December 14 2017 — US Investigators still don’t know what caused “diplomats” to suffer severe health problems in Cuba. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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UPDATE (December 16 2021) — On October 3 2017, INTEL TODAY coined the expression “Havana Syndrome” which is now universally used, both by mainstream media and the research community.
As soon as I heard about this rather unusual story, I immediately made a connection between the Havana attacks and the old story of the Microwave Syndrome, thus the conflation Havana Syndrome.
Two months later, on December 14 2017, the US media reported that Professor James Lin just published a paper on the possibility that the Havana syndrome might indeed be explained by a secret microwave weapon.
Very little has happened since then. “We don’t know the means, the methods or how the attacks are being carried out,” a US government official said on September 29 2017.
Four years later, The Washington Post Editorial simply begged for answers… “The source of the ‘Havana syndrome’ must be found. National security demands it.” (September 30 2021)
Senator Jeanne Shaheen: State Dept. Needs To ‘Find Out Who Is Responsible’ for Havana Syndrome (Dec 15, 2021)
UPDATE December 14 2017 — Two months ago, I suggested than a microwave weapon — and not sonic attacks — may be the cause of the “Havana syndrome”.
Today, the US media are reporting that Professor James Lin just published a paper on the possibility that the Havana syndrome might indeed be explained by a secret microwave weapon.
Professor James Lin, an expert in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, suggests that microwaves produced the sounds.
Professor Lin said: ‘A minuscule but rapid rise in tissue temperature, resulting from the absorption of pulsed microwave energy, creates a thermoelastic expansion of brain matter.’
Professor Lin suggests that the resulting acoustic wave may be perceived as sound.
Earlier this month, medical experts discovered changes in the brains of US and Canadian diplomats, which fuelled growing scepticism that some kind of sonic weapon was involved.
Medical testing revealed the embassy workers developed changes to the white matter tracts, which acts like information highways between brain cells letting different parts of the brain communicate.
Dr Joel Moskowitz, a community health professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said: ‘This makes me think the victims may have developed electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) from exposure to electromagnetic fields in the embassy.
‘This happened during the Cold War to personnel stationed in the US embassy in Moscow when the Soviets were bombarding the embassy with microwaves to monitor oral communications in the ambassador’s office.’
END of UPDATE
December 14 2017 — Despite an investigation involving the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Cuban authorities, there is still no explanation as to the cause of the incidents.
“We don’t know the means, the methods or how the attacks are being carried out,” the official said on September 29 2017.
Late 2016: US embassy staff and at least one Canadian began to notice symptoms
May 2017 : US expels two Cuban diplomats for failing to protect its diplomats
August 2017 : US says 16 employees have been treated but attacks seem to have stopped
Early September 2017: US says attacks are continuing and 19 staff members have now been hurt
29 September 2017: Washington pulls diplomatic staff, warns US citizens not to visit and says 21 embassy employees now injured
December 12 2017: Pr James Lin suggests a microwave weapon may have been used
The Microwave Hearing Effect
So far, according to media reports, the investigators seem to have focused their research on some type of sonic attacks. They could be on the wrong track.
During the cold war, the Russians deployed an extraordinary device — known as the “Thing” — to spy on the US embassy in Moscow.
As a result, US diplomats were exposed to microwave radiations. [Many died from cancer but a causal link is debated by scientists.]
“The Thing, also known as the Great Seal bug, was one of the first covert listening devices (or “bugs”) to use passive techniques to transmit an audio signal.
It was concealed inside a gift given by the Soviet Union to W. Averell Harriman, the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union, on August 4, 1945.
Because it was passive, needing electromagnetic energy from an outside source to become energized and activate, it is considered a predecessor of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.” [Wikipedia]
Under some circumstances, microwaves can be “heard”. The process does not actually involve the ears but results from a direct action of the microwave on the brain and acoustic nerve.
The “weird sounds” described by the victims — as reported by the media — appear to match the effects of microwave hearing.
“The microwave auditory effect, also known as the microwave hearing effect or the Frey effect, consists of audible clicks (or, with speech modulation, spoken words) induced by pulsed/modulated microwave frequencies.
The clicks are generated directly inside the human head without the need of any receiving electronic device. The effect was first reported by persons working in the vicinity of radar transponders during World War II.
During the Cold War era, the American neuroscientist Allan H. Frey studied this phenomenon and was the first to publish information on the nature of the microwave auditory effect.” [Wikipedia]
Some studies have shown that such exposition to microwave cause acoustic neuromas.
If the facts are confirmed and if the effects are indeed caused by a physical device, I find the microwave explanation far more likely than a sonic attack.
If this is indeed the case, I expect to hear nothing further in the future because the truth would sent a wave of panic through the Telecom industry.
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