This concept paper investigates possibilities to detect terrorist cells based on communications between individuals without the need for wiretapping. The advantages of such procedure are apparent: fewer (if any) legal requirements, and, most importantly, the possibility to automate the surveillance. Aſter a brief review of the pertinent literature, we offer three approaches that are designed to aid in the detection of not only terrorist cells, but also the command structures within the cells. The techniques are demonstrated by using a small illustration. The paper concludes by outlining limitations of the procedures described here.
Eiselt, H. A., & Bhadury, J. (2015). The Use of Structures in Communication Networks to Track Membership in Terrorist Groups. Journal of Terrorism Research, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.15664/jtr.1073