18-year old charged in ISIS terror plot in AZ

January 25, 2019 | Brainwave Science

18-year old charged in ISIS terror plot in AZSITUATION

A man from Arizona is facing a terrorism charge and has been accused of brandishing a knife in an encounter with a Sheriff’s sergeant. He has pleaded not guilty. The man is 18-year-old and named Ismail Hamed. He entered his plea on Thursday. His next scheduled court date is March 8. Hamed told a dispatcher before the Jan 7 attack date that he had an affiliation with a terror group, as reported by the Country Sherriff’s officials. The Court records state Hamed allegedly provided “advice, assistance, direction or management to the Islamic State of Iraq and ISIS” on or about January 7.

Hamed was in the past charged with aggravated assault for hurling rocks at the sergeant and brandishing a knife outside a sheriff’s station in a Phoenix suburb of Fountain Hills outside the town’s government complex. Hamed was shot after ignoring warnings to drop the weapon. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.


This is a case of importance because if Hamed has any links to the ISIL or the ISIS, then these links must be investigated at the earliest. The challenge here lies in the fact that Hamed has pled guilty.

The investigators need to detect any cognizance of links with these dreaded terrorist organisations before the next scheduled date of March 8. Using conventional methods of interrogation and intelligence gathering, it will take considerable time to discover the links, if any.

What is needed is a quick and reliable test which can instantaneously detect crime-related and terrorism-related knowledge lying with the test suspect. This will help the investigators to gain the edge needed. DNA and fingerprinting can only help till a limited extent in this case, as much as to prove that Hamed really handled that knife or not. Such popular techniques are usually ineffective when trying to link suspects to terrorist groups. What happens when the need is to determine if a suspect is the member of a sleeper cell or has ever been trained for terrorism or not?

Immigration and border-control agencies need such a quick yet fool-proof test which can help screen dangerous persons before they carry on with their mission.


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There are no known counter-measures to the test. In other words, no one has ever beat or fooled the iCognative test. Consequently, it does not report any ‘false positives’ or any ‘false negatives’. This is a very important characteristic of any forensic screening tool. The investigators can be sure that iCognative tool helps to reliably identify the guilty and the exonerate the innocent.

The iCognative test can be run on Hamed. The information gathered during the investigation of this case can be used as input or stimuli for the test. iCognative test needs stimuli in the form of pictures, words, and phrases which are related to the crime. These represent details which the perpetrator or a witness will know because of their close association with the crime. In this case, ISIS propaganda material which persons like Hamed might have access to, phone call records, text message exchanges with terror handlers, records of suspicions location which Hamed has gone to, CCTV footage of Hamed brandishing the knife, hurling stones, suspicious financial transaction records which may his association with ISIS, suspicious material recovered from his computer/apartments, etc.

When the stimuli listed above is shown on a computer screen to Hamed, he will be wearing a specialized headset. This headset will record his brain response to each stimulus and will transfer it to a computer system. Here, the input will be instantaneously analyzed and after the usual 45-minute test is over, the output in the form of either ‘information present’ or ‘information absent’ will be presented to the test administrator.

Using this test, the investigators will know if Hamed is aware of incriminating knowledge related to the crime, whether he has any association with the ISIS, etc. Moreover, the iCognative test is so advanced that it can detect EOD/IED bomb knowledge, uncover high-value individuals, establish links between a suspect and known terrorist networks, places and events.

The level of involvement of a person in terrorist activity can be determined using iCognative.

Even if a person has undertaken terrorism training years or decades ago and is now inactive, his brain would not be able to lie to iCognative system. This is especially useful to detect terrorists at border control, immigration, refugee camps and among asylum seekers.

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