Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Off the Shelf Programmed Killers

Off the Shelf Programmed Killers
By Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group – Virtual Crime Center

Yesterday, we saw mayhem of terror globally!  

Daily there are assassinations, Beheading, Shooting at a Mosque, Truck and car Terrorism and anything else you want to throw at Soft targets!

Killers are trained, programmed and to what degree it does not matter.  They are either sophisticated or uneducated, they are there to take life, draw attention to a cause, whether they live or die themselves, just one programmed task, cause mayhem in the Western World on behalf of a worldwide revolutionary goal, TERROR!

Our team's expertise goes back to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) days, murders, bombing both in Northern Ireland and on the U.K. mainland.  Having either served in the London Metropolitan Police and the British Army, we have frontline experience of terrorism and use that hard and soft skill sets daily!

Since the birth of social media, there has been a dearth of fanatical posting by terrorists who are about to attack the Western World.  These are posted prior to attacks, can we know that these posts occur?  

Yes, CommSmart Global Group’s Virtual Crime Center which includes Social Media Monitoring looks at social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and videos posted to YouTube.

It is not just looking it is examining all words, locations and with perfected algorithms informing us in ‘real time’ of issues and concerns, even down to the GPS location and includes the ability to Geofence for tight drilling down on social or anti-social sources.

It is our crime analytics, predictive analysis and down to earth capabilities with the largest public data storage globally that will stop or quell these attacks.  

There is no one who else that can achieve this. 

CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner is the key with nearly fifty years of policing, crime-fighting and counterterrorism understanding that is the professional key to securing and protecting our communities.

The Ohio State University student who posted a rant shortly before he plowed a car into a campus crowd and stabbed people with a butcher knife in an ambush that ended when a police officer shot him dead.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, wrote on his Facebook page that he had reached a "boiling point," made a reference to "lone wolf attacks" and cited radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.  These are the sort of ‘keywords’ that we drill down on and our solutions highlight in ‘real time’.

"America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah [community]. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that," the post continues.

Two hours before that, a cryptic post on the page said: "Forgive and forget. Love."  All keywords that are ‘Red Flags’!  It is also our knowledge of other keywords used to mask what they are really saying and to hide their death messages.  That is the difference and is required to fight terror and street crime.

A police officer was on the scene within a minute and killed the assailant, saving lives, university officials said. "He engaged the suspect and eliminated the threat," OSU Police Chief Craig Stone said.

Law enforcement officials stated that Artan was a Somali refugee who left his homeland with his family in 2007, lived in Pakistan and then came to the United States in 2014 as a legal permanent resident.

He lived briefly in a temporary shelter in Dallas before settling in Ohio, according to records maintained by Catholic Charities.  To these charities, do we have questions! 

President Trump has stated he wants ‘Extreme Vetting’ and here is the perfect example of finding out what the Catholic Charity actually knew or even asked of this refugee.

Artan attended Columbus State Community College for two years, graduating cum laude with an associate's degree before moving on to Ohio State to continue his studies. He told a campus publication that on his first day at OSU, he was "kind of scared" to pray in public.

"If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don't know what they're going to think, what's going to happen," Artan was quoted as saying in the Lantern.

What else was he saying that was known to others?  As we know, others will in the next few days come forward and tell us tales of how they felt something was wrong.  They did nothing to report this as most humans do not.  It so important that if you ‘See Something, Say Something’.  Law enforcement is not super humans and needs the public support.

The campus was put on lockdown for 90 minutes after the university first reported an "active shooter" in the chaos of the moment.  Which it was not and as usual the media continued to report an ‘active shooter’ issue for hours.  Reporting must be verified before reporting as misinformation causes unnecessary further panic.

"Run Hide Fight," the university's emergency management office tweeted. "Continue to shelter in place."  This was the most excellent example of using social media to communicate a ‘call for action’, which was heeded as students hunkered down in classrooms with shades drawn across the 2,000-acre campus.
This is not the last terror event that will happen.  

Digital Policing is here NOW and we have dedicated our resources to provide the proven solutions that are demanded.

CommSmart Global Group brings you, Accurint® Virtual Crime Center

Linking data into one interface to provide critical investigative intelligence and crime reporting.

For generations, law enforcement agencies have been seeking to have an investigative tool that would link data on people, places, vehicles, and phones into one interface for them to better predict and solve the crime. That tool is nowhere with Accurint® Virtual Crime Center.

CommSmart Global group brings you Accurint Virtual Crime Center and is the next generation policing platform used for COMPSTAT, Analytics, Crime Analysis and Investigations. This solution links billions of public records to agency-provided data in a cross-jurisdictional data exchange to provide law enforcement with unprecedented visibility into crime in their own jurisdiction and around the country. Linking across data types delivers a more comprehensive view into an identity, helping law enforcement to target investigations; identify patterns and predict upcoming events, and deploy resources more efficiently.

Criminals have no boundaries. 
Accurint Virtual Crime Center will provide agencies with a view beyond their own jurisdictions into regional and nationwide crime data. Each year, about 12% of the population moves a statistic that is even higher for young adults. To predict and solve crime patterns, you need visibility not just to the jurisdiction next door, but across the country. The ability to view information such as crime incident data, CAD, offender data, crash data and license plate readers in the same place will assist in resolving and preventing crimes in a timely manner.

Finding the “who” in an investigation. Uncovering and locating key individuals are vastly simplified through Accurint Virtual Crime Center. By adding our proprietary linking technology, LexID®, to agency data, you will have cross-jurisdictional agency data linked to identity information from over 10,000 sources. This gives your law enforcement agency the ability to disambiguate RMS records, find non-obvious connections, and generate leads with one search.

Flexible views for all users within an agency. 
Accurint Virtual Crime Center allows you to design your dashboard for your role within the agency. Whether you are a part of a command staff, supervisor, investigator or analyst, you will have the ability to search across all your own data and public records information while using the same predictive policing capabilities from Accurint Crime Analysis. Accurint Virtual Crime Center will replace multiple tools agencies currently use for public records, data analytics, and social media, allowing all members of the agency to be more efficient across all cases through strong data analytics.

Social Media Monitoring
We know that social media is increasingly valuable to the way law enforcement professionals operate in both crime prevention and investigation. However, as social media has become more prevalent, there remain many questions regarding how exactly it is utilized to optimal effect in criminal investigations.
Looking at current practices and processes and how the landscape has changed over the last two years in addition to new research areas.

Assessing the law enforcement community – particularly those involved in crime investigations – and their understanding of, proclivity to use, and actual use of social media in law enforcement efforts. We must understand current resources and processes being used by law enforcement when leveraging social media intelligence in investigations.

Social Media Monitoring is the key with the massive public data records we have exclusively and when used in concert with our full CommSmart Global Group Virtual Crime Center allows you more than an edge in crime fighting.

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