Christchurch, New Zealand’s darkest day - 49 killed in terrorist attack

March 15, 2019: Christchurch, New Zealand’s darkest day – 49 killed in terrorist attack

March 15, 2019 | Brainwave Science

SITUATION

At least 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in two mass shootings at mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.  Two mosques in Christchurch were attacked Friday around the time of afternoon prayers. A male in his late 20s has been charged with murder, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. Three other people were apprehended, though one of those people might not have been involved in the shootings. Bush said it would be “improper” to confirm the identity of the person charged at this point. Bush said 41 people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque near Hagley Park in the city’s center; seven were killed at a mosque in Linwood, a few miles away. One person taken to a hospital died from injuries sustained during the attack.

In a social media post just before the attack, an account that is believed to belong to one of the attackers posted a link to an 87-page manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and explanations for an attack. The manifesto was not signed.

Police have recovered “a number of firearms” from both crime scenes. There were also “possibly” two improvised explosive devices on one vehicle. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described this horrible event as “can now only be described as a terrorist attack.” Ardern said the attack by people with “extremist views” was “unprecedented — unlike any that we have experienced before.”

 

CHALLENGE

According to a study by Researchers from Auckland, Otago and Victoria universities used data collected from the 20-year New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study, covering the responses of more than 16,000 Kiwis titled, News exposure predicts anti-Muslim prejudice: news coverage of Islamic extremism is reigniting debates about the media’s role in promoting prejudice toward Muslims. It didn’t matter whether they saw themselves as liberal or conservative – the more news they consume, the more likely New Zealanders are to show both increased anger and reduced warmth towards Muslims. “The association of prejudice towards Muslims with more media exposure holds across the political spectrum, and is specific to Muslims,” says lead author Dr. John Shaver of the University of Otago. Islamophobia targets both new refugees and Muslims whose families might have been citizens of a country for generations in the same manner.

A local Muslim group is calling for national action to push back against Islamophobia, white supremacy and anti-immigrant bigotry after 49 people were killed in attacks. For law enforcement and National Security agencies in New Zealand, this comes as a challenge that must be tackled hand-on. It is not merely a battle that they must win to protect all citizens who are guaranteed equal treatment and protection under the law of the land, but they must win the war of minds by changing the way communities feel about the treatment and prejudices that are minted at people from different race, color or religion.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Human Rights Commissioner, Dame Susan Devoy, wrote a press release to mark Race Relations Day 2017, titled “Stand Up for Each Other,” in which she writes, “When we see yet another racist attack on the news, we need to ask ourselves: Is this us? Is this the kind of country we want to be? If the answer is No, then we need to do something. What we do today is our insurance policy for the future of our nation.”  In light of today’s shootings in New Zealand, it seems like these words will never become a reality. Change is possible and hope is there. Science and technology have bridged impossible gaps and taken the world to leaps unimaginable just a decade ago. Fortunately, technology can help make this a reality. Brainwave Science is a company that has been founded on a mission to rid end violence in the world and to help law enforcement agencies deliver truth and justice to communities. Terrorism and violence in any form must be condemned and to help bring peace Brainwave Science brings its latest antiterrorism and crime-fighting revolution called iCognative technology to the rescue of National Security and counter-terrorism agencies in New Zealand.

iCognative maximizes intelligence collection disciplines across various security verticals. Unlike fingerprints and DNA that are available only in 1-2% of the cases, iCognative is applicable in over 85% of cases. iCognative leverages forensic capabilities to unprecedented levels. Keeping in mind the importance of time-sensitivity and quality of information, it is best positioned to support intelligence collection and investigation. In simple terms this technology taps into the source of all crimes – the human brain. iCognative collects an advanced scientific brain response called the P300/P300 MERMER, to analyze patterns of semantic memory recognition. Proprietary algorithm processes intelligently detect specific information stored in the brain. Results always have high accuracy rates with over 99% statistical confidence and there are zero false positives and negatives.

In the case of New Zealand Mosque attack, an iCognative test can be conducted on all possible suspects including the man posting online under the name Brenton Tarrant, an Australian, who live-streamed on the internet the whole attack and the other two suspects arrested by police. Once the test is completed their brains will reveal all the information pertaining to the planning of future attacks if any, the incriminating information that they are still unknown to the police, details of co-conspirators as well as terrorist-sympathizers along with details of any future attacks that may very well be prevented by this investigation. An iCognative test will lead investigators to the required evidence that would be needed to ensure that the justice prevails in this case. Non-invasive, system driven and highly scientific iCognative test eliminates the question of harsh interrogations or torture from the whole scene of terrorism investigations.

With the innovative iCognative technology, counterterrorism officials will be able to scientifically test suspected terrorists to indict or exonerate them based on the information stored within their brain. iCognative is an important breakthrough in identifying active and inactive terrorists. It’s based on a virtually infallible science: when the brain recognizes certain information – words or pictures displayed for a Nano-second on a computer screen — it triggers an involuntary and specific electrical brainwave signal, which can be measured and analyzed. The non-obtrusive test is completely tool-dependent, easy to set up in any environment, and available in all languages. As a result, it is poised to be a real game-changer in the fight against terrorism.

Source: BBC News

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