The UK’s national broadcaster, the BBC, has been told that there are now hundreds of reports of ‘Havana syndrome’, spanning every continent. Described as a mysterious illness that has struck American diplomats and spies, it first emerged in Cuba in 2016.
BBC security correspondent, Gordon Corera, says that, ‘It often started with a sound, one that people struggled to describe. “Buzzing”, “grinding metal”, “piercing squeals”, was the best they could manage.’
A December 2020 report from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded, after considering other causes, that ‘directed, pulsed radio frequency energy appears to be the most plausible mechanism in explaining these cases…’. The news release on the report described symptoms such as a perceived loud noise, ear pain, intense head pressure or vibration, dizziness, visual problems, and cognitive difficulties. It stated that in some cases these suddenly occurred and that many sufferers still continue to experience these or other health problems.
SSMA notes that pulsed microwaves are also emitted by wireless smart meters. In Australia, meters are often placed on the outside of bedroom walls, in close proximity to where people sleep. As pointed out by Physicians for Safe Technology, the health effects experienced by diplomats and their families mirror those of individuals who have developed electrosensitivity (EHS) or electromagnetic illness following exposure to pulsed radiofrequency radiation from wireless devices.
To read the BBC News article, titled ‘‘Havana syndrome’ and the mystery of the microwaves’, go to: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-58396698
To read the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s December 2020 news release and report titled ‘An Assessment of Illness in U.S. Government Employees and Their Families at Overseas Embassies (2020)’, go here.