By Joel Bales email@example.com
December 2, 2000
It was Veteran's Day 2000, four days after the American Presidential election, and history was still on hold. Newspaper headlines reminded all of a divided and hypnotized country with the peculiarities of a presidential election in limbo. Yet no headline of the Sixth Circuit's historic election day order regarding Boyd Ed Graves, and his petition against the President of the United Sates was to be found.
In less than two hours I would be in Cleveland Ohio, interviewing AIDS activist, civil rights leader, American Veteran and history maker, Boyd Ed Graves, J.D. I was about to interview a man who made history as the first African American Navy Officer ever to be included in a Navy recruitment poster, a man who had been inside the Whitehouse of several administrations, an ADA specialist championing the rights of the disabled, and today the world's ultimate AIDS activist.
I was a white man preparing to tell a black man's story; ready to meet the man who shook the international scientific and medical communities in 1999 with his discoveries of the "Special Virus" research logic flow chart and then sued the Pentagon and the President of The United States. He has been demanding immediate Congressional review, deactivation, and an apology for the "Special Virus" for over two years. Needless to say, I was excited preparing to meet a man of such tenacity and genius.
His case alleges and the evidence he has conclusively proves the United States via the ultra-secret "Special Virus Program" initiated as early as 1957, "created", "produced," and "proliferated" the AIDS virus in accordance with 'controversial population control' policies set into law by the Nixon administration, in particular, Public Law 91-213.
After over two years in the federal court system, the Sixth Circuit issued a historic Election Day order November 7, 2000. The court ordered Graves' case and the true origin of AIDS - "frivolous." Graves was called 'delusional.' The court was wrong, and as Ed would politely point out, in constitutional violation.
Once again, history was made in Cleveland, while the nation's eyes were tuned to electoral inequities in Florida. For eight months, Graves stated the court was unconstitutionally holding the decision in the case until election day. Again, the evidence proved he was correct. I awed at the magnitude of this Veteran's Day journey thick with symbolism; a journey which would lead to the most inspiring interview of my career and to the most important mission of my life.
I set for the back of the plane finding a seat near the rear. The flight was near empty. I consider the back of a plane safer than the front, and I chose to keep my safety factors in check. A friendly man sitting in the backmost seat shared his newspaper. He was headed to the game. He was an athlete, an executive, a family man, and African American.
I explained I was set to meet and interview African American legend and American hero, Boyd Ed Graves, J.D. His friends call him Ed. The man listened intent as I explained, but admitted he had never heard of Boyd Ed Graves, nor of his case against the President of the United States.
I detailed the evidence in his case, the laboratory contracts, scientific papers, and government policies proving what Graves' says is true: the "Special Virus" IS AIDS and it was not only created in a laboratory by man, but by men working for our United States government in search of the ultimate ethnic weapon, a genetic mechanism designed to facilitate racist 'social engineering' policies of a nation consumed by fear and prejudice of the 60's.
Several months prior, Graves asked me to research Public Law 91-213 signed by then President Nixon. I did. It was part of his case and the law establishing a controversial international "population stabilization" program dedicated to maintaining 'adequate life' for the world's populations, including plans for `controlling` population growth in the third world.
This law, especially within the context of other U.S. sponsored policies on black Africa, raised disturbing questions and horrific realizations as to personal prejudices of our national leaders. The detrimental effects of these policies on the health of the world are . . . . I paused. . . I must sound crazy . . . I took a breath.. . . I said.
"By every definition of the word, we are talking about state sanctioned genocide, Ethnic cleansing on a global scale."
He leaned close and said softly, "I believe this is true."
He's not alone. Rumors of the laboratory birth of the AIDS pandemic have persisted as long as the plague itself. Today no belief is necessary. No faith, no hunch, no suspicion. The evidence of the laboratory birth of AIDS speaks for itself. It's part of Ed's case.
Ed was raised by a poor but honest family in Youngstown Ohio. His father supported the family working in the steel mills. Eddie knew he would have to put himself through college at a young age and made that his goal. He achieved honors in his academics which would end up earning him a place at the United States Naval Academy, and a honored place in history.
But in 1961 while nine year old Eddie was earning honors as a Boy Scout in Ohio, retroviral experiments with African Green Monkeys and Human T-Cell Leukemia were well underway in a Littleton Bionetics laboratory. The experiments contracted through the NIH sponsored "Special Virus" program detail the injections of human viruses into primates, and then back again to create a deadly, "special virus" for which "no natural immunity could have been acquire, and no cure exists."
The year was 1961. The contract was SVCP PR#8 NIH #71-2025, and the scientist our celebrated AIDS Czar, Dr. Robert Gallo.
Top scientists, doctors, and celebrities alike had gone on record questioning the authenticity of the official government sponsored stories, yet until 1999 the absolute hard evidence proving their accusations and suspicions had been missing. Enter, Boyd Ed Graves, J.D.
The ultra secret "Special Virus" program represents the largest international scientific effort in the history of mankind, dwarfing the international space station in both scope, duration, and effect on the human race. The program met for over twenty years at Penn State as outlined in their reports, yet the university has no record of their meetings. Relics of the "Special Virus" program have been found by diligent researchers, collecting dust in University libraries, but the bulk of the programs are mysteriously missing.
"We don't need the complete program," Ed says. "The flowchart and progress reports discovered thus far are enough." Graves, again, is correct. By every definition of the law, the evidence is solid, damning.
While following Ed's story, I would come to know Nobel nominees, medical doctors, and scientists on several continents, including American doctors and authors Dr. Cantwell, Dr. Horowitz, Dr. Gammil, and Dr. Lee among others; all confirming what Graves has proven to be verifiably true. I would meet leaders of nations. Each on the mission to end AIDS, and each reaching the logic and inevitable conclusions represented by the evidence of the "Special Virus" program. It was the evidence of the fingerprint of man, and it was firmly pressed upon the AIDS pandemic.
Graves is credited with the rediscovery of the program's 1972 Research Logic Flow Chart. He and other leading experts agree the flow chart is the "missing link" in absolutely proving the laboratory birth of AIDS. In 1999, the discovery prompted Graves to amend his original September 28, 1998 federal complaint and request the U.S. President`s immediate attention and leadership on the issue. Silence. Graves and his army of scientists have been waiting in the wings for two years to testify before a congressional hearing.
By December 1999, the story exploded into African papers. The major American media remained silent. Congress members backed off. Graves case was treated like a new form of plague, it was an international public relations nightmare for a government representing a nation of proud and patriotic citizens. A nation with a damning history of human experimentation and a paper trail of hate. It was not education or campaign finance reform, or some other abstract issue of distraction. It was a life and death issue about the largest human medical experiment in the world. It was about genocide.
The case was real. The evidence was tangible. The enemy was us.
For the United States government, Graves is the ultimate international public relations disaster. Monica, Whitewater, Watergate, none come close to the verifiable evidence of global genocide. Black, educated, homosexual, and now dying of AIDS, Graves is a man who honorably served his country, and in his search for the cure and preservation of self, he uncovered the diabolical recipe from which the plague was made. In the United States, Graves has been largely ignored by the press, and when they do run stories Graves becomes a victim of slanderous libel woven into the curtain of AIDS disinformation. The smear campaigns against Graves, like South African President Mbeki, have gone so far to blame his `delusional' claims as the very cause of more AIDS in the world!
Blame the victims. It's worked for two decades.
For over two years and completely within the framework of the United States Constitution, Graves has developed inroads into the democratic system. His call for independent and immediate bi-partisan congressional and independent worldwide review of the evidence of the laboratory birth of AIDS, and the "Special Virus" program are being heard. But in light of Ed's petitions and letter to President Clinton, the administration and the Congress will be remembered by historians as the very definition of "do nothing."
In the wake of these discoveries, a modern day underground railroad of doctors, heads of state, volunteers, and victims of the "Special Virus" have emerged. Graves' court petition has demanded the immediate global deactivation of the "Special Virus" and an apology. According to the experiments documented within the "Special Virus" Progress Reports; deactivation is possible. They did it!
On election day, I along with others across the country supporting Graves' calls for immediate review of the "Special Virus" program wrote in Boyd Ed Graves for president.
"I am not running for office," Ed replied matter of fact.
For the activists voting for Graves, this was an act of solidarity and a signature petition to the oval office in Washington D.C. of the highest degree.
His historic and powerful 1999 letter to President Clinton requesting leadership on the issue, did not warrant the standardized reply from Pennsylvania Avenue. Graves informed Clinton of the "Special Virus" and asked for honest review of the program in the spirit of forgiveness, stating deactivating the "Special Virus" must become the nation's highest priority and a matter of national security.
On March 3, 2000, Ed journeyed to Washington delivering over 3,000 signature petitions to Congress demanding bi-partisan review of the direct evidence. On May 1, 2000 The Washington Post reported President Clinton declared AIDS a threat to National Security and placed the National Security Council in charge of a virus, AIDS.
Ed's demand for immediate federal review of the "Special Virus" program have provoked nothing but silence from Washington D. C. establishment.
Indeed, it was a very "special virus", a very special activist, and an unprecedented event in world history. But, as evidenced by the exhibits within Graves` federal case, for some in the government the "Special Virus" has always been. . . a matter of `National Security'.
I had been close to the case for over a year, witnessing as Ed's requests met with orchestrated silence, or ridicule. Soliciting myself as both a constituent and interviewer to Congress, I experienced a little of Ed's frustrating silence.
I was a white man experiencing a black man's story. The Iron Curtain, the Berlin Wall; I hadn't lived long enough to experience the fabled power of these forces of division; yet, this barrier seemed greater and more barbaric than them all. . . and it was ours.
I was watching as a complex curtain of media propaganda, scientific myth, internationally coordinated programs of `social engineering` driven by pharmaceutical greed were slowly being torn down before my eyes - methodically being torn apart by the hard evidence in the "Special Virus" program: scientist by scientist, activist by activist, petition by petition, country by country, and victim by victim. Graves leads their charge.
As the taxi pulled up to his east Cleveland residence, Graves stood on the porch to greet me. He was a surprisingly small man, the ravages of the "Special Virus" apparent on his scarred skin and thinned face. For the first time I realized how human and vulnerable this heroic veteran was against the "Special Virus" and the impending reality of his sentence to die an early, unnatural, and excessively cruel death.
Ed had been in and out of the hospital several times the past year battling pneumonia and other infections common to victims of the "Special Virus." Most times, he was able to call me from the VA hospital and if several days went by without hearing from Ed; I would know to call there. Fortunately, Ed always came out of this corner - weaker in body, but stronger in spirit, and ready to resume fighting another round in the most important fight of his life, the lives of a people, a nation, and a world.
I take a quick tour which ends at his upstairs office. The reply to the courts election day order has been finished for several hours. He finished it early. Charts, scientific reports, letters from Congress, The Pentagon, recommendations from Nobel Laureates, awards from world leaders, presidents, they paper the walls. And there on his desk. . . casually among the papers was the most historic document of them all - the "Research Logic Flow Chart of the Special Virus Program 1971."
I was at ground zero of the greatest legal, scientific, and civil rights event in the history of mankind and in every sense of the word, at the epicenter of a promising new beginning in the global war against the "Special Virus," the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
He unfolds the five phase flow chart. It is about a yard long and provides the schematic instruction for the isolation and purification of a "candidate" virus and step by step instruction for its "creation," "production," and "proliferation." Graves shocked the medical and scientific communities when he presented the flow chart to a stunned international medical conference in Canada August 21, 1999. The authenticity of the document is absolute. It is undeniable.
On August 21, 1999 history was captured on video tape during Ed's presentation, "The Societal Impact of AIDS." He played the video for me. One of the scientists listed within the pages and contracts of the "Special Virus" progress reports sat in the front row. Graves begins his presentation with a detailed historical documentation, then reveals the flow chart. Graves referring to the 1971 Progress Report #8 page 104 contract # (71-2025) documenting Dr. Robert Gallo's Green African Monkey and Human Leukemia experiments causes a stir.
Standing up the scientist says "I had nothing to do with this (special virus)." The footage is historic. Graves video, "The Societal Impact of AIDS" is now a matter for the record, and a priceless piece of American, African American, and world history. We walked through the paper trail of evidence in his federal case and each document proved what Graves said to be true, horrifically true.
After dinner worked changed gears, Graves grabbed a scrapbook and shared some more intimate aspects of his life. Carelessly floating in the tattered books were photos of Ed at the White House, White House programs including his name, boy scout awards, military awards, newspaper articles, pictures of Ed with legends like Bob Hope, acting communication officer aboard the destroyer USS Buchannon, celebrities, scientists, world leaders. Graves was the African American Navy poster boy in every literal sense of the word. Except one. Graves was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1977 after a personality conflict resulted in disclosing he was gay.
Ed explained to me it was difficult it was to be black in the military, and impossible to be gay. He realized he was gay as a young man, but kept that part of his soul a secret throughout his life and military career. His college girlfriend fondly remembers Ed and says it was hard for Ed to disclose his sexual preference to her, but knows she will always love him. So would his parents. After his honorable discharge following allegations of fraternization, Graves told his parents. They stood by his side, love unabated.
Ed would enter civilian life and go on to work for blue chip companies like IBM, The Boy Scouts of America, and as an ADA specialist, he would represent the rights of people with disabilities for the National Council on Independent Living, in Arlington, VA.
He turned another worn page of his scrap book. Each page another page of American history. I sensed the heart ache of ultimate betrayal with every pages turn.
The night grew late and we continued working over footage, photographs, evidence. For a moment we raised our voices in his upstairs office to hear over the purr of a helicopter approaching. "You are witnessing this right?" asked Ed at the top of his voice. I nodded to acknowledge. It sounded right on top of us. "This happens all the time." he said. "This is why I keep the blinds open and the lights on." He scratched his head with his middle finger in prominent view to the helicopter outside. The chopper leaves. Classic Graves. Absolutely Awesome!
Ed grabbed a file from his bedroom. "Here is an autobiographical piece I wrote." He continues reading from his file recounting one of the earliest memories of his child hood. It was the story of a white boy sneaking up behind the unsuspecting young negro boy then pushing him into the raging river. Ed barely survived drowning to death in the rapids.
The event would make local headlines that summer, and almost prophetically set a course for the rest of his life. I sat amazed and spiritually moved. It was just the first page! Ed choked back a small tear, handing it to me. "You can read the rest if you want." I hand it back requesting he continue. Taking the paper, he lifted his chin, stood up, and continued.
He appeased me with four pages, every page gold.
I stayed as a guest at Ed's that evening. He prepared his bed with fresh linens for me and prepared the couch for himself. "You will be more comfortable up here," Ed said. "You can close the blinds if you like."
"That's ok, I can take the couch downstairs," I said. Remembering the recent fly by I hesitated. "You know, some people ask me `why hasn't Ed been murdered if what he says is really true?'"
Ed looked at me, silent. I was embarrassed. I went into his room crawled into the freshly made bed folded to military precision. I left the blinds open . . after all, I had a middle finger too.
In 1990 Graves enrolled in Ohio Northern University, earning a degree in law. Two weeks after graduation, a routine blood test would reveal Ed was HIV positive and set him on a course of investigation and activism which would turn the medical, scientific, and political worlds upside down. He says it is the most important issue of the 21st Century. I agree.
By the time I got downstairs the next morning, Ed had breakfast on the stove. His energy levels were high. The morning is his best time to work. Prying my eyes open, I began looking for the coffee, it was instant, decaf. Ed doesn't drink coffee to get things done, he is a dynamo. He does not smoke to unwind or drink to relax. Ed is a leader. Ed is a motivator, he is a soldier. Ed takes toxic pills to stay alive every day to continue the fight.
We worked through the morning. By early afternoon Ed required rest. I was witnessing the physical ravages of the "Special Virus," first hand. The toxic pharmaceuticals Ed takes to slow the "Special Virus" from further proliferation, now also slows him. Without adequate investigation into the "Special Virus" program, the enzyme will remain unstoppable.
Even today, I do not want to believe it. In fact, I was able to deny it for over a year, subconsciously wishing Graves, the doctors, and scientists I had come to know were somehow wrong. That those homosexuals who had sex with those 'dirty Africans' who got bit by those monkeys in the jungle were somehow to blame.
I had participated in one of the several original petition drives earlier in 2000, naively hoping the court would hear and answer the people's call for immediate review of the "Special Virus" program and conclude the program was somehow inconclusive.
While waiting for this news from the Grave camp, I've reviewed the evidence myself. Sadly, I realized if Congress and the world were to read the progress reports and research logic flowchart of the "Special Virus" they would arrive at one logical and common conclusion. Graves is right. His doctors are right. The United States is wrong. . . very wrong
"One Nation Under God."
Ed does not believe in God, he considers himself an agnostic and organized religion as a higher form of slavery. While I agree with his ideas on religion, I am still holding onto God. I have seen the atrocities inside "Special Virus" program, it is real, provable, undeniable evidence of man's inhumanity to man. I consider it lucky for all of who still believe in a loving God that one cannot prove a negative, for if it were possible to prove God did not exist, Boyd Ed Graves could do it.
Ed, however, has proven enough.
Breaking tradition on the flight home, I sat near the front of the plane. Crowded, I was in a row with two other middle aged white folks. I pulled out the historical documents and treasures Ed had trusted me with, as if touching them would somehow make them more real. I remembered what Ed said during our first telephone phone interview in September 1999. "I have a room full of the evidence of the laboratory birth of AIDS. . . It haunts me." Perhaps for the first time, I began to understand what he meant. I touched the documents. They were real.
I broke the ice with my neighbors on the flight back, asking where he was from. He replied, "Youngstown Ohio."
"Wow, Boyd Ed Graves grew up there, he's your hometown hero! `Who, what?' You know decorated Naval academy graduate, decorated veteran, civil rights leader, law scholar, director of AIDS Concerns for the international medical research foundation Common Cause, and history maker Boyd Ed Graves. You know, your local newspaper `The Vindicator' recently interviewed him? Boyd Ed Graves, the discoverer of the "Special Virus" program research logic flow chart? NO? The man who filed a lawsuit asking the President of the United States for independent global review the "Special Virus," a living legend in Africa, in America?" I asked. I continued with my show and tell presentation of the past 24 hours with Boyd Ed Graves on Veteran's Day 2000.
Wide eyes, suspicion, silence, social exile.
"Never heard of him," he said. Our plane took off the runaway, he motioned the sign of the cross as we lifted into the air. Conversation was redirected to the personal lamentations of frustrations borne in a lingering presidential election, their common vote for Bush Jr., and his promise to restore 'decency' to the White House. I yawned.
Reflecting on the day's events, I remembered the view through the taxi window and the orange winter sun shining on Ed as I set to leave an international icon and American hero, to his work. He stood on the porch the same spot where he stood to greet me and waved farewell.
In less than 24 hours, I knew Graves would make history again. He would file his brief to the court, it would be a classic piece of legal scholarship, politely outlining their constitutional error in consideration of the direct and compelling evidence, and establishing additional case precedents. Legal mastery. Genius.
But how much longer can the world wait? The World Health Organization predicts 5.3 Million new infections next year, 20 Million deaths so far. 80% of death and infection is in Africa. In the United States, black heterosexual women are the highest infection rates, and although African Americans make up less than 12% of the total population, they represent closer to 90% of the AIDS cases. Are these unlucky African souls all dirty "nigger faggots with AIDS," as the media would have us believe?
The "Special Virus" program progress reports detail the hunt and isolation of racially specific blood markers. Why is nobody, but Boyd Ed Graves, doing anything to expose the atrocities of the "Special Virus" program and demand that it stop?
I awed at the historical ramifications of Ed's latest court brief, the election day court order, and the priceless historical documents now entrusted to my stewardship. I was humbled. I felt somewhere in the system there indeed existed justice for all, and that Ed's demands for it may have finally broken through some of the orchestrated walls of silence, delays, and distractions by the one nation under god, in limbo, and out of control. I hoped so. With 5.3 Million new infections predicted by the WHO for 2001, 30 Million deaths, 600,000 children under 15, history can not hold much longer.
He waved goodbye and I waved back extending my fingers in a "V" for the victories the brave veteran has won for his nation, for his people, and for the victories he has yet to come.
About the Author: Joel Bales has followed Dr. Graves' story and the "Special Virus" review since September 1999. Bales is publishing Graves' first book "State Origin: The Evidence of the Laboratory Birth of AIDS", and is working to produce Graves' life story for film. Bales says the collection of evidence and historical items he as amassed will soon become a memorial similar to the Holocaust Museum, but sadly notes, the AIDS holocaust is far from over. For information on the "Special Virus", petition drive, or Dr. Graves' legal case contact: 888-842-6419.
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