Thursday, September 22, 2011

The chase for evidence

The Counter terror comunity is obssessed with the gathering of evidence that will help to convict terror suspects in court.
This obssession has some serious side effects on how we are fighting terror threats.
must admit that terrorists do not care much about laws and regulations, but they are very good at abusing the legistlation system and democracy to their purposes.
.Collecting evidence process has became a complicated, diffuse, and bureaucratic thing. It seems that we missed the point of this process along the way.
As we see it, when it comes to counter terrorism the process of collecting evidence is crucial for the follow purposes:
To use as a tool to find terrorists and prevent their attacks.
The evidence material to be collected should help us in understanding an knowing our enemy especially while dealing with more loosely affiliated, transnational terrorist networks who are difficult to predict, track, and penetrate.We have to remember that their funding and logistical networks cross borders, are less dependent on state sponsors, and are harder to disrupt.They make use of widely available technologies to communicate quickly and securely.
The fact that Intelligence and law enforcement communities lack the ability to prioritize, translate, and understand in a timely fashion all of the information to which they have access empphasize the role of evidence material as Intelligence instrument.
Intelligence derived from evidence materials can provide indispensable warning and supports all aspects of  counterterrorism operations, including military and law enforcement operations. Such intelligence is a necessary complement to that derived from human sources.
Terror acts should not be included in the range of criminal offences. As long as they are, the evidence material and the process of gathering it for the purpose of a conviction in court will only continue to complicate the war on terror.
The increase in the liability of individuals, under counter terror laws, to be subject to detention or imprisonment without evidence of criminal guilt being led and proved against them in court is undesirable, but they are necessary evils in the war on terror.
Remember: if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything!


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