On 21 September the House unanimously passed a bilateral measure that would allow victims of potentially directed power attacks to pay, also known as Havana Syndrome.
The law entitled American Victims, aided by the Neurological Attacks (Havana) Act, and led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), was approved by a 427-0 vote. It was first passed by the Senate in June and now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk to sign the law.
It specifically allows for the provision of medical and financial assistance to those who have suffered brain injuries as a result of attacks by CIA directors, secretaries of state and heads of other agencies.
It also needs to report to Congress on how CIA and State Department funds are being used and if additional “legal or administrative action is needed.”
U.S. authorities have struggled to understand the mysterious attacks since they were first mentioned in 2016, when diplomatic and intelligence personnel in communist Cuba first began reporting annoying symptoms, including headaches or tremors and dizziness, sometimes visual problems and cognitive impairments.
The update comes shortly after the New York Times reported that a CIA officer who was traveling to India with the agency’s director earlier this month reported symptoms consistent with Havana Syndrome.
The Epoch Times contacted the CIA to comment on the reported incident.
About 200 U.S. officials and family members have so far fallen ill in the attack, Reuters reported.
“There is no doubt that people with brain injuries need to be given adequate care and compensation. In addition, it is important that our government determine who is behind this attack and how we respond, ”said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a statement earlier this year.
A State Department-sponsored study of the incident at the National Academy of Sciences investigated whether chemical exposure, infectious diseases and psychological problems may be behind the symptoms, but concluded that the most likely cause was microwave energy.
“Overall, the directional pulsed RF (radio frequency) power, especially those that are in the individual primary expression, seems to be the most reasonable process to explain in this case among those considered by the committee,” the research report said.
Ivan Pentchokov contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times