Open Source Timelining: David Coleman Headley
By Steve on October 18, 2010
There has a been lot of discussion recently about David Coleman Headley (formerly known as Daood Sayed Gilani), between his involvement in multiple very high profile terrorist attacks as well as interactions between US and Indian intelligence agencies (such as NIA).
To get a sense of Mr Headley we took a quick look at the Recorded Future index. We can observe that our content starts early in the 1960s, with Mr Headly being born, but content grows dramatically later. We can also see in the momentum sparkline just under David Coleman Headley’s name that recent interest in him has grown strongly.
Zooming in a bit we find that this guy is no “Mr nice guy” – highlighting here charges of possession of heroin in 1997.
We might specifically be interested in his travel patterns – and can easily examine those:
And if we want examine the actual relationships between people, places, etc. involved in his travels we can easily change to the network view:
Likewise, we can examine people which David Coleman has communicated with through the Person Communication event – yielding this network – showing all kinds of “interesting” people in David Coleman’s network.
In conclusion – open source intelligence analysis with Recorded Future can very quickly provide a sense of a person, even with a very long period of complex events and relationships involved.