long-term cancer effects
of injecting human and animal cancer material into various species
of monkeys. Newborn monkeys, irradiated monkeys, and monkeys primed
with cancer-causing chemicals, were injected with blood ("using
multiple sites and volumes as large as possible") taken from various
forms of human leukemia. In other studies, tissue cultures infected
with various animal viruses were inoculated into primates. Many
kinds of human cancer tissue were injected into the animals. How
many "new" and "emerging" viruses were created and adapted by the
SVCP is not known. And it is unlikely that complete records of this
animal cancer virus experimentation will ever be examined.
Cats were also bred for leukemia and sarcoma cancer studies. An
inbred germfree colony of mice was established. Mouse cancer viruses
were manipulated to produce resistant and non-resistant strains.
These adapted viruses would be employed in the 1980s in human gene
replacement experiments. Such experiments utilized a weakened strain
of the mouse leukemia virus to infect and "taxi-in" the missing
genes to genetically-defective human cells.
The End of the SVCP and the Birth of AIDS
By 1977 the SVCP came to a inglorious end. According to Gallo, "Scientifically,
the problem was that no one could supply clear evidence of any kind
of human tumor virus, not even a DNA virus, and most researchers
refused to concede that viruses played any role in human cancers.
Politically, the Virus Cancer Program was vulnerable because it
attracted a great deal of money and attention and had failed to
produce dramatic, visible results."
Despite all this, the SCVP was the birthplace of genetic engineering,
molecular biology, and the human genome project. More than any other
program it built up the field of animal retrovirology, which led
to the vital understanding of cancer and immunosuppressive retroviruses
in humans. Like manna from heaven, AIDS in gays put the virologists
back in business. And HIV, a cancer-causing and immunosuppressive
retrovirus, would make Robert Gallo the most famous scientist in
Few people understand clearly that AIDS is a new form of cancer,
and this aspect of AIDS has not been publicized for obvious reasons.
Physicians have always told their patients that cancer is not contagious
or sexually transmitted. Virologists wanted AIDS and "gay cancer"
to be a new disease because HIV was supposedly brand new. It was
easier to blame gays for initiating this new disease with their
sexual lifestyle than it was to point the finger at scientists.
And if AIDS was connected to animal cancer research, some people
might wonder if the new disease had anything to do with all those
species jumping experiments in the 1970s. Making people understand
that AIDS is cancer would only confuse them.
And so, instead of looking for the source of HIV in the thousands
of animal cancer experiments performed througout the world, the
virologists insisted on looking for the source of the virus in primates
in the African rainforest.
The Pre-AIDS Gay Hepatitis B Experiments (1978-1981)
As the SVCP was winding down, thousands of gay men were signing
up as guinea pigs for government-sponsored hepatitis B vaccine experiments
in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In a few years these
cities would become the epicenters for "gay-related immune deficiency
syndrome, " later known as AIDS.
Could virus-contaminated vaccines lie at the root of AIDS?
In the early 1970s the hepatitis B vaccine was developed in chimpanzees,
now widely accepted as the animal from which HIV supposedly evolved.
To this day, some people are fearful about taking the hepatitis
B vaccine because of its original connection to gay men and AIDS;
and older physicians remember the original experimental hepatitis
vaccine was made from the pooled blood serum of hepatitis-infected
Was HIV "introduced" into gays during these vaccine trials
when thousands of homosexuals were injected in New York beginning
in 1978, and in the West Coast cities in 1980-1981?
AIDS first erupted in gays living in New York City in 1979 a few
months after the experiment began in Manhattan. The astounding and
statistically significant fact is that 20% of the gay men who volunteered
for the hepatitis B experiment in New York were discovered to be
HIV-positive in 1980 (a year before AIDS became "official" in 1981).
This would mean that Manhattan men had the highest incidence of
HIV anywhere in the world, including Africa, the supposed birthplace
of HIV and AIDS. The fact is that definite, proven cases of AIDS
in Africa would not appear until 1982.
Some researchers are convinced that these vaccine experiments served
as the vehicle through which HIV was "introduced" into the gay population
in America. Nevertheless, AIDS scientists have downplayed any connection
of AIDS with the vaccine.
My own extensive research into the hepatitis B experiments is presented
in AIDS and the Doctors of Death: An Inquiry into the Origin of
the AIDS Epidemic, published in 1988. Also included in this book
is evidence suggesting patient Zero" story of 1987, which claimed
a promiscuous gay Canadian airline steward brought AIDS to America.
Montagnier "is doubtful that the American epidemic could have developed
from a single patient."
Montagnier admits that he stands apart from Robert Gallo on many
matters. In a mind-blowing statement he declares "Gallo was not
a medical doctor, but rather a biochemist by training. His limited
experience with viruses at the time perhaps explains his misinterpretations
and the contaminations that occurred in his laboratory." ( Gallo
has always declared himself as a physician. If he is not, then we
certainly do have a conspiracy problem on our hands.)
What is obvious from their authored books is that while the continent
of Africa dies, these two top scientists in AIDS research continue
their vendetta in print, and continue to promote their own pet theories
on the origin of HIV and AIDS to an adoring scientific community.
"Gay and Straight" Strains of HIV and Sexual Preference
It is common knowledge that AIDS is a heterosexual disease in Africa,and
that AIDS started exclusively as a gay disease in the United States.
Although the public was told early on that "no one is immune from
AIDS", the fact remains that even now (20 years after the first
AIDS cases) 80% of the new AIDS cases in America are gay men, IV
drug addicts, and their sexual partners. Why is this? Certainly
HIV does not discriminate between sexual preference and race! Or
In the mid-1990s molecular biologists identified at least 8 different
subtypes (or "clades" or "strains") of HIV that were infecting various
people around the world. Remarkably, it turns out that the "B" strain
is the predominant strain infecting gays in the U.S. Even more remarkable
is that this strain of HIV has an "affinity" to infect rectal tissue,
thus explaining why gays are more likely to get AIDS than straights.
In contrast, the HIV strains common in Africa have an affinity for
vaginal and cervical cells, as well as for cells of the foreskin
of the penis. Thus, HIV is more likely to infect heterosexuals in
How do we know this? Max Essex (a Harvard veterinarian who performed
pre-AIDS experiments transferring feline leukemia virus between
cat populations) tested subtype E strains of HIV from Thailand.
He discovered that this Asian strain readily infected women's genital
cells of the vagina and cervix. But the "gay" B strain of HIV did
not infect them as easily.
AIDS experts tell us American AIDS came from Africa, but the strain
of HIV prevalent in gay men is almost never seen in Africa! How
is this possible?
Were strains of HIV engineered to adapt easily to cells likely to
be infected in gay sex? Or adapted to genital cells involved in
We know scientists in the SVCP were able to adapt certain retroviruses
to infect specific kinds of cells. As early as 1970 biowarfare scientists
were learning to design certain infectious agents (particularly
viruses) that would attack the cells of certain racial groups.
More recently, in 1997, Stephen O'Brien and Michael Dean of the
Laboratory of Genomic Diversity at the National Cancer Institute
have shown that one out of ten white people have AIDS-resistant
genes, whereas blacks in Africa have none.
Is this simply another peculiarity of a virus that jumped species
in the African bush? Or is HIV a designer virus, specifically adapted
in its subtypes to infect certain racial groups and gay people?
When AIDS appeared in 1981, health officials assured the "general
public" that there was nothing to fear. "AIDS is a gay disease"
was the phrase repeated over and over again in a media blitz. As
late as 1987, Robert Gallo told Playboy reporter David Black, "I
personally don't know of a single case (in America) of a man getting
the (AIDS) virus from a woman through heterosexual intercourse."
In Africa, where AIDS affects men and women in equal numbers, Gallo's
explanation to Black was: "It happens, but that may be due to differences
in sexual practices, more promiscuity or to a greater incidence
of venereal disease." Gallo give Playboy his reassurance of the
future of heterosexual AIDS in America: "AIDS will never become
an overwhelming danger to the general public."
Solving the Mystery of the Origin of AIDS
The pre-AIDS species jumping experiments of the Special Virus Cancer
Program (SVCP) have been largely expunged from the history of HIV
and AIDS. The viral contamination problems inherent in viral research
have also been downplayed. As a result, the origin of HIV and AIDS
has been distorted and obscured.
A serious examination of the SVCP provides "missing links" to the
possible laboratory origin of HIV. The ability of SVCP scientists
to produce "new" diseases with cancer-causing animal viruses is
a matter of record. The ability of animal viruses to easily contaminate
laboratory experiments and vaccine manufacture is also well known.
All these factors make the man-made theory of AIDS rational and
Some areas of HIV/AIDS history that require further analysis are:
The connection between AIDS and cancer
The connection of HIV to known (pre-AIDS) animal cancer lab viruses
The connection of the SVCP to the outbreak of AIDS
The connection of vaccine programs to the outbreak of AIDS
The connection of biological warfare research to the outbreak of
The disinformation surrounding the origin of AIDS
The disinformation blaming the "victims" of AIDS for the disease
The total secrecy of biological warfare and its implications for
The wedding of cancer and AIDS scientists to biological warfare
The "sworn to secrecy" problem of the government/military scientists
The wedding of government to medical science for military b/w purposes
The long history of secret medical experiments on unsuspecting citizens
All these factors need to be explored more fully and impartially
in order to more fully elucidate the man-made, laboratory origin
of HIV and AIDS.
To continue to ignore these issues is to ignore the fate of countless
millions who will die from AIDS and other "emerging viruses" in
The Special Virus Cancer Program (and biowarfare experimentation
worldwide) has forever changed the course of history of medical
science, resulting in the current dangers of biological terrorism
and the fear of newly emerging man-made viruses and other infectious
To study the theories of origin of HIV/AIDS and to ignore the SVCP
with its biowarfare implications is like studying the Holocaust
and failing to mention the Nazis. Some readers may find this analogy
offensive, but in light of the close connection of the SVCP with
the outbreak of HIV and AIDS, it is suggested that final judgement
be reserved until all the pertinent facts are ascertained.
The SVCP and "the hand of man" lie at the root of HIV. The flowering
of the worldwide epidemic of AIDS is proof that the seeds were well
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[Dr. Cantwell is a medical researcher and author of AIDS & The
Doctors of Death, and Queer Blood, both published by Aries Rising
Press, PO Box 29532,Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA. These books are
available on the Internet at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or
through mail order at Book Clearing House @ 1-800-431-1579. ]