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Risch Joins Shaheen, Collins, Colleagues in Letter Urging the Biden Administration to Renew Efforts to Identify the Cause of Anomalous Health Incidents

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, last week joined U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), along with a bipartisan group of senators, in sending a letter to President Biden urging his administration to renew efforts to investigate the root cause behind anomalous health incidents (AHIs), also known as “Havana Syndrome.” In light of allegations raised in a CBS 60 Minutes television segment, the letter also calls for timely compensation for impacted individuals and requests an interagency briefing from administration officials to understand their current efforts to identify attribution behind these attacks. Joining Risch, Shaheen, and Collins on this letter are U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.).

The senators wrote in part, “We write to express concern regarding the allegations raised in a joint investigation by CBS’ 60 Minutes, Der Spiegel and the Insider which point to evidence that the Russian intelligence unit, GRU, is responsible for directed energy attacks against American government officials and their families. […] Despite our efforts to provide support to affected individuals and advance legislation to ensure that an interagency response was in place to get to the root cause behind these incidents, we are frustrated that this phenomenon is left unresolved and urge you to renew efforts to identify the cause behind directed energy attacks.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.