Havana Syndrome — TIMELINE [UPDATE – October 2018]

“Yet some diplomats and their doctors now tell NBC News they have growing concerns that the U.S. is trying to downplay whatever happened — at least in China.”

NBC News — October 29 2018

“State entities began responding to the incidents in early 2017, but M/PRI was not made aware of the incidents until mid-August 2017, when a former M/PRI official contacted the office after seeing media reports.”

GAO — REPORTED INJURIES TO U.S.PERSONNEL IN CUBA (July 2018)

October 30 2018 — Here is an update the ‘Havana Syndrome’ TIMELINE. I would like to take this opportunity to make a couple of observations. PS: I will try to update this TIMELINE whenever additional pieces of information are made available. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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UPDATE (October 30 2018) — Some American diplomats — and their doctors  —  have growing concerns that the U.S. government is trying to downplay whatever happened — at least in China.

As soon as the US media reported the mysterious illness affecting the US diplomats, I suggested than a microwave weapon — and not sonic attacks — may be the cause of the “Havana syndrome”.

To the best of my knowledge, I may have been the first person to suggest that the noise “heard” by the victims could have been in fact an illusion caused by the exposure of the acoustic nerve to microwave — GSM like — radiations.

On October 2 2017, I wrote:

“Quick Analysis — If the facts are confirmed and if the effects are indeed caused by a physical device, I find the microwave explanation far more likely than a sonic attack; for many reasons.

If this is indeed the case, I expect to hear nothing further in the future because the truth would sent a wave of panic in the Telecom sector.”

On August 29 2018, Beatrice Golomb — MD, PhD, professor of medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine — concluded that reported symptoms and experiences of a “mystery illness” afflicting American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba and China strongly match known effects of pulsed microwave electromagnetic radiation.

On September 1 2018, the NYT published a long article titled:  “Microwave Weapons Are Prime Suspect in Ills of U.S. Embassy Workers.

And since then, nothing has been heard from any of the US agencies investigating the case.

Obviously, there is a good chance that I was right about the microwave attacks. I am afraid that my second prediction may also be correct. Has the official cover up begun?

END of UPDATE

What GAO Found

The United States Government Accountability Office has released a rather disturbing report. M/PRI — the office responsible to investigate incidents that may meet the Accountability Review Board statute criteria — was not aware of the situation of US personnel in Havana — which had been reported in late 2016 — until they read about it in the US media in August 2017.

The Department of State’s (State) Accountability Review Board (ARB) policy does not ensure that the responsible office—State’s Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation (M/PRI)—is made aware of incidents that may meet the ARB statute criteria, such as those that occurred in Cuba and were associated with injuries to U.S. personnel.

According to State policy, as soon as M/PRI becomes aware of potentially qualifying incidents, M/PRI will start the process for considering whether the incident warrants an ARB. M/PRI relies on informal communication to identify potentially qualifying incidents to begin the vetting process because State does not have a policy, procedure, or process for internal communication of such incidents to M/PRI, according to State officials and GAO analysis.

As illustrated in the figure below, other State entities began responding to the incidents in early 2017, but M/PRI was not made aware of the incidents until mid-August 2017, when a former M/PRI official contacted the office after seeing media reports. If M/PRI is not aware of incidents, it cannot initiate State’s ARB incident vetting process.

This situation puts State at risk of not meeting statutory time frames for convening an ARB and could result in State being less able to improve security programs and practices at other U.S. diplomatic posts. Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government call for internal communication to achieve the entity’s objectives and note that management should document responsibilities through policy.

TIMELINE

2015 July 20 — The United States officially re-establishes diplomatic relations with Cuba and reopens the U.S. Embassy in Havana, which had been closed since 1961.

Late 2016: US embassy staff and at least one Canadian began to notice symptoms

2017 March — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, is embarking on a new program, called RadioBio, to determine whether cells are able to exchange information with  EM signals and, if so, what the cells are saying and how they do it. This new initiative seems very close to the once TOP-SECRET “PANDORA Project”.

2017 March 13 — “What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately,” including “microwaves that turn into cameras, etc,” Kellyanne Conway told New Jersey’s the Record newspaper in an interview on Sunday.

2017 May 1 — State had determined that several of those individuals had serious injuries.

2017 May — US expels two Cuban diplomats for failing to protect its diplomats

2017 August — US says 16 employees have been treated but attacks seem to have stopped

2017 August — The Brain Injury Center at the University of Pennsylvania started conducting additional evaluations of U.S.
personnel and family members and identified over 20 individuals with confirmed medical injuries similar to mild traumatic brain injury or concussion. All of the confirmed cases described some combination of the following symptoms: sharp ear pain, dull headaches, ringing in one ear, vertigo, visual focusing issues, disorientation, nausea, and extreme fatigue

August 2017 — According to M/PRI officials, and a timeline provided by M/PRI, these officials became aware of the incidents in Havana

 2017 Early September — US says attacks are continuing and 19 staff members have now been hurt

2017 September 29 — Washington pulls diplomatic staff, warns US citizens not to visit and says 21 embassy employees now injured

2017 October 3 — INTEL TODAY: Microwave Weapons are more likely than Sonic Attacks

2018 May — The U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China, reported a similar incident involving a U.S. government employee who experienced abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, which according to State is very similar and entirely consistent with the medical indications of those affected in Cuba.

2018 July — US Government Accountability Office : REPORTED INJURIES TO U.S. PERSONNEL IN CUBA

2018 August 29 — Beatrice Golomb — MD, PhD, professor of medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine — has concluded that reported symptoms and experiences of a “mystery illness” afflicting American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba and China strongly match known effects of pulsed microwave electromagnetic radiation. 

2018 September 1 — The NYT posts a long article titled:  “Microwave Weapons Are Prime Suspect in Ills of U.S. Embassy Workers

2018 October 29 —  Some diplomats — and their doctors  —  have growing concerns that the U.S. government is trying to downplay whatever happened — at least in China

REFERENCES

DARPA to Resurrect Top-Secret “PANDORA Project”  — Intel Today (February 22 2017)

Kellyanne Conway: ‘microwaves that turn into cameras’ can spy on us — Guardian (March 13 2017)

US Government Accountability Office : REPORTED INJURIES TO U.S. PERSONNEL IN CUBA — July 2018

Evacuated after ‘health attacks’ in Cuba and China, diplomats face new ordeals in U.S. — NBC News (October 29 2018)

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