Berlin Terror Attack: Suspect on the run
An international manhunt is underway for a Tunisian man suspected to be connected with the lorry that ploughed through the crowded Berlin Christmas market leaving 12 people dead and 49 injured.
The suspect identified as Anis Amri, whose identity was found under the driver’s seat of the lorry had previously been under the radar of security agencies but eluded authorities after even being identified as potential threat. The attack which happened on Monday night 19 December, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared the incident a terrorist attack. UK telegraph
Due to a false leads by eye witnesses a Pakistani man was arrested but was let go due to lack of evidence law enforcement had lost 24hours in the manhunt. Amri’s documents was found in the lorry cabin that was used in the attack and only on Wednesday was the public informed of the suspect’s full name, photo and age and that he was still at large.
Amri 24, arrived in Germany in 2015. Was put under surveillance for 6 months on suspected jihadist plot and contact with Iraqi “hate preacher” Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah. He was released because nothing was found to substantiate the original warning. The later was arrested for setting up a recruitment network on behalf of ISIS. Amri also had a history of crime. This August he was arrested on suspicion of fake documents but later on released. Amri applied for asylum but was rejected and his deportation set for July never happened because he did not have a valid Tunisian Passport. According to Der Spiegel, Germany.
The debate and controversy surrounding this case and refugee policy exposes in some level whether incompetence or a heavily overburdened security agencies. Law enforcement say that 24/7 phone and personal surveillance requires a rotating team of 24 officers. German officials say they keep an eye on some 540 radical Islamists they consider potentially dangerous.
This flies in the face of Angela Merkel’s policy allowing up to 1 million refugees into Germany. German authorities are offering a bounty reward of 100,000 Euros for his capture.
WHY BRAIN FINGERPRINTING
While the suspect may have denied any knowledge of affiliation with ISIS, crimes and aliases, leading before this unfortunate event, since these were suspected or known events, Brain Fingerprinting technology should have been applied here. The technology can corroborate event specific and significant information from the suspect’s brain then used as evidence which would have led to his further surveillance or detention, potentially avoiding the carnage.
24 hours was lost interrogating the wrong suspect whereas the results whether information “present” or “absent” could have been achieved just within 1 hour of crime specific stimuli reading, quickly exonerating the innocent and increasing clearance rate.
The use of Brain Fingerprinting technology provides the most advanced tool that would significantly improve clearance rate, reduce the cost of investigation and intelligence gathering by 65% and reduce the stress on the overly strained German security agencies.