The Kampung Melayu bomb shows the weak work of intelligence and the police. Whereas the Terrorism Act has facilitated the apparatus with evidence of the beginning of intelligence, Terrorism is not like a geological disaster, which is difficult to predict the possibility of even modern science.
Including Terrorism in Kampung Melayu, which has killed three policemen and wounded eleven others, as if an invisible network could not be traced and related to each other.
In mid-December 2016, the Anti-terror Special Detachment 88 (Detachment 88) arrested Dian Yulia Novi, who claimed to be detonating a pot bomb at the State Palace. Dian was recruited by Solihin, who became her husband after being acquainted over the Internet.
While Dian Novi bombs can be detected, why can Kampung Melayu bomb escape? Dian Novi is a new recruit, but intelligence can track his movements, then catch him.
The Kampung Melayu bomb should be prevented. From many bomb incidents since 2001, terrorists in Indonesia use simple patterns of communication. Although they are in disconnected cells, recruitment of bomber and communications with referrer is done through telecommunication network: Internet or mobile phone. Interception and mapping should be used by police and intelligence to cut off new bomber recruitment lines.
In the last two years there have been peculiarities, the terrorists seem no longer targeting the old symbols as targets. Their bombing object used to be a strategic place that has a relationship and symbol of resistance and its specific target. While the target is now and the effect is more sporadic. The terror of this model has only caused a momentary panic and is considered by the Indonesian people as a diversion of political or economic issues. This is what we call The Invisible Network, its terror behavior against the sanity of modern terror theories that are always associated with Islamic groups.
There is a kind of moderation of terror classification, so it is still worth mentioning the terror. Such terror groups give the message that terrorists no longer weigh victims, such as ideological opponents, strategic assets, government officials, even foreigners, diplomats, or Western expatriates. These created terrorists set the targets not so high as moderate ones, causing a momentary panic, so some theories about terror are now increasingly irrelevant in Indonesia.
This is what happens, they use ordinary criminal terror just to delegitimize protests and criticisms of economic policies and political policies that are warm and publicly debated.
The Invisible Network’s increasingly irrelevant behavior is called terrorism, when the appeal “We Are Not Afraid” comes up every time after a bomb explosion. This call forfeits the theory of terror, that terror spreads fear. Efforts to raise the public against true terror have failed at that moment. Hope for post-terror logistical support from allied partners in the region is hopefully ignored.
The power of the state, which should be trusted by society as a bulwark of protection, in the context of terror in Indonesia, according to most middle-class society, security actors have an involvement. Like the history of Indonesia’s old history. If this condition is left, gradually confidence in the apparatus and the state is increasingly eroded.
After the explosion at the Kampung Melayu Terminal, Detachment 88 has secured at least 41 people allegedly involved in the suicide bombing. Detachment 88 also claims to have made efforts to anticipate the explosion near the Eid al-Fitri 2017.
But now there are more important things, about the social dispute in Indonesia increasingly widespread, in social media and the real world, mutual blasphemy between community groups, contempt against religious leaders, criminalization of community leaders, the arrest of activists has become something ordinary. Many hate speeches that clearly violate the law are not dealt with apparatus fairly. Intelligence should also be more professional, prioritizing the public interest.
Jaka Setiawan, Chief Strategic Studies adn Public Policy PUSHAMI