By The New York Times. . .More recently, the American military itself sought to develop microwave arms that could invisibly beam painfully loud booms and even spoken words into people’s heads. The aims were to disable attackers and wage psychological warfare.
Now, doctors and scientists say such unconventional weapons may have caused the baffling symptoms and ailments that, starting in late 2016, hit more than three dozen American diplomats and family members in Cuba and China. The Cuban incidents resulted in a diplomatic rupture between Havana and Washington.
The medical team that examined 21 affected diplomats from Cuba made no mention of microwaves in its detailed report published in JAMA in March. But Douglas H. Smith, the study’s lead author and director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania, said in a recent interview that microwaves were now considered a main suspect and that the team was increasingly sure the diplomats had suffered brain injury. (Read more from “Microwave Weapons Are Prime Suspect in Ills of U.S. Embassy Workers” HERE)
Embassy ‘Sonic Attacks’ May Have Been Microwave Blasts
By Engadget. When researchers postulated that the “sonic attacks” on embassies in Cuba (and more recently China) were the fault of malfunctioning surveillance gear, that wasn’t the end to concerns about the true cause… if anything, there’s more worry than ever. The University of Pennsylvania’s Douglas Smith (who led a paper discussing the trauma of embassy victims) said in an interview that microwave blasts are now considered primary candidates. The concussion-like symptoms more closely line up with microwaves and other radio frequency-related illnesses than previous explanations, including straightforward acoustic attack, anxiety or viruses.
Embassy staff may have been subjected to the Frey effect, where microwaves fool the brain into perceiving phantom noises when they hit the temporal lobes processing signals from your ears. Sufficiently powerful microwave blasts can cause pain, and might even deal lasting damage to the nervous system. (Read more from “Embassy ‘Sonic Attacks’ May Have Been Microwave Blasts” HERE)