America Vs. Russia’s Silent Invisible Weapon
August 16, 2021
America must find a way to neutralize the silent, invisible weapon in Russia’s arsenal that causes carnage, and inflicts physical damage on its victims.
Throughout history and down through the centuries people the world over have engaged in violence of one form or another. And aside from your run-of-the-mill fisticuffs, weapons would be used to ensure victory over one's enemies, especially in war. In ancient and medieval times, the sword, spear, bow and arrow, hatchet, catapult, cannon, and firearms were some of the weaponry commonly used.
We’ve come a long way and are advanced far beyond those simple, mostly handmade methods to inflict injury and death. Today we have fighter jets, battleships, aircraft carriers, missiles, drones, and weapons of mass destruction; the atomic and hydrogen bombs. So what is next on the horizon of ways to defeat and neutralize an enemy? How far will mankind go, and develop weapons that are entirely different, even invisible and silent in nature, like something out of a science fiction movie?
In a new book “Putin’s Playbook,” author Rebekah Koffler discusses how Russia has been researching and developing what they call “weapons based on new physical principles.” Their goal is to degrade, damage, disrupt, and destroy infrastructure and equipment, such as satellites, computers, and other devices. This is to prepare Russia for war with a technologically advanced nation, and security threat, such as the United States. Russia’s development of Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) is now highly advanced.
This threat and new form of direct attack by Russia is not a recent phenomenon. As far back as the Cold War, the 1950s through the 1970s, the Soviet Union was using non-lethal weapons. They bombarded the U.S. Embassy in Moscow with low-level microwave bursts, not to inflict harm on personal, but to steal secrets by intercepting communications.
More recently, as the media reported, in 2016 at the United States and Canadian embassies in Havana, Cuba, diplomats and staff personnel were victims of an unseen and unexplained enemy that brought on debilitating conditions. The “Havana Syndrome” is the term given to this invisible dispenser of carnage, whose symptoms include vertigo, dizziness, nausea, severe headaches, cognitive difficulties, unusual sensations of heat, and in severe cases brain damage. There was speculation some form of sonic "infrasound" weapon might be the cause, another was Pulsed Radio Frequency Microwave Radiation.” (RF/MW)
Studies conducted and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA) determined the victims experienced a form of brain injury, of undetermined cause. However, one of the authors of the study believed that a “Microwave weapon” was the main suspect. This reasoning was substantiated, but only speculatively, in December of 2020 by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that felt the Microwave theory, and more specifically Directed Pulse RF Energy, “…appears to be the most plausible mechanism in explaining these cases among those that the committee considered.”
In 2017 President Trump issued a statement accusing the Cuban regime of perpetrating the attacks and took measures by reducing staff at the embassy. In 2018 however, U.S. diplomats at the embassy in China reported similar symptoms as those that occurred in Cuba. It was then considered by undercover CIA operatives that these attacks, by what is considered to be a non-lethal weapon, were part of Russian covert operations, and although U.S. intelligence services have not pointed any finger of blame, sources in both the Trump and Biden administrations have now expressed suspicions that Russian Military intelligence was the culprit. It should be noted here that Cuba vociferously denied any involvement, and eventually worked with the U.S. in investigating this matter, but no cause could be found.
Although the Biden administration has made overtures with Russia, such as the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and looking the other way by refusing to blame Russia for cyber attacks, President Putin has ignored any gestures of comity, and according to some reports the former KGB agent has conducted, and is still, “low grade” warfare against America, and this would include non-lethal weapons.
Recently Secretary of State Blinken spoke out to reassure American diplomats that we are taking all necessary action, and doing whatever can be done to investigate the “Havana Syndrome.” Mr. Blinken also conceded the government’s frustration in not knowing what is going on, and how to address it, as U.S. diplomats and embassy staffers are voicing their concerns.
The threat is ever-present, be it Russia or China, but one must ask how long it will be before a hostile and destructive enemy of America, with no concern for the damage to human life, latches on to this new form of warfare, only in this case we would be dealing with lethal weapons.
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