Indonesia hunts rebels for killing 19 construction workers

December 5, 2018 | Brainwave Science


Indonesian soldiers searched for rebels suspected of a mass execution of killing construction workers in Papua. At least 19 people were killed. If confirmed, this would be the deadliest incident of violence in years to hit this region. The employees working for state-owned contractor Istaka Karya were building bridges and roads in the impoverished region. There is resentment towards Indonesia’s building efforts. A dozen civilians who have been evacuated from the area so far. Three of them had suffered gunshot wounds. 50 rebels reportedly abducted many workers. Six of those who attempted to escape were recaptured and killed. 

The suspected killings came as more than 500 activists were arrested in a nationwide police crackdown that coincided with rallies on December 1, a date many Papuans consider their anniversary of independence from Dutch colonialists. Papua declared itself an independent nation on that date in 1961, but neighbouring Indonesia took control of the region in 1963. It officially annexed Papua in 1969 with a UN-backed vote, widely seen as a sham.

Papua experienced several incidents of violence between rebel factions and Indonesian security forces. The military has long been accused of rights abuses against Papua’s ethnic population including extrajudicial killings of activists and peaceful protestors.


Since 1969, over 500,000 Papuans have been killed, and thousands more have been raped, tortured and imprisoned in what is described as a police state.

In order to protect both employees and the ethnic Melanesian population of Papua, the Indonesian Military must rein in the rebels who roam the region and kill without fear. Peace must be restored in the restive Papua quickly without any more bloodshed. To do this, the military needs to target the rebel leaders and not just the foot soldiers. Once the leadership is weakened, the organisation becomes handicapped and is much easier to defeat. Intelligence gathering mechanisms need to be effective in order to quickly understand the structure and the hierarchy of the rebel organisation.

Methods like espionage and surveillance are widely used to gather evidence. This can yield more intelligence if used effectively in the interrogation of arrested suspects. The challenge lies in the applicability and accuracy of techniques like fingerprinting, polygraph and DNA testing.


Now, a solution exists which can indicate the level of a person’s involvement of crimes and terrorism. There are arrested suspects and witnesses who are being interrogated for involvement in the rebellion in Papua. The military has a chance to combat terrorism without the use of violence by using the revolutionary tool developed by the Massachusetts based Brainwave Science.

This tool, called iCognative has extensive application in interrogation and investigation. It can accurately indicate if the person being tested has awareness of a particular word, phrase or an image or not. This capability is being used to determine the level of involvement of the person in a particular incident. It is possible to uncover the rank of the person in a criminal organisation. When many such suspects are available for the test, the hierarchy and structure of a criminal organisation can be found reliably.  

By using iCognative, the Indonesian Military can gain the upper hand in the fight against rebel groups. Unlike conventional interrogation, the person undergoing iCognative testing goes through no torture and trauma. The test takes around 45-minutes per testee without any verbal exchange between him/her and the administrator. The highly portable testing system comprises a proprietary wireless headset and a laptop computer. The computer is used to flash images, words and phrases to the testee. These inputs are called stimuli and are related to the crime under investigation. The subject’s brain response to these stimuli is different depending on whether he or she has prior memory or exposure to the flashed item or not. This response is recorded by the headset and analysed by the iCognative system. After the test is concluded, the iCognative system reports whether ‘information is present’ or ‘information is absent’ with 99.9% accuracy.

iCognative has known no-countermeasures, unlike the polygraph test which is not foolproof.  The test does not report any false positives or false negatives. iCognative is the biggest and most applicable upgrade in the field of intelligence-gathering for decades.The test is applicable in more than 85% of all criminal and civil cases.

False imprisonment, delayed justice and torture can be avoided by the use of iCognative. The Indonesian Military and the  Papuan citizens stand to benefit greatly if iCognative is adopted to fight the unrest and violence in Papua.

Main Content: Al Jazeera

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