Severna Park — 25 SEPT
By Severn Current Student Maddi Meyer
In 2016 and 2017, 15 American diplomats working in China all reported brain trauma. Many symptoms were described, including daily headaches, nausea, tiredness, nosebleeds, hearing loss, memory loss, loss of balance, and blurred vision; in other words, concussion symptoms. This case is strange and probably not consequential because not only were the same symptoms of brain trauma described by 15 American government workers in China, but also by 24 American government workers in Cuba two years before. The correlation extends when diving deeper into the story, as both China and Cuba have links to communism, the enemy of the United States for over half a century during the Cold War, and, arguably, still their enemy today.
Relations between the United States, Cuba, and China have always been strained. The United States’ history with Cuba started on a good note, as they fought for Cuban independence from Spain in 1898. However, the US asserted its right to dominance over Cuba after winning their independence through the Platt Amendment, which states the United States’ right to intervene in Cuban affairs. Even though the US formally abandoned the Platt Amendment in 1934, the country still financially supported Cuban dictator Batista from 1933 to 1958. With communist Fidel Castro’s takeover in 1959, the US subsequently broke relations with and enacted a trade embargo on Cuba. Anti-American feelings in Cuba have grown over the decades, as it was revealed that five separate plans were made to assassinate Castro in Operation Mongoose and the continued trade embargo. Even though Obama lifted the travel restrictions in 2009, causing important cultural exchange, relations still remain tense as American officials were evacuated after the brain trauma incident and president Donald Trump reenacts the travel restrictions.
The U.S. and China have had a prosperous trading relationship for many decades, but recently president Trump has placed tariffs on Chinese goods to try to advance American manufacturing. The more suspect relationship, however, is between China and Russia. In April 2018, Chinese and Russian officials, namely Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Chinese defense minister General Wei Fenghe, met in Moscow. While there, Fenghe is quoted saying: “The Chinese side has come to Moscow to show Americans the close ties between the armed forces of China and Russia…we’ve come to support you.” Therefore, as China faces economic losses because of America’s trade embargos, it sought out a friendly alliance with the formerly-communist state of Russia.
So, how do the suspect, shadowy alliances between communist Cuba, communist China, and formerly-communist Russia explain the brain trauma suffered by 39 American diplomats? There must be a weapon that is able to focus a beam of possibly microwaves, or some other kind of radiation, that a foreign nation possesses. The technology has been confirmed to exist by the NSA in 2012, saying that “a foreign government has a high-energy microwave weapon.” Furthermore, in 2012, the Russian Defense Minister Anatoli Serdjukov identified “directed energy weapons” capable of “psychotronic” phenomena were part of the Russian ten year military weapons plan. Even the US has invented a weapon using microwaves, called the Active Denial System, that can temporarily cause a burning discomfort in victims. The technology exists, the link between the three countries is possible and plausible, and there are 39 American targeted victims with the same symptoms; the US must continue to monitor and defend against its enemies.
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 Gallagher, Sean. “US Intelligence thinks Russia may have microwaved US embassies in Cuba, China.” arstechnica.