Will the US Really Close Down its Embassy in Havana?

September 19, 2017 |

By Fernando Ravsberg

The United States Embassy in Havana, Cuba.

HAVANA TIMES — The US government has said that it is studying the possibility of closing its diplomatic headquarters in Havana as a result of the mysterious “Death ray” device, a sonic weapon which would only exist in Cuba and only leaves North American diplomats deaf.

Washington has just revealed its cards in this game, the objective of this attack without names of victims, without medical opinions to back them up and based on a bizarre weapon, seems to have come out of James Bond’s secret arsenal.

Last Friday, Republican senators, among other the powerful Cuban-American Marco Rubio, sent a letter to the US Department of State in which they pressed for it to demand an explanation from Cuba about what happened and proposed to close down the embassy if the Cuban government doesn’t clarify what happened immediately.

Marco Rubio has had a great influence on President Trump, due to the fact that some of the darkest activities of the current administration are being investigated but this Republican Senator, who baptized the sonic weapon: “The Death ray”.

First, they said that only a couple of people had been affected but these numbers then began to slowly grow and now there are about 30 people who are suffering symptoms. Hearing problems developed into brain damage and a sound which couldn’t be heard became a horrible sound which would wake them up.

The change in frequency, making a sound audible, is clearly due to scientists claiming that “There is no way for an acoustic device to cause hearing damage using inaudible sounds.”

“I can’t think of any way that the illness and hearing loss are related to sound,” psychologist Andrew Oxenham of the University of Minnesota’s Auditory Perception and Cognition Laboratory said.

US experts also believe that a weapon that “is audible”, like what has apparently happened in recent “attacks,” is also not very probable, except for in the case that Cuban scientists have been successful where the USSR and USA have failed.

An audible sonic weapon is hard to explain, said Sharon Weinberger, the author of The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World. “You don’t know what you don’t know, but I feel a sonic weapon is very unlikely, they don’t work very well.”

“During the Cold War, the US and USSR attempted to make sonic weapons and failed. The devices worked unreliably, she said, hurting some people but not others. For a non-lethal weapon to be effective, it has to work on everyone,” Weinberger concluded.

“Until we know more, the possibility of mass hysteria is certainly in play,” claims New Zealand sociologist Robert Bartholomew, the author of Outbreak! The Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior.

The sociologist said that “based on the scant information that has been disclosed, it is very possible that this group is psychogenic in nature, as most of the symptoms are headaches and dizziness,” that is to say mass hysteria.

He adds that the only case which presents greater damage could be down to other reasons which have nothing to do with sounds: “The most serious case is described as ‘mild traumatic brain injury’, whatever the hell that means, and could be entirely unrelated.”

The bad news about this “Death ray” case is that it is a replica of the media campaigns about Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction. The good news is that they don’t seem to be getting ready to invade Cuba but instead to close down its embassy in Havana instead.

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  • Moses Patterson

    The tone of Fernando’s post is one of incredulity. He sounds like he thinks dozens of American and Canadian embassy workers are faking injury. He risks offending by comparing these injury claims to the debunked claims of WMDs in Iraq. He should take care. Given the criticisms he is facing in his adopted Cuba, he would do well not burn US and Canadian bridges at this point.

    • Dani Thomas

      That is freedom of speech. I don’t think you should be threatening him for saying what he believes.

      • Moses Patterson

        I heartily agree with your support of Fernando’s right to express himself. My comment reflects my right to share my opinion regarding his post. I did not intend for my comment to be taken as a threat. Instead, I should hope that Fernando realizes that real people have suffered real losses of hearing for the rest of their lives. Others have measurable brain damage. To attack these very real injuries without proof of their illegitimacy is irresponsible and likely to provoke a backlash.

    • S_P_B

      I did not take Moses Patterson comment as a threat. The bridges Ravsberg is burning are the bridges of professional prestige and consideration.

      Rosberg is accusing American and Canadian diplomats of lying, without facts, without investigating.

      Ravsberg is more a political commentator (type Hannity) than a journalist. He has not investigated anything, he is only giving us a conspirative theory.

  • Eden Wong

    This is the weirdest, most ridiculous, oddest, interesting/insane story to come out of Cuba in ages. It is unfathomably bizarre.

    I have to admit, I’m lovin’ it for the laughs.

    • Obie Gibson

      So Russia is not the only commie nation to have it’s propaganda trolls.
      I suppose China needs it’s troll agents here on the ground also.
      BTW: Wiki S.A.S.E.R.

      • Eden Wong

        Absolutely no clue what you’re talking about, but I hope you’re having fun!

  • Obie Gibson

    The “Death Ray” is real.
    Mocking won’t make it false.
    Closing the embassy is likely a plan set fourth by someone like Putin.
    Putin is planning his murderous sneak nuclear attack on the US.
    Putin does not want his Cuban friends to scorn this evil deed of mass human murder.
    Putin will do his utter most to destroy any peaceful relations from developing between our two nations.
    You know what evil Putin wants.
    Do you now what God Almighty wants?
    Are you here to do Putin’s will, or God’s will ?

    • Eden Wong

      “… The “Death Ray” is real…”

      That statement is impossible to back-up.

      • Jorge Porton de Laz

        Not sure how mature you are Eden. MSN reported the other day that the mathematics behind the flapping of butterfly wings had been finally worked out. I presume with the help of Russian mathematicians and the brain drain. I presume computational statistics are illegal to reproduce even if it were possible?

        • Eden Wong

          Whatever you’re drinking, please order me a case. Thanks!

  • The US embassy formerly Special Interests section have had hearing problems for years!!!

  • John Horrock

    Viral inner ear problems, Vestibular Neuritis, could be that simple.