Two pipe bombs rock Northern Ireland counties of Armagh and Antrim

April 17, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Two pipe bombs rock Northern Ireland counties of Armagh and AntrimSITUATION

Police are investigating two separate pipe bomb attacks in Northern Ireland with one incident resulting in two devices exploding at an Armagh home. The damage was caused to the front door of the property in Windmill Avenue, Armagh at around 11.30pm. Three adults inside at the time were unhurt.

Police are working to establish a motive. In a second separate incident, police have revealed a pipe bomb was thrown through the window of a home in Rasharkin with another left on a windowsill on Tuesday evening.

Police and the Army bomb squad were at the scene on the Moneyleck Park area for most of the night as examinations went on. Residents have since been allowed to return to their homes.

It is not thought to be linked to the Armagh attack at this time. Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan condemned the Windmill Avenue attack and called for anyone with information to contact the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

“Two pipe bombs exploded at a house in Windmill Avenue while three people were in it,” said Mr Boylan. “These devices put residents’ lives at risk. I’m relieved that no one has been hurt.

“I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police.” Inspector Colin Ash said: “I would like to thank the local community for their patience in giving us time as we dealt with the incident.

CHALLENGE

This can be a case with many different likely angles, such as that of smuggling of dangerous weapons, law enforcement or terrorism. It is important to find out where the pipe-bombs came. Investigators must explore all possibilities. Conventional investigation and interrogation can only go to a certain extent in this case.  The threat of far-right terrorism comes from both organized groups, and from lone wolves who get radicalized on the internet.

There is an increase in the number of countries targeted by lone wolves from the 1990s to the 2000s. At the same time, right-wing groups like National Action have been wreaking havoc across the United Kingdom for years now. Its members include a person who plotted to murder a Labour MP, another who tried to behead an Asian man in Tesco, a teenager who tried to make a pipe bomb and an extremist who planned a massacre at an LGBT+ pride event.

The number of far-right terror incidents have been rising in the UK.

In order to stop them, sweeping changes must be made to the way intelligence is gathered. Also, the intelligence gathering mechanism should be able to use some sort of a database to retrospectively corroborate information and detect linkages. It is important to understand where suspects in the hierarchy of their criminal organization. Are they simply lone actors or members of crime syndicates? If members, then are they foot soldiers or important members? What is their motive? Where else do they plan to attack? How did they obtain these bombs, did they manufacture them in-house or smuggle them in?

To understand the organization and their motives, the investigators need to spend a lot of time, money and allocate huge workforce, thus compromising on other activities. By this time the organization may change its way of working and send the investigators back to the drawing board. Time extremely important.  An investigation and interrogation method which is quick and cost-effective is needed here.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Every agency, be it national security, immigration crimes, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, border security, human and drug trafficking, insurance fraud, financial fraud, cybercrime, law enforcement, conduct investigations and interrogations. All such agencies can make use of the technology offered by a company based in Massachusetts, USA, called Brainwave Science. It has come up with a revolutionary technology which can help the investigators and interrogators get the guilty punished and the innocents get exonerated. This technology is called iCognative. It detects the presence or absence of crime-related information in the brain of a test subject. This helps to screen the suspects from, say 10 down to 2 or 1. Now the investigators can focus on a narrower pool of suspects who are more likely to have committed the crime. The suspects who are familiar with details of the planning and/or execution of the crime are more likely to be the real culprits. This knowledge that such information is present in the brain of a subject is useful only if it is accurate and reliable.

The power of iCognative lies in the fact that it is 99.9% accurate in its results. It is reliable it never reports any false positives or any false negatives. An innocent person will not be mistakenly reported as ‘information present’ and vice versa.

Polygraph or lie-detector tests can be fooled. Also, if the same person is tested by two polygraphists, there is a possibility that the results are different. In other words, this test is subjective in nature. This is highly unfair to the test subject and may lead to wrong prosecutions. iCognative analyzes the brain response of the test subject when crime-related stimuli (images, words, and phrases) are shown to him or her. Here the test administrator cannot influence the test and does not exchange any word during the test. Thus iCognative is objective, fair and non-invasive. There is no need to coerce the suspect and put him or her through any torture.

It is the aim of Brainwave Science to eliminate torture and human suffering from the process of investigation and interrogation. Gone are the times of forced confessions.

In an iCognative test, a test subject is shown stimuli for about 45 minutes while a headset records their brain’s responses to each stimulus. These stimuli are related to the specific crime being investigated. The system can ‘read’ their brain and detect if they are already familiar with a stimulus. If it is a detail which only a planner or the executor of the crime could know, then the suspect is likely to be the perpetrator. The headset and a portable computer are operated by a test administrator. The test results are available immediately and thus this system constitutes a powerful and portable screening tool.

The stimuli which can be used in the iCognative test of the suspects can be details of the dates and times of the detonation of the devices, details of the the buildings which were targeted in the explosions, confidential details of similar incidences can be used to identify if they belong to a certain organization or have incriminating knowledge of previous crimes. iCognative can easily identify if the suspects possess IED/bomb making knowledge. If they have been radicalized or are a part of a sleeper cell, this can be identified too. All in all, iCognative is an invaluable tool which every investigative agency must have in its arsenal. Surprisingly, iCognative can help in 85-90% of all criminal and civil cases. Contrast this with the applicability of DNA and fingerprints, because such evidence is uncovered in merely 1-2% of all cases.

Only by using iCognative, the Irish Government, can interrogate the arrested men properly, without using force, save money and manpower, in order to come up with reliable intelligence. This solution from Brainwave Science can yield quick and transformative results, which is exactly what is needed to crack down on weapons smuggling, illegal immigration, and terrorism in the United Kingdom.

Main Source: Belfast Telegraph

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