Homegrown Terrorists in U.S: San Bernardino Mass Shootings and ISIS Followers

December 4, 2015 | Brainwave Science

Homegrown Terrorists in U.S: San Bernardino Mass Shootings and ISIS Followers
December 4, 2015 | Brainwave Science

Tashfeen Malik, the woman who helped carry out the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California that killed 14 and wounded 21, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a Facebook posting, according to federal law enforcement officials. The posting had been removed from the social site, but plays a significant clue to the role that Ms. Malik played in the attacks. The investigation is continuing, but one official said, “At this point we believe [the couple, Farook and Malik] were self-radicalized and inspired by the group than actually told to do the shooting.”
More than two years after the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) burst on the scene, the threat of ISIS followers supporting or plotting with the Islamic State has largely escalated. Using social media prowess, ISIS recruits fighters and supporters, primarily young people, from around the world. It has drawn pledges of support or allegiance from about three dozen jihadist groups in at least 18 different countries.
American authorities this year have arrested nearly five dozen people in the U.S, the largest number of terrorism-related arrests in the country in a single year since September 2001. Even before the recent attacks in Paris, authorities revealed that at least three dozen people in the United States suspected of committing violence in the group’s name were under heavy electronic or physical surveillance. The Islamic State has clearly shifted in tactics as evidenced by the San Bernardino mass shootings—instead of persuading Americans to travel to Syria to join ISIS, the group began calling on its followers in the U.S to commit acts of violence at home. FBI Director James Comey noted that in recent months, investigations have been designed to figure out where homegrown terrorists are on the spectrum from consuming extremist propaganda to acting.
“For law enforcement, it’s extremely difficult to determine who makes a big leap from keyboard jihadist to doing something,” said Dr. Vidino, who has studied Islamism for 15 years. Law enforcement agencies’ struggles to predict or detect which suspects might carry out a strike—they are unable to distinguish whether the suspect in question is an ISIS supporter and potential terrorist or not. The increased volume and diversity of those arrested add to the growing challenge the F.B.I. and local law enforcement agencies face in trying to identify, monitor and, if necessary, apprehend suspects at a time. According to law enforcement officials, the FBI typically has about 10,000 open counterterrorism inquiries.
iCognative can empower local law enforcement agencies by addressing their critical needs. Preliminary leads would naturally involve increased cyber and physical surveillance, however, law enforcement officials’ primary drawback is when there is insufficient evidence to lawfully detain a suspect. iCognative can play an instrumental role in filling this crucial gap because it can help intelligence teams verify uncorroborated information. The technology is designed in such a way that it can accurately distinguish whether an ISIS supporter has plans to plan an attack by analyzing brainwave responses. The software determines with over 99% accuracy whether specific privileged information, that would identify the suspect as an active ISIS member, is stored in the brain.
In the San Bernardino shootings, iCognative would have easily revealed that the couple had knowledge of bomb-making techniques such as a timed hand grenade, pipe bombs, ammunition types, and other forms of weaponry. iCognative enables investigators to objectively and accurately determine whether he/she is withholding any incriminating information that would ascertain the suspect as an active ISIS supporter. Information that would identify the suspect as an active ISIS member include information surrounding specific ISIS leaders, verses from the Koran that ISIS frequently uses in their rhetoric, IED or bomb-making information, military strategies, means of obtaining weapons or how to use them, and specific information regarding ISIS groups in Syria.
“We are going through a very large volume of electronic evidence. This is electronic evidence that these killers tried to destroy and tried to conceal from us,” Mr. Comey said. What is superior to what the justice department teams can gather from broken pieces of electronic devices is the evidence that is present in the minds of the suspects. Valuable information can be identified by using iCognative to help determine the motives and intent of suspects.
Since the mode of analysis is derived from the brain, the suspect has no control over the results. iCognative therefore, has little to no countermeasures since false negatives and positives cannot be induced by the suspect. The headset used to analyze the brainwave responses is non-invasive to the suspect, ensuring complete moral integrity to the suspect in question. The P300 MERMER science behind iCognative is well-supported by relevant scientists and experts in the field, as it has also been tested by the CIA, FBI, and the U.S Navy in real cases.
By adopting the easy-to-operate technology, law enforcement officials’ resources will be maximized multifold as it will sharply reduce the lengthy investigations and interrogation necessary to cross-check and verify information. With iCognative, law enforcement officials can spend as short as one hour’s time, to gauge whether the suspect has concealed specific information that is deemed suspicious. Due to the staggering diversity of ISIS suspects, from hardened militants to teenage girls, petty criminals and college students, iCognative eliminates the time required of investigators in having to thoroughly review each and every case prior to carrying out an interrogation. Once the information that will be tested is put in the iCognative system, the Brainwave Science Version 2.0 software will analyze the results for investigators and produce results that are consistently over 99% in accuracy.
The critical task of law enforcement is to prove whether suspects under investigation are sympathizers of ISIS, and if so, whether they are planning to plot terror attacks. NYTimes contributor writes, “Those under investigation typically have little terrorism expertise or support from a cell. Some 40% of those arrested were converts to Islam, and slightly more than half of those arrested had tried to travel abroad, either to Iraq or Syria.” iCognative is a powerful tool to address this shift in counterterrorism strategy–from identifying foreigners infiltrating the country to combating homegrown recruits. The revolutionary technology fills the fundamental gap in law enforcement by enabling officials to more efficiently detect who is affiliated with the Islamic State without necessitating an exceeding amount of information or intelligence. iCognative is the way forward for national security authorities because it answers directly to the integral needs and purpose of counterterrorism and intelligence agencies as it is one of the most viable solution created to provide security.