Suppressing Communication (Or a Regular Day Inside the Bureau of Conflict & Cleanup)

The Bureau of Conflict and Cleanup had cleaned up its fair share of conflicts. It’s what it did, and the conflicts it specialized in were those scrapes, battles, fights, executions, and excursions most kept secret by the Earth’s government. The populace did not need to know the majority of atrocities that the BCC undertook for their betterment, according to the Bureau’s leaders. Otherwise, taxpayers would have to pay for a full campaign by the Office of Mind, Body and Perception Cleansing, not a cheap endeavor and one that the BCC always tried to avoid.

For certain, the BCC had succeeded in achieving its charter’s purpose for generations. Destroying, removing and or purging Earth’s enemies across the galaxy had long proven to fill the Bureau’s days, as agents sent secret messages through space and time, outlining how threats were disembodied or disemboweled.

25767298136_8858ebe443_oThis had always worked, with few controversies. Of course, adversaries stood in the BCC’s way, at times – local and non-local, alike. The native agitators, however, often found that the information that they could use against the BCC could also be used against them. The BCC regularly utilized the threat of embarrassment to get its way. Outside enemies, like the Walruns, would threaten action with the information that the BCC would, in a perfect world, suppress. But because Walruns were foes, most Earthlings did not listen to the layers of criticism offered against the BCC and the greater Earth government. It helped that most information took far too long to impact Earthlings as well, since by the time the criminal data reached Earth from the outer stretches of the galaxy, those intercepting the messages would not remember nor understand why they received such depressing and inefficient communications.

But that was about to change, as a researcher sought to unveil an entirely new breakthrough in the field of intergalactic communication. According to researcher Remoulade Petit, she could fold the space-time continuum to send tiny messages that would make interstellar communication nearly immediate. While it was adapted technology that the BCC had used for centuries, Remoulade had dreams of making this available to the public at large.

The BCC used its normal tactics to persuade such a move by Remoulade, fearing the increased data exchange. Unfortunately, due to the precision in which Remoulade studied, she had very little time for other endeavors that could have been turned to imply corruption, conflicts of interest, or degradation. She had nearly a perfect record, outside of some jaywalking tickets, which she had paid in full and perfectly on time.

The BCC then turned to the larger layers of government to suppress the technology. But this also proved unfruitful since most members of the Earth Congress had family in other galaxies and welcomed the chance to communicate with them far more than their understanding of the pressing need to limit the free-flow of information across galactic borders.311271724_fdb36fbe43_o

Without the help of extortion or suppression, the BCC’s most often used tools for such a situation, the BCC top bosses thought they had exasperated their choice of strategies. At least, that’s what they signaled to everyone who lived during this era of innovation. In other words, that’s what the Earthlings and its adversaries believed.

But, none too many were present at a meeting that took place in 3442 between the director of the BCC Tomas Litttleman, his vice director Sheila Toad, and head of Strategy and Repression Victor Crimal. In this meeting, the three brainstormed ways to turn this negative into the BCC’s advantage, according to a transcript of the conversation.

Tomas Littleman: Our communications are at risk. Our efforts undermined. This is the greatest threat the BCC has ever faced.

Sheila Toad: It is, sir. There’s no doubt about that. We cannot operate as easily in an open and free communication model.

Littleman: But what can we do to change it?

Toad: I don’t see how. We’ve tried suppression. We’ve tried extortion. Crimal, what other tools are at your disposal?

Victor Crimal: While it’s true that extortion and suppression are our main two forms of success, there are other means to achieve the prime objective. We of course, want to save our jobs while securing the Earth for our citizens. Without one, we cannot attain the other, the way I see it.

Littleman: That’s very smart perspective Crimal. Indeed. Go on.

Crimal: The world is about to gain massive amounts of information that no one will be able to track, count, or even protect. Petit, herself, has said that this could create an unbalance in the information available, as the Earth learns more than ever about the galaxies in which their families live, like the daily news and weather. In an instant, they will know so much more than they ever have before. But there’s real opportunity if someone with the financial and security means came in to protect that free flow of data. Maybe that organization doesn’t tell the other worlds about the repository. Maybe that group can organize, search, and provide meaning to all the information flowing from all our adversarial planets and galaxies.

Littleman: Hmmm, you mean you imagine a library of sorts.

Crimal: Yes, indeed, I had been spit-balling the Archival Database Of Communications, Personal and Otherwise.

Littleman: And where would this database rest?

Crimal: Well, sir, I think likely in one of the most secure groups within the government. After all, we should only entrust the private conversations of our populace with those most inspired to keep those communications safe and useful.

Littleman: I see. Do you have a place in mind?

Crimal: Why, I don’t see any other bureau as secure as the BCC, sir. Do you?

Toad: I certainly don’t, sir.

Littleman: Hmmm. Well I do trust the BCC and myself more than any other organization or person. But the world would not likely understand the reason why we track all this information.

Crimal: Yes, they can be shortsighted. I think we use the ‘For the Better Good’ doctrine, in this case. That way we don’t tell the public, since we obviously know what’s for their better good. We can appropriate funds that previously went towards secrets-discovery to build a database within the BCC, since we will find more ‘discoveries’ using free flowing conversations. In fact, our jobs will become easier.

Littleman: Hahaha, let’s call that an efficiency. We may even become more powerful with this tool.

Toad: Indeed, sir. I imagine we will.

Littleman: Good, good. The world safe and we increase our position. Let’s move forward, Crimal. But we only can employ our most tightlipped agents, you understand.

Crimal: Of course, sir. Of course. We will only use people that the BCC can trust.


Photos by Mariano Mantel and Pat Joyce.

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