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Dr. Raymond J. Batvinis, professor at IWP and former FBI agent, recently appeared in an interview for Voice of America regarding the investigation of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Dr. Batvinis focused on how the investigation differed from other investigations in the past because of the fear that another attack could be imminent.
“The French police were desperate to move that at an incredibly accelerated rate because there was the great fear that there was going to be another terrorist action taking place, maybe within the hour,” Dr. Batvinis said.
Crime scene evidence and eyewitness accounts are key to get preliminary background information on the perpetrators, he noted. The investigation can then go digital.
Dr. Batvinis explained, “You’re collecting all of these phone numbers, all of this data, all of this email data, all of the texting data, all of the Facebook and Twitter data, and they’re building up a profile of the individual, of who his or her contacts are.”
The next step would be to track down friends, family and other contacts who may raise suspicions to investigators.
“We would be knocking on doors, we would be ringing bells, we would be there all night getting people out of bed and saying, ‘Your name showed up. Let’s sit down and have a conversation,'” Dr. Batvinis said.
Putting all of the pieces together into a larger picture, however can be difficult. Dr. Batvinis said, “It’s not scientific. The tips come in and you look at them, and frankly it requires an experienced eye to say, ‘We’re going to prioritize this.'”
The accelerated pace of the investigations led quickly to the raids in Brussels and Paris. These raids may well have prevented more attacks form taking place.