The US Government Responds to the 'AIDS Denialist' Writing in the March Harper's

This morning I received an email from Peter Duesberg that contained an official US government response to Celia Farber's devastating critique and expose of the AIDS industry that appeared in the March 2006 issue of Harper's.

It was sent to all US embassies, and the text reproduced below is from the South African outpost. In the words of the editor of Harper’s, Roger Hodge, “How very odd” it is, especially when read next to the piece of hysteria published by the NY Times earlier this week.

"Farber, Celia OUT OF CONTROL: AIDS AND THE CORRUPTION OF MEDICAL SCIENCE (Harper’s, vol. 312, no. 1870, March 2006, pp. 37–52)

While a major focus of this article is the controversial HIVNET 012 nevirapine study in Uganda, the underlying message is that medical science in the U.S. is not neutral: “Today’s scientists are almost wholly dependent upon the goodwill of government researchers and powerful peer-review boards, who control a financial network binding together the National Institutes of Health, academia, and the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Many scientists live in fear of losing their funding.” Readers of this article may be annoyed by the author’s sympathy for ostracized researcher Peter Duesberg, but, as the founding scientific editor of Nature Biotechnology is quoted as saying, “AIDS is a political thing….There’s nothing to discuss anymore on that.” Nevertheless, Farber remains cautiously optimistic that an “open and honest debate about the risks of current AIDS treatments” is still possible.”