K.B. and M.W. spotted this story, and it turns out there's more information coming out now about the brain damage/modification that the victims of those strange noises in the American embassy in Havana suffered:
What's interesting about this article is not only what it says, but what it does not say. In the "what it does say" department, we have this:
More than two years after several dozen U.S. embassy workers in Cuba reported experiencing bizarre sensory symptoms, including loud noises and unusual vibrations, exactly what happened to them remains a mystery.
Now, a new study adds to the intrigue.
The study, which used advanced brain-imaging technologies, revealed distinct differences in the brains of embassy workers who were potentially exposed to the bizarre phenomena, compared with healthy people who were not exposed.
In particular, the researchers found differences in a brain area known as the cerebellum, which is responsible for coordination of movements, such as those involved in walking and balance, according to the study, published today (July 23) in the journal JAMA. [27 Oddest Medical Case Reports]
This finding is notable given that a number of the embassy workers show abnormalities in balance and coordination of eye movements, said study co-author Dr. Randel Swanson, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.
So, the affected areas were (1) the cerebellum and (2) balance and coordination. But then there are some extremely intriguing, and separated, remarks later in the article:
In late 2016, some U.S. embassy workers serving in Havana reported hearing sudden, loud noises or feeling vibrations or movement in the air around them, Live Science previously reported. These experiences were followed by a variety of neurological symptoms, including dizziness, balance problems and difficulty with concentration and memory.
The brain images showed that, compared with healthy people, the U.S. embassy workers had lower volumes of white matter — long nerve fibers that allow areas of the brain to communicate, the study found.
In addition, compared with healthy people, U.S. embassy workers showed differences in brain tissue volume and tissue integrity in their cerebellum.
The particular pattern of brain differences seen in the study is unlike that of any other brain disease or condition seen in previously published research, the authors said.(Emphasis added)
So we have (1) the affected areas of the brain of US embassy personnel in Havana were the cerebellum, which affects balance and coordination, (2) they experienced difficulty with concentration and memory, (3) they have lower volumes of brain tissue and "integrity", and (4) a diminishment of nerve fibers. The last point (4) intrigues me because during my recent get-together with some members of this website, one of those members is doing rather intriguing research in neuro-physiology, coordinating it with the logical and metaphysical work of the philosopher Charles Saunders Peirce, and one of the things he mentioned (and I'm vastly over-simplifying what was a very long discussion) was that they had discovered a kind of back-channel or feedback mechanism in neural pathways that allowed the mind to "check its work", a kind of "neural" version of phase conjugation, to draw an analogy. They are real and special physiological features, so to speak, and directly related to things like concentration. And some interference with them appears to be operating in what the embassy personnel experienced, which would imply a rather up-to-date neural physiological basis of whatever technologies produced the phenomenon to begin with.
Bear that in mind as we now turn to a portion of the article that I cannot help but speculate is perhaps a bit of deliberate misdirection:
In 2018, the same group of researchers at UPenn published a study that documented neurological symptoms of 21 of the Havana U.S. embassy workers. That study found that many of those individuals had symptoms similar to those seen in people with concussions or mild traumatic brain injury, although in the Havana cases, there was no evidence of blunt head trauma, the authors said. At that time, the researchers also noted that it was unclear how exposure to sounds — even a sonic weapon — could have caused such symptoms. [Mind-Controlled Cats?! 6 Incredible Spy Technologies That Are Real] (Emphasis added)
My speculation here is on two tracks, the first being that the pushing of the "sonic weapon" meme in respect to the curious Cuban embassy attacks may be a bit of misdirection, since most studies of remote mind manipulation technologies concentrate on the use of frequencies in the radio-microwave end of the spectrum, and not on those frequencies within the human hearing range. Indeed, when I've blogged before about the embassy attacks, I've point out that some of these same symptoms can be, and have been, induced by means of multi-wave mixing in the radio-microwave range, establishing beat frequences within a particular region that might be audible, and that might induce the trauma reported. Anyone who has done even a passing search into such technologies will encounter them all over the place, and I wrote about a few of them in my book Microcosm and Medium. I thus cannot help but entertain the speculation that these public releases about the embassy attacks are perhaps a bit of deliberate misdirection and obfuscation to keep people focused away from such technologies. This remains my preferred view for the moment.
But the second track takes me back to my friend's research and some of its rather astonishing implications, and to the possibility that a completely sonic method - i.e., one not reliant upon multiwave mixing and interferometry in the radio-microwave range - might indeed be at work. It is possible - after the early 1960s and 1970s research of Gavreau in France (incidentally, in some very black research projects in DeGaulle's France at the time) to contemplate infrasonic means and methods, through a similar process of sonic interferometry, that could induce such effects. In Microcosm and Medium I briefly reviewed Soviet era research into the neurological effects of various sounds, and types of music, on neural pathways, even to the extent that some styles of music improved the ability to remember and concentrate (and yes, it was that 18th century stuff), and some types positively inhibited it (and need I say what it is?) So let's extend the speculation some more: in Microcosm and Medium I also pointed out that some very early mind manipulation research was devoted to the creation of what I called "electroencephalographic dictionaries", i.e., the ability to remotely read brain waves of specific words, and by reverse process, to project those templates on modulated microwaves into an individual (or group's) brains, producing a kind of interior conversation. That, of course, was done with microwaves, but what if one could create similar 'electroencephalographic dictionaries" via the sounds that are produced by specific words (and for those who know about the phenomenon of the harmonic series, all it takes, to over simplify, is stepping tones down several octaves in order to do so). Similarly, by projecting or modulating those tones, one could create a similar effect, perhaps, as with the microwave methods of doing so. If so, then by the same token, one could create the sonic templates to affect specific areas of the brain with specific types of traumas that due to their sonic nature would be like blunt force trauma effects, without any signs of blunt force. And that in turn would indicate a great deal of progress in mind manipulation technologies and a sophistication that is quite frightening.
There is, of course, a flaw in this speculation, namely, that the victims (to my knowledge) do not report hearing "words" or "music" or anything else but a kind of metallic grinding noise.
At least, as far as we've been told.
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