Sunday July 23, 2006

Book 7: Emperor Pius Dei
Part VI: Long Arm of the Law


Narrator:"TAG," the A.I. who flies the Mercenary Warship Touch-and-Go, testifies.
TAG:I have evaluated the premise that our company fell victim to a sting operation.
Petey:Please proceed, Tag. You have the full attention of the court.
TAG:The premise fails several tests, including the most simple: There are easier, safer, and more practical ways to run a sting.
TAG:Tactically, then, the sting hypothesis does not make sense.

And yet we have proof of Government misconduct.

TAG:Method and opportunity have both been amply demonstrated. I sought motive.
TAG:So, beginning with the observed end result, I attempted to discover all tactical or strategic scenarios in which the U.N.S. or Celeschul Law Enforcement would want HTRN destroyed and the Toughs held publicly accountable.

TAG:In the last thousand years of human history, there have been numerous violent social upheavals.
TAG:Each of them was preceded by decades of popular entertainment that later generations would consider depraved.

Petey:Tag, do you honestly believe that a U.N.S. civil war could be prevented by destroying "Reality Television?"
TAG:That does not matter. What is important is whether or not human Governments believe it.