(AmericanProsperity.com) – American political personnel and intelligence operatives stationed worldwide are facing an increasingly strange health threat. Havana syndrome, which victims claim triggers a host of unusual symptoms, from headaches to hearing strange sounds, has affected over 200 staffers in recent years. That’s prompting the US government to take action and find answers.
The History of Havana Syndrome
A 2016 report from the US State Department confirmed that doctors identified a series of unexplained health problems in a group of diplomats stationed in Havana, Cuba. All of the victims involved labeled the experience an “attack.”
The primary symptoms of Havana Syndrome include hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, cognitive difficulties, and memory loss. MRI brain scans completed at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Brain Injury and Repair also revealed mild traumatic brain injury in a handful of victims. Confusingly, the majority of sufferers never show outward signs of being sick.
An Elusive Cause
Theories on what’s causing Havana Syndrome are very colorful. Both the State Department and CIA claim it stems from some kind of sonic-directed energy attack.
Neurologists first interviewed by Buzzfeed News in January 2021 suggested the cause might be related to mental health. Specifically, they believe it may be a complex form of mass hysteria among staffers. The main problem with this theory is the fact that hysteria doesn’t typically trigger traumatic brain injury.
Another more recent theory suggests Havana Syndrome stems from a microwave weapon or attack. This theory aligns with a report published by scientists at the National Academies Press (NAP) late last year. It links symptoms with exposure to a directed pulse radio frequency (RF) energy device.
President Joe Biden Signs a New Bill
The government’s growing concern about Havana Syndrome and how it might interfere with operations on foreign soil are prompting renewed focus on answers. In fact, Congress recently approved a bill initially put forth by Senator Susan Collins (R-MA) called the Helping American Victims Afflicted by Neurological Attacks (HAVANA) Act.
The aptly named bill allocates resources to caring for victims.
But US officials don’t just want to treat the unusual sickness — they want to know what’s causing it, too. The Biden administration recently ramped up investigations into its origins, assigning the entire American intelligence force and the National Institutes of Health to this critical task. Still, they have yet to find any answers.
With so many diagnosed cases and no solid evidence, it’s difficult to predict just how long their investigation might take. Will they unearth proof that foreign spies are targeting American staffers with top-secret energy weapons? Or will Havana Syndrome become yet another mental illness listed under the DSM-IV?
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