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From: Anon//UNATCO.44567.22356
To: Free Enterprise Mailing List
Cc:
Subject: re: NOBODY CARES! (was: Nationalizing industry)

Michelle (mdarwin//orbit.8665.9112.4) wrote:
>I just read that government regulators have
>nationalized the third airline this year, and the
>story was buried on the SIXTH PAGE of the
>Times!
>No one seems to care that Uncle Sam is
>gradually taking control of every means of
>public transportation. The FAA claims that the
>airline's management botched the safety
>records... Lies! Lies! Have any of these records
>been made public? Do they even exist?
>Rule by executive order is now the norm.
>Goodbye, due process.
What you have to remember is that "we the people" are members of a republic, and
you must learn to trust those that you choose to represent you. The government
is not a heartless machine running our lives; it is comprised of people, just
like you, who deserve our trust and respect.



From: JReed//UNATCO.56740.33309
To: KLloyd//UNATCO.2334.8873
Subject: Visitors

Mr. Manderley tells me we're expecting a new agent. His assigned I.D. is "J.C.
Denton." Please enter him in the log when he arrives and alert me immediately.
Thank you.
Janice Reed



BOOK

UNATCO HANDBOOK
Welcome to UNATCO!

CLASSIFICATION: The U.N. has nine levels of security above Top Secret. This
manual and all material that is not otherwise marked is classified as Angel/0A.
If you are not Angel/0A or above, report immediately to your supervisor or face
disciplinary action. Other classifications will be explained upon reaching
higher clearance.
In its efforts to combat t3rrorism, the U.N. has created UNATCO for the swift
deployment of a COORDINATED FORCE to counteract any insurgent operations. You
are justifiably proud to be part of this organization: your physical
capabilities place you within the upper one percent of national ground combat
units, while your mental capabilities have been honed to sharpness by the UNATCO
Academy.
But as part of a larger organization, you also understand the necessity to HEED
ORDERS from your superiors without hesitation; your superiors are typically
briefed on matters for which you may not be cleared, and hesitation on the part
of an agent can result in the serious IMPAIRMENT of mission objectives and
attendant CASUALTIES.
UNATCO has faith in you, and this faith will be REWARDED in due time as your
operational capacities are increased. Brave the darkness, for you carry the
torch of freedom.


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BOOK

UNATCO HANDBOOK
UNATCO and the Public

In carrying out our duties, UNATCO agents often come in contact with the public.
You are a PEACEKEEPER, and your first objective is to safeguard human life.
Though t3rrorists may see an advantage in harming civilians, UNATCO agents do
not. Issue a warning before firing at a suspect and always instruct bystanders
to "get down on the ground." Refrain from firing into large crowds. Every
civilian hurt is collateral damage.
However, keep in mind that no civilian with a clearance below Angel/0A should be
trusted and may be a potential spy. ANYONE can be a spy, and secrecy is our
ally.
REMEMBER: WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

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UNATCO HANDBOOK
UNATCO and the Police

In carrying our their duties, UNATCO agents often work with other law-
enforcement agencies.
We remain a small, elite organization. Until our ranks expand, we must rely on
the cooperation of local police, governments, intelligence agencies, and
corporate security divisions. Always be courteous when requesting information or
filing an extradition request. As our jurisdiction widens, we will inevitably
experience conflicts with some local officials. Do not resort to unnecessary
intimidation in these situations, and report any problems to the appropriate
UNATCO liaison. Above all, an international law enforcement body requires the
RESPECT and SUPPORT of all participating nations.



BOOK

PROJECT DIBBUK
Overview
Domination/5F Clearance ONLY

...the noted failure of previous attempts to create a low profile rotary
aircraft involved the acquisition and retrofitting of available military
hardware that had neither the range, ceiling, nor electromagnetic transparency
to avoid numerous eyewitness accounts or unauthorized military interactions. In
addition to exacerbating public misconceptions about governmental operations,
such encounters also jeopardized several key missions. PROJECT DIBBUK was
initiated to address this issue through the creation of a "stealth" aircraft
that could be used as a platform for a number of mission objectives...

BOOK

UNATCO HANDBOOK
UNATCO and the World

For far too long t3rrorists have exploited international tensions and regional
legislative variations to elude authorities.
A significant step was made towards eliminating these legal loopholes when U.S.
President Philip Riley Mead lobbied the Congress to make the U.S. a UNATCO
member nation: "Enough is enough!" he declared in his landmark State of the
Union address, and the citizens of the United States responded with enthusiastic
endorsement of his position. Not only did the United States become a charter
member of UNATCO, but UNATCO headquarters are now located on Liberty Island in
the shadow of that shattered monument to FREEDOM.
UNATCO deals not only with t3rrorist threats, but also any transgressions of the
international legal code, including drug trafficking, software piracy, and money
laundering. With the full support of the United States, UNATCO was for the first
time able to truly declare itself the "WORLD'S POLICEMAN."



BOOK

UNATCO MedDirectorate
Nano-Augmentation Guidelines

...nano-augmentations, once "installed," irrevocably alter the physiological
system they affect and in many cases cause all subsequent augmentations to be
rejected; however, the exact number of augmentations each system can support
varies. The various interdependencies between these systems can be seen in the
following table that details possible nano-augmentation combinations.
Arms: Combat Strength or Microfibral Muscle
Legs: Speed Enhancement or Run Silent
Subdermal (1): EMP Shield or Ballistic Protection
Subdermal (2): Cloak or Radar Transparency
Torso (1): Aqualung or Environmental Resistance
Torso (2): Regeneration or Energy Resistance
Torso (3): Synthetic Heart or Power Recirculator
Cranium: Aggressive Defense System or Spy Drone
Optics: Targeting or Vision Enhancement
Specific nano-augmentations should be selected based on the mission profile of
the particular agent...

BOOK

UNATCO HANDBOOK: Dedication

Nihil aliud scit necessitas quam vincere.
--Syrus
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UNATCO HANDBOOK
UNATCO and the Future

As science progresses at an ever increasing rate, more and more advanced
technology is finding its way into the hands of the common criminal, resulting
in a deadly threat to LIFE and PROPERTY throughout the world.
While it is impractical to restrict the free-flow of information already present
in the public sector, UNATCO is committed to insuring that this threat does not
go unaddressed. Even now, UNATCO research and development employs some of the
most talented scientific minds in the world to develop proprietary technologies
in absolute security for field use by our agents -- including such innovations
as the XXXXXXX XXXXX and XXXXXX, or the lifesaving XXXXX.
Under NO circumstances should agents discuss ANY piece of equipment or technique
currently employed by UNATCO. Agents operating contrary to this directive will
face immediate disciplinary action.
Within our laboratories lies not just the future of law enforcement, but a SAFE,
SECURE future for all mankind.
[Document filtered per UNATCO Terror Monitoring Act 919-05 Sec. IV]

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UNATCO HANDBOOK
UNATCO and the Press

Because UNATCO will often deal with situations that cannot easily be contained,
agents may unfortunately need to interact with the press.
If you are not trained for such interaction, do not -- repeat, DO NOT -- speak
with journalists, regardless of nationality. They are skilled in misdirection
and propaganda. Refuse comment. Remember: Security procedures are our first line
of defence. SECRETS are LIVES.
Always refer reporters at crime scenes to UNATCO information officers and fact
management teams.



BOOK

The Reluctant Dictators
by Travis Crockett

Introduction
Organized at the end of the American Revolution on May 13, 1783, by General
George Washington, the Order of the Cincinnati was ostensibly formed as a
fraternity to recognize the accomplishments of those officers who had served
with distinguishment during the Revolution. However, the true purpose of the
Order was the cultivation of a military force ready, willing, and able to
accomplish a coup d'etat if the fledgling American democracy began to stumble.
Skeptical at the viability of the untried democratic system, Washington took
counsel in the story of the Roman general Cincinnatus who was called from
retirement to serve as Dictator for sixteen days in the defense of Rome, after
which he returned home to his farm. In the wake of the Revolution, the United
States was vulnerable to any number of outside forces, and Washington felt that
a strong, central authority had to be present that could assume control of the
government if necessary -- and "temporarily" suspend the Constitution if
required.
Washington resigned as President after only two terms in office, but remained
President of the Order of the Cincinnati till his death. The Order still exists
to this day, a shadow organization of the wealthy and powerful that has been
linked to any number of other organizations ranging from the Illuminati to the
Trilateral Commission...

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BOOK

CIA Factbook 2050: Hong Kong

Economic Overview: In the decades since Hong Kong has been returned to Chinese
control it has seen its economy thrive under the newly resurgent authority of
the Chinese central government. Led by a thriving technological market in human
augmentation technology, the real GDP has peaked every year since 2041 with all
forecasting models predicting that this trend will continue well into the next
decade if not beyond.
However, the statistics do not present an entirely accurate depiction of the
state of the Hong Kong economy as they fail to depict the flourishing gray and
black market that operates with at least the tacit approval of the Beijing
regime. While political oppression continues to present a major and ongoing
problem to those living under Chinese rule, entrepreneurism is alive and well in
the form of organized crime -- as has always been the case, anything and
everything can be had for a price in Hong Kong. Many of these criminal
organizations can trace their lineage directly to the Triads that have existed
for thousands of years throughout China and Southeast Asia...


BOOK

Jacob's Shadow
by Andrew Hammond

Chapter 12

"Lot a people say this city looks like Hell," Allie said. She took a long drag
from her cigarette. The glowing tip burned like a hole in the darkness.
"Most people never been to Hell," Jacob said.
She looked at him and he could hear the smile in her voice. "And I suppose you
have?"
Jacob said nothing, then stood and walked to the bed. Allie let out a small
noise and shrank back against the pillows as if she'd claw her way into them if
she could. He leaned down close to her ear.
"You like to play games," he whispered. "And that's fine. But you don't want to
be playing games with me, because I'm the one honest man in this city. You
should know that, since we were married."


BOOK

Vishnu's Fall
A Brief History of the Indian Crisis

...after the bombing, Indian officials issued a series of stern warnings to
Pakistan that were rebuffed with denials of responsibility and dire threats that
any attempt to use the bombings as a pretext for military action would be met
with force in kind. From the viewpoint of the present-day historiographer this
was a crucial event, a game of brinksmanship that had been played between
Pakistan and India many, many times before and so, while tragic, it is also
easily understood how clear signs of the impending catastrophe might have been
ignored.
"Like two kids shoving each other on the playground," said historian Alistair
Brooks. "You never expect them to come to blows."
That was before Pakistan began the trials of the "Calcutta 16" and both nations
descended into a maelstrom of political upheaval that would eventually culminate
in the exchange of nuclear warheads...


BOOK

Chlorine and Water Treatment:
Report for the New York City Council, 2053

...on the other hand, opponents claim chlorine compounds can cause cancer,
infertility, or birth defects. However, recent research indicates that the
increased risk of cancer from chlorinated water is minimal or nonexistent.
For example, a 2034 toxicological study found no carcinogenic effects at
chlorine concentrations a thousand times higher than the Environmental
Protection Agency revised Kyoto standards. And the International Agency for
Research on Cancer concluded population studies on cancer rates were too flawed
to draw any conclusions.
Water chlorination is just one target for some activists; they advocate
eliminating some or all of the 15,000 chlorine compounds now in use. This would
include more plastics, almost 85 percent of pharmaceuticals, and 96 percent of
crop-protection chemicals.
Yet most of the chlorine in the world occurs naturally. The annual global
emission of some 1,500 naturally occurring chlorinated organic chemicals totals
five million tons, compared to human emissions of chlorine compounds of only
26,000 tons...


BOOK

Nanotechnology for Stupid People(tm)

Feel like a moron because folks sling around words like "Universal Constructor,"
"gray goo," "mecanocarbons," and "Bucky tubes"? Well, no longer! "Nanotechnology
for Stupid People(tm)" will guide you through the small, small word of tiny
machines. Why is this important? Why should you care? Imagine a million
microscopic robots no bigger than a red blood cell constantly scouring your
arteries for plaque and cholesterol... imagine a supercomputer the size of your
thumbnail that can record everything you see and hear... imagine buildings that
assemble themselves overnight -- well imagine no longer!
The future is here (or will be soon, and it's made of little atoms -- that's
right, atoms, the building blocks of all matter in the universe. Nanotechnology
simply pushes the little building blocks around to make new, interesting,
exciting things. Even now, scientists worldwide are making huge strides in
perfecting the Universal Constructor that will make a nanotechnological future
possible, but already the benefits are being reaped from their research. You'll
learn the history, the inside scoop, the buzz words, and what the future holds -
- all inside "Nanotechnology for Stupid people(tm)"!
Stupid People -- When You Don't Have Two Neurons to Rub Together(tm). Check out
our other books including the bestselling "Pandemics for Stupid People" and
"Cooking Dog for Stupid People."


BOOK

Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook
U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

...In addition to their detrimental health effects on the targeted population,
biological warfare agents would likely cause significant impacts on the medical
care system. Massive numbers of patients and demands for intensive care would
overwhelm medical resources. Special medications or vaccines not generally
available in standard pharmaceutical stocks would be required. Medical care
providers and laboratory personnel might need added protection, and autopsy and
interment of remains could present hazards not commonly dealt with...

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BOOK

Art of War
by Sun Tzu

III. ATTACK BY STRATAGEM
1. Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take
the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good.
So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture
a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.
2. Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence;
supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.


BOOK

Righteous Angels: Perspectives on UNATCO
by Wendi White

Chapter II. The New Seraphim
As the giddiness that greeted the new millenium faded to grim apathy in the face
of the plague, famine, and the inevitable waves of national convulsions that
followed in their wake, the United Nations found itself increasingly outmoded
and unable to cope with the worldwide rise in t3rrorism. Tensions between the
affluent -- walled away within private enclaves -- and those less fortunate
escalated rapidly as basic medical care facilities collapsed under the weight of
each new outbreak. The very pervasiveness of the Net fractured communities into
smaller and smaller special-interest groups. And as local police grew
increasingly ineffectual and access to deadlier weaponry more commonplace,
conflicts spilled over national borders and onto the streets of major urban
cities.
The United Nations was forced to admit that their own military was both outmoded
and unequipped to deal with these threats, so a new organization was required --
UNATCO, an army of seraphim, divinely charged to mete out impartial justice with
burning wings and flaming swords...


BOOK

"Hell is murky," that's what Macbeth said.
*
They came through today, bunch of the NSF boys, set up a perimeter in the shanty
town and took some folks hostage down in the station. One of them told me it was
necessary, that the government made it necessary -- "we're slaves if we don't,"
I remember her saying, and I asked her if she thought those people down in the
station felt any more free for being strapped to a bunch of dynamite. She just
looked at me, walked away.
*
MOLE/6653
*
Kevin's dealing with them, says we don't risk anything by letting them use the
tunnels, that we don't have no quarrel with anyone. But I wonder about hell and
the roads paved to it.
-- Curly

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The Man Who Was Thursday
by G. K. Chesterton

"...First of all, what is it really all about? What is it you object to? You
want to abolish Government?"
"To abolish God!" said Gregory, opening the eyes of a fanatic. "We do not only
want to upset a few despotisms and police regulations; that sort of anarchism
does exist, but it is a mere branch of the Nonconformists. We dig deeper and we
blow you higher. We wish to deny all those arbitrary distinctions of vice and
virtue, honour and treachery, upon which mere rebels base themselves. The silly
sentimentalists of the French Revolution talked of the Rights of Man! We hate
Rights as we hate Wrongs. We have abolished Right and Wrong."
"And Right and Left," said Syme with a simple eagerness, "I hope you will
abolish them too. They are much more troublesome to me..."


BOOK

Lab Notes, Dr. Moreau
Week of 4/12 to 4/18

Sunday, 4/12: LabNet accounts are disabled. Rumor is possible infiltration
attempt by Silhouette required redistribution of secure network resources. Will
transcribe lab notes by hard until IS has restored access.
Monday, 4/13: Greasels displaying an increasing level of antipathy towards lab
personnel. Noted to Dr. Verne who increased dosage of succinylcholine from 15cc
to 32cc.
Wednesday, 4/15: IS promises that LabNet accounts will be restored by Friday;
new login is "dmoreau" with password "raptor".
Thursday, 4/16: Dr. Cairns typically absent minded; forgot his protective gear
when handling greasel and received a dose of venomous spit in the face.
Fortuitous opportunity to study effects on human nervous system which included
impaired coordination and vision.


BOOK

UNATCO HANDBOOK: Appendix A
Origins of UNATCO

In recent years the swelling tide of international t3rrorism coupled with enmity
between states, wildly varying laws, and an anachronistic devotion to arbitrary
borders has resulted in the decreasing effectiveness of local law enforcement.
To resolve the problem, a neutral agency was required to enforce international
law in an impartial manner around the world.
UNATCO was formed with just such a mission in mind, an organization that could
transcend national boundaries and provide security for all nations that
subscribe to its charter. Founded with the principles of the United Nations as
its cornerstone, UNATCO is FAIR, JUST, and protects the individual liberties of
all the citizens of the world.
The criminal thrives on anonymity, but soon there will be no place for them to
hide. Victory over t3rrorism is the prize for our VIGILANCE.


BOOK

PROJECT DIBBUK
SH-187 Specifications and Operation
Domination/5F Clearance ONLY

...the goal of PROJECT DIBBUK was to create a long range, variable mission-
capable rotary aircraft, realized to its fullest extent in the SH-187 "stealth
helicopter." The production model SH-187 features a revolutionary engine powered
by HIGH-EFFICIENCY ETHANOL FUEL CELLS with a flight range of over 9000 miles
depending upon atmospheric conditions, and an extension of the thermoptic
camouflage technology that renders it INVISIBLE across 97% of the non-visible
electromagnetic spectrum. Ideally suited for surveillance, insertion, retrieval,
and limited interdiction, the SH-187 will often spend much of its operational
lifetime within hostile territory, and therefore is also equipped with REMOTE
DISABLING and scrambling for its key flight systems. If necessary, the vehicle
can also be scuttled remotely...


BOOK

Jacob's Shadow
by Andrew Hammond

Chapter 20

Samuel looked at him from across the table, but he might as well have been
peering at Jacob from the Devil's own palace in the deep blue sea.
After a moment Samuel rubbed his rheumy eyes. "You ever wonder about morals?" he
said. Jacob shook his head. "I do... all the damn time. I wonder what it means
to be good -- if there's some tally that says 'you only hurt ten people, so come
on up, but eleven and you're going straight to hell.' Then I think maybe it's a
little voice that tells you, way back in your head. And then I wonder what
happens when that voice goes away..."
Jacob reached under the table and put the little .22 pistol against one of
Samuel's kneecaps.
"I don't think you're going to like my answer to that. Where is she?"


BOOK

The True Way
by Kishiro Yoshitaka

...If one is to imagine the "perfect sword" that can cut and swing with no
resistance, a sword that is an extension of the mind and heart of the warrior
who wields it and not a dead weight of steel, then it becomes clear that the
sword is of little consequence compared to the will of the strategist. Those who
would master the Way must come to understand this: a sword is a tool whose
purpose is to cut. Each day the strategist must practice this until it is not
practice, but a part of their spirit. The strategist knows that every sword they
wield is perfect, for their will is perfect, and it is through their will alone
that they win battles...


BOOK

Tai-Fun
by Lin Yeoh

...The history of the Triads is in many ways the history of modern China.
Popular myth holds that the Triads originated as a resistance movement against
the Ching dynasty after it descended from Manchuria to seize the capital of
Peking by force. When faced with a rebellion in the Fukien province, the Ching
dynasty recruited an order of warrior monks who were later deemed expendable by
the Emperor and all but exterminated. Survivors organized a number of secret
monasteries and became known as the "Hung Mun," dedicated to overthrowing the
Chings.
The Hung Mun showed a remarkable political adaptability, portraying themselves
as protectors of the people even as they accepted money from Japanese corporate
fronts during WWII...



BOOK

Insurgent
by X

...When faced with the subversion of an organized ruling body, external action -
- even when executed in concert, as a group -- is often ineffectual. True
revolution can only come from working within, and in this the ultimate change
that can be brought about by an individual is magnified by the very machinery
that such organizations utilize to maintain their own authority. Historically,
ruling bodies are always outnumbered by those they rule -- but still they manage
to maintain a disproportionate amount of power through a combination of
tradition, confusion, and punishment. An operative who learns to simulate the
veneer of a loyalist and guard their own secret heart can utilize those very
same tools to overthrow such organizations, or shift them to a more
ideologically pleasing axis...

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...God's got a funny sense of humor sometimes... I'm writing this on the back of
an issue of "Tomorrow's Scientist."
Hundley sent me to pick up a batch of karkian eggs fresh off the plane; couldn't
trust anyone else, Dr. Feng -- that's what he said. Big job. On the way back
through the tunnel everything just fell apart, flash of light and noise and
suddenly I'm lying here. My legs are broken. It was probably a Triad attack...
they've been fighting lately...
I thought emergency services would arrive, but no one's come. There's no
internal bleeding that I can tell. I started to hear noises a while ago. I think
the suspension crate in the car broke open and the eggs are hatching.
I can't reach anyone on my phone. It's been eight hours. I slept a little. I can
hear the baby karkians -- cries of hunger, precursor to infant food seeking
behavior. The irony is this is a perfect environment for them.
I saw a shadow of one a little ago. My rough guess is they're developing almost
20% more quickly than expected. Some nasty noises earlier, several of the
karkians picking out the weakest of the litter and tearing it to pieces.
I wish someone would come...


BOOK

Chinese Silver Loaves

1 3/4 cups hot water
3 T. sugar
2 T. vegetable shortening or oil
6 cups plain flour
2 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Add sugar and shortening to hot water, stir til sugar is dissolved, and allow to
cool until barely warm.
Sift remaining dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and gradually stir in
sugar mixture. Mix well and gradually draw dough together with your hands. It
should be soft, but not sticky.
On a floured board, knead dough about 5-8 minutes, or til smooth and elastic.
Return to bowl, cover with damp cloth and let rise at least 1 hour.


BOOK

Journal of Hung Kwan Gordon Quick

...is it the steel in her heart, much like that of her father, that leads me to
love her; how unfortunate that the Old Gods should laugh and she should be the
child of their Dragon Head -- the man who would lead the Red Arrow against the
Luminous Path and destroy all we have sought to create for the Celestial
Kingdom. But I know that whatever fate has decreed for us, we will walk that
road together. There can be no betrayal in the feelings we have for each other,
and no teachings that can show me the error in our actions.
Today, Master Tong has informed me that we will have visitors...



BOOK

MJ12 Nano-Augmentation Experiment Series 3-C
For Internal Use Only

...recent human trials and subsequent mortality studies have demonstrated that
nano-augmenting of baseline human physiology is not without hazards: notably,
key anatomical regions can support only limited augmentation without risking
rejection or accelerated degeneration. Research is ongoing, but current data
suggests the following nano-augmentation combinations have acceptable risk:
Arms: Combat Strength or Microfibral Muscle
Legs: Speed Enhancement or Run Silent
Subdermal (1): EMP Shield or Ballistic Protection
Subdermal (2): Cloak or Radar Transparency
Torso (1): Aqualung or Environmental Resistance
Torso (2): Regeneration or Energy Resistance
Torso (3): Synthetic Heart or Power Recirculator
Cranium: Aggressive Defense System or Spy Drone
Optics: Targeting or Vision Enhancement
In Series 3-D we will examine the viability of genetically suppressing the
immune response through epsilon elimination...

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BOOK

Jacob's Shadow
by Andrew Hammond

Chapter 23

There weren't many moves left. Jacob knew that. Most of the pawns had been taken
off the board and his own queen lost. The game had entered its final phase, and
now the question wasn't which piece to sacrifice -- they were all more or less
expendable -- but when.
He shined his flashlight throughout the rooms of the vacant house. It was a
perfectly serviceable tract home somewhere in the suburbs where the sun
occasionally shone. It looked like no one had lived there for ages, and that was
true enough. Jacob just took care of the bills -- any paper trail ended at
Hobb's Cemetery up state.
In the attic he found the old water heater, cold now. He removed the top and
felt along the edge for a nearly invisible strand of fishing line. Jacob hauled
back on the line until he pulled a dripping plastic bag free of the murky tank.
He took the flashlight between his teeth and opened the bag.
Inside was a gun, a clean gun. Its serial numbers filed and the rifling
scratched beyond any possible match. The bullets all reloads with blank copper
casings. No fingerprints.
Time for the next move.



BOOK

The Man Who Was Thursday
by G. K. Chesterton

..."Professor," he cried, "it is intolerable. Are you afraid of this man?"
The Professor lifted his heavy lids, and gazed at Syme with large, wide-open,
blue eyes of an almost ethereal honesty. "Yes, I am," he said mildly. "So are
you."
Syme was dumb for an instant. Then he rose to his feet erect, like an insulted
man, and thrust the chair away from him.
"Yes," he said in a voice indescribable, "you are right. I am afraid of him.
Therefore I swear by God that I will seek out this man whom I fear until I find
him, and strike him on the mouth. If heaven were his throne and the earth his
footstool, I swear that I would pull him down."
"How?" asked the staring Professor. "Why?"
"Because I am afraid of him," said Syme; "and no man should leave in the
universe anything of which he is afraid..."



BOOK

Petals of Twilight
by Charles Francois Guillermot

...And it is told that he made his way through their streets
at night, crawling through their many windows and crouching in
their gardens, moving
through the sewers beneath their cobbled roads and
slipping over their railings.
Watched by their cats and the roosting pidgeons of their city,
yet wary of their slumbering dogs, he went. They would not see
him, nor wake as he drew near,
but would only shudder, softly calling out the names of their
gods in sleep.
Restless, they tossed as he passed under the window like an errant lover fleeing
dawn.
And by morning light he was gone, away from that place, and
moved on to another
world.

BOOK

Common Sense
by Thomas Paine

...SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little
or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have
different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by
wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our
affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages
intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a
punisher.
Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is
but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer,
or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a
country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we
furnish the means by which we suffer. Government, like dress, is the badge of
lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built on the ruins of the bowers of
paradise. For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform, and irresistibly
obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds
it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the
protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which
in every other case advises him out of two evils to choose the least...


BOOK

The Eye of Argon
by Jim Theis

The weather beaten trail wound ahead into the dust racked climes of the baren
land which dominates large portions of the Norgolian empire. Age worn hoof
prints smothered by the sifting sands of time shone dully against the dust
splattered crust of earth. The tireless sun cast its parching rays of
incandescense from overhead, half way through its daily revolution. Small
rodents scampered about, occupying themselves in the daily accomplishments of
their dismal lives. Dust sprayed over three heaving mounts in blinding clouds,
while they bore the burdonsome cargoes of their struggling overseers.
"Prepare to embrace your creators in the stygian haunts of hell, barbarian,"
gasped the first soldier.
"Only after you have kissed the fleeting stead of death, wretch!" returned
Grignr...



BOOK

Coq au Vin

1 chicken, cut into 9 pieces
2 tbsp unsalted butter
10 oz pearl onions, peeled
4 slices bacon, cut into 10cm pieces
1 tbsp flour
3/4 cup of chicken stock
1 bouquet garni
2 cups of red wine
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper, garlic
Brown the chicken in the butter in a frying pan over moderate heat. Place
chicken in a heavy casserole.
Brown the onions and bacon in the frying pan and add to the chicken.
Add the flour and stir well.
Add stock, bouquet garni, wine, salt and pepper. Stir and pour over the chicken.
Cover and simmer 30 minutes.
Add the red wine vinegar. Degrease the sauce before serving.


BOOK

Richard III
by William Shakespeare

Act I, Scene IV

CLARENCE:
...Lord, Lord! methought, what pain it was to drown!
What dreadful noise of waters in mine ears!
What ugly sights of death within my eyes!
Methought I saw a thousand fearful wrecks;
Ten thousand men that fishes gnaw'd upon;
Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl,
Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels,
All scatter'd in the bottom of the sea:
Some lay in dead men's skulls; and, in those holes
Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept,
As 'twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems,
Which woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep,
And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by...

BOOK

Jacob's Shadow
by Andrew Hammond

Chapter 27

It was late when he got back. Everything black and quiet. Jacob killed the
lights but didn't take the key out of this ignition. He reached into his pocket
and took out a little box with an LCD display, thumbed a button and the radio
transceiver captured the last few hours left of motion sensor logs from the
building. He'd done some favors for friends in the Shop -- or whatever it was
they were calling it this week -- and they'd installed it to spec for him.
As he walked to the door he was still arranging all the pieces in his head. Sure
way to get his ass taken down, but he couldn't help it. Something was missing.
Didn't fit. Allie hunched over in the bathroom, that needle dangling from
between her toes. Katsuya shifting a half million yen before the currency market
closed. The radio station Samuel had turned him on to, the one with the little
girl repeating all those numbers in sequence. And somewhere in the middle...
Jacob stepped, looked up at the night sky. He'd been assuming that there were
two sides to this game and both were playing to win. But what if... what if
there was someone else, and they wanted to see both sides lose?

BOOK

...don't know how I pulled this assignment. I was told that this was a "private
security organization," but I should've known something was going on when they
didn't ask about the damned discharge. Stupid. Now I'm walking the line at some
gloomy ass church in the middle of Paris, nothing for company but a bunch of
brain-dead zombies dressed in black and that crazy cook -- keeps rattling on
about temples or templars and how he used to cook for the rich or something... I
don't know. Food isn't all that great. Can't even get a bottle of ketchup. And
then this German mech-aug shows up yesterday. I knew a lot of stone-cold people
in the service, and this guy looks like he's got murder on his mind... He stands
down there in the tech archive like a bot -- I was on patrol in the cellar for
10 hours and he didn't move once. Inhuman. It's like he's waiting for something.
I think I heard him crying once...



BOOK

The Doctrine of the Mighty
by The Majestic Council of the Twelve

It is a commonly held precept that two are stronger than one, and that four are
stronger than two, and that sixteen are by far stronger than four; with this,
there can be no argument. If all of human history is but a single lesson, it is
that the individual may be remembered, but the organization persists and
thrives. A single artist, a single general, a single hero or a single villain
may all die, but it is impossible to kill a people, a nation, an idea -- except
when that idea has grown weak and is overpowered by one that is stronger.
This then is the true calling of those who would be mighty and join They Who
Rule the World in Majesty, to shun all that is empty fame and glory; to
eliminate weak thoughts, weak hands, and weak ideas; to give up vain
individuality and instead become a part of something that is glorious and
strong. This is the First Secret, that by surrendering that part of you that is
the least, you are elevated to the Most. The First Secret shall set you free,
and those who know their duty will find in it the keys to immortality.
The Second Secret can be explained to all, but truly understood only by those
who have submitted to the first Body and Soul...


BOOK

The Red Cross: A History of the Knights Templar
by Richard Baigent
Volume One: Defenders of the Faith

...Upon the deliverance of Jerusalem, the Holy Lands remained in a precarious
state, surrounded on all sides by hostile Mohammedan neighbors. It was then that
Hugues de Payens, a knight from Champagne, bound himself and eight fellow
knights in a vow to forever protect the "Kingdom of Christendom." Accepted in
1118 by Baldwin II, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, they were given charitable
lodgings in the city temple where they became the "pauvres chevaliers du
temple," or the "poor knights of the temple."
It was not until later at the Council of Troyes that the Templar Knights adopted
the austere, monastic Rule of St. Benedict, along with the white garments of the
Cistercians -- adding to them the characteristic red cross that symbolized their
willingness to spill their own blood in the defense of the One True Faith.
The Templars quickly became a popular order, renowned as "lions at war and lambs
at the hearth." They were soon exempted by the popes from all secular and
episcopal authority save that of the popes themselves, and their lands exempted
from all taxation...

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BOOK

The Red Cross: A History of the Knights Templar
by Richard Baigent
Volume Two: Lions of God

...and every sovereign of Europe made donations to the order, be it land, money,
arms, or men. They triumphed in battle after battle, the first to attack and the
last to retreat, "rough knights of the battlefield" as described by Jacques de
Virty; if taken prisoner they refused all efforts to secure their freedom,
instead becoming martyrs to the cause of God. With every success, the order
prospered even further -- at their height they were said to have owned over 9000
estates throughout Britain, France, Italy, and the Holy Lands, including a
network of castles and commanderies built to protect the frequent pilgrims to
Jerusalem. In all but name, the Templars virtually ruled Jerusalem and -- in
what can only be termed hubris -- recognized no temporal authority over their
affairs save that of the Church.
By 1250 the coffers of the order had grown so large that it was not uncommon for
pilgrims to deposit their money with a temple in London or Paris, and then cash
in their receipt upon arriving in Jerusalem, thus establishing the foundations
for modern banking and checking accounts...



BOOK

The Red Cross: A History of the Knights Templar
by Richard Baigent
Volume Three: Fall of the Knights

...while many charges can be disputed, it is clear that the more the Knights
prospered, the less they became the austere monastic order that had originally
been envisioned by de Payens a century before. Eventually even excommunicated
men and criminals were accepted -- as long as they pledged blind obedience to
the order. Rumors of secret initiation rituals and the "osculum infame" ("infame
kiss") flourished, as did stories that they worshipped Baphoment and other false
pagan gods.
But it was their rivalry with the Order of the Hospitalers and their continued
arrogance that were most responsible for their downfall. When Jerusalem was
finally lost to the mighty forces of Saladin, Philip the Fair saw an opportunity
to bring the Templars to heel... and greatly expand his own holdings. With the
cooperation of the French pope Clement V, Philip accused the Templars of heresy
and in 1304 placed all members of the order in France under arrest, subsequently
subjecting them to brutal interrogations in an effort to determine whether the
rather fanciful charges of sodomy, apostasy, and devil worship were true...



BOOK

The Red Cross: A History of the Knights Templar
by Richard Baigent
Volume Four: Descent Into Shadows

...but despite Clement's later efforts to annul the proceedings, the confessions
had become matters of record. Those who repented were spared the flames, while
fifty knights who chose to recant their confessions -- becoming "relapsi,"
relapsed heretics -- were promptly burned at the stake. The remaining members of
the order in France quickly admitted their guilt, and in 1311 an Apostolic
Decree was issued dissolving the order. The Templar Knights had once been
subject to no king or law; but in the end, they were swallowed by history.
Many have debated whether the rather ignominibus dissolution of the order was
entirely accidental, while some have even gone so far as to suggest that it was
part of a larger plan on the Templar's part. Such a massive, powerful
organization -- the argument goes -- could not have been brought so low, so
easily. Obscure speculation concerning a mysterious hay wain that departed their
commandery in Paris has led certain researchers to believe that they may have
been protecting the secret of the Holy Grail, or the secret of transmutation,
but still others contend that the Templar Knights merely went underground and
founded the powerful, secretive banking societies of Switzerland...



BOOK

MJ12 Compromised Individuals List
Paris, France

The following individuals have been rated as having 85% or higher likelihood of
being engaged in suspicious or ideologically counterproductive activity on the
Chasen-Bikal scale, and/or have scored at least 4.31 on the JKL-LB survey over
the preceding six months. Agents are encouraged to pursue soft campaigns of
calculated defamation, resulting in reduced meme propagation effectiveness,
prior to prejudicial termination. Termination, when necessary, should be staged
to implicate organizations currently on the MJ12-COL. Please refer any questions
to MJ12 Simulations and Strategy, MJ12SAS//UpNet.2748.2738.22.
Jean Renois (MJID-7037XD8374)
Erin Todd (MJID-3793YH3803)
Decker Parkes (MJID-0984IS3270)
Rene Delon (MJID-9834TR1008)
Wayne Young (MJID-9904MG9401)
Henri Rota (MJID-7778AD2096)
Ave Javet (MJID-7982MV1924)
Raymond Kearns (MJID-4684II3900)
...

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BOOK

Testament of Adept 34501

My name has been taken from me, a thing I need not anymore, and I have been
christened Adept 34501. They have set me to keep a record of this place, to
record a history of its comings and goings so that Those Who Rule might have the
benefit of its knowledge...
...today saw the arrival of Agent Hermann. He is a simple thing, fitted to a
dark purpose by forces he cannot understand. In a way, I feel pity for him -- an
emotion that I know will prevent my advancement beyond the Third Rank -- but it
is pity I feel nonetheless. He has spent most of his time below in the
technology archive, staring at the ancient cross above his head. He burns with a
hatred that I can feel, for himself and for someone else. Periodically he will
receive holographic communications from Simons, after which his hatred burns all
the brighter. I think it has burned away everything human in him, and only the
metal holds him together anymore...
Adept 34501, Order of the Night Sky, Third Rank


BOOK

Notebook of Giuliano Jordorowsky

...This job is so boring. I do nothing but write in my notebook, fill it with my
thoughts, but sometimes I must amuse myself. I have been stealing from the
security... like thick-skulled dogs, they are. Last week I took a watch, but
they paid no notice. I am nothing to them. Just the strange man with his
notebook.
I was listening to the night guard, Jobal. A disgusting creature, and a creature
of habit. I heard him on the phone -- talking to that cow of a girlfriend -- and
he told her his bank account number. I almost got his PIN as well, but a passing
train drowned him out. I do not know the last number. I will try again when he
is on shift next week.
Account: 576001
PIN: wyrdred0-
He will be surprised when all his money is gone, and they will not suspect me...



BOOK

Project Morpheus: Notebook 8-B

Morpheus has been moody of late, and I have so far been unable to determine the
proximate cause of this change in behavior. This is a problem with n-variable
systems: at arbitrary levels of sophistication, minute perturbations become
unquantifiable. Is personality nothing more than the tidal change in a non-
linear system? And if so, what is the 'moon,' what force shapes these tides?
Morpheus could tell me, if only Morpheus could model its own behavior -- but
this would require a system orders of magnitude more complex to execute a
simulation of its own identity.
I may resort to a full battery of input analysis tests to be compared against
previous baseline tests, but I find myself strangely reluctant to do so. At this
level of development, Morpheus could be cognizant enough to find the
experience... unpleasant. I do not know why that word occurs to me, as it
anthropomorphizes what is obviously not human... but what may not so obviously
be alive... -- Morgan Everett


BOOK

The Man Who Was Thursday
by G. K. Chesterton

Both combatants had thrown off their coats and waistcoats, and stood sword in
hand. The second stood on each side of the line of fight with drawn swords also,
but still sombre in their dark frock-coats and hats. The principals saluted. The
Colonel said quietly, "Engage!" and the two blades touched and tingled.
When the jar of the joined iron ran up Syme's arm, all the fantastic fears that
have been the subject of this story fell from him like dreams from a man waking
up in bed. He remembered them clearly and in order as mere delusions of the
nerves -- how the fear of the Professor had been the fear of the tyrannic
accidents of nightmare, and how the fear of the Doctor had been the fear of the
airless vacuum of science. The first was the old fear that any miracle might
happen, the second the more hopeless modern fear that no miracle can ever
happen. But he saw that these fears were fancies, for he found himself in the
presence of the great fact of the fear of death, with its coarse and pitiless
common sense. He felt like a man who had dreamed all night of falling over
precipes, and had woke up on the morning when he was to be hanged. For as soon
as he had seen the sunlight run down the channel of his foe's foreshortened
blade, and as soon as he had felt the two tongues of steel touch, vibrating like
two living things, he knew that his enemy was a terrible fighter, and that
probably his last hour had come.


BOOK

Jacob's Shadow
by Andrew Hammond

Chapter 32

Jacob looked at her and watched all the regret drain from her eyes. She tossed
the empty revolver onto the body next to her, the gun in the other hand never
moving an inch from a point that Jacob guessed was just above the bridge of his
nose.
"You don't have to do this. It doesn't have to be like this."
"Oh, yes... yes, I'm afraid that it does."
He slowly shook his head. The window cracked and for a moment it sounded as if a
wasp had buzzed through the room -- then a dull thud as her body dropped to the
floor. Blood poured from the cavity that had been her skull, a wide black pool
that spread like a shadow in the darkness.
Jacob knelt and rubbed his fingers in her blood. Monk never missed with a sniper
rifle. Not ever.


BOOK

Last will and... who the hell am I kidding.
Ridley was a traitor. No idea who he was working for and I don't really care.
He's dead now. He was one of the scientists. He set explosives, drowned half the
lab. Killed most of the others by remote when the robots and turrets went crazy.
A computer virus. Something. Kept babbling about illuminated ones right up until
the end right before I put a bullet in his head. Better than he deserved.
One of those stupid turrets tagged me in the kidney and gut I can feel myself
bleeding out... someone should know what happened. I know they'll come back. A
debriefing team... is what they call them. But we'll all be dead by then. So
screw you whoever finds this.
Last will and testa...
Thomas Mann


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BOOK

The Man Who Was Thursday
by G. K. Chesterton

..."I think," said Dr. Bull with precision, "that I am lying in bed at No. 217
Peabody Buildings, and that I shall soon wake up with a jump; or, if that's not
it, I think that I am sitting in a small cushioned cell in Hanwell, and that the
doctor can't make much of my case. But if you want to know what I don't think,
I'll tell you. I don't think what you think. I don't think, and I never shall
think, that the mass of ordinary men are a pack of dirty modern thinkers. No,
sir, I'm a democrat, and I still don't believe that Sunday could convert one
average navy or counter-jumper. No, I may be mad, but humanity isn't."
Syme turned his bright blue eyes on Bull with an earnestness which he did not
commonly make clear.
"You are a very fine fellow," he said. "You can believe in a sanity which is not
merely your sanity. And you're right enough about humanity, about peasants and
people like that jolly old innkeeper. But you're not right about Renard. I
suspected him from the first. He's rationalistic, and, what's worse, he's rich.
When duty and religion are really destroyed, it will be by the rich."

BOOK

Jacob's Shadow
by Andrew Hammond

Chapter 34

Jacob sat down on the bench and unrolled his chess board onto the rough stone
table in front of him. As he was removing his playing pieces, a shadow fell
across the board. He looked up, squinting into the sun.
"Merriweather," he said.
"Jacob." She settled herself down onto the opposite bench, leaning heavily on
her cane. "It didn't turn out so well for you this time, did it?" Jacob said
nothing. She gestured to the board with one hand and he detected just a hint of
a tremor. "You're playing black today."
He put the queen down on her square and his fingers lingered. "No, it didn't
turn out well. I did some stupid things." He closed his eyes for a moment. "I
cared, and some people died because of it."
Merriweather made a tsking sound. "It's not the caring that's a matter, Jacob,
it's what comes after. What are you going to do now?"
Jacob paused for just a moment. "Now... I'm going to play another game."





JANINE'S BOTS
SPECS AND OVERVIEW

CHIANG "ARCBOT" MODEL 2

The Chiang Arcbot Model 2 was only recently introduced, a radical departure from
Chiang's usually conservative line of industrial bots. Constructed on an
arachnid frame, the Model 2 can adeptly maneuver in environments that would be
difficult for other repair bots to access. With the addition of a comprehensive
array of repair tools, it becomes ideally suited for damage control and building
maintenance. But the truly inspired touch by the normally staid Chiang
engineers was the ability for the Arcbot to utilize it's bioelectric discharge
capacitor as a non-lethal weapon, allowing it to protect itself from potential
vandals and perform double-duty patrolling otherwise unsecured portions of
infrastructure. However, the Arcbot's big brother, the Model 5, is almost
exclusively used for riot control...


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LION BAY CONSTRUCTION
PROJECT 11A-6C (VERSALIFE)

FLOORPLAN

CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL CONFIDENTIAL
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<COMMENT>Sub building front office</COMMENT>

BROOKLYN ADVANCED NAVAL YARDS

All personnel must sign in without exception. Visitors must be accompanied
by authorized personnel. Identification must be worn at all times in a visible
location. Lack of identification is considered grounds for lethal action.

SIGN IN

22:35 Bob Page/Page Industries
22:35 Walton Simons/FEMA
06:30 Captain Dick Balme
06:35 Rory Ackerman
06:41 Ensign Chad Warren
06:45 Brenda Fresno
06:58 Josy Rhodes
...

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From: PYin//UpNet.9384.7023
To: WS//UpNet.78543.98231
Subject: VersaLife

The VersaLife situation has been corrected. All evidence of MJ12 involvement
was removed prior to the building being demolished, effectively removing all
secondary and tertiary evidence along with key compromised personnel. We have
leaked items to the press implicating Denton and his associates and have
received favorable feedback from our sources. Production of the Non-Eutectic
Blade (NEB) has been only temporarily delayed and will be shifted to other
technology centers with minimal impact to the overall schedule.

Agent Peter Yin





DAILY ACTIVITY REPORT

...with the new government regulations it has become almost impossible to get
any work done after sundown... the sourd-muet bots will supposedly only attack
known t3rrorists, but I do not trust them, and neither does anyone else. They
all head home before dark. I stay and try to get a little work done so the
American MI5 woman gave me a passcode for the security system
(rzelazny/shadowjack), but it is difficult to make any progress when no one
is around to give me the information I need...



<COMMENT>10_Paris_Metro ATM Account</COMMENT>

I was at Porte de l'Enfer last night and managed to get some stupide Americain
to buy me a drink, then peeked his code when he wasn't looking. Do me a favor,
pull some cash from his account and get your petit ami to pick me up some
zyme - it is fabulous, the new thing from New York.

004418, morbus13

Bon sois!
Anne





<COMMENT>10_Paris_Catacombs Tunnels: MJ12 security computer</COMMENT>

Agent Hela,

We've added a login for you to the Catacombs security network; while still
incomplete, it's being extended every day. We should have the majority of the
tunnels completely wired within the next three months.

Login: Hela
Password: Ragnarok

Again, I'm pleased to know that you and MJ12 will be working closely with us to
eradicate the Silhouette infestation from Paris. Please update me on a daily
basis with your surveillance reports and any additional items or information
you may require.
-
Gabily






From: MorganEverett//???
To: BethDuClare//UnderNet.324.823.2
Subject: Final Message

CYPHERBLOCK=<"busdic98-sch233bnpoec813983b80dcb-sd896dc7gd7">

This will be our last communication over the Net. The so-called "Aquinas"
protocols that my old protege and MJ12 have implemented are crude, but
effective - much like my protege. All future meetings will need to occur face
to face at a secure location. To expedite matters I will deliver to you a
"tear-sheet" chip: it will contain twenty codes and their corresponding keys.
Each code and key pair can be used once and then it will be permanently erased.
Each code will be tagged to one of our previously agreed upon meeting locations
and times. If one or the other of us should need to get in touch, send a
message using one of the codes - the content of the messsage is
irrelevant, only the code used to encrypt it.

I shouldn't need to point out that any attempt to tamper with the chip once it
has been installed will result in it being rendered useless.

Best of luck - to you and to us all,
Morgan

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From: NicDuClare//UnderNet.37923.38.834
To: BethDuClare//UnderNet.324.823.2
Subject: Weekend

Hey Mom, just wanted to let you know I'll be coming home this weekend... school
is still hassling me about that intrusion attempt on one of their data wells,
but it wasn't as if I really did anything - just took a look around. I might
have opened a few doors to the underground tunnels, too, but that was just for
fun, no big deal (one of the cataphiles I know said there might be an entrance
down there). I was hoping when I got back we could talk about it, and... maybe
they'd listen to you, since they don't seem disposed to listen to me.

Anyways, kiss and hug, and I'll see you soon.

Ciao,
Nic





<COMMENT>MJ12 Hit List</COMMENT>

MJ12 Compromised Individuals List
Paris, France

The following individuals have been rated as having an 85% or higher likelihood
of being engaged in suspicious or ideologically counterproductive activity on
the Chasen-Bikal scale, and/or have scored at least 4.31 on the JKL-LB survey
over the preceeding six months. Agents are encouraged to pursue soft
campaigns of calculated defamation, resulting in reduced meme propagation
effectiveness, prior to prejudicial termination. Termination, when necessary,
should be staged to implicate organizations currently on the MJ12-COL.
Please refer any questions to MJ12 Simulations and Strategy,
MJ12SAS//UpNet.2748.2738.22.

Jean Renois (MJID-7037XD8374)
Erin Todd (MJID-3793YH3803)
Decker Parkes (MJID-0984IS3270)
Rene Delon (MJID-9834TR1008)
Wayne Young (MJID-9904MG9401)
Henri Rota (MJID-7778AD2096)
Ave Javet (MJID-7982MV1924)
Raymond Kearns (MJID-4684II3900)
...




<COMMENT>Maintenance access through fan</COMMENT>

MJ12 ADVANCE TEAM
PROBLEM RECOMMENDATION REPORT 87-X
FROM: CAPTAIN JAMES FLORES
TO: AGENT KARYO
PRR-ID: 7793G

DESCRIPTION: After preliminary reconnaissance, I have determined that we have a
potential security vulnerability in one of the outlying warehouses: an intake
fan vent with a maintenance access hatch that could act as a possible method of
ingress to the facility. While such ingress would present definite hazards to
any intruder, it is still an unacceptable risk for a Seraphic/8X classified
facility.

RECOMMENDATION: A squad should be dispatched to a) secure the area; b) weld
the hatch shut; and c) install sensors and autoguns to extend our security
grid coverage.

NOTES: All troops not directly attached to MJ12 have been classified as a
security liability and should be eliminated on sight.

AUTHBLOK=<"8723reg7cvhjc87eow3fwelvcsdoc7t80723dfwve">

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Alain, I don't have much time - I managed to hack into the archives maintained
by Helios. It was... amazing. There were files and messages in there going
back almost a hundred years, names of things I've only heard people whisper
about as rumors. I barely had time to get my bearings before the ice started
to come down, and I just managed to snag a few e-mails that had been recently
accessed before I was cut off. I don't think anyone noticed, but I've got to
go back on shift now or else someone really will be suspicious. If you get a
chance, find my machine and see if you can make anything out of what I
recovered.

Login: jshears
Password: momerath

Julia





MJ12 CWD
TECHNICAL REPORT 12-Y
FROM: SANDY PRINSLOO
TO: KIM KRIZAN
SUBJECT: INTERFACE PROGRESS

We've finally managed to work out the last few bugs in the link-up - Page wants
to be interfaced with Helios immediately after final testing is completed. I'm
not sure if that's such a good idea, but I'll defer to the doctors on this
one... I'm just the technical help. I figure another five or six hours for the
last couple diagnostic routines to complete their pass and then we go live.
Page also requested that we hook up all four of the blue fusion devices in a
redundant array; each of those damn things could probably power the whole
complex for a month, much less four of them in parallel. Going to be hell to
route them all, but I think I can jury-rig something. I'll take a look at
the B13 reactors after I get the passcode from Mac, see if there's anything
there that might be helpful. I should know more by 2300. And let me know
when you get the status report from Murdoch on the transmission chamber.

MJ12CWD * "Ipsa scientia potestas est."





It's all very clear to me now... I don't know why it wasn't before.

We have all sinned, and this is our punishment.

Page is God. He is the God we made, we crafted him in our likeness.

Our God is a vengeful God, and a God who does not tolerate weakness. We know
his weaknesses, because we built him, so our God does not tolerate us.

Our God made monsters. He made them with the UC, then he sent them to find us.
Some of us tried to hide, but they didn't understand. You can't hide from God,
or his creatures.

I've been waiting here, thinking. Thinking about God, and the things I have
done wrong. If I think long enough and hard enough, maybe God will forgive
me someday and make me again in the UC.

All praise the UC, and all praise God.





The Man Who Was Thursday
by G. K. Chesterton

... "I never hated you," said Syme very sadly.
Then out of this unintelligible creature the last thunders broke.
"You!" he cried. "You never hated because you never lived. I know what you are
all of you, from first to last - you are the people in power! You are the
police - the great fat, smiling men in blue and buttons! You are the Law, and
you have never been broken. But is there a free soul alive that does not long
to break you, only because you have never been broken? We in revolt talk all
kind of nonsense doubtless about this crime or that crime of the Government.
It is all folly! The only crime of the Government is that it governs. The
unpardonable sin of the supreme power is that it is supreme. I do not curse
you for being cruel. I do not curse you (though I might) for being kind. I
curse you for being safe! You sit in your chairs of stone, and have never
come down from them. You are the seven angels of heaven, and you have had no
troubles. Oh, I could forgive you everything, you that rule all mankind, if
I could feel for once that you had suffered for one hour a real agony such as
I..."


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