US president Joe Biden has attended a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. A bipartisan group of Senate lawmakers have called on the President Biden to address the issue of directed-energy microwave incidents targeting U.S. diplomats, top national security and CIA officials.
“Certainly the Russians are one of the key suspects. We don’t know for sure, but keep in mind there have been more than 100 American public servants who have been injured by these directed energy attacks,” Sen. Susan Collins said. “I hope the president will directly bring up this issue with President Putin.” She added.
Senator Collins and other members of the Senate Intelligence Committee pushed a bill to provide compensation for the 130-plus American diplomats and CIA agents who have been affected by the apparent microwave weapon leading to what is now known as Havana Syndrome.
Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio, the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the attacks were first noticed in Cuba five years ago, but since then, it has been taking place in Moscow, Shanghai and Washington, D.C.
The Senate bill, which will now go to the House, would amend the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949 and authorize the provision of payment to personnel of the Central Intelligence Agency who incur qualifying injuries to the brain, as well as to State Department personnel who incur similar injuries.
Under the Trump administration, some of those affected by these apparent attacks involving suspected microwaves said that senior leaders at the CIA, including former Director Gina Haspel, did not believe them and, as a result, the CIA health officers did not authorize them for the state-of-the-art treatment given to U.S. military service members for traumatic brain injuries at Walter.
The National Academy of Sciences has studied the effects of these incidents on the brains of some of those targeted. The U.S. government suspects Russia’s GRU, or military intelligence, is to blame.