Could our government have had the ability to create a virus?

The quotation on the main page from Dr. Donald M MacArthur, Director of the U.S. Army Advanced Research
Project Agency, in Congressional testimony, answers that question.  It was certainly the opinion of the Pentagon
that it possessed the capability to develop a new virus, citing a specific time that ironically coincides with the
discovery of AIDS.

The mainstream media promotes a narrative that all "conspiracy theory" is a waste of time, yet historical context
such as this goes virtually unmentioned and unacknowledged as a legitimate basis to question what our government
maybe have been conducting behind closed laboratory doors.  These statements from a top Pentagon official
are not "conspiracy theory".  They are part of the Congressional record, that anyone can look up and confirm
for themselves.   The fact that most readers have not heard of this history is pointing to the lack of mainstream
media's lack of intellectual honesty when they engage in broad-brush ridicule of "conspiracy theory".

Advanced gene splicing would not have been necessary to create a "new" virus.  Manipulation of viruses can
include induction of mutations by various means, cross-breeding, coaxing certain properties in analogous fashion
to breeding animals, or attempting simply to cultivate animal viruses in human cell cultures, to get them to adapt
and become infectious to humans.

Obviously, some kind of research must have already been underway before Dr. MacArthur gave his Congressional
testimony in 1969, to give him that confidence as to how developing a new virus was feasible.  Inquiring minds should wonder
what that research might have been, even it was almost certainly "classified" and conveniently hidden from public view.

There is a very likely answer to that question in a book by Ed Haslam, entitled "Dr. Mary's Monkey".  Haslam's father
was a father was a WWII naval commander and a professor at Tulane Medical School.  While Haslam was
growing up in New Orleans, he became aware of alleged secretive research in that city, aimed at creating a virus
that could cause cancer, which was intended for use to assassinate Fidel Castro and "wipe out communists".

When that book first came out, I initially did not read it, because it sounded "too fantastic", since the book alleged
that figures involved with the Kennedy assassination were also involved with biological warfare research.  I kicked myself
later for not wanting to give that book a chance.  In retrospect, it made sense that the same ruthless, far right-wingers
who hated Kennedy might also be lawless and vicious enough to partake in such a thing as covert biological warfare. 
What at first had seemed "fantastic" eventually could be seen as something perfectly natural and predictable.

When Jack Ruby, the man who killed Lee Oswald, complained that the government was trying to silence him,
was trying to kill him by injecting him with cancer, that would sound fantastic and "paranoid" to the uninitiated
who would not realize the relevance, the entire world of shadowy history behind that seeming "bizarre" claim.

There was even earlier research, to highlight the point about needing merely to "find" viruses as opposed to "creating" them.
As early as 1953 a a monkey virus causing contagious cancer had been discovered in Africa, prompting researchers immediately
and irresponsibly to try injecting this virus into human "volunteers":   earlyPrimateExperiment.html