fictional world of The Section, certain conventions are followed.
It may help the reader coming to The Charlemagne Files for the
first time to know some of these.
where is The Section?
is a department of an intelligence agency of the United States. Its
employees are civil servants. It includes support staff members who
provide identity documents, financial controls, and physical and
document security. Operational agents are called babysitters. They
arrange on-site logistical support for freelance specialists during
operations. Most operations are not conducted within the United
States, with some exceptions. Babysitters themselves do not carry
identity documents in their own names during an operation and never
carry any official identification from their organization. Their
purpose is to allow the organization to deny any association with
them or their mission. The offices are near the east coast, maybe
in The Section receive nicknames from their coworkers when they
join the offie. These names are often undesirable and used
mercilessly among the members of the office. It is part of team
building in a stressful occupation.
traditionally stamped with symbols or mottos that designate the
intelligence unit of their owners. The tradition is that when
members of the unit are present at the bar, if one produces his
coin, then all must produce theirs. Anyone failing to show their
coin is responsible for the bar tab. If all produce their coins,
then the person first producing his coin is responsible for the
classification of information is Top Secret. Beyond that, more
sensitive information is strictly controlled in a number of ways
including designation as special compartmented Information (SCI).
This requires an additional clearance and often a named clearance
based on Need To Know. In The Section, files on specialists or
specialist teams receive a one-word code name, printed across the
file and restricted to very few people. When that solo or
specialist team is employed on an operation, another designator
word will refer to the operation and will be used for funding,
reports, etc. Thus CETUS WEDGE (#2 of the Charlemange Files) means
an operation dubbed CETUS employing a specialist team with file
name WEDGE. It is The Section’s file name for Charlemagne.
A team or
solo operative used by western governments for black operations
conducted without fingerprints in high-risk situations expected to