By Elizabeth Ely
The day the report appeared on the “watered-down drugs” that the Clinton Foundation arranged, September 20, to be exact, the meme had already been established. The soundbite, the spin, the propaganda, already lived in that space, “The Daily Caller” having leaked certain findings the night before.
U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s staff has found that the Foundation had arranged for the generic drugs to be bought from crooked foreign drug firms to distribute to poor rural populations in the Third World. These were not literally diluted drugs, mind you, but possibly contaminated, and certainly fraudulently tested ones.
To avoid grasping the full reality of the generic AIDS drugs story the report tells – the horrific damage on the ground, so carefully avoided there – we are encouraged not to speak, nor even to think, in full sentences. A soundbite will suffice to protect us from the distasteful details. “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it much.” So wrote Joseph Conrad in Heart of Darkness.
We begin with another soundbite, the “racket.”
The “racket” is the little neighborhood candy store with a backroom where the real, uglier business goes down. The candy store here is a front operation to “fight AIDS.” In that dark backroom, the Clinton entities were supposed to have been buying drugs for AIDS patients. Instead, they were engaging in influence peddling, pilfering funds, and filing fraudulent, unaudited tax forms. Somewhere in there is the bare fact that neither the Clinton Foundation nor any purported affiliate has a charter to fight AIDS or anything else. (Also reported HERE and HERE.)
These stories were already public, and investigators would of course have known about them. What they never asked was whether the candy store itself – the AIDS mission – was legit. In other words, nobody imagined that dumping drugs of any kind, clean or dirty, on poor, rural populations, with scarcely any medical follow-up in evidence, might be a bad idea and certainly employing (Conrad again) “unsound method.”
The emotional blackmail of AIDS propaganda creates this blind spot. According to a story that’s been around so long that no one can refute it, AIDS missions are always and everywhere a good thing. Cheap drugs? Even better.
Blackburn herself grasped some of the implications. “You think about the emotional state of health care workers as they are dealing with these individuals and the emotional state of the patients,” she wrote. “To me it’s disturbing and very sad.”
Imagine how these workers, if they existed, would feel if they suspected their patients might not need AIDS drugs in the first place. The Clinton Foundation and its allies depend on nobody connecting the dots between the Bangui definition, used in “resource-poor settings” to diagnose AIDS without an “HIV test,” with these media-hyped explosions of supposed HIV cases.
Nobody envisions that the Foundation has been inventing fake AIDS epidemics around the world. Former U.S. president Bill Clinton implied it himself when The Atlantic in October 2007 found him creating a “supply” if foreign governments created a “demand.” Without reaching that sordid conclusion, the report did, however, quote Elton John in his 2012 book Love Is the Cure: “If we can get you cheap AIDS drugs, will you commit to buying a lot of them? Then they went to drug companies and made the reverse pitch. . . .”
Clinton may have eyed these future business opportunities many years ago. To Blackburn and her investigators, the problem isn’t merely the fact that he excepted generic AIDS drugs from the strict patent protections that he created for all drugs. The report notes that he exempted intellectual property rights for AIDS drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa. His administration also designated foreign AIDS epidemics as a danger to U.S. national security.
The report doesn’t say that both actions came shortly after then-South African President Thabo Mbeki announced he was including scientific dissenters on his Presidential AIDS Advisory Panel for the 2000 International AIDS Conference in Durban. Clinton’s designation in effect made criminals of those who accepted Mbeki’s invitation, as well as South Africans in support, for questioning the usefulness of the drugs for which he would later try to broker sales.
But the real problem, to the Blackburn staff, is those damned “watered-down” generics. Let’s get real that there is nothing “watered down” about these drugs. The generics companies put garbage in those capsules, and you should see how toxic the real drugs are. You would definitely want a generic version of something as toxic as nevirapine, which literally burns the skin off bodies, to be diluted.
The authors also acknowledge that it wasn’t only the dirty generics per se but the fact that they were bought from fly-by-night drug companies friendly to Clinton. The drugs are the consumer offering, and, as is quoted, “At a time when Indian products did not have much credibility in the market, the Foundation gave buyers the required confidence about the products.” The secondary play was to sell part of the company itself in a pump-and-dump on the mergers and acquisitions market.
For instance, Indian company Ranbaxy Laboratories “partnered” with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to sell its worthless AIDS drugs to USAID, the “primary administrator” of President George W. Bush’s initiative, fattening up the investment value for a selloff. Even as it was under FDA investigation for falsifying test data, Ranbaxy offloaded, according to the Congressional report, 63.4% of its assets to a somewhat clueless Japanese firm, Daiichi Sankyo.
Fortune had already reported this in May 2015. (Fortune cited the FDA’s approval of “Ranbaxy’s application for the first pediatric-AIDS drug for the U.S. market, Zidovudine,” even as it was investigating the company’s procedures. More commonly known as AZT, this drug had already caused ghastly side effects in adults in the late 1980s and was being replaced in the West with newer drugs, although some of these are still taken in combination with AZT. They were going after children. In the U.S.)
I am indebted to Australian Michael Smith for this excerpt from a speech the former prime minister of Papua New Guinea made to celebrate entering into a fraudulent “memorandum of understanding” with Clinton:
“Papua New Guinea is a nation of many tribes whose cultures in the past have provided a safety net for those who are orphaned, sick or aging. With the arrival of this ‘new’ virus, fear has turned families and relatives away from supporting their loved one. Children, who traditionally brought great joy to families, often find themselves being abandoned and desperately needing care and treatment.”
Inducing traditional societies to stigmatize and abandon their sick, children and elderly is apparently a modus operandi.
Not so coincidentally, Clinton friend George Soros’ exploitation of Papua New Guinea’s mineral resources has proceeded. Soros is a new major investor in Barrick Gold Corporation, a Canadian firm with a concession to mine in Papua New Guinea and a history of labor and environmental abuse there.
Behold “the conquest of the earth.”