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Two Reports About the Havana Syndrome: Which Should We Believe?

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The JASON Report

In 2018, JASON­ conducted an investigation into the Havana syndrome. JASON was created soon after the Sputnik launch to provide technical advice related to defense. The group includes eminent scientists from many fields; several members have won the Nobel Prize. In September 2021, the news organization Buzzfeed obtained a redacted copy of JASON’s Havana syndrome report through the Freedom of Information Act. [3]

The National Academies Report

The Department of State asked the National Academies to review the evidence surrounding the Havana syndrome and make recommendations. The National Academies is a non-profit organization founded by Congress in 1863, charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.

Who to Believe?

Which do we believe: the report by JASON or the one by the National Academies? Without further evidence (such as the detection of electromagnetic waves during an attack), I tend to agree with JASON: the Havana Syndrome is not caused by attacks using microwave weapons. To me, the National Academies report lost much of its credibility when it cited electromagnetic hypersensitivity as a real effect and when it cited the work of a 5G/Covid advocate. What were they thinking?

References

1. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21068770-jason-report-2018-havana-syndrome

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Brad Roth

Professor of Physics at Oakland University and coauthor of the textbook Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology.