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posted by chromas on Friday February 04 2022, @09:21PM   Printer-friendly

Havana Syndrome could be caused by pulsed energy devices – US expert report

A US intelligence report by a panel of expert scientists has named pulsed electromagnetic energy and ultrasound as plausible causes for the mystery Havana Syndrome symptoms suffered by US diplomats and spies in recent years.

The report found that a group of cases could not be explained by health or environmental factors or by psychosomatic illness. It also said that devices exist with “modest energy requirements” which were concealable and could produce the observed symptoms and be effective over hundreds of meters or through walls.

The panel, established last year by the director of national security, Avril Haines, and the CIA director, William Burns, said the investigation was not tasked to identify a culprit, but in a statement accompanying the report, Haines and Burns said it would help sharpen the search for the origins of they mysterious ailments.

“We will stay at it, with continued rigor, for however long it takes,” they said.

Also at BBC and CNN.

Previously:
"Havana Syndrome": U.S. Baffled After New Cases in Europe
CIA Finds No Evidence of a Foreign Adversary Causing "Havana Syndrome"


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Gaaark on Saturday February 05 2022, @12:03AM (2 children)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 05 2022, @12:03AM (#1218857) Journal

    couldn't they just set up some equipment to find if it is "pulsed electromagnetic energy and ultrasound"?

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday February 05 2022, @12:29AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 05 2022, @12:29AM (#1218868) Journal
    Does seem like it'd be the thing to do. Just put up some sensors in likely areas and wait.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 05 2022, @05:35AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 05 2022, @05:35AM (#1218938)

    That's what I'd be looking into. The problem is procuring and deploying the equipment and then monitoring it. The State Department has a lot of sites to cover so it won't be cheap. Ultrasound in particular is rather specialized since common receivers can't hear anything above 48khz. What a report like this does is draw attention so the higher ups in DC will sign off on funding the project.