(1977) Close Encounters of the Third Kind debuts
(1981) First cases of AIDS are confirmed in homosexual men in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco
Co-incidence? He thinks not!!
To whom it may concern,
Anyone who is aware of recent cultural trends in the decades old conflict between conservative/religious culture and more liberal, progressive, dissenting and/or tolerant viewpoints is aware of the role of the creative media in that process. Few are aware that a number of filmmakers have departed from a purely creative expression with their works and have been engineering those with an ingenious dual nature that hinges on techniques of between-the-lines, metaphor and symbol, often making use of color symbolism, linguistic and visual gymnastics and so forth. In fact, some quite clearly appear to serve and support similarly creative efforts by intelligence, military and law enforcement in the deployment of leave-no-trace tactics and technologies, some still classified, for exerting force and punishment, interrogating remotely and influencing cultural and individual attitudes and advantaging conservative culture, means which, in the telling, are designed to appear to be products of delusion or overactive imagination so as to prevent widescale public discovery of their presence, to reinforce public folklore, to maintain their effectiveness and to assist in tossing targeted individuals into the waiting arms of psychiatry and law enforcement. Those technologies and tactics include everything from methods of transparent and/or ambiguous semi-communications to methods of highly invasive location independent surveillance coupled with blind target information sharing.
In any case, that trend within the creative media is not particularly new and is at least at least three decades old if not more. One prime historical landmark example is the big production epic Close Encounters. Perhaps that film's most prominent and central symbol is 'Devil's Tower', which is quite clearly established as a 'sum of human evils' metaphor.
With the dual aspect nature of that film firmly in mind, a symbolic prophesy of the HIV epidemic only a few years following the release of the film also becomes clearly apparent. As astonishing as it may sound, it appears to suggest that the HIV epidemic were a planned epidemic, intended to confine America and other parts of the world to within certain moralistic boundaries in terms of human behaviors (namely promiscuity and alternative sexuality). It may seem incredible to some, but as many gay and lesbian people are well aware, there are plenty of conservative and religiously oriented people who would be only too happy to see them depart this world via any means necessary. Such attitudes were only more prominent back in the seventies when the film was produced.
The HIV epidemic would break out only a few years following the release of the film. The following scenes are the most relevant:
"When this mission fully develops, I get white knuckles just thinking about what might be ahead for those folks."
"Contaminated water. Affects people. Crops. Disease."
"Yea. Epidemic. A plague epidemic."
"What kind of disease?"
"A plague. A plague epidemic."
"Nobody's going to believe a plague in this day and age."
"Good. Good. That's good. I like that. But it may not evacuate everybody. There's always some joker who thinks he's immune. What I need is something so scary, it'll clear three hundred square miles [around Devil's Tower] of every living Christian soul."
A more comprehensive analysis of the film with other examples of the strategic use of the creative media are posted here:
An MKULTRA Timeline
(1969) Mr. Robert MacMahan of the Department of Defense requests from congress $10 million to develop, within 5 to 10 years, a synthetic biological agent to which no natural immunity exists.
(1970) Funding for the synthetic biological agent is obtained under H.R. 15090. The project, under the supervision of the CIA, is carried out by the Special Operations Division at Fort Detrick, the army's top secret biological weapons facility. Speculation is raised that molecular biology techniques are used to produce AIDS-like retroviruses.
(1970) United States intensifies its development of ethnic weapons (Military Review, Nov., 1970), designed to selectively target and eliminate specific ethnic groups who are susceptible due to genetic differences and variations in DNA.
(1975) The virus section of Fort Detrick's Center for Biological Warfare Research is renamed the Fredrick Cancer Research Facilities and placed under the supervision of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It is here that a special virus cancer program is initiated by the U.S. Navy, purportedly to develop cancer-causing viruses. It is also here that retro virologists isolate a virus to which no immunity exists. It is later named HTLV (Human T-cell Leukemia Virus).
(1977) Senate hearings on Health and Scientific Research confirm that 239 populated areas had been contaminated with biological agents between 1949 and 1969. Some of the areas included San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Key West, Panama City, Minneapolis, and St. Louis.
(1977) Close Encounters debuts
(1978) Experimental Hepatitis B vaccine trials, conducted by the CDC, begin in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Ads for research subjects specifically ask for promiscuous homosexual men.
(1981) First cases of AIDS are confirmed in homosexual men in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, triggering speculation that AIDS may have been introduced via the Hepatitis B vaccine.
(1985) According to the journal Science (227:173-177), HTLV and VISNA, a fatal sheep virus, are very similar, indicating a close taxonomic and evolutionary relationship.
(1986) According to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (83:4007-4011), HIV and VISNA are highly similar and share all structural elements, except for a small segment which is nearly identical to HTLV. This leads to speculation that HTLV and VISNA may have been linked to produce a new retrovirus to which no natural immunity exists.
(1986) A report to Congress reveals that the U.S. Government's current generation of biological agents includes: modified viruses, naturally occurring toxins, and agents that are altered through genetic engineering to change immunological character and prevent treatment by all existing vaccines.
(1987) Department of Defense admits that, despite a treaty banning research and development of biological agents, it continues to operate research facilities at 127 facilities and universities around the nation.
(1990) More than 1500 six-month old black and Hispanic babies in Los Angeles are given an "experimental" measles vaccine that had never been licensed for use in the United States. CDC later admits that parents were never informed that the vaccine being injected to their children was experimental.
(1994) With a technique called "gene tracking," Dr. Garth Nicolson at the MD. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX discovers that many returning Desert Storm veterans are infected with an altered strain of Mycoplasma incognitus, a microbe commonly used in the production of biological weapons. Incorporated into its molecular structure is 40 percent of the HIV protein coat, indicating that it had been man-made.
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