Dina: For Godís sake, pull yourself together.
Behrooz: You didnít have to kill her.
Dina: Yes, I did, because you didnít have the courage to kill her yourself.
Behrooz: Courage? To poison a girl who did no harm to you at all?
Dina: This is my husband, Navi. This is Debbieís mother.
Karen: Is she here?
Dina: We havenít seen her since yesterday.
Navi: Get in the car. Follow her. Make sure she doesnít go to the police.
Driscoll: Chloe, youíre done here.
Chloe: Donít worry, Edgar. Driscoll doesnít know you were helping me.
Edgar: She doesnít?
Chloe: Iím the one who got you into this. Iím not gonna sell you out.
Curtis: Youíll be here until you tell me what I need to know. Richard, your father was kidnapped by terrorists. Our polygraph analysis tells us youíre hiding something that might help us find him.
Audrey: There are people on the outside looking for us. You cannot give up.
Heller: I have to do something while I still can. This trial is gonna be a spectacle broadcast all over the world designed to humiliate and degrade this country.
Audrey: Thereís a gas pipe.
Omar: Youíve checked out the briefcase?
Gelfand: Itís fine.
Omar: I was afraid it might be damaged in the train crash.
Gelfand: The case is very strong.
Omar: Come on! Take them out! Now! Come on! Hurry! Open the door, now!
Audrey: I know you.
Gelfand: She recognized me. She has to be killed.
Jack: Erin, Iím on site.
Driscoll: Jack, stand down.
Jack: What are you talking about?
Driscoll: The Marines wonít get there on time. The President wants to take out the building with a missile strike.
Jack: With the Secretary and his daughter inside?
Driscoll: Yes. Iím sorry. Youíre gonna have to clear the area. Jack, donít go in the alone. Jack, clear the area. The building is going to be destroyed.
The following takes place between 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M.
[Omar begins Hellerís trial.]
Omar: James Heller, you have been brought before this court of law to stand trial as a war criminal. You will prove to the people of the world that these crimes against humanity are the direct results of the policies initiated by you and your capacity.
[Jack takes down the guards at the compound as he makes his way inside.]
Omar: Since the true extent of your evil legacy is immeasurable, we have done our best to document those acts which have been witnessed directly by the chosen followers. Under your orders, the death squads of America continued their imperial crusade against the true believers and pure followers.
Keeler: How much longer until the fighters are ready to launch their missile?
Robert: Commanding control is locking on target now.
Woman: Mr. President, I have Erin Driscoll on line 3.
Driscoll: Mr. President, Iím calling to ask you to consider aborting the missile strike.
Keeler: Based on what?
Driscoll: We are attempting a rescue operation.
Keeler: I was told that the Marines strike force was still ten to twenty minute away.
Driscoll: They are, sir. Jack Bauer went in by himself.
Keeler: The terrorists proved theyíre just moments away from executing the Secretary of Defense in front of the world, and I cannot allow that to happen.
Driscoll: I understand, sir. But if Jack can affect the rescue before that happens?
Keeler: In that case, Iíll abort the missile strike. But heís running out of time.
Driscoll: How long does he have, sir?
Keeler: Seven minutes.
[Jack captures a guard.]
Jack: Try and make a sound, Iíll blow youíre head off.
[Jack takes out his PDA with a map of the complex.]
Jack: This is a map of the complex. Where are they holding the Secretary of Defense? Iím either gonna kill you now, or youíre gonna tell me where theyíre staging the trial. Point now. Whereís the Secretary?
[The guard points to the location.]
Omar: There is no place in the world where your evil has not scoured the sacred land of the true world. Your imperiling legacy has devoured the lives of the innocent.
Driscoll: The President wonít call off the missile strike.
Jack: How much time do I have?
Driscoll: Less than six minutes.
Jack: Did you get a read from the thermal scan on how many hostiles inside?
Driscoll: We estimate sixteen. Jack.
Jack: Iím not turning back, Erin.
Driscoll: Understood. Good luck.
[Audrey pleads a guard to help her father. Jack hears her screaming.]
Audrey: Stop this, please. Just stop this, please, youíve gotta stop this. My father hasnít done anything to hurt you. Heís an innocent man, please! Please, heís an innocent manÖ please. Listen to me, please. Please, donít. No, wait, please, youíve gotta stop it! Listen!
[Jack finds Audrey in a cell.]
Jack: Audrey. Behind you.
Audrey: Oh, my God. Jack.
Jack: Are you all right? Did they hurt you?
Audrey: Iím OK. Youíve got to stop them.
Jack: I will.
Audrey: Get my father first. Go.
Jack: Take this.
[Jack gives Audrey a knife.]
Jack: Press the button on the handle.
[Audrey presses the button and the knife opens.]
Jack: Use that if you have to. Iíll be back for you, I promise.
[Jack goes to where the trial is being filmed and is able to signal Heller.]
Omar: Finally, we hold you responsible for the blasphemy, for disregarding holly lands and shrines, and for spilling the blood of our brothers. James Heller, your guilt of these charges is not a matter of dispute. I have here a full confession that you have signed. So now it is time for your sentence to be read, and for the execution of that sentence to be carried out. James Heller, for the eyes of God, I sentence you to death. Carry it out. Immediately.
[Just as the executioner is about to shoot him, Heller topples his chair over and Jack shoots the men. Omar escapes. Watching from the webcast, President Keeler calls off the bombers.]
Keeler: Call off the missile. Call it off.
Robert: Abort. Abort. Please confirm.
Driscoll: Heís doing it.
[Jack unties Heller and hands him a gun.]
Jack: There's one in the pipe, safety's off. We gotta get Audrey.
Heller: Down the hall.
Curtis: Itís been aborted. The strikeís been called off.
Driscoll: Where are the Marines?
Sarah: They havenít crossed the perimeter. Iíll get an update at ETA.
[Jack and Heller go to look for Audrey.
Jack: Weíre clear.
[Audrey is no longer in her cell.]
Jack: She was here. We gotta go. Move! Move!
[Jack and Heller make their way outside and hide behind a car, which is splattered with machine gunfire from the guards. They fire back.]
Jack: There are two shooters at your 11 Oíclock! Youíre ready?
Heller: Give me a clip.
[Jack gets hit in the vest.]
Jack: It went out my vest. Itís all right. Keep firing!
[After a few seconds, Jack gets up and resumes firing at the shooters.]
Jack: Iím out!
Heller: Iím out too.
[Suddenly, a U.S. Marine Cobra helicopter appears overhead. Marines rappel from the chopper and surround the terrorists.]
Jack: Itís the Marines, stay down. The Secretary, stay down. Just stay down until this areaís secure.
[Omar emerges from the building with Audrey at gunpoint.]
Jack: Stand down!
Omar: Stand back or Iíll kill her!
Jack: Stand down!
Omar: Stand back or Iíll kill her!
Jack: Put your gun down!
Omar: Stand back!
Jack: Drop it now!
Omar: Iíll kill her! I will kill her! Do it! Do it!
Jack: OK. Just relax. Audrey, stay calm. Just relax. This is over. You are surrounded.
Omar: Youíre right. But first youíll watch her die.
[Audrey stabs Omar in the leg with the knife Jack gave her. Then Jack throws his knife into Omarís shoulder. Omar falls back, releasing Audrey, and the Marines shoot him. Audrey runs to her fatherís arms, but looks lovingly at Jack from a distance.]
Heller: Yes, sir. The President sends along his gratitude.
Jack: Iím just glad you both are all right.
Heller: Itís been a while since youíve been in the field, Jack. Looks like you havenít skipped a beat. Audrey and I owe you our lives.
Jack: Thank you, sir. Iíve arranged transportation for us back to CTU. Iíd like you and Audrey to be debriefed there.
Heller: Just as long as we donít lose any time in finding out who these terrorists are and where theyíre coming from.
Jack: As soon as we get back there, Iíll set up a live feed with the office in Washington. You wonít miss a step. Those soldiers there are waiting to take us back to CTU.
Heller: Thanks, Jack.
Jack: Howís she doing?
Medic: A doctor needs to check out some of these contusions, and sheís dehydrated.
Jack: Thank you. You should go.
Jack: Iím taking you and your father back to CTU.
Audrey: Jack, when I was inside, I recognized one of the men.
Audrey: I donít know. I canít place him, but I know that I saw him before today.
Jack: Theyíre gonna correlate a photo file of all the casualties. As soon as theyíve got that, you can make your ID.
[Jackís cell phone rings.]
Jack: Excuse me. This is Bauer.
Woman: Agent Bauer, this is CTU. Iíve got Paul Raines on the line. Heíd like to speak to his wife. Is she with you?
Jack: Hold on one second. Itís Paul. He wants to speak with you.
[Jack hands Audrey the phone.]
Paul: Audrey. Are you OK?
Audrey: Yeah, Iím fine.
Paul: Thank God.
Audrey: Where are you?
Paul: As soon as I heard about you and your father, I got on a plane.
Audrey: Youíre in LA?
Paul: Yeah, Iím at CTU. Audrey?
Paul: See you soon.
Audrey: Iíll see you soon.
[Audrey hangs up.]
Jack: We need to go. Youíre all right?
[Heller notices Audrey take Jackís hand.]
Driscoll: Make sure Edgar gets this.
Woman: Got it.
Driscoll: Found anything?
Curtis: Iím still trying to connect up with the feed from the rescue site. Divisionís using up most of our bandwidth.
Driscoll: Call over there and tell them to multiplex. We need to start going through the debrief.
Curtis: Now that Hellerís safe, weíre no longer in first position.
Marianne: Ms. Driscoll. I took care of it.
Curtis: Whatís that?
Marianne: A list of pass codes for the FBI fiber. You can use their feed.
Driscoll: How did you get that?
Marianne: I used to consult there. I still have friends. And since I saw the load on the running table I knew weíd be running into a traffic jam.
Driscoll: Good. Install it. Start cataloging whateverís there. Anything that flags, put it up to me.
Marianne: You know, if you let me, Curtis, I can help you a whole lot more. Honestly, I donít know why you have a problem with me. ĎCause Iím ambitious? OK, Iím ambitious. Arenít you?
Curtis: I donít sleep with people to get ahead in my career.
Marianne: Neither do I. I slept with you because I was attracted to you. I still am. Deal with it.
[Navi watches a news report about Hellerís rescue.]
News Reporter on TV: White House spokesman has just confirmed that the interrupted video transmission was caused by a raid mounted by the Marines and the Counter Terrorist Unit who rescued Secretary of Defense James Heller moments ago.
Man: Youíre watching this?
Navi: Yes, Iím watching. Of course Iím watching. God willing, our good fortune will continue for the rest of the day. Thank you.
Behrooz: What are you talking about? Itís over. They found Omar. The government stopped the trial.
Navi: Yes, I know.
Behrooz: Then how can you ay this is all good fortune? Everything weíve worked for is ruined. You made me kill someone I cared about all for nothing.
Navi: No, not for nothing, Behrooz. The trial was only our first step.
Behrooz: I donít understand.
Navi: There were certain things that your mother and I decided to keep from you.
Behrooz: What things?
Navi: This. Iím busy.
Behrooz: You forced me to kill my girlfriend because of this trial. You owe me an explanation.
Navi: I donít owe you anything!
Navi: See who it is. See who it is.
Behrooz: Itís Tariq.
[Navi goes to open the door.]
Behrooz: Why is he here?
[Navi and Tariq embrace.]
Navi: Behrooz, you remember Tariq?
Tariq: Of course he does.
[Tariq embraces Behrooz.]
Navi: I just poke with Moar. He assured me that everything I still on chedule.
Tariq: Thatís right.
Behrooz: What are you doing here?
Tariq: Your mother told Marwan you took care of the American girl.
Tariq: Then youíll need help getting rid of the body.
Behrooz: I donít need help, I can do it myself.
Navi: Iím sure you can, Behrooz. But we canít afford any more mistakes. Show Tariq where the body is. Go.
[As another agent feeds video to CTU, Curtis collects a digital gallery of all the bodies and gear found at the compound.]
Agent: OK, agent Manning. This is the last of the bodies. You should see them now.
Curtis: All right, we got it. Whatís next?
Agent: Hereís some of the terrorist gear we collected out of the warehouse.
Curtis: Wait a secondÖ stop. Go back.
Agent: You need me to retransmit?
Curtis: No. On the ground in front of you; give me a shot on the briefcase.
Curtis: Yeah. Can you open it?
Agent: Itís empty.
Curtis: Are there any identifying marks on it?
Agent: I see a kind of logo engraved near the lock.
Curtis: I wanna see it. Zoom in.
[A logo with the letters ďMFĒ is on the lock.]
Curtis: Make sure to get someone to transport it back here.
Agent: Will do.
Curtis: Sarah, I need you to do a corporate logo search. We may have found a link between the train crash and Hellerís abduction. Iím sending it to you now.
Sarah: OK. Weíll pick this up later.
[Jack enters CTU with Audrey.]
Audrey: The man I recognized at the warehouse? I wanna make that ID.
Jack: As soon as youíve been checked up by the clinic. Iíll get the photos ready.
Agent: Excuse me, Miss Raines, this way please.
Jack: Itís all right, go ahead.
[Audrey sees her husband Paul.]
Paul [on the phone]: But I need you to handle this. No, I need to be able to trust that youíll be able to take care of it. Right.
Heller: OK, good. Excuse us.
[Heller pulls Audrey aside.]
Jack: Iím gonna need to use your station. Have Driscoll send me over pass codes for the onsite feed.
Heller: Does he know? About you and Jack.
Audrey: How long have you known?
Heller: Not until today. Although Iím surprised that I hadnít figured it out till now.
Audrey: Itís not what you think. Paul and I were over before Jack and I started seeing each other.
Heller: Except Paul doesnít think itís over. The last time I spoke with him, he thought he had a second chance.
Audrey: Yeah, well, thatís more about fixing his wounded pride than fixing this relationship.
Heller: So he doesnít know about it?
Audrey: Not yet. Iíll take care of it.
Agent: Miss Raines, right through here.
Driscoll: Sarah said you may have found a thread connecting the train bombing to Hellerís abduction.
Curtis: Yeah. About an hour ago NTSP reported a passenger was killed, but not as a result of the crash. He was shot at close range.
Driscoll: Who is he?
Curtis: Weíre still trying to find out. He had no ID. His face and prints donít show up on any database. Whoever killed him stole something he had chained to his wrist. I think it may have been this.
[Curtis shows Driscoll a photo of the briefcase.]
Curtis: A witness on the train saw a man with a briefcase handcuffed. Take a look at the damage. It could have been sustained during the crash. We just recovered this where Heller was being held.
Driscoll: What are you telling me? That the train bombing was a cover for the theft of this briefcase? What was in it?
Curtis: It was empty. But we traced the corporate logo on the briefcase to McLennen Forster.
Driscoll: The defense contractor?
Driscoll: Have you contacted them?
Curtis: I just got off the phone with their CEO. Heís stronghold. He said before he disclosed anything, we need special clearance from the Department of Defense.
Driscoll: The Secretary should be able to get us whatever clearances we need from DOD. Letís get a print out of all this.
News Reporter on TV: Our top story Ė only moments ago a second broadcast showing Secretary of Defense James Heller was put on the internet. This image was captured from that broadcast. The transmission then ceased. At this time we have no confirmed reports on why the broadcast wasÖ
[Dina returns back home after tailing Debbieís mother.]
Dina: The girlís mother went home. Even if she calls the police, it will be too late. I heard the news in the car. Everything was accomplished?
Navi: Yes. The trial was cut short, but it served its purpose.
Dina: When they searched the warehouse, will they figure out what weíre doing?
Navi: It doesnít matter. Itís too late for them to stop it.
Dina: If everything is working on schedule, why do you look so troubled? Whereís Behrooz?
Navi: He went to burry the girl.
Dina: But his car is still in the driveway.
Navi: He didnít take the car.
Dina: I donít understand.
Navi: He went with Tariq.
Dina: Tariq was here? My God, heís going to kill my son. Heís going to kill my son. Oh, my God. Heís going to kill our son.
Dina: I told Marwan that Behrooz took care of the girl.
Navi: Marwan must not have been satisfied. He must have decided that Behrooz was a liability.
Dina: Whyíd you let this happen? How could you let him kill our son?
Navi: What could I do? What could I do?!
Dina: Heís our son! Our flesh and blood!
Navi: Dina, listen to me.
Dina: How could you let them kill our son?
Navi: Behrooz stopped being our son a long time ago.
Dina: How can you ay that?
Navi: Because itís true. Living here has changed him. Heís been like a stranger to us. He proved it to me today that he no longer believes in our cause. MaybeÖ he never did.
Dina: Behrooz, BehroozÖ Oh, my God.
Driscoll: Secretary Heller would like to say a few words to you.
Heller: Iím incredibly privileged to have the finest people on the world behind me: all of you. Itís gonna take a lot more than a few words to express my feelings but for now from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Driscoll: Secretary Heller, Curtis Manning, head of tactical.
Curtis: An honor, sir.
Heller: Please, sit down. Erin, my daughter and I owe you our lives. Sounds like you had to make some tough calls, but you made the right ones. Iíll see to it that you get full recognition for a job exceptionally well done.
[Driscoll eyes Jack, as if expecting him to educate Heller on what really happened. Jack says nothing.]
Driscoll: Thank you, sir.
Heller: Now, before we start the debriefing, Iíd like to visit my son. Where is he?
Driscoll: Weíre actually holding Richard here, sir.
Heller: Why is that?
Driscoll: When we brought Richard in, we gave him a polygraph. It indicated that he was possibly withholding information from us.
Heller: About my kidnapping? My son and I have wildly different political views, but I canít believe that he was involved.
Driscoll: We donít think he had knowing participation, but we believe he shared knowledge of your whereabouts this morning with someone, and he refuses to divulge that information, or their identity.
Heller: And what are you doing about that?
Driscoll: We discussed a number of options. You have to understand the circumstancesÖ
Heller: Stop BSing me. What did you do to him?
Curtis: Thereís a technique thatís noninvasive called sensory disorientation.
Heller: You subjected my son to SDT?
Curtis: Yes, sir, we did. But it was stopped the moment you were rescued.
Heller: Jack, did you know about this?
Jack: No, sir.
Heller: I wanna see my son now.
Driscoll: Of course. Curtis.
Heller: Erin, I realize youíve been under a lot of pressure these past few hours, but you better have cause for this.
[Curtis takes Heller to see Richard.]
Driscoll: Jack. I appreciate you not involving the secretary in the differences you and I had on this operation.
Jack: We both did what we thought was right, Erin.
Driscoll: Iíd like to put the past behind us, Jack. I could use your help.
Jack: What do you need?
Driscoll: Iíd like you to function in Ronnieís position as Head of Field Ops until we avert this crisis.
Jack: Whatever I can do to help.
Driscoll: Let me make one thing clear; Ronnie was under my command and you will be too.
Jack: Understood. The photos from the warehouse, are they ready for Audrey Raines to see?
Driscoll: I believe so. Iíll have Edgar put them to your workstation.
Jack: OK. Thank you.
[Richard hugs his father.]
Richard: They said you were OK and Audrey too. Thank God. I said some awful things before. I was afraid Iíd never get a chance to apologize.
Heller: I said some pretty harsh things myself. But no matter what we said, youíre still my son, and I will always love you.
Richard: Me too, dad.
Heller: They said they were using some interrogation techniques.
Richard: Totally out of line. Iím gonna sue them blind.
Heller: I think itíll be a little more affective if you let me deal with it. I promise you, if they were out of line, heads will roll.
Richard: What do you mean, ďIfĒ?
Heller: Why did they think you were holding something back from them?
Richard: I donít know.
Heller: Richard, if you know something that would shed some light on what happened to meÖ
Richard: Wait, you donít think I would tell them if I thought it was relevant?
Heller: So there is something?
Richard: Now youíre giving me the third degree?
Heller: Son, do you have any idea what your sister just went through? If you know anything that would help us find the people behind this, tell me now.
Richard: Dad, Iím glad youíre alive, I really am, but I am not going to tell these people things about my private life that they donít need to know.
Heller: That you donít think they need to know. Richard, these people were trying to save our lives!
Richard: These people canít be trusted! What they did to me is proof.
Heller: Agent Manning, could you come in here please?
[Curtis comes inside the interrogation room.]
Heller: Agent Manning, I am authorizing you to do whatever you feel is necessary to get this information out of my son.
Heller: I love you, son. But I have a duty to my country.
Richard: You canít be serious.
[Heller goes towards the door.]
[Tariq drives Behrooz to a spot in the Chatsworth Mountains.]
Tariq: Bring the shovels from the back.
[As Tariq is removing Debbieís body from the trunk, Behrooz sees him grab a pistol. He realizes that Tariq may be there to kill him.]
Tariq: Come on, help me.
[Paul comes to see Audrey at the clinic.]
Paul: They said it was OK to come in.
Audrey: Hi, Paul.
Paul: Oh, my God, I was so worried. Are you hurt?
Audrey: No, itís just some cuts and scrapes, nothing serious.
Paul: Are you sure?
Audrey: Yeah. Really, Iím OK, Paul. Theyíve OKíd me for my debriefing.
Paul: On the flight over I couldnít stop thinking about us. How when we separated we said that weíd both take time to figure out what we wanted, and now I know.
Paul: I want us to be together again. Iím ready to work it out. Iíll make our marriage the first priority. Just give us a chance.
Audrey: Iím sorry, Paul. Thatís not what I want.
Paul: AudreyÖ I am a fool for bringing this up now. You canít make decisions about our relationship when youíre in this state.
Audrey: PaulÖ Iím seeing someone.
Paul: Well, how long has this been going on?
Audrey: Six months.
Paul: You love him orÖ?
[Jack comes in to let Audrey know that the photos are ready.]
Jack: Audrey. Iím sorry, excuse me. Iíll come back later.
Audrey: No, ummÖ Paul, this is Jack Bauer.
Jack: Nice to meet you.
Paul: Youíre the one who saved Audreyís life. Thank you.
Jack: Youíre welcome. Those photos are ready for you to look at.
Audrey: OK. Umm, Paul, weíll talk later?
[Paul walks out, leaving Jack and Audrey alone.]
Jack: Youíre all right?
Jack: Youíre ready to go?
Audrey: Not yet.
[Audrey cries and Jack kisses her.]
Audrey: Now I am.
[Audrey goes through photos of the slain terrorists.]
Audrey: No. No.
Jack: Youíre absolutely certain you saw this guy before the compound?
Audrey: Positive. I could tell that he recognized me.
Audrey: No. No.
Jack: Thatís all of them.
Audrey: He must have gotten out before the rescue.
Jack: OK, but we should go through the pictures again just to make sure.
Audrey: I will, but there are only two men here who arenít Middle Eastern, and neither one of them are him.
Audrey: I just remembered where I saw him before.
Audrey: There was a heritage foundation dinner about two months ago at the Hyatt downtown here.
Jack: Do you remember his name?
Audrey: No, but I know someone at the foundation. Maybe I can get the guest list.
Jack: OK, good.
Woman: Agent Bauer, Driscoll wants you in the conference. The call is starting in a few minutes.
Jack: OK, fine. I need you to get a hold of the Hyatt hotel security department. Get access to their archival video surveillance. Audrey will give you a time and a date, set up per amative and keep Driscoll informed. Iíll be right back.
[From another room, Paul sees Jack place his hand on Audreyís shoulder. He becomes suspicious.]
[As they dig a grave, Behrooz sees the gun inside Tariqís pants.]
Behrooz: Itís hot.
[Behrooz knocks Tariq down with his shovel.]
Behrooz: You brought me here to kill me. Why?
[Tariq tries to shoot Behrooz, but Behrooz hits him with the shovel again.]
Behrooz: Why are you doing this? I did everything they told me to do.
Tariq: You know why.
Behrooz: I took care of the girl! Marwan knows!
Tariq: Itís not Marwan wants you dead.
Behrooz: Then who want me dead? Who?
[Behrooz hits Tariq with his shovel again.]
Behrooz: Who wants me dead? I wanna know. Tell me!
Tariq: Your father.
Behrooz: No! No! No! No! No!
[Fueled by anger and despair, Behrooz hits Tariq with the shovel over and over until he kills him. Behrooz drives off in Tariqís car.]
[Richard is being tortured in the interrogation room.]
Richard: Please! No! No! No!
Driscoll: Mr. Reese, Iím Erin Driscoll, Director of CTU Los Angeles. My colleagues Curtis Manning and Sarah Gavin are also present. Also Jack Bauer, the special advisor to Secretary Heller.
Reese: Ms. Driscoll, I hope you understand we at McLennen Forster couldnít give you details about that case until we received the appropriate permission from DOD.
Driscoll: Understood, Mr. Reese. May we please begin? What was your courier transporting?
Reese: Itís a device we developed under the nuclear fragmentary commissionís emergency management program. Itís a Dobson type override.
Driscoll: What exactly does this override do?
Reese: Itís a combination of hardware and software that can remotely take control of the nuclear power facilities.
Jack: Under what circumstances would the override be used?
Reese: The government wanted to be able to control the plantsí nuclear pile in the event of a disaster that necessitated evacuation.
Jack: And the person in possession of this program? Can they do the opposite with it? Create a disaster in a plant, a meltdown?
Reese: Theoretically, yes. But merely having possession of the override wouldnít be enough. There are safeguards in place.
Jack: What kind of safeguards?
Reese: Anyone whoís trying to use the override would have to hack through the reactorís firewall. That would take massive computer power, which NRC could see coming a mile away.
Jack: Is it possible that NRC could miss this due to unusually heavy traffic on the internet?
Reese: I donít follow.
Jack: Well, less than an hour ago millions of computers around the world were streaming the trial of the Secretary of Defense. Is it possible that this trial was just some kind of a Trojan horse to disguise a massive attack on nuclear power plantsí firewalls?
Reese: That might be possible.
Driscoll: How many nuclear power plants in this country would be vulnerable?
Reese: All of them
Jack: How many is that?
Reese: At this time, the United States has 104 nuclear power plants online.
Driscoll: We have to assume that theyíve used this override to take over the plants. Get me NRC now. Go find Secretary Heller.
Jack: Thank you, Mr. Reese.
Driscoll: Set up an all department briefing.
Curtis: Get me NRC now. Pipe it through here.
Driscoll: I want all personnel in the conference area.
Marianne: Edgar, can you monitor my allocation tables for a few minutes?
[Marianne, who has secretly listened in on the conversation about the nuclear power plant threat, goes to an area away from the main bullpen. She dials a man from a secure cell phone.]
Marianne: Itís me.
Man: Youíre on a secure line?
Marianne: Yes. I would have checked in sooner. This was the first chance I got.
Man: All right. Go on.
Marianne: They found out about the override.