by Ganesh Sahathevan
How does one detect and control passive supporters of terrorism in a liberal democracy? How does one implement the type of methods employed by Putin , or in the 60s by Gerard Templer in the then Malaya.
I started a discussion on the matter last year ,and this post is intended to be an extension of that discussion.Here I am interested in determining if one can find natural clusters of passive supporters,such that they might be isolated, monitored and controlled without forced relocation to a Templer type new village.
The analysis of clusters within a geospatial framework has been an integral part of public health since at least the 1800s. Extending those methods to other phenomena with similar characteristics is today simply a matter of overlaying relevant data into a Geographical Information System (GIS) . There are many examples of how crime ,and terrorism ,have been analysed within a GIS system, and to start this discussion I am referring readers to a paper by S. M. Ali and Fouad K. Mashee of the University of Baghdad, College of Science, Remote Sensing Research Unit, who have done some tentative work in the area.Their work is tiled Analyzing the Terrorist Operations in Baghdad Using the RS and GIS Techniques and can be located at the link provided.
More notes and references will be added shortly.