Friday, April 26, 2013

We Are Not IBM or a Data Silo...

So Why Are You So Resistant To Change 
and Not Listening To The Solutions?
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO,
Tracometry Group of Companies.

I was on the telephone yesterday to Great Britain, talking to a street level officer in the British Police.  Subject matter was the same old same old, resources and how police management are chasing their own tails, wasting efforts and accomplishing limited results at great expense monetarily and letting the public down.  After all, the public is your client and you must protect and serve.

Why is there such a resistance in the getting it right the first time? Fixing the problem a second and third time costs you even more money, additional wasted time and frustration coming out of the ying-yang.

Tracometry Group of Companies is not ask you to spend millions and millions on developing a new principle of law enforcement strategy, we have already accomplished this proven solution to the problem. 

We are not IBM or some sort of computer data silo that just understands numbers and data flow.  We are a down to earth, street level company who have a majority of law enforcement individuals at the heart of the company.  The knowledge of the crime ridden streets, from pounding the sidewalks, challenging the criminal and seeing for ourselves the illogical methods we are still using.  Developing our crime analytical solutions, tracking, calls for service data and next event predictability has taken twenty years. 

Today, we are second to none in crime fighting solutions, passionate in the success and cost effective as a solution.  In other words, you can afford the investment!
Tracometry Group of Companies has gone down that route and used our own monies, expertise and created a service being used today by over 500 agencies, other countries outside of the USA and as a sole source provider under contract with the Department of Defense (DoD), making a vital difference in saving thousands of lives in the war on terror.  

It seems managerial logic has been locked away in the deepest prison cell as it is not willing in the understanding of the benefits of a constructive crime fighting solution.  It is about management of limited resources and not chasing your own tail and disappearing within.  Productive results for you and the people you protect and serve

I know, some of you hear the words computers and analytics and you head for the door, saying that is not what policing is all about.  Yes it is!  We have made it so simple, I do not care what your expertise is with a keyboard.  It is down to earth logic and it will be your criminal analysts that will setup the main system, but even that has been made easy.

Why am I saying it this way?  Simple, through research initiative, we looked back and found this comments from U.S. Department of Justice, a document on Perspectives on Policing. 

Twenty years ago, January 1993 Issue 14 states:

Many American police departments feel themselves to be slowly drowning in a rising tide of serious crime and calls for service. Over the last decade, department workloads have risen steadily while their resources have stayed constant or often I declined.' Police executives generally have responded by striving to enhance the efficiency of police operations and focus police resources on only the more serious calls.
Computer-aided dispatching and other information systems have been employed to make the most of the patrol force, and many departments no longer respond at all to nuisance calls or provide services like escorts and house checks that the public once took for granted.

Nonetheless, police in many cities find themselves more and more pressed, a problem recently greatly exacerbated--even in smaller communities-by   unprecedented increases in drugs and violence.

It is thus understandable that many departments find calls for community policing unrealistic. As most police-and most mayors-understand the concept, community policing means taking on difficult new responsibilities, like fighting fear and solving community problems, using fresh tactics like foot patrol and community organizing. What room could there possibly be to do new jobs when the department can scarcely do the old ones?

Mayor Bud Clark of Portland, Oregon, was a community policing enthusiast when he took office in 1985, but he saw no place for the new strategy in what both he and the police agreed was a short-handed, overworked department. "Community-oriented policing means less relying on heavy handed law enforcement and more getting at root causes," said Chuck Duffy, a Clark aide. "But we recognized the fact that you can't do it well unless you have an adequate level of police officers, because you've got to do the community outreach stuff with police on top of your base of patrol officers, and we were having trouble with our base."

Such sentiments are often, and understandably, expressed by police and municipal officials. They are the sum of four widely held beliefs about contemporary policing (until recently, nearly universally held). One is that the public demand for police services, particularly for 911 rapid-response services, is largely out of police control. The second is that departmental resources are, in the main, already deployed to best advantage, efficiently and effectively. The third is that community policing (like other new policing strategies such as problem-oriented policing) is a discretionary add-on to the core job of policing. Because it is seen as "soft," aimed more at community and public relations than at crime control, it is often delayed and resisted when crime and workloads are on the rise. 

(In other words, the real job of policing is traditional enforcement, and departments should not be distracted from that mission.) The fourth belief is that police resources, meaning police department budgets, are largely static, particularly in the current climate of fiscal constraint. The largest gains a department can hope to make, on this line of thinking, are still small-an improvement in patrol deployment here, a few extra positions there. Improvement in patrol deployment here, a few extra positions there. It is no surprise that the police find large increases in calls for service, or striking new challenges like the crack epidemic and waves of youth violence, very difficult to meet.

Increasingly, however, there is reason to believe that none of these four beliefs is true. The concrete experience of numerous innovative police departments-including Portland, which found ways to move into community policing despite resource constraints-is proving otherwise. The police can, in fact, manage public demand and expectations for police services. They can deploy their current resources in new and improved ways.

They can use community and problem-solving policing strategies to achieve ambitious crime-control objectives. And they can find and win new resources, budgetary and otherwise, to help them do their various jobs. These are fundamental, not marginal, gains; they hold out the hope of major advances in the struggle to fight crime and improve the quality of life in troubled cities.

It is the ability to be predictive in the use of resources that we have focused on, what we call Next Event Predictability.  It is revolutionary in catching serial criminals and utilizing your restricted resources, in a manner that expands your capabilities of success.

So where do we stand?  The evidence is front of your eyes, on your weekly reports and the frustration is abundant in your crime statistics.  Let us assist you in making the change, book a webinar, bring your management and street level officers and let’s share the information that will make a radical difference.

WE are in the NOW and 
KEEP YOU; in the KNOW… 

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ban Perpetual Beta Phenomenon!

Proactive Actions
Policing the Past: Protecting the Future
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO,
Tracometry Group of Companies.

Proactive Policing has got to be removed from Perpetual Beta Phenomenon. 

We do not any more new ideas to be tried this week!  The art of control, policing, is alive and well and been doing great for centuries.  It is the ability to take what has been successful in the past and easily overlay proven technology to actively understand your concerns and then eliminate them.

I was reading somewhere that things had been vastly different back in the day or had they?

England’s tithing system begun in 648 A.D.  This system included groups of village men (usually 10) responding to the commission of a criminal offense.  The group was summoned from the course of their daily routine by a “hue and cry” that beckoned a response to pursue the offender. Upon capturing the criminal, he was turned over to an authority and the group disbanded, returning to individual duties.  Sounds kind of sane to me, if you want to be reactionary.

Fast-forward to today, 1365 years later and observe patrolling in action. They randomly move throughout a subjectively drawn geographic beat conducting independent police and non-police actions.  The patterns they travel or the areas selectively chosen for conducting these random acts of policing don’t really matter.  That is until the high-band radio cries out an offense in progress, and the non-cohesive actions of a clustering of officers’ turns into a coordinated mass response.

Singular in mission and motion, these officers unite for pursuing the so called offender.  Once he or she is apprehended, the suspect is delivered to the local authority and the unit disbands back again into their non-choreographed areas of responsibility.  We even still use the horse, domesticated dog, and chase on foot during these actions while remaining close to the historical roots of our enforcement service delivery methods.  Although I’m sure even the village idiot would appreciate today’s police fleet advancements, whether it’s the act of deploying ultrasonic sound to disorient an offender, or throwing a rock from the village cliff, the philosophy of reactive police response remains unchanged from all those years ago.

Is this using our resources or inventory in the right manner?


The policing evolution has been slow to come, but it is coming, I know so, as we are at the forefront. Citizens, elected officials, and progressive law enforcement commanders are demanding efficiency and effectiveness from agencies serving as peace keepers and social service providers.  As a profession, policing assumes responsibility for measuring levels of crime and perceived effectiveness in combating that crime.  This is a dangerous combination, and is similar to asking the fox to keep a count of the chickens.  Feathers are strewn everywhere and those floating feathers never seem to hit the ground in real time, finding their way into our mouths, sticking and make us panic in the removal process.

Let us put the brakes on all these meetings and more bloody meetings and show you the answer.  I know bold that we are and rightfully on-track, successful and down-to-earth in our methodology.  I ask you to listen.

The Tracometry Group of Companies Circle of Fire is all encompassing, from the digital collection of street level data through the crime analytics, tracking, Calls for Service data, and importantly, Next Event Predictability, the Pied Piper Project – rejuvenation and restoration of Trust, Respect and Pride in communities and recoupeitreuniting revenues to municipalities and cities from the already agreed court imposed and ordinance fines.

We bring a full overview of the Tracometry analytics at the heart of our services powered by our strategic partner, BAIR Analytics.

Firstly, on a more technical note, we couple unique analytical methodologies and techniques with analyst-supporting software applications to identify patterns and predict serial events. This capability has been developed to aid analysts in better assessing the “when” and “where” of events through sophisticated software applications of predominately off-the-shelf technologies and analytical techniques that have been melded together in a unique way.

It is considered the best of its kind in the market place today with respect to predictive analytics for fighting domestic crime with similar performance for the DoD and the Intelligence Community at both the tactical and strategic levels.
In its first trial within the DoD Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat organization (JIEDDO), it has proven very successful countering terrorist intent on ‘blowing up’ U.S. tactical vehicles, undisputedly saving hundreds of U.S. lives on the battle field. With minimal modification and marginal costs BAIR Analytic’s capabilities can be adapted to other counter-terrorist and counter-threat programs within DoD (Service Branches, Combatant Commands, Provost Marshall), DHS (Federal Protective Service, I&A, Cyber Security, Secret Service) the Intelligence community (DNI, DIA, CIA, NSA, NGA, NRO, AFISRA, ONI, MCIA, NCTC) and the Department of State (Bureau of Counter-Terrorism, Bureau of Diplomatic Security).
Tracometry’s Tools, powered by BAIR Analytics and Methodologies Embraced by the Department of Defense
These tools and methodologies are currently being used by the JIEDDO as a unique counter­terrorism and counter-threat capability that has directly contributed to saving lives of our nation’s warfighters. This is being accomplished through BAIR’s groundbreaking behavioral pattern analysis and predictive analytics, greatly enhancing the capabilities needed to accomplish JIEDDO’s mission to assist in anticipating, searching, locating and removing or neutralizing IEDs from the battlefield and attacking the enemy networks which employ IEDs.
Predictions of behavior, space and time made by analysts using BAIR tools and methodologies are relevant to operational warfighters - not only to Route Clearance Teams clearing roadways, but also to intelligence sections with the primary mission of attacking the enemy network. At JIEDDO, predicting future events allows for preventing, deterring, disrupting, or displacing nefarious activity, thus enabling our warfighters to “get left of boom” to protect lives and accomplish the mission.
In addition to the analytical work being done at JIEDDO, our software applications and training have been implemented at regional offices of the U.S. Army’s Provost Marshall to confront burgeoning crime trends and patterns on military posts. The application of these tools has led officers to the exact time and place the bad guy hit next.”
Asked in a meeting the other day, if the DoD was using us with specific designed software, we had and do answer this way, due to security restrictions of information, the answers simple, it was for our street level ability that we were chosen.  Our everyday abilities for all, which of course includes every crime analytic department worldwide.  We give the same capabilities to all to catch the bad guys in the most cost effective, time saving resource utilization.
Tool-Enhanced Analytical Capabilities with Tracometry Analytics, powered by BAIR Analytics provides the development of dynamic and complex analytical solutions to critical and hazardous problem sets through the utilization of advanced Tactical, Strategic and Operational analyses.
Our analysts, supplemented by a robust suite of proprietary software tools, are able to identify patterns of illegal and nefarious activities allowing for the prediction of the next event. The software applications are used to enhance the analyst’s capabilities by uniquely combining tools and analytical techniques not found in other software applications:
·        dSpace – used to spatially predict next events
·        Next-Event Time Series – used to temporally predict next events
·        TeXtraction – Used to perform text analytics to find entities, relationships and events within text-based data
·        Concepts & KWIC Expressions – Used to mine data for key terms, individuals, actions or attributes
·        Temporal Topology – used to visualize relationships between days and times of events
·        Choropleth Calendar – used to visualize relationships between days and months of events
·        Anniversary Watch – used to measure the relationship between events and key historically important dates, seasons or previous events
·        T-Coordinate – used to measure the duration of events in a series
·        Calendar Topology - used to visualize the volume of events over long periods of time
Color Cueing – used to visualize values or densities in a dataset or map
Blink – used to determine the connectivity, relevance, structure and crucial linkages between key nodes in a social or organizational network of individuals or entities
3D Hotspots - used to calculate and visualize concentrations of activity geospatially
Prediction Zones – used to forecast concentrations and migrations of future threat activity geospatially
Trend Hunter – used to automatically identify new events in existing patterns
This unique combination of tools allows the trained analyst to ingest large volumes of structured and unstructured data to quickly identify and analyze events resulting in accurate and precise next event predictions. 
Time is of the essence and when a potential client ask of his analysts, if they could do with the present in-house system, what Tracometry does, they paused, and answered yes, but, what Tracometry does in seconds and minutes, would take us half a day!
This is just a mere sample of what we are doing today.  It allows you to use your restricted resources in ways you never imagined.
Instead of using man power, overtime you can ill afford in following a suspect, using our predictive analysis, we pinpoint the day, location and possible time of the suspects’ next actions.  Allowing normal work to continue and not wasting resources, yes, bankable resources for that rainy day.
So stop the Perpetual Beta Phenomenon and start using proven, state of the art technology today!
Book a demonstration through one of our personal webinars to see how cost effective crime fighting really is.
WE are in the NOW and
KEEP YOU; in the KNOW… 

Call: +1 (317) 426.0110

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Cost Effective Resources

Crime Fighting Core Values 
By Nick Ashton, Founder/CEO 
Tracometry Group of Companies 

No matter where we look, the word budgets and attempting to maintain core values seems to pop off the page.

When it comes to policing our civilization, maintaining law, order,

investigations and court time, we have failed from the original reasons that Sir Robert Peel invented policing back in 1829. Back then it was visibility of the officers, wearing a tall hat and the sounds of the police whistle that stated that crime fighters where on the streets. Pro-active reasoning!

Warnings from high-ranking police officers that budget cuts are causing deep unrest, not with the criminals who benefit from the cuts, it is the front line police officers themselves and must be taken seriously. Demoralizing police, is leading to a loss of confidence from the community and a rise in crimes.

Comments from Public Safety Directors should not be ignored by the Government or police hierarchy. The same warnings went unheeded in the late 1990s with disastrous consequences and we see the results today of those moves.
"At a time when budgets and non-sworn support staff are being cut again and again, we would be very foolish to ignore the warnings now being given by senior police who have seen the long-term consequences of such cuts before.

In the late 1990s, senior police officers warned that budget cuts meant

resources were stretched too thin.

Gangs, drugs, child abuse and other areas of 'business-as-usual' policing were being neglected while police bosses focused resources on delivering so called paper results in the areas the Government demanded.

Those officers saw their warnings unheeded and many left with the same sense of frustration shown in street level policing comments of today.

The changing face of policing needs to be positive.

If the gate is undone, the field is empty and the sheep have gone, you then spend resources on searching for the known lost sheep. That is expensive failed reactionary policing.

Positive policing is pro-active, good sturdy fencing, a secure gate and locking system that stops them from escaping or being stolen. Even more hi-tech, are sensors, cameras and a reporting system.

Like all households, public safety and police are keeping a close eye on spending in difficult financial times, and are attempting in working smarter and better to produce citizen demanded results. The problem is the information they are working off, is old data and not current.

These public warnings are just the tip of the iceberg, echoing concerns being expressed privately by many senior officers.

The police hierarchy will always be tempted to dismiss such warnings as baseless, and those who make them, as out of touch with what they feel is modern policing.

And while the statistics keep running their way, the Government and public may find it easy to be foolishly reassured.

However, experience shows that we ignore such warnings at our peril.
Recognizing that there is a far better logical method of pro-active policing is the first step.

Now that you have done so, let us explain why we will improve policing with little, but adequate financial impact in the necessary areas.

Results orientated procedures are vital to the stability of crime fighting. Just like the medical profession, technology has got to be allowed to work hand in hand with professional police personnel to reduce crime and corral the instigators.

Street level information has always been out there since time began. Old fashion policing, the beat cop, who was a local, knew his people, their traits, habits and he stored that information in his brain, for retrieval when a potential crime was reported. In most cases, he nipped in the bud with the criminal before it happen, with the clip round the ear of the local lout, who was stealing, breaking windows or doing damage.

Crime has changed and progressed to murder, drugs, gangs, rape, domestic violence, child abuse, thefts and whole list of activities that can fill a book. So much information is on the streets, one beat cop cannot cope and needs technological assistance, real time pro-active assistance.

The Tracometry Group of Companies has the circle of fire concept, powered

by BAIR Analytics, which at its proven core is:

· crime analytics

· tracking analysis

· point to point analysis

· calls for service data

· next event predictability

All elements that are required to stay on top, beating the criminal at their own widening game. 

No, we are not IBM or one of the other so called data companies. We are a group of law enforcement savvy analysis, street level, logical purveyors of required solutions.

Over 500 agencies already use our street smart analytical solutions, plus the Department of Defense (DOD), overseas agencies, and for loss prevention with Target and Walmart.

Our techniques have been proven since 1998, our expertise in crime fighting and counter terrorism goes back much further, forty four years to be precise. Our team, is second to none in the understanding of crime fighting and the necessary required tools, which have to be easy to use.

We know budgets and where monies must be spent to catch-up and the use of your limited resources, in ways you never knew could occur. It is the cost effective results we both want and are demanded by your citizens, they are the ultimate beneficiary.

It is the public that know what is going on and those frontline officers who go to work each day.

Simply, they do care and deserve the tools to do the job of protect and serve.

Talk to us and let down to earth sensibility succeed, book a webinar and fully understand why we can work together and become one crime fighting team.

WE are in the NOW and 

Make that Appointment for the Webinar 

Call: (317) 426.0110 

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dysfunctional Does Not Mean You Ignore The Issues...

Dysfunctional Does Not
Mean You Ignore The Issues…  
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO,
Tracometry Group of Companies.

Look, dysfunctional families are in the majority!  We are surrounded by them, you might be a member, as I am.

Normal is what?  Certainly not what we once thought.

You have been hearing the word, radicalized bantered by the media, in regard to the two brothers and their horrific violent act at the Boston Marathon.  If someone is radicalized they change and someone or all of the family noticed this change.  They said nothing to anyone whatsoever.  Muslims know better than anyone of the effect of labeling since 9/11.  In fact many Muslims who watched in horror the bombing and then the release of the photographs of the suspects, seemed that they could breathe easier, as the bombers looked like regular “white guys” and not members of their faith. 

Dysfuntionality or traits are not just associated to terrorism and we can draw lessons from these other areas of concern.  Something someone will do, that is out of the ordinary is a trigger for a future event in that person’s live.
Traits such as personality, intelligence, attitude, and beliefs are important characteristics to measure and assess. Whether you're hiring people, helping team members understand themselves and their relationships with others, or trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, it's useful to assess these types of "hidden," less obvious attributes.

We have to be taught it seems, to question and not be political correctness and accept statements by others, including country leadership. 

If you want to determine someone's attitude, you can ask the person directly, observe the person in action, or even gather observations about the person from other people. However, all of these methods can be affected by personal bias and perspective.  If you are suspicious of someone’s actions, you cannot ignore, for all our safety, we must question and share concerns as you never know what this or these persons will do in the future.

Assessing and appraising people is a highly complex and subjective process as is stated by many.  No it is not!  Logic and common sense is the simplest way to determine the situation.  The initial stages of radicalization is when the individual tests their newly gained inner feelings and experiments by making statements, then refines the wording and statements to garner the reactions and establish their footings of their new beliefs.

Extremism (represented on both sides of the political spectrum) is any ideology or political act far outside the perceived political center of a society; or otherwise claimed to violate common moral standards.

Extremism is usually contrasted with moderation, and extremists with moderates (for example, in contemporary discussions in Western countries of Islam, or of Islamic political movements, it is common for there to be a heavy stress on the distinction between extremist and moderate Muslims, and it is also not uncommon to necessarily define distinctions regarding extremist Christians as opposed to moderate Christians, as in countries such as the United States).

Political agendas perceived as extremist often include those from the far left or far right as well as fundamentalism or fanaticism.

The term extremism is almost invariably used pejoratively, however the term may also sometimes be associated with person(s) who have different view(s) which is not consistent with the existing norm(s). It need not necessarily imply that the person is a threat to the society or the government or any other agency.

Power differences also matter when defining extremism. When in conflict, the activities of members of low power groups tend to be viewed as more extreme than similar activities committed by members of groups advocating the status quo. In addition, extreme acts are more likely to be employed by marginalized people and groups who view more normative forms of conflict engagement as blocked for them or biased.

Extremist acts often employ violent means, although extremist groups will differ in their preference for violent vs. non-violent tactics, in the level of violence they employ, and in the preferred targets of their violence (from infrastructure to military personnel to civilians to children). Again, low power groups are more likely to employ direct, episodic forms of violence (such as suicide bombings), whereas dominant groups tend to be associated with more structural or institutionalized forms (like the covert use of torture or the informal sanctioning of police brutality).

The terms extremism or extremist are almost always exonymic — i.e. applied by others to a group rather than by a group labeling itself. Rather than labeling themselves extremist, those labeled as such might describe themselves as, for example, political radicals. There is no political party that calls itself "right-wing extremist" or "left-wing extremist", and there is no sect of any religion that calls itself "extremist" or which calls its doctrine "extremism".

Extremism or radicalization is not only held to political events and used by terrorists.  Sexual abusers, which include incestuous perpetrators, such as abusive fathers have characteristics that vary widely from the standard profile of a pedophile.

On the surface, sexually abusive parents can be "normal" (typical) in every way. Many like children, play with them, guide them in life, teach them morals, protect them against harm, and are willing to adopt poor or orphaned children of either sex. The abusive men or women are usually heterosexual, but sexually interact with both girls and boys. Objective statistics show equal prevalence of sexual abuse in both genders and invalidate the notion that abuse of girls is much more prevalent than abuse of boys is.

The above statement may seem like an exaggeration of reality or outright nonsense. Most people believe that it is impossible for the whole society to be psychopathic and not to recognize its mental and moral corruption. If sexual abuse of children is as widespread as claimed, there would have to be an acknowledgment of the phenomenon by doctors, and there would have to be some kind of evidence of such abuse.

The same can be said on the preaching’s of religious leaders of all faiths.  Fire and Brimstone has always been present in the oratory statements of pastors, priests and Islamic Imams.

Why do the individuals who are violated either sexually or by radical teachings say nothing? Is it the suggestions of the information, which has now been an indoctrination that has penetrated so deep into the individuals mind, the fear of reprisal be that strong?  It is a fear factor that is exerting the individual to execute the will of the speaker.  Following through on the request for action, hence bombings and doing harm the USA and the western world.

According to a new study published by the Association of Psychological Science, terrorists become suicide bombers because they have a “fused” personality type. Supposedly, people with “fused” personalities have a bond much stronger than just simple group identification with their group and are willing to take extreme action to protect that group, including sacrificing themselves for the group. The researchers use this “newly discovered” personality type to explain why terrorists are willing to become suicide bombers. I guess it’s easier to blame terrorism on a personality type which differs “them” from “us” than to focus on what really makes someone willing to commit a terrorist act, like not having basic human needs met for example. Before terrorists became terrorists, they were just like you and me. So let’s focus on what would make your and my personality type become a terrorist.

Instead of philosophizing about how much of a martyr we would be in a given situation, let’s look at recent history. Hitler convinced an entire nation that Jews must be killed by creating a “fused” identity of Aryan race in Germans who were suffering from a bad economic depression following World War I. He even convinced way too many Germans to torture and kill Jews for no good reason – keep in mind that these Germans weren't even killing to save other Germans, they were just killing Jews because they were Jews.

Ever since September 11th, terrorism has been on virtually all of our minds. And now, over a decade later, our fears remain. The frustration that most people experience in the aftermath of extreme violence is largely the result of the question why.

Why would anyone want to commit so heinous a crime? How could they live with themselves? Terrorism is a widely researched topic, but it seems to be particularly salient now, as it hits closer to home. Are terrorists different than the rest of us? Are they different than serial killers? If brain equals behavior, then yes, they are. But perhaps that equation is only true in some cases.

Because the acts that terrorists execute are so disturbing, many people think they must be crazy - that there must be something fundamentally wrong with them or with their brains. There is an ongoing debate on this matter - especially since different research shows variations in the extent to which terrorists are perceived as "crazy."

If it is so evident that they have changed, why has no one, family, friends or associates said nothing?

It is the discovery that terrorists and non-terrorists are not as different as originally thought that is so unnerving to non-terrorists (the "us"). It is difficult for most people to accept that they could, that anyone could, hypothetically, commit mass genocide, use commercial jets as missiles or place bombs among a public gathering.

The path that future terrorists follow is a gradual one, for it is almost impossible for someone unaccustomed to killing, to suddenly be able to do so. The ability to kill must be nurtured over time, usually through the group dynamics of terror networks: "The terrorist has a fixation on systemic value. This means that they emotionally crave membership in the organization, group, or order to which they belong".

Terror groups are like families to terrorists, each with their role, and each providing support for their fellow terrorists. Terrorists live for the survival of their group and for the group's ideas and rules. The meaning of terrorists' lives "comes from being a dutiful soldier and member of the group".

In order for this type of blind loyalty to occur, subjects must lack any personality, individuality or sense of self - this is the mechanism that allows terrorists to kill, for without any solid conviction of who they themselves are, they cannot understand the value of individual or collective human life: "a terrorist does not see the infinite, unique, singular value of people and therefore does not see what is wrong with killing or maiming another person".

In this way, terrorists are able to almost alienate themselves from social norms and completely immerse themselves in the ideology of the group.
Terrorists' motivation to kill is comprised of a combination of factors. They may kill for political or economic reasons, but they may also kill for the sense of power it generates. Terrorists, according to Stephen J. Morgan, "crave the ultimate power, that of power over life and death of innocent people. They believe themselves to be omnipotent, messengers and agents of God, without feeling guilt or shame for anything they do".

This seems logical, but if terrorists see themselves as being divine or immortal, then they should have no reason to believe that other nations would be able to affect, manipulate, or disturb them - unless, of course, they kill because they see the other nations and civilizations that populate the world as threats.

There is a general discourse over the nature of terrorist psychology and behavior - some researchers accept terrorists as "neurotics" or "psychopaths", while others emphasize the importance of examining "the social, cultural, political, and economic environment in which they operate" Akin to this is Khachig Tololyan's argument that as a result of terrorists' humanness, "their behavior cannot be understood by the crude - or even by the careful - application of pseudo-scientific laws of general behavior".

Rather, he claims, "we need to examine the specific meditating factors that lead some societies under pressure, among many, to produce the kinds of violent acts that we call terrorism".

This seems a logical argument, for environment can certainly influence one's behavior. Although the acts of terrorists are hardly forgivable, they do not necessarily immediately qualify terrorists as clinically insane, for there may be some external forces or circumstances (political, social, and/or economic constructs) that may provoke terrorists to respond violently.

It is difficult to compare terrorists to other criminals because so few terrorists have been caught and those who have been caught are rarely willing to talk about their experiences. Therefore, it is hard to know whether terrorist motivations stem from abuse, trauma, or biological problems. However, although terrorists and serial killers are both thought of as "rational," meaning that their mental states are stable enough to allow them to organize, plan, and execute their attacks, they are certainly not sane - at least not by Western standards. In their own minds, and to their groups, they are sane - and perhaps in the future we will be able to more fully understand their rationale.

Tracometry Group of Companies has involved itself though staff, to be informed regarding terrorism for over forty years.  Our knowledge is vast and improves every single day that goes by.

At our core is the ability to sort through street level information, it is the ability to place this information within the database and not in data silos, hidden away until a request on a subject is received.  Real, live data is needed now!  This allows us to be predictive in our information and not behind the times.

Allowing public safety departments to be on top of the situations and utilizing resources in a more profitable manner.

Information is bombarding us every single millisecond and humanly it is impossible to search through so much without spending thousands and thousands of man hours.  With the human element things will be missed, it is human nature that things get missed.

The media is reporting, Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was radicalized in the United States by someone who brainwashed him — and roped his younger sibling into the despicable plot that killed three and injured more than 180, a relative charged.

Ruslan Tsarni, an uncle of the two Chechen brothers who planned and executed the worst US terror attack since 9/11, said Tamerlan, 26, had fallen under the thrall of a religious leader while living in Cambridge, Mass.

Tamerlan — killed in a gunfight with cops early Friday — took the “path of God” after losing hope because he didn’t have “any point in life,” the uncle said, recalling a 2009 conversation.

My point is made, someone knew something and did nothing!

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