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Report links Havana diplomats’ mysterious symptoms to likely radiation ‘attack’

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A U.S. government report released Saturday points to radiofrequency energy as the likely source of the mysterious illness that made many U.S. diplomats, as well as other countries’ diplomats, serving in Havana, Cuba sick back in 2017. Additionally, the report cites strong evidence implying that the illness was likely caused by attacks. Radiofrequency energy, it should be noted, is a type of radiation that includes microwaves.

While the reports of these symptoms arose in August 2017, the reports themselves date back to late 2016.

More than 40 U.S. government employees were affected by this illness between 2016 and 2018, according to Reuters.

Researchers from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concluded that the symptoms experienced by those diplomats in Havana—such as dizziness, nausea, visual impairments, hearing a loud sound, and headaches—were “consistent with a directed radio frequency (RF) energy attack”. This illness has come to be known as Havana syndrome.

Furthermore, the 19-person committee stated that “directed, pulsed radiofrequency energy” was “the most plausible mechanism” in explaining Havana syndrome but that secondary factors and other possible causes also bringing about these symptoms could not be taken off the table.

Other U.S. government employees stationed in Cuba and other places have also reported similar symptoms, such as in China and Russia. In June 2018, the U.S. State Department announced that it had withdrawn diplomats from China over worries that they were experiencing such symptoms.

The 2017 illnesses in Havana sparked rumors and speculation that it was a deliberate attack carried out by a foreign country hostile to the United States, with many U.S. officials suspecting Russia.

While the report doesn’t name any country or entity as the origin of these likely attacks, the researchers cited Western, Russian, and Soviet studies on pulsed radiofrequency technology and the exposure of military personnel stationed in “Eurasian communist countries” to this radiation who reported similar symptoms, saying these “provide circumstantial support for this possible mechanism.”

Both Russia and Cuba have denied any involvement in the likely attacks, according to NBC News.

Back in October, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “We’ve done a lot of work to try and identify how this all took place,” when asked about the investigation at a press conference. “And we continue to try and determine precisely the causation of this while doing our best to make sure we’re taking care of the health and safety of these people.”

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Experts Say United States Vulnerable to ‘Electromagnetic’ Attack by Chinese

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When Joe Biden was trying to convince Americans to vote for him to become the next President back in 2019, he belittled the concept that China is a danger to the U.S. “Come on man, China’s not a threat” said Biden.

Experts, however, continue to show just how wrong Biden has always been. Fox News reports “experts are warning that the United States is vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack from adversaries such as China, and that time is running out to invest in defending the country from it.”

Last week during a virtual forum hosted by the Universal Peace Federation, Peter Vincent Pry, the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, said “that poses a real threat of possibly being able to win a war with a single blow by means of an EMP attack.”

“Moreover…they don’t envision employing an EMP by itself. It would be used in conjunction with cyberattacks and physical sabotage, and non-nuclear EMP” added Pry. Experts also warn that while an EMP attack would be “bloodless” at first, a yearlong blackout could kill roughly 90% of the American population.

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The U.S. electric grid and other infrastructure – such as communications and transportation systems and water and sewer services – could all be devastated by such an attack, experts like Pry warn, noting that time is of the essence for the U.S. to defend itself.

China already possesses “super EMPs” and last summer tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle that analysts warn could deploy the EMP and cause a long-lasting blackout that would shut down key infrastructure and cripple the military’s ability to communicate.

A Pentagon report on Chinese military capabilities details how China has invested heavily in its EMP program, with a strategy that “emphasizes suppressing, degrading, disrupting or deceiving enemy electronic equipment throughout the continuum of a conflict while protecting its ability to use the cyber and electromagnetic spectrum.”

“The PLA is likely to use electronic warfare early in a conflict as a signaling mechanism to warn and deter adversary offensive action. Potential EW targets include adversary systems operating in radio, radar, microwave, infrared and optical frequency ranges, as well as adversary computer and information systems” adds the report.

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