When the Cuban embassy "sonic attacks" story first appeared, I blogged about it, and pointed out that some of the victims' descriptions of the attacks indicated microwave interferometry weapons. One particular case caught my eye, where an individual complained about hearing an excruciating "metallic grating" sound while on his bed, but the moment he moved from the bed, the sound, and pain, stopped. More recently, in my latest book, Microcosm and Medium, I pointed out that some victims of "voice of God" microwave-to-brain broadcast technology also evidences a similar "region" where the phenomenon is active, and that it ceases once one moves out of that region. I also pointed out in that first blog about the Cuban embassy attacks - and again in the book - that such technologies were being developed both by the former Soviet Union, and by the USA (and, I imagine, just about anyone else with the technology to do so).
Which puts the question of "whodunnit" in the case of Cuba into a problematical situation. As I pointed out in that first blog about this story, Cuba was quickly blamed for the attack, and I observed that it was unlikely that Cuba would have the technology; Russia, yes; Cuba, no. So blaming Cuba was in effect a way of blaming Russia without blaming Russia. I also observed that it was somewhat surprising that Russia was not being blamed for the attacks directly. They are, after all, responsible for everything going wrong in the world (if one believes the lamestream media in this country).
Well, Mr. E.G. shared the following article, and it appears that Russia has finally been fingered as the culprit:
And, if I may, this one is a whopper. The article puts it this way:
To wit, NBC News reported Tuesday morning that the State Department believes Russia is the prime suspect in a series of mysterious attacks using concentrated sound waves or microwaves (the US still isn't certain of the exact nature of the attacks) that seriously injured 26 "diplomats" (many of whom were CIA spies) working at the US embassy in Havana. While State Department insiders have been dropping hints about the identity of the suspect (last week, we noted that some US scientists believe a Soviet-era weapon utilizing concentrated microwaves may have been used in the attack), nobody at the department had been willing to confirm whether Russia, Cuba, China or some other shadowy entity was on the list of suspects.
That is, until now.
The news about the US's suspicions is significant: After simmering beneath the surface for years, the story about the mysterious attacks could soon become front page news as the US could leverage whatever evidence it has to justify imposing further sanctions against Russia - particularly in light of the UK's move to tighten its own Russia-directed sanctions following the conclusion that Russia's GRU sanctioned the chemical weapons attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal (however tenuous the evidence may be).
As NBC reports, the US has intercepted some incriminating SIGINT that suggests the Russians were involved in the attacks. However, these intercepts, while incriminating, are still inconclusive, which seems...strange, considering the black-and-white nature of such blatant attacks.
The suspicion that Russia is likely behind the alleged attacks is backed up by evidence from communications intercepts, known in the spy world as signals intelligence, amassed during a lengthy and ongoing investigation involving the FBI, the CIA and other U.S. agencies. The officials declined to elaborate on the nature of the intelligence.
The evidence is not yet conclusive enough, however, for the U.S. to formally assign blame to Moscow for incidents that started in late 2016 and have continued in 2018, causing a major rupture in U.S.-Cuba relations.
Since the attacks began in late 2016, the US has had little success with its efforts to reverse-engineer the weapon.
Since last year, the U.S. military has been working to reverse-engineer the weapon or weapons used to harm the diplomats, according to Trump administration officials, congressional aides and others briefed on the investigation, including by testing various devices on animals. As part of that effort, the U.S. has turned to the Air Force and its directed energy research program at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, where the military has giant lasers and advanced laboratories to test high-power electromagnetic weapons, including microwaves.(Italicized emphasis added)
Ok, signals intelligence (SIGINT) has fingered the Russians, specifically, FBI and CIA signals intelligence. Now, if you're like me, that immediately puts my suspicion meter into the red zone, for these agencies are not very high on my "trustworthy list" right now (and they haven't been since the JFK assassination). So what's the game? Well, the end of the article suggests this:
According to NBC, the US hasn't found a way to effectively protect its
diplomatsspies from these attacks, but at the end of the day, this could be a moot point. Because evidence that Russia is aggressively attacking US personnel could soon become the exact justification that deep state agents inside the Trump administration need to increase diplomatic pressure on Russia (with sanctions or other methods) or even push back harder in Syria.
Now, I don't doubt for a moment that Russia has such technologies. As I said above, I pointed out their existence since the Soviet days. Nor do I doubt that, in the current climate of Russo-American tensions, that they would use it. But there a huge problem with the American position here, and that is the claim that "Since last year, the U.S. military has been working to reverse-engineer the weapon or weapons used to harm the diplomats, according to Trump administration officials, congressional aides and others briefed on the investigation, including by testing various devices on animals." This makes it sound like the USA has only recently come to the conclusion that such capabilities exist, and has only recently been attempting to "reverse-engineer" the technologies because of the presumed Russian attacks on the US Embassy in Cuba.
As I pointed out in Microcosm and Medium, these technologies were under investigation by the USA, in one form or another, since the Second World War, and under the CIA of ne-er-do-well Allen Dulles, a big push was made across the board to develop all manner of mind manipulation technologies and "non-lethal weapons."
In short, the idea that the USA has to reverse engineer the technology behind the attacks is absurd. Utterly absurd.
And this brings me back to my original series of blogs on this story where I pointed out that Russia does have such capabilities. The question is, whether they would use them. At the time I pointed out that using such a thing, in today's atmosphere, would simply be an excuse for the USA to ratchet up more sanctions and political pressures, and that therefore the risk of doing so was out of proportion to anything that might be gained by Russia from their use. But at the time I also pointed out that the existence of such capabilities in the US arsenal makes it possible that one might be dealing with a "false flag" of some sort. That was the conclusion I came to when this story first appeared, and given the article's own mention of the possibility of using the event to create even more diplomatic pressure, it appears that Zero Hedge, reading between the lines a bit, might be entertaining the speculation too.
See you on the flip side...