The Mystery of Havana Syndrome

It’s been dubbed “Havana Syndrome,” and it sounds like something lifted straight from a Hollywood spy film. Are malignant foreign forces, enemies of the United States, directing high-energy electromagnetic beams at American diplomatic and military personnel in our embassies and other overseas locations—all for the purpose of making them sick and ineffective operatives? And does such advanced weapons technology even exist?

Though this scenario reads like a fantastical mystery novel, many believe that such attacks are growing in frequency. A recent article from NBC News is titled, “‘Havana Syndrome’ symptoms in small group most likely caused by directed energy, says U.S. intel panel of experts.” The subtitle reads, “Injuries suffered by several dozen diplomats and spies were consistent with directed energy, the panel said. About 1,000 people have reported symptoms.” 

The opening paragraph began: “The mysterious and sudden brain injuries suffered by a small group of American diplomats and spies overseas were most likely caused by pulsed electromagnetic energy delivered by an external device, a panel of scientific experts working for U.S. intelligence agencies has concluded.”


Unexplained Sounds 

It started in 2016 in Havana, Cuba, when numerous American and Canadian diplomats were getting sick, and no one understood why. Was it the stress of working in a hostile country? Was it something in the air or water? Whatever the reason, these “unexplained health incidents” were too many to ignore.

The reported symptoms include severe headaches, vision problems, vertigo and dizziness, nosebleeds, nausea, and a sense of confusion. Such ailments are often associated with head injuries, though in none of the reported cases did sufferers report such physical trauma.

However, many of those sickened also reported hearing strange noises: buzzing, “grinding metal,” and “piercing squeals.” Others reported feeling pressure or heat on their heads before the symptoms struck. Did these unexplained sounds have anything to do with this condition?

At first, the U.S. government downplayed the issue, assuming natural causes that were likely stress-related. However, when hundreds more diplomats, intelligence officers, and other personnel began to report having experienced some or all of these symptoms, officials started taking seriously the idea of a malevolent attack.


Pulsed electromagnetic Energy

When the sickness was first reported in Havana, the question of hostile Cuban forces arose—and has not stopped. It is being theorized that some kind of a focused energy beam has been purposely fired at U.S. embassies and other places to disrupt operations.

Said a Forbes Magazine headline: “Havana Syndrome May Be Caused By Directed Energy, Intelligence Panel Finds,” and then the article went on to say that “Pulsed electromagnetic energy – especially in the radiofrequency range – and ultrasound in close-access scenarios could ‘plausibly” cause symptoms seen in a subset of cases.”

Were counter-intelligent forces using pulsed energy, which in some cases could have caused permanent brain damage? If yes, then such attacks were all but an act of war. On the other hand, might this have been inadvertent—perhaps the result of powerful eavesdropping technology and those responsible simply didn’t want to admit it?


Anomalous Health Incidents

No one knows the answer for sure—yet. 

On February 2, 2022, a declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence gave its findings on these Anomalous Health Incidents (AHIs). A panel composed of “experts from inside and outside the US Government with expertise in relevant areas of science, medicine, and engineering” were tasked with investigating five potential causes: “acoustic signals, chemical and biological agents, ionizing radiation, natural and environmental factors, and radiofrequency and other electromagnetic energy.”

The report said that, while some signs and symptoms were “common in known medical conditions,” a subset of “AHIs cannot be easily explained by known environmental or medical conditions and could be due to external stimuli.” In other words, things like stress or the environment could not explain all the cases. Thus, as the New York Times summarized: “radio waves could have caused some of the injuries among C.I.A. officers and diplomats.” 

In short—yes, these people could have been victims of invisible malicious forces working against them.


Unseen Forces

It wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened.

All through the Bible, the theme of invisible malevolent forces working against humanity is found. Scripture depicts Satan and his fallen angels as real beings who have it out for humans. “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9). And, “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Revelation 12:12). The apostle Peter makes it even more personal. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

The good news, however, is that Jesus has defeated Satan and his cohorts at the cross, which is why Revelation says that “his time is short.” By clinging to Jesus in faith, we can partake of His victory. You can learn more about this conflict between Christ and Satan, in which you play an important part, by visiting this page.

While the government might never solve the mystery of Havana Syndrome, you can be sure that the malicious unseen forces against us will surely be ended—and soon.

Richard Young
Richard Young is a writer for Amazing Facts International and other online and print publications.
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