The Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon were briefed by teleconference on the Cuba Health Attacks on 2018-09-07 by three researchers who studied the symptoms of U.S. diplomats and their families. The researchers were University of Miami Neuro-Otologist/Otolaryngologist Dr. Michael Hoffer, University of Georgetown Chief of Neuroethics Studies Program Dr. James Giordano and University of Pittsburgh Otolaryngologist Dr. Carey Balaban.
Dr. Hoffer was one of the first specialists that was called by the State Department to evaluate the victims. He is affiliated with the Navy for more than two decades and has experience in traumatic brain injury (TBI) from his deployment during the Iraq war.
As reported by CBS News , Dr. Giordano mentioned that most likely the incidents are linked to some form of electromagnetic pulse generation and/or hypersonic generation which would use the architecture of the human head to create something similar to an energetic amplifier or lens to induce a cavitational effect mediating the symptoms of the patients.
Dr. Giordano also referred to the notion of "brain sciences as forming at least one vector to the new battle space".
Sharon Weinberg, author of books on the scientific activities of the Pentagon/DARPA, reports on the briefing at her article:
According to the article Dr. Hoffer mentioned: “As regards to foreign countries, I can tell you this much: Great Britain, Germany, Canada and France described it potentially being present in their embassy individuals,” he said. “But we either can’t say, or are not allowed to say if we saw any of those individuals.”
Sharon Weinberger is the author of:
Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld (2006)
The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World (2017)
Commentaire en français
Les Chef d'État-Major du Pentagone ont été informés par téléconférence des « Attaques/Atteintes à la Santé » à Cuba le 2018-09-07 par trois chercheurs qui ont étudié les symptômes des diplomates américains et de leurs familles. Reportage de Sharon Weinberg, auteur d'ouvrages sur les activités scientifiques du Pentagone/de la DARPA: https://twitter.com/weinbergersa/status/1039200186764017664
Dr. Hoffer: « En ce qui concerne les pays étrangers, je ne peux vous dire que le suivant: la Grande-Bretagne, l'Allemagne, le Canada et la France ont décrit la présence potentielle de ceci dans leurs ambassades », a-t-il déclaré. "Mais nous ne pouvons pas dire, ou ne sommes pas autorisés à dire si nous avons examiné un de ces individus."
"Neurotechnologies as Weapons of Mass Disruption or Future Asymmetric Warfare: Putative Mechanisms, Emerging Threats, and Bad Actor Scenarios"
SOFWERX, in collaboration with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)/J5 Donovan Group hosted on 2018-08-21 a “Radical Speaker Series” on neuroweapons (quote) "after several recent individuals at embassies in Cuba and China have incurred apparent brain injury following some form of ambient environmental insult or attack."
First presentation was given by Dr. Michael Hoffer, MD, University of Miami, Navy-affiliated Neuro-Otologist/Otolaryngologist  with experience in traumatic brain injury (TBI) from his deployment in the Iraq war. Dr. Hoffer was one of the first physicians to be called by the State Department to examine the victims.
Image: Dr. M. Hoffer during his presentation
Dr. Hoffer’s presentation: https://youtu.be/Ocr-N2kE_LA
Important excerpts follow. The full transcript is provided at this link.
“Symptoms being dizziness, cognitive disorders, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, pain in the ears or headache”.
“If you take the subjective visual vertical and the VEMP (Visual Evoked Myogenic Potentials) data, every one of the affected individuals, all 25 of them, had at least one test that was abnormal, telling us that their utricle or their saccule in least one year were affected. So the organs that tell you that you're up and down were affected universally in this population. That set of organs is extremely important because that gives you a perception of where you are in space. Not where your head’s turning but how your body is oriented to gravity. And when these organs are affected, when these organs are abnormal in this population and in other vestibular populations, individuals are severely affected. Because if you don't know which way up and down is, you're not really good for anything else.”
“Cognitive fog, inattention, problems retrieving information and increased irritability. And when you did the testing they were below the expected level for verbal fluency, for working memory and for sustained attention. They had difficulty with auditory processing and difficulty with increased levels of cognitive load. Now, while this pattern of abnormalities can be seen in other populations, at least according to our neuropsychological colleagues, the unique pattern seen here is unique to this group. So we have a unique set of vestibular findings and we have a unique set of neurocognitive or neuropsychological findings, and that combination is not seen in any other group of patients.”
“So I'm not we're not saying this is not mTBI but this does not fit the military definition of mTBI as subscribed a year ago”.
[14min08s] “So what is it. It's an acquired neurosensory dysfunction with essentially universal otolithic disorders, some additional vestibular findings and a unique pattern of cognitive findings. Remember, I described for you that otolithic abnormalities, utricle and saccule, mean that the individual has an abnormal gravity sense. Now, the site of injury could be limited to the inner ear with secondary cognitive dysfunction. Because when you don't know what upright is. Essentially when you're being chased by a tiger in the jungle and you fall down, you ‘re dinner for the tiger. It really doesn't matter if you can balance your checkbook or function cognitively. So it's quite possible, we have data in our lab with Carey and Bonnie as well that show that if you have a dysfunction of what's up and down, you don't have a lot of mental energy left over for cognitive tasks. So the injury could be limited to the inner ear and the cognitive effects may be secondary as simply the inability to know what up and down is. Or there could be injury in multiple parts of the system, that remains to be determined. But we're working on that now because, again, if you don't know what up and down is, you can't do much cognitively."