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US troops in Syria seem to be getting hit with directed-energy attacks, and the Pentagon suspects Russia is doing it, report says ( 4/22/2021

The US is investigating what appears to be directed-energy attacks on US troops, and the Pentagon suspects Russia is behind them, Politico reported. . .

Directed-energy attacks involve directing energy towards a particular target, and could involve methods like lasers. It can involve directing microwave energy towards people, which harms people's health.

US officials in Cuba, China, and Russia have previously become mysteriously sick, and studies have pointed to microwave radiation as the main suspect.

Lawmakers told Russia likely behind suspected directed-energy attacks on US troops: report (

Reported on THE HILL 4/22/2021

The Pentagon has reportedly briefed top lawmakers that Russia likely carried out a series of suspected directed-energy attacks against U.S. troops. . .

The sources told Politico that the probe includes one fall 2020 incident in Syria in which several U.S. troops developed flu-like symptoms, with lawmakers also briefed on other suspected injuries sustained by troops.

Pentagon investigated Russian 'energy attacks' on US troops (

Adding yet another layer to the tensions, Pentagon officials have briefed lawmakers on directed-energy attacks on U.S. troops that Defense Department officials believe were carried out by Russia.

Lawmakers were briefed on injuries sustained by U.S. troops in Syria, Politico reported. It was not clear how many U.S. forces may have been involved.

Pentagon began investigating the attacks last year, amid concern the alleged attacks had parallels to mysterious attacks on U.S. diplomats in Havana, where diplomatic staff complained of hearing loss, headaches, and other symptoms. 

Multiple government agencies have been looking at such directed-energy attacks, which can involve microwave devices and use of high-powered radio waves.

Scientists Believe US Embassy Staff and CIA Officers Were Hit With High-Power Microwaves – Here’s How the Weapons Work

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This U.S. Air Force microwave weapon is designed to knock down drones by frying their electronics. Credit:


AFRL Directed Energy Directorate

The mystery ailment that has afflicted U.S. embassy staff and CIA officers off and on over the last four years in Cuba, China, Russia and other countries appears to have been caused by high-power microwaves, according to a report released by the National Academies. A committee of 19 experts in medicine and other fields concluded that directed, pulsed radiofrequency energy is the “most plausible mechanism” to explain the illness, dubbed Havana syndrome.

The report doesn’t clear up who targeted the embassies or why they were targeted. But the technology behind the suspected weapons is well understood and dates back to the Cold War arms race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. High-power microwave weapons are generally designed to disable electronic equipment. But as the Havana syndrome reports show, these pulses of energy can harm people, as well.

As an electrical and computer engineer who designs and builds sources of high-power microwaves, I have spent decades studying the physics of these sources, including work with the U.S. Department of Defense. Directed energy microwave weapons convert energy from a power source – a wall plug in a lab or the engine on a military vehicle – into radiated electromagnetic energy and focus it on a target. The directed high-power microwaves damage equipment, particularly electronics, without killing nearby people.

Two good examples are Boeing’s Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), which is a high-power microwave source mounted in a missile, and Tactical High-power Operational Responder (THOR), which was recently developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory to knock out swarms of drones.

Cold War origins

These types of directed energy microwave devices came on the scene in the late 1960s in the U.S. and the Soviet Union. They were enabled by the development of pulsed power in the 1960s. Pulsed power generates short electrical pulses that have very high electrical power, meaning both high voltage – up to a few megavolts – and large electrical currents – tens of kiloamps. That’s more voltage than the highest-voltage long-distance power transmission lines, and about the amount of current in a lightning bolt.

Plasma physicists at the time realized that if you could generate, for example, a 1-megavolt electron beam with 10-kiloamp current, the result would be a beam power of 10 billion watts, or gigawatts. Converting 10% of that beam power into microwaves using standard microwave tube technology that dates back to the 1940s generates 1 gigawatt of microwaves. For comparison, the output power of today’s typical microwave ovens is around a thousand watts – a million times smaller.

The development of this technology led to a subset of the U.S.-Soviet arms race – a microwave power derby. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, I and other American scientists gained access to Russian pulsed power accelerators, like the SINUS-6 that is still working in my lab. I had a fruitful decade of collaboration with my Russian colleagues, which swiftly ended following Vladimir Putin’s rise to power.


Today, research in high-power microwaves continues in the U.S. and Russia but has exploded in China. I have visited labs in Russia since 1991 and labs in China since 2006, and the investment being made by China dwarfs activity in the U.S. and Russia. Dozens of countries now have active high-power microwave research programs.

Lots of power, little heat

Although these high-power microwave sources generate very high power levels, they tend to generate repeated short pulses. For example, the SINUS-6 in my lab produces an output pulse on the order of 10 nanoseconds, or billionths of a second. So even when generating 1 gigawatt of output power, a 10-nanosecond pulse has an energy content of only 10 joules. To put this in perspective, the average microwave oven in one second generates 1 kilojoule, or thousand joules of energy. It typically takes about 4 minutes to boil a cup of water, which corresponds to 240 kilojoules of energy.

This is why microwaves generated by these high-power microwave weapons don’t generate noticeable amounts of heat, let alone cause people to explode like baked potatoes in microwave ovens.

High power is important in these weapons because generating very high instantaneous power yields very high instantaneous electric fields, which scale as the square root of the power. It is these high electric fields that can disrupt electronics, which is why the Department of Defense is interested in these devices.

How it affects people

The National Academies report links high-power microwaves to impacts on people through the Frey effect. The human head acts as a receiving antenna for microwaves in the low gigahertz frequency range. Pulses of microwaves in these frequencies can cause people to hear sounds, which is one of the symptoms reported by the affected U.S. personnel. Other symptoms Havana syndrome sufferers have reported include headaches, nausea, hearing loss, lightheadedness and cognitive issues.

The report notes that electronic devices were not disrupted during the attacks, suggesting that the power levels needed for the Frey effect are lower than would be required for an attack on electronics. This would be consistent with a high-power microwave weapon located at some distance from the targets. Power decreases dramatically with distance through the inverse square law, which means one of these devices could produce a power level at the target that would be too low to affect electronics but that could induce the Frey effect.


The Russians and the Chinese certainly possess the capabilities of fielding high-power microwave sources like the ones that appear to have been used in Cuba and China. The truth of what actually happened to U.S. personnel in Cuba and China – and why – might remain a mystery, but the technology most likely involved comes from textbook physics, and the military powers of the world continue to develop and deploy it.

Written by Edl Schamiloglu, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, School of Engineering, University of New Mexico.

Originally published on The Conversation.

Eddie Van Halen Issued Warning about EMFs and Cancer Before His Untimely Death

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by Sarah Pope MGA/ Oct 6, 2020

Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang announced today on Twitter that his famous Dad had lost his arduous, years-long battle with cancer.

TMZ reports that Van Halen passed away at a Santa Monica hospital with his two sons and wife Janie by his side. Actress Valerie Bertinelli, Van Halen’s ex-wife, shared their son’s heartbreaking message on her own account. The two were married for 20 years.

In 2015, Van Halen revealed in a Billboard magazine interview that the cancer started in his tongue. (2)

Treatment for the condition required surgery, which removed one-third of the tongue. Tragically, the cancer continued to slowly spread, later metastasizing to his esophagus.

Though a heavy smoker for many years, Van Halen surprisingly did not blame cigarettes because his lungs were totally free of cancer.

Instead, he believed it was the metal picks that he held in his mouth while playing music for hours at a time, day after day, in EMF saturated recording studios.

Van Halen thought that these metal picks served to concentrate the EMF-heavy environment in which he worked to the exact spot on his tongue where the cancer started.

I used metal picks — they’re brass and copper — which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer.

Plus, I basically live in a recording studio that’s filled with electromagnetic energy. So that’s one theory.

I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it’s possible. (3)

While shocking, Van Halen’s theory is not so far fetched. Even his doctors admitted that it was plausible.

With most urban areas awash in electromagnetic radiation 24/7, a growing number of functional physicians are expressing concern that metal in a person’s mouth can attract and concentrate this energy in very vulnerable areas of the body, effectively causing a person’s head to attract radiation like a cell phone antenna.

Metal in the mouth was never a health risk before the advent of cellular, Wifi, and on the horizon, more powerful 5G technologies.

Savvy biological dentists have been counseling their patients for some time to avoid any type of metal in or around the head area. This includes:

Inert materials such as ceramic, rubber, silicone, and others are becoming more popular and widely available to avoid the suspected risks.

This list of 25 ways to reduce EMF exposure at home highlights other ways of self protection.

Studies on EMFs and Cancer.

It’s important to note that it isn’t the metal itself in the mouth that is the problem. It is the metal combined with heavy exposure to EMFs. Two studies thus far have linked proximity to EMFs and cancer. Metal in the mouth would serve to heighten the exposure.

In a German study, doctors examined close to 1000 patients to see if living at the same address close to a cell tower for 10 years affected cancer risk.

They discovered that the proportion of newly developed cancer cases was three times higher for those living within 1300 feet (a quarter of a mile) of a cellular transmitter compared to those living further away. In addition, they found that the patients became ill with cancer on average 8 years earlier.

A distance of 1300 feet (400m) is of particular importance. This is because computer simulation and measurements used in the study indicated that the radiation at that distance or less (the “inner area”) is 100 times greater than emissions beyond that distance (the “outer area”).

Another important observation from the research is that for the first 5 years of living near a cell phone tower, the risks were no different than someone living far away from one. However, in years 6-10, the cancer risks jumped more than threefold for those living a quarter of a mile or less from a mobile tower.

Israeli research conducted by Tel Aviv University confirms a similar pattern. In this study, 622 people living 1148 feet (350m) or less from a cell phone transmission station for 3-7 years were compared to 1222 controls living further away.

Out of the high exposure group, 8 cases of cancer were diagnosed within just one year. 3 cases of breast cancer and 1 case each of ovarian, lung, bone, kidney and lymphatic cancer.

In the control group, only 2 cases of cancer occurred even though the control group was roughly twice as large as the highly exposed group.

Based on these results, the researchers calculated the relative risk of cancer to be over four times higher for those living 350m or less (about one-fifth of a mile) from a cell phone antenna or tower.

Was Eddie Van Halen Right?

Was Eddie Van Halen’s hunch about the cause of his cancer accurate?

Was it caused by his many years of holding metal against his tongue in EMF-saturated recording studios?

While we likely won’t ever find out the answer to this question, his words are certainly a cautionary tale in this world where it is virtually impossible anymore to avoid 24/7 exposure to EMFs of all kinds including cell phone towers, antennas, smart meters, personal health devices like fitbits, dirty electricity, and Wifi…with more to come.

Heeding the advice of forward-thinking physicians and dentists by avoiding any type of metal appliances in the mouth seems to be a commonsense move at least until more research on the subject is done.

How EMFs Disturb Your Immune System

Mounting research makes it impossible to ignore the biological effects of electromagnetic radiation



By GreenMedInfo

November 12, 2020   Updated: November 12, 2020

We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from cellphones and cellphone base stations, Wi-Fi devices, power lines, electrical wiring, and even computers, televisions, and microwave ovens, surround us 24/7.

Olle Johansson, associate professor and head of the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, is among those who have questioned whether humans are affected by such an assault.

In a 2009 review published in Pathophysiology, Johansson points out that since life on Earth began more than 3.5 billion years ago, the geomagnetic fields and radiation from the sun have remained largely static.  During life’s progression, living organisms have developed ways to cope with these influences, including developing pigmented skin to shield from the sun or, for other species, living underground or under the dense, protective foliage of a rainforest.

During the past 100 years, however, as EMFs became prolific, we haven’t developed a similar adaptation. “Is it possible to adapt our biology to altered exposure conditions in less than 100 years, or do we have to have thousands of years—or longer—for such an adaptation? And, in the meantime, what kind of safety standards must we adopt?” Johansson asked.

After reviewing a number of papers on the effects of manmade EMFs on the immune system, he found disturbing consequences and ultimately concluded not only that existing public safety limits are inadequate to protect public health but also that limits should be set on the deployment of further untested technologies.

EMFs Disturb Immune Function

EMFs present in everyday life, including at workplaces, homes, and areas of recreation, disturb the human body at the cellular level, often at low or very low (non-thermal) levels. Johansson cites research showing that EMF exposures stimulate increases in mast cells and other physiological changes that indicate an allergic response and inflammatory conditions.

He believes that rapid rises in the incidence of allergies, asthma, and other sensitivities worldwide are a warning signal, as chronic exposure to EMFs may lead to immune dysfunction, chronic allergic responses, inflammatory responses, and overall ill health. EMF exposures have also been linked to a variety of specific immune system effects, including: overreaction of the immune system, alteration of immune cells, profound increases in mast cells in the upper layers of the skin, larger size of mast cells in electrohypersensitive individual, suppressed or impaired immune function, decreased count of natural killer cells, immune cells that help kill cells infected with viruses and control early signs of cancer, and negative effects on pregnancy.

Research published by the World Health Organization in 2006 suggested 1 percent to 3.5 percent of people are hypersensitive to electromagnetic radiation, though estimates have reached as high as 10 percent of populations in the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, and many other countries. This condition is known as electrohypersensitivity (EHS), and it leads to a number of physical and cognitive symptoms upon exposure to EMFs. Common symptoms of EHS include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, trouble concentrating, cognitive problemssleep interruptions, and skin symptoms such as stinging, itching, and burning.

According to Johansson, “It is evident from our preliminary experimental data that various biological alterations are present in EHS persons claiming to suffer from exposure to EMF. The alterations are themselves enough to fully explain the EHS symptoms, and the involvement of the immune system is evident.”

Damages from EMF exposure aren’t only a matter of increased cell damage but also of reduced repair, facilitating the spread of disease. The report cites evidence that EMF exposure may contribute to DNA damage and adverse effects on cellular communication, metabolism and repair, and cancer surveillance within the body, along with causing adverse cardiac and neurological effects, including memory impairment, changes in brainwave activity, and disturbed cognitive function.

Biological effects from EMF exposure may occur at levels significantly below U.S. and international limits. Biologically based exposure standards are needed to protect humans from the effects of even low-level EMF exposure, but, according to Johansson, “such a completely protective safety limit would, for many exposure situations, be zero.”

Unfortunately, the currently accelerated rollout of 5G technology, which requires the installation of numerous small cell transmission devices in neighborhoods, stands to dramatically increase EMF exposures and their related health consequences.

1,000 Studies on Adverse Effects of EMFs

The body of evidence showing that EMFs cause harm has become too large to ignore. At, you can browse through more than 1,000 EMF abstracts and their connection to oxidative stress, DNA damage, cancer, inflammation, and more.

More than a dozen studies focus on the immunotoxic effects of EMFs, including potentially reducing immune function in the elderly and affecting cellular processes that play a role in cancer development and the proper growth and development of organisms.

Living organisms can detect and respond immediately to low environmental levels of these fields,” Henry Lai with the department of bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, wrote. As such, it’s important to take action now to protect yourself and your family from unnecessary EMF exposures as much as possible.

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