Melbourne Church, Counter terrorist agency arrests two

April 26, 2019 | Brainwave Science

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Melbourne church, Counter terrorist agency arrests two SITUATION

A man and a woman have been arrested and led away in Hazmat (Hazardous Material) suits in a counter-terrorism operation near a North Melbourne church. Heavily armed police swooped on St Mary’s Anglican Church on Queensberry St about 2.30pm yesterday, in what witnesses described an “incredible” and “really strange” moment.

One witness said the man had been holding a backpack at arm’s length and officers had screamed at him to drop it.  Witnesses filmed the man, dressed in dark clothing, sitting on the pavement with armed officers and detectives standing over him.

Footage from Nine and Seven News showed the man cuffed with cable ties and wearing a plastic suit as he was led away by officers. “Detectives from the Melbourne Joint Counter Terrorism Team conducted a routine operation in North Melbourne this afternoon,” police said in a statement on Friday night.

“This operation is not linked to a specific incident and is part of the JCTT’s ongoing intelligence gathering. It is also not linked to any imminent threat.”

A Victoria Police spokesman earlier confirmed counter-terror police were “conducting operational activity”. He would not confirm any arrests had been made but said two people were assisting with inquiries.

Police arrived in the area at 12 pm and several streets were blocked off during the operation. Armed police were seen guarding the Viscount apartment block on Bedford St shortly after the man was taken away before more units including forensic teams arrived to execute a search warrant at around 4 pm.

It comes after the sister of one of the suicide bombers behind the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people alleged her brother had been radicalized while studying in Australia. Authorities warned another attack was possible, as places of worship closed for the weekend.

CHALLENGE

There is an atmosphere of fear across the globe. Places of peace are now placing most feared. Terror is affecting tourism, communal harmony, business, travel and trade. Terror attacks in Christchurch, Sri Lanka and foiled attacks in Turkey and Melbourne signify that terror groups are out on a mission to attack vulnerable yet unexpected places where people congregate.

The Melbourne Joint Counter Terrorism Team seems to be acting on leads and actively pursuing suspects. Because investigation techniques and interrogation methods are imprecise, such seemingly unexplained arrests create a sense of mistrust among the citizens towards the law enforcement agencies. More often, people avoid being interrogated than being punished. In many countries, the process of interrogation is ripe with torture, forced confessions, prolonged trials. Despite arresting dangerous persons, not much useful and relevant information can be uncovered in a given time.

This is a unique case where the arrested suspects may be connected to one or more cases. This multiplies the investigation effort. Looking into multiple cases at the same time involves rallying different teams simultaneously, or having a dedicated team with visibility of both cases. In both scenarios, the investigation is expensive and time-consuming.

The power of advanced medical science and information technology must somehow be combined to come up with a networked and cutting-edge investigation system which delivers consistent, precise and effective results.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Brainwave Science, a company based in the US has come up with a technology iCognative which takes on straightforward and complex cases alike. It is not restricted to any one discipline of crime-solving, in fact, it is applicable to human and drug trafficking, cybercrime, law-enforcement,  national-security, border-security, immigration, and counter-terrorism.

Is a breakthrough technology augments investigation and interrogation techniques in use? It is surprising that although DNA and fingerprinting are popular and considered to be decisive tools in investigations, they are uncovered in only 1-2% of all cases. To add to this, they are extremely costly, labour-intensive and time-consuming to gather, preserve and process. This adds to delays and inefficiencies in the judicial process. iCognative is applicable to 85-90% of all civil and criminal cases.

iCognative has been introduced by Massachusetts based company Brainwave Science can help to solve cases related to counter-terrorism.

If compared to traditional techniques, iCognative is highly accurate, to a degree of more than 99%. Not only that, it is extremely accurate and reliable. This is just the thing that law enforcement and investigative agencies are looking for. Besides that, iCognative is highly-customizable, easy to teach, cost-effective, provides immediate results, and requires significantly less manpower. The test subject is not put through any torture if he or she is interrogated using the iCognative process. In fact, he or she barely needs to exchange any words with the test administrator. The interrogation process takes place using a specialized headset and a computer system which runs the iCognative system. The testee is shown images, words or phrases related to the crime or the criminal organization under investigation.

At the same time, the brain responses to each stimulus are recorded and transmitted to the computer system where these are analyzed by the iCognative software. iCognative technology can tell whether the information shown to the suspect was already known by him or her or not. This knowledge is extremely important in identifying culprits and exonerating innocents.

In this case, the arrested persons can be put through iCognative test. This will non-invasively determine the presence of crime-specific knowledge directly from the brain. Because iCognative is really objective and accurate, if the system says that that crime-related information is absent, then it is likely that he or she is the perpetrator. The stimuli which he will be exposed to can be pictures/details/time-stamps/location-markers of all the places which the suspect has been in around relevant times.

Not only can the presence of crime-related information be indicated by iCognative software, but his or her ties with terror organizations and/or criminal organizations can also be discovered using this technology. If the suspect is thought of have been radicalized, then the same can also be tested using this technology.

JCTT and Melbourne’s police department must use the incredible power of iCognative, provided by Brainwave Science to effectively interrogate and investigate the suspects, with confidence and precision.

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