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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.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by inertnet on Saturday February 05 2022, @12:20AM (5 children)

    by inertnet (4071) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 05 2022, @12:20AM (#1218866)

    Or other pets that will show early signs of unwanted environmental influences.

    On the subject, I've been wondering if the Americans themselves are bringing some secret equipment that's causing their own people to get ill. After all, they're the ones that have the complaints all over the world.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 05 2022, @01:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 05 2022, @01:48AM (#1218887)

    Own secret equipment is usually the reason "they don't know"

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 05 2022, @05:39AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 05 2022, @05:39AM (#1218939)

    They are also likely targets and more likely to talk about it to the press. There are multiple state and even some non-state actors who would enjoy pulling something like this against the US and the technical barrier isn't all that high. In some ways it was just a matter of time.

  • (Score: 2) by bzipitidoo on Saturday February 05 2022, @12:25PM (1 child)

    by bzipitidoo (4388) on Saturday February 05 2022, @12:25PM (#1218972) Journal

    Yes. These 3 letter agencies are always shooting themselves in the foot, so to speak, by keeping secrets even from themselves. They absolutely will send their own people on wild goose chases to find out things some already knew. The previous story on this suggested that pesticides could be causing Havana Syndrome. Now it's electromagnetic pulses. If it's not the pesticides, and those who knew about pulsed energy devices kept quiet, it certainly slowed down the investigation. Or worse, they blame the Ruskies or other foreigners. Quite plausible, but also too convenient on the scapegoating. Could've saved the seekers a great deal of time and effort, and the taxpayers a good bit of money, if they'd been just a little more forthcoming.

    The poor canary might keel right over within minutes or even seconds of exposure to pesticides. Or ultrasound. Or energy pulses. Seems an excellent idea to use a few of them.

    • (Score: 2) by PiMuNu on Sunday February 06 2022, @11:03AM

      by PiMuNu (3823) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 06 2022, @11:03AM (#1219229)

      > keeping secrets even from themselves

      May even deliberately set up an investigation and make a big noise about it so that the adversary does not realise the US has access to these weapons already. So it may well be an intelligence op.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 05 2022, @03:13PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 05 2022, @03:13PM (#1218987)

    I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be some equipment meant to prevent adversaries from spying on our personnel as they go about their jobs and these are just the people that are susceptible to ill effects from the equipment.