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US Congressmen Arrive in Cuba to Address 'Sonic Attacks'

  • U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.

    U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 February 2018

The US congressional delegation is led by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy.

A group of U.S. congressmen has arrived in Cuba to address the investigation into alleged sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats in Havana. Led by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, the delegation will meet with members of the Cuban government, workers from the U.S. embassy and diplomats from other countries.

Cuba Deems Allegations of Sonic Attack on US Diplomats 'Science Fiction'

The U.S. lawmakers will also convene with experts in the fields of education, economics, and biotechnology with the aim of addressing possibilities to improve the economic opportunities of both peoples, according to Cuba Debate.

Leahy, vice president of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and other delegation members will hold a press conference to present the conclusions of their trip to Cuba.

Washington accuses Havana of deliberately causing brain and hearing damage to roughly twenty members of its embassy in the Cuban capital, allegations the government of Raul Castro has called absurd.

Coronel Ramiro Ramirez, head of the Cuban security detail responsible for the protection of diplomats on the Caribbean island, explained that such an acoustic weapon, even if employed by a third party as U.S. officials have suggested, would have affected the health of other people in the general area and could not have singled out U.S. diplomats as part of a deliberate attack. Ramirez added that the sound would have surely attracted public attention.

He accused the United States of trying to slander the country.

An expert in the criminal investigation unit of the Cuban Interior Ministry reiterated that “from a technical point of view” U.S. arguments concerning the case are absolutely “unsustainable,” according to PressTV. Lieutenant Colonel Jose Alazo dismissed the U.S. hypothesis of a sonic attack against its diplomats on Cuban soil as nothing more than “science fiction” adding that “it's impossible.”

Mark Hallett, head of the human motor control section of the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, attributed the unexplained ailments experienced by a number of U.S. diplomats to “mass hysteria” prompted by the media, not sonic attacks.

“From an objective point of view, it's more like mass hysteria than anything else,” adding that “mass hysteria” is the term used for outbreaks among groups of people that are either wholly or partly psychosomatic.

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