Oh, what fresh hell is this?
Courtesy of Yahoo News:
Could a foreign country build a directed-energy weapon tailored to target a single diplomat walking through a house, leaving other occupants unaffected? What about drugs that target a person’s brain, or even a specific part of the brain? Yes, it’s possible, according to scientists who have been studying the possible causes of the mysterious health effects reported among U.S. diplomatic personnel in Havana, Cuba.
Four scientists, including the first doctor to examine the diplomats reporting symptoms in Cuba, took part in a Pentagon-sponsored teleconference on Friday, where they announced new research results, including what they determined to be the probable use of “neuroweapons” in what they called the Havana Effect.
At issue are the more than two dozen U.S. government officials stationed in Havana, who have described hearing strange sounds, followed by a combination of medical symptoms, including dizziness, hearing loss and cognitive problems. More recently, a similar case has been reported in a U.S. embassy worker in Guangzhou, China. For months, a mix of secrecy and speculation has surrounded those incidents, including an increasingly popular theory that the diplomats were the victims of microwave weapons.
Michael Hoffer, an otolaryngologist at the University of Miami, who was the first to conduct tests on the embassy workers, said on the Friday call that the diplomats are suffering from a “neurosensory dysfunction,” which is primarily affecting their sense of balance.
I am of two minds on this.
First off this is terrifying since we do not know how this was done or by whom.
But then secondly this may be an initial use of a weapon that will someday show up on a battlefield and incapacitate the enemy without ending their lives of maiming their bodies, and that seems like a positive step toward more humane military engagements to me.
And if the effects eventually wear off it could mean that soldiers would be defeated on the battlefield yet left in good health for their return to their families.
I have to say my first instinct on this is that it’s the Russians.
Which if true would mean that they are leaving us in the dust when it comes to non-lethal methods of defeating enemies and executing a bloodless coup.
I’m just saying.