Those so-called "sonic" attacks on American and Canadian diplomatic personnel in Cuba are back in the news again, and this time, medical technicians are finding evidence of actual physical brain damage. (This is a story many people sent various versions of, so a thank you to all of you following up on it):
Now, there are a number of intriguing things here, both as to the type of physical alteration occurring, and what is now being said about the "weapon" behind it. Here are the paragraphs I'm concentrating on, toward the beginning of the article:
It's the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was that harmed the Americans, it led to perceptible changes in their brains. The finding is also one of several factors fuelling growing skepticism that some kind of sonic weapon was involved, as originally suspected.
Medical testing has revealed the embassy workers developed changes to the white matter tracts that let different parts of the brain communicate, several U.S. officials said, describing a growing consensus held by university and government physicians researching the attacks. White matter acts like information highways between brain cells.
Loud, mysterious sounds followed by hearing loss and ear-ringing had led investigators to suspect "sonic attacks." But officials are now carefully avoiding that term. The sounds may have been the byproduct of something else that caused damage, said three U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. They weren't authorized to discuss it publicly and demanded anonymity. (Emphasis added)
The article also notes the strong localization of the effect:
U.S. officials told the AP that investigators have now determined:
- The most frequently reported sound patients heard was a high-pitched chirp or grating metal. Fewer recalled a low-pitched noise, like a hum.
- Some were asleep and awakened by the sound, even as others sleeping in the same bed or room heard nothing.
- Vibrations sometimes accompanied the sound. Victims told investigators these felt similar to the rapid flutter of air when windows of a car are partially rolled down.
- Those worst off knew right away something was affecting their bodies. Some developed visual symptoms within 24 hours, including trouble focusing on a computer screen. (emphasis added)
And finally, the brain alterations detected most resemble concussion:
Studies have found both concussions and white matter damage in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who survived explosions yet had no other physical damage. But those injuries were attributed mostly to shock waves from explosions. No Havana patients reported explosions or blows to the head.
Now, regular readers of this website will recall that when this story first broke I did not think this was a "sonic weapon" per se, but rather, that the strong localized effects were the result of interferometry, very possibly of microwaves. When two or more waves intersect over a location, this intersection establishes an interference pattern, a beat frequency or a new wave of its own, which is present only in the area of intersected waves. This "beat frequency" could induce sensations in the audio-processing regions of the brain which would be "heard" by an individual in that region of interference, and depending on the resulting mixture of waves, be heard as a high chirping sound or a metal-grating-on metal sound. There is no mystery here, especially if one is familiar with the various patents utilizing precisely this phenomenon for mind manipulation and remote "voice of God in the head" technologies, for such interference patterns themselves can be made to modulate information - like voices - in the head.
What is thus intriguing about the article is that now "experts" are denying it was a sonic weapon; in other words, reading between the lines a bit, they have probably concluded that the phenomenon is some sort of manifestation of these principles. So why not acknowledge it?
It's possibly because the technology has resulted in actual physical modification of the brain remotely - no injections, no nano-bots, no vaccines (sorry, I couldn't resist), no exploding projectiles and resulting shock waves. What results are symptoms similar to concussion, and thus, one has a "remote induction of concussion" technology in play.
Why is that significant? Well, again, when this story first broke, I pointed to the work of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Tom Bearden (ret.), and to his studies of "electromagnetic medicine" that was undertaken in the Soviet Union. There, to make a very long and complicated story very short, Soviet scientists were able to "read" the electromagnetic signatures of healthy and diseases cell cultures, and then to reproduce both by means of such techniques remotely. (For those interested in this fascinating story, see Bearden's review of this research in his book Gravitobiology.) For years, American diplomatic personnel in Russia were subjected to a microwave bombardment and personnel there had higher-than-usual occurrences of various cancers.
Which brings us back to the article, and to Secretary of State Tillerson's remarks about the phenomenon:
The Cubans have urged the U.S. to release information about what it has found. FBI investigators have spent months comparing cases to pinpoint what factors overlap.
Tillerson says the U.S. has shared some information but that he's put two restrictions in place.
He says they won't share information that violates individuals' privacy or reveals their medical conditions. And he says he won't release information that helps the perpetrator determine how effective the attacks were.
Tillerson says he understands the Cubans don't like the actions the U.S. has taken in response. But he says the United States doesn't like having its diplomats come under attack.
So in other words, it is now official, these incidents are being acknowledged as attacks. But there's more:
"What we've said to the Cubans is: Small island. You've got a sophisticated intelligence apparatus. You probably know who's doing it. You can stop it," Tillerson said. "It's as simple as that."
In other words, the USA is saying that the sources for such interfered waves probably originate on the island itself, and in close enough proximity to the places where these attacks occurred so as to allow very precise targeting.
Once again, however, I take issue with the conclusions the USA is drawing: Cuba may or may not be behind the phenomenon. After all, the techniques did originate in Soviet research and the connection between the countries is well-known. So that possibility, pace Tillerson, cannot be ruled out. But the trouble is, anyone with access to the technique and technologies - which by now have probably been greatly "miniaturized" - and who has access to the island could be behind the attacks. In this country, there are growing stories of similar incidents, and oftentimes, these incidents are indicative of non-state actors utilizing it for their own ends. The problem of motivation enters the picture, for while Cuba may and probably does have access to the technology, its motivation for souring relationships with the USA remain unclear. If anything, it would seem that the island nation would not want to endanger or jeopardize the fragile and just recently reestablished relations by such a stunt, leaving the question of who would, especially using a technique with clear though not very well-known ties to the former Soviet Union.
It's that "who" which remains a mystery here, but if I were the U.S. State Department, I would be considering all possibilities, including that of rogue factions within our own security structures, and that of extra-territorial actors with agendas of their own.
See you on the flip side...