Presidential Palace: MTAC- The Multiple Threat Analysis Room
“Welcome everyone, I hope you don’t mind, but with the President off campaigning, he has left me in charge of this meeting,” said CJ Craig, the President’s temporary Chief of Staff, clearly overwhelmed as she barely looked at the group as she sat down at the conference table.
After a second of silence, she looked up from her phone, “Well, where are we?”
“Ma’am, the Arwindom government has reached out to us saying that one of their most-wanted terror suspects is inside the church in Trace County”, said McNally, the Director of Homeland and Global Security. She clicked a button on her remote and a face flashed up on the screen behind her. “Meet, Frederick DaBianchi responsible for the 2004 bombings in Arwindom.”
“How did a terrorist get mixed up with our cult?” asked CJ, finally focused on the briefing rather than her phone.
“Frederick entered the country about eight months ago according to travel records. For about two months he was a drifter, with no known address, job, or bank account. Roughly six months ago we can place him at a bar just outside of Trace County on the same night that Mr. Carter was also present. We have two confirmed reports that Carter reached out to Fredrick in a conversation. We believe he has been living at the compound ever since under the name James Morton. Now James Morton is a 72-year-old man from Temple who died three years ago. Frederick somehow stole Morton’s identification. With this, I believe we have enough to also charge Mr. Carter for aiding an international terrorist.”
“Now hold on” responded Federal Police Director Leon Vance, “There is absolutely no evidence that shows Ashton Carter knew he was dealing with a terrorist. The guy likely had his identification long before he met Carter, and there is nothing to indicate Carter is an extremist”
“Except for the fact that he gunned down a federal agent” responded McNally.
“Probably because you went in their gun blazing. Miss. Craig, Carter, and his group are devoutly religious yes, borderline on cult yes, brainwashed, yes, but they are not terrorists.”
“Except for the fact that they had over half a million dollars in high powered weapons.”
“Alright, enough,” said CJ rubbing her forehead, “How did Frederick enter the country if he was a known terrorist?”
“The Arwindom government never updated us that he was a flight risk to our country” answered McNally.
“But what about the global terrorist watch list for Border Security?”
“That list is updated a hundred times every day. This was not the fault of Homeland and Global Security ma’am.”
“Except for the fact that you let in a terrorist.” snarled the Director of the Federal Police.
McNally just glanced at Leon before looking back at CJ.
“Look the President wants this to stay in the hands of the Federal Police, but do know Leon, this is rapidly becoming an international problem and the President does not want this to take away from the election,” said CJ with a stern and unforgiving face.
“With all respect Miss. Craig, this should fall under the jurisdiction of Homeland, we organize a raid this time tomorrow and have this situation finished for the President and the AusValian people.”
“Nancy do I need to remind you we have eighty-some people in there including innocent children? You breach now, you’ll have nothing but body bags to fill tomorrow,” said Leon.
“The Federal Police will continue their negotiations, Nancy. Leon, you will not have forever. We are now on day five; we better see some results soon.”
“The President will also allow some Arwindom personnel to be present during the negotiations. We will also have personnel from the Department of the States as this now involves another country. Now, I have a campaign rally to get to, thank you all. You’re dismissed.”
Everyone around the table stood up grabbing their things and quickly departing the room. Leon slowly walked over the CJ who was back to typing on her phone. “Ma’am, I want to thank you for trusting the Federal Police.”
“I wouldn’t thank me Leon, trusting you with this just means it’s your ass if this goes up in flames.”