Really Knowing Those That Want To Live In the Western World
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO CommSmart Global Group
Immigrants and refugees are so different from the first that came through Ellis Island, New York back in the day. They came for a future and fulfill their dreams of success in the land of the free. Yes, freedom and acceptance of what America stood and stands for.
All religions, classes, and creeds entered our shores with checks and balances, which were slim but relied on family information, ethnicity, skill sets, and their humble means to move forward.
Today, the Western world is hated by a whole group of fanatics who have taken a religious ideology with twists and lies to force their ill-gotten mindsets to change the world with disgusting violence, mayhem, and fear.
There is so much written on the ideology of jihadists, especially those associated with the Muslim faith.
There is a fundamental quarrel advocated by jihadist ideologues and leaders which are that the Muslim world is inundated by objections and injustices, many of which are caused by the Western world.
According to their misguided logic, the United States with the corrupt, oppressive Muslim regimes are two sides of the same coinage. Jihadist leaders warn Muslims not to fall for Western “deceptive” ideas such as democracy and human rights because they are designed to divert the umma (Islamic community) from jihad and ultimately paralyze it.
Ayman al-Zawahiri asserted that the United States has only achieved its interests “by spreading oppression and terrorism at the hands of its allies.” According to al-Zawahiri, Western civilization sings the praises of human rights and liberties as long as such singing serves and benefits its interests. Jihadists have thus determined that jihad is the only path toward sincere change in this world and divine reward in the hereafter. Their jihad, they claim, is to fight to make God’s Law supreme on earth. Only then can all Muslims, rulers, and citizenry, be equally accountable to God’s Law.
A little different to those that have come to America and the Western World before them!
With the prevalence of “Islamic” expressions in contemporary political discourse, it is critical to distinguish between Islamists and jihadists.
Islamists who share with jihadists the belief that Islamic teachings of social justice are the answer to the malaise Muslims face today. They operate within the political procedures of the state; they often form political parties and advance their agenda through contesting elections. By contrast, jihadists reject the world order of nation-states, believing it to be a continuance of Western expansionism through other means.
This extends to their rejection of political notions such as national sovereignty and any regional or international institutions (such as the Arab League or the United Nations).
Jihadists have instead opted for an exemplary exclusively defined by religious philosophies. Given their rejection of the legitimacy of national and international political norms and institutions, a religious paradigm allows the jihadists to find alternative sources of legitimacy that would make it lawful, in their eyes, to transcend and indeed violate the laws of their home regimes and those of the international community. Such an ideology, as articulated by its adherents, has its strengths, but also harbors within itself the seeds of its own destruction.
To allow anyone into a country we must look at why they want to come in the first place and have in place a method for checks and balances. Egypt and Australia both have strict guidelines and are quoted by so many. Sadly they do not go far enough on what they are reviewing of those that wish to enter. It is a demanded necessity to drill down far deeper on who is who, what are their views, thoughts, and connections.
This is not being implemented or addressed by anyone in the manner we, CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner, have been using since our entry into the second Iraq conflict or a war on terror.
Why is it not in place right now?
Atmospherics was developed by us in war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, CommSmart Global Group has honed the initial skillsets capabilities and expanded the effectiveness and success of these analytic tools, making us all Street Smart.
The key concept requiring further examination is that of the atmosphere. Social Media Monitoring is an absolute key today, but categorically useless, unless you have vast data repositories to analyze, both public and of local, regional and national crime data from the arrests and events, that we have and all have to access to.
Additionally, there is few comprehensive, police information sharing consortiums in existences, even after 9-11, that share local police contact data (non-biometric), integrated with RMS/CAD, Jail booking and Criminal Histories (biometric-based) together. To build these systems and participate in multi-agency networks have taken years and many millions of dollars and an exorbitant amount of time to develop.
Furthermore, the public data is a level of information that has immense strengths. Using compliant data and social media allows so much more information to assert positive decisions. That is we have the repository for enormous use.
In the Arabic or Muslim world, personal information is so limited it is farcical, even for most today!
Arabic names are historically based on a long naming system; most Arabs did not have a given/middle or family names, but a full chain of names. This system was mainly in use throughout Arabia and part of the Levant.
Almost all Arabic-speaking countries (excluding, for example, Saudi Arabia or Bahrain) have now adopted a Westernized way of naming. This is the case for example in the Levant and Maghreb, as well as some North African countries, where French or English conventions are followed (an effect of European colonization), and it is rapidly gaining ground elsewhere. The database aspect is still way behind in updating the information, which is a total hindrance unless you have been amassing this information.
Also, many Arabs adapt to Western conventions for practical purposes when traveling or when residing in Western countries, constructing a given name/family name model out of their full Arab name, to fit Western expectations and/or visa applications or other official forms and documents. The reverse side to this is when Westerners are asked to supply their first name, father's name, and family name in some Arab visa applications.
The Westernization of an Arab name may require transliteration. Often, one name may be transliterated in several ways (Abdul Rahman, Abdoul Rahman, Abdur Rahman, Abdurahman, Abd al-Rahman, or Abd ar-Rahman), as there is no single accepted Arabic transliteration system. A single individual may try several ways of transliterating his or her name, producing even greater inconsistency. This has resulted in confusion on the part of governments, security agencies, airlines and others: for example, especially since 9/11, persons with names written similarly to those of suspected terrorists have been detained.
Proven capabilities for governments and law enforcement to know who is who and what and whom we are dealing with.
Verification Information Portfolio (V.I.P) is the underlying vetting procedure with all known data and information on persons. Registered, public and social attributes all connected through our Link Analysis.
It is a Virtual Center, in fact already used successfully by law enforcement as a Virtual Crime Center. It goes so much further than what is in place today and is operational in an extremely effective time frame, with an investment factor which is acceptable by all.
CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner has decades of law enforcement background with Change Agents, Cybercrime Analysts, ex-London Metropolitan Police Officers & management, U.S. Chiefs of Police and Sheriff Commanders on staff with a compliment of analytical and social media staff.
Our involvement in counter-terrorism and cybercrime internationally allows us to think and act with the confidence demanded in these dire times. We understand all concerns, methodology and speak the right language to you all.
Our solutions are available now and will be discussed via telephone with established law enforcement or government agencies. Call or email us for verification. Then, we can discuss and demonstrate.
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