Brain Abnormalities Found In Cuba Attack Patients

The Associated Press reports:

Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned.

It’s the most specific finding to date about physical damage, showing that whatever it was that harmed the Americans, it led to perceptible changes in their brains. The finding is also one of several factors fueling growing skepticism that some kind of sonic weapon was involved.

Medical testing has revealed the embassy workers developed changes to the white matter tracts that let different parts of the brain communicate, several U.S. officials said, describing a growing consensus held by university and government physicians researching the attacks. White matter acts like information highways between brain cells.

Loud, mysterious sounds followed by hearing loss and ear-ringing had led investigators to suspect “sonic attacks.” But officials are now carefully avoiding that term. The sounds may have been the byproduct of something else that caused damage, said three U.S. officials briefed on the investigation. They weren’t authorized to discuss it publicly and demanded anonymity.

There’s much more about the latest findings at the link.

  • TampaZeke

    I’m pretty sure that Washington is more jealous than outraged.

  • Archipelagos

    Won’t lie, this is a little scary.

    • Scott Carpenter

      My money is on some kind of tightly focused radio-frequency energy – like microwaves. Yeah, that sounds freaky and 50s era B movie, but it fits. The noise they heard could have been an artifact of the damage being done, or just random nerve stimulation.

      • Infinite Jester

        While I feel very sorry for the victims and hope they get all the help that is possible to give them, I find myself more interested in the attack itself. It seems HIGHLY effective, and (so far) easy to get away with. I don’t know enough about the science to have an opinion on what could have caused it, but I’m totally with you that the noise could have been an artifact (or symptom, not cause).

        I have MS, and when I have a relapse, it’s basically the white matter that is under attack (it’s white because it’s covered by myelin, which my body has decided should be attacked by my immune system). The symptoms (or “artifacts”) I then suffer are often almost unbelievable: visual, aural, olfactory, and of course sensation are affected in often strange ways, and sometimes not even in a way that I have experienced before.

        This attack/weapon seems like something that can give the victim instant MS, which trust me is scary AF.

        P.S. Anyone else here take Gilenya? Personally, I don’t think it’s working.

        • LesGS

          My husband was on it ’til just recently, but it caused edema behind one of his retinas. He hadn’t wanted to be on Gilenya, because that is a known possible side effect, and he had detached a retina a few years ago. But the insurance company required him to try it, before they would allow him to go on the meds he (and his doctor) thought would be more appropriate for him.

          He was, however, symptom-free while he was on it. But his MS is currently very mild, so it’s possible he would have been symptom-free if he had been taking no medications at all.

          (This isn’t very responsive to your concerns, is it? But if it seems to you it isn’t working, it probably isn’t. You’re the one with the best awareness of what’s happening in your body.)

          • Infinite Jester

            Thanks for the reply and info!

            I’m so sorry about your husband having to try something that put him at risk. It should be a crime for insurance companies to do something like that. I fight like hell for my longtime companion (we’re not married because he would get LESS benefits due to my income, but I don’t make enough to pay for the difference) when med issues like that come up. We have about a 75% eventual approval rate doing that, but it is so frustrating and time consuming.

            I have to say I’m not up on the causes of the possible side-effects of Gilenya, other than the brain one (PML), so I didn’t know about the edema. I mean I know what I’m supposed to call the neurologist immediately about, and visual problems are right up there (which of course can be a sign of PML, too). What worked best was Tysabri, but then it was off the market (because of PML), and then back on under super restrictions. My life has become too hectic unfortunately for a monthly infusion, and the ABC drugs (which of course I tried long before Tysabri) are out for me (my body actually made antibodies to the interferon in Avonex, giving me non-stop flu symptoms, so that also made Betaseron out; Copaxone’s usually brief side effect of chest pain and rapid heartbeat lasted 4-6 hours for me AND cranked my anxiety to full panic attack mode, and I just couldn’t tolerate that).

            SO, when there was a pill that was supposed to do the same thing as Tysabri, I was all for it. Eh, maybe I’m just moving into progressive.

            May I ask what medications your husband takes? Insurance companies are so strange. His required a trial of Gilenya, mine covers it only in the “specialty drug” tier so I pay a LOT for it.

          • LesGS

            He is now on tecfidera. It’s only been a few months, but so far, so good. No MS symptoms and no discomfiting side effects.

            And yeah, insurance companies are strange! The cost of these meds is just mind-blowing and we’d be screwed over financially without ours, but all the obstructionist hoop-jumping they demand makes it hard to appreciate them…

          • Infinite Jester

            Thanks! I think I’ll ask to try Aubagio. My LTC takes a close version of that called leflunomide for his strange arthritis (it’s not actual RA, but it acts very similar and responds well to drugs for that), so I’m comfortable with it. I’m already taking milk thistle extract to try and save my liver, anyway (BTW, it has worked wonders! I almost never drink (too many meds say no, & I can feel drunk on my own at times anyway) and avoid acetaminophen at all costs. My ALT & AST levels are in the teens!).

            If there’s any way you can, please let me know how he does on Tecfidera.

            All oral MS drugs are in the “specialty” tier for me right now, but will move to preferred brand next yr with my marketplace plan, so YAY. The injectables are preferred brand currently (ABC drugs). I’ve had such problems with the Gilenya Prescription Co-Pay Program, but then again I have similar problems with Pfizer’s help program. I usually end up paying at least 1 out of 3 times for Gilenya, and do without my Lyrica for 2-3 months a year thanks to Pfizer not being able to read my ID (I’ve found that my passport works a lot better than my DL, but they just take forever to process applications and new RX’s).

  • Card

    Sounds like someone in Cuba managed to weaponize Trump pheromones. Do we know WHERE Mar-a-lago dumps their trash?

    • Stogiebear

      Washington, DC

  • Do Something Nice
    • Charles Nelson

      Warning…Warning Will Robinson!!!…Troll attack!

      • stevenj

        Did you read the linked article? There has been much written about the CIA’s programs under Dulles.

  • DaddyRay

    Could be that Putin doesn’t want us getting too friendly with Cuba

    • David L. Caster

      Known fact.

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    • David Walker

      Whoever, they’re getting free research and verification out of it.

  • pj

    whole thing has a russian odor.

  • Ninja0980

    Sounds like the Russians to me.

    • clay

      That’s just the ringing in your ears.

      /s

      • kareemachan

        I have tinnitus. It is not fun, and I feel for anybody who got it – especially under these circumstances.

        • clay

          I have it too. Sometimes worse, sometimes just the background noise. I also have scotopic sensitvity– when I’m not wearing my dark glasses, there is pain, which I wouldn’t have really realized until the pain wasn’t there. Sometimes painful light, ringing in my ears, just seems like part and parcel with seeing and hearing.

  • DaddyRay

    Could they please test the residents of the White House for Brain abnormalities

    • Christopher

      Given the amount of evil, sick fucks there at the moment, that could bankrupt the country.

      • DaddyRay

        True but apparently deficits don’t matter any more since Republicans are in charge

    • Scott Carpenter

      There has to be something to test before they can do that, doesn’t there?

  • leastyebejudged

    Seems like something our own government would do.

    And get away with.

  • GeneInSJ

    I can’t see the Cubans doing this. I can’t imagine any nation other than Russia who would be involved.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Cuba has nothing to gain from this. Also, it would scare the hell out of tourists.

      • kareemachan

        Exactly. They have every reason to NOT do this.

    • BobSF_94117

      Right-wing Americans. They’re setting up their own spy networks. Why not mess with U.S. policy in new and interesting ways…

      • AaronSF

        right wing americans invented an advanced technology?

  • Natty Enquirer

    Several months of fear brought on by mass hysteria could also change brains.

  • Kevin Andrews

    With the current Republican Antics, I’m sure it was the GOTP that committed this crime. They are notorious for attacking the United States. I mean, just look at the ChainE-Dubya act of War on America and the Wars of Lies that continue. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c2cd0140f052d956f17bf5fe8e6e1b51d36cd9ed98376bef9685e444dcb2fce9.png

  • geoffalnutt

    Russia is testing the weapons on a small scale now that it will use on a large scale later. Whole countries can be disabled very, very quickly.

  • From reading this article.. one thing that pops up is meningitis or something similar. However I have no idea and it sounds scary..

    • Yeah, but how would it affect them all simultaneously? I’m wracking my own white matter but can’t figure out a medical explanation… it can’t be an organic pathogen due to the timing – radiation (but why no other physical evidence e.g. burns)? A sonic attack after all, but one delivered at the precise frequency to disrupt white matter even through bone? It’s unnerving, especially because you have to wonder how such a weapon would have been designed (and tested…).

  • Rich

    Russian poison.

  • Ore Carmi

    This is fucked up. Why would Cuba do this after the Obama administration’s efforts at rapprochement?