The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee vowed to “get to the bottom” of mysterious directed-energy assaults dubbed “Havana syndrome,” that are reportedly on the rise and have been linked to brain-damaging accidents.
Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and vice chairman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) confirmed in a joint statement Friday that there’s an obvious rise within the incidence of directed-energy assaults on U.S. personnel.
“For nearly five years, we have been aware of reports of mysterious attacks on United States Government personnel in Havana, Cuba, and around the world,” Rubio and Warner wrote. “This pattern of attacking our fellow citizens serving our government appears to be increasing. The Senate Intelligence Committee intends to get to the bottom of this.”
Their assertion comes after media stories saying incidents bearing the hallmarks of “Havana syndrome” assaults had taken place in Washington, together with simply exterior the White House, and in Miami, Florida. One of the alleged vitality assaults befell on the south aspect of the White House in November, and is believed to have sickened a White House aide, CBS reports.
U.S. authorities have struggled to know the mysterious assaults since they had been first famous in 2016, when diplomatic and intelligence personnel in Cuba first started reporting disturbing signs together with head stress or vibration, dizziness, typically adopted by visible issues and cognitive difficulties.
“For some of these patients, their case began with the sudden onset of a loud noise, perceived to have directional features, and accompanied by pain in one or both ears or across a broad region of the head,” reads a State Department-sponsored study into the phenomenon by the National Academy of Sciences.
A 19-person committee of medical and scientific consultants concerned within the research thought-about chemical exposures, infectious illnesses, and psychological points as being behind the signs, however concluded that the almost definitely trigger was directed microwave vitality.
“Overall, directed pulsed RF (radio frequency) energy, especially in those with the distinct early manifestations, appears to be the most plausible mechanism in explaining these cases among those that the committee considered,” the report discovered.
The report didn’t counsel that microwave vitality was a part of a deliberate scheme focusing on U.S. personnel, however famous that “the mere consideration of such a scenario raises grave concerns about a world with disinhibited malevolent actors and new tools for causing harm to others, as if the U.S. government does not have its hands full already with naturally occurring threats.”
Rubio and Warner stated of their assertion that the Senate Intelligence Committee has “already held fact finding hearings on these debilitating attacks, many of which result in medically confirmed cases of Traumatic Brain Injury, and will do more.”
Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines didn’t deny the stories of the assaults when questioned this week, and instructed the Senate Armed Services Committee she couldn’t focus on the problem brazenly as a result of it concerned categorized data, CNN stories. Haines referred to as the problem of the mysterious assaults “critically important” including, “across the intelligence community, frankly, leaders are focused on this issue.”
CIA director William Burns, throughout his affirmation listening to earlier than the Senate Intelligence Committee in late February, dedicated to analyze the unusual phenomenon.
“I will make it an extraordinarily high priority to get to the bottom of who’s responsible for the attacks and to ensure that colleagues and their families get the care they deserve,” together with remedy at Walter Reed National Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health, Burns stated on the time.
Warner and Rubio stated of their assertion that they welcomed renewed investigation by the CIA into the incidents, noting it was vital “to better understand the technology behind the weapon responsible for these attacks.”
“Ultimately we will identify those responsible for these attacks on American personnel and will hold them accountable,” they stated.
From The Epoch Times