Over the past decades, we have seen an unprecedented boom in technological advancements. The internet has led to the growth of research and innovation in ways that previous generations did not think possible.
Unfortunately, this exciting time in human history is not free. The rise of electromagnetic attacks on public figures and military personnel has raised interesting questions about how we are using these innovations for good as well as for evil.
So what exactly is electromagnetic radiation and how does it become an attack?
What is electromagnetic radiation?
Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) is a form of invisible energy emitted at different frequencies. Depending on various factors, there are two types of EMR: ionizing and non-ionizing.
EMR comes from both natural means, such as the sun, and man-made sources such as electronics. In general, high frequency EMRs have higher energy levels, and the higher the energy levels, the greater the risk.
Most of us enjoy the endless benefits of electromagnetic frequency in small doses that don’t cause immediate damage. Household appliances such as microwaves, light bulbs, televisions and cell phones emit EMRs. Since these devices use non-ionizing EMRs, they emit low-risk radiation that comes in low frequencies with low energy.
Some forms of EMR, while useful, are still known to cause harmful side effects. For example, x-ray machines use EMRs to save millions of lives around the world. X-rays are natural types of radiation that humans have used for bone imaging.
On the other hand, natural events such as massive solar geomagnetic events, are known to induce electromagnetic pulses (EMP). An EMP has many effects, but its catastrophic effects are linked to electronic disturbances. Business intern explains how an artificial nuclear bomb can also trigger a similar EMP effect.
Although EMPs can be dangerous, they can also be due to natural causes. However, electromagnetic attacks are a different animal, due to their singular intent to cause damage.
What is an electromagnetic attack?
An electromagnetic attack is a form of terrorism that deliberately uses dangerous levels of electromagnetic frequencies and radiation to endanger people.
Early investigation and research speculated on several cases of electromagnetic attacks used to damage electronic and communications equipment. In some cases, it is believed to be used to physically incapacitate human beings.
There are currently no known cases of people dying directly from electromagnetic attacks. However, there has been speculation about its use to cause everything from minor pain to permanent injury.
Most notable cases of electromagnetic accounts are linked to diplomats, senior government officials, or the military. The effects range from debilitating headaches and hearing high-pitched noises to what appears to be brain damage that can lead to Parkinson’s disease.
At the time of writing, the extent of its possible uses and the damage it causes are still unknown. Here’s what we know so far.
Electromagnetic attacks in the United States
In 2017, The Guardian reported serious unexplained health issues among employees and family members of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, which occurred in 2016.
The first results of the investigation proved that the diplomats and their families were in danger, so they were sent home. It has become what is now called Havana Syndrome.
US diplomat Mark Lenzi, who was stationed in Guangzhou, China, reported an experience similar to that of several members of the government in the years that followed. According to then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, there was a similarity and consistency of symptoms of Havana syndrome.
The following year, a US government sponsored study confirmed that the attacks exhibited symptoms that could be attributed to pulsed radio frequency (RF) energy.
According to Politics, the Pentagon has warned lawmakers against directed energy attacks on diplomats, soldiers and their families around the world. In 2021, more than 130 people are believed to have been affected, including in the United States.
Who is at risk of electromagnetic attacks?
Unless you are a government official, diplomat, or soldier, most people are not at high risk of targeted electromagnetic attacks designed to neutralize them.
If you work in a risky profession and think you or those around you are showing symptoms of Havana Syndrome, alert your leaders immediately. Most suspected victims of electromagnetic attacks have various symptoms, so they will need to be observed for appropriate treatment.
If the type of specialized technology is already available, it is certainly not easily accessible. Many governments, including the United States, already have plans in place to protect citizens from large-scale attacks.
Should we be concerned about electromagnetic attacks?
For ordinary civilians, normal exposure to electromagnetic radiation does not present immediate risks. Many of us will go through our lives without any significant problems resulting from electromagnetic attacks. However, this does not mean that our normal radiation exposure does not have long term effects.
Most of the existing regulations regarding EF were based on the amount of radiation generated by what was available at the time. For example, FCC regulations on cell phone radiation were made over 20 years ago.
Besides phones, there are also countless objects that we encounter every day that use electromagnetic frequencies. Although most of them are harmless, a combination of additional research and time is needed to know its real long-term effects.
The widespread use of electromagnetic radiation is still in its infancy. With this, it is important to note that the long term effects of EF on the human body are still under debate. In addition, many of the existing government regulatory forms for EF radiation do not take into account the level of exposure that an ordinary person would have today.
Protect yourself from electromagnetic attacks
It’s no secret that most of the commercial technologies we enjoy today were born out of military research and development. Whether on purpose or by accident, the alleged militarization of electromagnetic frequencies is not entirely surprising.
Knowing this, there is no harm in taking extra steps to ensure that you are reducing unnecessary exposure to EFs in your daily life. You can do this by turning off or keeping electronic devices out of range when not in use and switching to lower radiation devices or making better calls.
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