Havana Syndrome — Conspiracy Theorists, Truth Deniers, Scientists and Spies

“It is the role of intelligence to identify and characterize threats to the nation and to sift what is likely true from what is probably false. But the public has gotten very little useful or meaningful information from our intelligence agencies. They could do better.”

Steven Aftergood — Federation of American Scientists

Dr. Garry Nolan is a Professor of Pathology at Stanford University. His robust resume—300 research articles, 40 US patents, founding of eight biotech companies, and honored as one of Stanford’s top 25 inventors—makes him, easily, one of the most accomplished scientists publicly studying UAPs. 

December 14 2021 — To most people, 2021 has been a miserable year. But UFO aficionados, Science fiction wizards and real mystery wonks have the time of their lives. The US Defense Department has appointed an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force to investigate “incursions of unauthorized aircraft.” The CIA has established a task force to investigate the cause of the “Havana Syndrome.” And, last but not least, POTUS asked the ODNI to find out if COVID-19 is man-made.

Despite a $85 billion annual budget, the US Intelligence Community could not provide definitive answers to any of these big scientific mysteries. In the absence of clear evidence, people react in different ways. Enthusiasts feel vindicated while deniers reject even the known facts. And then, there is a handful of people who work hard to solve these cases. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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“Given how deep into their brain the damage went, we can actually estimate the amount of energy required in the electromagnetic wave someone aimed at them. We don’t think that has anything to do with UAPs. We think that that’s some sort of a state actor and again related to Havana syndrome somehow.”

Dr. Garry Nolan — Professor of Pathology at Stanford University

Dr. Garry Nolan is a Professor of Pathology at Stanford University. His research ranges from cancer to systems immunology.

In 2018, Nolan analyzed the Atacama skeleton. The results of his DNA analysis show the skeleton to be human and not of extraterrestrial origin. [Genome Research — Whole-genome sequencing of Atacama skeleton shows novel mutations linked with dysplasia]

As you may expect, his name appeared on the front page of just about every major newspaper. The next step was perhaps less expected.

“That ended up bringing me to the attention of some people associated with the CIA and some aeronautics corporations,” Nolan told VICE [Stanford Professor Garry Nolan Is Analyzing Anomalous Materials From UFO Crashes] a few days ago.

One comment from Professor Nolan was brought to my attention.

Are you able to mention which folks from which governmental departments other than aeronautics approached you?

No, I’m not.

How many patients did you take a look at in that first phase?

It was around 100 patients. They were almost all defense or governmental personnel or people working in the aerospace industry; people doing government-level work. Here’s how it works: Let’s say that a Department of Defense personnel gets damaged or hurt. Odd cases go up the chain of command, at least within the medical branch. If nobody knows what to do with it, it goes over to what’s called the weird desk, where things get thrown in a bucket. Then somebody eventually says, ‘Oh, there’s enough interesting things in this bucket worth following up on that all look reasonably similar.’ Science works by comparing things that are similar and dissimilar to other things. Enough people were having very similar kinds of bad things happen to them, that it came to the attention of a guy by the name of Dr. Kit Green. He was in charge of studying some of these individuals. You have a smorgasbord of patients, some of whom had heard weird noises buzzing in their head, got sick, etc. A reasonable subset of them had claimed to have seen UAPs and some claimed to be close to things that got them sick. Let me show you the MRIs of the brains of some of these people.

We started to notice that there were similarities in what we thought was the damage across multiple individuals. As we looked more closely, though, we realized, well, that can’t be damaged, because that’s right in the middle of the basal ganglia [a group of nuclei responsible for motor control and other core brain functions]. If those structures were severely damaged, these people would be dead. That was when we realized that these people were not damaged, but had an over-connection of neurons between the head of the caudate and the putamen [The caudate nucleus plays a critical role in various higher neurological functions; the putamen influences motor planning, learning, and execution]. If you looked at 100 average people, you wouldn’t see this kind of density. But these individuals had it. An open question is: did coming in contact with whatever it was cause it or not?

For a couple of these individuals we had MRIs from prior years. They had it before they had these incidents. It was pretty obvious, then, that this was something that people were born with. It’s a goal sub-goal setting planning device, it’s called the brain within the brain. It’s an extraordinary thing. This area of the brain is involved (partly) in what we call intuition. For instance, Japanese chess players were measured as they made what would be construed as a brilliant decision that is not obvious for anybody to have made that kind of leap of intuition, this area of the brain lights up. We had found people who had this in spades. These are all so called high-functioning people. They’re pilots who are making split second decisions, intelligence officers in the field, etc.

Did the people who claimed that they’d had an encounter, especially the pilots, describe any perceivable decrease in neurological capacity?

Of the 100 or so patients that we looked at, about a quarter of them died from their injuries. The majority of these patients had symptomology that’s basically identical to what’s now called Havana syndrome. We think amongst this bucket list of cases, we had the first Havana syndrome patients.

“Once this turned into a national security problem with the Havana syndrome I was locked out of all of the access to the files because it’s now a serious potential international incident if they ever figured out who’s been doing it. ” Dr. Garry Nolan


US Intelligence Agencies Are Trying To Solve Scientific Mysteries And Failing Badly — BuzzFeed News

Stanford Professor Garry Nolan Is Analyzing Anomalous Materials From UFO Crashes — Vice


Havana Syndrome — Conspiracy Theorists, Truth Deniers, Scientists and Spies

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