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Prevention – and Cell Phone Spyware

DzhokharTsarnaev… a name that nobody should understand, but one that is on lots of people’s heads as the 21-year old Boston Marathon bomber, found guilty of 30 offenses on April 8th 2015, expects sentencing which could contain the death penalty

And a lot of folks wonder what turned this apparently-ordinary young man, living in The United States with all of the rights and prerogatives that go along with and American breeding, into a homegrown terrorist. There is talk of his radicalized brother pulling him into a web of terror and violence, but his brother lived a similar life and his activities ought to be equally astonishing. There is talk of his mom, frequently quoted in the press lately for her ardent, anti American rhetoric. And there is talk of radicalizing effects from buddies and social acquaintances. The entire truth may never be understood.

What’s understood is that a young man, described by associates as affable and easy going, an accomplished sportsman and popular college student, appears to have slowly dropped out of society and pulled away into extreme anti-Americanism before finally embarking on a murderous assault.

How could this occur, and how could it have been prevented? Based on The Boston Globe, Tsarnaev posted revolutionary content to his twitter web feed as much as a year before the bombing happened. It makes one question what other hints might have been out there that he was going astray and how they might have been identified.

While it might not have helped Tsarnaev or prevented his activities, a cell phone spyware program could definitely help identify when a mobile phone user is showing indications of a growing interest in radicalism. By monitoring and recording almost every action taken on a mobile device, cellular telephone spy software can let you know what websites are being seen, what e-mails are being received, what texts are being sent, what programs are used, and what calls are being made (and to whom). I can not envision that the path to extreme activities for a youthful, modern American isn’t littered with hints and indicators in the web content he uses up, the conversations he’s with others, the people he picks to contact, and the things he posts to social media.

A cellular spy bundle may also let you know where the phone is at a specified time, so excursions to areas known to ferment radicalism would be recognized and logged.

How can a case such as this young man fall through the radar? The first cause may just be that no one was observing. Executing a monitoring system would need a parent who cares and who’s concerned for the wellbeing and security of their kid. There is no clear signs this would have become the case for either Tsarnaev brother. And it is hopeless to say that even a care and worried parent might have prevented the brothers from perpetrating their horrible action. But would not it have been better for the world, not to mention two brothers who are now dead and facing possible execution, if someone had been able to at least attempt?

If a youthful many like Tsarnaev, who even became a naturalized American citizen in the year 2012, can slip through the cracks, what is to prevent other young Americans from following the same route? Perhaps, a little prevention, which can be empowered by seeing their actions and stopping them before it becomes too late.