The Swine Flu “Pandemic”: From Pigs or Out-of-Control Scientists?
By ALAN CANTWELL Jr., MD
—The new “swine flu” virus was first detected in Mexico on April 23, 2009. A few days later, the US Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claimed the so-called “Mexican flu” had infected more than 1,000 people with 60 deaths. The novel infectious agent was reported as a hybrid of pig, bird and human flu viruses, including genetic elements from European and Asian swine viruses.
The official name of the virus is Influenza A: subtype H1N1. Most puzzling about this new swine virus is that it has not been detected in pigs or in pig farmers. By May 9, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that up to 2 billion people could be infected worldwide if the current epidemic continued to expand with repeated outbreaks. By the end of May, more than 13,500 cases were reported from 48 countries, with 110 deaths, most from the US and Mexico. And flu experts were still arguing whether it was a pandemic or an epidemic.
On April 29, Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari, who had previously accused Western governments of making and spreading viruses to boost pharmaceutical profits, said: “I’m not sure whether the virus was genetically engineered but it’s a possibility.”
Two weeks later, Adrian Gibbs, an Australian evolutionary virologist with impeccable academic credentials, shocked the scientific world by suggesting the new strain of swine flu was created in a laboratory using eggs to grow viruses for vaccines, and could have been “accidentally” leaked to the general public. Gibbs, who was on the team behind the development of Tamiflu, came to this conclusion by analysing the genetic blueprint of the virus. Not surprisingly, WHO and the CDC were quick to note there was no evidence for this assertion.
According to a source known to former US National Security Agency official Wayne Madsen, “A top scientist for the United Nations, who has examined the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, as well as HIV/AIDS victims, concluded that H1N1 possesses certain transmission ‘vectors’ that suggest that the new flu strain has been genetically-manufactured as a military biological warfare weapon.”
Madsen claims that his source, and another in Indonesia, “Are convinced that the current outbreak of a new strain of swine flu in Mexico and some parts of the United States is the result of the introduction of a human-engineered pathogen that could result in a widespread global pandemic, with potentially catastrophic consequences for domestic and international travel and commerce.”
When AIDS first appeared, rumours abounded as to whether the disease was man-made. These rumours were quickly squelched by the “experts” and the media as conspiracy theory and paranoia. Similar arguments are now used against the idea of a man-made flu epidemic. An Internet blogger wrote a typical response: “The number one thing that we all should strive to do is refrain from being suckered into conspiracy theories. Whether the US government, or any government or group, concocted this virus and were responsible for it getting out in the wild (whether on purpose or by accident) isn’t really the important issue right now. The important issue lies in handling the situation properly and trying to stop the outbreak before it gets worse – if we can.”
Emerging Viruses: Accident of Nature or Man-Made Creations?In the early 1970s doctors believed that many infectious diseases had been banished from the industrialised world. But, remarkably, over the last three decades more than 30 new “emerging diseases” appeared in various places. Some of the better-known diseases include AIDS, SARS, Legionnaire’s disease, toxic shock syndrome, Lyme disease, hepatitis C, mad cow disease, hanta virus, various new encephalitis and hemorrhagic viruses, Lassa fever, West Nile virus, and Ebola virus.
Controversial diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War Illness are not included in the US government’s list of emerging diseases. In addition, older diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and cholera, have re-emerged in more virulent and drug-resistant forms.
Could this outbreak of a new swine flu virus be some sort of covert biological “test” (like the anthrax mailings in the US in 2001) to wake people up to the dangers of bioterrorism? Are all these new emerging diseases and viruses merely continuing (and unprecedented) cruel acts of Mother Nature? Or could “the hand of man” in the form of genetic engineers and/or biological warfare terrorists be involved in these new outbreaks? Is it just a coincidence that all these weird bugs and illnesses have erupted in the past three decades? Or is all this just “paranoid” thinking?
Health officials have never implicated the biological warfare establishments of any country for the manifestation of these new diseases. Instead, the blame has been placed on increased global travel and globalisation, population growth and movements, deforestation and reforestation programs, human sexuality (in the case of HIV), and increased human contact with tropical mini-forests and other wilderness habitats that are reservoirs for insects and animals that harbour unknown infectious agents.
Several days after the “swine flu” outbreak was detected in Mexico, health officials declared that “Patient Zero” was a 5 year-old boy from La Gloria, a small town in the State of Veracruz, four hours away from Mexico City. By the end of the week, other officials uncovered that earlier proven cases had occurred in the border area between California and Mexico, thus raising speculation that the disease originated in the US. Although there was no indication the pandemic was caused by pigs, many people were fearful of eating pork, and pork farmers were facing financial ruin.
Ever since AIDS, epidemiologists tend to routinely blame many emerging diseases on animals and the transfer of their viruses to humans via “species jumping.” Scientists never mention the fact that for many decades millions of animals and innumerable vials of infectious animal tissue material have been shipped around the world for commercial and biological warfare purposes.
This world trade in deadly agents, coupled with advanced gene-splicing technology and species-jumping experiments beginning in the 1970s, has paralleled the increase in emerging diseases. In countless laboratories around the world many newly engineered viruses have been seeded into various species of animals. Some of these viruses have been adapted to human tissue.
The biological warfare implications of all these scientific “advances” have led some conspiracy-minded people to suspect out-of-control scientists as the source of one or more outbreaks of these newly emerging diseases.
A few researchers, such as Dr. Leonard Horowitz, suspects this is all part of “a conspiracy to commit genocide” by an “Anglo-American network of [government and pharmaceutical company] genetic engineers” who produced “genetically-modified recombinants of the avian, swine, and Spanish flu viruses, H5N1 and H1N1, nearly identical to the unprecedented Mexican virus that has now spread to the United States.”
Generating Fear for a Hidden Agenda?Former US State Department insider Fred Burks, writing for www.opednews.com, asks “How much of the swine flu scare is real and how much is fear mongering? Could it be that certain members of the power elite profit handsomely when fear is spread around the globe through exaggerated alerts such as the avian flu and swine flu scares? Could there actually be deadly man-made viruses… which if released could cause a true pandemic killing millions around the globe? These are important questions worth exploring.”
Burks mentions the previous swine flu outbreak in the US in 1976 when only one person actually died, yet fear-mongering by the government led to massive vaccinations, which in turn caused at least 30 deaths as a direct result of contaminated vaccines.
More than half a dozen pharmaceutical companies, including Gilead Sciences Inc., Roche, GlaxoSmithKline and other companies with a stake in flu treatments and detection, saw a rise in their shares in a matter of days, and will likely see revenue boosts if the swine flu outbreak continues to spread.
The fear generated by the mainstream media and government over recent flu outbreaks has made some individuals very wealthy. Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld alone added $5 million to his investment portfolio thanks to massive sales of Tamiflu during the avian flu “pandemic,” which never materialised. Tamiflu was shown numerous times to be ineffective against avian flu, however it’s also being recommended for swine flu.
The Financial Times on May 12 reported that governments around the world have previously stockpiled 220 million doses of Tamiflu in preparation for a “pandemic” that has yet to appear. The cost of this preparation is $7 billion dollars.
Bestselling author and health activist Dr. Joseph Mercola makes the following point: “It is important to note that nearly all suspected new [swine flu] cases have been reported as mild. Preliminary scientific evidence is also pointing out that this virus is NOT as potent as initially thought… Personally, I am highly skeptical. It simply doesn’t add up to a real pandemic.”
Mercola suspects a hidden agenda: “[The swine flu] has a noticeable subplot – preparing you for draconian measures to combat a future pandemic as well as forcing you to accept the idea of mandatory vaccinations.”
At the time of this article’s publication, extra powers granted by the NSW government in Australia can be applied to force into quarantine anyone who has been in contact with a suspected swine flu “case.” Will the next step be mandatory vaccinations?
Secret biowarfare experimentation on human populationsIt is surprising that US Homeland Security and the CDC immediately eliminated bioterrorism as a possible source of the new swine flu outbreak, particularly when the US government has a long and well-documented history of biowarfare experimentation using unsuspecting citizens.
During the 1950s and 60s secret military biowarfare attacks took place in many parts of America. The most notorious was a six-day attack on San Francisco in which clouds of potentially harmful bacteria were sprayed over the city. Twelve people developed pneumonia due to the infectious bacteria, and one elderly man died from the attack. This attack was not revealed to the public until years later when classified documents were finally released.
In other classified experiments, the military sprayed bacteria in New York City subways, in a Washington DC airport, and on highways in Pennsylvania. Biowarfare testing also took place in military bases in Virginia, in Key West (Florida), and off the coasts of Southern California and Hawaii.
The Army also experimented on its own soldiers. Secret biowarfare experiments were performed at Fort Detrick between 1954 and 1973, exposing 2,300 Seventh-Day Adventist volunteers to germs causing tularemia, malaria, anthrax, Queensland fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, encephalitis, and a host of other exotic diseases.
The experiments were aimed at preventing, diagnosing, and treating these diseases, as well as the development of vaccines. No one died in the experiments, but critics contend that the men were essentially coerced into participating in research that, despite military assurances to the contrary, could have been used to produce biowarfare weapons.
During the Cold War years following World War Two, thousands of US citizens were used as unsuspecting guinea pigs in over 4,000 secret and classified radiation experiments conducted by the Atomic Energy Commission and other government agencies.
Not only is the public kept ignorant of biowarfare research, but biowarfare “accidents” are officially covered-up, downplayed, or simply blamed on animals. The full extent of the US government’s experiments on unsuspecting people will probably never be known because many documents remain Top Secret or classified. Other documents are often declared as missing, destroyed, or “unavailable,” in an attempt to hide the truth from the public.
Genetic engineering and species transfer of new killer virusesAs the 1970s began, the US Army’s biowarfare program intensified, particularly in the area of genetic engineering research. This genetic manipulation of cells and infectious agents, and the mixing and transferring of viruses between various animals (including monkeys, chimps and other primates) resulted in the creation of many laboratory (i.e. “man-made”) infectious agents for research, commercial and biowarfare purposes.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon transferred a major part of the Army’s Biological Warfare Unit at Ft. Detrick over to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Thereafter, secret biowarfare experimentation continued under the cover of bona-fide cancer research.
In November 1973 at a high-level conference entitled “Biohazards in Biological Research,” virologists freely admitted there was no foolproof way to prevent the escape of highly dangerous laboratory viruses into the community. Robert Miller of the NCI warned that “laboratory workers have not only heavy exposures to known viruses, but also to the viruses that they invent.”
Utilising the latest genetic engineering techniques, virologists forced cancer-causing viruses to “jump” from one species of animal to another. In the hazardous transfer of dangerous infectious agents, scientists developed new forms of cancer in animals, as well as AIDS-like immunodeficiency diseases in cats, primates, and other lab animals. In 1981, a decade later, a new and mysterious immunodeficiency disease called AIDS suddenly appeared exclusively in gay men, the most hated minority in America.
AIDS: A designer disease with a genetically-altered laboratory virus?During the 1970s the NCI’s Special Virus Cancer Program brought together leading national and international medical scientists in a unified attempt to uncover cancer-causing viruses. In the process human and animal viruses were adapted for commercial and biowarfare purposes. By the end of the decade new “emerging viruses” began to appear.
Some AIDS researchers believe the “war on cancer” and the concomitant Special Virus Cancer Program with its connections to biowarfare research spawned HIV. The AIDS outbreak in America clearly traces back to the government-sponsored experimental hepatitis B vaccine programs (1978-1981). These experiments in Manhattan, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, utilised highly promiscuous, healthy white gay and bisexual men as guinea pigs. Shortly after this experiment began in Manhattan in 1978, the first cases of “gay-related immune deficiency disease” appeared in New York City.
The danger of unrecognised animal viruses contaminating commercial vaccines has been known for a half-century. The AIDS epidemic was not the first time a monkey virus “jumped species” – via contaminated vaccines – to the human population. The polio vaccine of the 1950s was contaminated with a monkey virus called “simian virus-40” and was injected into half the US population of that era. The details of this horrific event and its aftermath can be found in The Virus and the Vaccine: The True Story of a Cancer-Causing Monkey Virus, Contaminated Polio Vaccine, and the Millions of Americans Exposed by Debbie Bookchin and Jim Schumacher.
The idea of AIDS as a man-made virus (and seeded through vaccines) is considered by most scientists to be a joke and is trashed as paranoid “conspiracy theory.” However, as already noted, previous biowarfare experiments against civilians have all been clouded in secrecy and covered-up at the highest levels of government. Scientific “facts” surrounding these unethical programs are often tainted with government disinformation, propaganda, and outright lies.
Scientists pooh-pooh the idea of a “man-made” virus, even though the laboratory transfer of viruses from one species to another always results in a “man-made virus.” When a lab virus is transferred to another species its molecular structure is altered. This occurs because the transferred virus picks up new genetic material from the cells of the new species that it infects.
More than 30 years after AIDS there are still unanswered questions. How is it biologically possible for a supposedly black, heterosexually-transmitted disease “out-of-Africa” to suddenly (with no incubation period) transform itself into a “gay disease” in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco? Why are there no proven AIDS cases in Africa in the 1960s and 70s? Why only young healthy white gay men in the US? Why no blacks, women, old people, immuno-suppressed people, children, heterosexuals, among the first cases? Surely with all the sexual activity of heterosexuals in America, one would expect some early cases to appear in straight people as well.
The evidence pointing to AIDS as a man-made disease can be found in my two books: AIDS and the Doctors of Death and Queer Blood. One can also google “man-made AIDS” for hundreds of Internet websites in which the subject is discussed rationally and intelligently. One Internet article entitled “WHO murdered Africa,” written by William Campbell Douglas, has been posted for two decades. The physician accuses the World Health Organisation of deliberately seeding HIV via contaminated African vaccine experiments. Douglas says there is no question mark after the title because the title is not a question: it’s a declarative statement. It is interesting to note that there has never been any serious scientific challenge to this research.
After 30 years, man-made AIDS is still a taboo subject for scientists and the media. As proof, witness the demonisation of Reverend Jeremiah Wright (Barack Obama’s pastor) whose public accusations of man-made AIDS threatened to bring down Obama’s bid for the presidential nomination. Not one journalist had the temerity to ask the Reverend why he held such an extreme view, and what was the evidence for it.
Pig parts for peopleIn a pandemic flu article appearing in the New York Times on May 5, 2009, (“10 (virus) genes furiously evolving”), Carl Zimmer reports: “Viruses are diverse because they can mutate very fast and can mix genes. They sometimes pick up genes from their hosts, and they can swap genes with other viruses. Some viruses, including flu viruses, carry out a kind of mixing known as reassortment. If two different flu viruses infect the same cell, the new copies of their genes get jumbled up as new viruses are assembled.”
So why do scientists want to use pig tissue for transplantation into humans? Particularly when pig viruses could “swap genes” with human viruses? Could the current “new” swine flu virus, which is a mix of human, pig and bird viruses, have its origin in gene-swapping viral lab experiments and/or vaccine experiments that have been conducted over the past half-century?
Writing about pig parts for TIME (January 14, 2002), Michael Lemonick is aware of the danger arising “because animals carry viruses that are harmless to their hosts but can turn deadly in another species. If such a virus hitchhiked aboard transplanted tissue, it could not only infect its new host but also spread to other humans – much as HIV did when it jumped from monkeys to man.”
Nevertheless, he concludes, “Interspecies transplantation is so promising that researchers are determined to tackle each hurdle as it comes. It could be a decade or more before clinical trials become routine and even longer for transplants. But they seem to be on their way.”
The Madness of Virus ResearchHow many more wake up calls with the appearance of mysterious viruses and epidemics will be required before health officials stop blaming animals as the source? When will we begin to reevaluate the world trade in deadly infectious and biowarfare agents, the insanities of out-of-control vaccine experimentation, and the needless seeding of viruses into countless laboratory animals? Surely these factors are possible reasons for our current and predicted new plagues.
Laboratory infectious creations and biowarfare agents are designed solely to kill. Any government or scientist or terrorist that is willing to deploy these agents should be fully aware that – ‘What Goes Around, Comes Around’.
Dr. ALAN CANTWELL is the author of two books on the man-made AIDS epidemic: AIDS and the Doctors of Death and Queer Blood, both available from www.amazon.com and Book Clearing House in the US @ 1-800-431-1579. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ariesrisingpress.com.The above article appeared in New Dawn No. 115 (Sept-Oct 2009).