Session Date: 8 November 2012
Players: Brad, Braon, Lenora, Lex, TJ
Game Date: 1 October 2011
The BBC World International Report
- Officials from the United States Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation have confirmed the five terrorists that attacked Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and killed Italian-born scientist Bruno Pontecorvo have been captured by Ukrainian special forces. Despite initial assessments that the five terrorists were from Russia and represented some sort of Russian-Ukrainian internal affair, we have independently confirmed all five are American citizens. Early reports suggests they may even be associated with a US government agency. No US agency has confirmed the allegations. However, we do know that after a brief international dispute, the US has agreed to allow the five to be tried in the International Criminal Count at the Hague, which marks the first time American citizens will be tried in international count.
Game Date 3 November 2011
The Washington Times
More than a month has passed and the investigation into who exactly the terrorists were who attacked the US research station on the South Pole continues. According to a source close to the situation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has learned the terrorists were all tied to a small cell of Department of Homeland Security agents that operated out of Atlanta, GA. It’s not clear at this time whether the agents went rogue or if they were directed to attack the South Pole Station by their DHS superiors for some as yet unknown reasons. What is clear is the United States is now pushing for the transfer of the five terrorists from the International Criminal Court at the Hague to US custody – probably to guard against any further leaks that are surely forthcoming.
Location: The Hague
Game Date: 8 November 2012
- Over a year has passed since the group was captured in Antarctica by Ukrainian commandos. During that time, they were imprisoned in the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) detention center in Scheveningen, The Hague.
- The detention center has twelve cells, each with its own toilet, washing area, and computer with the ability to view materiel related to a prisoner’s case. The prisoners used shared facilities, such as a dining area and gym, but the group was never allowed to interact or even see one another. Eventually Hawkeye developed a crude method of carving secretive codes into some of the shared areas. Martin picked up on the codes and used his hacking skills to access the internet on the computer in his cell and setup a chat room for the group to secretly communicate.
- The group used the chat room to stay in touch over the year. In general they discuss what they thought had happened. It was clear that they were set up, but by who? Was it just the Ukrainian captain, Leonid Kuchma, or did the betrayal go back to Department B and Agents Dolos and Fraus? The group also discussed what their story would be when on trial. After some debate, they eventually agreed to tell the entire truth except for any references to the Basement.
- Jack never participated in the conversations. On one or two occasions he would type something along the lines of “No time now – busy” or simply “The Basement.”
- In an effort to shift the widely accepted story that the group was as a band of terrorists who had infiltrated the Department of Homeland Security, the group authored a paper describing their account of the events and leaked it to a number of websites. The article claimed that the group was made up of legitimate agents working for the US government against nuclear terrorism and that the group had been captured and falsely accused of terrorism. The paper claimed to have been written by a member of the United States government and was signed “Shepherd.” The story was first picked up by conspiracy theory and anti-establishment websites, though eventually it was widely disseminated on legitimate news sites.
- Leading up to the 2012 US Presidential elections, the story surfaced again, with the incumbent accused of being weak on terrorism and allowing a terrorist cell of infiltrating the DHS. However, it was clear that the actual issue was still under investigation by the FBI and no other information on the case surfaced.
- Over the course of the year when the group was in detention, the US and the ICC argued over where the group should be tried. For that reason, the group never had a chance to meet with their legal council. Finally, on 8 November 2012, the group was gathered together for the first time in over a year, and they met with two men: Karl Bachmeier and Kevin Kreiger. Karl was an older German man, and their lead defense attorney. He had been assigned by the ICC. Kevin was a young man, just out of law school, who the US had assigned as its representative for the case. It was obvious that Kevin was out of his league, and the group suspected they were being setup by the US government. Meanwhile, Karl didn’t seem to care whether the group was truly guilty or innocent, he just wanted to win the case. He was a greasy, old sleazy lawyer who dressed in cheap clothing and embodied all the negative stereotypes of a lawyer. When they met, the group made sure to relay their entire story, only holding back information on the Basement.
- Two days later the group is gathered back together and transferred to the ICC, where they are greeted by a massive group of international media outlets. The story was in the headlines again, and the media was interested to hear exactly what the group would be charged for. Rumors were circulating that the group was responsible for not only the Antarctica attacks, but also the nuclear incident in Germany and many other activities.
- The legal proceedings are drawn out and primarily concerned with administrivia, however, the court does eventually read off the list of crimes the group is accused with. The list ranges from international and nuclear terrorism, to murder, larceny, burglary, grand theft auto, and countless others. The prosecution had apparently tied the group to their activities in Germany, Russia, Algeria, and even the US.
- The group pleads innocent to the charges, claiming they were agents of the US government and operating under its jurisdiction.
- During the trial, the group notices a strangely familiar person in the media. The male members of the group see an attractive woman with an olive complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair dressed in designer quality business attire. Adrian, on the other hand, notices a tall handsome man, who also had olive complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair. Both Jack and Hawkeye have a strange, uneasy feeling about the woman…the same type of feeling they’ve had in the past when they encountered Basement activity.
- When the group is escorted out of the courtroom, Karl Bachmeier – their German council – asks to speak with them alone. He takes them into a side room and says, “Listen we only have a moment. I know the truth – who you really are. I know all about Department B, the TRUs, and your ties to the Basement. I’m a member of the Dante Project…think of it as Europe’s Department B. We have need of your services. Think about it. If you’re interested, I might be able to get you out of this mess. Otherwise, you’re in jail for life.” Karl is interrupted by guards, who usher the group out of the ICC and back to the police convoy that is suppose to take them back to the Scheveningen detention center.
- On the way back to the detention center, an explosion in the middle of a busy intersection sends the two police SUVs holding the group reeling, flipping over, and eventually landing upside down. The group is able to escape the damaged SUVs. There are mangled cars everywhere and traffic is stopped. Police officers are getting out of the lead and rear cars in the convoy. After a few moments of confusion about whether they should try to escape, they notice a familiar figure. Standing atop a building in the southwest corner of the intersection is Kamal Jalili – their contact from the Mossad. Kamal screams “Come on!” and then drops down from the building and runs toward the intersection. At the same type, a van whips out of a nearby parking spot and drives into the intersection. Driving the van is the group’s old handler, Gregory Shepherd.
- The group gets into the van, but not before Jamal is shot by one of the cops. Hawkeye and Shepherd trade places so Hawkeye can drive. Shepherd points out a cache of hidden cache of weapons, and Lincoln and Martin start firing at the police. A chase ensues. Hawkeye has difficultly with the unfamiliar roads and the van’s poor handling. On a number of occasions, the police catch up to the van, but they are quickly taken out by the group.
- After a tense chase, the group escapes, traveling southbound out of the Hague.