As written by Amanda Morgan…
(Excerpts from the journal logs of Amanda Morgan.)
Transhumanism is an interesting concept to be sure. The EXALT push it to new levels but in doing so have become utterly inhuman. There are many advantages to toying with human DNA; increased resilience to damage, a boosted ability to heal, shortened reaction times. God, how many times have I wished that our operatives could be made whole that much faster so that their suffering would be alleviated and so that we wouldn’t have the distraction of worrying about our brothers-in-arms while in the thick of battle? Could this ever be achieved without introducing foreign genetic code into our own?
Can we toy with the human genome to produce the results we want while remaining entirely human, or do we have to mingle our DNA with that of other species, even alien genetics? Is that even possible? Yes, of course it is. The EXALTs have already done as much. But they seem almost incapable of sympathy for their former brethren, severing any sort of bonds that they still shared with their original species. The cost in that scenario is obviously too high to pay. If we gave up everything we had that tied us to humanity then how long could we still relate to or care about those that we strive so hard to protect?
Cybernetics is an obvious alternative as it allows for the augmentation and improvement of humanity on an individual level without compromising the integrity of the human genome. Any changes made would start and end with the individual operative. They could also be a potential liability if utilized improperly; vulnerable to electromagnetic pulses and possible interference, some method of shielding would be needed. Useless conjecture, all of it! My practical knowledge of robotics in any form is woefully lacking. I’ll need to speak to Doctor Vahlen if I want a better working understanding of the technology at our disposal. I just hope that my comrades will not see my interest as being traitorous or heretical to our mission.
As written by Kite Winters…
Sent: July-9-2017 01:15 PM
Subject: Re: EXALT
Sir, I know this is undoubtedly someone else’s job rather than ours, but having heard the gist of the briefing I wasn’t here for, someone is working on our side of the propaganda war as well as the bullet one, right?
Getting the Aliens movies back on TV regularly, covering the badly photoshopped posters of Tienanmen Square tanks torn up by psychic powers with equally bad photoshops of Neville Chamberlain shaking hands with an alien prophet in a Nazi uniform and a bad Hitler-stache. (Are they putting up posters like that? No idea. But I would in their shoes to snag every weepy-hearted ‘if only I could make a difference’ whiner with the promise of power, because what goes into those tubes is just meat for what comes out.)
We do have someone whose job it is to make sure when EXALT reaches out to someone, their first thought is ‘chestbuster’ not ‘psychic space babes’, don’t we, Sir?
As written by Dan Repperger…
Sent: July-9-2017 02:03 PM
Subject: Re: EXALT
No, we do not.
The reality of our situation is that we must function as the world’s worst kept secret. Anyone without a dogmatic skepticism for even the most obvious facts has known we existed since the middle of the first war. But our location still remains classified, our presence and actions are officially denied, and no one is allowed to take credit or blame for anything we do. We struggle in silence, not because it is instilling hope, winning hearts, or even fully effective. We do it because it is necessary in the second, and morally right in the first.
Nations engage in what propaganda they choose. Some publicly deny the alien threat while others embrace an openness in drawing their people to oppose the intruders. But mostly they focus on doing what is immediate and expedient for keeping their individual nations together, even if the remainder of the world crumbles. Like a quarter dropped in a starving man’s can, our existence on a paltry budget soothes their consciences with the delusion they stand united against a common foe.
I wish I had something more positive to say, but I am not in the business of lying to those under my care. But I suppose I can give you one piece of advice that I’ve had to learn for myself over the past two years. If you want to send a message, you may never have a chance to give it to the general public. Instead you must say it directly to those that oppose us, and do so without uttering a single word. Even if a nation will put up no propaganda against EXALT or a landing saucer, they will call on us, and we can then answer the message of our enemies with a stack of their own corpses.