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which carries an additional protein monomer of HTLV-1 that has an epitopecapable of bonding with T4 receptors. Neither Alizon and Montagnier nor anyother biologist know of any natural mechanism that would make it possible forthe epitope to be transferred from HTLV-1 to the visna virus. For this reasonwe can come to only one conclusion: that this gene combination arose byartificial means, through gene manipulation.” THE CONSTRUCTION OF HIV “The construction of a recombinant virus by means of gene manipulation isextraordinarily expensive, and it requires a large number of highly qualifiedpersonnel, complicated equipment and expensive high security laboratories.Moreover, the product would have no commercial value. Who, then,” ask theSegals, “would have provided the resources

for a type of research that wasaimed solely at the production of a new disease that would be deadly to humanbeings?”The English sociologist Allistair Hay (as well as Paxman et al in “A HigherForm of Killing”-ED), published a document whose authenticity has beenconfirmed by the US Congress, showing that a representative of the Pentagonrequested in 1969 additional funding for biological warfare research. Theintention was to create, within the next ten years, a new virus that wouldnot be susceptible to the immune system, so that the afflicted patient wouldnot be able to develop any defense against it. Ten years later, in the springof 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 themselvesto life in human beings. This was done under the cover of searching for a curefor cancer. The race was won by Gallo, who described his findings in 1975. Ayear later, Gallo described gene manipulations he was conducting. In 1980 hepublished his discovery of HTLV.In the fall of 1977, a P4 (highest security category of laboratory, in whichhuman pathogens are subjected to genetic manipulations) laboratory wasofficially opened in building 550 of Fort Detrick, MD, the Pentagon’s mainbiological warfare research center. “In an article in ‘Der Spiegel`, Prof.Mollings point out that this type of gene manipulation was still extremelydifficult in 1977. One would have had to have a genius as great as Robert Gallofor this purpose, note

the Segals.”Lo and behold. In a supposed compliance with the international accord banningthe research, production and storage of biological weapons, part of FortDetrick was “demilitarized” and the virus section renamed the “FrederickCancer Research Facility”. It was put under the direction of the CancerResearch Institute in neighbouring Bethesda, whose director was no other thanRobert Gallo. This happened in 1975, the year Gallo discovered HTLV.Explaining how the virus escaped, the Segals note that in the US, biologicalagents are traditionally tested on prisoners who are incarcerated for longperiods, and who are promised freedom if they survive the test. However, theinitial HIV infection symptoms are mild and followed by a seemingly healthypatient.”Those who conducted

the research must have concluded that the new viruswas…not so virulent that it could be considered for military use, and thetest patients, who had seemingly recovered, were given their freedom. Most ofthe patients were professional criminals and New York City, which isrelatively close, offered them a suitable milieu. Moreover, the patients wereexclusively 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 menand among drug users, and precisely in New York City,” assert the Segals. Theygo 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 infectionvia

blood transfusions, as must have been the case with prisoners, incubationperiods are shorter than a year. “Thus, if the new virus was ready at thebeginning of 1978 and if the experiments began without too much delay, thenthe first cases of full-blown AIDS in 1979 were exactly the resultthatcould 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 findingsof other scientists. They also bring up the arguments of scientists andpopular writers who have been at the task of discounting them as “conspiracytheorists” and show these writers’ shortcomings. Interested readers will haveto read the