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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Stealth Ops - Gale and Mercer

Spoiler Alert: Read SHADOW MAKER before reading this or any of the forthcoming epilogue files marked Stealth Ops.


A Board of Inquiry reviewed the Paternoster Square incident and found that Detective Sergeant Thomas Mercer of SO15 hindered the investigation. In particular, the board determined that Mercer wrongfully detained two American Interpol agents over a trivial question of paperwork—cleared up within days of the attack.

The board found that Mr. Mercer's mistreatment and persecution of Interpol agents Stafford and Martignetti delayed the identification of a terrorist weapons lab and resulted in a destructive vehicle chase, made famous as the Case of the Marauding MG by the Times.

On the board's recommendation, the Commissioner stripped Mercer of his detective title, reduced him
to the rank of constable, and transferred him from SO15 to the Met's traffic detail.

The board also ruled on the case of a junior member of SO15 who played a part in the events following the attack. They pronounced both a special commendation and a step promotion for one Geoffrey Gale, a constable who, oddly enough, had nothing but nice things to say about the American who tied him up, gagged him with his own sock, and left him in a closet.

Gale did not earn his accolades by getting tied up, but by conducting a follow-up investigation into Aman Saghir, the imam of the Ismaili Jamatkhana on Fleet Street. Through superior investigative work, Constable Gale acquired enough evidence to warrant a thorough search of the Jamatkhana. His team found residue in an upstairs storage facility that matched the explosives used in Paternoster Square as well as the bomb that destroyed the Jamatkhana basement. Unfortunately, the magistrate dragged his feet on the warrant and Saghir disappeared before he could be arrested. Gale determined that Saghir had likely fled to familiar ground in Turkey, and forwarded all of his evidence to Nick Stafford of the American Interpol.

Gale's investigation also cleared the Coptic professor who had been labeled a suicide bomber by the news services. The BBC aired a retraction and an apology. Sadly, only one American news source followed suit.

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