posted on May, 31 2008 @ 09:39 PM
Hopefully, this doesn't get in the way of the political simulation going on. Here is the highly-anticipated Part 3 of my World War III epic. I
apologize for the long delay, I've been dealing with countless critical family and personal issues and I have not been able to stay on top of things
here at ATS. Anyway, this is where things really start to rear its ugly head. Enjoy:
Late November - early December 2009: U.S. troops cautiously guard Saudi Arabia's many oil fields and refineries. There is an air of unease in the
kingdom, and the Coalition forces to the north in Iraq and the powerful naval armada in the Gulf does not alleviate any of this unease. Intelligence
agencies of the West continue to receive troubling information and rumors coming out of Riyadh that the insurgency is about to pull of something huge,
but there isn't much data to confirm these suspicions.
December 6, 2009: In their monthly meeting with their British counterparts, the U.S. Intelligence Community catches a huge break. The MI6 reveals to
the Americans that a mainstay HUMINT source in Moscow, codenamed BIRDSONG, has reported that a large amount of weapons-grade nuclear material,
possibly a warhead, has gone missing and that the Russian authorities are secretly going berserk about it. What’s more, a large number of Russian
scientists employed by the government and associated with the nuclear weapons program have gone missing. Russian authorities voice concerns, off the
record, that these scientists may have been paid off to help construct a nuclear weapon for a subnational or transnational group of unknown
association and origin. The revelation is not enough to spark any significant action, however. Probing the Russians is also unsuccessful, as they
close their doors, leaving the U.S. and U.K. to wonder exactly how much the Russians know about the disappearance of the nuclear material and their
December 8, 2009: However, the U.S. catches yet another big break. Four teenage boys terrorize and hold hostage several other teenagers at their
suburban Reston home that night. The situation is eventually neutralized by the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD). During their investigations,
FCPD discovers that the home in which the hostages were held is owned by the Arlington-based private military contractor DynCorp International.
Seeking to find a connection between the hostage-takers and the company, the FCPD also discovers that the year before, DynCorp was awarded a contract
by Russian government to dismantle five low-yield nuclear devices that had been recovered from now-abandoned and isolated locations across Russia. As
of December 2009, the contract had expired and all warheads had been dismantled - all except one, with absolutely no explanation as to what had
happened to the last warhead. Documented evidence showed the Russian government was not pleased with the "bungling" of the operation and threatened
to take action in response.
In order to salvage both the contract and the company, DynCorp literally bribed the Russian government with a large, but undisclosed amount of money.
In effect, DynCorp was "buying" the lost warhead. Apparently, the Russian government (or at least certain elements of it) approved. There was a big
kick, however. DynCorp transferred the money but it was not their own. The money itself was provided (for reasons unknown) by none other than the
Saudi Binladin Group, the private holding company of the bin Laden family.
The FCPD's findings are immediately turned over to the F.B.I., who then turn the information over to the intelligence community. Numerous analysts
are considering the possibility the Binladen Group could've "bought" the warhead for bin Laden's use, or possibly for use by Khalid al-Aziz, who
is found to have loose links to the holding company. Further investigations reveal even more links, this time between the Binladen Group numerous
residents of the United States.
Alarmed by this new evidence, the president, through executive order, approves the creation of a covert joint task force aimed at uncovering the
mystery behind this troubling development. The operation is anchored by the CIA and has been codenamed Operation ZERO GAMBIT. The operation is given a
carte blanche and authorized any and all means necessary to uncover the mystery behind the missing warhead. The general sense within the U.S.
leadership is that their troubles have just begun. Obama also approves an official investigation led by the FBI aimed at locating and pinning down any
other links other U.S. residents may have with the Binladen group, the Saudi Arabian insurgency, and terrorist groups around the world. Some express
slight concern over a possible abuse of civil liberties in the process, but all agree this is a "particularly extraordinary moment."
December 13, 2009: During a meeting meant to discuss fiscal matters, particularly in regards to the federal budget, the president is informed that the
U.S. has lost an exorbitant amount of money over the past six months and is now in a severe financial crisis. The debt is sky-high and many express
concerns about the ability to fund the federal reconstructive efforts in the wake of the nuclear crisis. Furthermore, the straining of relations with
China means that the U.S. may lose the financial buttressing it has had for so long. Several national security advisers also point out specific
programs, such as the anti-drug operations down in Colombia, can no longer be provided necessary funding. It appears that significant cutbacks are
necessary at this point to stave off a total loss.
Sunday, December 20, 2009: After a long week, the FBI's investigation hits pay dirt. A private investigator who was conducting work for his client
informs the FBI that a background check on a 26-year-old Iranian-American Chief Financial Officer named Reza Ansari reveals that he and his boss at
their company of employment, had business dealings with Khalid al-Aziz, as well as one of the terrorists who had been involved in the nuclear bomb
plot earlier that year.
The FBI immedietely responds by sending agents to question. Unfortunately, they come at a bad time: Ansari is in the middle of an engagement party, as
he is due to marry the daughter of his boss. The FBI, however, is determined to get its information as quickly as they can and within an hour, Ansari,
realizing the possibility he could be arrested on the day of his engagement party, reveals that his company did indeed deal with Khalid al-Aziz and
the Binladen Group, but asserted that he had no idea al-Aziz was a militant. He also denies any knowledge of his company being used to support
The FBI pursues this lead for the next few days. Ansari and his boss reveal, under intense questioning, that the various transactions with al-Aziz and
the Binladen Group involved the provision of consultation services, equipment, as well as other capital for what the head of the company, a Robert
Williams, referred to as "legitimate business." The FBI finally reveals to both Ansari and Williams of the possible link between the missing Russian
warhead and the "legitimate business" of al-Aziz and the Binladen Group. Both Ansair and Williams begin to panic, and to this end, the FBI concludes
that the two can no longer be relied upon to provide any additional intelligence.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009: Various elements of the U.S. and U.K. intelligence communities question their Russia, and even their Chinese and Israeli
counterparts for any further information on the disturbing situation. The Chinese and Israelis more or less confirm much American and British
intelligence. However, the Russians continue to close ranks, refusing to provide any more additional information on the matter. To make matters worse,
the vital HUMINT source BIRDSONG, has suddenly gone missing. Nobody wants to admit it, but in Washington, there is a sense that the Russians may
indeed have some involvement in the matter.
Thursday, December 24, 2009: Christmas Eve arrives and its has been the quietest, most solemn holiday season yet. The steadily-rising cost of fuel, as
well as the damage done to America's transportation infrastructure, has made travel an impossibility, forcing nearly all to stay at home for the
holidays. Those who are fortunate enough are able to gather with their friends and neighbors in churches and each other's houses, while others
maintain their isolationism in their oversized suburban homes, homes they can no longer afford to maintain and pay for. Nevertheless, the holiday
season, for the first time in many years, truly takes on the theme of togetherness, community, and hospitality. The local and federal governments
continue to operate at peak capacity, however, with fire/rescue and law enforcement out in full force to combat what has become an undeniably heavy
wave of crime in the wake of chaotic civil disorder.
Meanwhile, a record number of American troops are deployed around the world, all of them celebrating Christmas onboard ships, submarines, and land
bases. The troops in the Middle East, particularly those in Saudi Arabia, are on high alert, expecting and ready for the expected...
And Part 3B is in order. Stay tuned, I won't take so long this time.