POLITICO also reported for the first time last week that the Pentagon opened an investigation last year after reports of attacks on US troops abroad, and that ministry officials last week Defense had informed the House Armed Services Committee of the progress, saying Russia or China could be a possible culprit. Also this week, CNN reported on an alleged attack near the White House last year.
Lawmakers have been aware of reports of such attacks on U.S. personnel in Havana, Cuba and elsewhere for nearly five years, senators wrote. However, these events, which can cause permanent damage, have recently increased, they said.
The Senate has already held investigative hearings into the “debilitating attacks,” many of which result in confirmed cases of head trauma, and will continue to investigate, they said. Victims report residual headaches, sharp ringing and pressure in the ears, loss of hearing and balance, fatigue, and sometimes long-term brain damage.
The attacks, difficult to follow and to attribute, cause a mysterious illness similar to the “Havana syndrome” reported by American spies and diplomats from the end of 2016.
Senators said they welcomed CIA Director Bill Burns’ “renewed interest” in the attacks, and will continue to work with him and the rest of the intelligence community to “better understand the technology behind the weapon. responsible for these attacks “.
The CIA opened its own task force to investigate the incidents after the Pentagon launched an investigation last year.
In addition to identifying those responsible for the attacks, the senators will also aim to better protect U.S. government personnel and provide medical and financial support to victims, they said.