The Associated Press (AP Online) article dated January 8-9, 2018, titled “ Tillerson tells AP Cuba still risky; FBI doubts sonic attack,” which is cited in Sonic Vest Company’s FOIA Request to the FBI filed February 27, 2018 (see March 4, 2018 post on this website) reads in pertinent part:
“Following months of investigation and four FBI trips to Havana, an interim report from the bureau’s Operational Technology Division says the probe has uncovered no evidence that sound waves could have damaged the Americans’ health, the AP has learned. The report, dated Jan. 4, doesn’t address other theories and says the FBI will keep investigating until it can show there’s been no intentional harm.”
“The Scream’s Effects”
“In January 2012, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR) filed
a request, in accordance with the Israeli Freedom of Information Law, to receive information from the Israeli military regarding the Scream. This request was filed following complaints from protesters who had been exposed to the Scream. Some of the reported side effects were dizziness, nausea, headaches, ataxia and a general sense of weakness. PHR (Physicians for Human Rights) based its request on two expert opinions, which stated that critical damage might be caused to people who are exposed to some of these devices, but since there are different types of devices it is necessary to verify the type of device used by the military and its characteristics. In addition, PHR (Physicians for Human Rights) wanted to verify whether a comprehensive analysis had been conducted regarding the physical effects that may be experienced by protesters exposed to the Scream – and particularly comparing between singular exposures to repeated exposures – and if so, what the results of such an analysis were.”
“After a three-month extension, on 22 April 2012 the Army Spokesperson’s Unit responded to PHR’s inquiry. The response did not include answers regarding the kind of device or its sound level, but rather only an assurance that the device had passed the required safety tests and that “it is not expected” to cause dizziness or pain in the eardrum or in other areas of the human body, nor is it expected to cause any effects beyond ‘discomfort or a nuisance.'”
“In May 2012 PHR (Physicians for Human Rights) sent another request, noting that the army’s previous response had been unsatisfactory and had not provided answers to the following questions:
A. What kind of sonic weapons are employed by the Israeli army?
B. What is the intensity of the sound, in decibels, and what are its
C. What is the maximum length of time during which a person is exposed to the device during a demonstration (minutes, seconds)?
D. What is the minimum distance required between the device and the
E. What are the operating and safety instruction for using the device?”
“In July 2012, the Israeli Army Spokesperson stated that according to information security bodies, providing answers to PHR’s request may harm the Scream’s operation.”
See Case Study 2: “The Scream,” Pages 20-21 “Crowd Control Weapons in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”:
‘The Scream’ Israel Blasts Protestors with Sonic Gun
Israeli Army Gets the Scream