Morocco arrests 3 IS-linked suspects

January 8, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Morocco

SITUATION

The Moroccan security services arrested three people over their suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) group. The suspects were part of a terror cell in the northern cities of Nador and Driouch. According to initial investigations, the suspects were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Morocco after acquiring the necessary skills to manufacture explosive devices and toxic substances. In this bust, electronic devices, bladed weapons, two hunting rifles, ammunition, military uniforms, manuscripts promoting IS extremist ideology, a large volume of sulphur, batteries and electrical cables were seized. The arrest of these suspects comes only a few weeks after the murder of two foreign tourists by IS-linked suspects in a hilly area near the tourist hub of Marrakech.

CHALLENGE

Morocco is quickly becoming a hot favourite for ISIS-linked terrorist attacks. The UK government website, in its travel advisory, says that terrorist attacks are highly probable and that tourists must always remain vigilant. Two foreign nationals were murdered while hiking near Mount Toubkal in December 2018. Moroccan authorities arrested 4 individuals in connection with the murders, including 1 they say had links to “an extremist group”, following the release on social media including ISIS-affiliated media of a video apparently showing 1 of the murders.

The Moroccan authorities have warned of an increased threat linked to the number of Moroccans sympathetic or belonging to ISIS and regularly report the disruption of terrorist cells across the country, some of which have intended to carry out attacks in Morocco against government installations, public spaces and tourist sites.

Security personnel, are visible in certain areas including hotels and popular tourist sites. It is a tough job to catch terrorists, but it’s a tougher job to pre-empt terror incidents.

Counter-terrorist agencies need a modern tool which can help screen terror suspects. It should be powerful enough to find out if a person has had any sort of terror influence in the form of brainwashing or exposure to propaganda. Such a tool must go beyond screening and help the agencies to reverse engineer the structure of the group.

Traditional investigative methods do not have the ability to accomplish the above.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

The conventional techniques employed by anti-terrorist agencies are simply inadequate in dealing with terrorist groups like the ISIS. Moroccan counter-terrorism agencies require a contemporary tool which can help screen and identify those persons who have terrorist training, exposure to terror propaganda, cognizance of terror plans, part of sleeper cells, etc. A tool which can help pinpoint the people who fund terror or help brainwash and train the recruits, etc will be greatly appreciated. Anti-terror organisations will be delighted to learn that technology exists which can provide valuable information and help nab terrorists before they cause extensive damage. Not to forget that in a recent case recent murder of female Scandinavian hikers Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, of Norway have also been suspected as acts of terrorism conducted by ISIS sympathizers.

iCognative developed and designed by Brainwave Science is a modern forensic technology which is not only portable but also simple and straightforward to use and learn. It promises over 99% accuracy and results within an hour. iCognative is a technology which can identify a terrorist or the member of a sleeper-cell among the suspects.  iCognative solves a basic problem faced by counterterrorism officials: differentiating between terrorists and innocents, before the terrorists’ strike.

iCognative system looks for the existence of crime-related and specific information stored in the brains of the subjects. Information related to terror or crime would only be present in the brain of a person who is involved in terror activities. By being able to screen terrorists, counter-terrorism agencies can act faster and be two steps ahead of the extremists. The information stored in the brains of the terrorists can be used to reverse-engineer the organization and help reach the top bosses. Terrorist networks rely on funding from sympathizers to fulfill their terror agenda.

iCognative can help security forces to identify and eliminate the terrorist leaders, rather than fighting the foot soldiers of such a vast terrorist organization. Morocco

Usually,  iCognative test lasts 45 minutes. If the subject possesses information which only a terrorist should possess, then this test will result in ‘information present’. The test has no counter-measures, no false-positives, and no false-negatives. Morocco

In the case of the arrest of the 3 IS-linked terrorists, there is a lot of evidence which can be used for conducting the iCognative test. The images, words and phrases linked to this evidence and related terror incidents can be used as stimuli or input. The investigator tests the subject for the awareness of information such as awareness of specific details of related terror incidences, level of awareness of the seized weapons, propaganda material, bomb-making material, etc.

This test can be administered to the arrested. It can even be administered to other suspects to find out if there is any connection between separate terror incidents. Their links with past events can be found in order to solve previous cases and gain insight. Also, details of bomb-making knowledge, financial information, links to radical followers can also be added to the iCognative system by the investigator. The iCognative system records and analyzes the brain responses of the suspect to determine with over 99% accuracy whether specific crime-related information under question is present in the suspect’s brain or not.

By adopting iCognative by Brainwave Science Morocco can move in the direction of eliminating terror from its soil. iCognative can help greatly in matters of National Security and Counter-terrorism. The Moroccan government can now avail a tool which can help end this menace of foreign-sponsored terrorism in a cost-effective and scientific manner.

Main Source: Xinhuanet