The “Method,” as they call it, was more so a germline procedure of singular metascientific complexity had been given to them

by the alien colonists as a quid pro quo. The yndicate would help them to create a population of alien hybrids who would hide in plain sight, cloned from human ova and alien biomaterial so there would be a clone race immune to the effects of the “!lac" #il” when the return to the planet began. $or this the yndicate would be sequestered, granted a sort of immunity or asylum, given a place in the grander scheme. They were the %ichy government to the &erman $inal olution, collaborationists whose motivation was simple self-directed survival. These cloning operations were spread across the country, the cataloguing and record"eeping done through a complex intra-institutional system that connected to every branch of government from the ocial ecurity 'dministration to the (epartment of (efense. The operation, under the wor"ing title “)urity *ontrol” had been launched in +,-., the brainchild of &erman scientists given immunity themselves from war crimes and allowed to continue the eugenics experiments that were /itler0s dar" legacy. The yndicate had begun as a subset of a shadow intelligence agency whose original orders were to create plausible denial and an effective cover-up of )urity *ontrol. !ut through fifty years, numerous 1 and 12 administrations, the principals began to wrest control accumulating influence and power across international borders such that by +,,3 the operation ceased to have a member accountable to any one government and whose only orders would be ta"en from a man named trughold, a &erman industrialist who had fled his home to northern 'frica. These men, whose "nowledge and access provided control of a foreseeable future had, in spite of this, everything to lose4 their secret wor", the cloning preparations, and the cataloguing constituted their greatest vulnerability4 56)# 175. Their detection would ensure not 8ust their own demise, but a far-reaching disillusion of social and religious order around the globe. To protect against this the yndicate employed methods of disinformation using covert government programs that had been regrettably discovered as a smo"e-screen, a dodge or blind where the transgressions of *ongress-accountable agencies served to hide their more odious underta"ing. They had even at times used the 1$# phenomena to create an hysteria that science and the intelligentsia denounced so completely as to ma"e belief and believers seem ridiculous and completely discreditable. They had also, in a crisis, used a tool of the colonists themselves4 alien bounty hunters who policed the cloning operation and enforced rule on the countdown to coloni9ation, a double-edged sword whose cold-blooded tactics had helped to stem a lea" or threat, but who also "ept watch on the yndicate, a threat in itself as the yndicate had something to hide that not even the colonists "new of4 a vaccine against the !lac" #il, an inoculant against the substance in which the alien life force was held, in fact the very medium of the life force itself. To guard this secret was perhaps more important than the truth of the existence of alien life and of coloni9ation. :f the yndicate0s own secret vaccine were discovered, a vaccine that would ma"e themselves immune from the effects of the !lac" #il, it would certainly

they would "ill to protect it as it symboli9ed the only hope they had of avoiding enslavement when the planet was over-ta"en. They would protect this secret with their lives. That they had been able to. an incipient . conduct their wor" on the vaccine undetected was the result of a code among the yndicate members that put honor and the future above personal politics. over destroyed and the timetable for coloni9ation stepped up. !ut now this code was beginning to brea" down. .insipient<= scramble for power beginning to develop4 a threat from within that doubled the threat from without.

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