Islamic State Paris-Style Attacks will go Global, Europol Reports


SITUATION

Rob Wainwright, the head of Europol, the Hague-based organization that coordinates EU policing efforts over terrorism and organized crime, has recently reported that the Islamic State (IS) is actively focusing its attention on conducting large-scale attacks in Europe similar to those last year in Paris. The pattern of terror attacks either directed by IS or homegrown terrorists is becoming most routine, with its influence on the world only fueling the frequency of it.

The Europol report emphasizes an alarming reality that the Islamic State is preparing more mass gun and bomb attacks of the sort seen in Paris and, in 2008, in Mumbai, “to be executed in member states of the EU, and in France in particular.” It added: “The attacks will be primarily directed at soft targets, because of the impact it generates. Both the November Paris attacks and the October 2015 bombings of a Russian airliner suggest a shift in IS strategy towards going global.” The international dimension of the terror organization, with Europe currently facing the most significant threat, demonstrates “a great need within the European Union to strengthen their response to terror, to suspected terrorist networks and foreign fighters.”

CHALLENGE

What Europol needs at this most vulnerable period, is to develop “an improved strategic understanding of terrorist threats,” with a complementary robust approach to collect quality intelligence. The Visa Information System implemented by the Schengen countries is an effective way to combat porous borders of the region amid the Syrian refugee crisis. The biometric fingerprinting system also enables the Europol to vet and identify terrorist suspects with some level of accuracy. The loophole arrives at the investigation stage once a suspect has been detained for questioning. How do law enforcement agencies uncover privileged information when it can be easily concealed by the suspect?

WHY BRAIN FINGERPRINTING

Brain Fingerprinting is the closest technology, advanced and sufficiently accurate enough to determine what critical intelligence the suspect may be harboring without requiring unrealistic man-hours, time, and training. With a decade and a half of research and development committed to design the security solution, Brain Fingerprinting is finally available to national security agencies worldwide. The technology seeks to revolutionize how law enforcement gathers corroborative evidence and verifies its available intelligence. As Canberra Times notes, “[The technology has] the potential to provide national security authorities with important indicators as to a person-of-interest’s likely involvement in terrorism—and even his or her level of radicalization.”

The threat is real, as noted by Europol: “In selecting their targets, [the Islamic State] has shown its capability to strike at will, at any time, and at almost any chosen target. In its target selection it shows a preference for soft targets with a potential to cause mass casualties.” Using Wainright’s words, “More attacks in the EU may happen in the future,” making it an imperative for security personnel worldwide to equip themselves with quality intelligence in order to take appropriate actions. Only by quickly acquiring advanced technologies that will empower them to do so, along with a well-integrated system of sharing intelligence, the world may successfully fight in solidarity against terrorism.

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