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Scanning for terrorism - brain fingerprinting offers new hope in anti-terrorism fight

By Clive Williams
Updated April 24 2018 - 11:24am, first published January 7 2016 - 1:34am

The challenges faced by counterterrorism authorities are numerous. They include determining whether a person jailed for terrorism-related offences – and now due for release – has been deradicalised by imprisonment, or is just faking it; determining whether persons returning from war zones, like recently returned Australian Ashley Dyball, have been illegally involved in conflict (they invariably claim to have been engaged in humanitarian work); establishing whether a person has bomb-making knowledge, and; determining whether a young Muslim trying to depart Australia has been accessing Islamic State briefing material on how to get to Syria.

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