German prisons are becoming recruitment centers for terrorists?

December 14, 2018 | Brainwave Science


Frequent terror attacks in Europe demonstrate how European countries face a persistent threat from Islamist terrorism. It has always been the top priority of law enforcement agencies in Europe and around the globe for decades to identify and understand the root of this dilemma.

Experts believe mostly European Islamist terrorists have a criminal background and were radicalized in jail. However, it’s just an assumption as it would be challenging to prove the statement. Cherif Chekatt, the perpetrator behind the Strasbourg terror attack may have also been radicalized in jail when he was imprisoned in Germany. Cherif Chekatt now turned into the prime suspect for the law enforcement personnel and experts to prove this raised concern.

The jails which should act as a rehabilitation center for criminals have turned into recruitment centers for future terrorists. According to Rene Muller, head of Germany’s prison officer union, there is a drastic rise of inmates in German jails over the past three years and lack of police officers to handle necessary tasks includes detecting when an inmate show signs of radicalization and identification of the extremist inmates have been the latest and biggest challenge.

A researcher, Herr Muller, from King’s College London investigated the criminal background of 79 Jihadists from Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany and the Netherlands. According to his study, one third of the Jihadists became radicalized in jails.

The cases of Anis Amri, the Tunisian who radicalized in Italian prisons before involving himself in Salafist networks in Germany and carrying out the 2016 Berlin Christmas Market attack, and Amedy Coulibaly, who radicalized in French prisons through interaction with known jihadists and carried out the January 2015 attack at the Hypercacher supermarket in Paris, are just two of the most notorious examples of the phenomenon—the tip of a large iceberg. According to Deutsche Welle, it seems that matters only get worse once petty criminals are in jail as mostly inmates during their tenure change their psychical appearance by growing a bread, reciting the Koran or saying Allah demands this or that. This might be the initial step towards radicalization. France’s top terrorism prosecutor, François Molins, revealed that about 40 convicted terrorists are due to be released from the French prison system, calling the phenomenon a “major risk.” British authorities have recently expressed similar concerns.


In a country that has acted aggressively to put extremists behind bars as means of preventing terrorism could have an opposite and revolting effect as it could lead to creating hotbeds of radicalism and recruitment for a new generation of terrorists. It is logical question as bringing them together could facilitate their ability to recruit especially young inmates who sympathize with a brand of radical Islam and would regain their freedom in short period of time. According to prominent blog Lawfare, “Israel, France, the United Kingdom, and other countries that have faced a persistent terrorism threat have found that putting terrorists in jail does not solve the problem. In jail, terrorists network and proselytize, making the problem worse. Lorenzo Vidino and Seamus Hughes of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism warn that released jihadists in the United States may pose a similar problem and call for a more comprehensive approach that recognizes and counters the risks of prison

As European counter-terrorism agencies struggle to find every means to eliminate terrorism, they are now grappled with a new problem: how to prevent prisons from becoming training and recruitment centers for future terrorists? In other way, it won’t be wrong to say ISIS and other terror groups have found this situation as their own benefit.

According to Rene Muller, the police officers aren’t trained to identify radicalization and extremist inmates, the officers can’t monitor all the inmates and investigative tools like interviews wouldn’t be successful. On the side of the coin, there is a need of advance neuroscience technology to identify and label the inmates as radical- whether they are Islamists or member of right-wing extremist groups- specially before his/her freedom. As every radical Islamist convict will be released from the correctional facilities one day, monitoring his movement and plan cannot be possible.


It is understood that ISIS and other terror groups has opted for the multi-pronged approach to increase the number of foot-soldiers within Europe and around the globe. It could be true that prisons are now run by terror groups like ISIS as a recruitment centers. With the limited time and evidence available to prove this allegation, law enforcement agencies need specific information and connections from Cherif Chekatt about the radicalization methods in jails. Did he radicalize in jail, German jails have turned into recruitment centers?

Cherif Chekatt’s case is the most recent example where the perpetrator behind the Strasbourg terror attack could have provided law enforcement agencies with accurate intelligence about the modus operandi of these radicalized group if accurate investigative technology could be used. Given that the suspect has been shot dead by authorities, the investigators in the case can take testimonies from associates that have been apprehended in relation to this case like the family members and friends of Cherif Chekatt.  This can be a key that opens door to a better understanding of this problem.

The specific crime-related information needed by law enforcement agencies and experts is stored inside the brain of Cherif Chekatt and those related and known to him. This case demonstrates precisely why law enforcement agencies need an advanced neuroscience technology like iCognative that provides scientific and torture-free way to tap inside the human brain to gain valuable intelligence with over 99% accuracy. The existing conventional tools like interviews and polygraph cannot reveal what specific information the suspect is trying to conceal from the law enforcement personnel and do not guarantee accurate results.

Only one advanced neuroscience-based technology developed and designed by Brainwave Science has the power to reveal the truth behind the allegation and identify the extremist inmates within an hour and it’s called iCognative. This technology’s specific screening power could very well be the watchtower to determine the extremists from other inmates who are responsible. iCognative test can become a routine part of jail procedures for inmates who are suspected of having radical tendencies in addition to CCTV camera monitoring.

iCognative is based on scientifically accepted and proven P300 and P300-MERMER brain responses, which only activates when a suspect sees an information that his/her brain already possesses. These brain responses are involuntary therefore no inmates can cheat this technology, giving the advantage to the law enforcement personnel to monitor the inmates without using any inhumane methods to gain specific information. The iCognative technology can be operated by a specific law enforcement personnel- saving manpower, time and above all the money.

A 45-minutes iCognative test when utilized by law enforcement agencies on all suspected inmates would reveal all the specific information about the jail and extremist inmates’ operations are available in their brains. Information such as their modus operandi for approach; who was radicalized by them, when; Social media approaches used by inmates; details of contacts and calls made to any specific member with involvement, how many have been recruited; future plans; specific codes used between inmates; connections to known or unknown ISIS members; any orders given; identification of inmates, etc., would be conveniently available once the iCognative test is completed. All the investigative details related to this allegation is uploaded into the iCognative system protocol. The system records and analyses the brainwave responses of each suspect’s brain when the case related information in form of words, phrases and pictures is flashed on a digital screen to determine what information he/she possesses with over 99.9% accuracy.

Brainwave Science’s iCognative is the only technology available in the security market that guarantees positive results and reveals what specific information a radicalized inmate possesses related to evolving terrorist threats in a nation. iCognative is the perfect weaponry for law enforcement agencies to eliminate terrorism from every corner and maintain world peace.

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