Wednesday, December 9, 2009
DRAFT #12 (AUGUST 2001)
A caravan of black vans is parking outside a courthouse. Osama bin Laden, as CNN REPORTS, is being lead into court. The jury is dead-locked, they can't decide if the death penalty is appropriate for his supposed involvement in the bombing of the US embassy in Israel.
two years later
We open over the Montana wilderness. A man is alone in a stream, fly fishing, he is getting deep into rushing water as he stalks his prey. His fishing pole bends violently as he hooks a big one, when he is approached by a former colleague, who summons him to shore. Archer releases his 24" rainbow trout off the hook when he hears that Osama bin Laden's son, Mohammed is coordinating a strike on US soil.
Flying low somewhere over the Bambuwhari Peninsula off Pakistan's southern shore, there is a small camp. Mohammed's soldiers are preparing a relocation in the middle of the night. Numerous communication dishes are being dismantled as several Hummers approach the camp. Mohammed's right hand man, a computer savy Afghani, is relocating to meet Mohammed.
Overlooking Vancouver Airport, Flight 147 has boarded and is taxiing down the runway. Inside the aircraft the Captain is explaining that this 767 Jumbo jet-liner is the most advanced commercial aircraft ever flown.
In a safehouse in the Sea Port of Karachi in southern Pakistan, Mohammed Bin Laden is observing on a lap-top computer the 767's flight path as it approaches California. An FAA communication satellite is re-tasking in space.
The FAA Control Center picks up on the irregular satellite adjustments. An FAA flight navigation analyst notices Flight 147 is going off course. Bob Kildare picks up the phone and calls Dr. Julianne Clark, Chief Programmer on the Remote Guided Navigation System, (RGNS), a system that allows a remote pilot to navigate and land the new 767. Kildare needs her help, as the plane is drifting off course. Julianne is in her computer lab at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, California.
There is sweat on the brows of the pilot and co-pilot as they frantically communicate with ground control. The passengers of Flight 147 are wondering why the plane is in a steep left bank. The pilots communicate to the tower that the plane is no longer in their control, yet it is in a controlled descent. As the plane settles into its new heading, Control Center identifies the plane's new course--the new San Jose Nuclear Power Plant. The crew prepares the passengers for a crash-landing.
Julianne is racing to access the RGNS satellite in order to override the rogue commands that sent the plane off course. Kildare is on speakerphone demanding an update. Julianne can not alter the flight path of 147.
Nick Archer is in a NSA building in Egypt, being briefed on Mohammend's recent activity when he is summoned to the Control Room. Nick arrives to see a large computer display of the plane headed toward the San Jose Plant. The remote cameras on the 767 are broadcasting the descent. There is a large digital clock counting down from 5 minutes 42 seconds.
Flight 147 is mayhem. Passengers are getting out of control. Kildare tells the pilots that manual control is impossible. Somebody else is in control. The Captain announces to the passengers that a crash is inevitable.
Power plant employees are frantically evacuating as the plane descends on the reactor's four cylindrical stacks. Inside the cabin of Flight 147, 255 passengers are aware that death is iminent. The 767 crashes into two of the plant's stacks as it becomes engulfed in flames.
CNN reports crash--images from helicopters of the aftermath, two of the stacks are destroyed. The 767 is reduced to concrete rubble and burning debris. A reporter says that we were lucky, the plane narrowly missed the two reactors that are on-line. All 255 passengers and 14 crew do not survive. Nick is watching the televised report. CNN shows a computer-generated potential nuclear fallout zone if the plane had struck one of the live reactors.
FLASHBACK: Jerusalem Hotel, in Pakistan, two years ago. A man's fingertips move gently up a woman's olive-skinned leg. All that can be heard during their sensual act is the sound of wind coming through the curtains. Nick slides a platinum anklet onto her leg. END OF FLASHBACK.
Mohammed bin Laden is angered by the fact he hit the two inactive reactors. Mohammed demands the United States release his father, Osama bin Laden, the former number one most wanted terrorist, who's been imprisoned for two years. If the United States doesn't comply, he says he will attack again, in a matter of hours, via encrypted code in the navigation program that he sabotaged. Julianne finds the new demands and relays them to Central Intelligence. Nick Archer is called-in to head the anti-terrorist team.
At an aircraft carrier stationed off the Gwadar coast, Nick and his associates are reviewing video tapes of Osama bin Laden being questioned by PSYOPS while under the influence of sodium pentathol. He is also being observed by thermal-image lie-detecting equipment. Osama is speaking an ancient dialect that the translator is having difficulty understanding. Inspite of Osama's apparent reluctance to give-in to the truth serum, he is sure that Osama is referencing some place north of Gwadar.
Michael Smith, the man that found Nick fishing, head of the anti-terrorist unit, walks into the room. As he presses a button on a keybaord, the face of Julianne is revealed on a plasma screen. Mr. Smith introduces the room to Julianne, the security programmer for the RGNS satallite system. He then presents their respective missions. Julianne will continue to try and find an antidote for the rogue command code, as well as try to triangulate the origin of the first logic bomb transmission. Smith then shows them the file on Sheik Nasim Hamed, suspected member of the largest opium cartel. The Sheik, however, is a large contributor to the Pakistani's well-being. He is considered by many to be a modern-day 'robin hood'. The CIA and the NSA are aware that a split is imminent between Sheik Hamed and Mohammed bin Laden. Nick's mission is to find and terminate bin Laden. A plane is standing-by to take him to an aircraft carrier patrolling the Arabian Sea.
Inside Karachi's Chinese embassy, Sheik Nasim Hamed and several other high-ranking heads-of-state are watching a CNN replay of Mohammed's attack on the U.S. The Sheik tells the others that he is incensed by his son-in-law's recklessness. The Chinese Ambassador at the table demands that Mohammed die, for he threatens their economic interests.
At the shore of the seaport of Gwadar, a man releases a carrier pigeon. It flys over the city towards its destination. The pigeon arrives at a small window ledge. Mohammed bin Laden's wife, Daliwal, is their to receive the message.
From a guarded safehouse in Gwadar, we see a woman dressed as a servant, following others as they leave. One of Mohammed's guards stops her, checks her face, it is Daliwal. She recognizes him, for he used to work for her father, Sheik Nasim Hamed. He lets her proceed, escaping undetected into the crowded streets.
Nick is taken from the carrier by helicopter to a small fishing boat in order to disguise his arrival into the City of Karachi.
FLASHBACK: Jerusalem Hotel, two years ago. Across the street from the US embassy, a women opens her hotel room door. Daliwal finds Nick and her sister, in bed together intimately laughing. Nick looks up to see what appears to be a copy of the woman he is in bed with. Daliwal tells her sister, Daljit, to not forget her morning appointment at the embassy across the street.
Nick is dropped onto the fishing vessel. He meets Hasim Namib, local CIA operative. Nick wears the traditional clothes of the Afghan people. Their boat reaches an isolated cove near one of Karachi's many harbors. They proceed by foot to Karachi's central street market to meet with a local undercover Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) intelligence officer posing as a street vendor. Anticipating their arrival, the intelligence officer sells Nick and Namib a vase with an encrypted message inscribed on it's interior. Namib and Nick walk back to Namib's place. As they approach Namib's apartment building, Namib notices a suspicious character "on guard" in front of his building. They duck into a small walkway between two buildings. There, Namib decifers the code inside the vase. Nick, via his mobile communications device informs Michael Smith that he is proceeding to a refugee camp in the foothills of the Baluchistan Mountains 80 miles north of Gwadar.
As Nick and Namib enter the camp, they see the plight of the women and children under the reign of the Taliban government.
FLASHBACK: Daljit is leading Nick up a staircase to her hotel room, directly across the street from the US Embassy in Pakistan. She explains to him that after tomorrow, when she shows the evidence of destruction to human life by the hand of the Taliban, the embassy can no longer ignore the threat of a Taliban empire. Nick tells her how long he's been looking for Osama bin Laden. END OF FLASHBACK.
Namib pulls Nick by his robe, into one of the tents. To Nick's surprise, the woman who escaped from the terrorist safehouse is revealed. We are introduced to Daliwal, the woman who opened the hotel room door in Nick's flashback.
FLASHBACK: The moment after Daliwal finds Daljit in bed with Nick two years ago, Nick and Daljit quickly cover themselves up. Nick is shocked, for the sister's likeness is uncanny. Daljit introduces Nick to her twin sister. They all laugh. Daliwal sits down and listens to how they met.
INTERFLASHBACK: Inside the US embassy in Pakistan there is a large party underway, including various members of the Diplomatic Security Service, the NSA, and Nick Archer, moving about the assorted dignitaries as he trys to secure information about Osama bin Laden's last known whereabouts. Sheik Nasim Hamed introduces his daughter, Daljit, to Nick.
Daljit presents a slide-show that shows the Taliban's horrible influence over the Pakistani women (refugee camps in neighboring countries, lack of rights, public hangings for various crimes). There are slides of women bound in sheets, as their children weep from starvation. Making carpets for $4.00 is the norm.
Daliwal tells Nick how she escaped disguised as a servant with the help of a double agent, who works for Mohammed, but ultimately takes orders from Daliwal's father, Shiek Nasim Hamed. Daliwal tells Nick that she no longer can be a part of her husband's ways. She wants to follow her sister's efforts to free the refugee people from Taliban rule.
Inside the SIPRENT (Secret Internet Protocol Router Network) maintenance building at JPL, Julianne is testing different scenarios with several of the elite Defense Information Systems agency anti-hacker team. The only way to avoid terrorist control over one of our commercial aircraft is to intercept and retaliate by means of "trampolining" the incoming codes and forcing them to back to their source. Julianne is tracing the origin of the original intercepting signal that caused the plane crash behind L.A. Her program identifies the City of Pasni as the origin of the logic bomb. The United States Air Force has scrambled hundreds of F16's in case one of the remaining airplanes over U.S. soil should become a target. As a last resort, the F16 pilots are given the green light to destroy any plane that comes under terrorist control.
Daliwal is summoned by a young boy who tells her to follow him, as his younger sister is seriously ill. She falls into a trap. Mohammed's men capture her.
Nick and Namib are crouched behind a wall on top of a roof overlooking Mohammed's supposed current safehouse in the City of Pasni, 20 miles east of Gwadar. Nick uses his thermal imaging headset to scan the safehouse for people. There is only one body, on the second floor, lying on its back, motionless. Nick tells Michael Smith to keep the "snatch and grab" team on hold. Nick and Namib carefully enter the safehouse to investigate. They discover one of Mohammed's guards, the same spy that let Daliwal escape from Mohammed. Strapped to his body is pounds of C4 and detonating cables. His tongue has been removed. There is a timer on his chest, counting down from 5:58 minutes. Namib can tell there is no way to stop this in time. On the ground beside him is some ARABIC, SCRIBBLED IN BLOOD. Apparently the guard used his bloody mouth as an ink-well for his free hand. As Namib translates the word: "Mohenj?" it isn't complete. The timer suddenly beeps and begins its rapid descent towards zero. Namib pushes Nick out the 2nd story window and follows him just as the bomb explodes. Namib is hit by shrapnel as they fall onto the roof of a passing truck. Namib tells Nick that the scribbling must mean the Ancient City of Mohenjo-Daro. Nick then notices that half of Namib's back is blown-away. Namib dies.
We see Mohammed's caravan as it approaches the ruins of the ancient city at sunset. As they approach one of the ancient structures the ground recedes into a tunnel. The doors slide shut as the last vehicle enters.
Mohammed's caravan continues until they reach his organization's underground control center. There are rows of computer servers, several terminals connected to a fiber optic backbone that stretches to a building four miles away in Pasani, where their satallite antennas are located. Mohammed's hacker seats himself at one of the terminals where he inserts the Logic Bomb into the RGNS system.
Seated at her terminal at the SIPRENT facility, Julianne is suddenly alerted to the insertion of the Logic Bomb. She feverishly begins to try and dissect the encrypted commands that are programming the second plane to crash into the Potamac Nuclear Power Facility.
FLASHBACK: Daljit is walking towards the Embassy as Nick watches from the hotel window. He lays back down in bed. Seconds later, a massive explosion breaks his windows and shakes him upright. He looks out the window and sees the embassy engulfed in flames and black smoke. END FLASHBACK.
Nick's team arrives by jet-helicopter to Mohenjo-Daro. Using infra-red and thermal scanning, the helicopter co-pilot does not see any human activity, but does detect heated air rising from a hollow pilar. Nick instructs the pilot to hover over the opening to allow his team to descend into the underground stronghold. They are met by M-16 fire. After finding cover they return fire on at least ten of Mohammed's finest.
As the gunfire gets closer, Mohammed decides to escape through a secret passage that leads to an ancient tomb. After Nick's team wins the battle, Nick makes his way to the control center. He finds the hacker cowering under the computer desk. Nick asks him where Mohammed went while pointing a gun at his head. The hacker points to a small opening in the floor. Nick tells the hacker to stop the program. The hacker laughs. Nick lets his men detain the hacker as he goes down the hole in the floor.
FedEx flight 322 is descending towards the Potomac Plant. Mr. Kildare and Julianne are attempting to regain control of the flight. Julianne has found the antidote to the Logic Bomb just as the pilots' radio-in their SOS. She is able to redirect control of the craft back to the pilots in time for an evasive manuver.
Nick leaves the small dark tunnel, entering the tomb. Gunshots are fired in the darkness towards Nick. Both men are wearing night-vision goggles. The tomb, from both of their perspectives, is a dimly-lit green, occassionally lit up by the gunshots. Nick hears Mohammed run out of ammunition. Mohammed stands up, raising his hands above his head.
He tells Nick that Daljit is alive, and only he knows her location. Nick doesn't believe him as he prepares to fire his last bullets into Mohammed's head. Mohammed tells Nick why he should believe him.
FLASHBACK: From Daljit's perspective, we can see Nick looking down at her from the hotel window as she walks towards the embassy. She looks back at him and smiles broadly. Nick's face disappears from the window. As she turns, a black Mercedes stops in front of her as two men quickly grab hold of her and whisk her away from the blast. END FLASHBACK.
Mohammed tells him that his people rescued her just before the embassy exploded. Nick can't believe it. Mohammed produces from his pocket a platinum anklet, identical to the one Nick gave Daljit on their last day together. Just before Mohammed can even think to divulge her location, he is shot in the head, but not by Nick. One of Sheik Nasim Hamed's snipers has killed Mohammed. Nick can hear a woman screaming from a nearby cell. He releases Daliwal from her imprisonment. Sheik Nasim Hamed's helicopter takes them away from danger.
Daljit is in a small room with bars on the windows. She can see a C-17 cargo plane over Karachi. From the impoverished rural outskirt villages, children and their mothers can see dozens of parachuting AIR-DROPS falling to their land. The pilot is Nick Archer.
© August 2nd 2001
Ian Renga/Daniel B. Gawrys
TREATMENT DRAFT #11 (AUGUST 2001)
We open over the Montana wilderness. A man is alone in a stream, troutfishing, when he is approached by a former colleague, who summons him back to active duty as a C.I.A. counter-terrorist specialist Nick Archer. Archer releases his 24" trout off the hook when he hears that captured Osama bin Laden's son, Mohammed is coordinating a strike on US soil.
Flying low somewhere over the Qalat hills in Afghanistan we find a small camp surrounded by trees that are stripped of their branches. Mohammed's soldiers are preparing a relocation in the middle of the night. Numerous communication dishes are being dismantled as several Hummers approach the camp.
Overlooking Vancouver Airport, Flight 147 has boarded and taxiing down the runway. Inside the aircraft the Captain is explaining that this 767 Jumbo jet-liner is the most advanced commercial aircraft ever flown.
In a safehouse in the Sea Port of Karachi in southern Pakistan, Mohammed Bin Laden is observing on a lap-top computer the 767's flight path as it approaches California. An FAA communication satellite is re-tasking in space.
The FAA Control Center picks up on the irregular satellite adjustments. FAA flight navigation analyst notices Flight 147 is going off course. Bob Kildare picks up the phone and calls Dr. Julianne Clark, Chief Programmer on the Remote Guided Navigation System, (RGNS), a system that allows a remote pilot to navigate and land the new 767. Kildare needs her help, as the plane is drifting off course. Julianne is in her Silicon Valley computer lab.
There is sweat on the brows of the pilot and co-pilot as they frantically communicate with ground control. The passengers of Flight 147 are wondering why the plane is in a steep left bank. The pilots communicate to the tower that the plane is no longer in their control, yet it is in a controlled decent. As the plane settles into its new heading, Control Center identifies the plane's new course--the new San Jose Nuclear Power Plant. The pilot prepares the passengers for a crash-landing.
Julianne is racing to access the RGNS satellite in order to override the rogue commands that sent the plane off course. Kildare is on speakerphone demanding an update. Julianne can not alter the flight path 147.
Nick Archer is in Langley, Virginia, being briefed on Mohammend's recent activity when he summond to the Control Room. Nick arrives to see a large computer display of the plane headed toward the San Jose Plant. The remote cameras on the 767 are broadcasting the descent. There is a large digital clock counting from 5 minutes 42 seconds.
Flight 147 is mayhem. Passengers are getting out of control. Kildare tells the pilots that manual control is impossible. Somebody else is in control. The Captain announces to the passessngers that a crash is inevitable.
San Jose power plant employees are frantically evacuating as the plane descends on four cylindrical stacks. Inside the cabin of Flight 147, 255 passengers are aware that death is imenent. The 767 crashes into two of the plant's towers as it becomes engulfed in flames.
CNN reports crash--images from helicopters of the aftermath, two of the stacks are destroyed. The 767 is reduced to burning scraps. A reporter says that we were lucky, the plane narrowly missed the two reactors that are on-line. All 255 passengers and 14 crew did not survive. Nick is watching the televised report. FLASHBACK: Jerusalem Hotel, seven years ago. A man's fingertips move gently up a woman's olive skinned leg. All that can be heard during their sensual act is the sound of wind coming through the curtains.
Mohammed bin Laden is enjoying his victory, yet he is angered by the fact he hit the two inactive reactors. Mohammed demands the United States release his father, Osama, who's been imprisoned for 4 years. If the United States doesn't comply, he says he will attack again, this time he won't miss. Mohammed bin Laden gives his ultimatum via encrypted code in the navigation program that he sabotaged. Julianne finds the code, and Nick Archer is called-in to head the ant-terrorist team.
Ms. Clark arrives by helicopter to CIA Headquarters. Nick and his associates are reviewing video tapes of Osama bin Laden being questioned on sodium pentaphal. Osama is speaking an ancient dilect that the translator can't identfy. Nick realizes that finding Mohammed will require some field work. Michael Smith (the man that found Nick fishing) introduces them to Julianne Clark. Julianne tells them that she has a good idea how to intercept Mohammed's code. She needs more warning in order to destroy the rogue navigational code. Michael Smith wants Archer find Mohammed before we need Ms. Clark's expertise. We know he is somewhere in Karachi. Michael Smith informs the team that Usbek linguist is working to crack the riddle that Osama is mumbling while drugged. We're sure that he'll divulge his son's location. The linguist says that inspite of Osama's advanced condition he is sure that Mohammed must have moved to the Sea Port of Gwadar near Iran border.
Nick Archer is on a plane to aircraft carrier stationed in the Arabian Sea, just south of Gwadar. From the carrier, Nick is taken by helicopter to a small fishing boat to disguise himself. He meets Hasim Namib, local CIA operative. Namib tells Nick that he believes Mohammed is using local radio towers so he can't be far. Nick wears the traditional clothes of the culture. Their boat reaches an isolated cove near one of Karachi's many harbours. As the boat comes ashore, Nick and Namib spot A C17 flying towards the coastal interior. Nick suddenly sees his past. FLASHBACK: 6 YEARS AGO. A C17 is flying away from the coast of Karachi. Nick and Namib are among many small, malnourished children. There are a few make-shift tents. The conditions are squalid. Namib introduces Nick to Dahljit for the first time. She is beautiful beyond description, as she helps a small Afghan girl drink from a bowl. END FLASHBACK.
Agent Namib takes Archer to a small, one-bedroom apartment in the center of Karachi. Headquarters is small, but efficient, with several plasma screens and computers running, as what was once their fishing tackle boxes is now a small GPS surveillance and communications base.
Namib informs Nick of a possible meeting among Bin Laden's loyalists and a courier that supposedly comes from the United States. The problem is, that Bin Laden uses no modern forms of communication, instead, he keeps things on the ground, like the pony express. The CIA has been infiltrating Bin Laden's lackies for some time. And Namib assures Nick that we are very close.
Gwadar is a city to the west of Kirachi a few miles from the Iranian border. Daoud, the inside operative is perched on a rock formation overlooking a masseras, a Taliban training site for terrorists. Daoud spots several men talking as they study a piece of paper. His binoculars gain in magnification as he begins to read their lips. The men are talking about the ruins of an ancient city Mohenjo-Dara in southern Pakistan, it was one of the world's first great civilizations(WE SEE ENGLISH SUBTITLES AS DAOUD READS THEIR LIPS). Daoub communicates to Nick and Namib via encrypted message the meeting time and place.
Namib and Nick are in an off-road truck enroute to Mojenjo-Dara. The truck winds its' way through desert roads by way of moonlight. In Mojenjo-Dara three trucks are parked closely together and three hundred feet away near a small ancient mosque are three men. In the near darkness we see one of the silouettes suddenly get lifted off his feet and hung to death. Nick and Namib arrive too late. They discover only the swinging dead body of their team member, Daoud. They missed the courier's exchange, the RGNS satellite de-encryption disk is in bin Laden's hands.
Mohammed bin Laden's private jet lands on a deserted, well camoflauged, private landing strip in Abu Dhabi. His wife is with him. She is tormented daily by bin Laden's affection, yet knows she must obey and cooperate with him. Every time she sees a child in despair or a destitute family she secretly wants to escape her husband's charms. Behind her dark concealing robes hides the heart of her sister, Dahljit, the same woman that Nick had met and fell in love with in Kirachi years ago. Mohammed and his wife, Daliwal are eating among several others on a large carpet, with at least a dozen different dishes of food. Daliwal pictures in her head the child that tried to break-through the private airstrip defense to beg for money. Daliwal remembers the past. FLASHBACK: Isreal, 2001. Across the block from the US Embassy in Jerusalem, Daliwal opens her apartment door. She finds Nick and her sister, Dahljit in bed together laughing in slow-motion, as if they had just discovered the true perfection of love. END OF FLASHBACK.
Nick and Namib are sitting at an outdoor cafe. Namib drinks enough alcohol to kill his grief for Daoub's death, yet still remains himself, as he describes how good a friend Daoub was. They feel like they're at square one. Just then, a young boy approaches them with a message. Daliwal has used couriers to divulge the location of her and her husband, Mohammed bin Laden, somewhere in Abu Dhabi. Dahljit and Daliwal are twin daughters of Sheik Nasim Hamed. Daliwal relys on her father's loyals to relay her location to the CIA. Nasim Hamed cannot become directly involved for political reasons, in spite of his desire to kill the son of his daughter's killer, Osama bin Laden.
Near Pasadena, California, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (J.P.L.). Inside the SIPRENT maintenance building, (Secret Internet Protocal Router Network), Julianne is testing different scenarios using a simulated RGNS satellite control system. After another failed simulation, she admits that, at this time, there is no way to avoid a lethal hack from terrorists to send a commercial plane down. The only way to avoid terrorist control over one of our commercial aircraft is to ground all of them. Julianne is tracing the origin of the original intercepting signal that caused the plane crash behind L.A. Her program locates an area 10 miles southeast of Abu Dhabi.
She relays this information to Nick, who has just landed in Abu Dhabi with Namib and 3 others.
At a remote airstrip in Abu Dhabi, Nick's team loads onto a couple of HUM-V's. They travel to Mohammed bin Laden's current safe-house. Julianne discovers a way to stop the "logic bomb"'s detonation on the FAA computers. The "logic bomb" is capable of dis-arming an encryption security system. Julianne found a way to not only locate the logic bomb, but actually trace its source. She just needs sufficient warning, in order to re-orient (re-task) the FAA satellite. "Star Wars" in reality is nothing more now than "data wars".
Outside of Mohammed's compound, which is surrounded by guards at sunset, Nick's team, looking black as night, assemble behind a rocky ridge. Wailing, distant arab songs echo into the canyons. The team descends silently into Prince Mohammed's domain. They quickly and skillfully relieve several guards of their lives. Nick can see Mohammed through a veil across a sliding-glass door. Daliwal is being interrogated by Mohammed. It no longer seems like Husband and Wife. It looks more like Mohammed has become his Father. He is ruthless with her.
Nick dives through the glass to save her. Mohammed's other 4 guards go after Nick. Nick is captured. Mohammed also captured Nick's other people, including Namib. Mohammed knows they are worth more alive than dead. He needs hostages at this point.
Mohammed launches the second CYBER-WAR on the FAA computer system. This time, he explains to Nick, the initial logic bomb is a DUMMY, and it will confuse Julianne's ability to intercept. The actual intercept will take control of flight #322 just minutes before impact. Mohammed closes the door to the cell that Nick, Namib and Yuri, (the only surviving member of the squad), reside.
In ten minutes a Fed-Ex cargo plane is going to veer off-course and strike the largest Nuclear Power Plant in the United States, just 10 miles west of Washington D.C. Only 30 planes are left over the U.S. sky. One is Fed-Ex #322, headed straight towards the home of the Chief of Staff.
Nick's team was not alone. A second, much more powerful strike hits Mohammed's safe-house. Mohammed escapes with his wife by helicopter as Nick's team is freed after a decisive onslaught. However, it is still too late... Mohammed has already launched the program that will re-direct Fed-Ex flight #322 to the Washington Nuclear Power Plant. And the pilots of flight #322 are beginning to realize their plane is not in their control. Mohammed bin Laden is attempting to cause another "Chernobyl" over the WHITE HOUSE.
Julianne relays to the WHITE HOUSE intelligence that there is cause for immediate evacuation. A terrorist act is under way. Mohammed is demanding that his father be released immediately. He has jammed most of the United States broadcasts, almost every channel is just Mohammed, demanding the release of his Father, Osama. The Anti-terrorist squad has surrounded most of downtown Washington and New York. All citizens are to remain in-doors. It is all up to Julianne's new program to re-direct the Fed-Ex plane. Mohammed bin Laden is high above Turkey when he witnesses on his lap-top the OVERRIDE of the FAA security system. He sees on his computer screen the fated cargo flight headed towards the Nuclear Facility.
Nick and Namib board a very modern stealth jet and quickly take-off. Within seconds they locate Mohammed's helicopter. Their jet has no trouble stalking Mohammed. Mohammed's helicopter dives into a narrow canyon, lowering into a place that Nick's jet won't tolerate. Mohammed's helicopter hovers over a rocky floor. It is only a matter of minutes before the cargo plane strikes the power plant.
Julianne finally locks onto the code as the cargo plane barely averts its path from the Nuclear Power Plant towers. Nick's jet locks-on to Mohammed's helicopter and blows him sky high. The Fed-Ex plane is re-directed to a safe flight path. Yet Osama remains alive. The amount of truth-serums and illicit drugs we have administered to him has clouded his mind in a way that actually benefits him. We are never done fighting terrorism. Osama bin Laden is allowed to live. For reasons beneficial to the United States, the Taliban continues to thrive.
© August 2001