Immunodeficiency [4/4] – Journalism 2

This series of four articles was written as an exercise in developing a world through the use of creative writing.  In a team of three, I was project/creative lead, and responsible for writing the lore of our fictive world.

 

Governments Abusing Super-Power

REPORT BY JOSEPH MCMANUS

HAVING seen the ‘success’ of the American government introducing programs for the identification and maintaining of Superhumans, the Australian Government appears set to follow suit and introduce a program of its own – but should the Australian public fear for their freedom?

Since the commencement of the superhuman support program two months ago, the United States Government report to have sucessfully helped and re-habilitated over one hundred and fifty gifted Americans – supporting them financially and emotionally through these isolating mutations.  However rumours have begun to circulate about the true intentions of the American Government in running this program.

Insisting that the choice to accept the support being offered to the American superhumans is entirely up to the individual, reports of the government resorting to financial incentives to accept the superhuman support have appeared, perhaps implying that there is more to the program than merely helping the individuals.  A program spokesperson could not be contacted on this matter, and even the American media are having trouble getting straight answers from the government and those involved in the program; generally having interview directions limited to the “Talking Points” issues that the government are supplying.

One family in Otawa have managed to get a response from the government when they reported to CNN on Monday, that the father of the house, Hugo Brathewaite, has been in the re-habilitation facility since the start of the program two months ago.  Insisting to the CNN reporter that Hugo was a family man who had kept in contact with them every day to let them know how he was, Lindsay Brathewaite told the reporter that not having heard from Hugo in six days was particularly troubling to her and their two daughters.  The government claims to have responded with an official investigation in the matter but insists that there have been communication problems with the facility in this week just gone.

Futhermore, while the research conducted and information stored by the United States government regarding this program is classified as to ‘protect the privacy of those involved’, rumours that those being supported as part of this program are being catalogued and tracked like animals, are causing out-rage in the superhuman community.

“I had serious issues when my boyfriend dumps me because he thinks I’m a freak” says Kathy, a 17 year old girl who can no longer tolerate loud noises due to an enhanced sense of hearing, “And because my sister tells me to go get help…the police think they can watch my every move?”

A tiny inexplicable marking that can be found on many of the superhumans that have opted for government support has only fed the rumours of this catalogueing and tracking project.

With the strength of these rumours on the rise, the Canadian Ari Taub, one of the first superhumans to be recognised – along with LaShawn Merritt and Alexandra Feeney at the Beijing Olympic Games – has founded the “Superhumans Against Government Supression” in an attempt to force answers from the program, the government and their spokes-people.

“We’re not a violent group” assures Taub, a greco-roman wrestler able to regenerate torn muscles almost instantly, “We just want the answers that the government aren’t giving us.  America has a right to know what is really going on and we’re the ones to demand it.  We’re not stupid, and we’re not going away.”

 

Until these issues can be sorted Australian superhumans should consider the move to introduce a superhuman support program on our shores, a threat to our privacy and individuality.

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