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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UPDATE (December 6 2020) — The long-awaited report by the National Academies of Sciences has concluded that the mysterious neurological symptoms experienced by American diplomats in Cuba were caused by pulsed microwave energy.
The study examined four possibilities to explain the symptoms: Infection, chemicals, psychological factors and microwave energy.
Speculation that Us and Canadian diplomats might have simply suffered from mass hysteria was dismissed.
Over the years, investigators have considered the possibility that sound waves, toxins or other mechanisms could have been involved. No evidence ever emerged to support those theories.
“Overall, directed pulsed RF energy … appears to be the most plausible mechanism in explaining these cases among those that the committee considered.”
The report recommends that the State Department establish a response mechanism for similar incidents that allows new cases to be studied more quickly and effectively.
Contrary to early rumors, there is no conclusive intelligence pointing to Russia as the culprit.
The US State Department no longer use the word “attacks” when talking about the Havana Syndrome. The CIA does not wish to comment on the NAS report.
END of UPDATE
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.
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.
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.”
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
HAVANA SYNDROME — Where is the US National Academy of Sciences Report?