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NEW YORK (AP)-The world of projecting technologies was rocked last night as a coordinated assault and bombing destroyed Orpheus Group's Long Island headquarters. Orpheus branch offices around the world were met with similar assaults. It appears that highly trained militants raided the various compounds, placing bombs, and killing employees.
Current estimates place the New York death toll at 150, with that number expected to rise in the coming days. The international death toll of projection firm employees surpasses 600. Competing group Terrel and Squib Pharmaceuticals suffered a similar attack, but managed to repel the invaders after a protracted gunfight within their California headquarters.
The FBI began a thorough investigation immediately after the explosions drew law enforcement to the scene at Orpheus Group Headquarters. "Make no mistake about it, this was a deliberate act of terrorism and we will find those responsible and punish them to the fullest extent of the law." said Jesse Osorio, who has been tasked with spearheading the investigation. Suspects have been identified and are presumed to be fugitives from the law. Video evidence has implicated Baldwin, NY resident Siouxsie Sioux (Age 22), and an Orpheus employee known only as "James Bond" in placement of explosives and assassination of Orpheus staff and management. They appear to have had the assistance of other employees Kathryn Dennison, Chet Mason, and Johnathan Carruthers, among others.
"Bond" and Sioux were spotted in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn sometime last night, fleeing the apartment of a back-alley surgeon. They left in a green Toyota Camry and escaped police after a brief chase. They are considered armed, and extremely dangerous, and the FBI is requesting any and all information into their whereabouts or activities.
"I just can't believe it." said Margaret Sioux, mother to Orpheus Employee Siouxise Sioux, "My Siouxsie wasn't this kind of person. But now that I've seen the video I don't know what to think." Other friends and family expressed similar confusion. Sioux's friend John "Raven" Brooks said, "She was into some dark shit, sure, but I didn't think she could actually kill anyone. Brutal."
As for the Agent known as James Bond, Osorio said, "We believe this to be the alias of a career criminal and assassin, and we will provide more information to the public as it becomes available." Osorio continued, "Members of the public who encounter Bond should be aware that he is extremely dangerous, and a practiced manipulator, charmer, and killer."
Orpheus records indicate that these agents frequently collaborated with other agents, but all evidence indicates that these agents are deceased. One such agent, Skip Nielsen, was found dead at the scene of the crime. The others, interpreter Edmund Wiseman and labor organizer Alice West both died within the last two years. Authorities currently have no explanation for this information. Osorio said, "We don't intend to go chasing ghosts."
VIDEO: Orpheus employees plant explosives, kill staff
The smoke had barely begun to clear from the remains of Orpheus Headquarters when the company was largely considered defunct by the financial community. Financial expert Robert Crane reported on CNN this morning "...the board of directors was found dead at the scene, the FBI has frozen all Orpheus assets, their technology has been destroyed. How can they continue to function? They can't. Orpheus is dead." He remarked later, "Orpheus Group were innovators in the field and what they brought to the table will be missed."
As investigators pored over the remains of Orpheus offices worldwide, John Terrel, founder of Terrel and Squib Pharmaceuticals took to the air. Speaking from a press conference outside his damaged office in Santa Barbara, California, he said that "we at Terrel and Squib grieve for those who lost their lives not only here, but throughout the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Orpheus staff members killed in these savage attacks, and we pray also that those responsible will be quickly brought to justice." Asked what would become of Terrel and Squib in the aftermath of their attack, Terrel said, "we will rebuild. We are hurt, but we are not broken. We will return to the business world when we have buried and grieved for our dead, and restored what has been lost." A memo sent from Terrel and Squib's press office this morning indicated that they will be suspending most of their company's work, excepting drug production, for the foreseeable future.
Projecting technologies, which have captured the attention of the world since Orpheus Group's explosion onto the international scene, purportedly allow the living to communicate with the dead. Orpheus Group and others claimed that their living agents could cross the veil of death at will and explore the world as ghosts. Scientific authorities were suspicious of such claims at first, but prior to its destruction, Orpheus had demonstrated fairly conclusively that such phenomenon exist. Orpheus Group, originally JDG Cryogenics, discovered its projecting technology while researching long-term cryogenic preservation of humans in the mid 1990's.
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At the FBI's urging, congress granted emergency jurisdiction over projection technologies to the agency this morning. Agent Osorio remarked that, "These technologies, if legitimate, present unique advantages and problems to our society. We as a nation must understand these forces and their effects on our economical, social, national, and spiritual interests." The FBI will now lead investigations into projection technologies and projector firms.
Authorities are urging extreme caution concerning the renegade agents. According to Osorio, "They will not hesitate to kill or steal anyone or anything to get what they want. One need only look to what they have wrought on their former employers, coworkers, and friends." Anyone wil information is being urged to report to the FBI at [masked].
Alicia Kwan, Associated Press