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Defense officials briefed lawmakers on the Senate and House Armed Services Committees on the  incident near the White House. earlier this month. That incident  occurred near the Ellipse, the large oval lawn on the south side of the White House and “sickened one National Security Council official”  according to CNN.

In 2009 the White House official reported a similar attack while walking her dog in a Virginia suburb just outside Washington, according to a GQ report.

“A directed-energy attack uses highly concentrated electromagnetic energy, including high-powered radio frequency or microwave devices and particle beams, to harm a target. The attacks can take different forms, from jamming electronic equipment to causing pain or permanent injuries. A report commissioned by the State Department and released in December pointed to “directed, pulsed radiofrequency energy” as the most probable cause for the “Havana syndrome” incidents.”

In 2018, Dr. Beatrice Golomb shared her published  paper  with the US State Department entitled “Diplomats’ Mystery Illness and Pulsed Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation  which states, “A tremendous number of physicians and scientists and entities and scientific studies and government reports, in many nations, over many decades, have identified that RF/MW causes symptoms consistent with the spectrum now described for diplomats.” Her paper concludes that “Reported facts appear consistent with radiofrequency microwave  as the source of injury in diplomats in Cuba. Non diplomats citing symptoms from radiofrequency microwave  often with an inciting pulsed-radiofrequency microwave exposure, report compatible health conditions.”

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The 2020 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Report “An Assessment of Illness in U.S. Government Employees and Their Families at Overseas Embassies” commissioned by the US State Department was released  by a committee of 19 experts citing “directed, pulsed radiofrequency energy” as “the most plausible mechanism” to explain the mystery illness suffered by  U.S. Embassy personnel. The New York Times describes how the report “provides the most definitive explanation yet of the illness that struck scores of government employees, first at the U.S. Embassy in Havana in 2016, and then in China and other countries. Many of the officers suffered from dizziness, fatigue, headaches, and loss of hearing, memory and balance, and some were forced into permanent retirement.”

The NAS report states that “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.”

In March of 2018, JAMA published a study on the diplomats as they experienced the following symptoms:

  • 43% had MRI result finding of T2 hyperintensity (bright-foci) in the white matter,
  • 76% had headaches,
  • 57% had nervousness,
  • 76% had memory problems,
  • 71% had impaired concentration,
  • 67% feeling cognitively slowed,
  • 86% had sleep problems, and
  • 67% had irritability.

Wireless devices from cell phones, to baby monitors to Wi-Fi speakers and cell towers all emit pulsed radiofrequency microwave radiation.

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In 2019, Penn Medicine researchers published new research with used advanced imaging techniques and analytics to construct statistical maps that compared the brains of healthy individuals against  40 government personnel who experienced neurological symptoms while serving in Havana, Cuba. They found key brain differences, particularly in the cerebellum, between impacted patients and healthy individuals, which may underlie clinical findings. They found statistically significant differences in brain volume, tissue properties, and connectivity between the patients and healthy control group. “There was reduced white matter volume in the affected patients, along with a pattern of differences in measures of water diffusion in the tissue. The imaging also revealed lower functional connectivity in the visuospatial and auditory subnetworks. Notably, differences in tissue volume, water diffusion, and connectivity were found in the cerebellum, the part of the brain responsible for performing voluntary tasks, such as walking and writing.”

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2020. An Assessment of Illness in U.S. Government Employees and Their Families at Overseas Embassies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. PDF

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News Reports

CNN: US investigating possible mysterious directed energy attack near White House

CNN: ‘Sonic attacks’ suffered by US diplomats likely caused by microwave energy, government study says

New York Times: Report Points to Microwave ‘Attack’ as Likely Source of Mystery Illnesses That Hit Diplomats and Spies

Key Research Studies

Verma R, Swanson RL, Parker D, et al. Neuroimaging Findings in US Government Personnel With Possible Exposure to Directional Phenomena in Havana, Cuba. JAMA. 2019;322(4):336–347. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.9269.  Press Release: Advanced Neuroimaging Shows Brain Matter Alterations in U.S. Government Personnel Who Developed Neurological Symptoms in Cuba

Golomb BA. Diplomats’ Mystery Illness and Pulsed Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation. Neural Comput. 2018 Sep 05; 1-104. PMID: 30183509. PUB MED, Full Paper,  Press Release Researcher Links Diplomats’ Mystery Illness to Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation Source: Environmental Health Trust