In an important and rare act of bipartisanship, The House unanimously passed a bill to assist the victims of “Havana Syndrome” sending it to President Biden’s desk Tuesday evening. The bill is being presented to the President just as the country learns of what appears to be yet another attack on a CIA staff member.
The legislation would aid victims of the attacks – primarily CIA and State Department employees and their families – as they seek medicare care for symptoms, including possible brain damage.
Havana Syndrome is thought to be an illness caused from an invisible, specific directed-energy attack. Victims often say they have extreme ringing in their ears, as well as severe headaches, fatigue, nausea and in some cases, the loss of cognitive abilities and even brain damage. These reports of what the government calls “anomalous health incidents” have surge in recent months on both U.S. soil and abroad. The attacks originated first in Cuba, hence the name Havana Syndrome.
It was reported by CNN that a CIA official experienced symptoms consistent with Havana Syndrome while traveling with CIA Director William Burns to India earlier this month. This comes on the heels of two U.S. diplomats being evacuated out of Vietnam, just prior to Vice President Kamala Harris’s arrival, after they experienced symptoms consistent with Havana Syndrome.
At present, it is not clear who is responsible for the attacks or exactly how they are being conducted. The National Academies of Sciences believes the injuries are the result of direct microwave energy – but, scientists are still trying to reach a conclusion.
The Senate had passed the bill unanimously in June. It is set to be signed by the President.