Indonesia arrests dozens of terror suspects ahead of poll results

May 17, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Indonesia arrests dozens of terror suspects ahead of poll results


Indonesian police said that they have arrested dozens of Islamic-State linked terror suspects, including some who planned to detonate bombs at political demonstrations when election results are announced next week. Some 29 suspects were rounded up this month alone, with 60 in all detained since the start of the year in raids across the Southeast Asian nation, they said.

Eight other suspects had been killed in confrontations with authorities, police said, including the wife of a militant who blew up herself and a child following a dramatic standoff at their home in March. Some arrested suspects were skilled bomb makers and had fought alongside the jihadist group in Syria, as well as members of local extremist network Jemaah Anshurat Daulah (JAD), police said.

JAD has pledged allegiance to IS and was blamed for a wave of suicide bombings at churches in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya last year. The world’s biggest Muslim majority nation has seen a string of attacks by Islamist militants since the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed more than 200 people, including scores of tourists. National police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal on Friday described the latest arrests as a “preventative strike” before the official announcement of Indonesian elections, which were held on April 17.

There are concerns about street demonstrations after presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto, a retired military general, warned that protests could erupt over his claims of massive electoral fraud. Subianto has vowed not to recognize next week’s results if they hand a re-election victory to president Joko Widodo, who has a lead of about 12 percentage points, according to unofficial polls.

Police said militants wanted to take advantage of any political unrest to spark chaos by using use WiFi to remotely detonate bomb-filled backpacks at crowded demonstrations. “So we’re urging the public not to go out on the streets on May 22 because it could be dangerous as they (the suspects) wanted to attack crowds and police officers,” he told reporters in the capital Jakarta.

Some 32,000 security personnel are expected to fan out across the capital next week, including in front of the General Elections Commission. Subgiant has attacked the Commission over allegations it was complicit in widespread electoral fraud.


It is plausible that only some of the 60 arrested suspects are seriously involved in this plot. Confessions during the interrogation can determine who were, but a detailed intelligence about the level of involvement in the plot cannot be elicited through interrogation. Thus, an investigation ensues, and cases take months and years to be concluded. Suspects are storehouses of information which should be mined. Investigators are aware that suspects hold crucial crime-related information, be it past or future, in their brains. Being able to fetch that is the biggest hurdle in this science. Agencies try their level best to gather reliable information as quickly as possible. They have multiple ongoing cases and a limited number of investigators. In almost all departments across the world, the officers are burdened with cases. This might affect their objectivity in solving the case.

32000 personnel will be tasked with protecting democracy. Such huge deployment of manpower takes money and effort. Despite such expenditures, the possibility of an impending attack on May 22 cannot be ruled out. It is one thing to be able to quickly identify terrorists after an attack, it is completely a different matter to be able to anticipate and stop an attack which was meant to derail the elections.

What if investigative agencies could pre-empt such an attack and minimize resource requirements at the same time?

Although it reads like something straight out of a science fiction comic, it is something which researchers in Massachusetts have been working on for a considerable amount of time.


Brainwave Science, a Massachusetts, US-based company has developed a technology to provide law enforcement and investigation departments with unforeseen powers when it comes to investigation and interrogation. This technology called iCognative is a boon for the investigation departments all over the world. iCognative is a technology which stabilizes and standardize investigation and interrogation. Brainwave Science has introduced a cutting-edge tool which has all the desired characteristics and can drastically 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.  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. It 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 have always envisaged 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. 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 suspects can be made to sit through the non-invasive iCognative test. The stimuli can be IED/Bomb training manuals, propaganda material used to radicalize them,  knowledge about political demonstrations and election results, details of persons among them who committed suicide attacks, details of their tenure in Syria, others terrorists who may be from same organizations, etc. Details from as far back as 2002 can be used to ascertain the links.

iCognative is a multipurpose tool which agencies dealing with counter-terrorism, border security, immigration, national security, human and drug-trafficking, and law enforcement can use effectively.

Every investigative agency across the world must have iCognative in their toolkit. iCognative is non-invasive, involves no torture, is easy to teach and learn, is highly portable and customizable in terms of language and function.

The Indonesian agencies must use iCognative in their hunt for terrorists among suspects and also those who have blended themselves among the public.

Main source: Business Standard

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