Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort’s gatecrasher denied bail

April 16, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort's gatecrasher denied bail

  SITUATION

A Chinese woman was charged with lying to federal officers and gaining access to a restricted area in U.S. President’s Florida resort ‘Mar-a-Lago’. The woman has been denied bail on Monday by a South Florida federal court.

The accused, named Zhang Yujing, 33 entered Mar-a-Lago on March 30. She told Secret Service agents that she was there to use the pool. Prior to this, she told the reception staff that she was there to attend a function and mingle with members of the Trump family. In her possession were multiple phones, a laptop and a thumb drive. Preliminary investigations suggested that they contained malware. Her hotel room had more than $7,500 in cash, multiple SIM cards and a signal detector used for finding hidden cameras. Zhang has not been charged with espionage yet.

There was a serious risk of flight and in order to ensure her presence for the trial, she has been denied bail.

The court believes that Zhang was “up to something nefarious” when she allegedly tried to gain unlawful access to Mar-a-Lago. She could face up to six years in prison and more than $250,000 in fines if she was found guilty.

Zhang was born in Shanghai and went to college at Shanghai University where she currently owns a home. Zhang has entered the US at least six times since 2013, arriving at various ports including New York, Seattle, and San Francisco. Her 10-year B1/B2 visa has been revoked.

It was only when she told reception staff that she was actually at Mar-a-Lago to attend a “United Nations Friendship Event” that officers were alerted and she was placed under arrest, according to an affidavit by Secret Service agent Samuel Ivanovic.

Yet further investigations of the device did not lead to the same results, Garcia said on Monday, indicating the possibility of a “false positive” about the existence of malware. While she was at Mar-a-Lago’s reception desk, Zhang was “within arms’ reach” of resort computers, Garcia said.

Zhang’s defense has argued that her sole motivation for visiting Mar-a-Lago on March 30 was to attend a “Safari Night” (organized by a Chinese person) function at which Trump’s sister, Elizabeth Trump Grau, was scheduled to attend. Zhang had paid $20,000 for this event however, the event had been canceled days before and investigators found that Zhang was well aware of this fact before leaving from Shanghai.

Garcia said on Monday that communications between Zhang and Lee in the Chinese messaging app WeChat days before she left Shanghai for the US indicated that she was aware the event had been canceled.

Passing down his decision on pre-trial detention on Monday, Matthewman said he was not taking into consideration “any political issues that may be swirling around this case.”

CHALLENGE

The authorities need to determine if Ms. Zhang is an erring tourist or a spy who wanted to collect secret information from Mar-a-Lago. These categories are separated by such a huge margin that, at a certain point during the investigation, multiple teams might need to be set in place to investigate each possibility. The immigration agencies have a substantial amount of information regarding the travel details of Ms. Zhang. It is quite possible to track her movements throughout her U.S. trips. However, one must consider that such investigations are costly, time-consuming and highly resource intensive.

Since most of the communication which takes place these days is through the internet and smart devices, it is laudable that authorities managed to discover the communication between Zhang and Lee. Criminals use apps to communicate, most of which use methods which can lock and encrypt the data, making it unusable for any third person.

Criminals and those who even contemplate a crime must be aware that the authorities can deliver justice efficiently and reliably. The authorities can interrogate and investigate efficiently and accurately. For this, they must possess a modern and economical tool which can speed investigations and interrogations up. This tool should be scalable so that it can help and interrogate as many arrested suspects as required in a definite amount of time.

Can modern science come up with a way to determine if Ms. Zhang is an ‘erring tourist’ or a foreign spy without violating her human rights and wasting her time?

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Investigators and honest governments must rejoice since modern innovation has brought in a technology which can deliver a rate of 100% crime clearance. Not only does it help deal with corruption, but it is also applicable to law enforcement, counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, border security, prostitution, human and drug trafficking, forgery, hijacking, employee theft, insurance fraud, financial fraud, immigration, and national security. Brainwave Science has introduced a technology which can ensure transparency, accountability, and cost-effectiveness. This technology is called iCognative. Brainwave Science is a company based in suburban Boston in the United States of America. This tool can be used in more than 85% of all civil and criminal cases even when evidence is not available. The pre-requisite is that an investigation must have been carried out.

The amazing applicability of iCognative can be contrasted with that of DNA and conventional fingerprinting, where the samples are uncovered in only 1-2% of the cases. Within an hour, a suspect can be screened, and the results are obtained. The quickness of the test doesn’t translate into inaccuracy of the result. In fact, iCognative delivers its results with 99.9% accuracy. A suspect is tested for the presence or absence of crime-related knowledge. He or she is made to wear a headset. Images, pictures, words or phrases related to the crime are shown to him or her in succession. These inputs are called stimuli. The brain response of the subject is measured instantaneously and transmitted to the connected portable computer which runs the iCognative software. If a person has seen the crime-related confidential information before, then their brain will recognize the corresponding stimulus and react in a way different than it would have reacted in, had it not been familiar with that stimulus. At the end of the test, which lasts for 45 minutes, a result, either in the form of ‘information present’ or information absent, is displayed on the computer. The test administrator does not exchange any words with the test subject, thus this test is non-invasive and there is the absence of any torture.

In this case, the stimuli for iCognative test of the Ms. Zhang can be crucial details of the President’s itinerary which have not been disclosed to the general public but might be available to a conspirator, information about the malware, how to go about injecting the computer viruses, selected details which other Chinese spies have uncovered and relayed back home, etc.

Only by using iCognative, can the agencies interrogate Ms. Zhang 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 the public demands.

Main Source: POLITICO

Image Source: SCMP