Congress passes bill to aid victims of ‘Havana Syndrome,’ after reports CIA director’s entourage was targeted in India
The Helping American Victims Afflicted by Neurological Attacks (HAVANA) Act was approved by the House on Tuesday in a 427-0 vote.
🚨 The House JUST passed a bipartisan bill to authorize additional support for U.S. public servants who’ve suffered brain injuries from “Havana Syndrome” attacks.It's our duty to make sure public servants get the care they deserve. I'm glad this bill is headed to @POTUS's desk. pic.twitter.com/mxiNHrIHwQ— Rep. Abigail Spanberger (@RepSpanberger) September 21, 2021
The bill now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk, as the Senate passed it without opposition back in June. The bipartisan brainchild of Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mark R. Warner (D-Virginia), and Marco Rubio (R-Florida), it authorizes additional funding for the CIA to compensate afflicted officers and grants the agency greater leeway in how the money can be spent, while requiring it to submit regular reports to Congress.
NEW: My bipartisan bill with @SenatorCollins to support U.S. personnel suffering with injuries from directed energy attacks is now headed to the President’s desk after clearing the House. This bill is critical to delivering essential care to those impacted.https://t.co/INKPsSdwOl— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) September 21, 2021
‘Havana Syndrome’ was named after the symptoms allegedly suffered by a number of US diplomats and spies stationed in Cuba in 2016, who complained of a persistent noise and reported migraines, nausea, memory lapses, and dizziness, as well as permanent brain damage.
Since then, more than 200 government employees and their families have claimed to have suffered the symptoms, including a CIA agent who recently traveled to India with Director William Burns. That story made the rounds in Washington earlier on Tuesday, ahead of the House vote.Also on rt.com CIA officer suffers 'Havana syndrome' symptoms on India trip – reports
The syndrome has been reported in numerous other places besides Havana – from Russia, China, Germany, and Australia to Washington, DC itself. The US government has officially dubbed the occurrences as “anomalous health incidents,” and the investigation into their nature and origin are ongoing.
Scientists, intelligence sources, and journalists have speculated that it could be caused by some kind of top-secret, high-tech weapon emitting directed-energy waves. However, last week, a panel of Cuban experts said claims of secret sonic weapons were not “scientifically acceptable,” and there was “no scientific evidence of attacks.”Also on rt.com Cuban researchers say ‘no scientific evidence’ for US’ ‘Havana Syndrome’ claims
Back in January 2019, a researcher at UC Berkeley said a recording of the sounds allegedly causing the syndrome, which was released by the Associated Press news agency, matched the sounds made by the Indies short-tailed cricket.
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