Based on PPATK’s risk assessment for the Indonesia 2014-2015 biennium, law enforcement’s response to terrorism in Indonesia fell short. In contrast to other Asian countries, PPATK detected a new trend of jihadist inspired terrorism. Indonesia underestimated the threat of terrorist propaganda disseminated through foreign social-media platforms, such as Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Although the authorities accused the terrorists of using Twitter, most of their jihadist-related tweets were not traced back to the terrorists.
PPATK, as part of Indonesia’s anti-terror strategy, acts on intelligence provided by the U.S. Government’s Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE). PPATK partners with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to share intelligence on plans by domestic and foreign terrorist groups and criminals to commit violent acts, develop terrorist threats in Indonesia and share information on foreign terrorist organizations.
Several people accused of terrorism in Indonesia remain in detention. In July and August, seven Batam-based foreign workers were charged with plotting attacks on an R&L’s execution of chemical explosives.
The U.S. Agency for International Development funded the Preventing Violent Extremism Programs for Indonesia and the Philippines. In 2016, it supported programs to address extremist group recruitment, radicalization, and violent extremism. The programs worked to counter extremist content online and in community formations.
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