Gang wars or Nuclear threat ? Brazilian gang fires on trucks carrying nuke fuel

March 20, 2019 : Gang wars or Nuclear threat? Brazilian gang fires on trucks carrying nuke fuel

March 20, 2019 | Brainwave Science


A drug gang attacked a convoy of trucks carrying nuclear fuel on a highway in Rio de Janeiro state on Tuesday. As the convoy drove past a community controlled by the drug gang,  armed men opened fire on the convoy.

There was an exchange of fire between the armed police escorting the convoy and the gang members. The attack is the latest of several violent incidents in the area where Brazil has two nuclear reactors and has raised concerns about its nuclear security in a state struggling with high levels of violent crime.

Such convoys have around 5-6 trucks and are escorted by police and motorbike patrol from Brazil’s Federal Highway police. This convoy was carrying uranium fuel to supply the Angra 2 nuclear power plant, which began operating in 2001.

During the firefight, a pistol magazine containing 12 9mm bullets was recovered by the team. According to other accounts, the convoy happened to pass Frade during an ongoing gunfight, citing the whole incidence as an unfortunate coincidence.


Brazilians and the world pray for the security of Brazil’s two nuclear power plants after multiple violent incidences akin to the one described in the section above have been witnessed.

In recent years low-income communities around Angra dos Reis like Frade have been taken over by armed drug gangs from Rio de Janeiro, including the notorious and violent Red Command (Comando Vermelho). This attack happened in the same very area where British tourist Eloise Dixon was shot and wounded in 2017 after her family’s hire car accidentally drove into another gang-run community, Água Santa. Three shooters were identified. Last year an armed gang blew up two cash machines in a condominium for nuclear workers just a kilometre from the two plants, which provide around 3% of Brazil’s power.

There are grave and increasing concerns about the risk of attack to a nuclear plant across the world. While reactors are encased in steel pressure vessels and layers of concrete, high-level radioactive spent nuclear fuel ponds are at greater risk. Older reactors have less sophisticated safety systems than more modern plants. All it takes is a few explosives to be thrown around such sites for a massive mishap to take place.

This is either a case of domestic drug trafficking criminals randomly involved in gang-related conflicts in the vicinity of a nuclear power plant, or it could be a case of a coordinated attack on a sensitive national facility.

The authorities who oversee the investigation of this case need to quickly ascertain the motive of this attack, and then to be able to arrest suspects. Investigating this case is like walking on a sword, on one side of the blade is the possibility that it might be a coincidence whereas on the other side it might be a national conspiracy.

Can modern science help the investigators identify the real culprits, gain valuable intelligence, corroborate it with historical findings and pinpoint the origin of crime?


Traditional methods used by law enforcement and anti-terror agencies prove to be costly and time-consuming, in addition to being resource intensive. They are thus, inadequate while dealing with ambiguous incidences where the suspect might be a street-gang member or a member of a sleeper-cell or national conspiracy. Brazilian counter-terrorism agencies require a contemporary tool which can help screen and identify those persons who have weapons or terrorist training, exposure to radical propaganda, cognizance of gang/terror plans, members of sleeper cells/terror groups/gangs, etc. A tool which can help pinpoint the people who orchestrate and execute gang-related violence and/or terror incidents will be greatly appreciated. Counter-terrorism organizations and law-enforcement agencies will be delighted to of technology which can discover the presence of crime-specific information in the minds of arrested suspects, and help nab terrorists before they carry out their ‘mission’.

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/gang among the suspects. iCognative solves a basic problem faced by counterterrorism and law-enforcement officials, differentiating between terrorists/criminals and innocents, before they  strike.

The 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 screening terrorists and hoodlums, the agencies can be ahead of them. The information stored in the brains of the criminals can be used to reverse-engineer the organization and help reach the top bosses. Criminal networks rely on funding from sympathizers to fulfil their criminal agenda. iCognative can help security forces to identify and eliminate the criminal leaders, rather than fighting the foot soldiers of big criminal organizations.

Usually, an 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.

The range of application of this product is wide. It is a revolutionary tool which can help agencies which deal with national security, immigration crimes, counterterrorism, counterintelligenceborder security, human and drug trafficking, insurance fraud, financial fraud, cybercrime, law enforcement etc.

In the case, when the suspects are arrested, there are plenty of stimuli which can be used for conducting the iCognative test. The images, words and phrases linked to 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 criminal incidences, level of awareness of the seized ammunition and other paraphernalia etc. Also, this test can detect the presence of bomb-making knowledge, traces of radicalization links to other radicals. These can be easily 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. iCognative can help greatly in matters of National Security and Counter-terrorism.

By adopting iCognative by Brainwave Science, Brazilian authorities can be better equipped to weed out terror and national sabotage.  The Brazilian government can now make use of a tool which can help end this menace of terrorism and common-crime in a cost-effective and scientific manner.

Main Source: TheGuardian

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