Chapter 23: Scorpozine
Janus accessed the central computer for his agencies hub remotely, everything was very compartmentalized, but he knew a way to manipulate the logistic tables in the database so that if he had to so that he could bypass the system’s top-level security with an override and make it look like he had authorization if anybody cared enough to check.
This would have to be done by someone who had clearance above his level, but as routine they were computer analysis and not savvy agents, so they would only look for anomalies and even thou every entry, id, log on and IP address were recorded he knew it was unlikely that he would be discovered unless someone had a specific reason for tracking him in the first place.
There was so much confusion within the security administration itself that many of the password codes had to be reset just due to people forgetting them and getting themselves locked out.
New systems that upgraded to prevent security flaws, loopholes, backdoors, and overflow, always had glitches of their own.
There was a chance that Janus would be detected, even as a random draw, but this wasn’t the type of job that he expected to retire with a gold-watch from anyway. Besides if Zach was responsible for material so dangerous that Gerald Ross himself was by-passing standard procedure then he damn well wanted to know what it was.
The command line for that database displayed on the computer screen:
Zach typed the subject word in the command box.
The computer matrix returned its response immediately:
He tried again, with a different clearance:
No Access/Above Administrative Privileges/
Zach typed a second time with an eighteen-digit code made of both letter and numbers.
After several moments, the computer screen flickered and then began to display several pages of random information. The topic was called “Scorpozine.”
Then the chemical compound listed its ingredients, potential uses, side-effects, dangers and result of test subjects.
|Definition||Neurotoxin consist of three separate chemicals.|
|Ingredient Three||Scorpion Venom|
Section II. Process
a powder where the “Burandanga” can be extracted Venom in unequal parts (1:3 ratio), distilled.
Section III. Testing
Scorpozine was used as an interrogation drug, because it both paralyzes the subject and then puts them in a hypnotic state or “twilight sleep” where the subject is compelled to answer any question truthfully and without hesitation, and when the effects of the drug have diminished the subject cannot even remember being given the drug.
Section IV. Results
In a study done on prisoners captured during the current war the drug was administered to 200 random subjects 100 male and 100 females. Out of the those administered the drug here are the general results:
|Men||Ages 18-65||Positive 75%||Negative 25%|
|Woman||Ages 18-60||Positive 65%||Negative 33%|
Positive is defined by how effective the drug was on the based on the commands given and followed and the duration of how long the drug was retained in the system.
When inhaled the men on average were more compliant and the drug was effective on 3 of the 4 men or 75% total. This was more a two-hour period.
When inhaled the women on average were less compliant and the drug was effective on 2 of the 3 women selected or 66% total for the same two-hour period.
Scorpozine make a good field interrogation because of its short-term effects but becomes more toxic and less effective with repeated dosages. Not recommended for long term effects, the materials are scarce, and the cost expensive. Testing has currently been suspended.
Section V. Administration
Because duration is limited and additional dosages leading to fatality, paralysis as well as psychosis has been documented, appropriate funding for mass production has never been approved.
Section VI. Supplemental
Combining “Scorpozine” with alcohol, would create the intended paralysis effect, but it would also compromise the truth serum capabilities, and completely incapacitate the victim. Scorpozine mixed with alcohol can trigger the effects of a powerful Benzodiazepine (Valium), similar to an overdose of sleeping pills. The drug seems more promising for “accidental” drug overdose and/or “suicide” victims.
Section VII. Conclusion
It is the recommended by this board of review after a preliminary investigation that the medication “Scorpozine” may not be “safely” used under any circumstances as a an interrogation technique. We submit our decision on file until further testing can be funded. In the advent of so many more effective, with less expensive, and/or alternative drugs which produce consistent results for longer durations, Scorpozine cannot be recommended in any capacity
Cost Insufficient; Project Terminated.
Janus turned off his computer, what was that old mother-fucker up to, why was he trying to personally finance a project that had already been terminated, this was more promising than even Janus could have hoped for.