Thursday, October 28, 2021

House passes bill to send payments to victims of potentially directed energy attacks

On September 21, the House unanimously passed a bipartisan measure that would authorize payments to victims of potentially directed energy attacks, also known as Havana syndrome.

Susan Collins (R-Maine), the legislation helping American Victims of Neurological Attacks (Havana) Act was approved by a 427-0 vote. It was first passed by the Senate on June 7, and is now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

It specifically authorizes the CIA director, secretary of state and other agency heads to provide medical and financial assistance to victims who have suffered brain injuries as a result of the attacks.

It also requires that the CIA and State Department report to Congress how the funds are being used and if additional “legislative or administrative action is required.”

US officials have struggled to understand the mysterious attacks since they were first noted in 2016, when diplomats and intelligence personnel in communist Cuba first reported head pressure or tremors, and dizziness, sometimes accompanied by visual problems and began to report disturbing symptoms, including cognitive difficulties.

The update comes shortly after The New York Times reported that a CIA officer who was traveling with the agency’s director this month to India reported symptoms consistent with Havana syndrome.

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The Epoch Times has contacted the CIA for comment on the reported incident.

According to Reuters, nearly 200 US officials and family members have been sickened by the attacks.

“There is no doubt that the victims who have suffered brain injuries should be provided with adequate care and compensation. In addition, it is important that our government determine who is behind these attacks and that we respond,” Senate Intelligence Committee vice chairman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in a statement earlier this year. .

A State Department-sponsored study into the phenomenon by the National Academy of Sciences investigated whether chemical exposures, infectious diseases and psychological issues could be behind the symptoms, but concluded that the most likely cause was directed microwave energy.

“Overall, directed pulsed RF (radio frequency) energy, especially in those with typical early manifestations, appears to be the most plausible mechanism in explaining these cases among those who don’t,” the report on the study said.

Ivan Pentchukov contributed to this report.

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Isabel van Bruggen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter at The Epoch Times. He holds a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City, University of London.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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