Saudi security forces arrest 13 accused of planning attacks

April 23, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Saudi security

Saudi security forces arrest 13 accused of planning attacks SITUATION

Saudi security forces have arrested 13 persons for planning attacks in the kingdom. These arrests took place a day after security forces thwarted an attack north of the capital. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attempted attack on a state security building in Zulfi. Zulfi happens to be a small city about 250 km (155 miles) northwest of the capital.

The Saudi Security forces said they killed four alleged Islamic State militants who had planned Sunday’s attack. They later raided a nearby rest-house which they said that the militants had rented for use as a bomb factory. Suicide vests, homemade bombs, Kalashnikov rifles and Islamic State publications were seized from the said place.

Deadly bombings and shootings have been carried out by Islamic State against security forces and minority Shi’ite Muslims in Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter. The authorities crushed an al Qaeda insurgency over a decade ago. Islamic State and Al Qaeda have for years criticized the leadership of the Western-allied kingdom, accusing it of deviating from their strict interpretation of Islam and advancing the interests of their U.S. enemies.

CHALLENGE

The investigative authorities are dealing with persons who either possess or who know people who possess information about handling suicide vests, homemade bombs, Kalashnikov rifles. The targets may have also been exposed to propaganda material such as  Islamic State Publications and other material which can be used to brainwash persons. Such persons are privy to information about plans connected to the series of attacks in Saudi Arabia, including the attack on Zulfi.

Is there any method currently in use which the authorities can use to determine if a suspect has knowledge of handling weapons, bombs, explosives, etc? Is it possible for investigative agencies to quickly determine whether a subset of the suspects is aware of extremist propaganda or not? If yes, then such a capability can be hugely advantageous to them? When one thinks about crushing terror attacks before they happen, one always thinks about acting upon the information gathered from intelligence sources. Information about the future is always encountered with skepticism and doubt. Can this outlook be changed?

If the security forces were to capture persons who had planned and/or been slated to execute the attacks on Saudi Arabian soil? Can the forces have a method with which they can determine the suspects who are a part of the plan and who were not?

If investigators can detect an awareness of intimate details of terror events, organizations, prominent terrorists and personalities, then linkages can be drawn, terrorist hierarchies and command structure can be understood. To do this using torture is neither effective nor humane. That leaves the investigators with hardly any options. Suspects are never willing to disclose crucial details, and sometimes certain knowledge cannot be verbally expressed.

Modern scientific methods must be introduced in this investigation which can quickly help the security forces to ‘read’ the mind of the arrested suspects and gain meaningful insights which can help bring down dangerous criminal networks and terrorist organizations.

WHY iCOGNATIVE?

In order to detect the presence of specific knowledge like awareness of terrorist organizations, plots, links to known terrorists, planning and execution of terror incidents, in the minds of suspects,  a Boston based company named Brainwave Science has introduced a revolutionary tool which can help to identify if a person has the remotest connection to a terrorist organization, any terrorism training, has been radicalized, possesses bomb-making training, etc. It can even detect a person who is a member of a sleeper cell and inactive for decades. What’s more, it can detect terrorists among asylum seekers, and thus making the job of border control officers easier. This extraordinary technology is called iCognative

Brainwave Science endeavors to eliminate human torture and suffering from the process of interrogation.  It helps authorities in screening suspects in a time-bound, cost-effective and manageable manner. This revolutionary technology is universally applicable and is of help to agencies which deal with national security, immigration, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, border security, human trafficking, and drug trafficking.

iCognative tests do not have any known counter-measures. Moreover, there are no false positives and no false negatives in the results. The result of the test is not dependent on the subjective opinion It only depends on what the brain responses of the test subjects say.

When specific information like images, pictures, words or phrases are shown to a test subject, then their brain responses are picked up by specialized headsets which they wear. If they are familiar with the information which they see, then their brain will react in a certain way. Otherwise, it will produce different results. The headset transmits the data to the computer running iCognative software. The results are displayed immediately in the form of either ‘information present’ or ‘information absent’. The information shown to a suspect in an iCognative test is called stimuli.

If a suspect has been involved in planning and/or execution of a terror incident, been part of a terrorist organization, been exposed to extremist ideologies and propaganda, then such details are imprinted in his or her mind.

In this case, the investigating agencies optimize the usage of resources using iCognative on arrested suspects. The stimuli for such tests can be details such as pictures and phrases related to suicide vests, homemade bombs, Kalashnikov rifles, and Islamic State publications found during the operation; communication history with extremist elements such as web history, emails, telephone phone; names, pictures, and headquarters, of current terrorist group; details of known plots from intelligence inputs, etc.

iCognative test is highly accurate (99.9%) in its results. iCognative gives the investigative agencies the ability to distinguish between the innocent and the guilty. iCognative can be applied to 85-90% of all civil and criminal cases.

Saudi Arabian agencies must deploy iCognative because it is accurate, reliable, portable, easy to teach, easy to learn, highly customizable, both in terms of language and functionality. In fact, iCognative must be launched throughout the nation and in every department, so as to make use of the synergy and interoperability of its cloud architecture.

Main Source: Reuters

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