SOURCE: A Just Cause

A Just Cause

July 17, 2015 12:42 ET

UPDATE - DHS, FBI Urged to Use CILC Software to Target and Track Lone Wolf Terrorists in United States, Says Advocacy Group, A Just Cause

Advocacy Group, A Just Cause Says Six IT Executives Sit in Federal Prison Who Developed Software to Maximize Surveillance Efforts Against Terror Suspects in the United States

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - July 17, 2015) - Advocacy group, A Just Cause urges Congress, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to immediately consider the Case Investigative Lifecycle software (CILC) as agencies face increasing numbers of homegrown terror-related events.

“Terror events like this week’s senseless murder of four U.S. Marines in Chattanooga by Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez and last week’s murder of Kathryn Steinle by a ‘deported felon’ point to the fact that law enforcement agencies in the United States still do not have effective and efficient means for collaborating and sharing information; a problem highlighted by the 9-11 Commission Report”, says Sam Thurman, A Just Cause.

“How many ‘lone wolf’ events will it take on our homeland before somebody wakes up and takes it seriously that the United States of America is in a state of emergency and the ISIS crisis is very real?”, asks Lamont Banks, Executive Director of A Just Cause. “While agencies continue to go before the media and try to explain why they didn’t know this or that about these terrorists who commit these heinous acts, there are six men who sit in federal prison under the cloud of a wrongful conviction who developed a software (the CILC software) that answers all of the issues law enforcement agencies are facing today,” proclaims Banks.

“When it comes to the ‘new lone wolf terrorists’, the holes in the nation’s intelligence and surveillance methods are being manifested by recent back-to-back instances of terror against citizens of the United States,” says Thurman. “Consider how the system failed in the Dylann Roof case, subsequently leading the purchase of a gun used to murder nine people in Charleston, South Carolina. Consider how the system failed when lack of information sharing between agencies led to the murder of Kathryn Steinle by a “deported felon’. Consider how the system failed in the Chattanooga shooting because federal authorities ‘didn’t have Abdulazeez on any watch list’. How many more ‘system failures’ will we see?”, ponders Thurman.

“While the government is trying to find a solution to combat ISIS, the CILC software developed by the IRP6 ready to be used”, says Cliff Stewart. “CILC can easily adapt to the strategy that President Obama outlined last week at the Pentagon for the fight against ISIS, especially when looking for something that can beef up the counterterrorism capability,” Stewart adds. “The CILC software provides features and functionality that no other proposed solution can offer,” argues Stewart.

“CILC was first introduced to the Department of Homeland Security over ten years ago and if the agency had integrated this software into its processes at that time, we would be that much farther ahead. We are now experiencing back-to-back terror events, our national security is at risk, the citizens of our nation are being murdered in the streets, and the only explanation offered by authorities is ‘We didn’t know’. I’m sorry, but that is not an acceptable answer, and A Just Cause is saying that Congress, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and state/local law enforcement agencies need to move immediately to secure the services of the IRP6 and the CILC software,” Stewart urges.

"A lack of information sharing and collaboration between local and federal agencies was a glaring issue that contributed to the 9/11 terror attacks. Empowering law enforcement with greater capabilities to collaborate and rapidly share information was a key development goal in CILC", says Stewart.

"Using CILC's notification module, law enforcement agencies can configure CILC to tag specific events where an automatic notification is sent via email or text to one or multiple accounts. For instance, the San Francisco PD and Sheriff’s Department could have configured the CILC software to automatically send an email or text to DHS when any undocumented immigrant is being released. The email or text transmission to DHS would be automatically triggered when a specific out processing event is updated in the CILC database,” explains Stewart.

“The tragic death of Ms. Steinle could have been avoided,” Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – CA) said in a statement. “I strongly believe that an undocumented individual, convicted of multiple felonies and with a detainer request from I.C.E., should not have been released,’ added Feinstein. (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/09/us/gun-used-in-san-francisco-killing-was-stolen-from-federal-agent.html?_r=0)

"The IRP6 spent a great deal of blood, sweat and tears working with former federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, FBI, Secret Service and others at the local and state level to meticulously analyze the needs of law enforcement. I know for a fact after having discussions with the IRP6 that it's extremely disheartening for them to sit wrongfully-convicted in prison knowing that their software could be making a real difference in the lives of Americans,” adds Stewart.

In a statement before the House Committee on Homeland Security (June 3, 2015), FBI Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division stated, “Following other groups, ISIL has advocated for lone wolf attacks. In recent months ISIL released a video, via social media, reiterating the group’s encouragement of lone offender attacks in Western countries, specifically advocating for attacks against soldiers and law enforcement, intelligence community members, and government personnel. Several incidents have occurred in the United States and Europe over the last few months that indicate this “call to arms” has resonated among ISIL supporters and sympathizers. The foreign terrorist now has direct access into the United States like never before.” (http://www.fbi.gov/news/testimony/terrorism-gone-viral-the-attack-in-garland-texas-and-beyond)

According to a CNN report, “The New York Police Department and other law enforcement agencies around the nation are increasing their surveillance of ISIS supporters in the U.S., in part to aid the FBI which is struggling to keep up with a surge in the number of possible terror suspects, according to law enforcement officials.” (http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/28/politics/fbi-isis-local-law-enforcement/)

In a recent press conference on tracking ISIS terror suspects in the United States, FBI Director James Comey commented, “It is an incredibly difficult task that we are enlisting all of our state, and local, and federal partners in, and we are working around it every single day, but I can’t stand here with any high confidence when I confront a world that’s increasingly dark to me and tell you that I’ve got it all covered.” (http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/28/politics/fbi-isis-local-law-enforcement/)

“Chattanooga FBI Agent Ed Reinhold stated that the Chattanooga shooting was going to be treated as a ‘terrorism investigation until it can be determined that it is not’,” says Banks (http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/16/us/tennessee-naval-reserve-shooting/index.html). “FBI Director James Comey has stated that there is no high confidence in their current capabilities, and the Tenth Anniversary 9-11 Commission report in July 2014 warned, ‘(Recent events) show us that the terrorist threat has not disappeared, but rather, it is evolving in new and worrisome directions’,” Banks added (http://bipartisanpolicy.org/events/911-commission-report-ten-years-later/). “As acts of terrorism continue to occur, we as a nation cannot be complacent in how we deal with this matter. I strongly encourage the federal government to take a serious look at the IRP6 and the capabilities their CILC software brings to the table. Our national security and the safety of our families and children desperately depend on action being taken immediately,” Banks concludes.

The IRP6 case concerns a Colorado-based company (IRP Solutions Corporation) that developed the Case Investigative Life Cycle (CILC) criminal investigations software for federal, state, and local law enforcement. A Just Cause argues that the IRP6 (Kendrick Barnes, Gary L Walker, Demetrius K. Harper, Clinton A Stewart, David A Zirpolo and David A Banks) were wrongly convicted in 2011 after being accused of mail and wire fraud. (D. Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA).

Court records (Ct. No. 1:09-CR-00266-CMA) show that during the trial of the IRP executives, software forensics expert Don Vilfer of Califorensics analyzed the CILC software. According to the analysis conducted by Califorensics, “The software (CILC) contained many notable features, making it a functional product for the intended consumer (Califorensics Analysis, Case 1:09-cr-00266-CMA Document 298-2, 10/8/10 USDC Colorado)." Court records also show that the report stated, “No one software application would meet the needs of all agencies, but the functionality that we observed in our review of the CILC software would undoubtedly be of interest to many law enforcement agencies (Califorensics Analysis, Case 1:09-cr-00266-CMA Document 298-2, 10/8/10 USDC Colorado)."

For more information about the story of the IRP6 or for copies of the legal filings go to http://www.freetheirp6.org.

Related press releases: http://www.a-justcause.com/#!press-releases/c21pq

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