Microwaves Now Cited as Main Suspect in Sonic Attacks on Diplomats

September 4, 2018

The Hearing News Watch has been monitoring the sonic noise attacks in Cuba and China for more than a year. Here are posts from earlier this year, in March and in May.

While many of the theories suggest damage to the ears of diplomats could be caused by either an extremely low-pitched (infrasonic) or extremely high pitched sound (ultrasonic), a new theory has emerged. According to leading scientist and co-author of a March 2018 JAMA report on the topic, Douglas H. Smith, microwaves are now considered a main suspect of the brain and ear injuries suffered by diplomats in both China and Cuba.

More than three dozen diplomats and family members have suffered from several mysterious symptoms affecting their ears and brain. Now, some researchers indicate these enigmatic injuries could be caused by microwaves, which, it turns out, are something Cold War spies have been dabbling with for decades.


Mysterious Source of Sonic Attacks Finally Solved?


A September 1 New York Times (NYT) report says strikes with microwaves more plausibly explain the fallout from the sonic attacks.

According to the NYT report, a growing number of analysts cite an eerie phenomenon known as the Frey effect, named after Allan H. Frey, an American scientist. Long ago, he found that microwaves can trick the brain into perceiving what seem to be ordinary sounds. The article cites a secretive group of elite scientists, known as Jason, that helps the federal government assess new threats to national security. The group says it has been scrutinizing the diplomatic mystery this summer and weighing possible explanations, including microwaves. 


Source: NYT

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