Ahmad Shah: Three convicted over BBC reporter’s killing
January 4, 2019 | Brainwave Science
A special tribunal in Afghanistan convicted three men involved in the murder of a BBC journalist who was shot dead in the eastern province of Khost last year.
Ahmad Shah, who worked for the BBC’s Pashto-language service as well as for Reuters, was killed by unidentified gunmen while he was on his way home last April. The BBC said Mr Shah was its fifth staff member to have been killed in Afghanistan since the early 1990s.
One of the convicted men was sentenced to death and the others were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment. The case has been now been sent to a higher court to validate the tribunal’s ruling. The Taliban denied having any role in Mr. Shah’s killing.
The attack was carried out by two gunmen riding a motorbike. Mr Shah had not received any work-related threat or threatening calls, and his family was involved in no feuds, according to his father. The Taliban denied any involvement in his killing, saying “he was a professional journalist and we are saddened” by his death.
He died on the same day that two bombs in Kabul killed 26 people, of whom nine were journalists and photographers, making it the deadliest day for media workers in Afghanistan. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bomb attacks.
The Taliban are hell-bent on carrying out heinous acts of terrorism in Afghanistan and beyond. Due to lack of timely intelligence, the Taliban and the ISIS can carry out killings and bombings and violate international humanitarian law. The main challenge is to identify terrorists before they strike. Since the war in 2001, dozens of journalists including Ahmad Shah have been killed in Afghanistan.
Journalists are easy targets and their killings create humongous ripples in the news and media. The Taliban has vowed to destroy Afghanistan since 1994. In 1998 they controlled about 90% of Afghanistan. It is alleged that the Russian Government has played a part in arming the Taliban with improved small arms. The Taliban and the ISIS remain the largest threats to the region and to the world. About 45,000 terrorists are enlisted with the Taliban, one can never be sure about how many there are in sleeper cells, and their locations.
To put this in perspective, there are more terrorists in the Taliban than there are active duty personnel in than the armies of Uganda or Portugal or Kazakhstan, to name a few.
The security forces mostly fight the foot soldiers. The forces will be benefitted if they are able to neutralize the top bosses rather than focusing on the foot soldiers. For this, they need the help of a modern and reliable intelligence gathering technology.
Terrorists begin as regular human beings but unfortunately go through experiences, are brainwashed, exposed to propaganda to end up as enemies of peace and humanity.
There now exists a way to accurately determine if a person possesses such dangerous information. There is a technology which can help differentiate between those who are aware of the events (the general public) and those who have planned, executed or witnessed the terror events or crimes. This is possible by use of iCognative technology by Brainwave Science. iCognative eliminates human suffering and torture during interrogation. This is the revolution which counter-terrorism agencies all over the world have been waiting for. The brain of any criminal is aware of the plan and execution of the crime. iCognative technology can identify the executives and planners of terrorist acts by detecting the record stored in the brain. In addition, it could be used to identify trained terrorists.
The system records and analyzes the brainwave responses when case related and confidential information (called Stimuli) is flashed to the suspect on a digital screen and determine what information he possesses with over 99% accuracy.
In the case of the killing of the Journalist, the stimuli can be pictures of the motorbike, location details of the murder, pictures of the slain journalist, murder weapon used, any other images, words or references of which the killers or are likely to know of. This test can be administered to the three convicts. Their involvement with terrorist groups, if any, can be gauged with iCognative.
iCognative is applicable in more than 85% civil and criminal cases. It is a modern and humane way to interrogate terror suspects, informants, locals in an effective manner. iCognative is objective and is not affected by the opinions of the person conducting the test. No words are exchanged between the test administrator and the subject during the test.
iCognative has multiple applications. Not only does it help link the suspect to the terror incident, but it can also uncover if a person has specific knowledge of making bombs, of specific events, places, other terrorists, and most importantly of terror kingpins. A quick test can help differentiate between the terrorist, their supporters and the innocents. All this is done by determining whether the subject is aware of relevant information or not.
iCognative is a non-invasive technique and a typical test takes around 45 minutes to complete. During a test, multiple words, phrases or pictures are flashed on a monitor for the suspect to observe. If the subject is aware of these, their brain cannot lie and emits a response which the iCognative hardware is able to sense.
Security Forces in Afghanistan can use iCognative to not only find out if a suspect has knowledge related to terror, but also to uncover persons of high-value, and eventually reverse engineer terror networks.
News Source: BBC