Eight suspects detained during anti-terrorism investigation in Belgium
March 6, 2018 | Brainwave Science
Belgium detained eight people during raids connected to an anti-terrorism investigation, according to prosecutors. The 8 suspects were arrested in Brussels, in the Molenbeek immigrant district. This came after the counter-terror raids, which were part of an investigation into an alleged attack plot.
The local police raided seven homes in the mentioned district of Molenbeek, as well as the Flemish towns of Geraardsbergen and Mechelen. According to the federal prosecutor, no weapons or explosives have been found.
“A judge specialized in terrorism matters asked for the home searches to be carried out,” the office said. This was due to an investigation of an alleged terror plot. The source declared that investigators suspected an attack was in preparation but gave no other details.
Several members of the cell in Molenbeek are responsible for the attacks in Paris, in November 2015 and for the March 2016 suicide bombings in Brussels. Although the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for these 2 attacks, prosecutors declared that this current case is not connected to them.
The judge will decide whether to charge the suspects and whether to continue holding them or release them.
In today’s world, terrorism is a threat to all nations and borders. From lone-wolf attackers to complex terrorist networks, this threat can affect citizens and national borders in equal measure.
Terrorists upgrade their means to do harm constantly. In consequence, they refine their methods quickly, adapting, making law enforcement’s mission even more challenging. In addition, today’s security measures at authorities’ disposal are limited. They’re not just time-consuming, but also money consuming and limited in the intelligence they provide.
The greatest challenge for anti-terrorism agencies is not just in catching the guilty parties. Actually, their greatest challenge is to take action before a terrorist act is carried out.
Moreover, the Islamic State promotes their propaganda throughout the world online, through Social Media. They often target young people, who are easily impressionable. With this in mind, it’s harder than ever to ferret out suspects, believers, and possible threats.
Often, law enforcement has insufficient information to build a case. Accurate intelligence on leads and networks can be a real challenge. Furthermore, it’s hard to determine the pace and scope of suspected terrorists.
In the case of the 8 suspects in Belgium, it is hard for authorities to determine the real ties they have with the terrorist networks. In absence of clear evidence, they can be freed. This will give them the opportunity to plan new terrorist acts. As a consequence, the lives of people, as well as national borders, are at risk.
In this unsafe global context, the need for an innovative security solution for anti-terrorism arises.
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When aiding in anti-terrorism investigations, iCognative determines whether or not a suspect is a potential terrorist or connected to a broader terror network. iCognative is designed to gain information from a suspect’s brain and can provide law enforcement real results. The methodology is easy to use and provides valuable intelligence.
In the case of the 8 suspects arrested in Belgium, iCognative can make a radical difference in how their case will be judged. The current investigative methods, such as polygraph or DNA testing are limited. For example, the polygraph can only identify the presence of a lie, but not the truth behind it. Just as well, a DNA test can only put a suspect at the scene of the crime. But iCognative is equipped to provide anti-terrorism officers with more than this.
A 45 minutes test applied to each of the 8 suspects can detect their terrorist knowledge. A patented wireless headset with EEG sensors is placed on the head of the suspect, while different stimuli connected to terrorism are shown. The iCognative system uses English-US as a default language. But this entire application can be translated to any language with the click of a button. The stimulus can be in the form of words, phrases or pictures. In this case, the examiner can use stimuli connected to the 2015 Paris attack and the 2016 bombing in Brussels to verify the connection once more. As the attackers in those cases were from the same district, this can reveal if there is a connection or not. Moreover, investigators suspected an attack was in preparation but gave no other details. They can easily use the info already possessed as stimuli for verification.
In addition, the investigative examiner can showcase suspects during the test different other stimuli. Therefore, they can include pictures of different terrorist bombs or weapons. Moreover, material depicting known leaders of the IS can also help detect if they have a connection to any of them. The examiner then collects the brain responses to the stimuli and the system analyses them. Its unique architecture makes it 99% accurate as it is based on a brain involuntary response called P300. If the information is present in the brain, this will be proven with the result of a simple iCognative test.
In similar fashion, the use of iCognative in the case of the 8 suspects can furthermore reveal through testing is they are recruiting more believers. In addition, it can also determine if they’re planning a future attack. Through this aid, the case can be judged correctly. Furthermore, it can also provide law enforcement with new leads relevant to their anti-terrorism mission.
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