HAVANA SYNDROME — Where is the US National Academy of Sciences Report?

“It’s been extremely frustrating to me and my colleagues, in some ways disheartening, and certainly surprising.”

David Relman — Committee Chair

October 27 2020 — Last spring, the US State Department requested the National Academy of Sciences to undertake a full review of the Havana Syndrome. The committee submitted its report to the State Department in early August. So far, the report has not been released to lawmakers. Why on Earth not? I can tell you this much. The National Academy of Sciences Committee has taken very seriously the hypothesis suggested by this blogger. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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On October 3 2017, I coined the expression “Havana Syndrome”. The expression is now universally used, both by the media and the research community. A Google search of the expression “Havana Syndrome” brings about  3.5 million results!

Why did I coin the expression “Havana Syndrome” and what does it mean?

As soon as I heard about this rather unusual saga, I immediately made a connection between the Havana attacks and the old story of the Microwave Syndrome, thus the conflation Havana Syndrome.

I understand that a study conducted by the US National Academy of Sciences has recently reached the same conclusion. 

FACTS

The US National Academy of Sciences convened neurologists, experts in electrical engineering, toxicologists, and epidemiologists.

The people I interviewed are among the experts convened by the Academy.

First thing first — This thing is real

Some people have suggested that US diplomats suffered from mass hysteria. As I explained long ago, this is nonsense.

The symptoms experienced by the diplomats could not have been feigned.

Dr. David Relman, the Stanford professor who chaired the study, is not allowed to reveal the findings of the study but he made that point very clear in a recent interview with NPR.

“A number of people here were grievously harmed and are suffering still. So I think this is a really important issue,” Dr Relman said.

What is the cause?

Once they had ruled out “mass psychogenic illness”, the US National Academy of Sciences Committee reviewed three possible explanations for the health effects: Sonic attacks, toxins and microwave exposure.

Not surprisingly, the Committee ruled out Sonic attacks and toxins.

They found microwave exposure to be the most plausible explanation.

Final Thought

One is of course left wondering why the report was not released to US lawmakers?

Perhaps, this is a good time to go back and look at the predictions I made three years ago.

PS — On October 26 2020, the Washington Post Editorial Board voiced its support for Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH) efforts to get access to the Relman’s report.

“The time has come for more openness from the U.S. government — and more help for public servants injured in the line of duty. (…)

The cause of the attacks is unknown, but attention has focused on some sort of directed energy device, such as a microwave. (…)

This mystery could — and should — be less mysterious. Congress must have the Relman report and should make it public.

That is the first of many steps still needed to identify the perpetrators, protect Americans abroad and respond properly.”

REFERENCES

What’s Behind the Mysterious Illness of U.S. Diplomats and Spies? — Foreign Policy

Canadian officials warned staff bound for Cuba to stay silent on ‘Havana syndrome’ — Global News

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HAVANA SYNDROME — Where is the US National Academy of Sciences Report?

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