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Eureka: The sociology of terrorism
by Jay Gutman
2017-07-06 11:15:22
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How do you stop people from stabbing random people in the streets? Or ramming cars? Or putting bombs in different places? Or throwing rockets? A small mix of technology and sociology can do the trick.

How do you hire terrorists? Let’s imagine I head a terrorist group, collect funds from here and there for charity purposes. Perhaps I have rich parents but decide to fight for the good Jihadi cause, or perhaps I collect money at the local Mosque or other charity events. Or perhaps in my town or country local shopkeepers make their small donation for the “good” cause.

ter01_400_06How does this translate into technology? If you insert chips that track where bills go circulating around, you can get an idea where the money is circulating. If the money concentration is at banks, or at shopkeepers, or at businesses, or perhaps is sitting somewhere in a safe or under a pillow you can assume you’re safe. But if there’s a concentration of money within the hands of people who seem to be idling around, who have no real job and it’s not clear what they’re doing, you probably have a terrorist threat somewhere.

How do terrorist leaders recruit terrorists? No one in his sane mind would join terrorist groups. Terrorists are nurtured. When recruiting terrorists, you try to find those who are impressed by money. You look around university campuses, high schools, or try to find idlers, and offer them the opportunity of a lifetime to work. You start off by offering them a dull task that pays real cash, say you ask them to post a letter at the post office in exchange for like 100 dollars. That’s an offer they can’t refuse.

You then tell them to deliver a box to a certain address for 200 dollars. That’s when they start being impressed. Now you ask them to drive a parcel to an address, and they get 300 dollars for that. You keep doing that until they get used to getting paid real money for menial easy tasks.

Now you play with their emotions a little bit, teach them how to gamble some of their money, maybe extort some of their money, maybe deny them menial jobs and give the job to someone else to stir jealousy and anger. They want to show off that they have money, and get easily impressed and jealous.

In the meantime, you encourage the young future terrorist to think nothing of the police and authority. You brainwash them, teach them to hate every minority out there, and once they get a little worn out emotionally, you send them on a mission to stab, shoot or blow themselves up. They can endure humiliation if they know that money is the reward, so you keep humiliating them, and watch them fight back as they want to deliver that other parcel for another 300, 400 or 500 dollars.

So the idea is if you put devices to track money and that you see money changing hands in places that are not businesses or that are not supposed to see such large sums traded, you probably know what goes on. In the case of drug dealing and prostitution money comes and goes as in most other businesses, but when it comes to terrorist recruits, it’s usually sporadic sums of money changing hands.

That’s when you want to check with the person receiving the money how they received the money. Did they sell their television or stereo? Or did they make a large sum of money for a service that is supposed to be menial?

So before a terrorist highjacks a plane or rams a car into the public, there were probably funds suspiciously moving around. If someone is getting paid real money for little or no sweat, something’s probably about to go horribly wrong.

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Emanuel Paparella2017-07-06 13:36:05
And that's the crux of the issue with positivism: for every problem there is a technological push-button fix. Indeed, since Galileo science has had a solution to every imaginable problem except one: the human problem. Food for thought.

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