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Miles Edgeworth ([personal profile] takethestairs) wrote in [community profile] maskormenace2015-12-08 09:59 pm

Case File 008; Text; Mirrornet

Greetings, imPorts. I decided to do some digging into the friends we made this Sunday, and I found some interesting facts.

*Thanks to employment records and government biometrics, all the gun wielders that have been taken into custody were revealed to be members of various PMCs (private military contractors). Eventually they retired from their positions, giving no reason for their departure save a mention of "other opportunities." Afterward they fell off the official radar completely.

*Furthermore, these gun wielders had prior experience in the military, police, or militia groups. They all had a rather shaky relationship with ethics before their departure, and more than a few of them crossed the line into outright criminal behavior; a likely explanation for their change in careers.

*Just because they fell off the radar, that does not mean they remained idle. Interrogations revealed that they were all connected to Ibex International Security Solutions, a PMC based in Amistad, Texas. These men left their positions for Ibex starting in 2008 and continuing until 2015, and considering these mercenaries' previous history, it seems that recruits were valued both for their skill and their lack of inconvenient morals. This also implies a longterm recruitment campaign; whatever they have planned, they have planned it for a very long time.

*Their connections to Ibex, however, remain unofficial. So far we have yet to find any kind of paper trail connecting their activities to the company. If this changes, I will report it as soon as possible.

*While the majority of recruits were U.S. citizens, there was also a significant amount of gunmen from other nations, including: Brazil, France, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. While I cannot say for certain, I think we can safely rule out Soviet involvement in *this* debacle.

*Something interesting popped when investigating the prisoners' records: each and every one of them has made arrangements to be cryogenically preserved upon their death, regardless of how they die. This may have some connection to their longterm goals, though what it is, I cannot say.

This is all I could find so far. If anyone has any additional information on this group or anything related to their attack on Heropa, it would be most appreciated.
quaerit: sᴄᴏᴜᴛsɪxᴛᴇᴇɴ.ᴄᴏᴍ. (r i g b y)

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[personal profile] quaerit 2015-12-09 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
[ This message takes Gansey's attention at once. He's still reading while he answers, hungry for as much information as he can get. It's the only way he can make himself understand what happened. ]

The power I inherited gave me visions of them. I know how that sounds, but they're accurate. At least, so far as I can tell. I pulled together what I found, but before I send it - are you completely certain this line is secure?
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quaerit: sᴄᴏᴜᴛsɪxᴛᴇᴇɴ.ᴄᴏᴍ. (s h i e l d e d)

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[personal profile] quaerit 2015-12-09 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
It's all right. I think a pool of knowledge would be useful, provided it's in our hands. I'm sending a file of what I've seen. I was searching for what they were capable of, what resources they were using. Practical things.

I searched for the futures of those who were captive. It was difficult, and changing even as I watched, because it soon became clear that their immediate future lay in jail. But I did see these, several times, until prison bars replaced them:

> One captive planned to use a computer to check a bank account after the completion of this job was done. The payday was indistinct, but the amount was clearly six figures. She told one of her 'colleagues' that their bosses must have an incredible amount of money to pay this well. The colleague laughed behind his mask, and said "there's more where that came from. Lots more." He had an accent - French, from what I heard, but not strong.

> One of the ones who used knives planned to call someone after the job. I could only hear one half of the conversation, but they said: "Da Dmitri, they can get you into the country without problems. If you join us, they will take care of all paperwork, provide passport, and-" Then there was an interruption. I couldn't hear what was said, but it sounded Russian to me. It agitated the prisoner, who said: "Don't ask questions! You were trained better than that. Just trust me- they have connections and money. They can make things happen."

After that, the visions faded, and all I could see was jail in their future. So with that avenue cut off, I tried to scry instead, to find a location for their friends, in the present. Most of the details were too vague to report, but I did get something.

> I saw a scientist in a white coat handing a soldier a new-model laser pistol, those ray guns they were using. I didn't see any faces - both of them wore those masks, throughout. The scientist sounded American, and said that the pistol was "The latest model. We got the laser turrets working right too. Next step is blaster rifles and combat nanos. You're going to love what we come up with next." The lab they stood in was vast, pristine, and well-equipped. I was aware of other bodies in the room, more scientists, but they all wore that same mask.

> Then I heard a man's voice, talking to a woman. They seemed to be in a training room of some sort - there were weights, equipment, punching bags, that sort of thing. He said, "I've never used the Pillar of Fire before. You are sure it's safe, yes?" The woman answered, "Don't worry. We're in complete control. It's not like the real Porter- it doesn't have a ghost haunting it or whatever." Both of them had faint Russian accents.

I'm afraid that's all I've been able to see. I've kept up the scrying every day, trying to get more of a fix on them or at least see more of what I've seen already, but controlling the visions is difficult. I keep getting repetition, rather than anything new.


[ Once the file is sent, Gansey's voice returns. ]

I'll keep trying, and if I find more, I'll add to the file. I'm not sure what to say, except that I heard Russian voices twice. I'm not sure we should rule out Soviet involvement quite yet.

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[personal profile] unwiseheart 2015-12-09 03:17 am (UTC)(link)
[ So the network reveals a useful purpose at last. ]

does clifford bateman ring any bells for you?
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[personal profile] unwiseheart 2015-12-09 03:25 am (UTC)(link)
i have been tracking down where they got so many weapons from.
bateman has been involved in many of the purchases.
i bet you can guess what company he works for.

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[personal profile] rathercommon 2015-12-09 03:19 am (UTC)(link)
I've found evidence of a different sort of origin for the others. The ones with the different fighting style.
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[personal profile] rathercommon 2015-12-09 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
They may have been the remnants of a unit of KGB operatives specially trained to combat imPorts. The Storm Cadres, they were called. Dating back to the last wave of imPorts. Never put into action, since the last imPorts went home before they could be deployed, and they were defunded and demobilized.

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infomodder: today i ate expired cheese and people talked to me. i hate everything. (dear lj)

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[personal profile] infomodder 2015-12-09 03:57 am (UTC)(link)
What sort of criminal behavior are we talking about here?

[were they attacked by pissy jaywalkers]
infomodder: hannibal doesn't know how to preserve meat for long lol omg what a basic bitch right (gotta cook quickly or the meat spoils)

[personal profile] infomodder 2015-12-10 06:08 am (UTC)(link)
If they were in the military or law enforcement long enough, that's not wholly surprising. Could've been driven to extremes by the line of work they were in. Dirty cops don't always start out dirty.

[yeah he's focusing on the criminal jabs and wow THIS ONE IS SORT OF PERSONAL so sue him]

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[personal profile] brushoff 2015-12-09 04:37 am (UTC)(link)
I wonder how you believe these men should be punished.

[ pissy about Toby? absolutely not, why would you think that? ]
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brushoff: (contemplating stuff)

ditto ditto!

[personal profile] brushoff 2015-12-09 04:44 am (UTC)(link)
What's the matter Miles? Afraid of talking about this in public?

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[personal profile] bindsthedead 2015-12-09 04:54 am (UTC)(link)
I found something as well.

The radio headsets they were using had an encrypted frequency- through tracing it, and the information gained from the prisoners- I found something.

There's an island off the coast of Florida that the radio signal seems to be coming from- but according to satellite images, there's nothing there. Still, the government seems willing to send someone to investigate.
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[personal profile] pastdoesntdefine 2015-12-10 12:36 pm (UTC)(link)
[ A little under 24hrs after this report hits the network, an additional reply marked from 'Agent Carolina' pops up in response to this. ]

The intel was good.

[ A locked link to her network report is included. ]
timecapture: <lj user= "poisonarcana"> ([Rewind] Time to split.)

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[personal profile] timecapture 2015-12-09 05:53 am (UTC)(link)
I spoke to a bunch of witnesses, including Walt Taylor, one of the postal workers here. He saw someone who was dressed in dark clothing and wearing a skull mask jumping across the rooftop of the pet store, shortly before it was set on fire.

I've also been digging up info online. It's been pretty hard, though; a lot of groups use skulls. I'll have to keep looking.
timecapture: <lj user= "supahfly"> ([Photo] A moment in time.)

[personal profile] timecapture 2015-12-10 08:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks. I'm doing more research now.

He described it as a figure in a mask, running across the rooftop. He just assumed it was one of us, since so many of us do the whole "superhero" thing and wear masks. It only occurred to him later that it wasn't. He also described whoever it was as being dressed like a ninja.

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[personal profile] attainment 2015-12-09 11:56 am (UTC)(link)
One of my contacts forwarded along a Miami PD document from May 2013.

A woman named Karla Otto came to the police claiming to be a defector from a secret society called Cain Cabal. According to Otto, they used a skull as their symbol, and they were primarily concerned with duplicating imPort resurrection technology in order to gain eternal life, even after imPorts were sent home in light of the Death Island tragedy. Otto herself said she left the group because their research didn't seem to be going anywhere, and she was growing tired with what she believed to be pointless training exercises.

The reason she came to the police in the first place was protection, saying that Cain Cabal members were trying to silence her. It's worth noting that Otto didn't have any way to convince people of Cain Cabal's existence, though she said it was because members had done something to make her proof disappear.

She vanished before a follow-up interview could be arranged and was never heard from again.

Now that we're dealing with skull-masked criminals who are targeting imPorts, however, authorities are definitely taking a closer look at her story. I believe we would be wise to do the same.

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text/private, belated, NOT QUITE AS BACKDATED AS TAGGING NOW SUGGESTS more like the 10th

[personal profile] heavyhitter 2015-12-16 04:23 pm (UTC)(link)
i got a name and maybe the start of a paper trail for u, legal stuff isnt my area
found a friend of one of the arrested, told me it was martha coax, president at ibex, that hired him
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