Sleeper Cell - Netflix
The controversial and unconventional drama delves into the harsh inner-workings of a Los Angeles-based Islamic terrorist cell headed by a charismatic and fanatical extremist (Fehr) and an Muslim undercover FBI agent (Ealy) who infiltrates it. Last year's mini-series featured a powerful and engrossing two-hour finale that will set the stage for the new SLEEPER CELL, which will continue to combine timely, meticulously researched storylines and complex characters to create an entertaining and thought-provoking television event.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Sleeper Cell - Clandestine cell system - Netflix
A clandestine cell system is a method for organizing a group of people such as resistance fighters, sleeper agents, or terrorists so that such people can more effectively resist penetration by an opposing organization (such as law enforcement). In a cell structure, each of the small group of people in the cell only know the identities of the people in their cell. Thus, a cell member who is apprehended and interrogated (or who is a mole) will not likely know the identities of the higher-ranking individuals in the organization. The structure of a clandestine cell system can range from a strict hierarchy to an extremely distributed organization, depending on the group's ideology, its operational area, the communications technologies available, and the nature of the mission. This sort of organizational structure is also used by criminal organizations, undercover operations, and unconventional warfare units led by special forces.
Sleeper Cell - A possible countermeasure - Netflix
In 2002, U.S. News & World Report said that American intelligence was beginning to acquire intelligence on al-Qaida indicating that “[o]nce thought nearly impossible to penetrate, al Qaeda is proving no tougher a target than the KGB or the Mafia--closed societies that took the U.S. government years to get inside. 'We're getting names, the different camps they trained at, the hierarchy, the infighting,' says an intelligence official. 'It's very promising.'” The report also said that the collected data has allowed the recruiting of informants. Writing in the U.S. Army journal Military Review, David W. Pendall suggested that a “catch-and-release program for suspected operatives might create reluctance or distrust in such suspects and prevent them from further acts or, perhaps more important, create distrust in the cell leaders of these individuals in the future.” The author noted the press release describing Ramzi Binalshib's cooperation with the United States is “sure to prevent reentry into a terrorist cell as a trusted member and most likely limits the further trust and assignments of close cell associates still at large. The captor would determine when to name names and when to remain silent.” Indeed, once intelligence learns the name and characteristics of an at-large adversary, as well as some sensitive information that would plausibly be known to him, a news release could be issued to talk about his cooperation. Such a method could not be used too often, but, used carefully, could disturb the critical trust networks. The greatest uncertainty might be associated with throwing doubt onto a key member of an operational cell that has gone autonomous.
Sleeper Cell - References - Netflix