The Pentagon and other federal authorities are investigating multiple potential invisible sonic attacks on U.S. personnel domestic and abroad. One of the potential attacks from November 2020 happened close to the White House.

Defense officials briefed members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees in early April saying that a National Security Council official standing near the White House Ellipse suddenly felt violently ill. The CIA and State Department quickly identified the symptoms as identical to those from the infamous “Havana syndrome” incident where U.S. embassy personnel in Cuba suddenly began experiencing uncomfortable ear pressure diffusion, vertigo, pounding headaches, nausea and piercing noise.

The defense officials told the Congress members that it is possible Russia was behind the attacks, but there is not conclusive evidence of a culprit. The United States defense community has struggled to identify the source of the several sonic disturbances and the intelligence community has been increasingly reserved in discussing the incidents.

“I knew CIA and Department of State were not taking this sh-t seriously and we wanted to shame them into it by establishing our task force,” said former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller in a December 2020 interview about the potential sonic attacks.


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“When this officer came in and I knew his background and he explained in an extraordinarily detailed but more military style that I could understand, I was like this is actually for real,” Miller told CNN. “This kid had been in combat a bunch and he knew.”

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