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U.S.-funded Detachment 88, elite of Indonesia security

U.S.-funded Detachment 88
The elite of Indonesia security

Indonesia has won praise for cracking down on Islamist militants behind a string of deadly attacks and at the core of the fight have been the heavily armed black-clad officers of its anti-terrorism unit -- Detachment 88.

A symbol of improved security cooperation with Western nations, the unit has gained somewhat of a cult status among many Indonesians, particularly after live television images of dramatic sieges ending in a hail of gunfire.

"They've been pretty good on the investigative side and intelligence side and being able to crack down on these rings," said Ken Conboy, a Jakarta-based security analyst and author.

Police have succeeded in killing or capturing hundreds of suspected militants in recent years. Last week, Detachment 88 officers shot dead Dulmatin, a wanted militant with a $10 million bounty on his head who was tracked to a Jakarta Internet cafe.

The unit has been monitoring Islamist networks for potential threats ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama next week. It has also joined security training exercises at key strategic sites such as five-star hotels and airports.

Detachment 88 was established after the 2002 Bali bombings carried out by militant network Jemaah Islamiah, which firmly placed Indonesia as a frontline state in the U.S.-led "war on terror."

But the Western funding of an anti-terrorism unit in the world's most populous Muslim nation can be sensitive. There have been reports of U.S. intelligence officers in Jakarta helping tap cell phones and reading SMS text messages of Indonesian civilians.

A U.S. embassy spokesman in Jakarta declined to comment, but a U.S. government document showed the unit had received technical support, training and equipment under the State Department's Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) program since 2003.

An Indonesian official, who spoke on condition on anonymity, confirmed the unit got Australian and U.S. help in advanced wiretapping technology, and also some British and French aid.

Indonesia and the United States are likely to discuss further security cooperation during Obama's visit. Washington has been considering whether to lift a ban on military training for Indonesia's notorious special forces unit, known as Kopassus.

Conboy said Detachment 88 got its name because a top police officer at a briefing on the Anti-Terrorism Assistance program had mis-heard "A-T-A" as "Eighty-Eight," which he thought was auspicious since eight is a lucky number in Asian culture.

There have also been reports that it was due to the 88 Australians who died in the Bali bombings, while a top Detachment 88 official said it was because 88 resembled handcuffs.

Australia worked closely with Indonesia on security and Canberra helped set up a training center to combat militants in 2004, pledging A$38 million ($35 million) over five years.

The facility -- boasting a forensic laboratory and a Boeing 737 fuselage -- is in the police academy in the city of Semarang.

Indonesian extremists have become more savvy at communicating by using couriers rather than cell phones to avoid detection and analysts see limits to the usefulness of electronic surveillance.

"It has acquired good capacity to pursue jihadi elements once their existence has been detected," said Sidney Jones, an expert on Islamist militants at the International Crisis Group.

"But their ability to detect previously unknown groups is much weaker, because that information has to come from the community, not from fancy intercepts," added Jones.

There have also been controversies over how Detachment 88 operates, in particular whether they have used deadly force during raids too often, raising the risk of retaliation from militants and losing possible intelligence.

Dulmatin and another wanted militant, Noordin Mohammad Top, who is believed to have masterminded suicide attacks on Jakarta hotels last year, were both shot dead during raids.

"They don't take any prisoners which I think some have noted with concern," said Conboy.

Tito Karnavian, the head of Detachment 88, told Reuters in a recent interview that officers used a response proportionate to threats under international operating procedures.

"So if the threat is lethal, we can use also the lethal force," added Karnavian, who said Noordin Top had been killed after attacking officers with an M-16 rifle and pipe-bombs.

HISTORY OF DETACHMENT 88

HISTORY OF DETACHMENT 88
Detachment 88 was formed after the 2002 Bali bombings and became operational in 2003. The name of the organization is a result of a senior Indonesian police official mishearing "ATA" in a briefing on the US Department of State's Anti-Terrorist Assistance program as "88". He thought it would be a good name as the number 8 is a lucky number in Asia and other officials lacked the courage to correct him. However, according to Brig. Gen. Pranowo, the Indonesian Police Headquarter Anti-Terror Director, the number '88' is taken from the number of Australian fatalities in the 2002 Bali bombing, the largest number from a single country.

Detachment 88
has disrupted the activities of Central Java-based Islamist movement Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and many of its top operatives have been arrested or killed. Abu Dujana, suspected leader of JI's military wing and its possible emir, was apprehended on June 9, 2007. Azahari Husin was shot and killed in 2005. The Indonesian terrorist organization suffered a further blow when arguably its last surviving and at-large prominent figure, Noordin M. Top was killed in a shootout against Detachment 88 on September 17, 2009 at Solo, Central Java.

Detachment 88 is assisted by foreign agencies, including the Australian Federal Police, in forensic sciences including DNA analysis, and communications monitoring. In pre-emptive strikes in Java, the unit thwarted attack plans to material assembly.

Detachment 88 operators were involved in an operation in Poso, where 10 people, including a policeman, were killed in a gunfight during a high-risk arrest operation on January 22, 2007.

In 2007, Detachment 88 arrested and interrogated West Papuan human rights lawyer, Iwangin Sabar Olif, and charged him with incitement and insulting the head of state, because he sent an SMS text message critical of the Indonesian military and president. Detachment 88's operations include using US intelligence officers in its Jakarta headquarters to tap the phone calls and read the SMS text messages of Indonesian civilians.
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History of Densus 88












History of Densus 88

Detachment 88 (Densus 88) was formed after the 2002 Bali bombings and became operational in 2003. The name of the organization is a result of a senior Indonesian police official mishearing "ATA" in a briefing on the US Department of State's Anti-Terrorist Assistance program as "88". He thought it would be a good name as the number 8 is a lucky number in Asia and other officials lacked the courage to correct him. However, according to Brig. Gen. Pranowo, the Indonesian Police Headquarter Anti-Terror Director, the number '88' is taken from the number of Australian fatalities in the 2002 Bali bombing, the largest number from a single country.

Densus 88
has disrupted the activities of Central Java-based Islamist movement Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and many of its top operatives have been arrested or killed.[4] Abu Dujana, suspected leader of JI's military wing and its possible emir, was apprehended on June 9, 2007. Azahari Husin was shot and killed in 2005. The Indonesian terrorist organization suffered a further blow when arguably its last surviving and at-large prominent figure, Noordin M. Top was killed in a shootout against Detachment 88 on September 17, 2009 at Solo, Central Java.

Densus 88 is assisted by foreign agencies, including the Australian Federal Police, in forensic sciences including DNA analysis, and communications monitoring. In pre-emptive strikes in Java, the unit thwarted attack plans to material assembly.

Densus 88 operators were involved in an operation in Poso, where 10 people, including a policeman, were killed in a gunfight during a high-risk arrest operation on January 22, 2007.

In 2007, Densus 88 arrested and interrogated West Papuan human rights lawyer, Iwangin Sabar Olif, and charged him with incitement and insulting the head of state, because he sent an SMS text message critical of the Indonesian military and president. Detachment 88's operations include using US intelligence officers in its Jakarta headquarters to tap the phone calls and read the SMS text messages of Indonesian civilians.

Persenjataan Densus 88








Persenjataan Densus 88

Satuan pasukan khusus baru Polri alias densus 88 ini dilengkapi dengan persenjataan dan kendaraan tempur buatan Amerika, seperti senapan serbu Colt M4, senapan penembak jitu Armalite AR-10, dan shotgun Remington 870. Dikedepan satuan ini akan memiliki pesawat C-130 Hercules sendiri untuk meningkatkan mobilitasnya.

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senapan penembak jitu Armalite AR-10





shotgun Remington 870






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FILOSOFI DENSUS 88








FILOSOFI DENSUS 88

Burung hantu dengan kemampuan penglihatan yang tajam, pendengaran yang kuat karena “radar” yang ada pada wajahnya, kemampuan bergerak tanpa bersuara di malam hari, dan kecepatan terbang yang tinggi akan memburu tikus (yang dimanapun selalu mengganggu dan merusak) kemanapun bersembunyi secara cepat dan akurat. Tikus dapat diartikan sebagai teroris yang selalu mengganggu umat manusia. Kemampuan burung hantu tersebut dapat melambangkan penggunaan ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi serta dapat bergerak dengan sangat rahasia digunakan sebagailogo Detasemen Khusus 88 Anti Teror untuk memburu teroris kemanapun berada.
Arti angka 88 pada tulisan Detasemen Khusus 88 ini menyerupai dua buah borgol. Angka 88 merupakan representasi dari korban peristiwa bom Bali pada tahun 2002 dari warga asingyang mengalami korban terbanyak yaitu Australia. Makna “88″ berikutnya adalah, angka “88″ tidak terputus dan terus menyambung. Ini artinya bahwa pekerjaan Detasemen 88 Antiteror ini terus berlangsung dan tidak kenal berhenti. Angka “88″juga menyerupai borgol yang maknanya polisi serius menangani kasus ini.
Meski sudah terjadi ratusan pengeboman di Indonesia sejak tahun 1999, pemerintah Republik Indonesia belum menyadari akan adanya aktivitas terorisme di Indonesia. Kasus pengeboman di Bali tanggal 12Oktober 2002 telah membuka mata pemerintah Republik Indonesia dan dunia pada umumnya bahwa di Indonesia benar telah terjadi aktivitas terorismeyang sangat serius.

Perundang-undangan pemberantasan terorismepun segera dibentuk, bahkan diberlakukan surut untuk penanggulangan terorisme tersebut. Untuk dapat menanggulangi terorisme di Indonesia,segera dibuat naskah kerjasama internasional di bidang kepolisian, teknik dan intelijen dengan negara negara di dunia.
Untuk dapat segera mengungkap kasus bom Bali tersebut, Kepala Kepolisian Republik Indonesia membentuk satuan tugas yang anggota-angotanya dipilih dari polisi-polisi terbaik dari seluruh Indonesia. Tugas pokok satuan tugas yang baru dibentuk adalah untuk dapat segera mengungkap kasus pengeboman,menangkap pelaku dan membongkar jaringan teroris yang ada di belakangnya. Cara kerja satuan tugas tersebut agar lebih efektif, maka diberi keleluasaan untuk memotong segala bentuk hambatan birokratis di lingkungan Polri.
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FILOSOFI DENSUS 88

FILOSOFI DENSUS 88

Burung hantu dengan kemampuan penglihatan yang tajam, pendengaran yang kuat karena “radar” yang ada pada wajahnya, kemampuan bergerak tanpa bersuara di malam hari, dan kecepatan terbang yang tinggi akan memburu tikus (yang dimanapun selalu mengganggu dan merusak) kemanapun bersembunyi secara cepat dan akurat. Tikus dapat diartikan sebagai teroris yang selalu mengganggu umat manusia. Kemampuan burung hantu tersebut dapat melambangkan penggunaan ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi serta dapat bergerak dengan sangat rahasia digunakan sebagailogo Detasemen Khusus 88 Anti Teror untuk memburu teroris kemanapun berada.
Arti angka 88 pada tulisan Detasemen Khusus 88 ini menyerupai dua buah borgol. Angka 88 merupakan representasi dari korban peristiwa bom Bali pada tahun 2002 dari warga asingyang mengalami korban terbanyak yaitu Australia. Makna “88″ berikutnya adalah, angka “88″ tidak terputus dan terus menyambung. Ini artinya bahwa pekerjaan Detasemen 88 Antiteror ini terus berlangsung dan tidak kenal berhenti. Angka “88″juga menyerupai borgol yang maknanya polisi serius menangani kasus ini.
Meski sudah terjadi ratusan pengeboman di Indonesia sejak tahun 1999, pemerintah Republik Indonesia belum menyadari akan adanya aktivitas terorisme di Indonesia. Kasus pengeboman di Bali tanggal 12Oktober 2002 telah membuka mata pemerintah Republik Indonesia dan dunia pada umumnya bahwa di Indonesia benar telah terjadi aktivitas terorismeyang sangat serius.

Perundang-undangan pemberantasan terorismepun segera dibentuk, bahkan diberlakukan surut untuk penanggulangan terorisme tersebut. Untuk dapat menanggulangi terorisme di Indonesia,segera dibuat naskah kerjasama internasional di bidang kepolisian, teknik dan intelijen dengan negara negara di dunia.
Untuk dapat segera mengungkap kasus bom Bali tersebut, Kepala Kepolisian Republik Indonesia membentuk satuan tugas Densus88 yang anggota-angotanya dipilih dari polisi-polisi terbaik dari seluruh Indonesia. Tugas pokok satuan tugas yang baru dibentuk adalah untuk dapat segera mengungkap kasus pengeboman,menangkap pelaku dan membongkar jaringan teroris yang ada di belakangnya. Cara kerja satuan tugas tersebut agar lebih efektif, maka diberi keleluasaan untuk memotong segala bentuk hambatan birokratis di lingkungan Polri.
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ARTI LOGO DENSUS 88


ARTI LOGO DENSUS 88
Burung Hantu
Burung hantu merujuk pada spesies burung “nocturnal” (aktif waktu malam) dan mempunyai bentuk muka yang berbeda dengan burung biasa. Muka burung hantu berbentuk rata seperti muka manusia dengan kedua belah matanya menghadap ke depan. Burung hantu juga mempunyai paruh bengkok kebawah yang tajam, dan mempunyai bulu jambul yang lembut.
Burung hantu adalah binatang pemangsa yang efisien karena dilengkapii perlengkapan yang memadai sebagai predator. Matanya yang terletak dibagian depan memberi kesan burung ini pandangan “menyatu” yang hebat. Dimana seekor burung hantu mempunyai kemampuan penglihatan secara binokuler (melihat sebuah obyek dengan kedua mata secara bersamaan), sehingga burung hantu dapat melihat obyek secara tiga dimensi dengan wilayah penglihatan 110 derajat, 70 derajat diantaranya dapat dilihat secara binokuler. Namun ia bisa memutar kepalanya 270 derajat sehingga bisa melihat ke belakang dengan mudah.
Karena sering berburu dimalam hari, burung hantu dilengkapi dengan sistem pendengaran yang sagat baik. Telinga terletak di dekat mata dan dilingkupi oleh wajah yang lebar. Wajah yang lebar ini berfungsi seperti radar menangkap suara yang menyalurkan gelombang suara melaui otot-otot wajah ke telinga. Daya penglihatannya dan pendengarannya pada malam hari sangat tajam, mampu mendengar cicitan tikus pada jarak 500 m. Cakarnyayang tajam akan keluar memanjang saat menyerang sehingga meningkatkan keberhasilan serangan.
Burung hantu juga dilengkapi sepasang sayap yang cukup spesial karena mampu meredam gerakan udara yang membuatnya tidak bersuara saat terbang dan menangkap mangsanya dengan kejutan. Itu juga membuatnya mampu mendengar pergerakan buruannya dengan jelas sambil terbang.
Semuanya itu membuat Burung Hantu memiliki kemampuan berburu yang sangat tinggi, tangkas, cekatan dan disamping menyambar juga mengejar mangsanya di atas tanah. Penelitian pada jenis tertentu, kotoranya menunjukkan 99% memangsa tikus sedangkan 1% memangsa serangga. Mengkonsumsi tikus lebih banyak 2-3 ekor per hari namun daya membunuh lebih dari yang dimakannya.
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