Lyra McKee: Journalist killed in ‘terrorist’ shooting in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

April 19, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Lyra McKee: Journalist killed in ‘terrorist’ shooting in Londonderry, Northern Ireland: Brainwave ScienceSITUATION
A young female journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead during a riot in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry, also known as Derry, in what police have described as a “terrorist” incident.

Lyra McKee, 29, was standing near police officers when an unknown gunman began shooting at them or her, that remains an enigma, as violence flared up in Derry. The rioting apparently erupted when Ireland police entered the Creggan state to search for firearms and explosives which they said were being stored by violent dissident republicans for planned terror attacks over the Easter weekend in the city. Police said up to 50 petrol bombs were thrown, two vehicles were hijacked and set on fire as the retaliation. Hundreds of people, including journalists, had gathered on the streets when shots were fired.

Irish authorities believe the journalist Lyra McKee was the target and dissident republican group the ‘New IRA’ is responsible for her murder. A murder investigation has been launched but there have been no arrests yet. The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) described Lyra McKee as one of the rising stars of investigative journalism. She was also writing a book on the disappearance of young people during three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said, “We believe this to be a terrorist act, we believe it has been carried out by violent dissident republicans. Our assessment at this time is that the new IRA (Irish Republican Army) are most likely to be the one behind this, and that forms our primary line of inquiry.”

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the violence and said the journalist who “died doing her job with great courage” was “shocking and senseless”.

The new IRA is a small group of republicans who reject the 1998 Good Friday agreement that marked the Irish Republican Army’s embrace of a political solution to the long-running violence known as “The Troubles” that claimed more than 3,700 lives. The group is also responsible for a Londonderry car bombing in January, this year.


Ireland law enforcement departments are under tremendous pressure right now as they require to deal with two multifaceted situations simultaneously with speedy results- ‘journalist Lyra McKee murder and impending terror threat from dissident republicans during Easter weekend’. Ireland and terrorism used to be virtually synonymous for a while- at the height of “The Troubles”, where random bombing led to immense “collateral damage”, often targeting civilians on purpose. Today, the threat by dissident Republicans after the peace accord between Northern Ireland and United Kingdom is generally lower, but no eliminated. The dissident republicans are responsible for various shooting, bombing in Northern Ireland especially in Londonderry for past few years. These republicans opt for same ideology as terrorism. The very core of terrorism is not the setting off bombs but fostering an environment in which a terror attack becomes a possibility everywhere, every day and this leads to their mission of creating disorder, disbelief in police and government, and fear among a community.

Dissident republican terrorist groups pose the most significant internal threat to national security in Northern Ireland for decades and might have started targeting journalists and Lyra McKee was the first victim. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, journalists around the globe have become an easy-mark for radical and lawbreakers. The number of journalists targeted and killed for doing their righteous job has almost doubled in 2018. Before you ask why? Because they search and provide the truth to the society. McKee is the fourth high-profile European female journalist killed in the last two years, after Sweden’s Kim Wall, Malta’s Daphne Caruana Galizia, and Bulgaria’s Victoria Marinova.

CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Gulnoza said, “Every day, all around the world, journalists put their lives at risk when they bear witness to unrest and conflict. We call on the authorities in Northern Ireland to act swiftly to identify those responsible for the killing of Lyra McKee and bring them to justice.”

It is accepted that to suppress the rising violence against journalists and to ensure the free press at all costs’ agenda, governments and law enforcement agencies have big roles to play. In this mission, it is imperative to choose the logical and effective steps towards eliminating rising violence against journalists around the globe and especially in Northern Ireland. The government needs to identify righteous investigative tools and law enforcement personnel must ensure that terrorists who target or attack journalists are expeditiously brought to justice.


It is true to state that journalism is a risky profession; its practitioners can sometimes appear as an endangered species. It is essential for Northern Ireland law enforcement personnel to identity why Lyra McKee was targeted by the dissident republican terrorist groups, bring the terrorists to justice and safeguard not only journalists but also common citizens from the imminent threat posed by terrorist group during Easter weekend. The recent spike in bloody attacks across all continents emphasizes an alarming reality that this pattern will become routine unless law enforcement authorities worldwide strengthen their response to terror and to suspected terrorist networks.

Traditional means of developing law enforcement technologies are simply inadequate to deal with today’s strategic realities. The only available alternative for law enforcement agencies to address such complex cases and safeguard journalists before it’s too late is provided by a US-based company, Brainwave Science. Designed to amplify and complement human intelligence, a technology that is ready to address the challenge faced by national security and law enforcement agencies in its stride has finally been launched and it’s called iCognative. This technology is the only reliable method that provides means for law enforcement that leaps ahead of the terrorists. Enough time wasted in identifying the suspects or perpetrators and searching for substantial evidence. What if, one and only one technology with absolute guarantee can provide the means to locate both; criminals and simultaneously lead to the evidence. All you need is “Brainwave Science’s iCognativein your arsenal. Once, iCognative is deployed by law enforcement agencies as prime investigative weaponry in any crime-related cases, every known or unknown perpetrator can be distinguished from innocent within 45-minutes to an hour of testing.

Based on the scientifically accepted neuroscience that existed for 3 decades, iCognative determines whether specific crime-related information is present in the suspect’s brain or not. iCognative helps law enforcement personnel to identify or exonerate subjects based upon measuring brain-wave responses to crime-related words, pictures, and phrases displayed on a digital screen. All you need is a headband provided by Brainwave Science which are equipped with latest-technology sensors to measure subject’s EEG while stimulus is displayed on screen for a fraction of a section and the suspected terrorists, accomplices or radicals involved in the given case.

The only possible solution for Northern Ireland law enforcement agencies to provide best results in above mentioned complex cases is through the deployment of iCognative, advanced neuroscience-based technology that is torture free and provide accurate and reliable results within 45-minutes to an hour test. In this case, all the necessary crime-related information could be accessible and verified with almost perfect accuracy once iCognative test is conducted by law enforcement personnel of all suspected dissident republicans. iCognative test can assist Northern Ireland law enforcement and national security personnel to thoroughly and accurate investigate Lyra McKee’s case and on the other hand, identify the violent dissident republicans with the plot of terror attack during Easter weekend. Information such as motive behind the murder of Lyra McKee, what was Lyra McKee working on, identification of prominent members of dissident republicans, details of previous crime, how they possess guns and explosives, detailed plans to future attacks in the city during Easter weekend, etc., would be easily available to Northern Ireland police to investigate this case and use the gained information to identify the future threats and support investigation of the case of Lyra McKee. It may very well serve as a deterrent for future planned attacks that can be averted once the news of utilization of iCognative is made public. iCognative provides investigators with a whole new state-of-the-art weapon in the fight against terrorism and violence against journalists by empowering them to peek inside the brain and pinpoint and chart the very origin of deception. Brainwave Science’s iCognative is the right solution at the right time for Northern Ireland and United Kingdom to prevent a recap of “The Trouble”. iCognative technology assures to protect nation’s interest from every end.

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