German Police Arrests 11 Suspected of Planning terrorist Attack
April 1, 2019 | Brainwave Science
German law enforcement officials say 11 people were arrested in western Germany on suspicion of planning an Islamic extremist terrorist attack but were then ordered released after no weapons or explosives were found during searches.
The DPA news agency reported the suspects were taken into custody on Friday and Saturday in the towns of Essen, Duesseldorf, Wuppertal, Moenchengladbach, Duisburg, and Ulm, citing a spokesman for prosecutors in Duesseldorf.
The prosecutors’ spokesman was quoted as saying Saturday that the group was suspected of having ties to Islamic State militants, either as sympathizers or a splinter group and of planning a “serious act of violent subversion,” although there was no indication of a specific target.
The prosecutor’s office said the suspects were ordered released but the investigation would continue.
Officials said one suspect was from Tajikistan but provided no information about the nationalities of the others. Officials originally said 10 suspects but later updated it to 11.
In 2017, 6 Syrians were arrested suspected of plotting an attack and having links to the Islamic State, creating panic and stoking fear that extremists posing as refugees were targeting Europe. Read the story here.
Counter-terrorism agencies and German authorities aim to quash acts of terrorism before they take place. We all know, that terrorists are always on the down-low. They attempt to blend in with the general public until the very last moment. To do so, the agencies screen asylum seekers and refugees for any terrorism training, IED/bomb-making training, exposure to radical propaganda and brainwashing, etc. However, to cover a vast number of asylum seekers, immigrants and most importantly, suspects of ongoing and prior is close to impossible.
Terrorists these days do not use mainstream electronic communication methods and social media to coordinate and interact. This makes such suspects and terrorists more difficult to track for the agencies involved. The agencies working on human trafficking, border control, and counter-terrorism thus have to work together closely to arrive at a solution. Sometimes this collaboration is on a case-to-case basis and involves huge expenses for coordination alone
The counter-terrorism, immigration, and the border control agencies must adopt the most modern screening tools which can identify even a tiny bit of terrorism training. Existing techniques such as torture and interrogation are quite inefficient while dealing with refugees and asylum seekers in huge numbers.
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Brainwave Science has introduced a cutting-edge tool which has all the desired characteristics and can reduce the workload of the investigating agencies while increasing the accuracy of the screening of suspects. This revolutionary tool in the field of forensic science is called iCognative. The cost of interrogation using iCognative comes out to be immensely lower than conventional interrogation. Popular techniques like DNA and fingerprinting are very limited in their applicability. DNA and Fingerprints are recovered in only 1-2% of the cases. Lie detector tests are not foolproof. An iCognative test is not only applicable to 85-90% of all civil and criminal cases but also, it has no known countermeasures. It does not report false positives or false negatives. It has a demonstrated accuracy of 99.9% in detecting EOD/IED bomb knowledge, uncovering high intelligence value individuals, and establishing links between a suspect and known terrorist networks, places and events. It is much more than a screening test. iCognative can be used to effectively determine the level of involvement in terrorist activity, help identify potential threats, even those who are members of sleeper cells or those who have been inactive for years, help verify hierarchal and leadership structure within terrorist organizations, detect potential threats within asylum applicants and refugee camps, and validate the possible links from database analysis techniques and methodologies.
Counter Terrorism investigators globally as well as German Authorities have always envisioned a tool like iCognative. Now it is a reality and is being used by agencies all over the world to validate potential threats and terrorist activity with reliability and accuracy.
iCognative uncovers concealed information by measuring brain waves. The test subject is made to wear a headset and exposed to stimuli containing information gathered from the investigation of the crime. The stimuli can be images, words, and phrases related to the crime. The iCognative system analyses the brain’s response to the stimulus and identifies whether the incriminating information is ‘present’ or ‘absent’ in the brain.
In this case, the arrested national of Tajikistan and others could be made to undergo the iCognative test by the German law enforcement. The stimuli can be IED/Bomb training manuals which a typical terrorist is usually exposed to, propaganda material used to radicalize them, CCTV footage of these people at major checkpoints and throughout their existence in Germany cell phone and other details, etc.
Every investigative agency across the world must have iCognative in their arsenal for fighting crime. It is only a matter of time before it will become the standard way to conduct a reliable and fair investigation.
iCognative is loved by law enforcement, investigators and the judiciary. This is because it is non-invasive, involves no torture, is easy to teach and learn, is highly portable and customizable in terms of language and function.
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