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60 Minutes Reveals Govt. Coverup of Microwave Weapons

An exposé on 60 Minutes March 31, 2024 reveals that Americans have been hit with microwave weapons. I have been aware of this for 50+ years!

Investigative journalists at 60 Minutes, Der Spiegel and The Insider have been tracking microwave weapons for at least 5 years. On March 31, 2024, Scott Pelley and his colleagues revealed the results of their long investigation into the “Havana Syndrome” on CBS News and 60 Minutes. I have been tracking this same phenomenon for more than 50 years. In the article that follows you will learn about this extremely worrisome attack. Equally alarming, why has the US government ignored or covered up this problem for so long?

Joe’s Time Machine: Microwave Weapons?

Long before there were reports about the “Havana Syndrome,” there were notifications about microwave “attacks” on the U.S. embassy in Moscow. In the 1950s, some “experts” postulated that the microwaves might activate electronic “bugs.” They thought that the microwaves were somehow turning on eavesdropping devices. Apparently, no one confirmed that hypothesis.

In the late 1960s, I was working in the neuropharmacology laboratories at the New Jersey Neuropsychiatric Institute outside of Princeton, NJ. My mentor, Dr. Leonide Goldstein, had come from France and brought with him a new technology to monitor brain waves. This quantitative electroencephalographic (EEG) analysis was considered revolutionary at the time.

Our lab turned what seemed like random squiggles on paper into hard data. I was tasked with monitoring the effect of many pharmaceuticals on the brains of rats and rabbits. We also tested free radical compounds generated by a biochemist working at the US Naval Air Development Center (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Oct. 1969).

Microwave Weapons in Moscow?

During that time, there were new reports of microwave beams aimed at the U.S. embassy (the “Moscow Signal”). As I was getting ready to leave the Institute to begin graduate school in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan, word came down that the US Navy was very interested in monitoring the impact of microwave radiation on rabbit brains.

This would be a challenge. The microwave beams could not heat brain tissue, as that would create an unwanted variable. The Navy wanted to learn how these invisible microwaves might impact brain physiology.

I stayed in touch with my colleagues in the lab during my grad school days. When I asked about the microwave research, I was told that they did in fact detect an effect on rabbit brains. As far as I can tell, the data were never published. That surprised me because other research conducted for the Navy was published. This microwave data, however, seemed to disappear without a trace.

Fast Forward to March 31, 2024, 60 Minutes and Microwave Weapons:

If you are in a hurry, here is a 1 minute 29 second CBS news summary of the 60 Minutes investigative report.  Want to know more about microwave weapons and the Havana Syndrome? Here is the 60 Minute Overtime segment. And here is the long version (27 minutes).

I am not the only person to suggest that there has been a coverup when it comes to microwave weapons. Why? No one seems to be able to explain why the US government has been so close-mouthed when it comes to the effects of microwave radiation. You may want to read this article in Politico (March 10, 2023) titled “The Time Russians Really Did Target Americans With Microwaves.”

Lest you start thinking politics, know that this veil of secrecy has been going on for decades through both Republican and Democratic administrations. If you take time to read the Politico article about microwave weapons, you will see an outgoing telegram from the Department of State with Elliot L. Richardson’s name. He was Richard Nixon’s Under Secretary of State at that time. The date of the telegram, June 5, 1969, was just as I was leaving New Jersey and heading for Ann Arbor to start grad school.

Why Should You Care About Microwave Weapons?

Here is an article I posted 10 days ago. It describes the symptoms of the Havana Syndrome and why this information is so important. We are all surrounded by microwaves of varying frequencies and intensities.

Two weeks ago there were three articles were published in JAMA about the Havana syndrome. One was an editorial by Dr. David Relman. He is a highly distinguished professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. He was also interviewed on the 60 Minutes broadcast about microwave weapons. I think you will find what he wrote of great interest.

Before you read another word, I have a confession to make. I am not an objective bystander to the Havana Syndrome story. Therefore, you cannot rely on what you will read to be an overview from an impartial bystander. More about that shortly. If this all sounds a bit mysterious, it refers to an NIH biomarker study, an NIH neuroimaging study and an editorial, all published in JAMA (March 18, 2024). The findings have been widely reported to mean that the Havana syndrome doesn’t really exist: no brain damage and no evidence of physical harm. That may not be the whole story, however.

What Is the Havana Syndrome?

David A. Relman, MD, is a heavy hitter in medicine. He is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Relman is an infectious disease expert and a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. You can read his bio here and his Wikipedia profile here.

Dr. Relman wrote the editorial in JAMA that accompanies the NIH initiated studies.  The researchers are calling the Havana Syndrome “anomalous health incidents” or AHIs. I liken this wordplay to changing the name of UFOs (unidentified flying objects) to UAPs (unidentified anomalous phenomena). The feds love the word anomalous.

Professor Relman was involved in “Two detailed investigations of AHIs.” That makes him highly qualified to comment on the latest research.

He starts his editorial this way:

“In 2016, a set of troubling neurological symptoms was reported through confidential channels by US government personnel based at the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba. As the number of cases in Havana escalated and then similar cases occurred over the next 5 years in other locations around the globe, efforts to understand this syndrome, now known as anomalous health incidents (AHIs), were hampered by their unusual features, incomplete information, nonstandardized clinical testing, delayed reporting, and the sensitive nature of the circumstances, individuals, and their work.”

Dr. Relman goes on to describe the sudden onset of symptoms reported by some of the people affected. They included an abrupt onset of noise inside the head; clicking, buzzing or screeching. Some people also reported a sensation of pressure in one ear or on one side of the face.

In his editorial Dr. Relman notes:

“Most strikingly, these phenomena often displayed strong location dependence, in that they quickly dissipated when the individuals vacated their initial location, and then returned when the location was revisited. In some cases, this location dependence was reported to occur repeatedly by the same individual or by multiple individuals as they moved away from and then returned within minutes to a specific location, such as part of a room. These abrupt-onset sensory phenomena were followed by a mix of vertigo, dizziness, imbalance, blurry vision, tinnitus, headache, nausea, and cognitive dysfunction, sometimes leading to chronic disability.”

Where Did People Report AHIs (Symptoms of Havana Syndrome)?

There were 86 participants with AHIs (anomalous health incidents) in the NIH study. But hundreds of reports have been recorded over the last eight years. They have included employees of the U.S. and Canadian governments. Countries where this has happened include Cuba, China, Russia, Poland, Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan, India and Austria.

Many of the people affected have been diplomats or embassy personnel. Family members have also been impacted.

What Did the NIH Investigators Discover About the Havana Syndrome?

The two studies in JAMA concluded that:

Brain Scan Study:

“In this exploratory neuroimaging study, there was no significant MRI-detectable evidence of brain injury among the group of participants who experienced AHIs compared with a group of matched control participants.”

Biomarker Study:

“In this exploratory study, there were no significant differences between individuals reporting AHIs and matched control participants with respect to most clinical, research, and biomarker measures, except for objective and self-reported measures of imbalance and symptoms of fatigue, posttraumatic stress, and depression.”

How the Research Has Been Reported:

Here are some headlines

“New Study Finds No Brain Injuries Among ‘Havana Syndrome’ Patients” PBS NewsHour

“The Most Extensive Study Yet of ‘Havana Syndrome’ Turns Up…Nada?” Medscape

“New Studies Find No Evidence of Brain Injury in Havana Syndrome Cases” New York Times

NIH Probe of ‘Havana Syndrome’ Finds No Sign of Brain Injuries” Washington Post

The message to the American public is clearly: nothing to see here. Do not worry.

But if the reporters had bothered to dig into the study they would also have read:

“The absence of a consistent set of abnormalities among any group in the AHI cohort suggests several things. First, if a directed energy ‘attack’ is truly involved, it seems to create symptoms without persistent or detectable physiologic changes. A lack of evidence for a brain injury does not necessarily mean that no injury is present or that it did not occur at the time of the AHI. It is also possible that those with AHIs may be experiencing the results of an injury that led to PPPD [persistent postural-perceptual dizziness] and other symptoms but is no longer detectable. Alternatively, the ‘attack’s’ physiological effects might be so varied and idiosyncratic that they cannot be identified with the current methodologies and sample size.”

Dr. Relman’s Editorial on AHIs (Anomalous Health Incidents):

In his editorial that accompanied the two new studies, Dr. Relman points out that:

“These findings differ from previous clinical and imaging studies of smaller numbers of cases from Havana and China that found evidence of vestibular, oculomotor, and pupillary abnormalities and a variety of MRI findings.”

Dr. Relman goes on to note that clinicians lack sensitive tools to detect brain function “at the level of molecules, cells, and pathways.” In other words, the researchers lack methods for measuring what is truly going on at the cellular level inside the brains of patients exposed to some sort of external energy source.

Another important point made by Dr. Relman has to do with the possible nature of energy attacks.

He states that there is a:

“…relative lack of detailed information about the biological effects of electromagnetic and acoustic energy on the brain…”

The deputy director of the CIA and the director of national intelligence brought together a panel of experts in 2021 to analyze pulsed radiofrequency energy and focused ultrasound. They reviewed over 1000 classified documents. Dr. Relman was co-chair of the panel.

The panel concluded that beamed external energy sources could be “…plausible explanations for some cases” of AHIs.

Why I Am So Concerned About the Havana Syndrome Situation:

I have tried to be reasonably objective in reporting the research in JAMA and the editorial by Dr. Arnold Relman. You might wonder why I am concerned about this topic.

As described above, our lab was studying the impact of free-radical compounds on the brains of rats and rabbits (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Oct. 1969). The Navy funded some of this research.

Here were our conclusions from that study:

“Intravenous administration of the free-radical proteins or peptides into rabbits equipped with chronic cranial electrodes and sedated with a small dose of pentobarbital caused a sudden EEG arousal accompanied by behavioral changes indicative of brain excitation. Illumination of the free-radical compounds prior to administration enhanced the effects. Untreated control proteins or peptides had no effects. The observations are interpreted to suggest the involvement of free-radical structures in the transfer of energy in nervous tissue.”

“It would appear then that the possibility of converting naturally occurring molecules to a free-radical state offers a new approach to the molecular modification of brain function with some practical pharmacological implications and, in addition, affords a lever to the biochemistry of energy transfer mechanisms in living systems.”

The Havana Syndrome and EMF:

The US government has known about EMF (electromagnetic field) radiation for decades. As far as I can tell, however, the US government is not very interested in in these microwaves. As you will read in this article, we are all being exposed to an increasing amount of this energy. There are standards for how much we are supposed to be exposed to from various energy sources, but it is not clear to me that anyone is actually enforcing those standards. This energy is invisible.

Reuters ran this headline on September 15, 2023:

“Why has France banned sales of Apple’s iPhone 12?”

The article went on to say:

“France’s radiation watchdog has banned sales of Apple’s iPhone 12 after tests that it said showed the smartphone breached European radiation exposure limits.

“The Agence Nationale des Frequences (ANFR) said on Tuesday the model’s Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) – a measure of the rate of radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body from a piece of equipment – was higher than legally allowed.”

Final Words:

As far as I can tell, no US agency has been testing smartphones for excessive radiofrequency waves. Do such devices pose a risk? I will not offer an opinion. But when it comes to EMF, I fear that both the government and private enterprises would prefer to adopt the principle:

“see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.”

In his JAMA editorial, Dr. Relman points out that:

“A lack of information about the effects of radiofrequency energy was interpreted as evidence of implausability, some cases were ignored or inadequately treated, and the response became part of the problem. The unfortunate tendency to dismiss disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome and long COVID as of psychological origin illustrate this difficulty.”

“The experience with AHIs [anomalous health incidents] provides valuable lessons for clinicians, the scientific and national security communities, and national and international policymakers. We ignore them at our own, collective peril.”

What do you think about the Havana Syndrome and EMF? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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