Teen planned ISIS-inspired mass shooting at Texas Mall
May 3, 2018 | Brainwave Science
A suburban Dallas teenager accused of planning a mass shooting at a mall inspired by the Islamic State terror group has been charged with terrorism. Federal investigators said Matin Azizi-Yarand was planning to attack Stonebriar Centre in Frisco later this month.
Law enforcement officials say Azizi-Yarand had sent more than $1,400 to others for the purchase of weapons and body armor. Authorities allege that he was planning to carry out the attack in mid-May. Officials say the teen also planned to “disseminate” a “Message to America” explaining the motives behind the alleged plot.
Azizi-Yarand talked online with undercover FBI confidential sources about his desire to either “make Hijrah [a Muslim term meaning to travel to a more desirable place],” or to conduct a terrorist attack within the United States, according to court documents. He talked about the number of people he could kill by simply firing into the crowd and possibly setting stores on fire, according to the affidavit. “I’d actually like to make a cop surrender and drop his gun // Then douse him with gasoline and burn him // record it,” the affidavit states Azizi-Yarand said.
“Sadly, we have heard a lot about terrorism in the media, and it has become a concern in our lives. This case exemplifies the wide reach terrorist groups have through social media and other means to radicalize others in communities across our country. But more importantly, it demonstrates the high level of collaboration that exists between law enforcement agencies to prevent such plots from being carried out,” said Plano Police Chief Gregory W. Rushin said.
Azizi-Yarand planned to launch the mass shooting attack during the holy month of Ramadan so as not to kill Muslims, according to the affidavit. This also noted that he planned to wait until his 18th birthday so he could legally purchase a rifle.
Azizi-Yarand, a student at Plano West High School, is being held on bonds that total $3 million.
In today’s world, terrorism has become a global threat affecting nations worldwide. ISIS’s reach extends like a poison across nations. In addition, its spread goes towards the young people, easily influenced. Today, terrorist groups recruit young people through Social Media. Their tactic is to make the younger generation be a part of a bigger cause. Now you can see in the media almost every week a new mass shooting, inspired by ISIS, somewhere in the world.
Law enforcement and counterterrorism agencies face a wide variety of challenges in their mission to keep nations and citizens safe from terrorist. The investigative means at their disposal are not always efficient in results and use. Take, for example, a polygraph test. Will it work in the absence of a lie? No. Can it be passed by criminals? Yes, as it has been proven in the past. How about the DNA testing? It only works if DNA is found at a crime scene. In addition to this, it’s no easy task for specialized law enforcement to properly check every person stepping over a nation’s borders. How can they distinguish for sure between an innocent and a mass shooting terrorist?
Even more so, terrorists are taking full advantage of the advancements made in communications and technologies to serve their plans. Now, they’re more and more inventive regarding how they perpetuate their evil plans.
So how can law enforcement step up to the challenge and fight against the terrorist threat across the globe?
In today’s world, technological advancements seem to offer new, innovative and unique solutions to a variety of needs. iCognative developed by Brainwave Science brings investigative solutions to a new level, being able to distinguish between innocents and suspects. The unique system behind it relies on information stored in the human brain, even long after an event has occurred.
This new investigative tool is useful in more than one discipline, such as Law Enforcement, Border Security, Counterterrorism, and Counterintelligence, providing invaluable results for investigative officers across the globe.
iCognative can be successfully used to investigate the case of Matin Azizi-Yarand and the case of his mass shooting plans. With its use, law enforcement can conduct a case on the suspect, any witness or person of interest relevant to the case.According to the affidavit filed in the court, ‘Azizi-Yarand allegedly told the agent and the FBI source that he had two other men who were “serious about this,” but he was waiting until he turned 18 so that he could buy guns. Azizi-Yarand’s birthday is in November. iCognative test can very well support investigators in finding out who these two other men are.
It only takes 15 minutes to build a test case. For this, we need to gather the confidential information that only the investigative agent knows and that is relevant only to the suspect. Every known probe, in this case, will be input into the system as stimuli. Let’s consider the information we already have on the case: the target of the mass shooting plan – Stonebriar Centre in Frisco; the exact date, the sum spent for the purchase of weapons and body armor – $1,400; the method the suspect could kill people – firing into the crowd or setting stores on fire; the rifle he wanted to purchase. All this information will be input into the system, in the available form, as pictures or words.
Once the iCognative test starts, all this information will be displayed (as stimuli) on a computer screen. If this information is present in the suspect’s brain, the system will catch that “aha” moment, through a tiny positive potential released by the suspect’s brain. At the end of the approximately 45 minutes test, the system behind iCognative will determine within a fraction of a second, if the information connected to the mass shooting plans is present in the brain or not, with 99.9% accuracy.
The use of iCognative in the case of Matin Azizi-Yarand can aid specialized law enforcement put him behind bars and discover more terrorist connections and possibly even the terrorist masterminds. With this unique technologized security solution, law enforcement worldwide can better fight against the terrorist threat on the rise.