"Havana syndrome" in a small group is most likely caused by directed energy, says the US intelligence panel

The "Havana Syndrome" brain injuries suffered by a small group of US diplomats and spies were most likely caused by microwave energy, a panel of experts says.

USA About: Havana Syndrome Publish: 02/15/2022 Edit: 02/15/2022 Author: Gardener

USThe mysterious and sudden brain injuries suffered by a small group of American diplomats and spies abroad were most likely caused by pulsed electromagnetic energy delivered by an external device, a panel of scientific experts working for U, consistent with a long-standing Intelligence officials hypothesis – that a foreign adversary, most likely Russia, is responsible for at least some of the symptoms suffered by those who become victims of what is commonly known as Havana Syndrome. The panel's conclusions are also consistent with a recent CIA interim assessment, which found that most of the 1,000 people who came forward with possible injuries have symptoms that can be explained by other factors. The CIA assessment, released last month, also ruled out what it called an ongoing global campaign by a hostile foreign power to hurt Americans. But it found two dozen cases in which it couldn't rule out a hostile cause, and those seem to be the cases the panel of experts focused on. Many of these individuals belong to the original group of diplomats and spies who first showed symptoms at the US in 2016. Intelligence officials familiar with the panel's work told NBC News that it had not considered who might be responsible for the injuries -- only what the medical and technical evidence said about possible causes. Russia has denied any connection to the symptoms of Havana Syndrome. The panel's scientific conclusions are likely to shed new light on the theory that at least some Americans serving abroad were injured by an outside force, a notion many felt disproved by the CIA assessment. S. diplomats and spies who had reported suspected incidents had expressed dismay at the CIA's report, which the public widely threw at cold water on the belief that Americans had been attacked. The panel's findings expanded on a 2020 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which also found that pulsed electromagnetic energy, also known as microwave energy, was the most plausible culprit. This report noted that Russia has a long history of studying and developing technology. Intelligence officials told NBC News that the panel included a group of scientists and technical experts both inside and outside the government who reviewed more than a thousand classified documents and conducted the most comprehensive study to date of the possible causes of Havana syndrome. The panel focused on cases where victims reported hearing a sound coming from a certain direction or felt pressure in one ear and then experienced dizziness. The panel found that "pulsed electromagnetic energy plausibly explains the core cases," "although information gaps exist." "It's more than theory — we've been able to get some level of evidence," said an official. Officials said the experts also couldn't rule out high-powered ultrasound beams as a possible cause, but concluded that microwave energy tended to be easily concealed, weak and able to penetrate walls. This conclusion was remarkable as some victims of Havana syndrome reported feeling like they were being hit by an invisible explosion or blast while inside their apartments or houses. Some experts have questioned whether a microwave device that could remotely cause such symptoms might have a portable power source - one suggested the power source would need to be the size of a small car. However, the panel of experts concluded that the power demand would not be high. Also of note was the panel's conclusion that they could not relate the core symptoms of what they call "anomalous health incidents," or AHIs, to any known medical condition — or any type of psychological syndrome. "Although some signs and symptoms of AHIs are common in known disorders, the combination of the four major features is distinctly unusual and not reported elsewhere in the medical literature and has not previously been associated with a specific neurological abnormality," the panel concluded in a summary. It added: "No known psychosocial factors explain the core features, and the incidents exhibiting these features do not fit most criteria used to distinguish mass sociogenic illness." The panel noted that some of the symptoms reported by Intelligence officials and diplomats "could be due to over-vigilance and normal human responses to stress and ambiguity, particularly in a workforce that is attuned to their environment and trained to think about security." Some incidents involved a number of people in the same room and some victims were found to have suffered "cellular nervous system injuries". Officials said the panel interviewed researchers working with commercial microwave devices - and ultrasound devices - who described suffering similar symptoms from accidental exposures. S. Diplomats and spies serving in Cuba began reporting bizarre sounds and sensations, followed by unexplained illnesses and symptoms, including hearing and vision loss, memory and balance problems, headaches and nausea. S. officers have come forward and reported suspected incidents in more than a dozen countries, NBC News reported. NBC News reported in 2018 that US intelligence officials considered Russia a prime suspect, in what some considered deliberate attacks on diplomats and CIA officials abroad. But in the three years since then, spy agencies have not uncovered enough evidence to determine the cause or culprit of the health incidents. Going forward, the panel recommends that intelligence agencies seek to identify "biomarkers" — changes in blood, tissue, or brain function — associated with the health incidents so they can better identify them in the event of a recurrence. The panel also recommended that the authorities collect more data on the possible incidents and "develop a coordinated communications strategy to inform and educate the US on the needs of the intelligence community and the broader U. They also welcomed the Biden administration's recent announcement, a senior White House official to serve as the AHI Interagency Coordinator. In a statement accompanying a public summary of the panel's work, Avril Haines, the director of National Intelligence, and William Burns, the CIA director, said it "will help improve the work of the IC and the US government as a whole." to sharpen when we focus on possible causes. dr Eric Lander, director of the Biden administration's office for science and technology policy, said in a statement that the administration has convened panels in the past to study the possible causes of the syndrome, "but this is the first time that a The panel has had such extensive access to intelligence reports and patient data, and has worked directly with affected individuals. Also on Wednesday, a separate report released by the JASON Advisory Group, a collection of outside experts who advise the government through Miter Corp. advises making its own assessment of Havana Syndrome, noting that “it is not currently possible to conclude that the events ….are the result of intentional attacks causing bodily harm. Mechanisms that do not cause physical harm, but which constitute a nuisance and can lead to health and functional disorders, such as unpleasant noises or feelings of pressure, cannot be ruled out either." The report added: "In view of this and in the interest of protecting the Embassy staff and their families would be wise to be vigilant against tactics designed to create fear and trauma with the intention of either disrupting operations and/or causing long-term harm. The S. government could minimize the impact of such tactics, if any, through open communication, education, and appropriate prompt medical response to developing conditions.”

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