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The Hunt for Jonathan Roman: Seth Samuel

Seth Samuel; November 18 - December 2, 2008

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Seth Samuel; November 18, 2008

POLITICS x5:

CONCEAL my ass so hard it bruises.

Sometimes you use a scalpel... and sometimes you just use a fucking sledgehammer.

Seth attempts to get Mr. Brock Stoker, and Mr. Otto Banker, as well as Jonathan Roman, all declared terrorists by the United States government. That will keep those fuckers on their toes.

Seth has met many of the senators on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Knowing their general agendas (OOC: 2xPolitics and 2xEmpathy abilities help here), Seth identifies two or three senators who are just itching to lead a public witch hunt against internal terrorists (as the 11/9 attacks are still unconfirmed). He mails their top aides manila folders containing allegations that Mr. Brock Stoker was involved in the 11/9 attacks, faked his death and now lives as Mr. Otto Banker with bank accounts in California, but probably currently residing in New York, possibly under another assumed false identity. The documents include gobs of information (obtained from Prince Wright's letter) of Otto Banker's and Brock Stoker's bank records, and postulating that review of tapes in and around the 11/9 attacks will reveal Otto Banker/Brock Stoker's presence there.

Another, smaller file is included in this one, alleging that Mr. Jonathan Roman (presumably a real name) has been an accomplice of the terrorist Banker/Stoker, and has provided information about him. Detainment and interrogation of Mr. Roman is strongly encouraged.

The document, mailed directly to a Senator's top aide (which cannot be done except by insiders who know their contact information) is professionally written and persuasive, in spite of its lack of substance (OOC: 3xExpression (Writing) and over a decade experience in an industry whose profession it is to blow small facts out of proportion.) It avoids mention or speculation of any motive for Banker/Stoker.

It is also as free of fingerprints, skin, hair, etc. as a vampire whose skin does not secrete oil, hair does not fall out and dead skin does not normally flake could hope it to be.

Influence Response:

CONCEALED. You succeed most of the way. They aren't officially declared terrorists, unfortunately. Instead, they are "persons wanted for questioning with regards to suspected terrorist activities." To translate from double-speak, the government doesn't want to declare them terrorists, just to disappear them to Guantanamo. You are probably okay with that idea.

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Seth Samuel; November 18, 2008

BUREAUCRACY x1:

BOOST my Politics Influence, or if that's not applicable, CONCEAL this, and inform the STs that the abilities are coordinated.

Seth also mails the document described in the Politics action to people in the investigations Department of Homeland Security who Seth knows (by reputation or investigation) take their jobs seriously enough to at least put some preliminary investigation into an accusation like this (perhaps reviewing footage from 11/9, or looking at these peoples' social security and bank records.)

Even if the accusations of terrorism are false, it is possible that at some point in the investigation, the (probably illegal) faked death of Brock Stoker and Otto Banker and the (definitely illegal) manipulations of bureaucracy by Johnathan Roman will surface, and warrant further investigation.

Influence Response:

Document mailed. See Politics influence for results.

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Seth Samuel; December 2, 2008

POLITICS x5:

4-point WATCH for somebody attempting to tamper politically with the hit that has put out Brock Stoker and Jonathan Roman.

1-point CONCEAL

Claiming to have heard of these people through a little bird ("come on, Senator, one of you was bound to tell me"), Seth begins to push that no expense be spared in capturing Stoker and Roman, as present threats against New York City. He forwards their names to Governor Paterson and sees if perhaps he can make them a priority.

Seth never really thought that the NYPD, FBI, or CIA would manage to catch Roman or "Stoker," only put a serious damper on their ability to move around and do things publicly, force them to stay out of sight.

Unless, of course, either one of them was dumb enough to actually try to get themselves taken off the Guantanamo watchlist. A clumsy attempt would certainly work its way back to Seth, and then a real investigation could start.

Influence Response:

These things are forwarded to the appropriate people, which will be reviewed at the appropriate times (i.e., soon). You pat yourself on the back for a job well-done.

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