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Vereor Nusquam Excerpt 1

Vereor Nusquam Excerpt 1

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An excerpt from "Vereor Nusquam," a 2012 NaNoWriMo novel
An excerpt from "Vereor Nusquam," a 2012 NaNoWriMo novel

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Chairwoman M
. Good morning. I cannot say that I am happyto see you all here, for this is not the tone of our gathering.However, it is nice to see many of your faces, and I am fullyglad that you were all able to be here. For many of you it wasmore than a train ride. For that I and the rest of the membersof this committee thank you.Many years ago the last thing that would have ever enteredmy mind as a publically elected official was the possibilitythat I would find myself before such a committee. Then again,many years ago none of us would have imagined we would be here.New Columbia is still a state in her infancy. As much of thenation seeks to rebuild and restore itself, we have welcomed newrelatives into the family fold. I welcome in particular therepresentatives from the states of Mexico and Puerto Rico. It isironic to welcome you as newborn states since, in all respects,you are the elder sisters of my own. This truly is a new worldthat we live in.But the reason we are here in my new home state of NewColumbia is not to celebrate the rebirth of a nation, but toexamine the law regarding events that may have led to thatnation’s downfall. Ladies and gentlemen, I pose to you that weas the builders of this nation bear an unusual responsibility.We have known, for much of our lives, certain laws that haveprotected and ordered our nation. Now, it falls to us toreexamine those laws, and perhaps to create law itself. The eyesof an infant nation are upon us, my friends. It falls upon us tobless the first pages of a fresh America with the ink of ourlaws.When the nation, and the world, was first ravaged by whatwe call the I-X virus, we attempted to control it with familiarmeans and in familiar ways. Court systems were upheld. Medicalpractices were maintained. The policies that had seen us so farseemed to keep us safe and, further, seemed in our mindssufficient to preserve that safety. Soon, however, we realizedthat things were not the same. This was not an event that ourusual way of doing things could manage. Before we knew it thingswere out of our hands, and the question became not justice, notlaw, not ethics or morality or social standards, but survival.And today, my fellow senators, it falls to us to question thelegality of some of the survival tactics engaged during what isarguably the darkest period of our nation’s history.Many of us, I know, were forced to face many difficult andseemingly impossible decisions in light of this global epidemic.What was right? What was wrong? To what levels and lengths wouldwe go in order to preserve our lives, and the lives of those we
loved? I cannot cast judgment on those who faced these decisionsand chose the toughest roads in order to survive. My heart goesout to all those who faced such choices.However, in these days following the I-X outbreak andsubsequent events, it is still our duty to uphold thoseprincipals to which we first bound ourselves when we steppedfoot into public office. Were we faced with an impossiblechallenge and impossible choices? Certainly, yes, and none of ushere would argue that point. Were many of the choices we made,at the very least, in the grey areas of the law? Again, theanswer is most certainly yes. But can we ignore and turn a blindeye to those actions which, by every moral fiber in ourcollective national body, and by every letter of every law wehave ever studied and found to be upright and true, are to bedeemed socially, ethically, morally and in all other waysreprehensible and criminal? My fellow committee members, I offeryou this one answer we must all agree upon: most certainly, no.The case before us now is that of the events thattranspired in May of 2012 in the town of Sundara, Pennsylvania.The unique and, I daresay, uncomfortable position we are in isto examine that case and not only learn from it, but also judgeit for the legality, and the moral and ethical fortitude, of theactions taken there. We are all familiar with this case. We comehere aware of what happened.Sundara was a public-spirited community with a uniqueplacement in the political and cultural landscape of theNortheastern United States. A town known for its apple orchards,farmlands, covered bridge, and so forth, Sundara was a peacefultown of pleasant people and a rich and vibrant culturalheritage. There was a small theater in the center of town whereyou could still see a movie for less than five dollars. Therewere department stores with sit-in restaurant counters. It was aquaint town, a locale with a population of less than 2,000residents.With the first outbreaks of I-X confirmed in theNortheastern region of the United States in March of 2011,Sundara was unique in that its first confirmed case of I-X didnot emerge until six months later. A large part of the 1,695people who lived in Sundara fled the area before a majoroutbreak could occur, but by late-September over half of the400-some remaining people were reported to be infected. Littlenews emerged from the area during the time of infection. In thechaos raging across the nation, a relatively “small” case—and Ido not take the use of that word “small” lightly—like thataffecting the town of Sundara almost went completely unnoticed.Perhaps things would have stayed this way were it not forthe events of late-March 2012. The exact date remains
unconfirmed. The survivors of the Fort Brendle caravan ofmilitary and medical officers, also known as the Facility AlphaSurvivors, offer mixed information. Some have stated theyentered the region of Sundara on March 27, but did not enter thetown until three days later. Others report different dates. Whatis known is that on March 31, 2012, a mayday was intercepted byofficers at Fort Beston, a Green Zone military instillation inBeston, Pennsylvania, reporting that the residents of Sundarawere under attack. It was not until June of 2012 that anyofficials were able to venture to Sundara, but when they arrivedthey found that over two hundred infected had been dispatched,along with half that number of uninfected.This, ladies and gentlemen, is the case before us. As Ihave already expressed, it is a strange and difficult case. Weare tasked with the discovery of facts, facts that until nowhave remained elusive to all those seeking the, and I quote,“true story” of what happened in Sundara.Many have questioned why, after the horrors that we as anation have survived, any government officials or bodies woulddeem it necessary to examine such a case, rather than letting itrest, presumably as the citizens of Sundara, in peace. The
Tressioch Daily News
has accused us of “dredging up a dirtystory in order to maintain some illusion that law and justiceare, in some way, in any way, the same as they used to be beforeI-X.” Other national news outlets have accused us of the same.But the problem is that this story cannot rest in peace.The residents of towns like Sundara do not rest in peace, notuntil as sure a form of justice as we can afford them has beenreached. And make no mistake, this is not merely an attempt tomaintain an illusion of law and justice. This is nothing moreand nothing less than a return to justice. In these days ofrebirth and renewal it is essential that we ensure justice forall. It is essential that we not let heinous criminal acts gounpunished, lest we fall into yet another, albeit different,state of chaos. It is essential that we either indict orexonerate those who stand accused. It is essential because it iswhat allows us to move forward, to continue to rebuild, and toensure such things do not happen again as they have in the past.I must stress to you all, as I have reminded myselfconstantly in the days leading up to these proceedings, that ourduty here is to judge not these men and women but their deeds.This, I believe, is an important distinction. While we might saythat we empathize with the people involved, which is perhapsonly human, our determinations are not based on our sympathiesbut on our knowledge of the law and of what is right and wrong.Perhaps, in the end, it can be determined that the actionsundertaken in the events of Sundara were ultimately correct.

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