US Diplomats Attacked in Bed, Safe a Few Feet Away
I love to read science fiction, and I love advances in technological capabilities. However, when certain lines from sci-fi are crossed into reality, I become uncomfortable. Highly uncomfortable.
Cuba is a country with a long history of tense relations with the United States. Recently, however, the relationship has begun to "thaw"...until this happened.
Twenty-one American diplomats (along with over twenty Canadian diplomats) in Cuba were attacked with a "mystery" weapon that assailed its victims with painfully loud sounds, usually during the night. These sounds were confined to a small area--when the victim got out of bed and moved a few feet away, the discomfort stopped.
However, the effects of the strange weapon are more long-lasting. Speech loss, hearing problems, mild brain injury are among the problems the mystery weapon caused. Scientists thought a sonic weapon had been the source of the attacks, but the brain injuries didn't line up with that idea.
An article on OneNewsNow, gathering data from sound and health experts, says,
Targeted, localized beams of sound are possible, but the laws of acoustics suggest such a device would probably be large and not easily concealed. Officials said it's unclear whether the device's effects were localized by design or due to some other technical factor.
And no single, sonic gadget seems to explain such an odd, inconsistent array of physical responses.
"Brain damage and concussions, it's not possible," said Joseph Pompei, a former MIT researcher and psychoacoustics expert. "Somebody would have to submerge their head into a pool lined with very powerful ultrasound transducers."
CNN commented a few days ago on the incident and said that a "senior US official" said "is increasingly apparent the Cubans are involved in some way" and "know more than they are letting on."
Whoever is involved, the sound attacks are baffling even to top scientists, and certainly to me. Technology itself is not an evil thing, and taking dominion in science is a good thing, but when developed technology is used by people who have a faulty worldview and incoherent basic beliefs about human nature and human morality, death and destruction often ensues.