The State Department has kicked out two Cuban diplomats out of the Washington embassy after a number of “mysterious incidents” forced U.S. officials in Cuba to return home with “a variety of physical symptoms,” State Department officials said.
Now we know more about what these “mysterious incidents” and what these “variety of physical symptoms” are- and Obama knew all about it all along.
We’re learning that American diplomats in Cuba came under a “sonic attack” that left them with severe hearing damage. Apparently, the attacks happened late last year, and, once again, Obama didn’t say a word to anyone.
Why? Likely because he would have had to admit he was wrong to re-open our diplomatic ties with the communist country.
From The Bulletin:
The U.S. government is investigating whether American diplomats serving in Cuba were victims of an attack that damaged their hearing and caused other physical symptoms, officials said Thursday.
The Associated Press reported that officials had concluded that the Americans were targeted by a “covert sonic weapon.” The AP described the suspected weapon or device as something that could not be heard by the victims.
An official confirmed that the diplomats suffered hearing damage and neurological symptoms that remain unexplained.
The official did not identify a covert weapon as the suspected cause but said FBI and State Department investigations are looking at the incidents as an attack. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of a lack of authorization to discuss the investigations on the record.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
Key House and Senate Committees, as well as individual lawmakers, want to know why they were caught flat-footed by media reports of incidents in Cuba late last year that left a group of U.S. diplomats ill and reportedly suffering from hearing loss attributed to covert sonic devices.
The members have requested a classified State Department briefing, and one is scheduled for Monday for committee staffers only because members of Congress are on their August recess, according to a Congressional aide.
The lawmakers want to know why the Trump administration has waited so long to publicly say anything about the incidents in Cuba, which the State Department has acknowledged first began at the end of last year, and why the Obama administration also remained silent about it. Trump in late May expelled two Cuban diplomats from the Cuban embassy in Washington in response to the incidents against the U.S. diplomats in Havana.
“The real question is what the Obama administration knew and why they didn’t do anything about it,” a congressional aide told the Washington Free Beacon.
They specifically want to know what information Jeffrey DeLaurentis, President Barack Obama’s chief of mission in Cuba, knew about the incidents in questions and whether he and others in the administration tried to cover it up in an effort to protect Obama’s diplomatic détente with Cuba.
With the Canadian government acknowledging that its diplomats also suffered from similar symptoms and were treated for hearing loss, members of Congress want to know whether there is any evidence that Russia—which has complained about Canadian support for the U.S. embargo against Moscow—was involved. Some congressional officials are questioning whether Russia may have carried out an action against Canadian and American diplomatic officials without the Cuban government’s knowledge.
Michael Hoa, an ear surgeon at Georgetown University Hospital, said studies show that loud sounds can kill the ear’s “hair cells,” which are responsible for changing sound into an electrical signal to your brain. Kill enough of them, and your ability to hear is diminished.
Although there is less known about the effect of sounds that cannot be heard, there’s evidence that they, too, can change the way the hair cells function.
“We clearly know that really loud sound can cause this kind of damage. It’s not inconceivable that other kinds of sound we can’t hear could cause damage in ways we haven’t thought of or looked at yet,” Hoa said.
SO WHAT ‘S GOING TO HAPPEN?
Unfortunately, tax-payers will spend millions of dollars on a lame investigation that ends up being a complete waste of time and money.