Section 2 - Aftermath
[Refer to World War 2 Historical summary in Operative Training Manual p. 102]
At the conclusion of the second world war, the balance of world power shifted on an axis between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and its eastern European allies and the United States of America with their western European allies. Although many wartime Talents chose employment in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and in the newly formed Central Intelligence Agency, Section 2 continued to exist in the shadows. Public awareness of this continued existance dropped off, as most citizens assumed its function had ceased with the end of the war.
Things were, however, much more complicated than the average American civilian realized. Many German Ubermenschen had defected from the collapse of Nazi Germany and were quietly taken by American personnel in Operation Paperclip. This was an intelligence and Talent coup which later saw German hyperbrains and other valuable Talents working to defeat the Japanese. The end of hostilities left such refugees in a liminal state. Like other wartime Talents, they had to adjust to the use of their powers in a peacetime environment. Furthermore, as former SS Ubermenschen, they faced very real legal and personal discrimination if they entered civilian life.
Furthermore, the end of the war did not obviate the danger of Talent activity hostile to the United States. The Soviet Special Directive One was continuing its own experiments to artificially stimulate the Talent phenomenon, and any number of other criminal and terrorist organizations began recruiting Talents from the pool of returning soldiers. The Talent phenomenon was indiscriminate, and manifested in people from all walks of life. The Taft laws were drafted specifically to deal with Talent criminals, but enforcement of those laws was sometimes difficult.
In September of 1947, Congress passed a comprehensive set of laws dealing with the integration of Talents into American society. One often overlooked clause of the Talent Integration Act grants convicted Talent criminals the right to work off their sentences in the service of “Certain Federal Institutions.” The Talent Integration Act worked hand in hand with the National Security Act by reorganizing and repurposing Section 2 on the same model as the CIA. Section 2 became responsible for covert intelligence on Talents and responsible for covert operations to check the threat they represented. Such dangerous work required manpower beyond what could be recruited from the American Talent population. By 1955, the bulk of Section 2’s active Operative base consisted of Talent criminals or captives whose usefulness outweighed any potential disloyalty.
The Talent Phenomenon dropped off statistically in the years following the second world war. Section 2’s Directorate of Research hypothesized that the phenomenon was not spent, but rather required events of large-scale psychic trauma. This theory was borne out by subsequent wars and disasters. There has therefore been no serious lack of potential Operatives.
On November 5, 2006 the Theocracy of Assam activated infiltrators throughout the world’s governments to launch a series of seemingly indiscriminate nuclear strikes across the world. Suicide Talents indoctrinated by Lord Yama via his “Peace of Death” blessing teleported nuclear devices into populated areas or launched attacks on nuclear facilities that had proven difficult to infiltrate. The goal was, apparently, to bring the entire world’s population the “blessing” of the self-styled “God of Death.” Lord Yama was forced to initiate his plan prematurely, however, and many of his strikes failed. While millions died, the world and its governments survived. The devastation, however, sparked a resurgence in the Talent phenomenon not seen since World War 2. Section 2 has recruited many of these new Talents to continue its mission of keeping the United States safe from Talent threats in a new era of world instability.
Section 2 is organized into five Directorates. The Directorate of Intelligence is responsible for analyzing data resources collected by the other Directorates and formulating policy. The Directorate of Research is responsible for continuing to investigate the science of the Talent phenomenon and to develop new technology to supplement Section 2’s operations. The Directorate of Surveillance is responsible for high technology and Talent surveillance of information streams, via radio, satellite, cellular transmission, or other media. The Directorate of Security is responsible for the security of Section 2’s facilities and the investigation of breaches of physical or informational security. Finally, the Directorate of Operations is responsible for the prosecution of covert operations of all varieties, including but not limited to spycraft, wetwork, infiltration, exfiltration, and resource retrieval.
Specific details of Section 2’s historical operations are classified.