‘Havana Syndrome’ victims to get six-figure compensation — Analysis
According to reports, the State Department will pay large amounts to family members and officials suffering from this mysterious illness
The US government will soon compensate those suffering from the ‘Havana Syndrome’ – a cluster of unexplained symptoms reported by some overseas officials and their relatives – with some slated to receive more than $100,000, several media outlets reported.
State Department will offer employees payments of $100,000 to $200,000 “qualifying injuries”Unnamed sources cited the Associated Press (Washington Post), NBC and other agencies as saying that the syndrome was linked. Initial compensation will only be available to State Department employees and dependents. The severity of the injuries will determine the exact amount.
About 20% of Havana Syndrome sufferers worked at the State Department. Most others were employed by the Pentagon and the CIA. These organizations have separate policies regarding such issues according to the AP.
During a classified briefing Thursday, Deputy CIA director David Cohen and Assistant FBI director Alan Kohler informed senators regarding the unexplained illness which is collectively referred to by the Joe Biden Administration as “anomalous health incidents.”According to the Post which first reported the six-figure payments, other officials from the State Department or CIA told legislators that they would soon have a plan to help victims of Havana syndrome.
The HAVANA Law, which President Biden signed last year and gave the State Department’s heads the authority to choose who can receive compensation, will guide the plan. Although the April deadline was set by the bill for officials to propose a payment system, the bills have been delayed and they are still working on a solution.
In 2016, diplomats from the US Embassy in Havana reported that Havana Syndrome had been first discovered. Symptoms included headaches and dizziness as well as problems with sight, hearing, balance, and vision. Some people have suffered permanent brain damage.
Late 2020, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine convened a panel to determine that there was no consensus. “directed, pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy”The illness was likely caused by a device, leading media outlets to suggest that Russia or China may have unleashed an advanced, highly-secret weapon against American targets. However, other experts have voiced doubt about the ‘directed energy’ hypothesis.
There have been other theories. The Associated Press published audio of a sound that sounded like a cricket in 2017. “sonic attack” on US diplomats in Cuba, a pair of experts reviewed the recording and determined the noise didn’t merely sound like insects, but actually was the mating call of the male Indies short-tailed cricket.
Cuban scientists deny that secret sonic weaponry may have been behind this syndrome. “no scientific evidence of attacks”It was determined that symptoms could be related to widespread psychosis in US officials as well as their families.